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Queenslanders need sun protection, rain or shine

Just because the sun's not shining doesn't mean the UV dangers have disappeared behind cloudy skies, a Queensland University of Technology sun expert has warned. Associate Professor Michael Kimlin, who heads the Australian Sun and Health Research Laboratory based at QUT, said despite the continued overcast weather and forecast for cloudy ... 18-Jan-2008 more

Study explores generation gap in driver risk

A new study by University of Technology, Sydney medical scientists comparing the driver behaviour of older and younger drivers has shown health and lifestyle rate with age and experience as risk factors on the road. The study, which put drivers aged from 17 to 68 through their paces in a simulator while recording their brain activity and ... 18-Jan-2008 more

How far does the apple fall from the tree?

Australians have a greater chance of rising up the income ladder over generations than Americans do, according to new research from The Australian National University. The research, by ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh, estimates the degree of intergenerational mobility (also known as ‘social mobility’) by calculating the relationship between the ... 21-Jan-2008 more

Researchers face up to national security

An improved technique for estimating a person’s age that will have implications for national security, law enforcement and restricting children’s access to inappropriate web sites has been developed by Deakin University researchers. The Head of Deakin’s School of Engineering and Information Technology, Professor Kate Smith-Miles, and PhD student ... 22-Jan-2008 more

Study probes stance on animal-human transplants

A study by Queensland University of Technology has found people who would benefit from animal-to-human transplants (xenotransplants), baulk at the idea of receiving organs from animals otherwise destined for their dinner plate. However, the research shows people are somewhat amenable to transplants from animals such as pigs, which are bred ... 22-Jan-2008 more

Experts on sharemarket downturn

ANU experts are available to provide comment and fresh angles on the current downturn of sharemarkets around the world – from the likely impact in our region to the history of such events. The following list includes some of the experts who are available for comment today, but it is not exhaustive. Selwyn CORNISH   History of economic policy; ... 23-Jan-2008 more

Research aims to map school UV hotspots

With thousands of students across the state set to return to school next week, research into levels of UV radiation in school grounds being conducted at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) could prove very timely. PhD student Nathan Downs is measuring the levels of UV radiation in the school playground to assist schools in protecting ... 23-Jan-2008 more

Experts on former Indonesian President Suharto

With the death of former Indonesian President Suharto today, attention has focused on his life and legacy. ANU has Indonesia experts available to provide expert commentary: Dr Greg Fealy, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Phone: 02 6125 2302, Mobile: 0405 374 576 Email: Greg.Fealy@anu.edu.au    Dr ... 27-Jan-2008 more

Scientists achieve major genetics breakthrough

University of Adelaide geneticist Dr Jozef Gecz and a team of Belgium and UK scientists have achieved a major breakthrough in discovering the causes of intellectual disability. Dr Gecz, a senior researcher who is based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, has collaborated with an international research team to reveal that various ... 31-Jan-2008 more

Experts blow mega-tsunami theory out of the water

The theory that ancient mega-tsunamis once swamped the Australian coast – leaving deposits up to 30km inland – is severely undermined by the archaeological evidence, a conference at The Australian National University will hear tomorrow (Monday, February 4). In 2003 Australian geological researchers suggested prehistoric tsunamis over the last ... 03-Feb-2008 more

New research facility to analyse a nano-world

A new South Australian research facility being launched today will help researchers around Australia view, analyse and modify structures as small as one-millionth of the diameter of a human hair. What: Science and Information Economy Minister the Hon. Paul Caica will launch the South Australian Regional Facility for Microscopy and Microanalysis ... 07-Feb-2008 more

Young elite players prone to burnout: study

Young, elite players of team sports such as cricket, netball and hockey are more likely to be susceptible to crippling self-criticism, fear of failure and "burnout" than older elite players. This finding is based on a study by Queensland University of Technology postgraduate psychology student Angela Christie who surveyed 84 male and female ... 08-Feb-2008 more

Scientists 'ill-prepared' to meet bio-threats

Scientists around the world are ill-prepared and insufficiently educated about the threats posed by biowarfare, bioterrorism and the use of deliberate disease, according to an international expert on biosecurity who is giving a free public lecture at The Australian National University tonight.   Professor Malcolm Dando will give the lecture – ... 13-Feb-2008 more

Study probes why drivers ignore medicine warnings

Over-the-counter and prescription medications that cause drowsiness are required to display warnings, but how effective are these labels in preventing drivers from getting behind the wheel? In a study being undertaken by Queensland University of Technology, researcher Tanya Smyth will evaluate the effectiveness of current medication warning ... 13-Feb-2008 more

Rockhampton duo plan to turn green waste into viable bio-oil

Two Rockhampton-based researchers will design, build and test-run their own thermo-chemical conversion reactor to produce valuable bio-oil from green wastes left at council dumps. Whereas burning these wastes would only produce energy, a pyrolysis reactor (extreme heat in a oxygen-free chamber) has the potential to produce bio-oils as well as ... 16-Feb-2008 more

REIQ showcases houses of the future

Across Queensland, the summer of 2008 will be remembered for the rain that came. In some places it caused floods, in others it helped alleviate a water crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen. But while the drenching rain may soon wash away some of the toughest water restrictions ever imposed on a capital city, the long-standing drought has ... 16-Feb-2008 more

Expert comment about Pakistan election

Experts from The Australian National University are available to provide comment and fresh angles on the upcoming election in Pakistan, scheduled for Monday 18 February.   The following list includes some of the experts who are available for comment, but it is not exhaustive. Professor Amin Saikal Director, Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies ANU ... 16-Feb-2008 more

Spinal surgery 'sewn up' before first cut

A computer modelling program that allows surgeons to simulate scoliosis surgery so they can design the best procedure before lifting the scalpel is being developed by QUT biomedical engineering researchers. Queensland University of Technology spine research fellow Associate Professor Clayton Adam said the patient-specific computer models, ... 21-Feb-2008 more

Acupuncture depression trial needs men

A young man who has suffered depression for more than four years has improved to the point he no longer requires medication according to the lead researcher in an Australian-first clinical trial of the use of acupuncture to treat depression. The man is one of 18 people who have demonstrated varying degrees of improvement in the trial, but so ... 23-Feb-2008 more

World-leading scholars receive university's highest honour

Two world leaders in their fields of electrical engineering and health behaviour - with a combined 61 years service to the University of Newcastle - have been awarded the University’s highest honour - the title of Laureate Professor. Graham Goodwin - named one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers - is a Professor of electrical ... 28-Feb-2008 more

'Little brown balls' rewrite history

A team of Australian and international researchers came across an unknown small creature in Sydney harbour that re-writes our understanding of the history of life. A member of the team, Dr Kirsten Heimann from James Cook University said the organism, now dubbed Chromera velia, looks like a little brown ball but packs a punch in terms of ... 29-Feb-2008 more

Fixing a hot problem for cancer patients

Can you imagine having constant swelling of the limbs that restricts your movement? Can you imagine having to wear heavy, elasticised compression garments day and night? Can you imagine how unpleasant this might be in a hot, humid and sunny climate?   Spare a thought for North Queensland’s secondary lymphoedema sufferers, as this is their situation ... 07-Mar-2008 more

Sexual performance may hold the key to men's health

The Australian male pride in sexual performance may help the fight against increasing obesity. This will be one of the messages from internationally regarded expert on obesity, men's health and ageing Professor Gary Wittert at the University of Adelaide's free Research Tuesday Public Seminar Series on Tuesday 11 March. "It's becoming well known ... 07-Mar-2008 more

Wealthy giving more, but only just: report

The personal wealth of Australia's richest people has grown at a much faster rate than their charitable giving, a new Queensland University of Technology (QUT) study shows. Charitable contributions by the rich rose to just under a half per cent from 0.36 per cent in the last decade despite their average household income rising by 36 per cent, ... 10-Mar-2008 more

Teamwork the key to better patient care

The way health professionals are educated in Australia is set to change with the launch of a new project to refocus medical, nursing and allied health courses to put increased emphasis on interprofessional teamwork, collaboration and learning. The Australia-wide project, being led by the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of ... 12-Mar-2008 more

Significant legal issues in Patel extradition: expert

The arrest of Dr Patel in the United States overnight in relation to extradition proceedings commenced by Australia raise a number of significant legal issues, according to ANU Professor of International Law Don Rothwell.   “The first relates to whether Australia has met the technical requirements of the 1974 Treaty on Extradition between ... 12-Mar-2008 more

Royal jelly makes bee queens, boosts nurture case

New ANU research may explain why eating royal jelly destines honeybee larvae to become queens instead of workers – and in the process adds new weight to the role of environmental factors in the nature/nurture divide. Scientists from the Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU have discovered that a copious diet of royal jelly flicks a ... 13-Mar-2008 more

Research to reveal fish oil needed for healthy heart

A groundbreaking clinical trial is about to start at the University of Wollongong that promises to reveal the amount of fish oil young women need to consume to maintain a healthy heart. It is believed to be the first study of its kind in the world targeting women in the pre-menopausal age group of 18-40 years. PhD researcher from UOW’s School of ... 15-Mar-2008 more

Biotechnology needs 21st century patent system

Biotechnology discoveries – like the method for creating synthetic life forms – are at risk of being unduly hindered or taken hostage by private corporations unless patent systems are brought into the 21st century, an expert from The Australian National University argues. Dr Matthew Rimmer from the ANU College of Law takes a broad look at the ... 17-Mar-2008 more

Global warming too hot for office air conditioning

Office air conditioning systems face collapse under the pressure of global warming unless steps are taken now to reduce both the internal and external heat affecting buildings, a QUT engineering researcher says. Dr Lisa Guan, from Queensland University of Technology's School of Engineering Systems, said her PhD computer modelling study of indoor ... 19-Mar-2008 more

Economic ructions no excuse to trade off crucial environmental priorities

The Rudd Government should not use the worsening global economy as an excuse to reduce a focus on social and environmental priorities, a national expert on sustainability, Professor Stuart White, said today. Professor White, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney, was addressing an invited ... 19-Mar-2008 more

Academics like jobs, but sick of management: survey

Australian academics are satisfied with their jobs as academics but are critical of the management of their universities, according to a new national survey. They are particularly critical of top-down management styles, cumbersome administrative processes and inadequate internal communication systems.These findings come from a joint University of ... 20-Mar-2008 more

Earth Hour will show city-dwellers the stars

Astronomers from The Australian National University are urging city dwellers to use Earth Hour to look to the stars, as the great ‘switch-off’ will help reduce the light pollution that otherwise obstructs views of space in urban areas. This Saturday people in cities around Australia and the world will turn off their electric lights between 8pm ... 25-Mar-2008 more

Women sought for study on hormonal disorder

University of Adelaide cardiology researchers are seeking female volunteers aged 20-60 years for a study on possible links between polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and heart attacks. The syndrome is a common hormonal disorder affecting about 10% of women of reproductive age and is a leading cause of infertility.  The principal features of PCOS ... 28-Mar-2008 more

Climate action needs funding rethink

Substantial private investment is necessary to enable large-scale landholders to seriously tackle climate change and protect natural resources, say the farmer and environmental groups who support a collaborative research project recently published by Land & Water Australia.   The study, Concepts for Private Sector Funded Conservation Using ... 01-Apr-2008 more

Latest prostate treatments to feature at conference

 Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer that afflicts Australian men – and on 9-10April the University of Wollongong will conduct an international workshop exploring the latest technologies for treating this form of cancer. The workshop will address developments in areas such as brachytherapy, proton therapy (not yet available in ... 04-Apr-2008 more

Study investigates how we cope with disasters

From flooding in Queensland and bushfires in Perth to gale-force winds and dust storms in Victoria and South Australia - Australians have had their fair share of natural disasters lately. Queensland University of Technology psychology honours student Catherine Pritchard wants to find out how people cope after such events and is looking for people ... 07-Apr-2008 more

'Edginess' a barrier for viral marketing: research

Not-for-profit organisations seeking to enhance social campaign messages through viral social marketing may find it hard to be edgy enough for success, while conforming to their own values. That is according to Danya Hodgetts, from Central Queensland University, who has tested viral marketing to send an anti-obesity message. Viral marketing - ... 09-Apr-2008 more

The future of solar-powered houses is clear

People could live in glass houses and look at the world through rose-tinted windows while reducing their carbon emissions by 50% thanks to QUT Institute of Sustainable Resources (ISR) research. Professor John Bell said QUT had worked with a Canberra-based company Dyesol, which is developing transparent solar cells that act as both windows and ... 09-Apr-2008 more

Disaster charity influenced by media: research

Australian's generosity to overseas disasters is influenced by the extent of media coverage, Deakin University research has found. Research by Dr Matthew Clarke from the University's Faculty of Arts and Education and Dr Simon Feeny, a Research Fellow at RMIT University and published in the Australian Economic Review sheds new light on what ... 10-Apr-2008 more

Electric shock therapy can help depression: expert

Electro-convulsive therapy, also known as electric shock treatment, is one of the most effective treatments for psychotic depression, according to Bond University Adjunct Professor Dr Ashar Khan. Professor Khan says that despite its bad reputation, electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) has been clinically shown to be effective in treating a variety of ... 14-Apr-2008 more

Putting the pieces together on emissions trading

As Australia prepares for the introduction of emissions trading a public forum at The Australian National University tomorrow (15 April) will aim to answer crucial questions about how to link schemes internationally.   The forum will bring together key speakers from around the world to discuss the issue, including Stephen Howes from ANU and the ... 14-Apr-2008 more

New study probes risk of bike-car collisions

More than 100 crashes involving cyclists were recorded in Brisbane last year, and a new Queensland University of Technology research project is aiming to find out how to make roads a safer place for those travelling on two wheels. The safety of cyclists and the number of crashes recorded in various traffic situations will be analysed to identify ... 14-Apr-2008 more

Tango trial aims to dance depression away

Rosa Pinniger wants to know if people can Tango their way out of depression. Ms Pinniger, an Honours student in psychology at the University of New England, is organising a "Tango trial" to help her find out. She's inviting people with depression to take part in an experiment in which a third of the participants will get six free, weekly Tango ... 17-Apr-2008 more

Indigenous lives improving, but too slowly

Ahead of this weekend’s 2020 Summit academics from The Australian National University are warning research shows significant changes need to be made to Indigenous affairs policy to ‘close the gaps’ but the “narrative of failure” that dominates discussion on the area is unfounded.   The research undertaken by ANU academics Professor Jon Altman, ... 17-Apr-2008 more

Don't bin the bag: expert

Plastic bags shouldn't be on the endangered list just because people don't use and dispose of them wisely, according to Queensland University of Technology scientist Associate Professor Steven Bottle. Associate Professor Bottle said the ongoing debate over whether plastic bags should be removed from Australian supermarkets because they were ... 17-Apr-2008 more

Drunk behind the wheel no more

Road safety researchers at Queensland University of Technology are ramping up a drink driving prevention program that has slashed repeat offences by convicted drink drivers by up to 55 per cent.   More than 5000 Queenslanders on drink driving charges have completed the Under the Limit rehabilitation program developed by QUT's Centre for Accident ... 26-Apr-2008 more

Scientists discover the double life of proteins

Scientists at The Australian National University are a step closer to understanding the rare Hartnup disorder after discovering a surprising link between blood pressure regulation and nutrition that could also help to shed light on intestinal and kidney function.   The team from the University’s School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ... 29-Apr-2008 more

Smoking causes gum disease: research

Almost a third of the more than two million cases of gum disease among Australians are caused by smoking, according to research by University of Adelaide researchers in the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH). The study, led by Research Fellow Dr Loc Do, is the first of its kind in Australia showing the significant ... 30-Apr-2008 more

Mystery solved: why girls shun IT in secondary school

A national research project has identified why, despite 20 years of research and numerous waves of intervention, the number of girls taking IT at secondary school is still significantly lower than that of boys. Despite enjoying and using computers for email and instant messaging, many girls shun IT at school because they find it uninteresting, ... 30-Apr-2008 more

Simple test could calculate the number of fertile years for women

Women planning to delay motherhood could soon be able to take a blood test to predict their age at menopause to help them estimate how many years of fertility they have left. Queensland University of Technology statistician Professor Malcolm Faddy, from QUT's School of Mathematical Sciences, is co-author of a study with researchers from the ... 06-May-2008 more

How long can we live? Media opportunity for May 7

The University of Wollongong’s second ‘Uni in the Brewery series’ on Wednesday 7 May will investigate advances made in modern medicine and will be given by Professor Wilf Yeo, from the Graduate School of Medicine. Professor Yeo’s presentation, entitled “Modern medicine: how long can we live?”, will focus on how medical practice has undergone ... 06-May-2008 more

Australian nutrition discovery among 'world's 15 greatest'

The work of Deakin University researcher Professor Boyd Swinburn has been ranked seventh in a list of the 15 greatest discoveries in nutrition since 1976. Professor Swinburn was acknowledged for the discovery that 'Obesity is a normal response to an abnormal environment'. This was the only research in the top 15 to have come from Australia or New ... 06-May-2008 more

Video game ads have little effect - study

Product placement in video games is a popular new way to advertise, but it has little effect on players according to a study by Queensland University of Technology PhD student, Kerri-Ann Kuhn.   "More people are playing these games instead of watching TV, so a lot of advertisers see it as a way to reach people," she said. "However, my research ... 10-May-2008 more

Urban design answer to Adelaide's environmental sins

Adelaide’s “environmental sins” and innovative urban design and planning responses to the effects of our harsh climate will be highlighted at the University of Adelaide’s next Research Tuesday seminar on Tuesday 13 May. Professor Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, will describe ... 10-May-2008 more

Fraud and problem gambling linked in new Australian research

An Australian study into the relationship between problem gambling and fraudprovides new evidence of the size of the problem and its devastating impact. The ten year study by Warfield & Associates analysed over 500 criminal convictions in Australia for fraud offences where gambling was the main motivation for the crimes.  The key findings ... 12-May-2008 more

Ford challenges university to design 'Model T of the future'

Deakin University has been selected by Ford Motor Company to design a revolutionary concept vehicle to drive the future of the automotive industry. Deakin is one of five universities worldwide, and the only Australian university, selected to take part in the 'Creating a Ford Model T for this Century University Challenge'. The Challenge is to ... 13-May-2008 more

Good fat might help you slim

The Smart Foods Centre at the University of Wollongong is about to begin a new trial – the first of its kind --focusing on how fat in the diet or in supplements might influence weight loss. Announcing the start of the trial today, the Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods, Professor Linda Tapsell, said individual ... 14-May-2008 more

Charge airlines, break greenhouse impasse - expert

Airlines and their passengers should foot the bill for offset programs to counter spiralling international aviation carbon dioxide emissions, according to an academic from The Australian National University.   Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy Andrew Macintosh is proposing a new aviation charge to break an impasse on ... 19-May-2008 more

Advice for online daters

The rush of replies a person receives when registering on online dating sites can begin a virtual addiction for some people that leads to disappointment and serial relationship failure. Queensland University of Technology relationships psychologist Dr Matthew Bambling said internet dating was addictive for some people who all too quickly formed ... 21-May-2008 more

Our sun not so special - research

ANU astronomers have found there is nothing special about the Sun after conducting the most comprehensive comparison of it with other stars – adding weight to the idea that life could be common in the universe. Scientists have long argued about whether or not the Earth has some special characteristics that led to the evolution of life. PhD ... 21-May-2008 more

Footwear study to prevent falls in the elderly

Good footwear could be a lifesaver for people over 60, but most footwear research focuses on athletic footwear rather than designing safe shoes for our ageing population. A new study at the University of Wollongong’s Biomechanics Research Laboratory aims to overcome this issue and address some of the health risks for older people involving ... 26-May-2008 more

Ecstasy deaths linked to raised body temperature

A University of Adelaide study has revealed that effects of the drug ecstasy are compounded when taken in warm environments. Preclinical research undertaken by Pharmacology PhD student Emily Jaehne shows that ecstasy deaths, which are invariably related to elevated body temperature, may be related to drug users’ failure to recognise their body is ... 30-May-2008 more

Correct the unsustainable energy mix: experts

Currently Western Australia has the wrong, unsustainable mix of energy sources and it's relying too heavily on gas and coal, according to Head of the Sustainability School at Murdoch University. Dr Brad Pettitt says the need for renewable energy options has been illuminated again following the gas explosion in the north, the ever-increasing oil ... 10-Jun-2008 more

Evolving roles difficult for GPs but good for patients

The solutions to Australia’s general practitioner shortage are not just in increasing GP numbers, but in developing new roles to care for patients, according to research published by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) based at The Australian National University. Instead, developing the role of practice nurses, better ... 13-Jun-2008 more

Under 18 cosmetic surgery laws lack consistency

With Queensland set to become the first state to ban cosmetic surgery for under 18-year-olds, uncertainty in the proposed legislation and differing laws in other states means young Queenslanders might "jurisdiction shop" for cosmetic surgery, a QUT law researcher says. Queensland University of Technology law lecturer Tina Cockburn said the ... 14-Jun-2008 more

Whaling meeting a diplomatic test - expert

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold its 60th Meeting in Santiago, Chile this week, 23-27 June with 79 countries who are all parties to the 1946 International Convention expected to attend. It will be the first time Environment Minister Peter Garrett has led the Australian delegation to the IWC. ANU Professor of International Law ... 23-Jun-2008 more

Climate policy needs drastic rethink: expert

Climate change policy makers must incorporate critical climate-carbon cycle feedback information into the decision making process or run the risk of falling well short of what is required to prevent dangerous climate change, according to an academic from The Australian National University.   Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law ... 02-Jul-2008 more

Eat roos and emus to lower carbon footprint

It might mean saying "no" to strawberries all year-round, but an easy way to reduce our huge food carbon footprint is to eat only locally produced and in-season fruit and vegetables, say QUT nutrition students whose healthy eating project won the Telstra Environment/Channel 10 award. Queensland University of Technology final year Bachelor of ... 03-Jul-2008 more

Expert comment on Garnaut Report

"If emissions trading is going to be successful in Australia, one of the things we have to do is increase our capacity to achieve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions," Professor Jennings said. "This means improving the level of education and training in the workforce and providing courses for people that want to learn about the ... 04-Jul-2008 more

Back pain recovery slow; worse if you're on compo

Contrary to current guidelines and common belief, new research has shown that recovery from low back pain is much slower than previously thought and even slower again for those with a compensable injury. The findings of the first study of its kind in Australia were released today by Australian researchers at The George Institute for International ... 07-Jul-2008 more

Corals not doomed, if we do the right thing

The world’s coral reefs are not doomed – provided governments and communities take the urgent and necessary actions to preserve them. That’s the message from eminent Australian marine scientist and recipient of this year’s Darwin Medal Professor Terry Hughes in his keynote address to the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held ... 12-Jul-2008 more

Defence experts at University of Adelaide this week

Leading defence and industry personnel will be in Adelaide next week to discuss the way forward in defence simulation technology and use. Defence Simulation Week is a joint initiative of the University of Adelaide and the UK’s Cranfield University and will be held during 14-18 July at the National Wine Centre. The week starts with a one-day ... 13-Jul-2008 more

Twin beams to make the ultimate laser pointer

New laser technology that could dramatically improve precision measurement ranging from atomic to outer-space applications has been developed by physicists at The Australian National University. The twin laser technology will extend the capabilities of high-precision laser pointers in the measurement and alignment of very small nano-components ... 25-Jul-2008 more

Opening up wound secrets to avoid scars

QUT research is setting the scene for a better understanding of why some serious wounds lead to unsightly and debilitating scars and how they can be avoided. PhD researcher Cameron Hall, from QUT's School of Mathematical Sciences, has developed a mathematical model of the conflicting forces at workwhen healing cells arrive at the site of a burn ... 25-Jul-2008 more

Many countries 'unable to save reefs'

An international team of scientists has found coral reef conservation in key regions of the world faces serious risk of failure under climate change. Many countries and communities which are highly dependent on marine harvests or tourism from their coral reefs may be unable to save those reefs from the likely impacts of climate change with their ... 25-Jul-2008 more

Virtual world is the safest for miners

Mining in South Australia is set to become a whole lot safer, thanks to the world of virtual reality and video games. A $430,000 collaborative project involving the University of Adelaide will use simulators to train prospective miners in one of the world’s most hazardous environments. Associate Professor Anton van den Hengel, Director of the ... 01-Aug-2008 more

Fearful kids more at risk of anxiety - study

Most children love the thrill of a rollercoaster, the horror of a scary book or movie, and the ghoulish delight of a ghost train.   But those who have a strong dislike of these activities could be more likely to have issues with anxiety later in life, QUT research has found. The finding came in a recent survey, handed out to mothers, fathers and ... 02-Aug-2008 more

Researchers reveal how planet drives life

An international team of marine scientists has proposed that huge explosions of life may be due in part to continental ‘traffic accidents’ – the Earth’s tectonic plates slamming into one another.   The researchers have tracked the global heartbeat of tropical marine biodiversity halfway round the world, from a focal point over western ... 02-Aug-2008 more

Terrorist threat prompts new building designs

The University of Adelaide has been awarded more than $220,000 to help design buildings that can withstand a terrorist attack using explosive devices. Dr Chengqing Wu and Professor Deric Oehlers from the University’s School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering will lead a national project to safeguard high-risk public buildings against ... 07-Aug-2008 more

New index ranks Olympians' earning power

Cyclist Cadel Evans is leading the Australian Olympians' field and is 16th in the world on a new economic index which ranks Olympic athletes according to their media value. The new, online, international ranking system that calculates "media value" will give the world's elite athletes something more than just their medal tally to think about ... 08-Aug-2008 more

Animal testing could soon be a thing of the past

Testing detergents and cosmetics on animals could soon be a thing of the past in Australia, thanks to work being done in QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).   Three-dimensional models made up of skin cells to create a human skin equivalent could replace pig skin, which is often used to test new therapies, cosmetics and ... 22-Aug-2008 more

Rice's media value shoots to the top

Stephanie Rice has sprinted to the lead in media value of Australian Olympians on a new international index which gauges athletes' earning power according to their "media value". Queensland University of Technology economist Professor Benno Torgler is part of the research group in Economics, Sport and Intangibles (ESIrg), a cluster of ... 23-Aug-2008 more

Marine parks may not save reefs

Many of the world’s “no take” zones are in the wrong places and far too small to protect vulnerable coral reefs from the worst impacts of climate change, an international team of scientists warned. The team, which includes Nick Graham and Dr Shaun Wilson of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoeCRS), Australia, and colleagues ... 28-Aug-2008 more

UOW helps launch European pilot training in Australia

The University of Wollongong is entering the field of international aviation training in collaboration with Lund University, Sweden. UOW will help deliver courses in Australia for the Lund University School of European Aviation (LUSA). This collaboration, called the International School of European Aviation (ISEA), allows complete beginners to ... 31-Aug-2008 more

Carbon trading scheme lawless: researcher

The Federal Government's proposed carbon trading scheme could be seriously undermined by a lack of adequate legal reform, a Queensland University of Technology researcher said.   QUT researcher Nicola Durrant, from the Faculty of Law, has completed a PhD study into the legal requirements for a successful carbon trading scheme in Australia. Ms ... 31-Aug-2008 more

Call for strong regulation on retail sites

Recommendations in a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) could lead to more "shop cemeteries" in the main streets of towns, according to two academics at the University of New England. The report – on the competitiveness of grocery retail prices – was released in July after being commissioned by the Federal ... 03-Sep-2008 more

Combating the myth of ageing and depression

Deakin University has developed a training program for nursing home staff following a study that found about half of the clinical depression suffered by aged care residents was undiagnosed.   The study by Deakin's School of Psychology found that 16.9 per cent of residents in low-level care facilities who were mildly or moderately cognitively ... 04-Sep-2008 more

World-first system to prevent premature births

Australian researchers and a pathology company have joined forces to develop a world-first computerised system which may reveal a way to predict premature birth with greater accuracy. The University of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle and Symbion Pathology are combining expertise in medical research, engineering and pathology to develop a ... 05-Sep-2008 more

What is the cost of our life choices? - conference

Have the choices Australians have made since the 1970s to invest in higher levels of education, focus on a career as well as a family and delay marriage and childbearing significantly changed the way we all live our lives? Those are some of the questions to be addressed at a conference starting today at The Australian National University. The ... 29-Sep-2008 more

Female fans' supportive, despite misconduct claims

Female football support remains strong, despite reports of player misconduct, Deakin University researchers have found.   The research, part of a larger study of female football fans in Australia and New Zealand, by Drs Peter Mewett and Kim Toffoletti from Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts unusually looks at the perspectives of female football ... 29-Sep-2008 more

Expert Alert: Comment on the first US auction of carbon permits

One of Australia’s most senior electricity industry figures will be available for comment today (30 September) on the overnight results of the first United States auction of CO2 emissions permits – and the implications of such a scheme in Australia. The north-American Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) scheme is similar to the cap-and-trade ... 30-Sep-2008 more

Expert Alert: Financial crisis

Experts from The Australian National University are available to provide expert commentary on and reaction to the current financial crisis. The details of the experts who have confirmed their availability are provided below. Adjunct Professor Patrick de FontenayInternational Finance, financial markets, retirement schemes, pension reformCrawford ... 13-Oct-2008 more

Turf wars: why sand and coral don't mix

When reef fish get a mouthful of sand, coral reefs can drown. That’s the latest startling evidence to emerge from research into the likely fate of reefs under climate change and rising sea levels, at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS), which is based at James Cook University.   “We’ve known for a while that having a lot ... 13-Oct-2008 more

Global warming threatens kangaroos

A new study published in the December issue of the University of Chicago’s Physiological and Biochemical Zoology finds that an increase in average temperature of only two degrees Celsius could have a devastating effect on populations of Australia’s iconic kangaroos. “Our study provides evidence that climate change has the capacity to cause ... 16-Oct-2008 more

Innovation to strengthen airport security

New Deakin University software is helping revolutionise airport security systems around the world.   Researchers at Deakin have developed an innovative software platform­believed to be the first of its kind in the world­which allows for simulation of baggage handling systems and how they would cope with changes to airport security.   Deakin’s ... 16-Oct-2008 more

New penguin species found in New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand researchers have used ancient DNA from penguin fossils to make a startling discovery that may change the way we view species extinctions. A team from the University of Adelaide, the University of Otago and Canterbury Museum in New Zealand, has identified a previously unknown penguin species while conducting research on ... 19-Nov-2008 more

Superannuation planning in the financial crisis

With the confidence of retirees shaken by the global financial upheaval, a symposium next week in Sydney will pull the finger off the panic button for a more measured look at the impacts on superannuation and retirement planning. The one-day event, on Tuesday 25 November at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, will feature a keynote presentation by ... 19-Nov-2008 more

Women on boards help sustainability performance

Women board directors may help improve sustainable performance, according to new Curtin University of Technology research. The paper by Curtin’s Graduate School of Business Research Fellow, Dr Jeremy Galbreath, shows women possess critical skills and attributes that are beneficial in developing a balance across financial, social and environmental ... 19-Nov-2008 more

Love wins over money in the mid-life crisis

The optimistic view is that "life begins at 40", but quality of life surveys in England and Australia have revealed middle age as time many people feel the least confident about their place in the world and what the future holds. The work by health economist Dr Terry Flynn of the University of Bristol, who will take up a position at the University ... 21-Nov-2008 more

Happy life on minimum wage

Minimum wage earners have far higher life satisfaction than the unemployed and they are also just as happy with their lives as medium wage workers, according to a new study. Given that the minimum wage is $14.31 an hour and the study included many who are earning below, there is an expectation that this would have a significant impact on life ... 21-Nov-2008 more

World experts discuss how people use their time

Researchers from more than 20 countries are meeting to reveal their latest findings on how people use their time, and how time use is changing. The conference will provide answers to questions such as: "Has the amount of time people spend travelling remained the same in Sydney over the past 25 years?", "Is there any escape from traditional gender ... 01-Dec-2008 more

Deakin University system helps with early detection of lung cancer

Deakin University researchers have developed an automated system to improve the vital early detection of lung cancer—one of the most common cancers in Australia. Lung disease, including cancer, is usually detected with the aid of CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. However interpreting the results of these tests ... 01-Dec-2008 more

Watch this space for CPRS comment

Journalists looking for commentators on the Government’s CPRS announcement today will have access to live debate, interviews with experts, and Australia's largest database of expertise on Expert Guide. Expert Guide will launch an open forum after the CPRS announcement this afternoon to allow experts to have their say. Our new forum ... 15-Dec-2008 more

CPRS offers no real incentive - generator

Australia’s largest reducer of carbon pollution has branded the CPRS “a tax hike of huge proportions”, and said it fails to deliver genuine incentives to cut emissions. The Executive Chairman of ERM Power, Trevor St Baker, said the new scheme had ignored tested and proven carbon pollution reduction initiatives, such as the Queensland Government’s ... 15-Dec-2008 more

Upside to downturn - 2009 not all gloom

In 2009 the environment will get a break, there'll be less landfill and we'll all learn a salutary lesson about the times to spend and to save, says green economist Professor Tim Robinson, head of QUT's School of Economics and Finance. "In 2009 we will have to tighten our belts with good reason and maybe, just maybe, we will relearn the ancient ... 29-Dec-2008 more

Breakthrough to improve drug testing accuracy (Embargoed: 30/12/08)

An international team of chemical engineers, chemists and pharmacists has made a major breakthrough that will significantly boost the accuracy and speed of drug testing. Dr Michael Stockenhuber from the University of Newcastle collaborated with colleagues at the University of Cardiff in Wales to find for the first time how complex molecules and ... 29-Dec-2008 more