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New program supports Indigenous high school achievers

The University of Adelaide has launched a new program for Indigenous high school students aimed at helping them achieve academic success in Year 12 and go on to study at university.  Launched on the eve of Reconciliation Week, the new Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program, the first of its kind in Australia, has been developed for ... 29-May-2017 more

Mangroves surveyed in wake of mass dieback

A team from James Cook University’s TropWATER centre will film every mangrove between Cairns and Cape York following an unprecedented dieback of the trees in the Gulf of Carpentaria last year.  Dr Norm Duke, leader of the JCU mangrove hub research team, said the scientists will fly the coastline north of Cairns up to Cape York ... 29-May-2017 more

Building collaboration to tackle grand challenges

The CSIRO and the University of Adelaide have announced a new agreement to work together to tackle some of the big issues facing Australia and the region, ranging from healthier foods through to defending our nation. The two organisations have agreed to build collaborations to advance research in key areas of mutual strength, with ... 26-May-2017 more

A climate sharing system to end our power crisis

A University of Adelaide researcher is proposing Australia use a "climate sharing system" to help solve the current power crisis. The system will transform a national liability into a national asset. The architect of the system, Professor Mike Young, is Professor of Environmental and Water Policy with the University of ... 26-May-2017 more

Designing better drugs to treat type 2 diabetes

Research led by the University of Adelaide is paving the way for safer and more effective drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, reducing side effects and the need for insulin injections. Two studies, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and BBA-General Subjects, have shown for the first time how new potential ... 25-May-2017 more

Remote cave reveals earliest Australians lived on the coast around 50,000 years ago

A team of international archaeologists say evidence from a remote cave off Australia’s northwest coast pushes back dates for human occupation of Australia’s coastal zone to around 50,000 years ago. The discovery provides the earliest direct dates for Aboriginal use of marine resources in Australia. James Cook ... 25-May-2017 more

UC excited to help drive the future

The University of Canberra is delighted to be part of an innovative partnership aimed at improving driving safety in automated vehicles and accelerating their development. The ACT Government announced it has partnered with Seeing Machines, a Canberra-based company specialising in face and eye tracking technology, to gather information on the ... 22-May-2017 more

100-year-old fertility technique reduces need for IVF

Infertile couples have a major opportunity to achieve a successful pregnancy without the need for IVF, thanks to new research into a 100-year-old medical technique. The now lesser known technique – which involves flushing the woman's fallopian tubes with an iodised poppy seed oil – has been proven to have significant benefits ... 21-May-2017 more

Consumers put egg before the chicken when buying free range

Happy chickens lay tastier eggs – that's essentially what many Australian consumers are thinking when they buy free-range or cage-free eggs, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. In a paper published today in the international journal Anthrozoös, researchers from the University's Food Values Research ... 17-May-2017 more

Ferals hunt goes hi-tech

Scientists will use state-of-the-art technology to hunt feral pigs and buffalo in Australia’s remote north. James Cook University is part of a group given $1.3 million to apply Internet of Things technology to track the animals. JCU, CSIRO, and three North Australian Indigenous land management organisations (Aak Puul Ngangtam, ... 17-May-2017 more

Food sector to benefit from innovation push

The University of Adelaide has announced a new focus on helping grow the food sector with the appointment of its inaugural Director of Food Innovation. Professor Andrew Lowe will help develop partnerships with industry and government and act as the key interface with partners across the area of food innovation, to help maximise benefits to ... 16-May-2017 more

JCU team says hominid lived alongside modern humans

James Cook University scientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans – the first time this has been established. JCU’s Professor Paul Dirks and Associate Professor Eric Roberts have spent the past few years analysing fossils of the hominid Homo naledi, found deep in a cave system in ... 12-May-2017 more