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New UniBar to support live music, local food and drink

The University of Adelaide's new UniBar will have a distinctly South Australian flavour and a full calendar of live music under the direction of respected local festival, music event and bar operators General Admission Entertainment. Run by Gareth Lewis, Aaron Sandow and Marc Huber, General Admission Entertainment is the team behind ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Lifejacket use on boats probed

As people pour onto the water for the summer holidays, a James Cook University researcher has been exploring the circumstances under which some boaties wear lifejackets and others don’t, Principle investigator Amy Peden is the National Manager of Research and Policy at Royal Life Saving – Australia, and a PhD candidate at JCU. ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Fighting another virus? Blame your parents

Genetics may play a bigger role in the body’s disease-fighting ability than scientists previously thought, according to the results from a new study of twins in Queensland. Scientists have long known that people build their own immune defence networks using antibodies – which are disease-fighting molecules that are deployed when ... 21-Jan-2019 more

New complex carbohydrate discovered in barley

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a new complex carbohydrate in barley. The first of its kind to be discovered in over 30 years, the cereal polysaccharide has potential applications in food, medicine and cosmetics. The research by the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, has been published in ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Intermittent fasting could improve obese women’s health

Research carried out at the University of Adelaide shows that obese women lost more weight and improved their health by fasting intermittently while following a strictly controlled diet. The study, published in the journal Obesity, involved a sample of 88 women following carefully controlled diets over 10 weeks. “Continuously ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Trees change inside as drought persists

James Cook University scientists have found that trees change their anatomy in response to prolonged drought. JCU’s Associate Professor Susan Laurance has led the Daintree Drought experiment since 2015, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College in the UK. The project involves using ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Ray of hope for fish allergy sufferers

Stingray flesh might be a surprising seafood substitute for sufferers of fish allergy, according to new research from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine and collaborators in Europe. JCU Molecular Allergy Research Laboratory researcher Dr Aya Taki said fish allergy is one of the most common food allergies ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Binge eating and smoking linked to bullying and sexual abuse

People who ever suffered bullying or sexual abuse have a lower quality of life similar to those living with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, depression or severe anxiety, a new study from the University of Adelaide has found. They are also far more likely to display harmful behaviours like smoking dependence and binge ... 21-Jan-2019 more

Being top dog doesn’t mean better sperm in African wild dogs

Researchers from JCU’s state-of-the-art Gamete and Embryology (GAME) Laboratory have a plan to help low-ranked African wild dogs become part of the breeding cycle and help ensure the endangered species survive.  The species (Lycaon pictus) is highly endangered, with a complex pack hierarchy in which subordinate animals usually do ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Revolutionary gene tech used on cancer-causing worm

A James Cook University (JCU) team in collaboration with teams in Thailand and the USA have used state-of-the art technology to cripple the gene in a parasitic worm suspected of causing cancer in tens of thousands of people each year.  Dr Michael Smout, Senior Research Fellow at JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Leader in entrepreneurship is new Dean of Business

A University of Adelaide professor who has played a leading role in entrepreneurship and business education in South Australia for more than a decade has been appointed Dean of the University's Adelaide Business School. Professor Noel Lindsay will take up his new role as Dean of Business on 4 February and will continue in his existing ... 30-Jan-2019 more

University of Adelaide is uni of choice for 2019

There's been an upswing in interest from domestic students and record numbers of international students making the University of Adelaide their university of choice for 2019. The latest data shows a growth of 6% in all preferences for undergraduate study at the University of Adelaide, including a 2% increase in first ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Will a massive Antarctic ice sheet collapse?

A James Cook University researcher will use an innovative technique to determine whether the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has collapsed in the past, leading to massive sea level rises, and if it is likely to do so again soon. Associate Professor Jan Strugnell said the WAIS contains 2.2 million cubic kilometres of ice, or just under 10% of ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Indonesian road-building spree among ‘world’s scariest’ environmental threats

An ambitious road-building spree by the Indonesian government will fragment and destroy vast areas of tropical rainforests on the island of Borneo, according to an international research team. “You’d be hard-pressed to identify a scarier threat to biodiversity anywhere on Earth,” said Dr Mohammed Alamgir from James Cook ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Poor sleep and heart-related death

Elderly men who experience extended episodes of interrupted breathing while asleep have a high risk of heart problems. Research shows for the first time that poor blood oxygenation is a good indicator of the chance of heart-related death, which cannot be attributed to sleep apnoea alone. A team led by Associate Professor Dominik Linz and ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Orthodontics no guarantee of long-term oral health

A commonly held belief among the general public is orthodontic treatment will prevent future tooth decay. Research undertaken at the University of Adelaide has found that this is not the case. Published in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology the study, conducted by Dr Esma J Dogramaci and co-author Professor David Brennan ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Corals light up to attract good company

New research shows corals emit an enticing fluorescent green light that attracts the mobile microalgae, known as Symbiodinium, critical to the establishment of a healthy partnership. The study, led by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University and Japan’s National Institute ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Experts call for rethink of global shipping to stop marine giants becoming ‘roadkill’

Researchers from James Cook University and Macquarie University are calling for a rethink of global shipping routes, to prevent whales and sharks from becoming marine ‘roadkill’. JCU’s Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance said more than 10 billion metric tons of goods travel by sea each year. “The growth of the ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Plant & Food Research boost at Waite campus

Science and Innovation company Plant & Food Research Australia is establishing a base at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus – a move that will boost research and innovation in South Australia’s horticulture and agri-food sectors. Already working with the University on agricultural product development, and almond ... 30-Jan-2019 more

Aquaculture plan for northern Australia

James Cook University scientists are starting work on a study that will map out the future of aquaculture in northern Australia. Minister for Developing Northern Australia Senator Matthew Canavan today announced the start of the northern Australia aquaculture industry situational analysis study. The 12-month, $420,000 project will ... 05-Feb-2019 more

Scientists offer solutions to protect coastal populations

A JCU scientist has joined more than 150 others from around the world to demonstrate how to protect coastal and estuarine areas as pressures from climate change and human encroachment increase. JCU Adjunct Professor Eric Wolanski said coasts and estuaries worldwide are home to about 40% of the world’s population, but are being ... 05-Feb-2019 more

Step forward for pneumonia vaccine development

A vaccine against the biggest bacterial killer on the planet is a step closer to being available with funding secured for preclinical trials. Professor James Paton, Director of the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases and his team have been working on a vaccine for Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) ... 05-Feb-2019 more

Ewe beauty! Making lamb even better

In a boost for health-conscious red meat fans, James Cook University scientists have found that lambs fed canola oil or flaxseed oil have improved growth rates and contain more of a beneficial fatty acid that protects against disease – all with no loss in their wool quality. JCU’s Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition and ... 08-Feb-2019 more

Australia’s oldest PhD graduate becomes a doctor at 94

For Australia’s oldest PhD graduate Dr David Bottomley, learning is a life-long journey. At 94 years of age, Dr Bottomley graduated from Curtin University last night with a Doctor of Philosophy after completing his thesis, which examined the teaching methods of five progressive English educators who introduced an understanding of ... 12-Feb-2019 more

DNA shows penguin evolution linked to island formation

New research has improved understanding of penguin evolution, revealing that the origin of many species is linked to island formation. An international team of researchers from Australia – including the University of Adelaide – New Zealand, USA, UK, and China, analysed genetic data from all 20 living penguin species – plus ... 12-Feb-2019 more

Climate change may destroy tiger’s home

A James Cook University scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years. “Fewer than 4,000 Bengal tigers are alive today,” said JCU’s Professor Bill Laurance, a co-author of the ... 12-Feb-2019 more

Organic waste could power one in five apartments at Sydney’s One Central Park

Capturing and treating food waste, sewage and trade waste on-site at Sydney’s iconic One Central Park could provide apartments with renewable energy to supply as much as 20 percent of their electricity needs or 50 percent of hot water, according to new research by the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). Managing organic waste ... 14-Feb-2019 more

Citizen scientists to help map the reef

James Cook University is calling for volunteers to help map the seafloor around the Great Barrier Reef to better protect the natural icon. JCU marine geologist Dr Robin Beaman said the Royal Australian Navy does great work mapping the main shipping channels and hazards to navigation such as coral reefs, but there are still many areas that ... 14-Feb-2019 more