Research & development

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.


Artificial sweeteners make you hungrier

13 July, 2016 by Adam Florance

As well as promoting hyperactivity and insomnia, a new study has found that artificial sweeteners actually increase feelings of hunger, leading to higher calorific intake.


Is there a connection between dance music and cravings?

01 July, 2016

Neuroscientists at The University of Melbourne are recruiting electronic music fans for a study exploring the connection between cravings and the 'risky' sounds of dance music.


What makes planes freeze?

28 June, 2016

Chinese researchers have investigated the process by which ice accumulates on the wings and tail of an aircraft flying during freezing rain.


A violin made from spider silk

24 June, 2016

Luca Alessandrini has developed a prototype violin made from a composite material that includes, among other things, spider silk.


A giant galaxy cluster, more gravitational waves and life outside the solar system

16 June, 2016

It's been a busy couple of days for astronomers, with announcements of three significant discoveries taking place in the past 48 hours.


Bionic leaf 2.0

09 June, 2016 by Adam Florance

A team from Harvard has created a 'bionic leaf' that converts sunlight directly into a biomass fuel with 10 times the efficiency of natural systems.


Swift, simple, early Zika detection in blood

08 June, 2016

Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo has developed what is said to be the world's first kit able to directly detect the Zika virus (ZIKV) in blood.


Motors on a mission for NASA

06 June, 2016 | Supplied by: ERNTEC Pty Ltd

As part of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) research project, motors from FAULHABER are helping to examine the Earth's magnetic field.


Tropical disease detection funded by the government

01 June, 2016 | Supplied by: Atomo Diagnostics Pty Limited

Atomo Diagnostics has secured $1.38 million to assist in the development and commercialisation of new rapid tests for the detection of dengue and chikungunya viruses, which are leading causes of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics.


CRC future rounds announced

27 May, 2016

The federal government has announced the future timing for the next funding round for Cooperative Research Centres and the next three rounds of CRC-Project funding.


A triple threat against viral diseases

12 May, 2016

Researchers have identified a new macromolecule that could help prevent deadly virus infections with a triple-play mechanism that can also help prevent viral drug resistance.


Driving on coffee

09 May, 2016 by Adam Florance

Swinburne University researchers have been collecting used coffee grounds from local cafes, drying them out and testing them as a construction material. You may soon be driving over the results.


CRCs and Budget confusion

05 May, 2016

There has been some confusion surrounding the impact of the 2016–17 Budget on the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.


US govt invests in Sydney quantum research

04 May, 2016

An international consortium has been awarded a multimillion-dollar research grant from the US government agency Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity for research into quantum technology.


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