Research & development

Microgreens and mature veggies differ in nutrient content

13 September, 2023

Young vegetables known as microgreens are reputed to be particularly good for health — now, researchers are trying to find out how microgreens compare to mature veggies.

Unreliable allergy tests spark call for standardisation

08 September, 2023

Scientists are calling for the standardisation of allergy tests, after laboratory trials published in the journal Allergy showed that commercially available tests are not uniformly reliable.

Rapid test for dengue fever developed

23 August, 2023

Queensland researchers developed a rapid test, with results that look similar to a COVID-19 home stick test, for each of the four types of dengue virus.

Photocatalytic system efficiently converts CO2 into fuel

16 August, 2023

Researchers have developed an artificial photocatalytic system that mimics a natural chloroplast to efficiently convert carbon dioxide in water into valuable methane.

Ancient rocks house evidence of our earliest ancestors

24 July, 2023

Researchers have found evidence of microscopic creatures that lived in Earth's waterways at least 1.6 billion years ago, which could be our earliest ancestors.

New stellar object challenges our knowledge of neutron stars

20 July, 2023

Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be an ultralong-period magnetar — a rare type of neutron star that can produce powerful bursts of energy.

Astronomers find a planet that shouldn't exist

18 July, 2023

As the first known close-in planet around a core-helium burning star, Halla shows that exoplanet discoveries might still surprise us by appearing where they are least expected.

Urine test enables early prediction of HIV end-organ diseases

17 July, 2023

Urine tests for human cytomegalovirus can identify the risk of end-organ diseases earlier in patients who have been infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1).

Retinal biomarker enables earlier MS diagnosis

12 July, 2023

Researchers have demonstrated that diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be significantly improved by measuring the thickness of retinal layers in the eye.

New phase of matter discovered

11 July, 2023

Physicists have discovered the 'chiral bose-liquid' state of matter, opening a new path in the age-old effort to understand the nature of the physical world.

Universe ran in 'slow motion' soon after the Big Bang

04 July, 2023

Einstein's theory of general relativity means that we should observe the distant (ancient) universe running much more slowly than the present day, but peering back that far in time has previously proven elusive.

Strongest evidence yet for low-frequency gravitational waves

29 June, 2023

Astrophysicists using large radio telescopes have found the strongest evidence yet for gravitational waves that oscillate with periods of years to decades.

Sustainable fuels made out of 'thin air' and plastic waste

27 June, 2023

Carbon dioxide can be captured from industrial processes — or even directly from the air — and transformed into clean, sustainable fuels using just the energy from the sun.

Milestone as phosphorus discovered on a moon of Saturn

16 June, 2023

Scientists have discovered phosphorus — an essential chemical element for life — locked inside salt-rich ice grains ejected into space from Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons.

Milestone as radio waves observed from Type Ia supernova

06 June, 2023

An international team of researchers performed detailed observations of a Type Ia supernova which exploded in 2020.

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