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Journeys : Apr May 2011
Keys2drive is now on the web based encyclopaedia site Wikipedia. The national program that helps new drivers prepare for the realities of P-plate driving can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Keys2drive keys2drive is a learner driver training initiative developed by the R ACT and our sister motor ing clubs, and is funded by the Australian Government. According to Wikipedia, it is “arguably Australia’s most extensive and far-reaching ANCAP now on mobile New car buyers can now access a vehicle’s safety rating on their mobile phone, bringing vehicle safety closer to consumers as they consider their purchases on the showroom floor. Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has introduced a new ser vice to consumers by m aking its website available on mobile phones. To access the new mobile version of the website, go to w w w.ancap.com.au on your mobile phone. ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh said the mobile website access provides consumers with important safety ratings and information at the time when they may be making their decision to purchase a car. “Consumers will be able to quickly check the safety rating of their prospective purchase while they are out kicking the tyres,” Mr McIntosh said. “Safety is still one of, if not the major determinant, in new car purchases and it needs to be a priority for manufacturers and distributors in Australia and round the world.” ANCAP is suppor ted by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Gover nment, the New Zealand Gover nment, all Australian state gover nments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation. novice driver training and road safety program.” keys2drive is also on YouTube and Facebook, where competitions, polls, hints and tips for learning to drive are posted, as well as v ideos and other useful information. If you’re interested in the program check it out on Wikipedia or go to http://w ww. keys2drive.com.au/ for interactive driving- related games and information, and to book a free driving lesson. Tasmania is getting ready to unveil its first moving science laboratory – a bus that has been equipped as a self-contained mobile lab. The Tasmanian BioBus, which is suppor ted by the Tasmanian Community Fund, will be used to connect medical research with the Tasmania community. It will provide people across the state with the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials undertaken by Menzies Research Institute Tasmania. Menzies’ Research Officer Ella Hoban will have the honour of driving the bus. “ We’re taking the lab to the people,” Ella says. “I will be collecting and processing blood samples on the bus, just like I would in the lab.” The Tasmanian BioBus is the third of its kind to be made in Australia. Its unique features include a liquid nitrogen freezer to store samples, double rear-entr y and side sliding doors, and a high roof to allow people to stand up comfortably inside. Initially the Tasmanian BioBus will be used to carry out research for the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPR EE) Healthy Ageing Biobank study. The ASPREE Biobank study is an impor tant international study that aims to help identify biological factors for the onset of diseases affecting the elderly. The BioBus will assist researchers in collecting and processing blood samples from over 1000 study participants across Tasmania. “To carry out high-quality clinical research in the ageing population, we need the capacity to take research activities to the people,” says Menzies’ Professor Mark Nelson. When the BioBus is not being used for medical research purposes, it will be used by local Divisions of General Practice to bring disease screening program s and other health activities to local communities. The BioBus begins motoring its way around the state in April. Science on wheels Mark Nelson and Ella Hoban with some of the equipment for the BioBus Keys2drive on Wikipedia In our community April / May 2011 9
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