Research & development

Not-so-happy World Meteorological Day

23 March, 2017 by

This year's World Meteorological Day has a somewhat sombre tone, with the WMO revealing that numerous climate records were broken in 2016.

How climate helped shape the human nose

17 March, 2017 by

Have you ever wondered why the size and shape of the nose tends to vary between different human populations?

Driven to drink: how climate change is changing koala behaviour

13 March, 2017 by Lauren Davis

Researchers at the University of Sydney have made a remarkable and somewhat concerning discovery: Australia's koalas are getting thirsty, and it's likely a result of climate change.

Nutrient access affects trees' carbon storage abilities

10 March, 2017 by Lauren Davis

A groundbreaking study led by Western Sydney University has found that common Australian trees are unable to store as much carbon dioxide as previously thought.

$150 million for four lucky CRCs

08 March, 2017 by

Arthur Sinodinos has announced $151.5 million to be invested in four new Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) — the winners of the 18th CRC selection round.

World's oldest fossils uncovered

07 March, 2017 by

An international research team has discovered the remains of microorganisms at least 3.77 billion years old, making them the oldest fossils ever found.

Telescope captures the birth of a black hole

02 March, 2017 by

UWA's Zadko Telescope has captured the explosion that gave birth to a black hole 12 billion light years away, which took place before the Earth and Sun existed.

Metal-contaminated soil leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

28 February, 2017 by | Supplied by: Edith Cowan University

Australian and Scottish researchers have found that soils containing lead, manganese or aluminium — even in small amounts — contain bacteria with antibiotic resistance.

The crystals that power Earth's magnetic field

24 February, 2017 by

Japanese researchers have been investigating the source of energy driving the Earth's magnetic field, hidden deep within its core.

In the red corner: the world's first middleweight black hole

14 February, 2017 by

Astronomers have announced evidence for the existence of a 'middleweight' black hole — otherwise known as the missing link between relatively small, stellar-mass black holes and the supermassive black holes that lie at the centre of some galaxies.

Baleen whales have always been good listeners

13 February, 2017 by

Victorians scientists have discovered the point at which baleen whales acquired the ability to make and hear the lowest frequency sounds of any mammal, which they use to send whale songs across tens and even hundreds of kilometres.

Solar glass for self-sustaining greenhouses

10 February, 2017 by | Supplied by: Edith Cowan University

Researchers are building a 300 m2 greenhouse using transparent glass that can generate 50 W/m2 of surface area.

What's killing our galaxies?

08 February, 2017 by

Across the universe, galaxies are being killed, and scientists want to know whodunnit.

The ancient star that faked its age

02 February, 2017 by

German scientists have been investigating the true age of 49 Lib, a relatively bright star in the southern sky, which was until recently believed to be 2.3 billion years old.

Grant to improve sorghum breeding programs

30 January, 2017 by

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a three-year, $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and accelerate the development of advanced sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies.

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