Research & development > Life sciences

Are aliens extinct?

25 January, 2016 by Lauren Davis

Why does evidence of alien life continue to elude Earth's scientists? Is it because such life never existed at all, or because it has already gone extinct?

Invasive mynas a disease threat to native birds

18 November, 2015 by Graeme O'Neill

Is the Indian myna waging biological warfare to gain a competitive advantage over Australia's native birds as they spread through eastern Australia?

Magnetic energy can change your brain — and your ideology

19 October, 2015

Researchers have used transcranial magnetic stimulation to temporarily shut down a region of the brain — specifically, the region that solves abstract problems addressed by ideology.

Starving breast cancer cells of nutrients

13 October, 2015

A research team led by Sydney's Centenary Institute has discovered a significant link between breast cancer and nutrition — one which could lead to a new treatment aimed at 'starving' breast cancer cells.

Why don't elephants get cancer?

12 October, 2015

US researchers may have solved an intriguing mystery — why do elephants rarely get cancer?

Trialled in the wild — the Tasmanian devil vaccine

29 September, 2015

Nineteen Tasmanian devils, who were recently immunised against the deadly devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), have been released into Narawntapu National Park as part of a program to test the vaccine in the wild for the very first time.

Kangaroo cartilage could improve implants

25 September, 2015

QUT scientists are studying kangaroo cartilage in order to improve implants for joints that have been worn out by age, arthritis or injury.

An unexpected funnel-web encounter

09 September, 2015

Scientists from ANU have comes across an unexpected species of funnel-web spider during their studies at Booderee National Park, near Jervis Bay.

Single-cell genomics to combat inflammation

04 September, 2015

Marcel and Claudia Nold are using single-cell technologies to control inflammation — an important response to infection or injury which, nevertheless, can cause conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease if not carefully controlled.

CSIRO leads global effort to save honey bees

26 August, 2015

CSIRO is leading an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry and technology companies that aims to better understand what is harming the health and pollination ability of honey bees.

Conception: an epic quest

20 August, 2015

Professor Allan Pacey has released an inside look at the process of conception in the human body, framing it as an amazing race between 250 million competitors.

How to lose weight without exercising

30 July, 2015

It sounds too good to be true, but scientists have developed a molecule that effectively acts as an exercise mimic. By tricking cells into thinking they have run out of energy, the molecule increases glucose uptake and metabolism, thus improving glucose tolerance and weight loss.

More research into animal diseases needed

22 July, 2015

University of Sydney scientists have argued for more research into major infectious diseases shared between wildlife and livestock, in order to better evaluate risks and improve responses to disease epidemics in animals and humans.

Hormonal traders make risky decisions

09 July, 2015

A new study has found that the state of a trader's body chemistry can impact the stock market just as much as the state of the economy.

A new way to calculate time of death

03 July, 2015

Researchers have developed a new method for reliably calculating time of death at least 10 days post-mortem — a substantial increase from the current timeframe of 36 hours.

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