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Brian Robert Cook

Brian Robert Cook

Associate professor, The University of Melbourne
My research explores the knowledge that informs environmental risk, development, and flood management. Over the past five years I have (attempted to) establish myself as a geographer of risk working at the interface of Human Geography and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I use the social sciences to analyse ‘how’ and ‘why’ particular knowledge-practices persist. More recently, my work has expanded to include the link between knowledge and behaviour, particularly as understood by risk managers in the context of controversies such as climate change and sustainable development.

Climate Change Series

Floods are natural, but human decisions make disasters. We need to reflect on the endless cycles of blame

Oct 31, 2022 08:38 am UTC| Nature

As the Victorian city of Echuca prepared for flooding this week, the council moved rapidly to build a temporary earthen levee as others sandbagged. This kept some homes dry, likely worsened flooding in others, and prompted...

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Economy

Samsung to use HDR10+ in IPTV, gaming

Samsung Electronics Co. will expand the application of HDR10+ to IPTV and video games. HDR10+, a next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) video technology, delivers more vivid color displays by optimizing the level of...

India to stop subsidizing mediocre EV firms

The Indian government will stop subsidizing electric vehicle companies that have received complaints, The government may also seek reimbursement from some of these firms. The Indian government has established an...

Nike, Adidas to cut order volumes by 40% as sales expected to drop

Nike and Adidas will reduce their order volumes by 30 percent to 40 percent beginning next summer due to pandemic-related hurdles in China and the pullout of Russia. Both companies have reportedly notified their...

Revised law allows use of plastic waste pyrolysis oil for producing petrochem products

The Ministry of Environment announced that a revision of the enforcement ordinances and regulations of the Waste Management Act came into effect on Tuesday allowing plastic waste pyrolysis oil to be recycled as a raw...

S. Korean petrochemical firms import more naphtha from UAE, India, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan amid Russia sanctions

South Korean petrochemical companies naphtha imports from Russia went down 67 percent on year at 1.92 million tons after they diversified sources following the Ukraine invasion. Meanwhile, imports of naphtha from the...

Politics

Myanmar: 2000 pro-democracy fighters killed by junta, says democracy leader

The leader of Myanmars shadow government has called on allies to provide military aid as around 2,000 pro-democracy fighters have been killed in the midst of resistance to the military junta. The appeal comes amidst...

Japan raises concerns over China, Russia joint air patrols

Japan has raised concerns with China and Russia about their joint air patrols. The concerns follow the recent incursions over Japans territory. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Thursday that Tokyo...

EU chief 'confident' on Northern Ireland deal if UK shows political will

The president of the European Unions executive branch expressed confidence that there would be a deal reached with the United Kingdom on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The European Commission leader added that a deal could...

Russia-Ukraine war: US, France pledge to hold Russia accountable

The leaders of the United States and France have pledged to hold Russia accountable as the war it wages on Ukraine is in its tenth month. The European Union has also tentatively agreed on an oil price cap in order to...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...

Livspace launches 3 experience centers in Singapore

Livspace has launched three new experience centers in Singapore as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia. The three centers of the omnichannel home interior and renovation platform are located in Suntec City,...

Pixel 7a design will be identical to the Pixel 7 series as renders appear in a new leak

Although the Pixel 7a is not expected to launch until 2023, alleged renders revealing its design have already leaked before this year ends. And as many expected, it will likely look identical to Googles flagship phones...

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger gets unconditional approval in Serbia, concessions ‘likely’ to be offered to EU regulators

Microsoft is still facing immense scrutiny from regulators in most countries where it needs to gain approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. But the company has reportedly gained...

NEC to build ¥33 billion global innovation hub near Tokyo

NEC Corporation will be constructing a 12-story global base for innovation with a floor area of roughly 50,000 square meters near Tokyo in March 2023 at around 33 billion. The provisionally named NEC Innovation...
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