Posted: Feb 24, 2015

Concern for Mars mission as mineral destroys organic compounds

As NASA's Curiosity mission searches for various minerals on Mars, in the hope of finding evidence of ancient habitable environments, British scientists have found that one such mineral (jarosite) breaks down organic compounds when it is flash-heated. Read more »

Posted: Feb 20, 2015

Gravity explains why cells are microscopic

The average animal cell is 10 µm across - why? Why aren't they bigger? Read more »

Posted: Feb 18, 2015

DIY: How to measure Planck's constant using LEGO

The kilogram is about to be redefined using Planck's constant and you can now measure this constant yourself with a little 'do-it-yourself' effort and some LEGO. Read more »

Posted: Feb 13, 2015

Glucose-responsive insulin to better control diabetes

Researchers from MIT have developed a new type of insulin which activates in the bloodstream only when it is needed. The development could make everyday life much easier for type 1 diabetes patients. Read more »

Posted: Feb 10, 2015

The mystery of the disappearing bees revealed?

It's no secret that honey bee populations have been rapidly declining of late. An international group of scientists, including Australians, thinks the cause of this collapse lies in young bees who are growing up too fast. Read more »

Posted: Feb 6, 2015

New structural variant of carbon made of pentagons

Researchers from the US and China have discovered a structural variant of carbon called 'penta-graphene' - a very thin sheet of pure carbon that resembles the pentagonal pattern of the tiles which pave the streets of Cairo. Read more »

Posted: Feb 6, 2015

A microbial portrait of the New York City Subway system

Anthrax and Bubonic plague were among the 637 known bacterial, viral, fungal and animal species identified in the New York City Subway system. Only 12% of the bacteria species sampled are known to have some association with disease, but more interestingly still, 48.3% of the DNA sampled did not match any known organism. Read more »

Posted: Feb 4, 2015  |  By: John Rice, University of Sydney and Elizabeth Johnson, Deakin University

Shaping 2015: The challenge for Australia's new science minister

"What's in a name?" was essentially the Australian government's response when concerns were first expressed about dropping "Science" from the ministerial portfolio titles back in 2013. Read more »

Posted: Feb 3, 2015

Detecting dengue antibodies in saliva

The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) at A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow dengue-specific antibodies to be detected easily from saliva within 20 min. Read more »

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 »

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