Research & development

40% of insect species threatened with extinction

20 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

A catastrophic threat exists to 40% of species over the next 100 years, with butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees, ants and dung beetles most at risk.


'Cellular barcoding' pinpoints cells responsible for spread of cancer

18 February, 2019

Researchers have used a technique called cellular barcoding to tag, track and pinpoint cells responsible for the spread of breast cancer from the main tumour into the blood and other organs.


Hydrogen loss hints at the impending death of a galaxy

12 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Using CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope, researchers have witnessed what they claim is the beginning of the end for one of the Milky Way's neighbouring galaxies.


3D map of the Milky Way reveals its true shape

06 February, 2019

Astronomers have revealed that the Milky Way's disc of stars becomes increasingly 'warped' and twisted the further away the stars are from the galaxy's centre.


Variable gene expression helps plants survive environmental change

04 February, 2019

Scientists discover how 'twin' plants with identical genes, grown in identical environments, continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.


Research, industry collaborations increase by 64%

01 February, 2019

The relationship between researchers and industry has strengthened, according to the latest National Survey of Research Commercialisation.


Rare genetic brain disorder identified

25 January, 2019

An international team of researchers, led by MCRI, have identified a rare genetic brain disorder.


New ocean species are evolving fastest in Antarctica

24 January, 2019

New research led by Museums Victoria has overturned previous theories about how the biodiversity of our oceans evolved.


How hagfish choke their enemies with slime

23 January, 2019

The eel-like hagfish has survived on Earth for at least 300 million years, thanks to its ability to fend off predators by producing and choking them with slime.


Help stop the spread of marine pests this summer

22 January, 2019

More than two-thirds of water users are unaware of the threat posed by marine pests, according to a recent survey by Parks Victoria.


Vampire bats could hold key to new treatments; criminal activity hampers research

21 January, 2019

Vampire bats could hold the key to new treatments for a range of serious medical problems, but researchers have hit a snag accessing the specimens needed to advance their work.


Bioherbicide approved to combat introduced weeds

17 January, 2019 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

The Di Bak Parkinsonia fungal bioherbicide has become the first woody weed bioherbicide to be granted federal regulatory approval.


Aus–Norway partnership to create rapid-response vaccines

17 January, 2019

The University of Queensland and CEPI have signed a partnership to develop a technology that enables targeted and rapid vaccine production against multiple viral pathogens.


Key melanoma protein identified

21 December, 2018

Scientists from the Centenary Institute, in collaboration with 11 other Australian research institutions, have identified protein RAB27A as a key driver of melanoma metastasis.


Parkinson's discovery could lead to new therapies

21 December, 2018

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) have discovered how a protein linked to Parkinson's disease may protect cells such as neurons in the brain.


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