Research & development

July was officially Earth's hottest month on record

17 August, 2021

July is typically the world's warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded.


Immediate changes required to limit global warming: IPCC

10 August, 2021

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth's climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest IPCC report.


New peak body and CRC for Aus seaweed industry

09 August, 2021

Australia's emerging seaweed sector has launched a new peak body, while the federal government has provided $59m to fund the Marine Bioproducts CRC.


DNA testing reveals the true origins of honey

03 August, 2021

DNA testing of Australian honey can reveal where it was produced and its main floral sources, according to researchers from CSIRO.


Test to better detect early-stage ovarian cancer

30 July, 2021

A new test could help reduce the high mortality rate from ovarian cancer by dramatically improving the accuracy of early detection.


One-hour Hendra test developed for horses

23 July, 2021

Vets have developed a diagnostic point-of-care kit that is claimed to detect the deadly Hendra virus in horses faster than ever — in under an hour, rather than days.


Massive explosion explains star's mysterious metal elements

19 July, 2021

Astronomers have potentially discovered the first evidence of the destruction of a collapsed rapidly spinning star — described as a "magneto-rotational hypernova".


Blood test could help diagnose frontotemporal dementia

16 July, 2021

Blood-based measurement of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) can distinguish patients with frontotemporal dementia from those with primary psychiatric disorders or healthy individuals.


Huge prehistoric crocodile documented by Qld researchers

08 July, 2021

A new species of large prehistoric crocodile that roamed South East Queensland's waterways millions of years ago has been documented by UQ researchers.


Rapid malaria test kit useful for developing countries

07 July, 2021

The kit could facilitate the diagnosis of malaria in the field, as it is anticipated to be lightweight, easy to use and able to detect the disease in its early stages.


Blood test enables early detection of >50 types of cancer

06 July, 2021

Many of the cancers that the test is capable of detecting do not have screening tests available, such as liver, pancreatic and oesophageal cancers.


Black holes observed eating neutron stars "like Pac-Man"

02 July, 2021 by Lauren Davis

Scientists have for the first time detected black holes swallowing neutron stars — reminiscent of Pac-Man eating dots.


Odour test sniffs out hard-to-detect cancers

15 June, 2021

The odour-based test sniffs out vapours emanating from blood samples and is able to distinguish between benign, pancreatic and ovarian cancer cells.


Aus to lead construction of powerful ground-based telescope

15 June, 2021

An international consortium has agreed to build and operate a ground-based telescope that will produce images sharper than space telescopes operating today.


One-second test for COVID-19 biomarkers

25 May, 2021

Researchers have developed a rapid and sensitive testing method for COVID-19 biomarkers, claimed to provide results in just one second.


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