Posted: Apr 1, 2015

'Definitely contains traces of peanuts': imaging technique confirms peanut contamination

French and Spanish researchers have used a novel form of near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, known as NIR hyperspectral imaging (HSI), to confirm peanut contamination in food products. Read more »

Posted: Mar 23, 2015  |  By: Lauren Davis

Scientists said to be tweaking their experiments

Australian researchers have stated that some scientists are unknowingly tweaking experiments and analysis methods in order to increase their chances of obtaining easily publishable results. Read more »

Posted: Mar 20, 2015

More accurate X-ray measurements

US scientists have developed a new method to reduce uncertainty in X-ray wavelength measurement, in what is said to be the first major advance since the 1970s in reducing sources of error common in X-ray angle measurement. Read more »

Posted: Mar 18, 2015  |  By: Lauren Davis

Clearer than crystal: Australia's new cryo-electron microscope

At the newly opened Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Structural Cryo Electron Microscopy, located at Monash University, stands the FEI Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope. Read more »

Posted: Mar 13, 2015

Rap video stands out in science grant comp

A rap video of a young scientist promoting his skin cancer research is proving to be a popular entry in the Thinkable Innovation Awards, garnering crucial votes in the open research competition. Read more »

Posted: Mar 12, 2015

Alzheimer's may be an autoimmune disease

US neuroscientists have presented evidence suggesting the involvement of autoimmunity against the lipid ceramide in Alzheimer's disease. Read more »

Posted: Mar 11, 2015  |  By: Lauren Davis

Déjà supernova: star observed exploding four times

In a case of cosmic serendipity, a US astronomer has observed multiple images of the same star's explosion. Read more »

Posted: Mar 2, 2015

A more sensitive peanut allergy test

Chemists at the University of Connecticut have developed a peanut allergy test which is said to be far more sensitive than current procedures. It is hoped that the blood test will be better able to diagnose the severity of an individual's allergic reaction. Read more »

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 »

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