Research & development

Australian science delivers higher yielding crops

28 July, 2006

A string of scientific world-firsts has resulted in nine new ‘superfodders'. The disease-resistant animal feed crops of high yield have delivered more than $45m in benefits to Australia.


Carbon dating early Buddhist texts

24 July, 2006

ANSTO carbon dating tests of rare manuscripts dubbed the 'Dead Sea Scrolls of Buddhism' have confirmed the priceless texts are from the first and fifth centuries AD and could be the missing link in Buddhist history.


Quantum dots pose minimal impact to cells

19 July, 2006

Nano-sized fluorescent probes that can slip inside living cells and clarify life’s most fundamental processes, or track the effectiveness of cancer-fighting drugs, are barely noticed by the cells they enter, according to a team of researchers led by the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).


Cosmetic therapy for motoneuronal diseases

11 July, 2006

Dr Frederic Meunier, a winner of UniQuest’s annual Trailblazer innovation competition, is developing a treatment for motoneuronal diseases based on modifying botox.


Investigating the molecular structure of foods

05 July, 2006

Under an agreement signed between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and CSIRO, scientists will seek to determine the molecular structure of the foods we eat.


QUT research leads to stem cell breakthrough

08 June, 2006

A Queensland University of Technology researcher has found a way to replace animal or human serum in the culture of human embryonic stem cells.


Laser to break specific molecular bonds

19 May, 2006

A team of researchers has achieved a long-sought scientific goal: using laser light to break specific molecular bonds.


First man-made fractal molecule

12 May, 2006

All objects in nature are made of irregular molecules called fractals and scientists now have created and captured an image of the largest man-made fractal molecule at the nanoscale.


Sugar in cell communication

10 May, 2006

A research team from Uppsala University has uncovered an entirely new mechanism for how communication between cells is regulated.


Sound way to measure fluid in the brain

27 April, 2006

Scientists have developed a way of measuring levels of fluid in the brain that avoids the need for painful lumbar punctures.


Improvement in poultry quality

26 April, 2006

A test has been developed that can assess the robustness of the immune system in poultry by the Eureka E! 2692 molecular tests project.


Delving into the pump mechanism mystery

07 April, 2006

Researchers at the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Helsinki have identified an internal electron transfer reaction that initiates the proton pump mechanism of the respiratory enzyme.


Stem cells used to make new tendons

06 April, 2006

Weekend athletes who overexert themselves running or playing basketball may one day reap the benefits of research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that shows that adult stem cells can be used to make new tendon or ligament tissue.


Nanoparticles good for biomedical applications

04 April, 2006

Nanoparticles of gold can act as tiny, precise and powerful heaters, which potentially could be used in biomedical applications, according to a new study.


Critical gene for immune cell activation found

04 April, 2006

Every time the human body encounters a virus, bacteria or other infectious agent, immune cells called B-lymphocytes multiply in lymph nodes and then swing into action to fight off the intruders.


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