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Pregnant women in the dark on prenatal screening

Soon-to-be mums admit they feel 'left in the dark' when it comes to being told about the possible implications of prenatal screening - tests which could lead them down a path where they have to make difficult decisions about their unborn child. A study by Queensland University of Technology has found while doctors, midwives, ... 03-Jan-2007 more

Early retirees contributing to labour shortage

Australians can't wait to leave the workforce once they hit 50 causing a looming labour shortage and the dashing of government hopes that people will work into their 70s. Queensland University of Technology PhD education researcher Megan Tones said Australia's economy could not afford to have large numbers of older people not working. "It is ... 05-Jan-2007 more

Polar cyclones may hold key to drought

Weather experts from Monash University will fly high-tech remote-control aircraft through the centre of storms in the Southern Ocean in a bid to understand Australia's worsening drought. A three-year study headed by Professor Amanda Lynch, from the School of Geography and Environmental Science, has been funded by the Australian Research ... 05-Jan-2007 more

ANU research gives insight into plasma energy

ANU researchers have come closer to understanding how energy is retained in turbulent systems that self-organise - such as the atmosphere, the universe and plasma - after designing a simple experiment in their laboratory which creates 900 vortices in electrolytic fluid. The researchers watched as the 900 mini-vortices ‘self-organised’ to form ... 05-Jan-2007 more

Hasty sea-changers run aground on the financials

Overpopulation by sea-changers of the choicest, out-of-the-city locations is posing employment problems for more recent urban escapees searching for a simple life, a Queensland University of Technology social researcher has found. Nick Osbaldiston of QUT's Centre for Social Change Research said many sea-changers, in their quest for a better ... 08-Jan-2007 more

Revolutionary online project offers Diet Advice

A University of Wollongong research team has revolutionised traditional health care by developing new, Australian-first technology that allows patients to enter nutritional information online and receive personalised advice from professional dieticians. With more than 48% of all NSW adults being overweight or obese, the research team has ... 11-Jan-2007 more

Not all antihistamines non-sedating - expert

A Queensland University of Technology pharmacy researcher has warned allergy sufferers to take care when using antihistamines that are billed as non-sedating. Adjunct Professor Margaret Robinson, from QUT's School of Life Sciences, said some second generation, so-called non-sedating antihistamines that are available over-the-counter had been ... 12-Jan-2007 more

New research reveals high blood pressure risks

New research has revealed that high blood pressure causes up to 66% of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, in the Asia-Pacific Region. Given that around half of the world’s burden of cardiovascular disease is carried by low and middle income countries in the region, these findings, published by the Asia-Pacific Cohort ... 19-Jan-2007 more

Firms must justify big spending on IT

Organisations spending millions of dollars on IT information systems may finally have a way of assessing their performance, thanks to researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). IT researcher Professor Guy Gable said organisations seldom adequately evaluated their large Information Systems (IS) after implementation, but were ... 19-Jan-2007 more

New expert: Fraud and corruption

Journalists looking for an expert in fraud, corruption and forensic accounting on Expert Guide can now find a commentator with experience in four of Australia’s leading corruption investigation bodies. Warfield & Associates Chief Executive Brett Warfield has 19 years’ forensic experience including seven years in senior management with KPMG ... 20-Jan-2007 more

Baby fish smell their way home

Marine scientists working on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have uncovered evidence that baby fish, only millimetres long, manage to find their way to their home coral reef across kilometres of open sea by using their sense of smell. Remarkable in itself, the discovery by a team including Professor Mike Kingsford of the ARC Centre of Excellence ... 22-Jan-2007 more

SPAM deluge may be linked to court decision

The massive increase in SPAM email over recent months may be linked to a US court decision that ruled against an anti-spam company, according to a Queensland expert. Chicago-based bulk-emailer "e360 Insight LLC" (www.e360insight.com/)won damages (upwards of US$11 million) against anti-spam company Spamhaus for being included on the company's ... 23-Jan-2007 more

Conference to focus on obesity 'beat-up'

Participants at a conference to be held at the University of Wollongong from 25-27 January will focus on what they believe is a beat up about Australia’s ‘obesity epidemic’. The international researchers will argue that the research on obesity and its health consequences is much more uncertain than the population is led to believe. One of the ... 24-Jan-2007 more

Helping drivers avoid killer curves

Vehicles may soon be equipped with technology capable of calculating the likelihood of a crash as a driver rounds a bend in the road, thanks to research by Queensland University of Technology. Samantha Chen, from QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), is leading a research project to design an intelligent ... 25-Jan-2007 more

Water recycling experts at UOW seminar this week

The University of Wollongong will be bringing water recycling into the mainstream this Thursday/Friday (1-2 February) with a timely seminar featuring experts from across the globe. As debate rages about the urgent need to conserve water in Australia and throughout the world, the seminar will focus on the needs and challenges of bringing ... 29-Jan-2007 more

World body shape experts to meet in Adelaide

A gathering of the world's leading body shape experts will meet at the University of Adelaide next week to look at the way we determine the size of everything from clothing to car seats. Australian mannequin manufacturer Daisy Veitch will convene the gathering. For the first time, 12 professionals will pool their international data on the ... 30-Jan-2007 more

Discovery shows global warming link with ocean currents

A research fellow in the University of Wollongong’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has headed an international research team that has uncovered major findings regarding the impact of global warming on marine processes. The research, to be published today (2 February) in the renowned international journal Science, shows how human ... 02-Feb-2007 more

Study reveals our obsession with mobile phones

The average Australian spends one hour on his or her mobile phone every day, according to the preliminary results of a national survey released by the Queensland University of Technology today. The study by QUT consumer behaviour expert Diana James is the country's first survey on our mobile phone obsession and has found one in five Australians ... 03-Feb-2007 more

Engineers to save lives with bomb-blast research

As the world remains on high alert to the threat of terror attacks, the attention of engineers has turned to building safety. A new study at Monash University hopes to reduce the human toll of bomb blasts by investigating the shatter mechanism of glass. The work ultimately may assist engineers to develop a more blast-resistant form of ... 03-Feb-2007 more

Maths think-tank to target industry problems

More than 100 mathematical and statistical experts will begin a week-long workshop on Monday 5 February at the University of Wollongong with companies being the main beneficiaries of the think tank. The overseas and Australian delegates will collectively pool their talents to solve six problems put forward by the companies such as BlueScope ... 05-Feb-2007 more

Solar cell consortium to meet in Wollongong

Australia has identified the contribution of renewable energy resources as an important approach to the issue of climate control and is well-endowed with a land mass that receives a large flux of solar energy. Organic solar cell devices will be an important future solution to the provision of renewable energy resources in the world. A project ... 05-Feb-2007 more

Steady interest rate welcomed

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) welcomed the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to leave interest rates unchanged at 6.25 per cent. The RBA increased the cash rate by 25 basis points three times last year - in May, August and November. REIQ managing director Dan Molloy said the decision was welcome news for existing ... 07-Feb-2007 more

Chlamydia vaccine one step closer

Scientists at Queensland University of Technology are one step closer to developing a world-first vaccine to protect women against contracting the most common sexually-transmitted disease, Chlamydia. International vaccine company Sanofi-Pasteur has awarded QUT a funding boost of more than $300,000 to continue its research into Chlamydia and work ... 08-Feb-2007 more

Body worries weigh heavily on quality of life

Women’s pre-occupation with weight and shape can have a major impact on their quality of life, according to researchers at James Cook University’s School of Medicine. Senior Research Scientist Dr Jonathan Mond said that the prevalence of both eating-disordered behaviour and obesity has increased substantially in Australia during the past ... 08-Feb-2007 more

Changing track on rail maintenance has risks

Train derailments may become more frequent if railways worldwide continue to increase speed and the weight trains carry while rationalising maintenance schedules, a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) academic says. QUT senior lecturer in engineering Dr Gopinath Chattopadhyay said authorities faced exposure to potentially catastrophic ... 09-Feb-2007 more

QUT scientists on the way to sifting out a cure for HIV

HIV may one day be able to be filtered from human blood saving the lives of millions of people, thanks to a world-first innovation by Queensland University of Technology scientists. QUT scientists have developed specially designed ceramic membranes for nanofiltration, which are so advanced they have the potential to remove viruses from water, ... 14-Feb-2007 more

UOW to host largest educational leadership conference

More than 300 delegates from around the world are expected to attend the sixth annual International Conference on Educational Leadership at the University of Wollongong this week (15-16 February) titled “Leading Learning Communities: Strategy, Action and Reflection.” The conference will be led by a number of eminent and emerging educational ... 14-Feb-2007 more

Carbon credit money grows on trees for farmers

Farmers should earn carbon credits for bushland they preserve or new trees they plant on their properties with an auction system similar to eBay put in place for them to sell the credits, according to an ecologist at The Australian National University. The system would reward farmers for planting and conserving native bush on their properties ... 20-Feb-2007 more

Funding helps dementia research

Groundbreaking research by a 21-year-old PhD student from James Cook University could lead to new treatments for people with dementia. Megan Steele was the top ranked student among Australian applicants by Alzheimer’s Australia Research, and will receive a “Hunter Postgraduate Research Scholarship into the causes of Alzheimer’s disease”. The ... 20-Feb-2007 more

Blowing up asteroids is no answer: scientist

Exploding an asteroid to avert a possible collision with earth in 2036, could have dire results, according to a Queensland University of Technology academic. Dr Stephen Hughes, from QUT's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, said the classic 'Hollywood' method of exploding an atomic bomb next to the asteroid could result in lots of ... 20-Feb-2007 more

Forum: Where to now for David Hicks?

Major Michael Mori, the US Defence Counsel for Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, will join other speakers at the University of Adelaide on Saturday 24 February at a public forum 'David Hicks - Where to now?' Other speakers include South Australian Labor Senator Linda Kirk, former Abu Ghraib detainee Ahmed Azis Rafiq and Mr Chris Keating, ... 22-Feb-2007 more

JCU heart research could save lives

James Cook University (JCU) scientists hope research into how a common throat infection can lead to a deadly heart condition will help save lives. Researchers at JCU’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences have attracted more than $80,000 in funding to continue important work on group A streptococcus, a bacteria which can trigger a ... 23-Feb-2007 more

Monkey discovery overshadowed by threat

The discovery of a new monkey found only in Uganda is being overshadowed by the imminent destruction of much of the animal’s habitat. Primatologist Colin Groves from the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at ANU said his analysis of the gray-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) in the small, central African nation has revealed that the ... 23-Feb-2007 more

Why girls under-participate in maths

Too few girls are represented at the top of the corporate ladder in maths-related careers because too few aspire to be involved in maths, according to new research conducted at Monash University. After a three-year study, Dr Helen Watt has found that the imbalance between men and women in science and maths careers is due in large part because ... 24-Feb-2007 more

A map to the causes of brain disease

A new method of accurately mapping deposits of trace metals in the brain could help unlock the causes of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's according to scientists at the University of Technology, Sydney. In what they're calling Metal Imaging Mass Spectrometry (MIMS), a UTS Faculty of Science team lead by Dr Philip ... 24-Feb-2007 more

New centre to focus on maritime security

A new centre of excellence aimed at helping make Australia a world leader in oceans governance and maritime security in the Asia Pacific Region officially begins operations at the University of Wollongong (UOW) from 1 March. To kick start the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), its Advisory Board -- comprising ... 25-Feb-2007 more

Sex workers generally happy in their work

Female sex workers in Queensland have similar levels of job satisfaction, physical health and mental well-being as women in the general population. This is a key finding from an in-depth study into prostitution in Queensland by Queensland University of Technology PhD researcher Charrlotte Seib. Ms Seib, from the School of Public Health, ... 01-Mar-2007 more

Asia Pacific has the biggest diabetes burden in the world

A new finding from the Asia-Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration (APCSC) shows that up to 12% of cardiovascular deaths in the region (heart disease and stroke) are a result of diabetes. In 2000 an estimated 83 million people in the Asia-Pacific region were living with type 2 diabetes, representing almost half of the 171 million people with ... 01-Mar-2007 more

Australia sliding backwards on gender equity

Australia, once a leader in efforts to establish equality between men and women, has slid backwards on gender equality over the past decade, with many of the gains made by women in earlier decades now undone, according to a new report published by The Australian National University. The report, “How well does Australian democracy serve ... 03-Mar-2007 more

New data - Queensland property market still healthy

Defying interest rates, cyclical slowdowns and national trends, the Queensland residential property market showed healthy increases over the December 2006 quarter and steady growth over the year due to a robust economy and continuing population growth. Today’s (4/3/07) release of the December quarter results from the Real Estate Institute of ... 04-Mar-2007 more

New expert: Ethical hacking and IT security

Journalists looking for an expert in ethical hacking, IT security and security training and certification can now find a commentator on Expert Guide with public and private sector experience. Pure Hacking Chief Executive Robert McAdam has 17 years’ security experience including working on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games for IBM Global Services as ... 05-Mar-2007 more

Deakin University researcher unlocks pregnancy mystery

A Deakin University study has unlocked one of the many mysteries of pregnancy - how the trace element copper is transported across the placenta. The findings provide a lead to the possible cause,treatment and prevention of a number of potentially fatal conditions. Belinda Hardman completed the study for her PhD with Deakin's Centre for ... 06-Mar-2007 more

Breast cancer researcher one of world's 'hottest'

University of Newcastle researcher, Professor John Forbes, has been named as one of the top 10 'hottest' researchers in the world, with his inclusion on the Thomson Scientific 'Hottest Researcher' list for 2005 - 2006. John Forbes is Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Mater Hospital, Group Coordinator of ... 07-Mar-2007 more

Expert briefing on private equity in Australia

With ink not yet dry on the Airline Partners Australia bid for Qantas, international securities law and regulatory scholars will gather in Canberra on Wednesday March 15 for an international workshop to examine the macroeconomic and policy challenges posed by the global expansion of private equity. Leading experts, including John Coffee ... 10-Mar-2007 more

Giving up a life of crime -- what it takes to go straight

A QUT criminologist is studying former offenders to shed further light on the process of "going straight" with the aim of cutting the growing prison population by helping more people to stop reoffending. PhD researcher Rob Robertson, from Queensland University of Technology's School of Justice, is seeking participants for a study that will ... 13-Mar-2007 more

Australian discovery solves mystery of the Andes

A research team led by an ANU scientist has solved the mystery behind the formation of the Andes by discovering how the jostling of tectonic plate boundaries affects geological formations. It’s been known for some time that the Andes mountain range in South America sits above a subduction zone, where one tectonic plate is sinking below its ... 15-Mar-2007 more

Calculating better survival chances for children with cancer

Computational tools being developed by a University of Technology, Sydney PhD student could make a big difference for doctors treating young cancer patients. Ahmad Aloqaily is part of a UTS Faculty of Information Technology team working on methods to crunch data for the Oncology Research Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead to help ... 15-Mar-2007 more

Astronomer reveals galactical 'illusion'

A galaxy long considered to be a giant has turned out to be an optical illusion, with new observations by an astronomer from The Australian National University revealing that the star group is a dwarf. The galaxy, known as NGC 5011C, was thought to be the gigantic next door neighbour of the big, bright NGC 5011B stellar system, located about 140 ... 16-Mar-2007 more

Exploring exploding stars

Overweight stars, which explode violently at the end of their lives, have long fascinated astronomers and the world’s leading authority on them is in Townsville this week. Professor Richard Stephenson from Durham University in England will be talking about the secrets of exploding stars at a free lecture at the Museum of North Queensland ... 20-Mar-2007 more

Cyclone Larry research shows rainforest impacts and recovery

A year on from Cyclone Larry research into the environmental impacts of the category 4/5 storm is starting to deliver interesting results. This suite of projects involving 25 scientists from five institutions was set up shortly after the cyclone hit to investigate its effects on the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. “This is probably the most ... 20-Mar-2007 more

Quitting cuts death risk by 70% - new research

Giving up smoking is highly effective in preventing death from lung cancer and can reduce the risk of dying from the disease by up to 70%, according to new research. In the NHMRC-funded study of 500,000 adults, the Asia-Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration (APCSC) also shows that the risk of dying from lung cancer is about twenty times higher ... 22-Mar-2007 more

Accountability in politics is smoke and mirrors - expert

Most accountability institutions set up by governments are designed to give the illusion of governmental transparency while operating to mask bad management or corruption. The claim by Queensland University of Technology public service ethics PhD researcher Mark Lauchs comes after a three-year study of accountability in the public service and ... 22-Mar-2007 more

Weather to hit Australian sugar harvest

Researchers at James Cook University and Florida State University are concerned that Australia’s sugar industry may be facing the possibility of a wet harvest later this year. In 1998, the Australian sugar industry lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to an expected wet harvest season. Dr Yvette Everingham from JCU’s School of Maths, ... 23-Mar-2007 more

Daylight saving: don't forget to reset your body clock

If you think you’re going to get an extra hour of sleep when daylight saving ends, think again. Sleep experts say most of us will probably wake up at our body’s usual time, regardless of what the clock says. “Our body doesn’t know that we changed the clock on the wall,” says Dr Sarah Blunden of UniSA’s Centre for Sleep Research. “When we set ... 24-Mar-2007 more

Everything old is old when it comes to literacy

Young people should be admired for their "digital literacy" and not criticised for being bad spellers, according to an education researcher from Queensland University of Technology. The assistant dean of research in QUT's Faculty of Education, Professor Erica McWilliam, said a "moral panic" about declining literacy standards and calls to revert ... 28-Mar-2007 more

Role of dinosaur demise in mammal rise questioned

Scientists have long thought that the mass extinction of the dinosaurs around 65 millions years ago opened the door for modern mammal species to proliferate. But an international team of scientists has created a mammoth record of evolutionary timing, showing that the origins and diversification of existing mammal species – including human ... 29-Mar-2007 more

Asbestos disease projections too low: expert

Current predictions of the future incidence of asbestos-related disease have been substantially underestimated, according to new modelling presented in Melbourne yesterday by an epidemiologist from The Australian National University. The analysis by Dr Mark Clements, from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, and colleagues ... 03-Apr-2007 more

Sifting out ingredients to top fast bowlers

Researchers from across the world have applied to be part of a new sports study at the Queensland University of Technology that aims to identify the keys to creating brilliant fast bowlers. QUT's PhD Scholarship in Cricket Fast Bowling Expertise is being jointly offered by the university, Cricket Australia and the Australian Institute of ... 03-Apr-2007 more

Aussie technology being tested in space

The future well-being of NASA space missions may well rest with an innovative instrument utilizing microdosimetry technology devised in Wollongong that has now been launched into space. On board the United States Naval Academy satellite MidSTAR-1, launched on March 8 from Cape Canaveral, is a Micro Dosimeter Instrument which can measure a range ... 04-Apr-2007 more

High-tech gizmos not all they're cracked up to be

Technological devices are the must-have features of modern life, but new Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research shows users are often disenchanted within weeks of purchase. PhD student Rafael Gomez has looked at people's experiences with portable interactive devices (PIDs) such as mp3 players and hand-held computers or personal ... 06-Apr-2007 more

Australia must plan for population change

Australian businesses must plan for population change if they want to stay in business. That will be the message from University of Adelaide Federation Fellow Professor Graeme Hugo when he speaks at the University’s inaugural "Research Tuesdays" seminar on Tuesday, 10 April. One of Australia’s leading population experts, Professor Hugo said: ... 09-Apr-2007 more

The secret to getting to the gym more often? Pay fortnightly.

People who pay up-front for gym memberships may go to the gym less often than those who pay by fortnightly deductions, according to research by Associate Professor Sandra Jones from the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Behaviour and Communication Research. The study, published in the current issue of the prestigious international ... 10-Apr-2007 more

Poor diet puts teenagers' health at risk

A quarter of Australian teenagers eat fast food everyday and more than a third hardly ever eat fruit, a Deakin University study has found. Researchers with Deakin's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research surveyed more than 3800 secondary school students aged 12-15 years to evaluate their food intake patterns. They found that ... 11-Apr-2007 more

Major conference on the law of climate change

The emerging legal implications of climate change will be the focus of a two-day conference to get underway in Canberra today. With the recent US Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases are pollutants and thus they can be regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and key climate cases recently before courts and tribunals here in ... 12-Apr-2007 more

Sustainable housing development too slow

The implementation of sustainable housing developments in south-east Queensland is proceeding too slowly to arrest environmental degradation, according to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research. PhD student Ned Wales conducted interviews with councils and developers in south-east Queensland. "There is a growing need for land ... 12-Apr-2007 more

AFTRS to celebrate Australian talent

Academy Award®-winner Dr George Miller will be guest of honour when leading lights of the film and broadcast industries converge for the AFTRS Screen and Broadcast Gala Evening on Monday. AFTRS is the country’s premier screen and broadcast training facility and has fittingly invited some of the biggest names in showbiz to a night of celebration ... 14-Apr-2007 more

ANU experts on climate change

The following ANU experts are available to comment on issues relating to climate change: Mr Barney FORAN Strategic energy matters, long-term energy and greenhouse futures, sustainability, ecology, agriculture, energy, trade, population and the future of Australia's 'physical economy' Visiting Fellow, Fenner School for Environment and ... 15-Apr-2007 more

Urgent WHO call to reduce salt in food

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report has highlighted the strong scientific evidence for the damage to health caused by eating too much salt, and is calling for countries around the globe to urgently adopt national approaches to reduce the salt content of foods. In conjunction with this, plans have been developed to roll-out a 5 year ... 17-Apr-2007 more

Economists put case for HECS for TAFE students

There is a strong conceptual case to extend HECS style income contingent loans to TAFE, according to a Working Paper to be released today. The vocational education system is one of the few areas where students are required to pay upfront fees without access to loan assistance. The paper, HECS for TAFE: The case for extending income ... 18-Apr-2007 more

Half a million hospital admissions advoidable: expert

A new report released today by the University of Adelaide's Public Health Information Development Unit shows that almost 9% of hospital admissions in Australia should have been avoided, with highest rates among the oldest and most disadvantaged Australians. The "Atlas of Avoidable Hospitalisations in Australia: ambulatory care-sensitive ... 20-Apr-2007 more

Breaking down the medical language barrier

Miscommunication between clinicians and patients in hospitals can have serious consequences, an issue that is the focus of a unique research project being led by linguists and nursing academics from the University of Technology, Sydney. If you have ever had trouble understanding the language of a medical practitioner, you are not alone. A NSW ... 26-Apr-2007 more

Work stress not linked to cultural values: study

Stereotypical views about the cultural attitudes of people in the "east and "west" can no longer be applied to international workforces, an award-winning study by a QUT management researcher has found. Sukanlaya Sawang, of Queensland University of Technology's School of Management, said the results of her three-country study of cultural values ... 27-Apr-2007 more

Secrets of the immune system revealed

The impact of diets, supplements, acupuncture and modern life on the immune system will be the subject of an expert talk on Sunday (29/4). As part of World Day of Immunology, James Cook University’s Professor Alan Baxter will make a special presentation at the Southbank Hotel and Convention Centre in Townsville on Sunday. Professor of ... 27-Apr-2007 more

News alert (embargoed 2/5): World-first cancer trials

Queensland scientists in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong are helping battle one of the top four deadly cancers through a world-first human immunotherapy clinical trial to combat a virulent, painful and often terminal cancer that affects people of Asian descent, including children. The Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Peter ... 28-Apr-2007 more

Research to download music choices

The increasing popularity of downloading music from the internet had led researchers at the University of Newcastle to ask whether we are about to abandon physical forms of music entirely. Dr Marj Kibby, Senior Lecturer in Communication and Culture at the University of Newcastle, said more and more people were listening to music as files on ... 01-May-2007 more

Reforming the controls on selling sex

UTS Faculty of Law will conduct a half-day seminar on Thursday 3 May on regulation of the sex industry. The seminar will consider recent Land and Environment Court decisions, the impact of local government planning regulations, ATO determinations and the reaction of business owners and workers. UTS Faculty of Law researcher Penny Crofts said the ... 01-May-2007 more

Solar energy storage one step closer

The first large scale working demonstration of a solar energy storage system based on research undertaken at The Australian National University will be developed thanks to a $7 million grant from the Commonwealth Government. The system uses ammonia-based thermochemical solar energy storage and is intended for use with ‘Big Dish’ solar ... 02-May-2007 more

Prematurely born adults sought for study

Does premature birth have an impact on relationships in adulthood? A Queensland University of Technology study aims to find out and is seeking volunteers for a rare study on the social and emotional outcomes of preterm and full term birth. QUT psychology researcher Dr Zoe Pearce wants to fill in the gaps in research on the impact on adults ... 03-May-2007 more

Australian generosity breaks record: research

More Australians are donating more money to charities and nonprofit organisations than ever before, and opening their wallets even wider when major disasters such as the Boxing Day tsunami strike. The latest Tax Deductible Giving report by Queensland University of Technology's Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies shows the average ... 04-May-2007 more

Under 5s the new front line in obesity battle

Children under five years old are the new front line in efforts to halt Australia’s obesity epidemic. University of Wollongong child obesity researcher Dr Tony Okely says health authorities now recognise the need to establish health guidelines for very young children – 20 percent of whom are overweight or obese and at risk of becoming obese ... 04-May-2007 more

JCU researchers prove that Nemo does come home

A team of Australian, American and French coral reef scientists has achieved a world breakthrough in tracking fish that could revolutionise the sustainable management of coral reefs and help restore threatened fisheries. In the process, they have established that Nemo – the lovable orange, black and white clownfish of movie fame – really does ... 05-May-2007 more

Expert Alert: ANU economists issue budget analysis

Experts from the ANU College of Business Economics have examined the 2007 Budget overnight and prepared a Review Commentary, published below: Mr Costello delivers a smart budget for the clever country. Education is a key centerpiece of the 2007 Federal Budget of what can be regarded as an economically sensible budget. The Education ... 09-May-2007 more

Spreading viruses as we breathe

Keeping at arm's length won't protect you from catching an infectious disease, according to new research by Queensland University of Technology which reveals airborne viruses can spread far and wide. Professor Lidia Morawska, director of QUT's International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, said the study dispelled the myth that viruses ... 11-May-2007 more

A new light on fingerprint detection

Special particles in security inks that were developed to foil forgers might now help catch all kinds of criminals thanks to the work of fingerprint researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Researchers from the Centre for Forensic Science in the UTS Faculty of Science have ... 15-May-2007 more

Expert's plan to solve 'science education crisis'

Teachers hold the key to solving the current crisis in science education, argues Professor Russell Tytler, Deakin University’s Chair of Science Education, in a special report on Australian science education released today (Tuesday, May 15). His comprehensive report looks at the factors which have created the current crisis in science education ... 15-May-2007 more

No medical reason for caesarean explosion

A new study has found that the rate of caesarean sections in Western Australia has almost doubled in a 20 year period to 2003. The report, published in the prestigious international journal, the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, found that the rise could not be explained by increases in clinical reasons for caesareans such as ... 16-May-2007 more

Passengers contribute to car crashes - research (embargoed 23/5)

New research by Australian scientists, soon to be published in the international Accident Analysis and Prevention journal, has shown that drivers carrying two or more passengers are twice as likely to crash as unaccompanied drivers. The new study, by The George Institute for International Health, was designed to determine the risk of a crash ... 22-May-2007 more

Dads who share in care get on better with their kids

The idea that kids who turn to their dads for care tend to have a stronger father-child bond will be studied as part of a Queensland University of Technology research project. Nicole Morel, from QUT's Faculty of Education, is looking for Australian parents to take part in a nationwide study investigating the factors that can influence and ... 22-May-2007 more

Clarity needed on environmental water policy - expert

With a huge question mark hanging over irrigation entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin, an ANU expert argues that there needs to be greater clarity about what constitutes environmentally sustainable water management for the nation. Dr Daniel Connell from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU said the Prime Minister’s ... 24-May-2007 more

Train schedule tool to save rail industry millions

Train schedules can be created at the click of a button with Rail CRC's recently developed ScheduleMiser technology, offering potentially millions of dollars in time-savings. Currently changes to train schedules are graphed on paper by hand, or manually created on a computer screen one train at a time. These schedules can take weeks to ... 28-May-2007 more

First-time mums sought for work/childcare study

It's a dilemma most first-time parents grapple with: how will we balance paid work and child care? Queensland University of Technology early childhood PhD researcher is hoping volunteer first-time mothers-to-be will help her find out. Ms Boyd is conducting a study to track how parents make decisions about paid work and care of their child from ... 28-May-2007 more

Climate change and carbon trading experts from ANU

These ANU researchers are available to provide expert analysis from a number of perspectives on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon trading policy: JOTZO, Dr Frank Climate change economics and greenhouse gas policy, international climate negotiations including Kyoto Protocol, environment and development Research Fellow, Resource Management ... 02-Jun-2007 more

RMIT says housing can be sustainable and affordable

The dilemma of how to integrate housing affordability and environmental performance in Australia will be examined for the first time thanks to new research by RMIT University. The three-year study, which will receive more than $335,000 from the Australian Research Council (ARC), will look at the apparent policy dilemma in balancing affordable ... 07-Jun-2007 more

Online counselling may be way of the future

A researcher in Curtin University of Technology’s School of Psychology has released preliminary results suggesting that online counselling may be a viable alternative to face-to-face counselling methods. Ben Mullings is undertaking this research project for his PhD and initial results have been promising.   “Today’s busy lifestyle means more ... 07-Jun-2007 more

The science of the giggle

A good laugh does us all good - but a James Cook University researcher is investigating whether practising your humour skills can increase those benefits. Shelley Crawford, a postgraduate student in psychology at JCU in Cairns, is seeking participants in several phases of her research. "It's well established that a sense of humour brings ... 08-Jun-2007 more

Family wellbeing under spotlight at conference

The first National Family Wellbeing Symposium to examine the state of family life in Australia and develop strategies to better understand how family wellbeing interacts with social and economic harmony will open at The Australian National University on Wednesday (20 June). The Federal Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous ... 19-Jun-2007 more

REIQ smoke alarm reminder for Queenslanders

The REIQ is reminding residents that from 1 July this year, it will be an offence not to have smoke alarms installed in Queensland homes. As of that date, every domestic dwelling in Queensland is required to have smoke alarms. The new laws, which fall under the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990, apply to all residential ... 20-Jun-2007 more

Study seeks children of Vietnam veterans

Research to uncover heritable links between post traumatic stress disorder in parents and disorders such as ADHD and autism in their children is being conducted by Queensland University of Technology PhD student Ken O'Brien. Mr O'Brien, from QUT's School of Social Change Research, is seeking volunteers of children and ... 20-Jun-2007 more

Restoring the rule of law in international affairs

International law experts will gather in Canberra on Thursday at a forum hosted by The Australian National University to discuss how best to rescue international law from the quagmire of power politics. The 15th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law will take place from Thursday 28 June to Saturday 30 ... 26-Jun-2007 more

How fish punish 'queue jumpers'

Fish use the threat of punishment to keep would-be jumpers in the mating queue firmly in line and the social order stable, a new study led by Australian marine scientists has found. Their discovery, which has implications for the whole animal kingdom including humans, has been hailed by some of the world's leading biologists as a 'must read' ... 29-Jun-2007 more

Answer to Tasmanian Tiger mystery

A University of Adelaide project led by zoologist Dr Jeremy Austin is investigating whether the world-fabled Tasmanian Tiger may have survived beyond its reported extinction in the late 1930s.Dr Austin from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA is extracting ancient DNA from animal droppings found in Tasmania in the late 1950s and ‘60s, which have ... 29-Jun-2007 more

Lizard's feisy flicking changed by motion 'noise' (Embargoed: 2am, July 5)

Animals that alter their movement-based signals to overcome visually 'noisy' environments could lead to a better understanding of vision systems and improve the capacity of 'seeing' machines, according to scientists from The Australian National University. Dr Richard Peters from the Research School of Biological Sciences (RSBS) at ANU led a ... 04-Jul-2007 more

Expert advice on home security from the REIQ

One of the best ways to keep your home secure is to be vigilant – and vigilance does not cost a cent - according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) and Neighbourhood Watch (NHW).REIQ became NHW’s major sponsor on 1 July with the two organisations now working together to further promote community safety.NHW State Coordinator Sergeant ... 05-Jul-2007 more

Largest type 2 diabetes study could have huge implications

A landmark, six-year trial has investigated the effect of blood pressure lowering on the risk of vascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Coinciding with National Diabetes Week, the data from this blood pressure component of the ADVANCE study, will now be analysed by the leaders of the study here in Australia and ... 06-Jul-2007 more

Research revolutionising railway design

Innovative research by engineers at the University of Wollongong is set to change the design concept for railway tracks’ concrete sleepers and possibly save the industry millions of dollars. Dr Alex Remennikov from the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering and his PhD student (and teaching academic), Sakdirat Kaewunruen, are ... 06-Jul-2007 more

Doctors not bound by living wills

Queenslanders' right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment through "living wills" is being undermined by a legal excuse for doctors to ignore patients' instructions.Professor Lindy Willmott of Queensland University of Technology's School of Law said living wills or advance health directives were enshrined in legislation in five states.She ... 10-Jul-2007 more

Can business use science to make good decisions?

A new family of systems devised by University of Adelaide researchers – called Adaptive Business Intelligence – could revolutionise the way businesses make decisions.South Australian business leaders and members of the public heard more about the system at the latest of the University of Adelaide's free Research Tuesdays seminar series ... 10-Jul-2007 more

Leading scientists to silence the climate change debunkers

Scientists from The Australian National University and Stanford University will address the scientific flaws and half-truths in the claims of climate change skeptics at a public forum at ANU this Friday, July 13, from 1pm-2.30pm. Entitled "Debunking The Great Global Warming Swindle" the forum will critique the claims aired in The Great Global ... 11-Jul-2007 more

Scientists take the hot air out of climate change sceptics

Leading scientists from The Australian National University and Stanford University have dismissed much of the content of "The Great Global Warming Swindle" to be broadcast on ABC TV tonight as a lot of hot air that fails to present any credible evidence to back up its claim. ANU climate scientists Dr Janette Lindesay and Professor McCulloch, ... 12-Jul-2007 more

Parents teach their teens alcohol misuse

Parents' drinking patterns are the strongest predictor of adolescent alcohol use, suggesting alcohol education programs should start before high school, a new Queensland University of Technology study of Australian teenagers has found.Professor Ross Young of QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) said the 2020 teenagers (12 to ... 12-Jul-2007 more

Research helps explain emergence of deadly bacteria

Researchers at the University of Wollongong, University of California San Diego (UCSD), University of Tennessee and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (Germany) have discovered an explanation for how a deadly strain of “flesh-eating” bacteria have evolved to produce serious human infections worldwide.The research, reported in an advance ... 16-Jul-2007 more

Vaccine trials inject hope into koala's future

The first Australian trials of a vaccine developed by Queensland University of Technology that could save Australia's iconic koala from contracting chlamydia are planned to begin later this year.Professor Peter Timms, from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said chlamydia was a major threat to the continued survival of koalas with ... 17-Jul-2007 more

Shiftwork experts converge on CQU

Central Queensland University is hosting the International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time at Yeppoon from August 28-31. More than 110 international experts will converge for the event (details of which are at  www.shiftwork.cqu.edu.au.While the symposium is for academics, two special workshops have also been arranged for regional ... 20-Jul-2007 more

Researchers find a way to predict the environmental impact of buildings

Deakin University researchers have developed a quick and easy method to predict the environmental impact of Australian buildings. Using data gathered from 30 buildings in Melbourne, including hospitals, offices, schools and houses, the researchers with Deakin's Built Environment Research Group discovered for the first time a strong relationship ... 24-Jul-2007 more

Australian funnel-web research picked up in USA

Research on using funnel-web spider toxins in insecticides, which former University of Southern Queensland (USQ) staff member Ron Atkinson was involved in, is now being considered commercially in the USA for pest control in crops. The research, which began in 1989, involves adding the gene for a funnel-web toxin, which is potent against insects, ... 25-Jul-2007 more

People injured on roads assist with medical study

An Australian-first medical study is underway within the ACT to explore whether receiving specialist medical attention within days of a crash will improve the recovery outcome for patients.  The Accident Care Evaluation (ACE) medical research study is a joint community initiative between the Australian National University (ANU), the University of ... 25-Jul-2007 more

Economist tackles climate change

Renowned research economist and commentator Professor John Quiggin will be at the University of Adelaide on Thursday 26 July to give a free public seminar on tackling climate change. Professor Quiggin is one of the world's most cited economists and a highly sought after commentator on Australian economic policy. He will be discussing 'Tackling ... 25-Jul-2007 more

Fire service takes health lesson from 9/11

Adelaide's firefighters will be offered annual lung function tests by the University of Adelaide as part of an overall "wellness" program being introduced by the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS). Believed to be a first in Australia, the establishment of a lung function monitoring program in South Australia follows findings of ... 02-Aug-2007 more

Drivers wanted for hooning study

Could your driving style be considered hooning? If so, Queensland University of Technology researcher Nerida Leal wants to hear from you. As part of a research project by QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), volunteers are being sought for a study to find out what drivers think about hooning and their views on ... 02-Aug-2007 more

New research institute to tackle climate change

Tackling climate change will be the mission of a new University of Adelaide research institute to be launched by Premier Mike Rann on Monday, 13 August. The Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability (RIsCCs) will bring together researchers from across each of the University's five faculties to undertake research on reducing carbon ... 09-Aug-2007 more

Research aims to lower number of drink drivers

Lowering the number of drink drivers in Australia is the motivation behind a new project led by USQ Associate Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele. Associate Professor Rundle-Thiele received a 2007/2008 NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust Grant worth $22,000, to conduct research into the public's knowledge of alcohol. 'The idea for this research came from a ... 09-Aug-2007 more

Marriage makes us happy - expert

Marriages have their ups and downs but according to a study by Swiss economist Professor Bruno Frey, it is possible to identify exactly when these bumps are likely to occur.   Professor Frey, co-researcher of a study into the relationship between happiness and marriage, spoke today at a Queensland University of Technology free public lecturer on ... 14-Aug-2007 more

Has reproductive technology gone too far?

University of Adelaide researchers are world leaders in the field of assisted reproductive technology - but has this work gone too far, where is it heading, and what are the likely consequences?These are just some of the questions being posed - and answered - at the latest of the University's free Research Tuesdays seminar series tonight (5.30pm, ... 14-Aug-2007 more

Using 'old' knowledge on climate change

An international academic forum beginning in Cairns on Sunday is seeking answers on how people can avoid harm from natural disasters and climate change by among other things using indigenous knowledge. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organising an Experts Meeting on "Indigenous Knowledge and ... 15-Aug-2007 more

Don't let bird flu stop you flying

Australians travelling to Bali should not panic and take simple precautions in the face of the recent deaths from bird flu, a Queensland University of Technology public health researcher says.   Following Bali's first human deaths from bird or avian flu, Professor Gerard Fitzgerald, from QUT's School of Public Health said people should take ... 16-Aug-2007 more

Queensland researchers first to use new metal fatigue technology

Research staff at Central Queensland University will be the first in Australia and South-East Asia to use the latest technology designed to test fatigue in metal.   Staff at CQU's Process Engineering and Light Metals (PELM) centre have recently commissioned a machine called the Electropuls E3000. The machine represents a new generation of ... 20-Aug-2007 more

Experts warns of critical water issues in the Pacific region

Despite high average annual rainfalls and balmy temperatures, an expert from The Australian National University warns that small island nations in the Pacific face freshwater supply and sanitation problems among the most critical in the world. Professor Ian White from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU played a leading role in an ... 22-Aug-2007 more

Expert Alert - Record number of Britons choosing to call Australia home

With new figures just released showing that record numbers of Britons are leaving the UK for Australia, Australian immigration expert Rechelle Grimson is available to comment on the reasons why.Ms Grimson runs the Australian-based consultancy My Immigration Manager, which assists residents in the UK with their move Down Under. Ms Grimson said her ... 23-Aug-2007 more

Expert Alert - General Skilled Migration Program Simplified for Migrants

Applicants for skilled migration into Australia will need better English language skills, but new international graduates will be allowed more time in Australia to find a job, under changes to Australia's immigration program announced today.On September 1 Australia's General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program will change, and immigration expert ... 28-Aug-2007 more

Who owns a good idea? Legal expert tells

If you come up with an invention or bright idea at work, who owns it?According to Queensland University of Technology researcher and barrister Dimitrios Eliades, in most workplaces nobody really knows.   Mr Eliades, whose legal expertise is in the area of intellectual property which includes patents, said many businesses and companies failed to ... 29-Aug-2007 more

Study reveals the ocean's seasons

The deep sea is often thought of as a tranquil, benign environment - but a study led by a scientist at The Australian National University shows that the ocean depths are an extremely dynamic environment that may even experience 'seasons'. Dr Michael Ellwood headed up a research team that discovered seasonal fluctuations in the carbon levels of ... 29-Aug-2007 more

Where does international law stand on Iraq?

Is it possible to legally invade a country on the basis of changing its form of government? That's one of the questions international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth will address next week during a lecture at the University of Adelaide. Professor Charlesworth will present the 2007 James Crawford Biennial Lecture with a lecture titled ... 09-Sep-2007 more

Forum to debate Israel-Palestine conflict

People with an interest in the politics of the Middle East and particularly the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict will have an opportunity to hear advocates from both sides of this dispute put their case forward in a forum first at Deakin University on Thursday, September 20. Dr Danny Lamm, President of the State Zionist Council of Victoria and ... 09-Sep-2007 more

Lifts could be used in fire evacuation - expert

A simple design addition could make lifts usable for evacuation during a fire in high-rise apartments, a Queensland University of Technology PhD researcher has found.A study by Than Singh Sharma, from the School of Urban Development, has challenged the belief that lifts cannot be used for fire evacuation from tall residential buildings. His ... 11-Sep-2007 more

Oxford counter-terrorism expert in Australia

A key British adviser on counter-terrorism will be at the University of Adelaide next week to address Australian security and intelligence experts on the effectiveness of intelligence. British Government intelligence adviser and Oxford University academic Dr Roy Giles is in Adelaide to give the keynote address at a conference, 'Intelligence ... 15-Sep-2007 more

Greater cohesion needed in malaria battle

Malaria drug and vaccine research is booming. According to a report launched in the UK by Australian researchers at The George Institute for International Health, 16 new malaria vaccine candidates are now in clinical trials; six new malaria drugs are about to reach the market; and by 2011 we will have up to 12 new anti-malarial drug product ... 22-Sep-2007 more

ANU experts on unrest in Myanmar/Burma

UNREST IN BURMA/MYANMAR ANU academics are available to provide expert commentary on and reaction to current unrest in Burma. The details of the experts who have confirmed their availability are provided below. The list is not comprehensive and for further assistance contacting our academics, please call the ANU Media Office.  Dr Monique SKIDMORE, ... 25-Sep-2007 more

Eyes can be a portal to our health

A study that will use a simple eye test to save the lives and limbs of people with diabetes is one of seven QUT projects funded in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council grants.   Research Professor Nathan Efron will use a breakthrough technique to develop the use of an optical instrument capable of looking at the cornea ... 26-Sep-2007 more

Ice age not a global phenomenon: research

If the Earth is heading for a new ice age, Australia may not be as affected as countries in the Northern Hemisphere, according to new research from The Australian National University published in Science. Dr Timothy Barrows, a palaeoclimatologist at the ANU Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, says that a freak cooling at the end ... 04-Oct-2007 more

Preventing kidney disease in stroke victims - new research

New research by The George Institute for International Health in Sydney, has found that lowering blood pressure protects stroke victims with Chronic Kidney Disease from further strokes or heart attacks. Given the high risk of cardiovascular complications in people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), these results have significant implications for ... 05-Oct-2007 more

Mental health related to income: research

Income can be a determinant of mental health risk, especially in cases where income is lost suddenly - economic shock - when people can slip into depression, according to research presented at a conference at The Australian National University. Joanne Epp, a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, has been examining the link between ... 13-Oct-2007 more

Gen Ys needed for mobile phone study

A Queensland University of Technology psychology researcher is looking for people aged 16 to 24 to complete an online survey investigating mobile phone use.   Shari Walsh, from QUT's School of Psychology and Counselling, has been researching the use of mobile phones among Gen Ys as part of her PhD studies. Ms Walsh said among adolescents and ... 13-Oct-2007 more

Aussie businesses need to step up homework on China

Australian businesses planning to enter China need to literally do their homework better, Deakin University's expert on doing business with China has warned. "The nature of the Chinese culture and their approach to business rewrites the textbook on business strategy," explained Dr Mona Chung from the University's Faculty of Business and Law. "In ... 14-Oct-2007 more

Pregnant women eating dangerous foods - research

Research conducted at the University of Wollongong has found that women are putting their babies at risk by eating risky foods during pregnancy because many doctors and midwives fail to tell them it may lead to miscarriage. The study, conducted by Dolly Bondarianzadeh in collaboration with Associate Professor Heather Yeatman and Dr Deanne ... 15-Oct-2007 more

‘Technohubs’ an answer to anti-social behaviour

A James Cook University academic is confronting and exploring the behavioural patterns and public perceptions of anti-social behaviour among the young.   Dr Suniti Bandaranaike, a demographer from JCU’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will present a paper based on her research into youth anti-social behaviour to a group of leading ... 17-Oct-2007 more

Dads also suffer from PN depression: research

Up to 10% of first-time fathers experience postnatal depression but in most cases their symptoms are not treated, according to University of Adelaide researcher Karina Bria. The PhD student within the University’s Discipline of General Practice is recruiting new fathers for her field work into the area of postnatal depression in first-time ... 18-Oct-2007 more

Experts to pitch their water solutions

The University of Adelaide will host two events this week to address the critical drought in South Australia and examine new technologies in smarter water management. Both events are being held to celebrate National Water Week 2007. Water Wednesday on 24 October is a public forum organised by the University’s Water Research Cluster, focused on ... 22-Oct-2007 more

QIMR calls for vaccine volunteers

 The Queensland Institute of Medical Research is calling for volunteers to take part in Phase 1 clinical trials for a new vaccine against malaria. Malaria is one of the world’s biggest killers, claiming up to four lives every minute – many of these children.  In fact, the 300 million to 500 million malaria cases recorded each year result in more ... 24-Oct-2007 more

Who's liable for your beach safety this summer?

Hundreds of people, many of them tourists, are injured or drowned on Australia's beaches each summer.   Just who is responsible for educating and warning beachgoers about water safety? And when disaster strikes, are local councils, resorts, tourist operators, or even universities liable for failing in their duty of care? These issues will be ... 26-Oct-2007 more

Mice help researchers understand Chlamydia

Genetically engineered mice may hold the key to helping scientists from Queensland University of Technology and Harvard hasten the development of a vaccine to protect adolescent girls against the most common sexually transmitted disease, Chlamydia.   Dr Michael Starnbach from Harvard Medical School is in Australia to work with QUT on a joint ... 29-Oct-2007 more

Conference to examine obesity epidemic

Understanding what is behind the obesity epidemic and proposing strategies to turn it around are the aims of a conference at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday 5 November. Organised by the University of Adelaide, the conference will draw together local and state government, health specialists, researchers, economists food industry representatives, ... 05-Nov-2007 more

Gene discovery opens new avenues for treatments

The discovery of how a particular gene in the human body suppresses autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes and lupus could open the way for a completely new approach to treating such conditions, scientists propose. Around one in eight Australians suffer from autoimmune diseases, which occur when the body's T and B cells attack its own ... 07-Nov-2007 more

Human error creates online banking security risks

Using an SMS password as an added security measure for internet banking is no guarantee your money is safe, according to a new Queensland University of Technology study which reveals online customers are not protecting their accounts. Mohammed AlZomai, from QUT's Information Security Institute, said one in five online transactions was ... 08-Nov-2007 more

Complementary medicine: is advertising reaching the mark?

Many Australians are users of complementary medicine with 50% of people having used some type of natural therapy. Complementary medicine refers to herbal products including vitamin and mineral supplements as well as massage treatments and traditional Chinese medicine. Recent consumer interest in complementary medicine has given rise to the ... 10-Nov-2007 more

Gamma glow takes guess work out of opal mining

The sale of opals contributes $500 million to the Australian economy each year, yet up until now, finding the buried treasures has largely been a question of luck and perseverance for miners. A new technique capitalises on natural radiation emitted by the opals to dramatically improve the detection process. Two scientists have spent nearly 20 ... 12-Nov-2007 more

We need foods, not nutrients - experts

Food, not specific nutrients, is the fundamental unit to health in human nutrition, according to research published by nutrition experts. The findings come from Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods at the University of Wollongong, Professor Linda Tapsell, and Professor David Jacobs from the University of Minnesota. ... 13-Nov-2007 more

Sun badge exposes the risk of working outdoors

A badge that is not much bigger than a 50 cent piece has been developed by Queensland University of Technology to monitor the sun exposure of people working outdoors. Associate Professor Michael Kimlin, from the Australian Sun and Health Research Laboratory based at QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said UV exposure was a major ... 16-Nov-2007 more

Cyclone game launch at JCU

The stage one development of an online game designed to help children prepare for the cyclone season will be launched at James Cook University in Cairns on Monday (19 November).   Stormwatchers is a multimedia cyclone awareness game that is being developed in northern Queensland for children.   The 3D interactive game presents a range of cyclone ... 17-Nov-2007 more

New Government to have climate battle ahead

The complex and urgent climate change challenge facing whichever party wins today's Federal Election is addressed in a policy brief launched last week by the Crawford School of Economics at the Australian National University. In Climate Change and Public Policy three of the University's leading climate policy experts, Professor Will Steffen, ... 24-Nov-2007 more

Experts on the transition to the new Government

The Australian Labor Party's election victory marks the start of a new era in Australian politics. But what exactly will it mean for the nation? The Australian National University is home to experts on politics and key policy areas, including transition to government, international climate change agreements, education and industrial relations. ... 25-Nov-2007 more

Kyoto threatens to be a headache on the honeymoon

The Rudd Government's honeymoon period could be spoiled by a headache in the shape of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, according to an International law expert at The Australian National University. Donald Rothwell, Professor of International Law at ANU College of Law, says that despite a mandate from Australian voters to ratify the Kyoto ... 27-Nov-2007 more

Call to raise awareness of biometrics and privacy abuses

Australians and Americans need to start being more aware of biometrics - fingerprint, hand or iris scans - and their potential for abuse of their privacy and civil liberties, a Deakin academic has warned.   International research carried out by Dr Nina Weerakkody from Deakin University in conjunction with colleagues in the USA and Malaysia said a ... 28-Nov-2007 more

Improving public services in Africa

Senior government officials representing ten African nations will arrive in Australia on Monday [December 3] to take part in a Leadership Forum that will aim to improve public service delivery in the developing countries. The Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development will host the 11-day program, which is designed to examine best ... 02-Dec-2007 more

Self-service technology a negative for customers

Deakin University researcher Dr Nichola Robertson and her supervisor, Professor Robin Shaw, looked at how customers responded when self-service technology like ATMs, internet banking and ticketing machines went wrong.   “Self-service technology is a fact of life, however, this research uncovered frustrated consumers who are seething with ... 05-Dec-2007 more

Fish conservation yields long-term profit: research

A new and compelling argument for reducing fish harvests - the profit motive - could persuade world fishers to endure the short-term pain of lower catches for the long-term gain of higher returns for their labor, according to ANU experts in a paper published in the journal Science. The authors demonstrate that when stocks are allowed to recover, ... 08-Dec-2007 more

Recording and music trends to be examined at conference

Garage bands have never had it so good - the affordability of recording technology means any band can record from home and reach a worldwide audience through the internet.   It's a trend addressed at a Queensland University of Technology-hosted international conference this week that looks at the pros and cons of home record production versus ... 10-Dec-2007 more

Fresh fossil evidence of eye forerunner uncovered

Ancient armoured fish fossils from Australia present some of the first definite fossil evidence of a forerunner to the human eye, a scientist from The Australian National University says. Dr Gavin Young from the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences at ANU has analysed fossilised remains of 400-million-year-old Devonian placoderms - jawed ... 12-Dec-2007 more

Research suggests getting vitamin D in shade

People can get their daily requirement of vitamin D by sitting in the shade in the middle of the day according to research conducted by University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health Research Fellow Dr David Turnbull. Dr Turnbull is conducting a study into how to optimise levels of UV exposure. ‘People are ... 13-Dec-2007 more

Study shows Milky Way halo is split in two (embargoed)

The Milky Way is an iconic fixture of the night sky for Australians, but if looking at it makes you feel dizzy it could be because distinct parts of the system are spinning in different directions. The discovery has been made by a team of international astronomers including two from The Australian National University. Their paper in the December ... 13-Dec-2007 more

Study shows obesity-cancer link

A clear, direct link between obesity and colorectal cancer, the second most common form of cancer in Australia, has been shown in a new analysis by The George Institute for International Health in Sydney.  The report, published in one of the leading cancer journals Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, shows that obese individuals (Body ... 15-Dec-2007 more

Super no saviour for home loan crisis

Australians are increasingly digging into their superannuation savings and getting into financial trouble through refinancing to get themselves out of a mortgage crisis, while non-bank lenders are disproportionately foreclosing on home loans. Those are the key findings of a report released today at The Australian National University. The report - ... 18-Dec-2007 more

Expert analysis on Thai election

Experts from The Australian National University will be available for analysis and comment about this weekend's Thai election, which takes place on Sunday. ANU anthropologist Dr Andrew Walker and Rhodes Scholar Nicholas Farrelly of the New Mandala blog will be available for comment as well as providing live updates and analysis at the website as ... 20-Dec-2007 more

Parents can improve adolescent alcohol problems and school success

Parents who are inclined to allow their children a sip of celebratory champagne over Christmas should think again. New research has shown that parents who set rules that forbid their children using any alcohol at home reduce the risk that their children will become alcohol users in their early teens. Deakin University Professor of Psychology John ... 20-Dec-2007 more