Research & development

Phenosys Jet Ball rodent virtual reality system

26 September, 2019 | Supplied by: SciTech Pty Ltd

The Jet Ball by Phenosys is a novel virtual reality experimental system based on an air cushion-supported spherical treadmill that allows a restrained rodent to navigate in virtual space.


New blood test for prostate cancer avoids false positives

19 September, 2019

By measuring intact living cancer cells in the patient's blood, rather than the PSA protein, the method potentially provides a more accurate test for prostate cancer.


Eye-tracking tests could predict Alzheimer's development

09 September, 2019

Eye-tracking technology could be used in future to predict if people with mild memory and thinking impairments will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease.


Under pressure: a new dimension for the periodic table

06 September, 2019

It is now possible for materials researchers to make quick predictions about how certain elements will behave at different pressures.


Test predicts cervical cancer risk in HPV-positive women

04 September, 2019

The 'two-in-one' test not only detects the type of HPV infection but also indicates precancerous markers.


Diagnostic test could end needless chemotherapy

15 August, 2019 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

The test could soon result in tailored treatment for women with invasive lobular breast cancer, in some cases relieving patients from the gruelling process of undergoing chemotherapy.


Species aren't adapting fast enough to climate change

13 August, 2019

Climate change is outpacing the ability of birds and other species to adapt to their changing environment, according to an international team of scientists.


'Anaemic' star carries link to ancient ancestor

09 August, 2019

A newly discovered ancient star, containing what is said to be a record-low amount of iron, carries evidence of a class of even older stars.


A smartphone virus scanner with a difference

08 August, 2019

A virus scanner for a smartphone might not sound too exciting at first, but the device in question doesn't search for the latest malware; it scans biological samples for real viruses.


'Electronic tongue' could detect bladder cancer early

05 August, 2019

Electronic voltammetric tongues could help detect bladder cancer in its earliest stages with a small urine sample.


Imaging probes detect acute kidney failure early

01 August, 2019

The renal probes are injected into the bloodstream and light up when they detect molecular changes caused by the onset of acute kidney failure.


Insects feel chronic pain too

23 July, 2019

Scientists have known insects experience something like pain since 2003, but new research has shown that insects also experience chronic pain that lasts long after an initial injury has healed.


Mussels could be used in surface engineering

18 July, 2019

The adhesive properties of mussels, and the possibility of their use in a wide range of surface engineering applications, have been detailed by US and Chinese researchers.


Gene discovery could help roots grow deeper

16 July, 2019

Researchers have discovered a gene that determines whether roots grow deep or shallow in the soil — and could be altered to help plants adapt to changing climates.


Aphrodisiac pheromone found in fish semen

10 July, 2019

The semen of the male sea lamprey contains spermine, a highly specific and potent pheromone, which attracts ready-to-mate female sea lampreys.


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