Research & development

Microbe DIY test kit

08 December, 2006 | Supplied by: Melaklean Cleaner Air Products

The Melaklean Cleaner Air Products microbial test DIY kit can be used on process water, drinking water, waste water or recycled water, and gives an answer in 24 hours.


Found – the apple gene for red

08 December, 2006

CSIRO researchers have located the gene that controls the colour of apples – a discovery that may lead to bright new apple varieties.


$500 million boost for Australian science infrastructure

04 December, 2006

Australian science infrastructure will be upgraded by $500 million in Australian government funding announced by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop.


UGA researchers use laser, nanotechnology to rapidly detect viruses

24 November, 2006

Waiting a day or more to get laboratory results back from the doctor’s office soon could become a thing of a past.


Neanderthal genome sequencing yields surprising results

22 November, 2006

Scientists with the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have sequenced genomic DNA from fossilised Neanderthal bones with surprising results.


US$4.6m biotech product development initiative launched

21 November, 2006

Box Hill Institute biotechnology students will get international training opportunities with the signing of an agreement with US-based company PaleoTechnology International.


Australian Alzheimer's study launched

17 November, 2006

An Australian study to better understand the devastating and deadly Alzheimer's disease has been launched in Melbourne.


Can't do research without the scientists

13 November, 2006 by Janette Woodhouse

The Science Engineering and Technology Skills Audit, which was released in July 2006, forecasts that Australia's supply in key science, education and technology areas will not be sufficient to meet future demand


$12.5m partnership targets healthy grain

08 November, 2006

CSIRO, through the Food Futures Flagship, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have announced a partnership to accelerate the development of super-healthy wheat varieties.


Australian invention commercialised

28 September, 2006

A Royal North Shore Hospital discovery has been commercialised by US company Beckman Coulter, manufacturer of biomedical testing equipment, through its DSL subsidiary.


Fuels from bacteria

21 September, 2006

A breakthrough in the production of biofuels has been developed by scientists in Germany. Research published in the September 2006 issue of Microbiology, described how specially engineered bacteria could be used to make fuel completely from food crops.


Aussie team makes landmark insulin discovery

15 September, 2006

A team of CSIRO scientists has determined the molecular structure of the insulin receptor, the protein on the surface of cells that mediates the effects of insulin.


How green are my solvents?

11 September, 2006

Volatile organic solvents are the normal media for the industrial synthesis of organic products. The Montreal protocol has resulted in a compelling need to re-evaluate many chemical processes that have proved otherwise satisfactory for many years


Safety implications of nanotechnology

21 August, 2006

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) has published a report reviewing the potential occupational health and safety implications of nanotechnology and nanoparticles.


Transforming the cow

18 August, 2006

The ability of scientists to improve health and disease management of cattle and enhance the nutritional value of beef and dairy products has received a major boost with the release of the most complete sequence of the cow genome ever assembled.


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