Research & development

Researchers rediscover 'lost' coral and wildflower species

16 May, 2022

Researchers have discovered species of coral and wildflower that had been hidden for decades, with the latter thought to be extinct.


50:50 chance of reaching 1.5°C threshold in next five years

12 May, 2022

The chance of temporarily exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures has risen steadily since 2015, when it was close to zero.


CRC to tackle antimicrobial resistance threat to Australia

09 May, 2022

The Australian Government has announced $34.5m for the Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments.


Major breakthrough in estimating fossil fuel CO2 emissions

06 May, 2022

The estimate uses a new method for separating CO2 signals from land plants and fossil fuels in the atmosphere.


Pfizer to acquire ResApp, developer of smartphone COVID test

14 April, 2022

ResApp Health has developed a novel cough audio-based COVID-19 screening test that only requires a smartphone.


IPCC report pushes for halved emissions by 2030

07 April, 2022

Immediate and deep emissions reductions are required across all sectors in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the latest IPCC report says.


New digs for the National Herbarium of NSW

06 April, 2022 by Lauren Davis

Established in 1853, the herbarium has grown from an initial collection of around 1800 native plant specimens to over 1 million today.


Climate change is making oceans louder

05 April, 2022

In warmer water, soundwaves propagate faster and last longer before dying away.


Hypertension patients should be tested for primary aldosteronism

30 March, 2022

A simple blood test for the adrenal disease known as primary aldosteronism could save hypertension patients from unnecessary illness, medication and expense.


CO2 could be stored below the ocean floor

24 March, 2022

CO2 emissions could be stored in the form of hydrates under ocean floor sediments, kept in place by the natural pressure created by the weight of the sea water above.


Caribbean coral reefs have been warming for 100+ years

21 March, 2022

Region-wide, Caribbean coral reefs have been warming since 1915. However, in four of the eight sub-regions, warming began earlier.


ATP sensor helps to monitor disease severity

04 March, 2022

Scientists have designed a prototype biosensor that detects levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and lactates in a patient's blood.


Urgent action must be taken on climate change: IPCC report

02 March, 2022

Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature, according to the latest IPCC report.


Ocean acidification may not directly affect fish behaviour

28 February, 2022

The apparent severity of ocean acidification impacts on fish behaviour, as reported in the scientific literature, has declined dramatically over the past decade.


Blood tests may enable early ALS diagnosis

08 February, 2022

These tests would involve measuring the blood level of a substance that varies in concentration depending on which variant of ALS the patient has.


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