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Testing time for pills in space

Pills are being sent into space to test how they cope with the rigours of one of the harshest environments known.  The University of Adelaide is studying how exposure to microgravity and space radiation affects the stability of pharmaceutical tablet formulations. Two separate missions will send science payloads into orbit around Earth: ... 23-Sep-2020 more

Australian renters suffering due to energy hardship

A new report from the University of Adelaide has found the rental housing sector must set minimum standards for energy performance to protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable Australians.  The research - Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing solutions for low-income renters - released today, provides essential ... 23-Sep-2020 more

New cars will need new skills

Self-driving cars available in the near future won’t allow drivers to sleep on the job and may even require special training and licenses to operate, according to a new study. Associate Professor Gunther Paul from James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine was one of a group of scientists looking ... 23-Sep-2020 more

Non-invasive IVF research nets Young Tall Poppy award

Dr Kylie Dunning has won the 2020 SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award for her research into improving IVF techniques using non-invasive methods. “We would like to congratulate Dr Dunning for success in her innovative research,” says the University of Adelaide’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Anton ... 22-Sep-2020 more

Call for price rises as cut-price smokes used more

James Cook University researchers are calling for cigarette price increases after they found plain packaging has moved smokers to buy cheaper cigarettes – and to consume more of them. Associate Professor Riccardo Welters, Head of Economics and Marketing at JCU, was part of the study. He said plain packaging was implemented in Australia ... 22-Sep-2020 more

Year 11 pathway gives thousands entry to university

More than 2000 Australian students will today be offered a place at the University of Adelaide in 2021 based on their Year 11 performance thanks to an alternative pathway created in response to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Year 11 results have been used as a basis for early release of offers for all University of ... 18-Sep-2020 more

Research shows potential of gene editing in barley

An international team of plant scientists have shown the potential to rapidly improve the quality of barley grain through a genetic tool known as CRISPR or gene editing.  Published in The Plant Journal, researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Waite Research Institute working with the James Hutton Institute in Scotland ... 18-Sep-2020 more

Covid-19, science and truth

A James Cook University scientist says the COVID-19 crisis perfectly illustrates the way governments around the world have let their people down by misunderstanding and underfunding science.   In an opinion piece published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, Professor Geoffrey Dobson from JCU’s College of Medicine and ... 18-Sep-2020 more

Free public lecture: Mental health of young Australians

Who has responsibility for the mental health of young Australians?  That’s the question being posed at a free public online lecture by one of Australia’s leading experts in the field of child and adolescent mental health.  Emeritus Professor Michael Sawyer (Adelaide School of Medicine, University of Adelaide) will ... 18-Sep-2020 more

Climate change threatens Komodo dragons

The world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, could be driven to extinction by climate change unless significant measures to intervene are taken soon.   A new international study, led by the University of Adelaide and Deakin University, has found that the impact of both global warming and sea-level rise threatens the ... 17-Sep-2020 more

Paper Emperors by Sally Young wins 2020 Colin Roderick Literary Award

An exposé of the Australian newspaper industry Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia’s Newspaper Empires by Sally Young has won the 2020 Colin Roderick Literary Award, valued at $20,000. Dr Young said she’s delighted to receive the award and to be a part of a celebration of Australian literature. “I ... 16-Sep-2020 more

Weed robot sets sights on cane farms

James Cook University will oversee the development of a smart weed spraying robot that could reduce herbicide usage on sugarcane farms in Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchment areas by at least 80 per cent. The two year project, funded by a $400,000 grant through the partnership between the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Australian ... 16-Sep-2020 more