Research & development

Saliva tests for COVID-19 could replace nasal swabs

04 June, 2020 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

Saliva can be used to diagnose the presence and transmission of COVID-19, and to monitor immunity to SARS-Cov-2.


Pulsar observed 'powering up'

03 June, 2020

Astronomers have observed the full process of material spiralling into a distant neutron star, triggering an X-ray outburst thousands of times brighter than our Sun.


Rubber polymer enables greener construction materials

26 May, 2020 | Supplied by: Flinders University

Bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a new kind of rubber polymer.


Australia's mountains are still growing

22 May, 2020

Parts of the Eastern Highlands of Victoria may be as young as five million years old — not 90 million years old as previously thought.


Biomarker signature found for tuberculosis infection

21 May, 2020

The biomarker discovery could be used as the basis for a highly effective and simple diagnostic blood test to help detect prevalent cases of TB in the community.


Renewable biofuel could be used on ships

15 May, 2020

Researchers have been converting bioethanol into products including synthetic diesel, gasoline and jet fuel that have nearly the same properties as fossil fuels.


Diagnostic test tracks the spread of infectious diseases

14 May, 2020

The new diagnostic approach has the potential to enhance infectious diseases surveillance, and so is now being adapted to track immunity to COVID-19.


The secret behind virgin birth in South African bees

11 May, 2020

Reversions to asexual reproduction are rare in nature, so this may be the first time that the genetic basis of such a phenomenon has been discovered.


Fighting the COVID-19 fire with molecular diagnostics innovations

04 May, 2020 by Dr Luyun Jiang, Technology Analyst | Supplied by: IDTechEx

Unlike in the influenza pandemic in 1918, today we are better equipped to identify the elusive bug responsible for COVID-19.


Galaxies grow by 'eating' their smaller neighbours

29 April, 2020

Exactly how massive galaxies attain their size is poorly understood, but now a combination of observation and modelling has provided a vital clue.


Biomarkers for urological cancers found in urine

22 April, 2020

Researchers have developed a new method to enable more timely diagnosis and treatment of urological cancers, ie, prostate, bladder and kidney cancers.


AI blood test can detect over 50 types of cancer

15 April, 2020

A new blood test can accurately detect more than 50 types of cancer and identify in which tissue the cancer originated, often before there are any clinical signs or symptoms.


Optical fibres used to convert water into hydrogen fuel

09 April, 2020

Chemists, physicists and engineers have transformed optical fibres into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy.


Speeding up the development of pulse seeds

01 April, 2020

Researchers have created a new technique that speeds up the development of seeds, producing better quality and more abundant pulse crops as a result.


Facility to convert CO2 to carbon black powder

28 March, 2020

A container-scale facility seeks to convert CO2 contained in ambient air into highly pure carbon black powder that can be used as a resource in industry.


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