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Aquaculture industry set to be a boon for North’s economy

Northern Australian aquaculture is set to increase its production five-fold to exceed $1.34 billion in value and produce more than five times its current volume of fish, prawns and other seafood products within the next decade – according to a new Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia ... 29-May-2020 more

Evolution of colour vision in sea snakes

New research has revealed the evolution of colour vision in front-fanged snakes following their transition from terrestrial to fully marine environments, and for the first time, provided evidence of where, when and how frequently the species have adapted their ability to see in colour. Published in the journal Current Biology, the study ... 29-May-2020 more

Iconic Shark Bay at high risk from climate change

An innovative new assessment process shows the iconic Shark Bay World Heritage property in Western Australia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Associate Professor Scott Heron and Jon Day from James Cook University developed the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) process to identify the environmental and socioeconomic ... 28-May-2020 more

Pandemic hits programmers’ productivity and wellbeing

Software developers are finding their productivity and wellbeing has been hit as a result of COVID-19. But employers shouldn’t make decisions, such as to promote or lay them off, based on productivity during the pandemic. “Many developers began working from home, often at short notice and under difficult and stressful conditions, ... 27-May-2020 more

A return to the wild for better immune health

A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits. In the study, published in the journal Restoration Ecology, researchers compared the composition ... 25-May-2020 more

Food tests could put Aussie lives at risk

James Cook University scientists have found test kits used to detect fish in food and protect those with deadly allergies are focused on species found in the northern hemisphere and miss most traces of fish caught in our region. Professor Andreas Lopata from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) said JCU ... 21-May-2020 more

$10.6 million in crucial health and medical research

The University of Adelaide has been awarded $10.6 million for seven research projects to investigate issues such as immune disorders impacting on pregnancies, the over-consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, and how to assist women to lose weight before conceiving. The funding is through the National Health and Medical Research Council ... 21-May-2020 more

Jurors easily led astray

A James Cook University study has shown jurors can potentially be swayed by small amounts of misinformation presented during trials. Dr Craig Thorley, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at JCU, said the study involved 124 volunteer jurors watching a video of a murder trial. “They then read a transcript of other ‘jurors’ ... 20-May-2020 more

King Review: Implications for Australia’s heavy industry

Today the Federal Government released the King Review which looks at ways Australia can lower its emissions while supporting the economy, businesses and households. The review makes 26 recommendations including the need to unlock the transformative low emissions technologies that businesses need in the ‘hard to abate’ ... 19-May-2020 more

Is it safe for kids to return to school?

Research by a James Cook University scientist shows it is safe for children to go back to school – but the rest of us will have to take extra precautions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Emma McBryde, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Modelling at JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, led ... 14-May-2020 more

Breakthrough test for elusive malaria strain

James Cook University scientists have helped develop a new process to detect a deadly, elusive strain of malaria that threatens more than 2.5 billion people. Professor Denise Doolan, the Deputy Director of JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), says the Plasmodium vivax strain of the disease has ... 12-May-2020 more

Flying foxes in SA exposed to zoonotic viruses

University of Adelaide researchers have found that South Australia’s population of Grey-headed flying foxes, which took up residence in 2010, has been exposed to a number of viruses, including Hendra virus that can be transmitted to humans via horses. But they have not found evidence of exposure to Australian bat ... 11-May-2020 more