Research & development

Mitigating climate change: it starts with better ocean data

21 January, 2021 by Ayesha Renyard | Supplied by: Sofar Ocean

Climate change is accelerating at an alarming pace — and the impacts are hard to ignore. Let's take a look at some changes to our ocean.


Scientists forecast a "ghastly" future for the planet

18 January, 2021

The survival of all species — including ours — is being threatened by loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades, scientists say.


New species of prehistoric crocodile identified from fossil

14 January, 2021

A new species of prehistoric crocodile, measuring more than five metres long and dubbed the 'swamp king', has been identified by Queensland researchers.


Australian lunar exploration mission announced

17 December, 2020

SEVEN SISTERS is a mission to send nanosatellites and exploration sensors to the Moon to search for abundant, accessible water and resources in 2023.


Biomarker helps to diagnose Alzheimer's early

15 December, 2020

Researchers have found new forms of tau protein that become abnormal in the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease before cognitive problems develop.


Building block for organic molecules discovered in meteorites

15 December, 2020

Scientists have confirmed the presence in meteorites of a key organic molecule that may have been used to build other organic molecules, including some used by life.


Genetic medicine revolution

11 December, 2020 by Peter Davis | Supplied by: ATA Scientific Pty Ltd

The quest to produce the vaccine for COVID-19 has sharply focused attention on the 'new' age vaccines based on mRNA.


Continents were weak, prone to destruction in their infancy

08 December, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

Mathematical modelling shows that continents remain weak and prone to destruction in their infancy, then progressively melt and differentiate to become stable continents.


CSIRO telescope surveys the Southern Sky in record time

02 December, 2020

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder has conducted its first survey of the entire Southern Sky, mapping approximately 3 million galaxies in just 300 hours.


Coral 'tumours' affect reproduction and growth

24 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Curtin University

A tumour-like coral disease is prevalent in the reef systems around the Cocos Keeling Islands, affecting the coral's ability to reproduce and grow effectively.


Biomarker blood test could diagnose HPV-related cancers

20 November, 2020

Neck, head and anal cancers linked to human papilloma viruses (HPV) could be detected early, thanks to a highly specific diagnostic test.


Saliva testing may help doctors diagnose concussions

17 November, 2020

Doctors may be able to more accurately confirm concussions by measuring mRNA in a person's saliva, aiding diagnosis in a non-invasive, non-biased fashion.


Continued warming and wild weather: State of the Climate 2020

16 November, 2020

Continued warming of Australia's climate, an increase in extreme fire weather and rising sea levels are highlighted in the latest State of the Climate report.


Extinct species of monk seal discovered in New Zealand

12 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

Researchers have uncovered an extinct species of monk seal that lived in the Southern Hemisphere, changing scientists' understanding of how seal species evolved around the world.


Rapid diagnostic could save people from dying of blood loss

12 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

A diagnostic made from a glass slide, Teflon film and a piece of paper can test for levels of fibrinogen concentration in blood in less than four minutes.


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