Research & development

Rapid diagnostic test for Ebola under development

26 February, 2020

The test will detect the infection early in blood by embedding monoclonal antibodies against surface glycoproteins (GP) — one of the first detectable biomarkers of infection.


Bacteria on ISS no more dangerous than earthbound strains

21 February, 2020

Two particularly tenacious species of bacteria have colonised the potable water dispenser aboard the International Space Station.


Fossil methane emissions higher than previously estimated

21 February, 2020

An international team of researchers has found that methane emissions from human fossil sources are at least 25% higher than previously estimated.


Carbonating beverages with atmospheric CO2

06 February, 2020

CSIRO has developed a new technology that pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere and puts it into beer and other beverages.


Nature-inspired textiles remove oil from water

05 February, 2020

Researchers have developed a new technology for removing oil from water sources, creating textiles with surface properties that passively skim off the oil and move it into a floating container.


Chromium breakthrough enables more sustainable photochemistry

04 February, 2020

The abundant base metal chromium can substitute expensive precious metals in photocatalysis — a technique currently used to synthesise pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.


Egyptian mummy speaks again… sort of

30 January, 2020

The sound of a 3000-year-old mummified Egyptian priest has been reproduced based on measurements of the precise dimensions of his extant vocal tract following CT scanning.


Confirmed: climate change increases bushfire risk

16 January, 2020

Over 50 different studies show links between human-induced climate change and increased frequency or severity of fire weather.


Saliva test offers easier detection of mouth and throat cancer

13 January, 2020

A novel non-invasive technique can successfully detect human papilloma virus-16 — the strain associated with oropharyngeal cancer — in saliva samples.


The missing link in penguin evolution

17 December, 2019 | Supplied by: Flinders University

The remains of the newly described Kupoupou stilwelli — the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its modern relatives — have been found on the geographically remote Chatham Islands.


New estimate for the age of the Milky Way

13 December, 2019

Starquakes recorded by NASA's now-defunct Kepler space telescope have helped answer a longstanding question about the age of the 'thick disc' of the Milky Way.


Rapid asthma diagnosis with a drop of blood

12 December, 2019

A new rapid test is expected to return a finding after just 60 to 90 min — and all it requires to diagnose asthma is a drop of blood and the immune cells it contains.


Home urine test helps diagnose aggressive prostate cancer

11 December, 2019

The urine test diagnoses aggressive prostate cancer and predicts whether patients will require treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods.


Call to stop suppression of conservation science

05 December, 2019

The Ecological Society of Australia is calling for governments, universities and industry to stop the censorship and suppression of science and scientists.


Black holes can be much bigger than previously thought

04 December, 2019

Researchers were excited by the discovery of a stellar black hole with a mass 70 times that of the Sun, located 15,000 light years from Earth.


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