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RMIT partners with ACMI to reactivate the iconic Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre will soon take its place again at the centre of Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene thanks to an exciting partnership between ACMI and RMIT that will see the iconic theatre reopen in 2019. Once the city’s hub for a thriving entertainment and arts scene, for decades the Capitol Theatre has remained a treasured ... 19-Nov-2018 more


New blood test detects early stage ovarian cancer

Research on a bacterial toxin first discovered in Adelaide has led to the development a new blood test for the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer - a disease which kills over 1000 Australian women and 150,000 globally each year. The new blood test has the potential to dramatically improve early detection of the disease, although it will ... 19-Nov-2018 more


Wake-up call for child sleep issues

A James Cook University study has found sleep problems in pre-schoolers could help predict whether children are at risk of developing conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.  Sixth-year medical student Emily Sawyer’s honours research project investigated whether disruptive sleep patterns in pre-schoolers could be ... 19-Nov-2018 more


Law reforms propose clearer access to surrogacy

Reforms proposed to South Australian surrogacy laws recommend an updated and improved non-commercial system of domestic surrogacy to protect the interests of all parties, especially those of the surrogate child. In a report delivered today to the Attorney-General, the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of ... 19-Nov-2018 more


Global call to arms for scientists as bad infrastructure booms

An international expert on development says fellow scientists are not doing enough to challenge trillions of dollars-worth of infrastructure projects that benefit only a few and seriously harm the environment. An editorial by Distinguished Professor William Laurance on global infrastructure was published today in the prestigious journal ... 19-Nov-2018 more


Crowdfunding campaign to help save Tassie devil

A crowdfunding campaign launched today (Tuesday 13 November) by the University of Adelaide aims to help save the Tasmanian devil, one of Australia’s most iconic but endangered animals. Tasmanian devils face extinction from a cancer called Devil Facial Tumour (DFT). The key to curing them of this disease could lie in the cells in their ... 19-Nov-2018 more


A rare-earth metal enigma is solved

James Cook University scientists can now predict where a rare-earth metal vital for wind-turbines, electric vehicles and generators can be found – and they say it may lead to an economic bonanza for Australia. A new study published in the journal Economic Geology by James Cook University PhD student Teimoor Nazari-Dehkordi and ... 19-Nov-2018 more


Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change

Research co-led by a James Cook University professor suggests the Amazon rainforest is changing fast—but not fast enough to keep up with climate change. JCU Professor Bill Laurance showed in 2004 that forests in the central Amazon had mysteriously changed over the previous two decades. Among other changes, Laurance found the ... 19-Nov-2018 more


J.M. Coetzee: Photographs from Boyhood

J.M. Coetzee has a well-established reputation as one of the foremost writers of our times, but his early ambitions to become a photographer are less well known. A collection of images has recently surfaced that gives insight into Coetzee’s youthful encounter with photography, when he attempted to capture, as he put it, “the moment ... 19-Nov-2018 more


The Vault game unlocks history of emotions

Researchers from the University of Adelaide working with software developers have created a unique educational game which shows players how emotions have changed throughout history. Dr Carly Osborn from the University’s Australian Research Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions approached Adelaide digital media studio ... 19-Nov-2018 more


Study finds alcohol advertising rules may fail to protect Australian kids

Regulations introduced to restrict the placement of alcohol advertising are unlikely to reduce young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Australia, new research led by Curtin University has found. The research, published in the Drug and Alcohol Review journal, critically reviewed the placement rules added to the industry-run ... 09-Nov-2018 more


More than intelligence needed for success in life

Research carried out at the University of Adelaide and the University of Bristol has examined long-held beliefs that success in school and careers is due to more than just high intelligence. Non-cognitive skills are also important. The study, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour is the first to systematically review the entire ... 06-Nov-2018 more