Research & development

Duo fears for DNA privacy

11 August, 2004

Two Monash law academics are calling for urgent state government action following the disclosure that a private Melbourne company holds the DNA records of millions of Victorians.


Glaciers contribute to climate change

11 August, 2004

The response of the world’s glaciers to global warming is an important element in understanding climate change, involving sea-level change and changes to the circulation in the North Atlantic. To predict changes, scientists believe it is vital to understand the behaviour of glaciers.


Flies uncovered

10 August, 2004

Australia will have a much greater capacity to understand its fly biodiversity with a generous endowment from an American benefactor.


Clandestine laboratories

08 August, 2004

Clandestine drug laboratories present hazards and dangers to the community in all areas across Australia, including urban and rural centres


Acoustic research helps fishery

28 July, 2004

Scientists and fishers will use deep ocean acoustic remote sensing techniques developed by CSIRO to help give long-term sustainability to the largest fishery in Australia's south-east.


Death does not always signal the end of life

26 July, 2004

Biochemistry PhD student David Carter is examining cadaver breakdown and soil biology to provide answers to life's toughest question; what happens to us after we die?


Bacteria helps dryland salinity fight

05 July, 2004

Australia's efforts to reverse dryland salinity have received a boost with the development of a granular inoculant that helps wattles establish up to five times faster than normal.


Smallest cells put to work

01 July, 2004

The first recordings of the brain’s smallest cells at work, sensing the outside world, have been made by scientists at University College London (UCL). Their findings could help unlock the secrets of the cerebellum, a key motor control centre in the brain which, when damaged, can lead to movement disorders such as ataxia and loss of balance.


Frogs muscle in on 'wasting' process

21 June, 2004

Scientific studies of a unique Australian frog could lead to the development of new ways to improve livestock production levels and boost the prospects of maintaining human muscle strength into old age.


Moving the laboratory to the patient

08 June, 2004

Healthcare providers want to know as soon as possible the condition of the patient. Advances in microelectronics, microfluidics and microfabrication are enabling manufacturers to create a new generation of small, portable devices


Sugar to aid inflammation

11 May, 2004

A discovery by United Kingdom Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists, working with colleagues at Oxford University, provides a promising platform for research into the development of new treatments for inflammatory diseases, including arthritis and asthma, and cancer.


Folds in brain could predict intelligence

20 April, 2004

A study by Melbourne scientists has provided the first direct evidence that differences in the way the surface of the human brain is folded could be an indication of how smart a person is.


FRET and FRET-FLIM microscopy imaging of localised protein interactions in living cell nucleus

08 July, 2003 by Dr Ammasi Periasamy*

FRET microscopy imaging is widely used to detect protein-protein interactions inside living cells. This application note describes the use of one and two-photon FRET and in characterising the dimerisation of C/EBPa protein


Australian overturns 15 years of nano-science doctrine

08 April, 2003

Dr John Sader used established mechanical principles to prove that the popular V-shaped cantilever inadvertently degrades the performance of the instrument and delivers none of its intended benefits


Metal ions may play a big role in how we sense smells

08 April, 2003

Of the five basic senses, the sense of smell is the least understood. Now, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have sniffed out potential clues to how olfactory receptors in the nose detect odours


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