Research & development

Black hole observed spraying plasma into space

02 May, 2019

Astronomers have discovered rapidly swinging jets coming from a black hole almost 8000 light-years from Earth — behaviour that has never before been observed on such short timescales.

Climate change may affect animal-to-human disease transfer

01 May, 2019 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

Researchers have been looking at how different environments provide opportunities for animal-to-human diseases to interact with and infect new host species, including humans.

Collaboration to non-invasively assess pregnancy outcomes

30 April, 2019 | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific has entered into a collaboration with NX Prenatal to develop proteomics assays to monitor foetal health in utero and assess the risk of adverse outcomes.

Work begins on million-year ice core drill

26 April, 2019

The Australian Antarctic Program is leading an ambitious project to search for the Earth's longest continuous ice core climate record from deep inside an Antarctic ice sheet.

Alzheimer's detection in a simple blood test

25 April, 2019

Swedish scientists have shown how a blood test can reveal whether there is accelerating nerve cell damage in the brain.

Twins study reveals how the human body changes in space

23 April, 2019

Results from NASA's landmark Twins Study, which studied one twin in spaceflight and one on the ground, have finally been published.

SmartSat CRC, Boeing agreement to boost Aus space industry

17 April, 2019

The Australian Government has announced $55m for a new CRC and the Australian Space Agency has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with aerospace company Boeing.

Budget 2019–20 — lacking 'clever country' ambition

03 April, 2019

How will the Morrison Government's pre-election 2019 Federal Budget impact science and research?

Antarctic mission to measure nature's air purifier

02 April, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Scientists spent the summer in a temporary lab set up on a remote Antarctic ice sheet, investigating a natural 'atmospheric detergent' that cleans the air of greenhouse gases.

Breath tests developed for gut disorders, gastric cancer

29 March, 2019

The humble breath test can now do a lot more than detect if you've had too much to drink, with scientists all over the world developing breath tests for gut-based diseases.

Physicists reverse time with a quantum computer

18 March, 2019

Russian physicists have found a way to wind back the clock, returning the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past.

Diabetes detection with a smartphone camera

14 March, 2019

A popular smartphone application, designed to measure heart rate using the phone's built-in camera, may help detect diabetes.

Could subterranean microbes be found on Mars?

05 March, 2019

A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, has recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life.

'Origami' diagnostic device for remote malaria detection

28 February, 2019

Researchers have revealed how origami-style folded paper, prepared with a printer and a hotplate, has detected malaria with 98% sensitivity in infected participants in Uganda.

40% of insect species threatened with extinction

20 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

A catastrophic threat exists to 40% of species over the next 100 years, with butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees, ants and dung beetles most at risk.

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