Research & development

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived later than we thought

19 March, 2020

A large proportion of the elements that are essential to the formation of oceans and life — such as water, carbon and nitrogen — only came to Earth very late in its history.


Nanostructured catalyst efficiently converts CO2 to CO

19 March, 2020

Researchers develop a 3D hierarchically porous nanostructured catalyst with a carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide conversion rate up to 3.96 times higher than that of conventional nanoporous gold catalysts.


Newly discovered star pulsates on just one side

13 March, 2020

A star that pulsates on just one side has been discovered in the Milky Way — and while such stars have been predicted in theory, this is the first of its kind to be recorded.


POC infection diagnosis combats antibiotic resistance

11 March, 2020

A new infection test, made up of sheets of paper patterned by lasers, will enable diagnosis at the point of care — helping doctors give patients the right treatment, and quickly.


Gold nanoparticles used to detect cancer

04 March, 2020

The nanotechnology developed by University of Queensland scientists can detect and monitor extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the bloodstream.


Chest CT scans recommended for COVID‑19 screening

02 March, 2020

Computed tomography (CT) of the chest demonstrates better sensitivity than reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT‑PCR) when it comes to diagnosing COVID‑19.


Rapid diagnostic test for Ebola under development

26 February, 2020

The test will detect the infection early in blood by embedding monoclonal antibodies against surface glycoproteins (GP) — one of the first detectable biomarkers of infection.


Bacteria on ISS no more dangerous than earthbound strains

21 February, 2020

Two particularly tenacious species of bacteria have colonised the potable water dispenser aboard the International Space Station.


Fossil methane emissions higher than previously estimated

21 February, 2020

An international team of researchers has found that methane emissions from human fossil sources are at least 25% higher than previously estimated.


Carbonating beverages with atmospheric CO2

06 February, 2020

CSIRO has developed a new technology that pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere and puts it into beer and other beverages.


Nature-inspired textiles remove oil from water

05 February, 2020

Researchers have developed a new technology for removing oil from water sources, creating textiles with surface properties that passively skim off the oil and move it into a floating container.


Chromium breakthrough enables more sustainable photochemistry

04 February, 2020

The abundant base metal chromium can substitute expensive precious metals in photocatalysis — a technique currently used to synthesise pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.


Egyptian mummy speaks again… sort of

30 January, 2020

The sound of a 3000-year-old mummified Egyptian priest has been reproduced based on measurements of the precise dimensions of his extant vocal tract following CT scanning.


Confirmed: climate change increases bushfire risk

16 January, 2020

Over 50 different studies show links between human-induced climate change and increased frequency or severity of fire weather.


Saliva test offers easier detection of mouth and throat cancer

13 January, 2020

A novel non-invasive technique can successfully detect human papilloma virus-16 — the strain associated with oropharyngeal cancer — in saliva samples.


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