Posted: Jul 31, 2014

European cancer research could be at risk

The European Society For Medical Oncology (ESMO) has expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients. Read more »

Posted: Jul 21, 2014

The secret to twisting light

Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will - the latest step in the development of photonics. Their research has been published in the journal Nature Communications. Read more »

Posted: Jul 18, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

The debate on criminalising research fraud

The BMJ has featured an article in which two experts go head to head discussing the potential criminalisation of research fraud. Read more »

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Inexpensive assay detects fake malaria drugs

Chemists from Oregon State University (OSU) have created a simple, inexpensive assay which can tell whether or not one of the primary drugs being used to treat malaria is genuine. Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Fusion research facility reaches for the stars

The Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) has been officially launched at the Australian National University (ANU). The laboratory has been significantly upgraded thanks to a Commonwealth investment of $7.9 million from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS) and associated programs. Read more »

Posted: Jul 9, 2014

The shrinking human genome

‚ÄčResearchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have updated the number of human genes - those that can generate proteins - to 19,000. This is 1700 fewer genes than described in the most recent annotation. Read more »

Posted: Jul 4, 2014

The physical effects of magic mushrooms

Researchers have examined the brain effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms, called 'psilocybin', revealing the physical changes the chemical makes to the brain. Read more »

Posted: Jun 23, 2014

A spectroscopic technique for understanding photochemical reactions

Using photochemical reactions to our advantage requires a deep understanding of the interplay between the electrons and atomic nuclei within a molecular system after that system has been excited by light. Read more »

Posted: Jun 23, 2014

First images of a microorganism's drug manufacturing line

Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) have obtained the first three-dimensional snapshots of the 'assembly line' within microorganisms that naturally produces antibiotics and other drugs. Read more »

Posted: Jun 20, 2014  |  By: Noah Saederup, PhD, Product Manager

How application and workflow affect pipette selection

By choosing the right pipetting system and eliminating risk and variability from pipetting procedures, users can achieve enhanced accuracy, reduced costs and better overall productivity. Read more »

Posted: Jun 20, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Hunting for breast cancer risk with next-gen sequencing

The Hunter Medical Research Institute's (HMRI) Pathology Service laboratory has developed DNA sequencing technology that is accelerating screening for the genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Read more »

Posted: Jun 12, 2014

Eucalyptus genome successfully sequenced

‚ÄčThe genetic blueprint of the Eucalyptus grandis (flooded gum) has been sequenced for the first time. The five-year effort to analyse the 640 million base-pair genome was conducted by 80 researchers from 30 institutions across 18 countries. Read more »

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

Controlling controlled and sterile environments

Automated environmental monitoring and biological monitoring systems provide effective and reliable methods for monitoring of viable and non-viable particles in Grade A/B cleanrooms along with other critical environmental conditions such as pressure, relative humidity and temperature. Read more »

Posted: Jun 2, 2014

World's most sensitive thermometer created

Researchers from the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing have produced what is claimed to be the world's most sensitive thermometer. The new and unorthodox method uses light to measure temperature. Read more »

Posted: May 29, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

How do Australians engage with science?

A national survey on Australians' engagement with science has found that the majority have extremely positive attitudes about science and technology, though they're not always clear about the details. Read more »

Posted: May 29, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Australia rises to the challenge of creating synthetic yeast

Australia has joined the Yeast 2.0 project, an international effort to create the world's first ever synthetic complex organism: a particular strain of yeast. Read more »

Posted: May 20, 2014

Heavy mouse enables hard-hitting research

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created the world's first animal enriched with heavy but non-radioactive isotopes. The 'heavy' mouse has enabled the scientists to capture in unprecedented detail the molecular structure of natural tissue by reading the magnetism inherent in the isotopes. Read more »

Posted: May 19, 2014

Single-cell analysis inspired by microchips

US and Korean researchers have developed a device, similar to a random-access memory (RAM) chip, which moves cells rather than electrons. The device could be scaled up to sort and store hundreds of thousands of individual living cells in a matter of minutes. Read more »

Posted: May 16, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

A powerful body scanner for an advanced imaging facility

The University of Queensland's Centre for Advanced Imaging has acquired an $11 million 7 T MRI scanner, said to be the most powerful body scanner in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more »

Posted: May 14, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Australia's scientists react to the Budget

The 2014-15 Budget will affect several areas of science, provoking comments from experts involved in the industry. Read more »

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