Research & development > Environmental science

Biosensor for water, wine and food

01 October, 2009 by

CleanFutures AquaSens has secured funding to finalise prototypes and complete testing of a biosensor technology that is set to revolutionise the testing of water, wine and food throughout the world.

Detecting contaminants in water supplies

02 September, 2009

Two ORNL researchers have demonstrated that free-living microalgae combined with ‘work-around’ strategies can be used as broad-spectrum automated biosensor systems for continuous monitoring of source drinking water.

Where there’s a wee there’s a way

03 August, 2009

Chemical analysis of the wastewater in 96 communities in Oregon has been used to map methamphetamine, cocaine and ‘ecstasy’ drug use. This methodology could be used as a proactive tool by health authorities.

Water analysis solutions

01 August, 2008

Agilent Technologies has launched a water analysis solutions website at

Opening the Curtin on the beginning of life

03 July, 2008

A Curtin University discovery challenges fundamental understanding of the processes active in the early history of the Earth. It suggests that life may well have appeared on Earth long before the period of heavy-meteorite bombardment believed by some to have initiated the emergence of life on Earth.

Aircraft bacteria levels and traveller health

02 May, 2008

A study measuring bacterial concentrations in cabin air on 12 commercial passenger aircraft has shown that flying may be safer than we think. Elevated levels of bacteria were detected at several intervals during the flight, but they were common residents of human skin, dust and outdoor air.

The role of food in human exposure to antimicrobial resistant bacteria

18 April, 2008

The European Food Safety Authority BIOHAZ Panel has launched a public consultation and a call for additional scientific data on the extent of how food serves as a vehicle for antimicrobial resistance.

Bikini corals recover from atomic blast

15 April, 2008

Although the corals are flourishing around the atomic blasted Bikini Atoll, some species have not recovered.

Award for Australian seismologist

30 January, 2008

A seismologist from The Australian National University (ANU), whose work could help forecast the damage path of future earthquakes, has been honoured by one of the world’s top scientific organisations.

Aussie bedrock indicates origin of earth's atmosphere

06 November, 2007 by Keiran Jones, Journalist

Core samples from the Australian outback have helped American scientists piece together the events that spawned our planet's breathable atmosphere

The something in the nothingness

04 October, 2007

Recent studies have shown that a vacuum, previously thought of as a state of total nothingness, is really filled with energy-hungry ‘virtual particles’ that could interfere with high energy collision experiments.

What, oh, what are those actinides doing?

22 August, 2007

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are uniting theory, computation and experiment to discover exactly how heavy elements, such as uranium and technetium, interact in their environment.

Environmental disasters and the RQF

07 March, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse, Editor

I have been wading through information about the Research Quality Framework (RQF). The RQF is "an Australian Government initiative to formulate a world's best practice framework for evaluating research quality and the impact of research

Keeping clean may not always be wise

07 February, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse

No-one in my house suffers from asthma, which is really rather lucky. However, I have long been concerned that all the research that establishes over-clean houses as a potential trigger for the disease actually shows up my limitations as a housekeeper

Extracting ‘bioactives’ from agricultural and food processing streams

20 December, 2006

Transforming products from agricultural and food processing streams into health-enhancing ingredients for use in a variety of foods and nutraceuticals is the aim of a $7 million Flagship Collaboration Fund Cluster involving CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship, Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

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