Posted: Jan 30, 2015

A powerful web resource for viewing proteins

Scientists have announced the release of Aquaria - a publicly available web resource that streamlines and simplifies the process of gleaning insight from 3D protein structures. Read more »

Posted: Jan 28, 2015

Genetically modified E. coli dependent on synthetic nutrients

While genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have imparted many benefits on society, they also have the potential to upset natural ecosystems if they were to escape. Physical containment of GMOs is not foolproof, so attention has since turned to biocontainment. Read more »

Posted: Jan 23, 2015

Bacterial banter: new method of chemical communication discovered

A team of German scientists, led by Dr Helge B Bode from Goethe University and Dr Ralf Heermann from Ludwig Maximilian University, has succeeded in decoding a previously unknown yet widely distributed chemical type of bacterial communication. Read more »

Posted: Jan 22, 2015  |  By: Lauren Davis

Cosmic radio waves caught in real time

Swinburne University of Technology PhD student Emily Petroff has become the first person to observe a 'fast radio burst' - a short, bright flash of radio waves from an unknown source - happening live. Read more »

Posted: Jan 14, 2015

Nanolaser biosensor for simple DNA detection

Researchers from Yokohama National University have created a photonic crystal nanolaser biosensor capable of detecting the adsorption of biomolecules based on the laser's wavelength shift. Read more »

Posted: Jan 9, 2015  |  By: Lauren Davis

Antibiotic with no resistance discovered

Researchers from Northeastern University have discovered an antibiotic which eliminates pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance - a promising weapon in the war against superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Read more »

Posted: Dec 22, 2014

Life science conference season in Lorne

Throughout February the beautiful Victorian coastal town of Lorne will host a series of conferences that will be of interest to all life scientists. Read more »

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

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: 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: 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 »

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