Posted: Apr 16, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Researchers on the storm

When it comes to studying thunderstorms, the best lab is the site of the storm itself. That's where Joshua Soderholm, a PhD student at the University of Queensland, has been conducting his research project into the collisions between thunderstorms and sea breezes. Read more »

Posted: Apr 16, 2014

Aerodynamic characteristics of a supersonic car

An engineer working on the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) project has published a paper on the aerodynamic characteristics of travelling at 1000 mph (1609 km/h), increasing the current land speed record (LSR) by over 30%. Read more »

Posted: Apr 11, 2014

Exotic particle confirmed by CERN

Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have confirmed the existence of a new class of subatomic particles called exotic hadrons. The LHCb collaboration, one of the four large experiments at the LHC, found that the exotic object does not fit into the pattern of particles observed up until now. Read more »

Posted: Apr 9, 2014  |  By: Karl Wyzenbeek, Managing Director, LabFriend

E-commerce in the lab

Consumers in Australia have adopted the web as the go-to resource to find the best price on products from around the world. But while we shop online for ourselves looking for a bargain, are we doing this in the laboratory? Read more »

Posted: Apr 4, 2014

Looking at light from a different angle

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced a system that allows light of any colour to pass through it if this light is coming from a specific angle. Read more »

Posted: Apr 2, 2014  |  By: Australian Society for Microbiology

Solving the puzzles of microbiology

The Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting & Trade Exhibition returns to Melbourne in 2014. This is the largest and most prestigious microbiology conference held in Australia and attracts approximately 600 microbiologists, allied professionals, researchers and academics from across the country and around the world. Read more »

Posted: Mar 28, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

From cancer tissue to dying stars: Extreme Imaging 2014

The winners of the 2014 Extreme Imaging Competition were last night announced at the Powerhouse Museum. Now in its third year, the annual event is held by Canon Australia's local research and development arm, Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA). Read more »

Posted: Mar 21, 2014

Millennium-old frozen moss comes back to life

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Reading have demonstrated for the first time that after over 1500 years frozen in Antarctic ice, moss can come back to life and continue to grow. Read more »

Posted: Mar 21, 2014

First evidence of cosmic inflation found

Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration have announced the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation - the rapid expansion of the universe which immediately followed the Big Bang. Until now, the idea of this exponential expansion was just a theory. Read more »

Posted: Mar 14, 2014

The best laid plans of mice in men

Scientists from the UK and Australia have created a mouse strain that expresses a fluorescing biosensor in every cell of its body, allowing diseased cells and drugs to be tracked and evaluated in real time. Read more »

Posted: Mar 10, 2014  |  By: LAF Technologies Pty Ltd

Wireless monitoring systems for critical applications in life science facilities

Users need to be aware that not all monitoring systems are equal. Choosing the right system is paramount to product protection and adding value to your process. Read more »

Posted: Mar 7, 2014

ESO telescope finds its MUSE

An innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Read more »

Posted: Feb 27, 2014

Nanoparticles, peptides and paper to detect cancer

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a cheap and simple diagnostic, much like a pregnancy test, which detects cancer in urine samples. Read more »

Posted: Feb 26, 2014

'Microbial Pompeii' found on 1000-year-old teeth

Plaque on the teeth of 1000-year-old skeletons has preserved bacteria and microscopic particles of food, effectively creating a mineral tomb for microbiomes that has been unearthed by an international team of researchers. Read more »

Posted: Feb 21, 2014

A complex biochemical system in a droplet

In an effort to investigate the reactions taking place in a biological cell, scientists tried to replicate them in an artificial cell. Such experiments have so far worked with very simple reactions, but the team managed to establish a complex biochemical reaction in tiny droplets only a few micrometres in size. Read more »

Posted: Feb 21, 2014

What paused evolution?

The first life on Earth developed in the ancient oceans around 3.6 billion years ago but remained as little more than a layer of slime for a billion years. An international team of researchers has now revealed the ancient conditions that caused these events to occur. Read more »

Posted: Feb 21, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Microbattery to monitor migrating salmon

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a microbattery to power an injectable transmitter, which will monitor the movements of salmon through rivers. Read more »

Posted: Feb 20, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Atomic structures and rotating anode sources

A new facility at the University of Melbourne's School of Physics has become home to a rotating anode source. The machine was installed by a team led by Professor Christopher Chantler, who noted that outside synchrotrons (of which there is only one in Australia), rotating anodes are one of the most powerful laboratory sources of X-rays. Read more »

Posted: Feb 17, 2014

Not proof of life on Mars or even Elvis sending messages via doughnuts

The source of the magically appearing rock on Mars has been revealed. Read more »

Posted: Feb 14, 2014

An interactive map of human genetic history

Researchers have produced a global map detailing the genetic histories of 95 different populations across the world, spanning the last 4000 years. Read more »

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