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 »

Posted: Oct 10, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Powering the future with plasma fusion

When it comes to finding new sources of energy, the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) is looking onwards and upwards - quite literally, in fact. Read more »

Posted: Oct 1, 2014

African skeleton throws light on our origins

The DNA of an African skeleton, belonging to a man who lived over 2000 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa, has thrown light on humanity's earliest common genetic ancestry. Read more »

Posted: Sep 29, 2014

The complex journey from stem cell to blood cell

An international group of researchers has discovered previously undetected steps in haematopoiesis - the process by which stem cells become blood cells. The team established that a highly complex series of events determines the fate of closely related populations of blood progenitor cells. Read more »

Posted: Sep 24, 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 23, 2014

Tracing the ancient ancestors of Europeans

An international team of researchers has compared ancient European hunter-gatherers and early farmers to present-day humans and found that modern Europeans can trace their ancestry to three ancient populations. Read more »

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 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

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 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 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 »

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