Posted: Sep 18, 2014

Life Sciences = Future. Jobs. Exports.

Has the Australian biotech sector the potential to fill some of the gaps left by the demise of traditional manufacturing areas? Find out at AusBiotech 2014. Read more »

Posted: Sep 17, 2014  |  By: Ben Miller, Partner and Ben Hopper, Senior Associate, Ashurst Australia

Full Court confirms isolated DNA is patentable in Australia

In a unanimous and significant decision, a five-member bench of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed that a claim covering naturally occurring deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA), which has been isolated, can be a "manner of manufacture" and therefore a patentable invention. Read more »

Posted: Sep 11, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Clean tech lab to make products "benign by design"

In November 2013, Flinders University officially opened its Clean Technology Laboratory - a $1.1 million initiative to research and develop sustainable manufacturing methods. Read more »

Posted: Sep 10, 2014  |  By: Eppendorf South Pacific Pty Ltd

Automated purification of high-quality genomic DNA

The Eppendorf epMotion M5073 with MagSep Tissue gDNA kit is an efficient and effective way of isolating genomic DNA in an automated environment. Read more »

Posted: Sep 10, 2014

Micropumps for lab-on-a-chip disease diagnosis

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer the size of a coin.  Read more »

Posted: Sep 9, 2014

Rapid malaria detection with just a drop of blood

Singaporean scientists have invented a technique to detect malaria within minutes from a single drop of blood. The method was developed by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Read more »

Posted: Sep 4, 2014

Mapping our microbial footprints

Despite how hard we may try to scrub ourselves clean with antibacterial soap, it appears that humans are more tightly bound to our surrounding microbes than we thought. Read more »

Posted: Sep 1, 2014

RMIT opens $30 million MicroNano Research Facility

RMIT University has opened its new MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF) - a $30 million, 1200 m2 building that will drive cutting-edge advances in micro- and nanotechnologies, supporting projects that span across the traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine. Read more »

Posted: Aug 26, 2014  |  By: Andrew Beattie

Don't overlook what’s underfoot - save the bugs and germs

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species on Earth. Could a company ignore that proportion of its clients or a government so many of its voters? So why does this problem exist in conservation? Read more »

Posted: Aug 26, 2014

Canola research is flowering

​Two separate studies into the oilseed crop canola are providing vital information that will help improve crop yields. An international genome study has shed light on the historical origins of canola, while researchers have also discovered the key to understanding what makes Australian canola flower earlier than its Canadian and European counterparts. Read more »

Posted: Aug 20, 2014

Turn a $40 needle into a 3D microscope

Researchers from the University of Utah have discovered a method for turning a small, $40 needle into a 3D microscope capable of taking images up to 70 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Read more »

Posted: Aug 19, 2014

Forensic provenance: the science of art authentication

The value of an artwork can vary by orders of magnitude if its provenance can be established; increasingly, science is coming to the aid of curators to prove provenance. Read more »

Posted: Aug 14, 2014  |  By: John Rice, Griffith University

Fund R&D, then maybe universities can support industry

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane let his discretion slip this week in a speech to the Queensland Media Club when foreshadowing an upcoming report on research funding and competition. Distancing himself from the awarding of funding based on prior researcher publications, he signalled a distinctly different approach that is likely to inform policy in the near future. Read more »

Posted: Aug 14, 2014  |  By: Ian Chubb, Office of the Chief Scientist

There are no free rides to the future: Australia's Chief Scientist

This is a transcript of the 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment, hosted at the University of New South Wales. Read more »

Posted: Aug 13, 2014

Genomics API allowing for seamless sharing of genetic data

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health has announced a new application programming interface that will allow DNA data providers and consumers to better share information and work together on a global scale. Read more »

Posted: Aug 11, 2014

World-first computer chip inspired by the human brain

Scientists from IBM have unveiled the first neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an unprecedented scale of 1 million programmable spiking neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. Read more »

Posted: Aug 6, 2014

Australia needs a new innovation policy, claims AVCAL

The Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has provided a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee's inquiry into Australia's innovation system, claiming Australia is in urgent need of a new national innovation policy to ensure we have a highly dynamic and modern economy in the future. Read more »

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 »

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