Research & development

Two new methods for faster sepsis diagnosis

12 April, 2024

Sepsis and septic shock patients could soon experience faster diagnoses and better outcomes, thanks to new Australian research.

Astronauts will soon grow plants on the Moon

05 April, 2024

When humans take their first steps back on the Moon after 50 years during the Artemis III mission, astronauts will cultivate and return lunar-grown plants to Earth for the first time.

How plant leaves ensure optimal area for photosynthesis

29 March, 2024

The small RNA molecules in the cells of the growing leaf set in motion a genetic process that enables the cells to perceive and interpret their environment.

What turned Earth into a giant snowball 700m years ago?

20 March, 2024

Australian geologists have used plate tectonic modelling to determine what most likely caused the Earth to experience an extreme ice-age climate more than 700 million years ago.

Air pollution particle may induce Alzheimer's disease

15 March, 2024

Magnetite, a tiny particle found in air pollution, can induce signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

Controlling root growth could help crops, combat climate change

13 March, 2024

A highly conserved ethylene signalling pathway can be targeted to control the direction of root growth, creating deeper root systems that hold on to carbon.

Biomarker could prevent sudden cardiac death in men

12 March, 2024

Plasma 4β-hydroxycholesterol (4βHC) measurement could help to predict and prevent sudden cardiac death in men with coronary artery disease, according to researchers.

SKA-Low radio telescope takes big step forward in WA

11 March, 2024

The first of more than 130,000 two-metre-tall antennas that will make up the SKA-Low radio telescope were installed last week in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

Invasive weed could be a viable economic crop

05 March, 2024

The prickly paddy melon weed could have unexpected benefits for the construction, mining and forestry industries, as well as First Nations communities.

Blood test can predict risk of imminent heart attack

04 March, 2024

A new online tool lets users input their blood test results along with other basic information to discover if they are at increased risk of having a heart attack within six months.

Iron will: how plants deprive bacteria by depriving themselves

01 March, 2024

When plants feel threatened by harmful bacteria, they are willing to stop acquiring iron and stop growing.

Artificial 'worm gut' used to break down plastics

29 February, 2024

By feeding worms with plastics and cultivating microbes found in their guts, researchers have found a way to accelerate plastic biodegradation.

The temperature difference between day and night is widening

29 February, 2024

While night-time temperatures have typically increased at a faster pace than daytime temperatures, researchers recently found that this pattern had reversed.

The next alt-protein — cell-cultured beef rice

23 February, 2024

Rice already has a high nutrient level, but adding cells from livestock can further boost it.

RNA-based spray combats myrtle rust in plants

22 February, 2024

Queensland researchers have developed a treatment that can both prevent and cure infection caused by an invasive fungal disease devastating native Australian plants.

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