NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FLINDERS IN TOUCH | 1 March 2020

Fertile Ground for Journalism Awards

A Flinders University news story on the 2020 Higher Education Journalist of the Year being won by Wilson da Silva, who wrote about Dr Martin Breed's work.

ASTRONOMY | 3 January 2020

Touring the five great Australian observatories

An article in Astronomy in which Canadian science writer Dan Falk describes the 11-day trip he took in Australia, visiting five great astronomical sites with fellow journalist Wilson da Silva and friend Carolina Camilo.

COSMOS MAGAZINE | 29 August 2019

Cosmos article wins Eureka Prize

Story in COSMOS about one of its writers, Michael Lucy, winning the Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism; a prize for which Wilson da Silva – whose story also appeared in COSMOS – was a finalist.

The Royal Institution of Australia to take over Cosmos

Story in the media business site Mumbrella about the Royal Institution of Australia's acquisition of Cosmos magazine, co-founded by Wilson da Silva. 

Story in media industry news site Mumbrella about the launch of INGENUITY, a new science magazine created by Wilson da Silva for UNSW’s Faculty of Engineering. 

Science under the microscope in the best writing from 2016

Book review of the anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing 2016, wherein the story "Her Brilliant Career" by Wilson da Silva is discussed.

THE AUSTRALIAN | 1 January 2016

The Best Australian Science Writing 2015: Evidence of amazing fun

Book review of the anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing 2015, in which the story "Social Robots are Coming" by Wilson da Silva is discussed.

NOTÍÇIAS MAGAZINE | 2 April 2014

Portugal's Notícias Magazine profiles Wilson da Silva

Portugal's largest circulation weekend magazine, Notíçias Magazine, profiles science journalist Wilson da Silva, a dual citizen of Portugal and Australia, who could well be first Portuguese citizen in space (article is in Portuguese).

THE MEDIA REPORT, ABC RADIO NATIONAL | 29 June 2012

COSMOS: A case study of flourishing media

Wilson da Silva is interviewed on ABC Radio National's The Media Report about COSMOS's new iPad app, the magazine's future plans, and asked to explain why he's so chirpy about the future of media.

NATURE NEWS | 20 February 2012

Energy summit unveils blueprint for change

A story in Nature on the launch, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, of the first report of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Energy 2030. It was chaired by Wilson da Silva, who led the international summit that produced the report.

THE ADVERTISER | 16 April 2010

The chances of discovering intelligent life in our galaxy is incredibly low

A feature article in The Advertiser on the 50th anniversary of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, wherein Wilson da Silva – giving lectures on the topic in Adelaide – is quoted extensively.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 18 December 2009

Earth Journalism Award for COSMOS writer

A press release announcing that COSMOS writer and deputy editor John Pickrell has taken out the global Climate Change and Nature category at the prestigious 15th Earth Journalism Awards in Copenhagen for a feature article on ocean acidification.

THE CANBERRA TIMES | 29 August 2009

Beam them up: 25,000 texts to aliens

Story in The Canberra Times on HELLO FROM EARTH, the viral social media campaign created by Wilson da Silva, which beamed more than 25,000 messages from the public to the nearest Earth-like planet outside the solar system.

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK MEDIA RELEASE | 12 August 2009

Send an interstellar SMS during National Science Week

National Science Week media release about the launch of an initiative to collect messages from the public to be transmitted in an interstellar signal by NASA to the nearest Earth-like planet, conceived by Wilson da Silva.

AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE MEDIA CENTRE | 7 February 2009

Profile of a Science Journalist: Wilson da Silva, Editor of COSMOS

A career profile of Wilson da Silva focusing on how he became a science journalist. Produced and published by the Australian Science Media Centre in Adelaide.

THE SUN-HERALD | 13 November 2008

Tourism’s final frontier

A feature on space tourism in The Sun-Herald which profiles Wilson da Silva, who’s waiting to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 4 September 2008

Australia’s #1 green brand to launch sustainability portal

A press release announcing the launch of G-Online, a consumer sustainability hub produced by Australia’s only carbon neutral media company, Luna Media (as Cosmos Media was then known), publishers of G: The Green Lifestyle Magazine and COSMOS Magazine. Wilson da Silva was editor-n-chief of both titles.

MEDIA WEEK | 18 August 2008

G Online Launching in September from Luna Media, Australia’s Only 100% Carbon Neutral Publisher

An article in MediaWeek about the launch of Luna Media's green lifestyle content site, G Online.

NETT Magazine | April 2008

Grow a Greener Business

A profile of Luna Media in the business magazine Nett, in which co-founder Wilson da Silva discusses the company’s successful conversion into a carbon neutral company that produces zero emissions.

THE AUSTRALIAN | 29 November 2006

Publishers brace for niche magazine fight

A news article in The Australian about the Bell Magazine Awards, at which COSMOS took a haul of eight trophies, including Magazine of the Year, Best Small Publisher, Editor of the Year and Best Internet Site.

COUNTERPOINT, ABC RADIO NATIONAL | 3 July 2006

A beginner’s guide to nuclear power

Transcript of a discussion on the merits of nuclear power, broadcast on 3 July 2006 on Counterpoint, ABC Radio National. The host was Michael Duffy, and guests were Julian Cribb, Adjunct Professor in Science Communication at the University of Technology; and Wilson da Silva, Editor of COSMOS magazine.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 22 March 2006

Thorium reactors: green nuclear power?

A press release on a special 12-page report in the April 2006 issue of COSMOS on the growing global energy crisis, highlighting the promise of thorium-driven nuclear reactors. 

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 13 October 2005

COSMOS founders to be Australia's first space tourists

A press release announcing that two of the founders of COSMOS magazine – Alan Finkel and Wilson da Silva –will become Australia's first space tourists when they fly with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.

MEDIAWEEK | 5 April 2005

Luna Media convinced audience exists for new mag COSMOS

A news story in industry newspaper Mediaweek detailing the coming launch of a new Australian science magazine, COSMOS, the brainchild of science journalist and editor of Wilson da Silva.

THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW | 11 December 1997

'The Politics of the Prize' among winners at Human Rights Awards 

A news story in The Australian Financial Review on the winners of the 1997 Human Rights Awards, including Wilson da Silva, who won in the media category. 

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB OF AUSTRALIA | 26 February 2020

Wilson da Silva named 2020 Higher Education Journalist of the Year

Media release by the National Press Club of Australia announcing the 2020 Higher Education Media Awards.

AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC | 18 November 2019

The Good Earth – and Your Good Self

A media release from Australian Geographic promoting a 10-page feature article on how wilderness soils enhance the human microbiome, written by Wilson da Silva, which appears in the November 2019 issue.

The Aussie battery powershift brings fresh hope for the planet

A media release from the The Royal Institution of Australia promoting a feature article on the global rush to large-scale energy storage, written by Wilson da Silva, which appears in the March 2019 issue of COSMOS .

Story in Science Meets Business on the 2017 Publish Awards, at which Wilson da Silva took out the Single Article of the Year trophy for 'The Quantum Gamble' in INGENUITY magazine.

UNSW NEWSROOM | 5 July 2017  

UNSW launches INGENUITY magazine

A story in the University of New South Wales' news website about the launch of INGENUITY, a new science magazine created by Wilson da Silva. 

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | 8 September 2016

The Sydney Morning Herald 30 years on

Reflections on 30 years of working as a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald by Helen Pitt, who completed her cadetship alongside Wilson da Silva – also in this photo of the 1986 cadet class.

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | 7 November 2014 

Virgin Galactic crash fails to deter Australian space tourists

Business story in The Sydney Morning Herald on how the Virgin Galactic crash has not deterred the handful of Australians – among them, Wilson da Silva – who are scheduled to fly into space with the English businessman Richard Branson’s company.

THE KAVLI FOUNDATION | 20 February 2014 

Winners of Kavli Prize Scholarships 

Wilson da Silva is among the winners of the 2014 Kavli Prize Scholarships for Science Journalists, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

COSMOS MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 21 June 2012

Future of media is bright – if you reinvent to expand

Cosmos Media, publishers of the celebrated science magazine COSMOS, announce a bold leap into the future: doubling staff, expanding across platforms, and pursuing global markets.

MEDIA WEEK | 5 December 2011

Cosmos goes against the grain and builds readership

An article in the industry magazine Media Week exploring why readership for COSMOS has leaped 27.5% .

THE WALKLEY MAGAZINE | February 2010

My science experiment

An opinion piece in The Walkley Magazine by Wilson da Silva, in which he describes how he turned his back on political reporting to become on science journalist – only to find the field fraught with its own politics. 

MUMBRELLA | 13 November 2009

COSMOS named Magazine of the Year at Bell Awards

Story in media industry news site Mumbrella on COSMOS winning Magazine of the Year at the Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. Luna Media (as Cosmos .Media was previously known), also picked up five other awards.

COSMOS MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 28 August 2009

Australians ‘twitter’ to outer space

A press release announcing the completion of the HELLO FROM EARTH project, which collected 25,880 messages from 199 countries to be transmitted to Gliese 581d. It was the brainchild of Wilson da Silva.

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | 4 August 2009

Chiropractic sceptic sued for libel finds local backing from science magazine

A news article in The Sydney Morning Herald about COSMOS magazine backing UK science journalist Simon Singh – then being sued by the British Chiropractic Association – by republishing his offending article as part of a global campaign to defend him.

THE AUSTRALIAN | 2 February 2009

Too keen to go green without recycling

A news story in The Australian in which Wilson da Silva, editor-in-chief of Australia's leading green living title,
G Magazine, chides publishers producing 'green issues' that are neither on recycled paper nor carbon neutral.

POPULAR SCIENCE | 11 November 2008

A Look Inside Virgin Galactic’s Flight Training

A feature in Popular Science magazine on Virgin Galactic’s preparatory program for space tourists, featuring training  by astronaut-to-be Wilson da Silva.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 25 August 2008

Winners of the 2008 SCINEMA Film Festival announced

Press release announcing the winners of the 2008 SCINEMA International Festival of Science Film. Wilson da Silva served as chairman of the SCINEMA Prize Jury from 2000 to 2013.

THE SUNDAY CANBERRA TIMES | 17 August 2008

Final Frontier ... Future Boom

An interview in The Sunday Canberra Times in which Wilson da Silva, speaking at a National Science Week event, describes how in the not-too-distant future, flying from Sydney to London could take just three hours.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE |  4 December 2007

Luna Media scoops 12 Bell Magazine Awards

A press release announcing that Luna Media – publishers of COSMOS and G: The Green Lifestyle Magazine – has scooped 12 awards at the 2007 Bell Magazine Awards.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 24 November 2006

COSMOS wins Magazine of the Year, Editor of the Year

A press release announcing COSMOS scooped the coveted Magazine of the Year and the Editor of the Year trophies at the 2006 Bell Magazine Awards.

VOYEUR | July 2006

Out of this world

A story on space tourism in the July 2006 edition of Virgin Blue's inflight magazine, Voyeur, focussing on Virgin Galactic, in which astronauts-to-be Wilson da Silva and Alan Finkel are quoted extensively. 

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 2 March 2006

Celebrated masters of science fiction in COSMOS now online

A press release on the science fiction published by COSMOS magazine, naming masters of the genre who have appeared in COSMOS, including  Joe Haldeman, ray Bradbury, Gregory Benford, Charles Stross and Paul Di Filippo.

THE AUSTRALIAN | 22 June 2005

COSMOS fills gap in glossy galaxy

A news story in The Australian about the launch of the new Australian science magazine, COSMOS.

THE MEDIA REPORT, ABC RADIO NATIONAL | 17 March 2005

A Vanity Fair of science?

Richard Aedy of The Media Report on ABC Radio National talks to Wilson da Silva about COSMOS, a new popular science magazine that will soon hit Australian shelves. 

MEDIUM | 15 January 2020

‘Hello From Earth’: The Unlikely Story of an Interstellar Message

The story behind an Australian National Science Week project led by Wilson da Silva that sent a powerful transmission to a distant Earth-like planet. 

BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE | 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

Western Sydney University Observatory panel

Story in the Blue Mountains Gazette about "An Infinite Universe: What Is It, and Can We Ever Understand It?", a panel at Western Sydney University's Penrith Observatory, chaired by Wilson da Silva, held to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Canadian science writer joins UNSW as Journalist-in-Residence

A story in the University of New South Wales' news website about the fourth Ingenuity Fellow, a journalist-in-residence program offered by the Faculty of Engineering and created and managed by Wilson da Silva.

UNSW NEWSROOM | 10 November 2017

U.S. science writer joins UNSW as Journalist-in-Residence

A story in the University of New South Wales' news website about the third Ingenuity Fellow, a journalist-in-residence program offered by the Faculty of Engineering created and managed by Wilson da Silva.

UNSW NEWSROOM | 9 May 2017

BBC reporter is UNSW's first Journalist-in-Residence

A story in the University of New South Wales' news website about the inaugural Ingenuity Fellow, a journalist-in-residence program offered by the Faculty of Engineering created and managed by Wilson da Silva.

BLUEPRINT FOR LIVING, ABC RADIO NATIONAL | 15 April 2016

'It's always next year': The long wait to realise the dream of space tourism

A report on ABC Radio National's Blueprint for Living about space tourism, profiling Wilson da Silva, who’s waiting to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.

THE GUARDIAN | 3 November 2014

A deadly explosion won't stop me flying into space with Virgin Galactic

An opinion piece in The Guardian by Wilson da Silva: "I’m devastated for the pilots and the families of those involved in the Mojave tragedy. But I will still take my place as one of the first 100 to fly with Virgin Galactic."

COSMOS MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 8 February 2013

COSMOS co-founder to sell stake, depart company

Media release on the departure of Wilson da Silva from Cosmos Media, a company he co-founded and served as editor-in-chief for nine years.

COSMOS MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 13 April 2012

Stars of science draw capacity crowd to COSMOS event

A press release about a COSMOS event – spearheaded by Wilson da Silva – which drew a capacity crowd of 1,500 to hear two of the world’s best-known names in science: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. 

COSMOS MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 12 November 2010

COSMOS Magazine picks up its 39th award

A press release announcing the 39th award won by COSMOS since launching in 2005, making it by far the most decorated science magazine in Australian history.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH | 31 December 2009

The write stuff

A news story in The Daily Telegraph on space tourism, in which Wilson da Silva – among the 14 Australians already paid up for the experience – is interviewed.

THE AUSTRALIAN | 31 August 2009

Twitter from Earth draws avalanche of global attention

Story in The Australian on the HELLO FROM EARTH project, a viral social media campaign conceived by Wilson da Silva to raise awareness for Australia's National Science Week. In two weeks, it featured in more than 9,000 blogs and 1,000 newspapers worldwide.

SPACE.COM | 14 August 2009

Send ET a text message from Earth

An online story in SPACE.com describing HELLO FROM EARTH, a project conceived by Wilson da Silva for Australia's National Science Week.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 31 July 2009

COSMOS leads global campaign on media freedom

A press release announcing a global campaign in defence of UK science writer Simon Singh – being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association – launched by COSMOS magazine

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 21 November 2008

Another seven awards for COSMOS and G Magazine

A press release announcing the win of another seven awards by Luna Media (as Cosmos Media was formerly known), making it 27 awards in less than four years for the Australian science and environment publisher.

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | 18 September 2008

Steps on the green scale

A business story in The Sydney Morning Herald on greenwashing, in which marketing writer Paul McIntyre  talks to Wilson da Silva and Kylie Ahern – the co-founders Luna Media (as Cosmos Media was then known) – about the business of being green.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 22 August 2008

Luna Media wins City of Sydney's inaugural Sustainability Award

A press release celebrating Luna Media's win at the City of Sydney Business Awards, where the company (later known as Cosmos Media) took out the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Award for Sustainability as well as the Environmental Business Award.

BOSS MAGAZINE, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW | 13 June 2008

Cosmic Connection

A profile in BOSS magazine of Kylie Ahern, CEO, and Wilson da Silva, editor-in-chief, of Luna Media, publisher of science magazine COSMOS and sustainable living title G Magazine.

GOOD WEEKEND, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | 17 February 2007

TWO OF US: Alan Finkel and Wilson da Silva

A profile of COSMOS founding editor Wilson da Silva and co-founder Dr Alan Finkel, published in Good Weekend, the magazine of The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE |  10 August 2006

New ‘green lifestyle’ magazine to launch

A press release announcing the launch of G Magazine, Australia's first green living title, headed by editor-in-chief Wilson da Silva.

OnSET WORLD-WIDE DAY IN SCIENCE | 12 April 2006

Day in the life: Science journalist Wilson da Silva

An interview with Wilson da Silva for OnSET, the Online Science, Engineering & Technology blog of the Science Communication Program at the University of New South Wales for 2006 World-Wide Day in Science. What did the editor of COSMOS do on April 12?

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 28 November 2005

COSMOS takes out three Bell Magazine Awards

A press release on the win by COSMOS of three Bell Magazine Awards, including the coveted Editor of the Year and the Cover of the Year prizes.

LUNA MEDIA PRESS RELEASE | 22 June 2005

COSMOS blasts off

A press release announcing the launch of COSMOS by John Bell, Australia’s leading Shakespearean actor and director, before to 140 guests at The Mint in Sydney’s Macquarie Street.

NEW SCIENTIST | 26 August 2000

Thirsty Work: Bringing Science to the Public in Australia

A report in New Scientist on ‘Science in the Pub Goes Outback’, a tour of rural Australia with a band of scientists and science journalists who stage discussions on science topics in local watering holes. 

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