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A brighter, greener future for industry

Join one of Australia’s leading authorities on clean energy technology who will explain how heavy industry can reduce its pollutants so that global emissions targets can be met.  Professor Gus Nathan, Director of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology will explain how the global appetite for ... 09-Feb-2021 more

Natural insemination IVF is better for older women struggling with infertility

Natural insemination (IVF), the process where thousands of sperm are added to an egg in a culture dish to achieve fertilisation, is more likely to lead to a successful pregnancy for older women with infertility than Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) a new study from the University of Adelaide and Repromed has found.  One in every ... 08-Feb-2021 more

Ancient owl vomit helps Curtin researchers unpack prehistoric bone secrets

Curtin University researchers studying one of the oldest collections of ancient animal bones in the world have used DNA still present in the bones to identify 17 animal species, including two rodents previously not known to be in the collection. Lead researcher Dr Frederik Seersholm, PhD candidate from Curtin’s Trace and Environmental ... 08-Feb-2021 more

Overcoming the email avalanche

Overwhelmed with emails? A JCU researcher wants to make it easier to automatically categorise emails based on their contents. Dr Sisi Liu’s PhD looked at ways to prioritise which emails are more important, using an algorithm to analyse the sentiment behind the email. “It can be used to prioritise, sort tasks, and communicate ... 08-Feb-2021 more

Refugee stress and molecular mental health

Researchers have been examining psychiatric disorders in refugees – and believe more work in this field will lead to a better understanding of how people cope with stress at a molecular level. Professor Zoltan Sarnyai is a neuroscientist at James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. He was part ... 05-Feb-2021 more

Determined to fix outback internet

Rural Australia’s internet problems will be put under the microscope by a James Cook University PhD student who started his own business to help solve connectivity problems in the bush.   William Harrington grew up on a remote family farm in Queensland, bedevilled by slow or non-existent internet.   “The ... 05-Feb-2021 more

Burnside bins to lead in understanding food waste

University of Adelaide researchers are about to dive deep into green, red and yellow household bins in the City of Burnside to understand food waste behaviour through micro-auditing the contents and tracking seasonal variations.  The researchers will also collect information from Adelaide householders both through face-to-face ... 05-Feb-2021 more

Planning for COVID-driven regional growth

An urban design expert says planning for pandemic-fuelled population growth in regional cities and towns needs to take into account the needs of newcomers and the wishes of people who already live in those locations. Associate Professor Lisa Law is the founder of James Cook University’s Tropical Urbanism and Design ... 05-Feb-2021 more

University of Adelaide appoints Professor Peter Hoj as Vice-Chancellor

The University of Adelaide today announced it has appointed Professor Peter Hoj AC as its new Vice-Chancellor and President for a five-year term, to commence on 8 February 2021.  Professor Hoj’s appointment follows an extensive global and domestic search by executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles, which has worked ... 05-Feb-2021 more

Virtual careers precinct sparks student interest

Avatars and gaming will help guide students through education pathways into industry in a new virtual careers precinct. It will encourage students into STEM and help them discover more opportunities as part of the workforce of the future. The CareerSpark project is a joint initiative between the University of Adelaide, TAFE SA and 3D ... 28-Jan-2021 more

When holidays go wrong

We’ve all heard the stories: search parties are out looking for a tourist missing on a local mountain / walking trail / river. Many of us respond judgementally. “Why can’t they read the signs, or tell someone where they’re going, and take the right equipment?” James Cook University doctoral researcher Steve ... 28-Jan-2021 more

Rising Extinction Risk for Sharks and Rays

New research shows oceanic shark and ray numbers are down by more than 70 per cent over the past 50 years, and James Cook University scientists fear some species are facing extinction. JCU’s Professor Colin Simpfendorfer and Dr Cassandra Rigby were part of an international team of authors that found dramatic declines after they ... 28-Jan-2021 more