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New research to reduce high suicide rates in pregnant women and new mums

A $100,000 research project will help build understanding of the factors contributing to suicide attempts in pregnant women and new mums. The research aims to develop effective ways to assess and manage suicidal risk in this vulnerable group.  Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in Australia during pregnancy and the 12 ... 18-Nov-2019 more


Predicting the future of coral reefs

A James Cook University scientist is set to examine whether coral reefs will be able to adapt to the pace of climate change as conditions for their survival deteriorate.  Dr Gergely Torda has won an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), funded by the Federal Government.  He will receive ... 18-Nov-2019 more


Scientists close in on malaria vaccine

Scientists have taken another big step forward towards developing a vaccine that’s effective against the most severe forms of malaria. Professor Denise Doolan from James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) was part of an international team that narrowed down the malaria proteins and ... 18-Nov-2019 more


Modern apes smarter than pre-humans

New research from the University of Adelaide suggests living great apes are smarter than our pre-human ancestor Australopithecus, a group that included the famous ‘Lucy’. The study, conducted in partnership with the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand and published today in the Proceedings of the ... 18-Nov-2019 more


Kaurna culture to be showcased in campus transformation

A Kaurna Learning Circle, Kaurna walk and a Heritage walk will become new features of the University of Adelaide’s iconic outdoor spaces in a transformation of the University’s North Terrace campus. The transformation represents the next phase of significant infrastructure projects on the campus. As part of the work, the ... 11-Nov-2019 more


Constant watch needed around paddling pools

Strict supervision of children around portable paddling pools is the easiest way to keep them safe, with new research revealing toddlers can die in minutes in shallow water when left unmonitored.  James Cook University Professor Richard Franklin was one of a team who examined drownings of under-5-year-olds in portable pools from July ... 11-Nov-2019 more


Do you lift evenly, bro?

New research shows people who do barbell squats in the gym may have an increased risk of injury if they perform sets to failure, with even experienced lifters commonly showing poor technique as exhaustion approached.  Dr Sara Brice is a lecturer in biomechanics at James Cook University. She led a team examining the practice of ... 11-Nov-2019 more


Waterways of QLD and the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from pesticide management failure

Scientists say a failure of national management means excessive amounts of harmful chemicals— many now banned in other countries such as the EU, USA and Canada—are damaging the nation’s waterways and the Great Barrier Reef. The new study was led by Dr Jon Brodie from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at ... 11-Nov-2019 more


Waterways of QLD and the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from pesticide management failure

Scientists say a failure of national management means excessive amounts of harmful chemicals— many now banned in other countries such as the EU, USA and Canada—are damaging the nation’s waterways and the Great Barrier Reef. The new study was led by Dr Jon Brodie from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at ... 11-Nov-2019 more


Biodiverse soil dust linked to reduced anxiety

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found new evidence of a potentially broadly-acting microbial link between the health of ecosystems and the health of people. Published in Science of the Total Environment, the research investigated the relationship between exposure to biodiverse soil dust, gut health and mental ... 11-Nov-2019 more


Coral study prompts rethink of classic scientific theory

A world-first study is challenging long-held assumptions about the role of sunlight in coral biodiversity. The research questions a classic theory that predicts coral biodiversity is highest in the shallowest waters where more energy is available in the form of sunlight. The research, led by Dr Ed Roberts from the ARC Centre of ... 04-Nov-2019 more


Land tax debate: wholesale reform needed

A new report from University of Adelaide economists argues that the South Australian Government should consider wholesale reform to land tax. The report, released today by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) at the University of Adelaide, says land tax makes an important contribution to the State’s coffers but the ... 04-Nov-2019 more