Research & development

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.


Metabolic reprogramming in cancer

20 February, 2019 by Mansi Gandhi

Metabolomics, a study of small molecules — or metabolites — within organisms, cells and tissues, is an important and rapidly growing branch of 'omics'.


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.


'Cellular barcoding' pinpoints cells responsible for spread of cancer

18 February, 2019

Researchers have used a technique called cellular barcoding to tag, track and pinpoint cells responsible for the spread of breast cancer from the main tumour into the blood and other organs.


Hydrogen loss hints at the impending death of a galaxy

12 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Using CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope, researchers have witnessed what they claim is the beginning of the end for one of the Milky Way's neighbouring galaxies.


3D map of the Milky Way reveals its true shape

06 February, 2019

Astronomers have revealed that the Milky Way's disc of stars becomes increasingly 'warped' and twisted the further away the stars are from the galaxy's centre.


Variable gene expression helps plants survive environmental change

04 February, 2019

Scientists discover how 'twin' plants with identical genes, grown in identical environments, continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.


Research, industry collaborations increase by 64%

01 February, 2019

The relationship between researchers and industry has strengthened, according to the latest National Survey of Research Commercialisation.


Rare genetic brain disorder identified

25 January, 2019

An international team of researchers, led by MCRI, have identified a rare genetic brain disorder.


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