Research & development

Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars

19 February, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover — the largest, most advanced rover the agency has ever sent to another world — touched down on Mars after a 203-day journey.


Assay enables fast diagnosis of liposarcomas

11 February, 2021

Researchers have developed a gene panel test that allows for highly accurate diagnosis of the most common types of liposarcoma.


Sea level predicted to rise faster than previously thought

08 February, 2021

Researchers have constructed a new method of quantifying just how fast the sea will react to warming, finding that former predictions have been too conservative.


Aus biotech company supplies at-home COVID-19 tests to US

03 February, 2021 by Lauren Davis

Queensland-based company Ellume has announced a US$231.8 million (AU$302.7 million) agreement to accelerate domestic US production of its COVID-19 home tests.


Mitigating climate change: it starts with better ocean data

21 January, 2021 by Ayesha Renyard | Supplied by: Sofar Ocean

Climate change is accelerating at an alarming pace — and the impacts are hard to ignore. Let's take a look at some changes to our ocean.


Scientists forecast a "ghastly" future for the planet

18 January, 2021

The survival of all species — including ours — is being threatened by loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades, scientists say.


New species of prehistoric crocodile identified from fossil

14 January, 2021

A new species of prehistoric crocodile, measuring more than five metres long and dubbed the 'swamp king', has been identified by Queensland researchers.


Australian lunar exploration mission announced

17 December, 2020

SEVEN SISTERS is a mission to send nanosatellites and exploration sensors to the Moon to search for abundant, accessible water and resources in 2023.


Building block for organic molecules discovered in meteorites

15 December, 2020

Scientists have confirmed the presence in meteorites of a key organic molecule that may have been used to build other organic molecules, including some used by life.


Biomarker helps to diagnose Alzheimer's early

15 December, 2020

Researchers have found new forms of tau protein that become abnormal in the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease before cognitive problems develop.


Genetic medicine revolution

11 December, 2020 by Peter Davis | Supplied by: ATA Scientific Pty Ltd

The quest to produce the vaccine for COVID-19 has sharply focused attention on the 'new' age vaccines based on mRNA.


Continents were weak, prone to destruction in their infancy

08 December, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

Mathematical modelling shows that continents remain weak and prone to destruction in their infancy, then progressively melt and differentiate to become stable continents.


CSIRO telescope surveys the Southern Sky in record time

02 December, 2020

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder has conducted its first survey of the entire Southern Sky, mapping approximately 3 million galaxies in just 300 hours.


Coral 'tumours' affect reproduction and growth

24 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Curtin University

A tumour-like coral disease is prevalent in the reef systems around the Cocos Keeling Islands, affecting the coral's ability to reproduce and grow effectively.


Biomarker blood test could diagnose HPV-related cancers

20 November, 2020

Neck, head and anal cancers linked to human papilloma viruses (HPV) could be detected early, thanks to a highly specific diagnostic test.


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