Research & development

Special delivery — a boron carrier for targeted tumour therapy

19 August, 2016

Japanese researchers have developed a boron carrier for use in targeted radiation treatment for cancerous tumours. The carrier is based on a common blood plasma protein, meaning it can be tailored to individual patients and lessens the chances of blood contamination.

Emission-free conversion of natural gas to liquids

15 August, 2016

Scientists have used a novel ceramic membrane to make the direct, non-oxidative conversion of gas to liquids possible for the first time — reducing cost, eliminating multiple process steps and avoiding any carbon dioxide emissions.

Is there life on Mars? Meteorites may be destroying the evidence

11 August, 2016

As the search to find signs of life on Mars continues, researchers have suggested that a good place to find organic compounds native to the planet would be deep underground — from rocks that have been blasted to the surface by meteorite impacts.

Australian satellites join global research project

10 August, 2016

Three Australian research satellites will be deployed to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year, marking the first time an Australian-made satellite has gone into space since 2002.

The upshot of global warming: lower dengue risk

10 August, 2016 | Supplied by: Australian National University

Australian health researchers have predicted that the transmission of dengue could decrease in a future warmer climate, countering previous projections that climate change would cause the potentially lethal virus to spread more easily.

Phenosys rodent virtual reality systems

08 August, 2016 | Supplied by: SciTech Pty Ltd

Virtual reality systems by Phenosys enable rats and mice to enter a virtual reality world. The platforms offer a revolutionary concept for research on animal learning, memory, cognition and navigation.

CSIRO ordered to renew focus on climate science

04 August, 2016 by Lauren Davis

Greg Hunt has demanded that CSIRO restore its focus on climate science, less than six months after the organisation announced a number of job cuts in the area.

ANU and CSIRO open agriculture research lab

01 August, 2016 | Supplied by: Australian National University

The Australian National University and the CSIRO have officially opened a collaborative centre that will focus on technologies relevant to environment, agriculture and global food supplies.

Balancing fire management and conservation

29 July, 2016 | Supplied by: La Trobe University

Victorian environmental scientists have collected one of the world's largest datasets on wildfires, transforming our understanding of how fire affects biota and contributing to changes in fire policy.

Cygnus spacecraft returns to Earth

29 July, 2016

The Cygnus CRS OA-6 spacecraft has returned to Earth after supplying 3.5 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

The da Vinci code: notes of the laws of friction uncovered

27 July, 2016

Scribbled notes and sketches on a page in a notebook by Leonardo da Vinci, previously dismissed as irrelevant, have been identified as the place where he first recorded his understanding of the laws of friction.

Fast diagnostics tests to be commercialised by Oxford spinout

27 July, 2016

Technology co-developed at the Universities of Oxford and Sao Paulo State University will be commercialised by spinout company Oxford Impedance Diagnostics (OID), offering the potential for the development of ultrasensitive fast diagnostic tests for a range of diseases.

France partners with CSIRO on space science project

21 July, 2016

The president of the French Government's space agency has signed a cooperation agreement with the CSIRO covering the 2017 launch of a stratospheric scientific balloon research program from the NASA/CSIRO base in Alice Springs.

Drought-proof crops under development

19 July, 2016 | Supplied by: Australian National University

ANU has led an international research effort into how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress. Their study could lead to the development of next-generation, drought-proof crops.

Plate tectonics and pizza dough

18 July, 2016 by Adam Florance

The Earth's crust has more in common with pizza dough than you might think, according to an international team looking into the mechanics of plate tectonics.

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