Enter a group from the University of Queensland, who yesterday posted an open letter to radio station Triple J and initiated an online petition asking that the station include at least 20 seconds of science news in its hourly news updates.

The group, calling itself And in Science, has garnered wide support for its goals of increasing science reporting in news, including from the doyen of science reporters, Robyn Williams.

Give them what they want

The Australian National University’s ANUPoll of 2010 showed some interesting data regarding how Australians view science.

It is noteworthy that more Australians were interested in hearing about health issues, new medical discoveries, environmental issues, new scientific discoveries and new inventions and technologies than they were about sport or politics.