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Centre to focus on work needs forecasting

A new, leading research centre on how the nature of work is changing and what that means for the skills required for employment is being established at the University of Adelaide. The new Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre will help guide policy directions for the benefit of South Australia and the nation. "The ... 20-Nov-2017 more

Mystery as frog numbers rebound

James Cook University scientists are trying to figure out the reason behind some good news on the environmental front, as frog populations bounce back from a devastating disease. In the 1980s and early 1990s, an outbreak of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis caused many species of frog to decline or disappear in the Wet Tropics of northern ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Climate-change research wins ARC funding

Climate change and its impact on species’ evolution and adaptation, and how to better engage the public in decision-making is the focus of three University of Canberra research projects awarded prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants, announced today. Professor in Wildlife Genetics Stephen Sarre, Dr ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Major milestone for radio-astronomy project

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) has recorded a key milestone in its ongoing development, with the building and deployment of equipment for its Phase Two expansion now complete. In an operation that has taken nearly 16 months, 128 new antenna stations have been assembled on the MWA site by a team of MWA operations staff, students from ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Thousands of scientists warn of catastrophe ahead

More than 15,000 scientists are warning humanity that time is rapidly running out to stop a global environmental collapse. James Cook University’s Distinguished Professor William Laurance was one of the principal authors of a paper that has been co-signed by 15,364 scientists. It’s believed to be the largest number of scientists ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Australia’s Jurassic mysteries to be unearthed

A long-standing mystery about the geological evolution of the Australian continent could be solved by a new research project. James Cook University researchers will examine the structure of the Great Artesian Basin – Australia’s most important onshore reservoir for groundwater and hydrocarbon resources. JCU’s Associate ... 15-Nov-2017 more

Wild bees worth $22 million to Australia’s lucerne crop

University of Adelaide researchers have calculated that wild bees and other unmanaged insect pollinators contribute, on average, $22 million to the production of dryland seed lucerne annually. They are now working to “future proof” these free crop pollination services to help build wild bee and other desirable insect ... 13-Nov-2017 more

$11.4 million to advance wellbeing and solve big problems

University of Adelaide researchers will use machine learning techniques to find the earliest signs of disease that are difficult to detect visually from a CT scan. This Discovery Project was announced today as one of 32 projects with total funding of $11.4 million, awarded to the University of Adelaide by the Australian Government through ... 10-Nov-2017 more

Liver cancer could be halted by boosting immune system

International research involving the University of Adelaide has helped to better understand how a diseased liver promotes the development of cancer. This work could lead to improvements in treating liver cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. For the first time, researchers have discovered that chronic ... 09-Nov-2017 more

Gene breakthrough on lithium treatment for bipolar disorder

Genes linked to schizophrenia in psychiatric patients suffering from bipolar disorder are the reason why such patients don't respond to the "gold standard" treatment for bipolar – the drug lithium – according to international research led by the University of Adelaide. Lithium has been widely used as a treatment for ... 09-Nov-2017 more

Sharks dine out on fast food

Scientists have found that some sharks have a taste for fast food, with researchers discovering that a school of sharks in a single bay ate their way through more than 11,000 ‘flake’ fish, commonly used in fish and chips.   James Cook University’s Dr Adam Barnett said scientists evaluated the eating habits of ... 08-Nov-2017 more

HIV patients at greater risk of both heart and kidney disease

HIV patients and their doctors are urged to be more aware of the additional health risks associated with treated HIV infection. This follows new research that shows HIV patients at high risk for a heart attack or stroke are also at substantially greater risk for chronic kidney disease and vice versa. The research, led by the University of ... 08-Nov-2017 more