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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

Uni of Adelaide community embraces RCC Fringe

Some of the University of Adelaide’s most iconic spaces on its North Terrace campus have been transformed into the home of RCC Fringe 2019, with the event officially kicking off tonight (Friday 15 February). The 31-day fully curated arts event will host a wide variety of acts, including Canadian circus ravers Cirque Alfonse, the ... 15-Feb-2019 more

Preserved leaves reveal 7000 years of rainfall and drought

A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland’s rainfall was like over the last 7000 years – including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought. The study – published in Scientific Reports - used ... 22-Feb-2019 more

‘Seeing’ tails help sea snakes avoid predators

New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. An international study led by the University of Adelaide shows that several species of Australian sea snakes can sense light on their tail skin, prompting them to withdraw their tails ... 25-Feb-2019 more

Once-a-day capsule a new way to reduce debilitating symptoms of chronic breathlessness

More than 70,000 Australians who suffer from chronic breathlessness will now have access to life-changing medication to manage their symptoms. In a world first, Mayne Pharma International Pty Ltd announced the listing of Kapanol® low dose extended-release morphine on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for the symptomatic ... 25-Feb-2019 more

How long does it take coral reefs to recover from bleaching?

New research reveals it could take coral reefs around a decade to recover from bleaching, and that’s only if the reef isn’t threatened by re-bleaching or extreme weather such as a cyclone. James Cook University‘s Professor Eric Wolanski was part of a team at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) that examined ... 25-Feb-2019 more

Pussy Riot joins Uni's creative revolution

Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot will headline an in-conversation series of free talks at the University of Adelaide, offering audiences an exclusive insight into some of the RCC Fringe 2019's leading performers. Run by the University's Sia Furler Institute of Contemporary Music and Media, the next three Creative ... 25-Feb-2019 more

Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Led by the University of Adelaide, the research in the journal Diversity showed that ... 25-Feb-2019 more

Survey shows flood caught people out

Preliminary survey results from victims of North Queensland’s flooding show the unprecedented scale of the event caught people unawares, and more than half of those who took part in the survey did not evacuate or have a plan to get to safety. Dr Yetta Gurtner is a researcher at the Centre for Disaster Studies at James Cook University. ... 25-Feb-2019 more

High marks for Uni of Adelaide in Asia-Pacific ranking

The University of Adelaide has been recognised as one of the best universities in the Asia-Pacific region, with the release today of the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings. The latest THE rankings list the University of Adelaide as 23rd in the Asia-Pacific region and 7th in Australia. "Today's ... 25-Feb-2019 more

Centre of excellence will focus on EU

A new centre of excellence conducting research into global trade and affairs has been launched at the University of Adelaide today, Monday 25 February. The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in International Trade and Global Affairs will foster research on the European Union (EU) and its relations with Australia, offer courses on European ... 25-Feb-2019 more

Abortion laws ready for reform

 The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of Adelaide has been requested by the South Australian Attorney-General to examine changes to the State’s abortion laws. “The South Australian Law Reform Institute welcomes the opportunity to undertake this most important reference, with a ... 01-Mar-2019 more

Exploring the deep reef

Scientists have taken a rare look at the depths of the Great Barrier Reef and have discovered they’re teeming with a kaleidoscope of life. And they say conservation planners should take into account their findings to better protect the international icon. James Cook University PhD candidate Tiffany Sih led the study, which used ... 01-Mar-2019 more

Heatwave misperceptions lead to danger

South Australians don’t see heatwaves as serious events and warnings do little more than ‘trigger’ common-sense behaviours like turning on the air-conditioner, new research from the University of Adelaide shows. The research, conducted by the University’s School of Public Health, found that South Australians do not ... 01-Mar-2019 more

World rankings: vet science is a new jewel in the crown

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 for the University of Adelaide underline its position as a world-class research and teaching institution. Veterinary science, taught at the University’s Roseworthy campus, is a stand-out result in a suite of impressive results, joining the top 50 for the first time. “The University ... 01-Mar-2019 more

NQ floods could cause “freshwater bleaching” of GBR

New research confirms that dramatic changes in ocean salinity – such as that caused by severe freshwater flooding from the recent devastating north Queensland floods - provoke a similar stress response in corals as extreme heating, resulting in potentially deadly “freshwater bleaching”. Researchers from the ARC Centre of ... 01-Mar-2019 more

University of Adelaide sees bright future with new strategic plan

The University of Adelaide's new strategic plan will see the University charging itself with the role of "future maker" for the State. Announced today, the new plan, Future Making, will shape the trajectory of the University through to its 150th year (in 2024) and beyond. "Future Making challenges our University to ... 05-Mar-2019 more

French Australian partnership leads to new Double Master’s Degree

Talented engineering students will be able to study for a dual Master’s degree – specifically in mechanical engineering and acoustics - to be offered in Australia and France. The announcement, made today by the University of Adelaide and French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Lyon, is the latest in the University’s ... 05-Mar-2019 more

Lessons from 50 years of corporate collapse

A long-term study of Australian corporate collapses has found regulators have repeatedly failed to use the powers available to protect the public. James Cook University’s Dr Richard Lane is a Chartered Accountant whose PhD thesis examined unexpected corporate failures in Australia over five decades and whether there was a common thread ... 05-Mar-2019 more

Real-time genetic tests could be game changer

In a move that could revolutionise patient care, James Cook University researchers will be trialling the use of hand-held genetic testing devices in hospitals to catch deadly diseases before they get out of control. Dr Matthew Field, senior research fellow in Bioinformatics at JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine ... 12-Mar-2019 more

Eco-friendly surf board wins Australian eChallenge France

Top prize in the University of Adelaide’s annual Australian eChallange France Awards has gone to Hexa Surfboard who have won one year’s business incubator space in Adelaide. Hexa Surfboard won the top prize for their innovative approach to 3D printed eco-friendly surfboards. The team, who are all surfers and engineers, ... 12-Mar-2019 more

No silver bullet for the Great Barrier Reef

Recent north Queensland flooding and the mass outflows of polluted water onto the Great Barrier Reef have focused attention on the impact of water quality on the Reef’s health. But new research reveals that even if water quality is improved, it won’t be enough on its own to save the Great Barrier Reef. Because of the ... 12-Mar-2019 more

Pollinators need people

A global study has concluded that people are essential to conserving the pollinators that maintain and protect biodiversity, agriculture and habitat. “There’s increasing awareness of the importance of pollinators to our quality of life,” lead researcher Rosemary Hill said. “That discussion is often reduced to how ... 12-Mar-2019 more

Australians embrace entrepreneurship

Australia outperforms most other developed economies on most indicators relating to the quality and economic impact of our business start-ups, according to a new report by the University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) and QUT’s Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research ... 12-Mar-2019 more

Big data takes aim at a big human problem

A James Cook University scientist is part of an international team that’s used new ‘big data’ analysis to achieve a major advance in understanding neurological disorders such as Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Dr Ashley Waardenberg, a Theme Leader from JCU’s Centre for Tropical ... 19-Mar-2019 more

Honorary doctorates for Adelaide Festival leaders

Arts luminaries Neil Armfield, Robert Brookman and Rachel Healy will be awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Adelaide. Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said: “The University of Adelaide is delighted to award honorary doctorates to these three nationally recognised leaders of the arts. “Our graduation ... 19-Mar-2019 more

Students join virtuoso for Bowie concert

University of Adelaide music students will play with American ensemble Ambient Orchestra and cello virtuoso Maya Beiser in a classical arrangement of David Bowie’s final album at Elder Hall this weekend. The concert, during the last weekend of the RCC Fringe at the University of Adelaide, will see musicians play Blackstar Concerto, ... 19-Mar-2019 more

Eating fish may help prevent asthma

A James Cook University scientist says an innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma. Professor Andreas Lopata from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, (AITHM) took part in the study which tested 642 people who worked in a fish processing factory in a small village in ... 19-Mar-2019 more

Study shows IPCC is underselling climate change

A new study has revealed that the language used by the global climate change watchdog, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is overly conservative – and therefore the threats are much greater than the Panel’s reports suggest. Published in the journal BioScience, the team of scientists from the University of ... 21-Mar-2019 more

SCOPE project scoops $16 million EU grant

A University of Adelaide researcher, alongside members of an international team, has won an AU$16 million ERC Synergy Grant to use plasma energy to produce fertilisers which provides the opportunity for new business models and could even lead to crops on Mars. “The SCOPE project (Surface-COnfined fast-modulated Plasma for process and ... 21-Mar-2019 more

Inbred invasive ants eat their sterile sons

James Cook University researchers have discovered the queens of an invasive ant species cannibalise their sterile sons in an extraordinary strategy designed to improve the colony’s survival. JCU and CSIRO PhD student Pauline Lenancker led the study of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), an invasive species that is a ... 27-Mar-2019 more

100% world-class rating for Uni of Adelaide research

The University of Adelaide has reaffirmed its standing as the leading research and innovation university in South Australia. The University is playing a world-leading role in 41 research fields, and 100% of its 67 assessed research disciplines have been rated at world class or above, according to the latest results of the national Excellence ... 27-Mar-2019 more

Urban biodiversity to lower chronic disease

Replanting urban environments with native flora could be a cost effective way to improve public health because it will help ‘rewild’ the environmental and human microbiota, University of Adelaide researchers say. In a new paper, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers say that humans –  thought of as ... 27-Mar-2019 more

Breast is best - but don’t stress

New research has cast doubt on medical advice commonly given to pregnant women with diabetes. James Cook University’s Professor Clare Heal says pregnant women with diabetes are encouraged to express milk before their baby is born. “The first secretion from the mammary glands shortly before and after giving birth is colostrum, ... 28-Mar-2019 more

Calming pheromones could decrease animal aggression

James Cook University researchers have discovered that naturally occurring pheromones may minimise stress-related aggression in African wild dogs; which could eventually be harnessed to control such behaviour in other animals – possibly including humans.  JCU scientist Dr Damien Paris said Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) are fatty ... 02-Apr-2019 more

Geoffrey Robertson asks: “Who owns the past?”

Geoffrey Robertson AO QC, one of the world’s most celebrated human rights lawyers, is an advocate for the return of artefacts to their rightful owners including aboriginal remains kept in British museums and the Parthenon Marbles. In delivering the John Bray Oration at the University of Adelaide on Tuesday 2 April he will ask the question: ... 02-Apr-2019 more

Helping to keep travellers healthy and safe

With a record 1.3 billion international tourists roaming the planet last year, the risks of travellers spreading and contracting diseases are greater than ever. James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat has now been given the responsibility of keeping the globetrotting travellers healthy. Professor Leggat has been elected the ... 02-Apr-2019 more

Sea snakes make record-setting deep dives

Sea snakes, best known from shallow tropical waters, have been recorded swimming at 250 metres in the deep-sea ‘twilight zone’, smashing the previous diving record of 133 metres held by sea snakes. Footage of a sea snake swimming at 245 metres deep, and another sea snake at 239 metres has been provided to University of Adelaide ... 02-Apr-2019 more

Spectacular rare gecko discovered on Townsville’s doorstep

A rare and beautiful new species of gecko has been discovered in North Queensland. Dr Conrad Hoskin, a tropical biologist at James Cook University, said the gecko was discovered in the hills behind Townsville. It was found at The Pinnacles, a small, rugged range on the western edge of Townsville. The species has been named the Pinnacles ... 04-Apr-2019 more

Global warming disrupts recovery of coral reefs

The damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef by global warming has compromised the capacity of its corals to recover, according to new research published today in Nature. “Dead corals don’t make babies,” said lead author Professor Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook ... 04-Apr-2019 more

JCU rated best in the world against UN goal

James Cook University has been judged the best university in the world in its commitment to the United Nation’s goal of reducing inequality.  The newly-published Times Higher Education University Impact Ratings ranks how universities are ‘walking the talk’, judged against the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals ... 04-Apr-2019 more

Flexibility sought in forfeiture law

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute based at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide is reviewing the current law of forfeiture in South Australia and its impact in murder or manslaughter cases, especially those that involve domestic violence, mercy killings or mental impairment. “Under the State’s ... 09-Apr-2019 more

Mystery of submerged beetles’ breathing solved

Studying tiny diving beetles found in aquifers in the Western Australian goldfields, scientists found that the insects absorbed oxygen directly from the water, with results published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Lead author Karl Jones, a PhD candidate from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, said ... 09-Apr-2019 more

Mints, dirt and zippers, but sandpaper was a rub too far

As ball tampering bans end for Australian international cricketers, James Cook University legal experts say it was legally correct and morally right for the players to receive hefty penalties. Australian cricketers David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith were caught using sandpaper to alter the performance of a cricket ball during a ... 09-Apr-2019 more

New wasps named after biscuits and Doctor Who aliens

University of Adelaide researchers were inspired by everything from chocolate biscuits and Doctor Who aliens when choosing names for 10 new species of wasps. “I named one wasp Sathon oreo as the antennae are dark brown with a thick white stripe in the middle… like an Oreo chocolate biscuit,” says Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries ... 09-Apr-2019 more

Innovative new toolkit to fill gaps in missing shark and ray data

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have developed the first toolkit of its kind that provides a variety of ways to collect scientific data on sharks and rays to help conserve and manage these species, many of which are threatened. Sharks and rays are in a deepening crisis, ... 12-Apr-2019 more

Innovative new toolkit to fill gaps in missing shark and ray data

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have developed the first toolkit of its kind that provides a variety of ways to collect scientific data on sharks and rays to help conserve and manage these species, many of which are threatened. Sharks and rays are in a deepening crisis, ... 12-Apr-2019 more

Mountain rescue

A mountaintop rescue mission is being launched in Queensland’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to collect and record plant species at risk from climate change. “These plants, which rely on the cool tropical mountaintops more than 1000 metres above sea level, are losing their habitat,” said Professor Darren Crayn, Director ... 12-Apr-2019 more

$1.2 million for community-led endometriosis research and support

A digital health platform for endometriosis research and support will be developed by the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute thanks to $1.2 million funding from the Federal Government and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. This project will harness the collective power of the endometriosis community – patient ... 12-Apr-2019 more

Quantum sensors to make Australia safer

by Andre Luiten One hundred years ago, a new science, Quantum Mechanics, had to be devised to try to explain unexplainable phenomena that had been discovered in the microscopic world. Quantum Mechanics has been blowing our minds ever since: predicting, for example, that one object can be in two different locations at the same time or giving ... 12-Apr-2019 more

Funding to prevent Parkinson’s cognitive decline

University of Adelaide researchers will combine custom cognitive testing, cutting edge genomic analyses and computer modelling to predict who is most at risk of cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease. Researcher Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino from the Adelaide Medical School said funding from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation would ... 12-Apr-2019 more

Fishy diagnostics for food allergy testing

James Cook University scientists have found material commonly used for fish allergy testing is unreliable - potentially putting lives at risk. A team led by PhD candidate Thimo Ruethers from JCU’s Australian Institute for Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) evaluated 26 commercially available fish preparations used for skin prick ... 12-Apr-2019 more

New research exposes extent of mineral demand for renewable energy technologies

The growing demand for minerals and metals to build the electric vehicles, solar arrays, wind turbines and other renewable energy infrastructure necessary to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement could outstrip current production rates for key metals by as early as 2022, according to new research by the UTS Institute for ... 17-Apr-2019 more

Community views invited on abortion laws

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of Adelaide is inviting views from the community and interested parties today, Wednesday 17 April 2019, as part of its review of the State’s abortion laws. “The South Australian Law Reform Institute has been asked by the Attorney-General Vickie ... 17-Apr-2019 more

Ocean currents bring good news for reef fishes

James Cook University researchers have discovered some good news for fish populations living on coral reefs hit by climate change. JCU PhD candidate Renato Morais from JCU’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies led a study that looked at how fishes on a bleached coral reef get their food. “We already knew that coral ... 24-Apr-2019 more

Time-restricted eating shows benefits for blood glucose

By restricting the time period during which they could eat, researchers have seen promising results for controlling blood glucose levels in men at risk of type 2 diabetes. In a small study now published in the journal Obesity, researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) ... 24-Apr-2019 more

Teens heed smoke signals

A unique study by James Cook University researchers has found that teen smokers are still deterred by graphic warnings on cigarette packets – even as the impact is starting to wear off on older people. The study was led by JCU PhD candidate and lecturer Aaron Drovandi. He said it is particularly important that teenagers are discouraged ... 24-Apr-2019 more

How to combine 'leg day' with running

James Cook University scientists say they have the solution for a problem gym-goers have when they combine endurance and weight training. JCU’s Dr Kenji Doma led the review paper. He said his own work and those of other scientists had previously discovered that resistance training, such as weight lifting, may harm performance in ... 02-May-2019 more

Holy Pleistocene, the answer’s in the bat cave

Let’s say you wanted to solve a 20,000-year-old mystery, where would you start? Perhaps archaeology and geology come to mind. Or, you could sift through a 3-metre pile of bat faeces. Researchers from James Cook University in Cairns chose the bat poo in their quest to answer to a long-standing question: why is there some much ... 02-May-2019 more

How do we meet our climate change targets?

University of Adelaide scientists will gather at a special climate change event next week to provide an insight on the options for Australia to meet its climate change targets by 2050. The event, Meeting Australia’s Climate Change Targets: Price, Opportunity and Pathways, will hear from six experts working in a range of areas from ... 02-May-2019 more

Flood of mosquito diseases avoided

James Cook University scientists have revealed Townsville dodged a bullet, with the city avoiding a forecast outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases in the wake of the February floods. Drs Adeshina Adekunle and Oyelola Adegboye from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine and Dr. Kazi Rahman from the College of Medicine ... 02-May-2019 more

Assaulted cops call for mandatory sentencing

A new study reveals police officers who have been attacked on duty lack confidence in the justice system’s ability to adequately punish offenders. Researchers from James Cook University and Queensland Police Service (QPS) have conducted a two-year study reviewing assaults on police in northern Queensland. Associate Professor Glenn ... 03-May-2019 more

Breaking bread with rivals leads to more fish on coral reefs

Cooperation is key to most successful endeavours. And, scientists find, when fishermen and women cooperate with other fishers, this can boost fish stocks on coral reefs. Dr Michele Barnes, a senior research fellow from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU), is the lead author of a ... 07-May-2019 more

Antioxidants protect hot hogs from sperm DNA damage

James Cook University researchers have developed a diet to help fix the love-life of sweltering pigs.   Dr Damien Paris, Prof Bruce Gummow and PhD student Dr Santiago Peña Jr from the Gamete and Embryology (GAME) Lab at James Cook University, recently discovered that tropical summer weather causes a 16-fold increase in DNA damage ... 07-May-2019 more

New leadership for food sciences research

South Australia’s multi-billion-dollar food industries will benefit from new scientific leadership in the state. Dr Maria Saarela has been named Research Director, Food Sciences at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), in a role jointly funded by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the University of ... 10-May-2019 more

Australian doctors overprescribing flu antivirals

Australian doctors are prescribing antivirals for people with the flu who may not benefit, putting patients at risk of unnecessary side effects and potentially increasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance to these medications, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found. The large study, published in BMJ Open, investigated the ... 10-May-2019 more

World-leading plant research facility appoints Executive Director

A world-leading national facility that underpins innovative plant research in Australia has appointed its first Executive Director to drive future success. The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, led by the University of Adelaide, has appointed Dr Susie Robinson in the newly created role. Dr Robinson brings a depth of experience across ... 10-May-2019 more

Stroke survey to assist survivors

A James Cook University researcher is looking at better ways to help people recover from a stroke, and wants stroke survivors to assist with the study.  JCU’s Nerida Firth is a pharmacist and PhD student investigating the use of medications that assist recovery after a stroke. “Around 475,000 Australians are living with ... 10-May-2019 more

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Q and A

Come to this public event on Wednesday 15 May where you can ask questions of leaders in research into Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and learn more about treatments, latest research and care options. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a misunderstood disorder. It is linked to reproductive, metabolic and psychological ... 10-May-2019 more

Guide launched to help endangered sharks and rays

As the plight of sharks and rays around the world worsens, James Cook University and WWF have launched the first-ever guide aimed at getting the best out of areas designed to protect them, and avoiding the mistakes of the past. A quarter of all shark and ray species are threatened with extinction, based on the IUCN Red List, with overfishing ... 14-May-2019 more

How mutations lead to neurodegenerative disease

Scientists have discovered how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease. The discovery is an important step towards better treatment to slow the progression or delay onset in a range of incurable diseases such as Huntington’s and motor neurone disease – possibly through the use, in new ways, of existing anti-inflammatory ... 14-May-2019 more

Fluoride reduces dental risk from minimal and extended breastfeeding

Cavity-conscious mothers can rest assured their children will not be at increased risk of tooth decay if they can’t breastfeed or they want to breastfeed their children for longer - as long as they have access to fluoridated water, research from the University of Adelaide has found. The new research, led by Dr Diep Ha of the University ... 14-May-2019 more

Global recognition for health care simulation lab

Adelaide Health Simulation, a facility which replicates hospital suites with cutting-edge technology including life-like mannikins, has been awarded unconditional accreditation for its major investment in learning and teaching. The University of Adelaide’s simulation facility, which educates students of the health professions to handle ... 14-May-2019 more

Amanda Lacey joins Expert Guide

Amanda Lacey has joined Expert Guide. Amanda is the Managing Director of POPCOM and a communicants expert, advising companies and directors on synchronising internal communications and external communicants to create strong, persuasive messaging that builds brands. Known for her work in the legal sector, Amanda is called upon for crisis ... 14-May-2019 more

Protect protruding teeth from damage and long-term consequences

Children with their first or early adult set of teeth that stick out have an increased chance of damaging them, but the risk can be easily reduced without being prohibitively costly. A study undertaken at the University of Adelaide of more than 50,000 children aged under 19 years published in the journal Dental Traumatology, confirms a ... 17-May-2019 more

Pelvic exercises may beat bedroom blues

James Cook University physiotherapists say simple pelvic floor exercises may be a cure for some common problems men experience in the bedroom. In a first of its kind study, JCU physiotherapy lecturers Chris Myers and Moira Smith analysed studies from around the world involving more than 650 men who had used pelvic floor exercises to combat ... 17-May-2019 more

Children’s University expansion offers bright future for disadvantaged young people

The University of Adelaide has welcomed a proposal to expand the Children’s University program nationally, offering young disadvantaged people greater opportunities to connect with and be inspired by education. The aim of Children’s University Australasia is to promote a love of lifelong learning through community engagement, ... 17-May-2019 more

Urgent call to fill big gaps in knowledge about finch

A James Cook University-led review of the status of the Black-throated Finch has called for land-clearing to be slowed or halted to protect the endangered bird. The finch is at the centre of controversy surrounding environmental consents for the proposed Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.   JCU PhD ... 17-May-2019 more

New single vaccination approach to killer diseases

Scientists from the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have developed a single vaccination approach to simultaneously combat influenza and pneumococcal infections, the world’s most deadly respiratory diseases. The researchers say a single vaccination – combining vaccines from the new class of ... 22-May-2019 more

Plant discovery opens frontiers

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a biochemical mechanism fundamental to plant life that could have far-reaching implications for the multibillion dollar biomedical, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries. There are up to 80,000 fundamental-to-life enzymes working in plant or mammalian bodies, upon which ... 22-May-2019 more

Natural environments favour ‘good’ bacteria

A new study has shown that restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’ – with potential benefits for human health. University of Adelaide researchers report, in the journal Environmental International, that degraded, low biodiversity land and soils tend to ... 22-May-2019 more

Probe detects the mechanism for spreading of metastatic cancer cells

A new fluorescent sensor developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide can detect migrating cancer cells and could be used to target medication to stop metastasis in aggressive cancers. Metastasis – the uncontrolled migration of cancer cells which creates new tumours at different locations in the body – is a major ... 22-May-2019 more

Holidays disrupt drug routines of children with diabetes

Children with type 1 diabetes find it difficult to adhere to their drug routines during school holidays and weekends. Holiday distractions cause a 20% reduction in adherence to taking medications that assist managing their condition and other associated conditions, which may have serious consequences for their health. “The research, ... 24-May-2019 more

Tiny fish live fast, die young

New research has revealed that the short lives and violent deaths of some of coral reefs’ smallest tenants may be vital to the health of reef systems, including the iconic Great Barrier Reef. James Cook University’s Professor David Bellwood was part of a team searching for answers to the longstanding puzzle of ... 24-May-2019 more

How do Australians think about water?

A James Cook University researcher wants to understand how Australians view water security and water conservation. PhD student Madelyn Pardon is researching how Australians perceive threat in the context of water, and what that means for their water conservation behaviour. “I’m interested in what contributes to the perception ... 29-May-2019 more

Child protection workers traumatised

A James Cook University study of child protection workers across Queensland has found they commonly suffer traumatic stress and face many barriers to seeking help.  JCU’s Dr Fiona Oates interviewed experienced child protection staff from across Queensland. “Many described being exposed to traumatic material and events, ... 29-May-2019 more

The NBN - Myths Busted by MATE

Mark and David Fazio started MATE in their Aunt’s backyard in Western Sydney with a dream to have a Telco in Australian that cares and treats customers as their mates. There’s been a lot of negative press about the NBN in Australian. However, EVERYONE is going to have to make the switch - just like we did with Digital TV. So, ... 29-May-2019 more

Biosciences research and education boosted by new leader

The University of Adelaide’s national and international reputation for biosciences research and teaching will strengthen under new leadership of its School of Biological Sciences. The University has appointed Professor Laura Parry to the role of Head of School, Biological Sciences. Professor Parry is currently Associate Dean ... 30-May-2019 more

‘Stayin’ alive’ needs practice

James Cook University researchers have found that CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) skills deteriorate after just three months and refresher courses are needed if lives are to be saved. JCU’s Associate Professor Richard Franklin was part of a study that looked at the training of more than 35,000 people in CPR ... 30-May-2019 more

Citizen scientists mobilise to help the Great Barrier Reef

Citizen scientists will be part of a study to analyse the impact of removing seaweed from coral reefs as part of efforts to help the Great Barrier Reef combat increasing threats. The initiative comes as James Cook University scientists have renewed their partnership with Earthwatch Australia and Mitsubishi Corporation. JCU Associate ... 31-May-2019 more

An island haven for frogs

Scientists are calling for urgent action to preserve the island of New Guinea as a rare refuge from the chytrid fungus that is wiping out frog species around the world. New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the species-destroying fungus. Now an international team of scientists, including JCU’s ... 04-Jun-2019 more

Cardinal fish caught sneaking a bit on the side

Scientists have revealed the torrid, adulterous love lives of the mouth-brooding cardinalfish, with cuckoldry going hand-in-hand with cannibalism of the young. “This is a small and unassuming coral reef fish,” said Dr Theresa Rueger, who led the study while she was a student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies ... 07-Jun-2019 more

SA entrepreneurship shows promise but work still to do

South Australia outperforms most other developed economies on indicators relating to the quality and economic impact of our business start-ups, according to a new report by the University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC). The 2017/18 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report for South ... 07-Jun-2019 more

Vice-Chancellor among alumni awarded Queen’s Birthday honours

More than 30 members of the University of Adelaide community have today been awarded Queen’s Birthday honours, recognising outstanding contributions to their fields. The honours have gone to University of Adelaide alumni, former staff and affiliates right across Australia and overseas. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter ... 10-Jun-2019 more

Energy and resources a priority in new Malaysian partnership

The University of Adelaide has today strengthened its ties with a key Malaysian partner with direct links to one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, in order to boost energy and resources research, education and exchange. Today in Malaysia, the University of Adelaide’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Peter ... 10-Jun-2019 more

Rescuers often driven by emotion

Scientists from James Cook University and Royal Life Saving Society - Australia have found reason can go out the window when family members, children and pets are in trouble in the water, and people should be better trained in water rescue skills. JCU’s Associate Professor Richard Franklin was part of a study that examined successful ... 13-Jun-2019 more

Asteroid mining not a million miles away

Work by a team of University of Adelaide scientists to perfect metal and mineral extraction processes is bringing the possibility of mining the wealth contained within asteroids closer to reality. But science fiction won’t become fact until asteroid mining becomes economically as well as technically viable. “Asteroids such as ... 13-Jun-2019 more

Braces won’t always bring happiness

Research undertaken at the University of Adelaide overturns the belief that turning your crooked teeth into a beautiful smile will automatically boost your self-confidence. The study, carried out by Dr Esma Dogramaci and Professor David Brennan from the University of Adelaide’s Dental School, followed 448 13-year-olds from South ... 13-Jun-2019 more

New ‘king’ of fossils discovered on Kangaroo Island

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The finding is adding important insights to our knowledge of the Cambrian ‘explosion’, the greatest diversification event in the history of life on Earth, when almost all animal groups ... 18-Jun-2019 more

Squid could thrive under climate change

Squid will survive and may even flourish under even the worst-case ocean acidification scenarios, according to James Cook University scientists. JCU’s Dr Blake Spady led the study. He said squid live on the edge of their environmental oxygen limitations due to their energy-taxing swimming technique. They were expected to fare badly ... 18-Jun-2019 more

Retracing our ancient routes

James Cook University scientists are part of a group of experts who have revealed new insights into how people first arrived in Australia. The group used sophisticated modelling to determine the likely routes travelled by Aboriginal people tens of thousands of years ago, and the sizes of groups required for the population to survive in harsh ... 18-Jun-2019 more

Uni of Adelaide’s global ranking offers opportunities for the State

The University of Adelaide has again risen in the latest QS World University Rankings 2020, released today. The University has increased eight places on last year to be ranked 106th in the world. Adelaide continues to be the leading university in South Australia and one of the highest ranked in the nation. The latest QS World University ... 21-Jun-2019 more

Unpredictable new drug cocktails spark warning

New research by James Cook University scientists has found many illicit drugs are being laced with harmful substances, including designer drugs, that could have unpredictable and deadly effects on users. The scientists are backing calls for action to increase awareness of adulterants in commonly used illicit drugs and for their detection ... 21-Jun-2019 more

Best foot forward for Shark Tank eSchool winner

A team that want to assist children born with clubfoot has today won the top prize in the Shark Tank eSchool for their innovative solution. The team, 1 Step At A Time, has won $5000 in prize money. The Shark Tank eSchool, created through a partnership between the University of Adelaide, Sony Pictures Television’s Shark Tank Australia ... 21-Jun-2019 more

Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees

Researchers have developed a cost-effective and eco-friendly way of producing graphene using one of Australia’s most abundant resources, eucalyptus trees. Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to humans. It’s also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, making it ideal ... 24-Jun-2019 more

Roads and Deforestation Explode in the Congo Basin

Logging roads are expanding dramatically in the Congo Basin, leading to catastrophic collapses in animal populations living in the world’s second-largest rainforest, according to research co-led by a scientist at James Cook University in Australia. Just as worrying is that the rate of forest destruction caused by new roads in the Congo ... 25-Jun-2019 more

Survey reveals people think GBR’s problems need collective efforts to solve

New research suggests that after seeing or hearing about impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef people feel less able to respond individually to those issues , and think the best outcome will be through collective efforts led by governments and corporations. James Cook University Dr Scott Heron was part of an international team, ... 25-Jun-2019 more

“History for the ears” podcast named among the world’s best radio

Australia’s first investigative history podcast has been named as the Silver Radio Winner at the prestigious New York Festivals Radio Awards announced this morning Australian time. History Lab, produced by the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with community radio station ... 26-Jun-2019 more

Coding boot camp kicks off new partnership

With demand for skilled tech talent in Australia at an all-time high, the University of Adelaide and workforce accelerator Trilogy Education are partnering to deliver an intensive coding boot camp specially designed for adult learners. Rigorous and fast-paced, the University of Adelaide Coding Boot Camp covers the theory and application of ... 26-Jun-2019 more

Senior appointments provide new leadership in health

The University of Adelaide has made two senior appointments in health and medical sciences education and research, which are critical to the future of the South Australian community’s health and wellbeing. Professor Benjamin Kile has been appointed Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences ... 28-Jun-2019 more

University team predicts mineral deposits using AI

A team from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) has come second in the OZ Minerals Explorer Challenge. The DeepSightX team’s analysis of mineral data from the Mount Woods project area predicts where new deposits of elements and minerals could lie. “The DeepSightX team exploited ... 01-Jul-2019 more

New model suggests lost continents for early Earth

A new radioactivity model of Earth’s ancient rocks calls into question current models for the formation of Earth’s continental crust, suggesting continents may have risen out of the sea much earlier than previously thought but were destroyed, leaving little trace. Scientists at the University of Adelaide have published two ... 01-Jul-2019 more

Kangaroo Island koalas may save the koala species

South Australia’s Kangaroo Island koalas have been found to be free from the disease that is threatening koala populations around Australia, particularly in Australia’s north-east where populations are declining dramatically. Scientists led by the University of Adelaide have discovered that, unlike every other large population in ... 03-Jul-2019 more

Mapping the future of aquaculture

Media invite to the Northern Australia Aquaculture Industry Situational Analysis meeting. What: Representatives from groups planning the future of aquaculture in northern Australia – JCU’s Professor Dean Jerry and conference delegates. When: 10.40am sharp, Wednesday July 3, JCU Townsville Campus Where: JCU ... 03-Jul-2019 more

Global and national slow down affecting SA economy

In their latest Economic Briefing Report University of Adelaide economists from the SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) are predicting that South Australia’s economic performance will continue to be affected by slowdowns round the country and overseas, as well as weakening employment growth and household spending. “The global ... 03-Jul-2019 more

Grandparents raising kids need more support

A James Cook University study of the challenges grandparents face when acting as carers of their grandchildren has found they are in dire need of more support, and they are not seen as key to decisions made about their grandchildren. JCU’s Associate Professor Susan Gair said her new study showed grandparents are increasingly involved ... 05-Jul-2019 more

Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions. Published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers showed that the genetics of an individual cow strongly influenced the make-up of the microorganisms in its rumen (the first stomach in the digestive system of ruminant ... 05-Jul-2019 more

Indigenous students engineer careers

Young Indigenous students from across Australia are this week immersing themselves in the world of engineering in an interactive camp in Adelaide, as part of a partnership between Santos and the University of Adelaide. Twenty-nine students are attending the Santos Karnkanthi Indigenous Engineering School from Perth, Numbulwar, Alice Springs, ... 09-Jul-2019 more

World-first tool to assess climate risks in World Heritage areas

James Cook University researchers have developed a tool to rapidly assess climate risks to World Heritage properties as more of the planet faces threats from climate change.  Dr Scott Heron and PhD student Jon Day have developed the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI), filling a need for an assessment tool that can be applied to all types ... 10-Jul-2019 more

New degree for emerging veterinary skills gap

The University of Adelaide is introducing a new degree program to fill an emerging niche in the veterinary sciences sector. The three-year Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at the University’s Roseworthy campus will train “paraveterinary” health care specialists in advanced technologies used in animal health, in high-level ... 10-Jul-2019 more

Turning to midwives could reduce rising C-section rate

Midwife-led care could be key to reducing an increasing number of avoidable caesarean births, according to a new joint study from James Cook University and Deakin University. The first-of-its-kind systematic review, published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, evaluated international research on ways to reduce caesarean ... 10-Jul-2019 more

Early Egypt through the eyes of Australians

Seen through the eyes of Australians en route to the First World War, Egyptian Images from Australia shows Egypt as it was one hundred years ago. “In capturing new experiences amateur photographers inadvertently documented Egyptian urban and rural environments that have disappeared or changed over time,” says exhibition curator ... 10-Jul-2019 more

JCU exports its marine expertise to the United Arab Emirates

James Cook University is sharing its world-class expertise and innovation with the United Arab Emirates, to address challenges such as food security that are confronting marginal environments. The partnership will see the University provide expert assistance to the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to develop its Marine Innovation ... 15-Jul-2019 more

Gut health key to effective biomedical research

JCU scientists say biomedical researchers should reconsider their research models to improve the translation of new drugs into humans.  In the Nature Scientific Reports journal, JCU’s Professor Geoffrey Dobson, Dr Hayley Letson, Dr Erik Biros and Dr Jodie Morris from the College of Medicine and Dentistry, report that changing the ... 15-Jul-2019 more

Researchers to investigate drought-tolerant vines

Wine researchers at the University of Adelaide are investigating drought-tolerant grape varieties from Cyprus for their suitability for Australian conditions. The Cypriot varieties Xynisteri (white) and Maratheftiko (red) have just been released from Australian quarantine and are being propagated at the University’s Waite campus before ... 15-Jul-2019 more

Research infrastructure receives $35.6 million boost

Research for a range of industrial sectors including advanced manufacturing, defence, resources, biomedical and agriculture has received a major boost with the announcement of new funding for research infrastructure based at the University of Adelaide. The South Australian Government has announced $6.77 million of funding to support four of ... 23-Jul-2019 more

Root canal work not so bad after all

Root canal work is not as bad as people think when compared to other dental procedures. Self-reporting of their dental health suggests that patients find the procedure no worse than other dental work which overturns the popular belief that root canal work is the most unpleasant dental treatment. Dr Tallan Chew, postgraduate student, Adelaide ... 23-Jul-2019 more

Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot

Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups as they moved out of Africa and across Eurasia. While two of the archaic groups are currently known – the Neandertals and their sister group the Denisovans from Asia ­– the others remain unnamed and ... 23-Jul-2019 more

Fussy fish can have their coral and eat it too

Being a fussy eater is a problem for reef fish that seek refuge from climate change on deeper reefs. But scientists discovered the coral that these fussy fish eat can support them. The study was led by Dr Chancey MacDonald at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU). Dr MacDonald said ... 23-Jul-2019 more

Diabetes medications masking surgical complication

A new class of diabetes medications is masking the potentially dangerous condition of ketoacidosis at the time of surgery. Testing for acid load in the blood of diabetes sufferers who are taking gliflozin medications is needed in order to avoid complications associated with ketoacidosis – a potentially lethal build-up of acid in the ... 23-Jul-2019 more

Exmouth Gulf: a global hotspot for sea snakes

A new study of a remote region in Western Australia has shown it to be alive with sea snakes – including unique and endangered species. James Cook University sea snake scientist Blanche D’Anastasi co-authored a report revealing Exmouth Gulf in the far north of the state is a marine ecosystem of outstanding biodiversity. She ... 23-Jul-2019 more

PNG roadbuilding spree threatens environment, communities and economy

A huge roadbuilding scheme in Papua New Guinea could imperil some of the largest, biologically richest and culturally most diverse forests on the planet, says an international research team led by James Cook University in Australia.  “This plan has big red flags all over it,” said JCU’s Professor Bill Laurance, the ... 26-Jul-2019 more

Child protection not improving after reforms

A James Cook University researcher says five years after major reforms, people working in the child protection area face more complex cases, a lack of funding and greater threats to themselves and the families they are trying to help. Dr Ines Zuchowski, a senior lecturer in social work at JCU, surveyed 22 people from non-government agencies ... 26-Jul-2019 more

New cyber security degree to boost SA skills

The University of Adelaide has launched the latest degree in a suite of defence-related courses to prepare students for one of the world’s largest, most diverse and technologically advanced industries. Launched today by Premier the Honourable Steven Marshall, the new Master of Cyber Security is a two-year advanced degree which will ... 30-Jul-2019 more

Four researchers named Tall Poppy winners

Four University of Adelaide researchers have won 2019 South Australian Tall Poppy Science Awards. The Tall Poppy Awards, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, recognises achievement in the sciences and helps to communicate the passion and purpose of Australia’s finest scientists. The ... 30-Jul-2019 more

Rocket science at JCU

(Video of a rocket test available on the link below) James Cook University scientists are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they’ve built to test the fuels. JCU lecturer in mechanical engineering Dr Elsa Antunes led the study, which made use of the revolutionary and rapidly advancing ... 30-Jul-2019 more

Cardiac device complications vary widely among hospitals

The chances of patients experiencing complications after having a cardiac device implanted vary according to where they have the procedure. A study of 174 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that the quality of care people receive may account for the wide variation in the rate of ... 30-Jul-2019 more

Cameras reveal secret lives of mangrove stingrays

James Cook University scientists have filmed stingray activity in mangroves for the first time, revealing how different species use the underwater forests and how important the environment is for the animal’s survival. JCU PhD candidate Shiori Kanno led the study, which placed three cameras on mangrove beds at Orpheus Island and ... 31-Jul-2019 more

Report: Australia should learn from global hydrogen focus

Countries around the world are now making rapid advances in hydrogen energy technologies and strategy – and Australia has much to learn from their experience, according to the authors of a new report by the University of Adelaide. The report, Advancing Hydrogen, was commissioned and released by the Future Fuels Cooperative Research ... 31-Jul-2019 more

Sharing flowers deadly for bees

James Cook University scientists have discovered a common honey bee disease can be deadly to native Australian wild bees and can be transmitted by flowers – the first time this link has been made. JCU’s Associate Professor Lori Lach oversaw the study investigating the susceptibility of Australian stingless or ‘sugar ... 12-Aug-2019 more

New trauma drug increases survival by ‘slowing time’

James Cook University scientists have discovered a drug that increases survival after internal bleeding, by slowing biological time. In the latest Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Professor Geoffrey Dobson, Dr Jodie Morris, Dr Eric Biros and Dr Hayley Letson from the College of Medicine and Dentistry show that their trauma drug ... 12-Aug-2019 more

What are we doing to save our mammals?

University of Adelaide researchers are playing a key role in the conservation of Australia’s unique mammals – 87% of which are found nowhere else in the world. They will share their research progress at a Research Tuesdays seminar – Mission Mammal – at the University of Adelaide next week, Tuesday 13 August. The ... 12-Aug-2019 more

Predicting English Premier League winners

Manchester City, who won last year’s English Premier League (EPL), has a 36.5 per cent chance of coming top of this year’s season according to the University of Adelaide’s Professor Steve Begg. Southampton and Sheffield United are most likely to be relegated, with six teams fighting to avoid the third relegation place. The ... 12-Aug-2019 more

A licence to parent?

It’s a comment we often hear in response to stories of child neglect: that parenting should require a licence. James Cook University researcher Dr Frank Ainsworth says that while the suggestion is based on concern for children, it is fraught with problems. Dr Ainsworth, an adjunct senior principal research fellow with JCU’s ... 12-Aug-2019 more

Developing the next generation of wine communicators

Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) and the Adelaide Business School at the University of Adelaide are set to launch a national wine industry mentor program to boost the career trajectory of the next generation of wine communicators. The program will benefit people who will take a leading role promoting Australia’s wine industry in their ... 13-Aug-2019 more

Jurassic world of volcanoes found in central Australia

An international team of subsurface explorers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland have uncovered a previously undescribed ‘Jurassic World’ of around 100 ancient volcanoes buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins of central Australia. The Cooper-Eromanga Basins in the ... 13-Aug-2019 more

Open Day highlights impact of STEM and graduate success

How students can make a difference through the real-world impact of STEM… a new defence degree tailored to industry needs… what it means to be entrepreneurial… and hearing first-hand about graduate success – these are among the highlights at this weekend’s University of Adelaide Open Day (Sunday 18 ... 15-Aug-2019 more

New tags help track baby rays

James Cook University researchers have developed a new way of tracking juvenile stingrays, making it easier to manage and protect the elusive animal. JCU PhD student Ana Barbosa Martins led the study. She said scientists have had a hard time tracking young rays. “GPS devices have historically been large and heavy, drastically ... 16-Aug-2019 more

UTS Central offers gateway to future of learning

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) today launches UTS Central, the final building in the 10-year campus redevelopment program and an important asset for students, staff and the wider community. From its double helix staircase to its modernist glass façade, world-leading collaborative learning spaces and scholarly reading room, ... 16-Aug-2019 more