Posted: Dec 15, 2014  |  By: Pathtech Pty Ltd

A pipette tip is a pipette tip right? Not even close

The pipette is one of the most commonly used handheld instruments in a research laboratory and the model of the pipette is chosen based on your needs for performance, ergonomics and quality. But it doesn't end there - you may have the most advanced pipette on the market but a poor quality tip means that the reproducibility of your results may be at risk. Read more »

Posted: Dec 15, 2014

OK, as we suspected - men really are idiots

Males are more likely to be admitted to an emergency department after accidential injuries, more likely to be admitted with a sporting injury and more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision. Put simply, men are more likely to be idiots. Read more »

Posted: Dec 11, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

I study dead people

The decomposition of dead bodies is not the most aesthetically pleasing area of science to study, but for Professor Shari Forbes, it is by far the most interesting. Read more »

Posted: Dec 10, 2014

Identification of a pre-cancerous state in the blood

US researchers have uncovered a 'pre-malignant' state in the blood that significantly increases the likelihood that an individual will develop blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome. Read more »

Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Kidney-like structure regenerated from a single cell

Japanese researchers have successfully generated a kidney-like structure from just a single cell, thus making a huge leap forward in organ regeneration research. Read more »

Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Overcoming the limits of optical microscopy - the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy

When scientists in the 17th century studied living organisms under an optical microscope for the first time, a new world opened up before their eyes. However, optical microscopy was limited by a physical restriction as to what size structures it was possible to resolve. Now, super-resolved fluorescence microscopy has bypassed this limitation. Read more »

Posted: Nov 21, 2014

The bioprinted liver

Bioprinted liver tissue containing both parenchymal and non-parenchymal cells in spatially controlled, user-defined geometries that reproduce compositional and architectural features of native tissue are making it possible to assess drug effects over timeframes much longer than those offered by 2D liver cell culture systems. Read more »

Posted: Nov 18, 2014

The gene genie: controlling genes with your thoughts

Researchers at ETH Zurich have created the first gene network to be operated via brainwaves. Depending on the user's thoughts, it can produce various amounts of a desired molecule. Read more »

Posted: Nov 13, 2014

Close encounters of a comet kind - Rosetta and Philae's scientific payloads

In March 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta was launched by the European Space Agency - its mission to orbit and land on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. To complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted, the orbiter carried 11 science experiments and its lander, Philae, carried 10 additional instruments. Read more »

Posted: Nov 13, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

A meeting of the minds

An international research collaboration has built a pathway that makes brain-to-brain communication possible - with a little help from the internet. Read more »

Posted: Nov 11, 2014

'Frankenstein' DNA keeps tumours alive

Australian researchers have discovered how the massive DNA molecules that appear in some tumours are stitched together from other parts of the genome, making them similar to Frankenstein's monster. Read more »

Posted: Nov 7, 2014

Bone drugs have anticancer properties

A study led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has shown why calcium-binding drugs commonly used to treat people with osteoporosis, or with late-stage cancers that have spread to bone, may also benefit patients with tumours outside the skeleton. Read more »

Posted: Oct 31, 2014

2014 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

The winners of the 2014 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were announced this week at a black-tie dinner held at Parliament House. Read more »

Posted: Oct 24, 2014

Ancient roots of the mammalian immune response

An unsuspected link between the mammalian immune system and the communication systems of simpler organisms such as bacteria has been uncovered. Read more »

Posted: Oct 21, 2014  |  By: RACI

All chemists are invited to the RACI National Congress

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute National Congress, to be held in Adelaide from 7-12 December, will be the largest gathering of Australian chemists since 2005 and everyone is welcome. Over 100 plenary, keynote and invited speakers have been drawn from around the world and represent some of the most important work in the chemical community. Read more »

Posted: Oct 20, 2014

PM opens Westmead medical research centre

The Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research (WMI) has been opened by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird, bringing together several centres of research which were previously spread across six locations on the Westmead hospital campus. Read more »

Posted: Oct 14, 2014  |  By: Janette Woodhouse

Revealing the structure of matter

While there is absolutely no scientific evidence that crystals can be used to predict the future or provide protection or healing, they play a critical role in establishing the structure of matter. Read more »

Posted: Oct 14, 2014

Donning and doffing - why protective gear protocols are crucial

The current Ebola crisis has demonstrated that 'inadvertent' contamination is very hard to eradicate and can have deadly consequences. Read more »

Posted: Oct 13, 2014

Looking inside a working lithium-ion battery

For the first time, researchers have been able to open a kind of window into the inner workings of a lithium-ion battery. Using a neutron beam, the researchers were able to track the flow of lithium atoms into and out of an electrode in real time as a battery charged and discharged. Read more »

Posted: Oct 10, 2014  |  By: IBM Australia Limited

So much information - so little time

The sciences are producing huge amounts of data and it is humanly impossible to keep up with this ever-growing body of scientific material. How can researchers deal with this volume of information? Read more »

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