Research & development

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.

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.

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.

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.

Black hole spotted devouring a star

15 October, 2020

A rare blast of light, emitted by a star as it was sucked in by a supermassive black hole, has been spotted by scientists using telescopes from around the world.

Australia set to co-host the world's largest telescope

02 October, 2020

Western Australia will host the Square Kilometre Array's 130,000 antennas, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for Australia.

'Blueprint' to stabilise the Earth's climate released

24 September, 2020

Scientists have produced what they claim is the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience.

6 min Strep A test suitable for remote settings

10 September, 2020

Rapid, molecular point-of-care tests can be used in remote settings to accurately detect the presence of Strep A bacterium in just six minutes.

Sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels

04 September, 2020

Sea ice across the Southern Ocean played a crucial role in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change.

CSIRO helps establish new disaster research centre

21 August, 2020 | Supplied by: CSIRO

CSIRO has welcomed the government's announcement of a national disaster research centre, set to focus on natural hazards and disaster risk reduction.

20 min assay for COVID-19 developed

20 August, 2020

The rapid molecular test, called N1-STOP-LAMP, involves using a small portable machine that can detect SARS-CoV-2 from just one nasal swab.

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