Research & development

Bacteria helps dryland salinity fight

05 July, 2004

Australia's efforts to reverse dryland salinity have received a boost with the development of a granular inoculant that helps wattles establish up to five times faster than normal.

Smallest cells put to work

01 July, 2004

The first recordings of the brain’s smallest cells at work, sensing the outside world, have been made by scientists at University College London (UCL). Their findings could help unlock the secrets of the cerebellum, a key motor control centre in the brain which, when damaged, can lead to movement disorders such as ataxia and loss of balance.

Frogs muscle in on 'wasting' process

21 June, 2004

Scientific studies of a unique Australian frog could lead to the development of new ways to improve livestock production levels and boost the prospects of maintaining human muscle strength into old age.

Moving the laboratory to the patient

08 June, 2004

Healthcare providers want to know as soon as possible the condition of the patient. Advances in microelectronics, microfluidics and microfabrication are enabling manufacturers to create a new generation of small, portable devices

Sugar to aid inflammation

11 May, 2004

A discovery by United Kingdom Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists, working with colleagues at Oxford University, provides a promising platform for research into the development of new treatments for inflammatory diseases, including arthritis and asthma, and cancer.

Folds in brain could predict intelligence

20 April, 2004

A study by Melbourne scientists has provided the first direct evidence that differences in the way the surface of the human brain is folded could be an indication of how smart a person is.

FRET and FRET-FLIM microscopy imaging of localised protein interactions in living cell nucleus

08 July, 2003 by Dr Ammasi Periasamy*

FRET microscopy imaging is widely used to detect protein-protein interactions inside living cells. This application note describes the use of one and two-photon FRET and in characterising the dimerisation of C/EBPa protein

Australian overturns 15 years of nano-science doctrine

08 April, 2003

Dr John Sader used established mechanical principles to prove that the popular V-shaped cantilever inadvertently degrades the performance of the instrument and delivers none of its intended benefits

Metal ions may play a big role in how we sense smells

08 April, 2003

Of the five basic senses, the sense of smell is the least understood. Now, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have sniffed out potential clues to how olfactory receptors in the nose detect odours

The future of drug delivery

08 February, 2003

The burgeoning area of drug delivery research could some day produce insulin pills for diabetics, laboratory-grown organs for transplants and plastic surgery, and an under-skin pharmacy on a microchip

Studying corrosion phenomena

08 April, 2002 | Supplied by: CSIRO

Described as the biggest advance in microscopy since the electron microscope, the second-generation scanning Kelvin probe has been unveiled by Australian scientists

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