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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.

Huge prehistoric crocodile documented by Qld researchers

08 July, 2021

A new species of large prehistoric crocodile that roamed South East Queensland's waterways millions of years ago has been documented by UQ researchers.

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.

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

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

Extinct species of monk seal discovered in New Zealand

12 November, 2020

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.

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.

NanoViricides ramps up SARS-CoV-2 drug development efforts

20 March, 2020

NanoViricides has completed the synthesis of a number of nanoviricide drug candidates for testing just a few weeks after identification of virus-binding ligands.

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.

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.

The missing link in penguin evolution

17 December, 2019

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.

Bacteria found in ISS drinking water

11 November, 2019

Bacteria have been found coating drinking water pipes and tanks on the International Space Station (ISS) — but what are the potential risks to human health?

How can tomatoes improve sperm quality?

08 November, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Sperm quality can be improved with a simple diet supplement containing a compound found in cooked tomatoes — a breakthrough that could transform the outlook for men with fertility problems.

Phenosys Jet Ball rodent virtual reality system

26 September, 2019

The Jet Ball by Phenosys is a novel virtual reality experimental system based on an air cushion-supported spherical treadmill that allows a restrained rodent to navigate in virtual space.

Species aren't adapting fast enough to climate change

13 August, 2019

Climate change is outpacing the ability of birds and other species to adapt to their changing environment, according to an international team of scientists.

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