Research & development

Preventing carp-ageddon

03 May, 2016

$15 million of this year's Budget will go towards the National Carp Control Plan — a nationally coordinated approach to eradicating the common carp.

Cactus inspires fuel cell efficiency

02 May, 2016 by Adam Florance

The water-retention strategies of the cactus have inspired a team of scientists to make more efficient fuel cells for electric cars.

Sydney Nanoscience Hub officially opens

20 April, 2016

The $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub was officially opened as part of a two-day conference on the theme of nanoscale science and technology.

Major Antarctic expedition planned

19 April, 2016

The Swiss Polar Institute is organising a major project: the first scientific expedition to fully sail around Antarctica.

UK solar energy company invests in USyd start-up

13 April, 2016

University of Sydney spin-off company Gelion has secured an $11 million investment in its plan to make commercially viable, nanostructured, gel-based batteries.

High-tech radars for Tasmania and Victoria

08 April, 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology has installed a state-of the-art radar to take over from the West Takone weather watch radar in north-west Tasmania.

Reverse photosynthesis — sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy

07 April, 2016

Researchers have discovered a natural process that sees the energy in solar rays break down plant material, rather than build it up.

Australian appointed Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy

05 April, 2016

Professor Hugh Possingham has been announced as Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organisation.

Zika virus structure revealed

05 April, 2016

A research team has determined the structure of the Zika virus, revealing insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines.

Citizen scientists to create a 'feather map of Australia'

05 April, 2016

By collecting wetland bird feathers, ordinary Australians can help researchers create the first ever 'Feather Map of Australia' to show the health of our wetland birds nationally.

Advancing digital pathology adoption

01 April, 2016 | Supplied by: Philips Components Pty Ltd

Massachusetts General Hospital will serve as a key testing site for a multicentred instrument precision study involving Royal Philips' digital pathology whole slide imaging IntelliSite Solution.

Testing reproductive compatibility with fluorescent sperm

30 March, 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have used fluorescent green dye to observe different sperm competing to fertilise eggs.

Biodiversity prevents disease

29 March, 2016 by Adam Florance

Researchers have shown a clear link between biodiversity and the severity of a fungal disease on a Tibetan alpine meadow.

Two trials to study wind farms and human health

23 March, 2016

The National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded grants totalling $3.3 million to two trials into the effects of wind farms on human health.

The role of bacteria in platinum formation

22 March, 2016

The University of Adelaide has led research into the role of specialist bacteria in the formation and movement of platinum and related metals in surface environments.

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