Research & development

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.


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.


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.


Saliva testing may help doctors diagnose concussions

17 November, 2020

Doctors may be able to more accurately confirm concussions by measuring mRNA in a person's saliva, aiding diagnosis in a non-invasive, non-biased fashion.


Continued warming and wild weather: State of the Climate 2020

16 November, 2020

Continued warming of Australia's climate, an increase in extreme fire weather and rising sea levels are highlighted in the latest State of the Climate report.


Extinct species of monk seal discovered in New Zealand

12 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

Researchers have uncovered an extinct species of monk seal that lived in the Southern Hemisphere, changing scientists' understanding of how seal species evolved around the world.


Rapid diagnostic could save people from dying of blood loss

12 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

A diagnostic made from a glass slide, Teflon film and a piece of paper can test for levels of fibrinogen concentration in blood in less than four minutes.


500 m-tall coral reef discovered in Great Barrier Reef

09 November, 2020

Scientists have discovered what they claim is the first detached reef to be found in more than 120 years — and it's taller than some of the world's most prominent structures.


New blood test predicts severity of COVID-19 infections

05 November, 2020

The Dublin-Boston score is claimed to accurately predict how severe infection will be on day seven after measuring the patient's blood for the first four days.


Cancer cells traced back to their tumour of origin

02 November, 2020

Researchers have traced cancer cells back to their tumour of origin by detecting an overexpression of fibroblast growth factor receptor in both the cancer cells and the tumour.


QUT joins the search for ancient life on Mars

23 October, 2020 by Lauren Davis

QUT will develop software to crunch the complex geochemical data that will be captured by the Perseverance rover during its mission to search for ancient life on Mars.


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