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As I work on the science playwiths I am creating, I will record the new bits here, to help people track down the latest changes. I am always happy to receive suggestions by e-mail for extras, corrections and improvements. As a normal rule, you will find several months' worth of updates here, more if I am short of time.

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September 19, 2001
I have been adding to the Australian science timeline and I have just found out that an Australian, Richard Threlfall, was the first to propose using 'Hertzian waves' to send radio messages, in 1890. That's right, Australia invented the radio!

October 22, 2001
I have just cleaned up Microscopy, which is now just about as far as I can take it. I plan to move back to the science of espionage and creativity in science in the near future.

October 28, 2001
I am flat out on creating the PDF files for The Islander, as a teaching aid for use if people are using the Ugly Islands that link will take you straight to the Teachers' Page. May and June are now complete and make workable teaching tools, but see the Teachers' Page first! (Note, almost a year later -- well, I finished three . . .

August 20, 2002
I have finished one book and seen it through publication and done the first draft of a second since that last note, so I have done very little here, but I have started adding to the projects page again. This page is now almost five years old.

October 13, 2002
While I am working on completing one book and on plans for the next one, I am back nibbling around the edges again. It is a suitable task to keep me sane.
Something new: microscopy for the masses
In 2011, my 2010 children's book, Australian Backyard Explorer, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Book-of-the-Year award for information books. This is a combination of the sort of science you will see here and a lot of Australian history. My reason for mentioning it here is that I have since written a sequel, Australian Backyard Naturalist, which will be out in May 2012. The relevance here, is that I wrote a lot of stuff that we later decided was too advanced for the readership. With the book now on the presses, I am now converting that extra material into blog entries. I have started with microscopy, and the material can be found at Old Writer on the Block, which is, in theory at least, my writing blog. Hey, it's my blog, I get to make the rules.

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