Research & development

What, oh, what are those actinides doing?

22 August, 2007

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are uniting theory, computation and experiment to discover exactly how heavy elements, such as uranium and technetium, interact in their environment.


Eureka for genetics and climate research

22 August, 2007

Two of Australia’s top researchers received awards last night at the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney.


Alzheimer's researcher receives high honour

16 August, 2007

A neuroscientist was awarded the Victoria Prize, last night, for his groundbreaking research into Alzheimer's disease.


Scientists push for fusion energy in Australia

15 August, 2007

Australian scientists are today presenting at Parliament House a plan for the nation to develop fusion energy as a potentially safe and sustainable energy source.


A 'one-stop shop' for brain dysfunctions

10 August, 2007

A ‘one-stop shop’ for brain disorder information has been created, with the launch of the website www.florey.edu.au by the Howard Florey Institute, Australia’s leading brain research centre.


Scientists identify the oldest forms of life

08 August, 2007

Some of the oldest forms of life, confirmed to be 3.5 billion years-old, have been identified by a team of researchers at the University of Queensland.


237 reasons to have sex

06 August, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse, Editor

Many scientists assume people have sex for simple and straightforward reasons such as to experience sexual pleasure or to reproduce, but new research reveals hundreds of varied and complex motivations that range from the spiritual to the vengeful


NSW grants for life science research

01 August, 2007

The Iemma Government is offering grants of up to $100,000 to help life science companies commercialise their research, Minister for State Development Ian Macdonald announced today.


New research provides hope for childhood cancer sufferers

17 July, 2007

Scientists investigating drug therapies for children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) have presented new data demonstrating for the very first time that a small molecule called ABT-737 can increase the effectiveness of standard therapies.


International approval for Australian pharmaceutical testing

16 July, 2007

University of Queensland-based contract research organisation TetraQ is now recognised to provide internationally accredited testing services to the Australian biopharmaceutical industry.


Internet nutrition tool

06 July, 2007 | Supplied by: Merck

Sigma-Aldrich has enhanced its Bioactive Nutrient Explorer. This internet-based tool has been specifically designed to help nutrition and animal scientists, medical researchers, biologists and analytical chemists studying dietary plants and supplements locate the chemicals and kits they need to support their work.


Career decisions for embryonic stem cells

06 July, 2007

As a fertilised egg develops into a full-grown adult, mammalian cells make many crucial decisions - closing doors of opportunity as they adopt careers as liver cells, skin cells or neurons.


Discovering dementia's molecular structure

06 July, 2007

The Australian Synchrotron is due to open for general use later this year. The synchrotron will create beams of laser-like intense light that can be used for looking at materials in sub-microscopic detail and manufacturing small, precise materials


Meningococcal vaccine could have unknown side effects

29 June, 2007

An ANU specialist has called for more research into the effect of the routine meningococcal vaccine on other throat and nasal infections found in the community, like tonsillitis and pneumonia.


Cold sore suppression

26 June, 2007

After the initial infection, the Herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1) virus usually remains in the body, hiding out in nearby nerve cells where the victim’s immune defenses cannot reach it, causing no symptoms at all.


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