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Win-win with Indigenous environmental programs

James Cook University researchers have found caring for Country improves the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as helping the environment. JCU’s Dr Diane Jarvis was part of a study funded by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program. Researchers interviewed 190 Indigenous ... 01-Apr-2020 more

Keto diet showing promise

James Cook University scientists say a diet heavy in healthy fats and light on carbs may have significant benefits for people who suffer from some metabolic, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Professor Zoltan Sarnyai is a neuroscientist with JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. He led a team ... 31-Mar-2020 more

Tropical testing sharpened

A team of James Cook University researchers have been working on how to better use a revolutionary DNA technique in the tropics, so scientists can more effectively identify invasive, elusive and rare species. JCU PhD candidate Madalyn Cooper led a study examining how the collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) differed under tropical ... 26-Mar-2020 more

New program to steer high school students into STEM careers

A new program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will be launched by the University of Adelaide today. A joint collaboration between the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the University of ... 24-Mar-2020 more

Coal danger underestimated

A James Cook University scientist says it’s likely miners’ exposure to dangerous coal dust has been underestimated, as the communities they live in are polluted too. Associate Professor Gunther Paul from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) was one of an international team of scientists who ... 20-Mar-2020 more

Heatwaves risky for fish

Scientists using sophisticated genetic analysis techniques have found that some fish are better than others at coping with heatwaves.  A world-first study tracked how wild fish populations responded to a severe marine heatwave, focussing on the 2016 event that killed a third of the Great Barrier Reef corals. “Our ... 20-Mar-2020 more

Experts discuss decarbonising heavy industry

Researchers and representatives from heavy industry are meeting to find ways to reduce their carbon emissions and energy consumption. The University of Adelaide is convening the High Temperature Minerals Processing Forum (HiTeMP-2) where leaders from industry, academia, non-government agencies, and policy makers, will discuss the ... 17-Mar-2020 more

Malaria finding may pave way for drug development

Scientists from the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have identified a key protein that controls malaria parasite entry into host red blood cells. Published today in Nature Communications, the finding provides a promising new target for the development of drugs for the treatment or prevention of ... 17-Mar-2020 more

Thou shall not kill and inherit?

Recommendations could give courts discretionary powers in how they apply the law of forfeiture especially in cases where a victim of domestic abuse kills in self-defence. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide has released a major report into the forfeiture ... 16-Mar-2020 more

Pathways highlight social housing’s importance

Up to 10 per cent of Australians have called social housing home at some point and it often acts as a launchpad for a more stable life. A new report by University of Adelaide’s Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) shows who uses social housing and the pathways they take into and out of the ... 13-Mar-2020 more

Exercise works for those beginning cancer treatment

A James Cook University researcher says scientists have found that exercise can be beneficial to patients as they begin treatment for prostate cancer. Associate Professor Anthony Leicht was part of an international group led by Professor John Saxton from Northumbria University and the University of East Anglia that studied how exercise might ... 12-Mar-2020 more

Does your horse cough? Perhaps it has asthma

University of Adelaide researchers are investigating the frequency of equine asthma and risk factors for its presence in horses across Australia, and whether the recent bushfires have increased respiratory distress. “We know from studies of race horses overseas that up to 57-80% of horses have a mild to moderate form of asthma and that ... 11-Mar-2020 more