Research & development

Microplastics found in the world's most remote oceans

08 June, 2022 | Supplied by: Curtin University

Analysis found microplastics were present in the vast majority of the waters sampled, even in very remote ocean areas of the Southern Hemisphere.

Is this ancient seagrass the world's largest plant?

03 June, 2022 | Supplied by: Flinders University

Australian researchers have located what they believe is the largest plant on Earth — and they estimate it's at least 4500 years old.

Silica-based powder absorbs mercury from water

27 May, 2022 | Supplied by: Flinders University

Scientists have expanded testing of a sustainable extraction material capable of absorbing almost all mercury from polluted water in minutes.

Records broken for four climate change indicators

20 May, 2022

Four key climate change indicators — greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification — set new records in 2021.

Researchers rediscover 'lost' coral and wildflower species

16 May, 2022

Researchers have discovered species of coral and wildflower that had been hidden for decades, with the latter thought to be extinct.

50:50 chance of reaching 1.5°C threshold in next five years

12 May, 2022

The chance of temporarily exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures has risen steadily since 2015, when it was close to zero.

CRC to tackle antimicrobial resistance threat to Australia

09 May, 2022

The Australian Government has announced $34.5m for the Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments.

Major breakthrough in estimating fossil fuel CO2 emissions

06 May, 2022

The estimate uses a new method for separating CO2 signals from land plants and fossil fuels in the atmosphere.

Pfizer to acquire ResApp, developer of smartphone COVID test

14 April, 2022

ResApp Health has developed a novel cough audio-based COVID-19 screening test that only requires a smartphone.

IPCC report pushes for halved emissions by 2030

07 April, 2022

Immediate and deep emissions reductions are required across all sectors in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the latest IPCC report says.

New digs for the National Herbarium of NSW

06 April, 2022 by Lauren Davis

Established in 1853, the herbarium has grown from an initial collection of around 1800 native plant specimens to over 1 million today.

Climate change is making oceans louder

05 April, 2022

In warmer water, soundwaves propagate faster and last longer before dying away.

Hypertension patients should be tested for primary aldosteronism

30 March, 2022

A simple blood test for the adrenal disease known as primary aldosteronism could save hypertension patients from unnecessary illness, medication and expense.

CO2 could be stored below the ocean floor

24 March, 2022

CO2 emissions could be stored in the form of hydrates under ocean floor sediments, kept in place by the natural pressure created by the weight of the sea water above.

Caribbean coral reefs have been warming for 100+ years

21 March, 2022

Region-wide, Caribbean coral reefs have been warming since 1915. However, in four of the eight sub-regions, warming began earlier.

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