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Warning on winter flooding New housing estates, rural development on the rise

As winter approaches, international hydrologists have issued a timely reminder about building on intermittent or seasonal non-perennial rivers and streams. Dry for most of the year, these waterways are prone to occasional flooding but manmade structures can impede the flow of large volumes of runoff leading to property and environmental ... 18-Mar-2021 more


Water market price rise myth-busting

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have tested claims of water hoarding and speculative behaviour in Murray-Darling Basin water markets and found no evidence of hoarding, or a clear source of speculative behaviour, driving water price rises.   Water hoarding is a strategy to restrict supply, forcing prices up. Price ... 18-Mar-2021 more


Weed invaders are getting faster

A new study from James Cook University shows invasive plants are adapting to new habitats and new climates at an increasing pace – and especially so in tropical environments. Dr Daniel Montesinos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns and is studying weeds to better understand (among other things) ... 18-Mar-2021 more


Who vanishes?

A James Cook University student is analysing the characteristics of long-term missing persons in an effort to help find them or prevent them going missing in the first place. JCU Masters student Belle, who goes by one name, says more than 38,000 Australians go missing every year. She says while 98% are located, there are ... 18-Mar-2021 more


Green space or light at night – how do we improve health?

There is a growing body of evidence that exposure to green space is good for our health but a new study from the University of Adelaide has found that this may equally be due to how much light we are exposed to at night.  Spending time in green space can improve depressive symptoms, obesity, and sleep problems, and reduce the risk of ... 18-Mar-2021 more


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