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Local language education will help close the gap

Australia is a linguistically diverse nation, with more than 250 languages spoken, yet students certainly don’t have multilingualism reinforced throughout their school years and many Indigenous students can’t even learn in their mother tongue. The release of the Prime Minister’s 2017 Closing the Gap report last week showed ... 23-Feb-2017 more


Don’t tweet too soon - public companies face social media reporting dilemma

ASX-listed businesses face a dilemma when it comes to engaging with shareholders via social media, according to QUT research. Lead researcher Professor Ellie Chapple, from QUT Business School, said public companies needed to find a balance between financial reporting through social media channels and engaging with investors.  Nearly ... 22-Feb-2017 more


Water filtration system wins $500,000 innovation award

A low-cost, easy-to-operate project to remove arsenic and deliver safe and clean drinking water has won a Technology Against Poverty prize of $500,000. Distinguished Professor Saravanamuth Vigneswaran and Dr Tien Vinh Nguyen of the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT received the prize for their project to remove pollutants ... 17-Feb-2017 more


Lap band surgery benefits very obese adolescents

Lap band surgery has significant benefits for severely obese teenagers and, despite its controversial nature, should still be considered as a first option to manage obesity during adolescence, a new study has found. Led by University of Adelaide researchers, in collaboration with Flinders Medical Centre, and published in the journal Obesity ... 19-Jan-2017 more


Link between sweetener and liver cancer probed

A James Cook University researcher will use a grant from the Cancer Council to investigate the relationship between fructose - a common sweetener in soft drinks - and liver cancer, an increasingly prevalent and deadly cancer. Dr Lionel Hebbard has been awarded a $200,000 Cancer Council Queensland Research Project Grant to fund the research ... 18-Jan-2017 more


Fossils found reveal unseen ‘footprint’ maker

Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ‘footprints’ around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. The trilobites were a very common group of marine animals during the 300 million ... 18-Jan-2017 more


Turtle secrets uncovered

James Cook University scientists think sea turtles may use the sunrise to show them the way home, after analysing satellite tracking data of the animals. Dr Takahiro Shimada, from JCU’s College of Science and Engineering, said scientists caught and tagged 22 turtles and transported them between eight and 28 kilometres from their usual ... 13-Jan-2017 more


Nothing fishy about better nutrition for mums and babies

Researchers from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide have found a way to provide mothers and young children in Cambodia with better nutrition through an unlikely source – fish sauce. Professor Tim Green, Principal Nutritionist within SAHMRI’s Healthy Mothers, Babies ... 10-Jan-2017 more


Flies surprise in climate experiment

Researchers at James Cook University say experiments with hundreds of thousands of caged flies on mountainsides have shown the effects of climate change are more complex than first thought. JCU’s Dr Megan Higgie, working with researchers from Bristol and Melbourne universities, said the team used tropical rainforest flies (Drosophilia ... 10-Jan-2017 more


Hot weather not to blame for Salmonella on egg farms

New research conducted by the University of Adelaide shows there is no greater risk of Salmonella contamination in the production of free range eggs due to hot summer weather, compared with other seasons. Despite a higher number of cases of Salmonella poisoning from eggs and egg products during the hot summer months, researchers at the ... 10-Jan-2017 more


Research reveals cheap ways of reducing carbon emissions

New research led by James Cook University has found there are cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions caused by forest loss in Southeast Asia. Postgraduate researcher Victoria Graham and her colleagues examined the financial competitiveness of the REDD+ scheme. “REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and ... 10-Jan-2017 more


Expert Alert: Local government misconduct

Journalists looking for expert commentary on local government misconduct, following The Guardian's expose of the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council may wish to contact the following expert: Dr Bligh Grant  University of Technology Sydney  Expertise: Australian politics, local government, local government reforms, ... 06-Jan-2017 more