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 »

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Inexpensive assay detects fake malaria drugs

Chemists from Oregon State University (OSU) have created a simple, inexpensive assay which can tell whether or not one of the primary drugs being used to treat malaria is genuine. Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Fusion research facility reaches for the stars

The Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) has been officially launched at the Australian National University (ANU). The laboratory has been significantly upgraded thanks to a Commonwealth investment of $7.9 million from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS) and associated programs. Read more »

Posted: Jul 9, 2014

The shrinking human genome

‚ÄčResearchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have updated the number of human genes - those that can generate proteins - to 19,000. This is 1700 fewer genes than described in the most recent annotation. Read more »

Posted: Jul 4, 2014

The physical effects of magic mushrooms

Researchers have examined the brain effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms, called 'psilocybin', revealing the physical changes the chemical makes to the brain. Read more »

Posted: Jun 23, 2014

A spectroscopic technique for understanding photochemical reactions

Using photochemical reactions to our advantage requires a deep understanding of the interplay between the electrons and atomic nuclei within a molecular system after that system has been excited by light. Read more »

Posted: Jun 23, 2014

First images of a microorganism's drug manufacturing line

Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) have obtained the first three-dimensional snapshots of the 'assembly line' within microorganisms that naturally produces antibiotics and other drugs. Read more »

Posted: Jun 20, 2014  |  By: Noah Saederup, PhD, Product Manager

How application and workflow affect pipette selection

By choosing the right pipetting system and eliminating risk and variability from pipetting procedures, users can achieve enhanced accuracy, reduced costs and better overall productivity. Read more »

Posted: Jun 20, 2014  |  By: Lauren Davis

Hunting for breast cancer risk with next-gen sequencing

The Hunter Medical Research Institute's (HMRI) Pathology Service laboratory has developed DNA sequencing technology that is accelerating screening for the genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Read more »

Posted: Jun 12, 2014

Eucalyptus genome successfully sequenced

‚ÄčThe genetic blueprint of the Eucalyptus grandis (flooded gum) has been sequenced for the first time. The five-year effort to analyse the 640 million base-pair genome was conducted by 80 researchers from 30 institutions across 18 countries. Read more »

Posted: Jun 10, 2014  |  By: LAF Technologies Pty Ltd

Controlling controlled and sterile environments

Automated environmental monitoring and biological monitoring systems provide effective and reliable methods for monitoring of viable and non-viable particles in Grade A/B cleanrooms along with other critical environmental conditions such as pressure, relative humidity and temperature. Read more »

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