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Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs

A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food. University of Adelaide scientists have demonstrated how climate change can drive the collapse of marine “food webs”. The study’s lead author PhD student, Hadayet Ullah and supervisors ... 16-Jan-2018 more

JCU researcher condemns plans to cut the Amazon rainforest in half

A leading James Cook University scientist and internationally recognised environmentalist says the Amazon jungle is about to be cut in half by a new paved highway. Distinguished Research Professor Bill Laurance is the founder and director of the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers (ALERT).  Professor Laurance ... 12-Jan-2018 more

Common virus the key to early detection of a cancer

Individuals at risk of developing a cancer closely associated with a very common virus could be identified much earlier, which would dramatically improve survival, thanks to research just published in Clinical Cancer Research. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), a cancer of the head and neck, is rare in countries such as Australia and the ... 12-Jan-2018 more

Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence inspired by Australia… and illness

Poet and novelist Dr Heather Taylor Johnson is the third and final Writer in Residence at the University of Adelaide’s J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice thanks to a generous six-month fellowship made possible by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund. Dr Taylor Johnson is the author of two novels, Pursuing Love and Death ... 11-Jan-2018 more

Global warning: agricultural production threatens life on Earth

New research has found the global scale of agricultural production has already breached two crucial ‘boundaries’ that could endanger human existence. James Cook University’s Professor Jeff Sayer is part of an international team that’s examining agricultural production in relation to nine ‘planetary ... 11-Jan-2018 more

Frozen embryos result in just as many live births in IVF

Freezing and subsequent transfer of embryos gives infertile couples just as much of a chance of having a child as using fresh embryos for in vitro fertilisation (IVF), research from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Adelaide, Australia has found. In results to be published today (Thursday 11 January) in The New England Journal of Medicine, the ... 11-Jan-2018 more

Tainted Love – why people sabotage their relationships

James Cook University scientists are analysing why people sabotage their romantic relationships. JCU psychology PhD student Raquel Peel is part of a team investigating the phenomenon. She said little work had been done on people who successfully start a romantic relationship, then destroy it. “Self-sabotage is a strategy people use ... 09-Jan-2018 more

Window for saving world’s coral reefs rapidly closing

The world’s reefs are under siege from global warming, according to a novel study published today in the prestigious journal Science. For the first time, an international team of researchers has measured the escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over the past four decades. The study documents a ... 05-Jan-2018 more

JCU Townsville Master Plan unveiled

James Cook University has unveiled an ambitious master plan for its Townsville campus – an innovative blueprint to grow the campus over the next 50 years. The Townsville Campus Master Plan reveals that in the near future, the University will add a Technology Innovation Complex, a Central Plaza, residential accommodation, and an Ideas ... 05-Jan-2018 more

Cybersecurity vulnerability puts most PCs at risk

Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Adelaide say vulnerabilities in common computer processors could open the way for data to be stolen from millions of modern PCs. Dr Yuval Yarom from the University of Adelaide's School of Computer Science, and Data61, is part of an international team that has reported on security ... 05-Jan-2018 more

Folic acid late in pregnancy may increase allergy risk

Research suggests that taking folic acid in late pregnancy may increase the risk of allergies in children affected by growth restriction during pregnancy. Folic acid, a type of B vitamin, is widely used to prevent neural tube defects in the foetus, and to aid in the development of the central nervous system. The neural tube develops in ... 22-Dec-2017 more

Taking stock of a thorny issue after 30 years

A new book exploring the best scientific research on preventing coral-eating Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks, is expected to become a critical resource for informing management of these outbreaks across the Indo-Pacific.  The book, Biology, Ecology and Management of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, is the latest authoritative work ... 22-Dec-2017 more