Research & development

Scientists deep-freeze native plants at risk of extinction

15 November, 2023

A process similar to that used to store human embryos is being used by scientists to save native Australian plants under threat from invasive myrtle rust.

Novel catalyst enables greener pharmaceutical manufacturing

06 November, 2023

Researchers have developed a new class of so-called heterogeneous geminal-atom catalysts for more environmentally friendly pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

Climate scientists sound the alarm; those with lung conditions at risk

30 October, 2023

Scientists say that Earth's vital signs have worsened beyond anything we have seen — and people with lung conditions are particularly at risk.

Over 40% of Antarctica's ice shelves have shrunk in 25 years

26 October, 2023

Scientists found that 71 of the 162 ice shelves surrounding Antarctica have reduced in volume over 25 years from 1997 to 2021, with a net release of 7.5 trillion tonnes of meltwater into the oceans.

Distant fast radio burst offers path to weigh the universe

23 October, 2023

Scientists have found the most ancient and distant blast of cosmic radio waves to date, located so far away that its light took eight billion years to reach Earth.

Starch discovery reaps benefits for industry

16 October, 2023

UK researchers have brought clarity to the longstanding question of how starch granules form in the seeds of Triticeae crops — wheat, barley and rye.

Bennu asteroid sample found to contain carbon and water

12 October, 2023

Initial studies of a sample of the 4.5-billion-year-old asteroid Bennu show evidence of high carbon content and water, which together indicate that the building blocks of life on Earth may be found in the rock.

Plastics upcycled into liquids that can store hydrogen energy

11 October, 2023

A new process can upcycle most plastics into chemical ingredients useful for energy storage, using LEDs and a commercially available catalyst — and all at room temperature.

Melting ice likely triggered climate event >8000 years ago

04 October, 2023

Scientists have identified a melting ice sheet as the probable trigger of a major climate-change event just over 8000 years ago.

Leukaemia test finds candidates for treatment-free remission

28 September, 2023

A new breakthrough in chronic myeloid leukaemia testing can help identify patients who are strong candidates for lifelong treatment-free remission.

Air pollution impacts bees' ability to find flowers

27 September, 2023

Ozone substantially changes the size and scent of floral odour plumes given off by flowers, reducing honeybees' ability to recognise odours by up to 90%.

NASA's first ever asteroid sample has landed on Earth

27 September, 2023

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft travelled across the solar system and back to visit an asteroid named Bennu and collect a sample — a sample that has now been brought back to Earth.

Diagnostic tool for mpox uses CRISPR technology

22 September, 2023

MPXV-CRISPR is reportedly capable of detecting mpox virus in clinical samples with acute precision and at a faster rate than any other method.

Giant 'bubble' of galaxies a remnant of the early universe

21 September, 2023

Astronomers have discovered a giant 'bubble' of galaxies, measuring one billion light-years across, which they believe to be a fossil-like remnant of the birth of the universe.

Global collaboration invests in clean energy innovation

19 September, 2023

Funding agencies from the US, Australia, Canada and the UK have pledged more than AU$118 million towards the NSF Global Centers in Climate Change and Clean Energy program.

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