Research & development

Melting ice likely triggered climate event >8000 years ago

04 October, 2023

Scientists have identified a melting ice sheet as the probable trigger of a major climate-change event just over 8000 years ago.

Leukaemia test finds candidates for treatment-free remission

28 September, 2023

A new breakthrough in chronic myeloid leukaemia testing can help identify patients who are strong candidates for lifelong treatment-free remission.

NASA's first ever asteroid sample has landed on Earth

27 September, 2023

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft travelled across the solar system and back to visit an asteroid named Bennu and collect a sample — a sample that has now been brought back to Earth.

Air pollution impacts bees' ability to find flowers

27 September, 2023

Ozone substantially changes the size and scent of floral odour plumes given off by flowers, reducing honeybees' ability to recognise odours by up to 90%.

Diagnostic tool for mpox uses CRISPR technology

22 September, 2023

MPXV-CRISPR is reportedly capable of detecting mpox virus in clinical samples with acute precision and at a faster rate than any other method.

Giant 'bubble' of galaxies a remnant of the early universe

21 September, 2023

Astronomers have discovered a giant 'bubble' of galaxies, measuring one billion light-years across, which they believe to be a fossil-like remnant of the birth of the universe.

Global collaboration invests in clean energy innovation

19 September, 2023

Funding agencies from the US, Australia, Canada and the UK have pledged more than AU$118 million towards the NSF Global Centers in Climate Change and Clean Energy program.

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).

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