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New app to assess powdery mildew on grapes

Visual assessment of the grape and wine sector’s most costly disease, powdery mildew, will be easier with a new, free smart-phone app developed by University of Adelaide researchers and collaborators. The recently released iPhone/iPad and Android app, PMapp, will help grapegrowers and wineries make informed decisions about the quality ... 07-Jan-2016 more

Plant biodiversity and key threats mapped for SA

Conservation biologists have published a landmark analysis of plant diversity across South Australia, identifying areas of exceptionally high diversity (biodiversity 'hotspots') and their key threats. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the University of Adelaide research, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and ... 07-Jan-2016 more

New study will lead to more resilient and nutritious edible crops

New University of Adelaide research has reveal for the first time exactly how plants protect themselves from elements such as boric acid, which in soils at high concentration becomes toxic to plants. Published in the prestigious journal The Plant Cell, Professor Maria Hrmova, a structural biology researcher from the University of Adelaide, ... 20-Jan-2016 more

Mixing a genetic paint box leads to new butterfly wing patterns

New research involving the University of Adelaide has revealed how different butterfly species in the Amazon rainforest came to mimic one another and share identical brightly coloured patterns on their wings. Published in the journal PLoS Biology, the team of researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University of Cambridge, ... 22-Jan-2016 more

New method for testing salinity tolerance in cereals

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) have discovered a new and more accurate way to screen cereal varieties for tolerance to salinity and high sodium (sodicity). The new method is expected to benefit plant breeders aiming to breed salt tolerant cereals as well as ... 28-Jan-2016 more

Survey shows Aussies’ love and concern for Great Barrier Reef

A James Cook University researcher has found more than three quarters of Australians regard the Great Barrier Reef as part of their national identity and nearly 90 per cent believe it is under threat from climate change. JCU’s Jeremy Goldberg commissioned two professional surveys of around 1,000 people each as part of his PhD, ... 29-Jan-2016 more

Reform needed for courtroom witness oaths

Swearing to tell the truth "so help me God" while holding a copy of the Bible would become a thing of the past for witnesses in South Australia's courts if the recommendations of a new report are adopted. The University of Adelaide’s South Australian Law Reform Institute will today (Tuesday 2 February) officially hand ... 02-Feb-2016 more

JCU boosts Townsville’s economy

James Cook University is bringing forward construction projects worth millions of dollars to boost Townsville’s economy. JCU has brought forward by several months the construction of its $4m Verandah Walk project on the Townsville campus to create jobs and stimulate the local economy. The covered walkway will provide all weather, ... 02-Feb-2016 more

Two energy drinks a day could send you to a hospital bay

A new University of Adelaide study has found that drinking more than two energy drinks per day is associated with adverse heart reactions, including a fast heartbeat, heart palpitations and chest pain. In a paper published in International Journal of Cardiology, researchers surveyed patients aged 13-40 attending an emergency department in ... 03-Feb-2016 more

Rhino, tiger and snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicines

More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading University of Adelaide pathologist. In an article published in the journal Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology, Professor Roger Byard, from the ... 04-Feb-2016 more

Radar reveals the hidden secrets of wombat warrens

For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Adelaide have been able to non-invasively study the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from ground-penetrating radar. Despite being the faunal emblem of South Australia, very little is known about the burrowing habits of the southern hairy-nosed wombat. As ... 05-Feb-2016 more

Weed terminator trialled in the bush

James Cook University scientists are testing a weed-killing robot they hope will eliminate invasive plant species. Alex Olsen is tackling the challenge as part of his PhD in Engineering and Related Technologies at JCU. His aim is to develop a robot that will be able to differentiate weeds from other plant life using an algorithm to detect a ... 09-Feb-2016 more

Quad bike fatalities prompt safety recommendations

Australian farmers are being urged to replace their quad bikes with safer alternatives, to prevent children under the age of 16 from riding them, and to wear helmets – all in the hopes of reducing the alarming number of quad bike deaths and injuries occurring in farming families each year. These are among a ... 09-Feb-2016 more

Time to stop politicking around climate change: John Hewson at UC lecture

Australian economic expert and former Liberal Party and Opposition Leader, Dr John Hewson AM will discuss how technology and innovation can answer the climate challenge at this year’s University of Canberra Krebs Lecture. Dr Hewson has previously accused Australian governments –from both major parties – of playing ... 09-Feb-2016 more

Gender registration should be as easy as changing names

South Australia should have a system that allows adults to change their registered sex or gender by a simple application to the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages, according to law experts from the University of Adelaide. The recommendation – including the need for safeguards to protect the integrity of the Births, Deaths and ... 10-Feb-2016 more

Paralympic medallist named UC’s 2016 Athlete in Residence

Five-time Paralympian and three-time medallist Richard Nicholson has been named the University of Canberra’s athlete in residence for 2016, TODAY. The appointment will give students the opportunity to work with and learn from Mr Nicholson and his experience as an elite athlete. It will also see him assist in a variety of research ... 10-Feb-2016 more

UC launches new cancer therapeutic company

The University of Canberra has established a new start-up company to commercialise a novel approach to prevent the recurrence of metastasis, with an initial focus on breast cancer. EpiAxis Therapeutics Pty Ltd will take innovative University of Canberra-led research aimed at the prevention of the spread of metastasis from bench to ... 11-Feb-2016 more

No sweetheart, lamb chops don't grow on trees

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are shedding light on the different ways people talk to their children about meat production, and what that means for family values and their understanding of agriculture and food. According to the research, it seems parents like to start having the conversation about where meat comes from while ... 17-Feb-2016 more

Alien plants and animals drive native species to extinction

Accidentally or deliberately introduced species are the second most common threat associated with recent global extinctions of animals and plants, a new study from the University of Adelaide and UCL, in the UK, has found. These ‘alien species’ have spread beyond their natural distributions by both deliberate and accidental human ... 23-Feb-2016 more

UC partners on national ‘Respect. Now. Always.’ campaign

The University of Canberra is partnering with other Australian universities in a new national campaign – Respect. Now. Always. – aimed to prevent sexual assault and harassment. Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said the campaign builds on longstanding work at the University of Canberra and across the Australian university ... 23-Feb-2016 more

UC research projects bring in Indigenous voices

Tackling the incidence of scabies in remote communities and reviving a 350-kilometre trade route are two of a set of projects to receive research funding through the University of Canberra’s Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI). The University’s recently appointed Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ... 23-Feb-2016 more

Community gardens help people to grow stronger – together

New research from the University of Adelaide has highlighted the positive role of shared community gardens in city and suburban areas, helping residents to build community resilience and develop stronger social groups. Using case studies in the Adelaide metropolitan area, researchers in the University's School of Social Sciences and ... 25-Feb-2016 more

Queensland schools usher in new era with digital curriculum

Education Minister Kate Jones today announced the arrival of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies in Queensland schools as the start of a new era of opportunity for students. Ms Jones told state parliament the introduction of the curriculum in 2016 was part of the Advancing education: An action plan for education in Queensland ... 25-Feb-2016 more

No reputational penalty for CEOs on environment lawsuits

Chief executives whose companies are embroiled in lawsuits over serious environmental or intellectual property issues either experience no reputational damage or – quite the reverse – find themselves better off, according to research from the University of Adelaide. In a study of almost 10,000 cases filed in the United States ... 29-Feb-2016 more

New vulnerability discovered in common online security

One of the world's most common security software packages – used as the basis of protection for many web browsers – has been found to be vulnerable to a specific form of attack, according to research led by the University of Adelaide. OpenSSL provides encryption protection for a range of applications on most types of ... 02-Mar-2016 more

Genetic profiling of trees helps convict timber thieves

University of Adelaide forest DNA forensics research has helped convict National Forest timber thieves in a landmark case in the United States. Four defendants prosecuted for stealing Bigleaf maple wood from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have pleaded guilty, in a case that marks the first time the US government has prosecuted for ... 07-Mar-2016 more

Uni of Adelaide International Women’s Day exhibition

The faces and stories of some of the University of Adelaide’s most inspiring and exceptional women will be on display during a special International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March) exhibition at the University over the next two weeks. Featuring staff and students from the University’s 140 year-history, the exhibition will ... 07-Mar-2016 more

Forecasting dementia in 2050 and counting the cost

Media release: By 2050, the number of Australians with dementia is expected to more than double, according to researchers at the University of Canberra who are working to deliver the most up-to-date and reliable data for future planning. Existing data estimates 380,000 people living with dementia in Australia, but researchers with the ... 08-Mar-2016 more

University of Canberra appoints next Vice-Chancellor

Media release: Education visionary, noted scholar and innovative leader, Professor H. Deep Saini, has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra. Professor Saini, currently a Vice-President of the University of Toronto, Canada’s top-ranked, largest and most research-intensive university, and Principal of the ... 09-Mar-2016 more

Water, electricity prices too high – and too many Ministers

South Australia should slash government red tape on water and electricity prices to help ease the pressure on consumers and make business more competitive, and the State could get by with fewer government Ministers, according to a new report from the University of Adelaide’s South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES). In the ... 09-Mar-2016 more

Physical activity encouraged more for boys than girls: UC research

Media release: A study of more than 500 primary school children has examined reasons why boys are more active than girls and, according to researchers from the University of Canberra, school and family environments are key factors. A team of researchers from the University’s Health Research Institute (UC-HRI) and Research Institute for ... 10-Mar-2016 more

Audit of Australia's auditing laws reveals serious anomalies

In a real case of "who watches the watchers?", researchers at the University of Adelaide have conducted a major review of laws related to auditing across the nation, and found widespread inconsistencies. Many organisations in Australia – from the largest multinational companies through to local tennis clubs and churches ... 10-Mar-2016 more

National Coral Taskforce puts plan into effect as bleaching intensifies

Coral bleaching due to global warming has continued to worsen in the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) over the past two weeks, even as cooler weather has brought significant reprieve to central and southern areas. “After months of El Nino conditions, we had hoped that cloudy weather in the past few weeks would quench the overheating ... 14-Mar-2016 more

Lizards keep their cool

Why did the lizard cross the forest floor? It’s an ecological conundrum that James Cook University researchers Mat Vickers and Professor Lin Schwarzkopf have answered with a novel approach. Their problem was that scientists didn’t know why lizards do what they do. If a lizard moves to a sunny spot, its body will heat up – ... 15-Mar-2016 more

Law reform needed to protect privacy in a digital age

More than 40 years after they were first recommended for South Australia, the need for new laws to protect personal privacy has again been championed, this time in the digital age. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, has today handed over its final report to the State Attorney-General ... 15-Mar-2016 more

Silent oceans: acidification stops shrimp chorus

Snapping shrimps, the loudest invertebrate in the ocean, may be silenced under increasing ocean acidification, a University of Adelaide study has found.   Published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers report that under forecast levels of CO2 predicted to be found in oceans by the end of the century, ... 16-Mar-2016 more

Extreme energy cosmic ray source in galaxy centre

An international team of astronomers involving University of Adelaide researchers has found the first evidence for an extreme source of cosmic rays - at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.   Using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) telescopes in Namibia, the research published in the journal Nature today has revealed an ... 17-Mar-2016 more

Speeding up accuracy of flood risk assessment

Research from the University of Adelaide hopes to provide advances in the planning for flood risk, thanks to a new, faster method of assessing the highly complex factors that cause floods in a specific location.   The results of the study, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Hydrology, have shown it's possible to ... 18-Mar-2016 more

Scientist witnesses severe coral bleaching

James Cook University scientists have described scenes of widespread damage as coral bleaching extends its reach in the northern Great Barrier Reef.  Senior Research Fellow, Dr Jodie Rummer from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has just returned from more than a month at Lizard Island Research Station in the Northern ... 21-Mar-2016 more

Young men biggest problem gamblers at Aussie casinos

Australia's casinos are much better resourced than pubs and clubs to implement responsible gambling practices, but there's little evidence to suggest how effective those practices really are. That's one of the many findings of Australia's first major report into responsible gambling and casinos, conducted by researchers at ... 21-Mar-2016 more

Biodiversity brings disease resistance: novel study

A novel study of a Tibetan alpine meadow has shown a clear link between higher biodiversity and greater infectious disease resistance.   The researchers say it provides further strong evidence that maintaining biodiversity among the world’s species should be a high priority.   Published in the journal Ecology, Australian ... 22-Mar-2016 more

Vibration exercise effects examined

A James Cook University researcher is investigating whether popular ‘vibration’ platforms, commonly sold on television infomercials, may have an adverse impact on the heart. JCU Physiotherapy Honours student Cameron Siandri is researching the effect of vibration exercise on the heart, under the supervision of Dr Anne Jones ... 22-Mar-2016 more

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer

University of Adelaide researchers will have access to vast computing power under a new supercomputer being launched at the University today.   Named ‘Phoenix’ by the University, the supercomputer gives researchers as much as 30 times more computing power than before, with no application or waiting ... 23-Mar-2016 more

Coral Bleaching Taskforce documents most severe bleaching on record

Aerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst, mass bleaching event in its history, with the overwhelming majority of reefs being ranked in the most severe bleaching category. “This has been the saddest ... 29-Mar-2016 more

'Homing turtles' go back to familiar grounds

A James Cook University study has found turtles released back into the wild almost always return home – even if they have to swim more than 100km or have spent more than a year away. Lead author, Dr Takahiro Shimada, said the JCU team tracked 59 turtles released outside of the areas where they had been found along the Queensland ... 31-Mar-2016 more

National Coral Taskforce unleashes an armada of experts

After months of careful planning, 300 Australian coral reef researchers have launched a small flotilla of research vessels, each one filled to the gills with highly trained experts. Their tightly coordinated mission is a race against time – to document coral bleaching along the 1000km-long top half of the Great Barrier Reef before more of ... 05-Apr-2016 more

New laser to shine light on remote sensing

A revolutionary new type of laser developed by the University of Adelaide is promising major advances in remote sensing of greenhouse gases.   Published in the journal Optics Letters, a research team from the University of Adelaide and Macquarie University has shown that the new laser can operate over a large range within the infrared ... 05-Apr-2016 more

Hi-tech opens up Earth’s secrets

A JCU scientist has developed a hi-tech animation of millions of years of tectonic plate movements that could lead to new mineral discoveries and help predict volcanic eruptions. JCU’s Dr Rob Holm applied modern technology to existing geological data. He said the results open up completely new and original interpretations of geological ... 08-Apr-2016 more

New models predicting where to find fossils

An international team of scientists have developed a way to help locate fossils of long-extinct animals.   Using the estimated ages and spatial distribution of Australian megafauna fossils, the team from University of Adelaide in Australia and Kiel University in Germany built a series of mathematical models to determine the areas in the ... 08-Apr-2016 more

Push for International Day of Tropics gathers pace

JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding has travelled to the United Nations in New York to participate in the launch of the public campaign for the creation of an International Day of the Tropics, which would deliver benefits for Northern Queensland and beyond. In September, the Australian Government announced it would lead efforts to ... 11-Apr-2016 more

How the climate will change your diet over the next 30 years

The great Australian favourite – red meat – may be under threat as climate change continues to hit food-growing areas. And while scientists think kangaroo and seafood could become the new staple diet, poorer Australians will still likely be worse off. James Cook University’s Dr Tobin Northfield was part of a ... 11-Apr-2016 more

SA needs to avoid another State Bank-style population exodus

South Australia must be careful to avoid more working families and young people from departing the State, and may need to rely more heavily on overseas migration to boost skills levels in an ageing population. That's according to the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) at the University of Adelaide, which has produced ... 12-Apr-2016 more

Citizen scientist discovers rare mangrove species in Australia

An Australian citizen scientist has made an amazing discovery in a busy Cairns’ suburb – finding a mangrove species that’s never been seen before in Australia. Local explorer, Hidetoshi Kudo made the remarkable discovery of Haines Orange Mangrove (Bruguiera hainesii). The species is largely unknown in the southern ... 13-Apr-2016 more

The truth about contactless payments

The growing use of contactless technology at the checkout is relatively safe from high-tech crime, according to a report by University of Canberra cybersecurity expert Nigel Phair. Mr Phair, director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University, has analysed data related to contactless card use and security risks in Australia, finding ... 14-Apr-2016 more

Focus on world-class barley research to benefit industry

The University of Adelaide's School of Agriculture, Food and Wine will focus on its core activities of world-class agricultural research and teaching and has signalled its intention to exit from commercial barley breeding, which currently is in direct competition with private industry. The move follows an independent review of crop ... 14-Apr-2016 more

Great Barrier Reef risks losing tolerance to bleaching events

A new study has found that Great Barrier Reef (GBR) corals were able to survive past bleaching events because they were exposed to a pattern of gradually warming waters in the lead up to each episode. However, this protective pattern is likely to be lost under near future climate change scenarios. In a paper published in Science today, ... 15-Apr-2016 more

Only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided coral bleaching

Australian scientists have revealed the full extent of the coral bleaching that is unfolding on the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland. The final results of extensive aerial and underwater surveys reveal that 93% of the reef has been affected. It’s a mixed picture of very severe, moderate and little damage that changes ... 20-Apr-2016 more

Fatty diets lead to daytime sleepiness, poor sleep

University of Adelaide researchers have found that men who consume diets high in fat are more likely to feel sleepy during the day, to report sleep problems at night, and are also more likely to suffer from sleep apnoea. This is the result of the Men Androgen Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress (MAILES) study looking at the ... 20-Apr-2016 more

Trust in the cloud could be pinned to online scoring system

Computer scientists at the University of Adelaide have developed a sophisticated but easy-to-use online tool to help build people's trust in the cloud. Cloud computing is widely recognised as a highly useful technology, with multiple benefits such as huge data storage capabilities, computational power, lower costs for companies and ... 22-Apr-2016 more

Forest giants at risk from climate change

Large, old trees are the latest living things to come under threat from climate change and other environmental perils according to researchers at James Cook University and the Australian National University. The scientists considered trees that were in the top five per cent of the size range for their species – including huge examples ... 26-Apr-2016 more

World leading researchers take aim at eradicating Malaria

The fight against malaria is one of the most inspiring global health stories of our time, and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), is well poised to contribute to eradicating this disease. Today, on World Malaria Day 2016, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), half of the world’s population is ... 26-Apr-2016 more

Baby fish breathe easier around large predators

Scientists have discovered that the presence of large fish predators can reduce stress on baby fish. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and the University of Glasgow have found that physiological stress on baby fish can be reduced by more than a third if large predatory fish are ... 26-Apr-2016 more

Flying high with algae

A native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet fuel, an international research team has found. The multi-disciplinary team including researchers from James Cook University, University of Sydney and Israel’s Ben Gurion University has developed a proof-of-concept process to ... 27-Apr-2016 more

Scientists make good ants go bad

James Cook University scientists have found a way to manipulate the brain chemistry of ants – making aggressive ants calmer, and chilled-out ants cranky. Professor Simon Robson, Head of Terrestrial Ecosystems at JCU, examined Australian weaver ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, in collaboration with colleagues at Boston University in the ... 28-Apr-2016 more

Kids' eating habits highlight need for healthier lunchboxes

New research from the University of Adelaide shows children aged 9-10 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from "discretionary" or junk foods. The study evaluated the core food intake of more than 430 South Australian children aged 9-10. The results – published recently in the Journal of ... 03-May-2016 more

Advances in medical care have led to type 1 diabetes boom

Researchers from the University of Adelaide say the global increase in cases of type 1 diabetes is directly linked to advances in medical care, with the underlying genetics of the disease more likely to be passed from one generation to the next. In a paper published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, researchers looked at the ... 06-May-2016 more

Brain scans show ADHD not all in the mind

A James Cook University researcher has brought together compelling evidence showing that ADHD is a real medical condition and not simply children misbehaving. Dr Helen Boon said some teachers and parents didn’t believe ADHD was a genuine condition. “International surveys indicate that many teachers are ambivalent about ... 09-May-2016 more

Large-scale mangrove dieback “unprecedented”

A James Cook University professor has warned that scientists are witnessing a large-scale dieback of mangroves in northern Australia. JCU’s Professor Norm Duke, spokesman for the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network, said the scale and magnitude of the loss appears “unprecedented and deeply concerning”. The extent ... 10-May-2016 more

New front opens in the fight against MS

James Cook University researchers will take a new approach to unraveling the mysteries of multiple sclerosis (MS). Professor Alan Baxter and Dr Margaret Jordan will manipulate genes within networks of cells rather than looking at cells in isolation. They recently received a $240,000 grant from MS Research Australia to fund their work for ... 11-May-2016 more

Investigating how rural families cope with cancer

A University of Adelaide study is investigating how rural families cope in the wake of a cancer diagnosis, particularly how they manage the various financial, social, practical and emotional issues that arise.   The researchers are hoping to hear from rural South Australian families who have had a family member diagnosed with cancer in ... 11-May-2016 more

Stinky bleached coral stops reef fish from identifying predators

Australia’s worst-ever coral bleaching event is endangering the lives of reef fish, which are unable to identify new predators. Researchers from Australia and Sweden have found that the damage to corals from bleaching prevents the common damselfish from responding to the telltale chemicals that indicate hungry predators are ... 11-May-2016 more

Revolutionary wrist fracture device developed in SA

An innovative new device which will help wrist fractures heal faster and can be fitted more easily by surgeons has been developed, and will be manufactured, in South Australia.   The VRP 2.0 (Volar Radius Plate) is a joint project between the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and ... 12-May-2016 more

Marijuana use in pregnancy is major risk for pre-term birth

International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The study evaluated data from more than 5500 pregnant women from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom who took part in the SCOPE (SCreening fOr Pregnancy ... 12-May-2016 more

New study suggests rethink of dementia causes

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a new theory for the causes of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, involving an out-of-control immune system. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, the researchers have assembled strong evidence that the neurological decline common to these diseases is caused by ... 13-May-2016 more

Coal shipping threat to Great Barrier Reef

Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater can kill corals and slow down the growth rate of seagrasses and fish. “Corals exposed to the highest concentrations of coal dust died within two weeks,” says author ... 17-May-2016 more

Why inequalities in reproductive health make a difference

A University of Adelaide researcher whose work aims to highlight and resolve inequalities in reproductive health for Aboriginal women has today been awarded the inaugural Healthy Development Adelaide Women's Excellence in Research Award. Dr Alice Rumbold is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow ... 18-May-2016 more

One in four Aussie kids under 10 has untreated tooth decay

Results of a national oral health survey led by the University of Adelaide show that a quarter of all Australian children aged 10 and under has untreated tooth decay. The National Child Oral Health Survey 2012-2014 is the first population-based study of its kind in Australia for 25 years, involving data from more than 24,000 children aged ... 19-May-2016 more

Restoring Australia’s lost shellfish reefs

Australia once had extensive shellfish reefs across its coastlines, but they are now largely destroyed and James Cook University researchers have identified what needs to be done to repair and conserve them. Shellfish reefs - formed by dense aggregations of oysters and mussels - were once an abundant habitat along Australian ... 26-May-2016 more

What happens when your drinking mate stops drinking?

As the song goes, you might love to have a beer with Duncan – but what happens when Duncan, Carol, Kevin or Pam decide to give up drinking? Researchers at the University of Adelaide are looking to speak with people whose loved ones or close friends have recently stopped or reduced their alcohol consumption. Their stories will ... 26-May-2016 more

Cyborgs closer to reality in future stages of human evolution

Our excitement with and rapid uptake of technology – and the growing opportunities for artificial brain enhancement – are putting humans more firmly on the path to becoming cyborgs, according to evolution experts from the University of Adelaide. In their new book The Dynamic Human, authors Professor Maciej Henneberg and Dr ... 27-May-2016 more

Weed stems ripe for biofuel

A weedy plant found on the roadside in northern Australia has stems ripe for biofuel production. Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia, Arun, has the potential to yield over 10,000 litres of bioethanol per hectare per ... 30-May-2016 more

Morphine use doubles duration of pain, increases pain severity

Instead of helping to overcome chronic pain, morphine can more than double the duration of pain, as well as amplifying its severity, according to new international research involving the University of Adelaide. The results, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), further call into question the ... 31-May-2016 more

When it comes to claws, right-handed attracts the girls

A tiny marine crustacean with a great big claw has shown that not only does size matter, but left or right-handedness (or in this case, left or right-clawedness) is important too.   The 5-6mm marine amphipod Dulichiella appendiculata, related to the land-based beach-hopper or sand flea we see hopping around on beaches, has one large ... 31-May-2016 more

New thinking needed on environmental campaigns

James Cook University researchers are fine-tuning better ways to motivate people to look after the environment.   They say that current social marketing techniques have little impact on changing people’s behaviour towards the environment. The JCU research team ran surveys of visitors to Reef HQ in Townsville measuring ... 01-Jun-2016 more

Healthy knees keep us on our feet

More than 40,000 Australians will undergo a knee replacement this year, but a few simple steps could improve the outcomes of this invasive and costly operation, a University of Canberra academic will argue in a public lecture TONIGHT. Head of physiotherapy Professor Jennie Scarvell will draw on her experience as a researcher and clinician to ... 01-Jun-2016 more

Law reforms support recognition of diverse families

The establishment of a Relationships Register and equal legal recognition for non-heterosexual couples and their families are among the recommendations of the latest report from the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide. The Institute has today (Thursday 2 June) released a report with 18 ... 02-Jun-2016 more

Stress hormone link with psychosis

James Cook University researchers have established a link between levels of the stress hormone cortisol and psychosis, which could help identify people at greatest risk of developing the severe mental disorder. JCU Associate Professor Zoltan Sarnyai said it was the first meta-analysis study to compare the level of cortisol in a waking ... 03-Jun-2016 more

Glass now has smart potential

Australian researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a method for embedding light-emitting nanoparticles into glass without losing any of their unique properties – a major step towards ‘smart glass’ applications such as 3D display screens or remote radiation sensors.   This new “hybrid glass” ... 07-Jun-2016 more

La Niña set to bring winter rain

A James Cook University scientist is warning sugar cane farmers they may have to put the ‘pedal to the metal’ as it looks likely a La Niña weather pattern will break droughts and bring wetter than normal weather to much of Australia this winter and spring. JCU Associate Professor Yvette Everingham said it’s almost ... 07-Jun-2016 more

Underwater rodeo tracks shark energy

Underwater rodeo tracks shark energy (Note: High quality video available below) June 8, 2016 James Cook University scientists say tourists’ feeding of sharks entices the animals to expend valuable energy during a time when they are normally resting. A new study, led by JCU’s Dr Adam Barnett, investigated the activity ... 08-Jun-2016 more

Sea snakes have extra sense for water living

The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, a University of Adelaide-led study suggests.   The international team, led by researchers in the University’s School of Biological Sciences, studied tiny and poorly understood structures on the heads of snakes called ‘scale ... 08-Jun-2016 more

Reversing impact of malnourished dads' health on kids

Research from the University of Adelaide has shown it may be possible to prevent millions of the world's malnourished fathers from passing on poor health to their children, if they're given antioxidant and vitamin supplements before conceiving. The results of the study have now been published in the Nature journal Scientific ... 10-Jun-2016 more

Simple step of system repair breathes new life into threatened wetlands

A James Cook University scientist says one simple act by the Nywaigi landholders and the CSIRO has led to the rapid revitalisation and repair of a degraded wetland in northern Queensland. JCU’s Dr Nathan Waltham (TropWATER) said the Mungalla wetlands, east of Ingham, suffered as a result of an earth wall constructed in the late ... 14-Jun-2016 more

Population policy to impact emissions targets

Current immigration rates into Australia, and associated projected population growth, will make greenhouse gas emissions targets even more difficult to achieve in the future, a University of Adelaide-led study has found.   Published in the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Forum, Professor Corey Bradshaw (University of Adelaide) in ... 14-Jun-2016 more

Screens dominate Australians’ news consumption

Most Australians are accessing news via screens, whether it is television, online media or social media, according to research by the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre (N&MRC), published TODAY. The University’s N&MRC is the producer of the Digital News Report: Australia 2016, part of an international ... 15-Jun-2016 more

Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

Researchers have discovered a handful of ‘bright spots’ among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of a radical new approach to conservation. In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries and discovered 15 ‘bright spots’ – ... 16-Jun-2016 more

Does weight loss surgery help with problem eating habits?

More Australians are turning to surgery to help treat obesity – but once their surgery is over, what impact does it have on patients' eating habits in the long term? The complex answers to that question are being uncovered by new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the University's Faculty of Health ... 16-Jun-2016 more

Mobile phones to help fight diabetes and TB in PNG

JCU scientists are training health care providers in PNG to diagnose and treat diabetes and TB with the help of mobile phones.  Lead researcher, Associate Professor Usman Malabu from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University has received a World Diabetes Foundation grant of US $228,000 for ... 16-Jun-2016 more

UC study finds regional Australians feeling good, but lack connections

Most people living in rural and regional communities are satisfied with their lives, but there are concerns about access to services and infrastructure like high-speed internet, according to findings of the University of Canberra’s 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey, released TODAY. The survey is Australia’s largest into the ... 21-Jun-2016 more

Housing affordability crisis creates spiral of disadvantage

Millions of Australians move house each year, but new research has highlighted that while many are upgrading their homes and living standards, housing affordability problems are sorting many of the nation's most disadvantaged into areas with fewer opportunities. The findings – published this month in the journal Applied Geography ... 21-Jun-2016 more

Which animals will cope with climate change droughts?

James Cook University scientists may have found a way to predict which mammals will best cope with drought – and which won’t do so well. JCU’s Dr Tasmin Rymer led a study that produced a template measuring several crucial factors, including an animal’s physiology and environment, to determine how it would handle a ... 21-Jun-2016 more

A-grade report card on superbugs in Australian animals

The first nationwide survey of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria in Australian pets and livestock has found low rates of resistance to critically important drugs–comparing very favourably with other countries around the world.   The findings will be reported at a one-day symposium today marking the official launch ... 24-Jun-2016 more

Increasing militarisation of space prompts legal response

The University of Adelaide is playing a key partnership role in new research to better understand how international law will regulate the increasing military uses of space. The Adelaide Law School will contribute to the development of a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space, the first such legal manual of ... 24-Jun-2016 more

Trust, an absent commodity in this election

Trust in Australian politicians and the political process are at the lowest level they’ve been in more than two decades and most people feel there’s little honesty and integrity in the system, according to a survey led by the University of Canberra Institute for Governance and Public Analysis (IGPA). The Indi survey is part of an ... 24-Jun-2016 more

Good bacteria vital to coral reef survival

Scientists say good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming, and securing the long-term survival of reefs worldwide. “Healthy corals interact with complex communities of beneficial microbes or ‘good bacteria’,” says Dr. Tracy Ainsworth from the ARC Centre of ... 24-Jun-2016 more

Long lens of the law captures Images of Justice

All photographers regardless of their level of experience are invited to submit their "images of justice" to this year's photographic competition run by the University of Adelaide's Law School. The Adelaide Law School 2016 Photographic Competition: Images of Justice, a Portrait challenges entrants to explore the concept of ... 27-Jun-2016 more

Alzheimer’s genetics point to new research direction

A University of Adelaide analysis of genetic mutations which cause early-onset Alzheimer’s disease suggests a new focus for research into the causes of the disease.   Previous research has revolved around the idea that accumulation in the brain of a small, sticky protein fragment - amyloid beta - causes Alzheimer's ... 28-Jun-2016 more

Global economic pressures require stronger action locally

A sharper than expected economic downturn in China and the uncertainty of Brexit are among a range of global forces that are likely to impact on Australia's economy over the next 12 months, prompting University of Adelaide economists to call for stronger intervention at a local level. The University's South Australian Centre for ... 28-Jun-2016 more

Baby fish lose poisonous protectors in acidified oceans

A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.   Published yesterday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers say that modification of this baby ... 30-Jun-2016 more

UC leads $1m medical cannabis trial for skin cancer

The University of Canberra will sign a $1 million collaboration with international pharmaceutical company Cann Pharmaceutical to commence a medical-grade cannabis therapy trial for melanoma patients TODAY. The two-year research project aims to produce a novel combination therapy treatment program for some of the almost 50,000 Australians ... 30-Jun-2016 more

Better balance needed in State's equal opportunity laws

Helping to protect students, patients and employees from unfair treatment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity is at the heart of a range of reforms proposed for South Australia's equal opportunity laws. In the latest report from the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, ... 30-Jun-2016 more

Helping people with spinal cord injury return to work

University of Adelaide researchers are calling for participants for a national study aimed at assisting Australians with a spinal cord injury to return to work. The project – involving an online-based job information package – could help to improve the wellbeing and confidence of job seekers with spinal cord ... 04-Jul-2016 more

Extra 1000 steps a day benefit children with type 1 diabetes

Keeping count of daily steps and boosting physical activity can really pay off for children with type 1 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Adelaide and the Women's and Children's Hospital. For the first time, researchers have shown that children who have type 1 diabetes can improve their cardiovascular ... 05-Jul-2016 more

Huge mangrove dieback confirmed by surveys

A James Cook University scientist says an ‘unprecedented’ event has now been confirmed to have occurred, with surveys showing thousands of hectares of mangroves on the Gulf of Carpentaria suffering a severe dieback. JCU’s Professor Norm Duke, spokesman for the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network, said scientists first ... 11-Jul-2016 more

Oral health of the nation to be assessed in new study

Thousands of people across Australia will take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of a $5.8 million University of Adelaide national oral health study.   To be conducted by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) in the University’s School of Dentistry, in partnership with ... 12-Jul-2016 more

Study looks at program for Defence Force kids

A James Cook University researcher has been studying the help given to children with a parent deployed on active duty with the military. JCU’s Gail Macdonald interviewed teachers, parents and Defence School Transition Aides (DSTA) who are employed to help students when a parent is deployed to a war zone. Ms Macdonald said there was ... 13-Jul-2016 more

Can we protect against computers being fingerprinted?

Imagine that every time a person goes out in public, they leave behind a track for all to see, so that their behaviour can be easily analysed, revealing their identity.   This is the case with people's online browser "fingerprints", which are left behind at each location they visit on their internet ... 18-Jul-2016 more

Actors highly vulnerable to mental health problems

New research from the University of Adelaide is raising the curtain on the not-so-glamorous aspects of being a professional actor, with psychology experts finding that Australian actors experience a wide range of threats to their mental wellbeing. Researchers from the University's School of Psychology conducted in-depth interviews with ... 19-Jul-2016 more

Light-bulb moment for stock market behaviour

University of Adelaide physicists have discovered that the timing of electronic orders on the stock market can be mathematically described in the same way as the lifetime of a light bulb. The surprising finding is a “crucial first step” towards predicting dramatic movements on stock exchanges that could lead to stock market ... 21-Jul-2016 more

Consumers treat superfoods as "extra insurance"

Australian consumers are skeptical about new superfoods as they enter the market but still consume them for a bit of "extra insurance" for their health, according to new research at the University of Adelaide. For her PhD studies, Jessica Loyer from the University's Food Values Research Group has conducted the first research ... 21-Jul-2016 more

How much do grandparents matter?

A James Cook University researcher is looking for participants to help share experiences about involuntary lost contact between grandparents and their grandchildren - and how to help fix it. JCU researcher Associate Professor Susan Gair is conducting research in partnership with Act for Kids, Family Inclusion Network (FIN) Townsville and FIN ... 25-Jul-2016 more

Less fertiliser good news for the reef

James Cook University researchers have shown a way to potentially halve the amount of fertiliser dairy farmers use while maintaining pasture yields, providing improved protection for the Great Barrier Reef.  JCU’s Dr Paul Nelson said nitrogen from fertiliser spread on fields can have significant environmental effects on creeks and ... 26-Jul-2016 more

Drug residues brought to light

James Cook University scientists have warned that residues from the medicines we take are increasingly finding their way into our drinking water. The team is investigating new ways of removing pharmaceutical drug residues from water supplies, as evidence suggests current water treatment methods may not be enough. JCU’s Associate ... 27-Jul-2016 more

NZ wren DNA analysis reshapes geological theory

A DNA analysis of living and extinct species of mysterious New Zealand wrens may change theories around the country’s geological and evolutionary past. A University of Adelaide study into New Zealand’s acanthisittid wrens has provided compelling evidence that, contrary to some suggestions, New Zealand was not completely submerged ... 28-Jul-2016 more

Early detection of leukaemia patients' resistance to therapy

Adelaide researchers have made a world-first breakthrough in the early detection of patients' resistance to a common treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia, offering some hope that the patients' treatment could be changed sooner to improve their chances of survival. The researchers – based in the Cancer Theme at the South ... 28-Jul-2016 more

Meat consumption contributing to global obesity

Should we be warning consumers about over-consumption of meat as well as sugar? That's the question being raised by a team of researchers from the University of Adelaide, who say meat in the modern diet offers surplus energy, and is contributing to the prevalence of global obesity. Comparative anatomy and human evolution experts ... 01-Aug-2016 more

Hammerhead sharks use the ‘side-stroke’ to save energy

A new study by an international team of researchers has discovered that great hammerhead sharks spend a large amount of time swimming rolled onto their side, because it’s a more efficient way to travel than traditional upright swimming. Co-author of the study, James Cook University’s Dr Adam Barnett, said researchers deployed ... 03-Aug-2016 more

Healthcare costs are bad medicine

New research shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping healthcare because of high costs. Dr Emily Callander, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics at James Cook University said the situation was significantly worse in Australia than in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. “It’s particularly worrying ... 04-Aug-2016 more

Hi-tech test to find elusive sawfish

Scientists can now reliably predict which bodies of water contain the endangered and elusive sawfish species – by conducting a simple test. Researchers from James Cook University and Charles Darwin University are using the cutting-edge eDNA (environmental DNA) technique to look for the critically endangered largetooth sawfish in remote ... 09-Aug-2016 more

Stowaway frogs being stopped by border security

An analysis of stowaway frogs coming into Australia has shown that strict biosecurity measures at borders and within the country are reducing the risk of introduction of new diseases by up to 50%.   The alien frogs could potentially bring in diseases that could devastate local wildlife.   The University of Adelaide researchers, ... 11-Aug-2016 more

Tracking sediment from catchment to the reef

A James Cook University scientist is investigating the origin of sediment that ends up on the Great Barrier Reef – research that could lead to improved water quality on the GBR.   Dr Zoe Bainbridge has received an Advance Queensland early-career fellowship to investigate the sources, transformation and dispersal of fine ... 12-Aug-2016 more

Mix of marine zones matters most for prey fish

In a first-of-its-kind study, James Cook University scientists have discovered a mosaic mix of marine zones could benefit populations of prey fishes. The research, conducted by JCU’s Dr April Hall and Professor Michael Kingsford, looked at whether fishing of predators on the Great Barrier Reef had effects on the reproductive dynamics ... 17-Aug-2016 more

Astronomy shown to be set in standing stone

University of Adelaide research has for the first time statistically proven that the earliest standing stone monuments of Britain, the great circles, were constructed specifically in line with the movements of the Sun and Moon, 5000 years ago.   The research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, details the use ... 17-Aug-2016 more

It's a gut feeling: how your nerves are linked to obesity

A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide next week (Tuesday 23 August) will help to explain the important role of nerve signals in the gut in maintaining health, and how that system is disrupted by obesity. "When we feel full after a meal it's the result of a variety of different nerve signals from the gut, responding to ... 17-Aug-2016 more

90 years of monitoring change in arid zone

A 400 hectare piece of land in South Australia’s outback, 400 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, is providing important data to help researchers and land and environmental managers understand arid zone ecology and the impacts of grazing by sheep and pests.   The Koonamore Vegetation Reserve, located in the centre of Koonamore ... 19-Aug-2016 more

New map shows alarming growth of the human footprint

A James Cook University scientist says a new map of the ecological footprint of humankind shows 97 per cent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered. JCU’s Professor Bill Laurance has taken part in a study to map the ecological effect of people on the planet. He said the news isn’t ... 25-Aug-2016 more

One million Australians living in "unhealthy" housing

New research led by the University of Adelaide has highlighted the link between poor living conditions and health, and estimates that more than one million Australians are living in sub-standard housing. The findings are published in the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, with the authors warning that poor housing ... 25-Aug-2016 more

Survivors stick together

James Cook University scientists have found communities that are united and connected, both internally and externally, can better ride out disasters. JCU’s Dr Helen Boon is the lead author of a book looking at how communities can best survive disasters such as cyclones, floods or bushfire. “We looked at which communities had ... 26-Aug-2016 more

Hiding in plain sight: Navy data reveals the reef behind the Reef

James Cook University, University of Sydney and Queensland University of Technology scientists working with laser data from the Royal Australian Navy have discovered a vast reef behind the familiar Great Barrier Reef. JCU’s Dr Robin Beaman says the high-resolution seafloor data provided by LiDAR-equipped aircraft have revealed great ... 26-Aug-2016 more

Smarter brains are blood-thirsty brains

A University of Adelaide-led project has overturned the theory that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to the size of the brain - but rather linked more closely to the supply of blood to the brain.   The international collaboration between Australia and South Africa showed that the human brain evolved to become not ... 31-Aug-2016 more

$100 million plus defrauded by Australians to gamble

Over the past five plus years, a range of Australians have stolen to satisfy their compulsion to gamble. The impact on their lives, their family's lives and those of the people and organisations they defrauded, has been profound. The impact has included people losing their jobs, having court orders issued requiring them to repay the stolen ... 31-Aug-2016 more

Give your Dad the gift of health this Father's Day

Men's health experts from the University of Adelaide are urging family members to consider giving Dad a meaningful – and potentially life-saving – "gift of health" this Father's Day. Professor Gary Wittert, Director of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University, says that given the ... 01-Sep-2016 more

Nutrient pollution is changing sounds in the sea

Nutrient pollution emptying into seas from cities, towns and agricultural land is changing the sounds made by marine life – and potentially upsetting navigational cues for fish and other sea creatures, a new University of Adelaide study has found.   Published online in the journal Landscape Ecology, the research found that marine ... 05-Sep-2016 more

Managing stress in the workplace

A healthy work place attracts and keeps the premium, talented workers. An unhealthy workplace not only loses staff; it loses productivity and ultimately money. Workplace stress occurs when there is a discrepancy between an employee’s abilities and needs, and what the workplace expects and provides. It ... 05-Sep-2016 more

Shining a light on volunteer heroes of HIV/AIDS response

A University of Adelaide researcher is attempting to contact the many volunteers who helped Australia to overcome the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping the world during the 1980s and '90s. "Australia’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is widely considered to be among the world's best, but an important part of that time in the ... 06-Sep-2016 more

Incubating climate change research

A group of James Cook University scientists led by Emeritus Professor Ross Alford has designed and built an inexpensive incubator that could boost research into how animals and plants will be affected by climate change.   JCU’s Sasha Greenspan said the team designed and built small, inexpensive, low-energy-consumption chambers ... 07-Sep-2016 more

Steroid treatment for IVF problems may do more harm than good

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are urging doctors and patients to refrain from using a specific steroid treatment to treat infertility in women unless clinically indicated, because of its links to miscarriage, preterm birth and birth defects. Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers from the University's ... 07-Sep-2016 more

One-tenth of the world’s wilderness lost in two decades

A research team including Professor William Laurance from James Cook University has discovered there has been a catastrophic decline in global wilderness areas during the past 20 years. The team showed that since the 1990s, one-tenth of all global wilderness has vanished—an area twice the size of Alaska.  The Amazon and Central ... 08-Sep-2016 more

Opening windows to the Universe and Australia’s origins

The University of Adelaide will be part of two new multi-million centres, announced by the Australian Government today, that will open windows to the Universe and to Australia’s distant past.   A seven-year, $45.7 million centre will investigate the beginning of Australia's unique biodiversity and Indigenous heritage, while ... 08-Sep-2016 more

Study shows how Chinese medicine kills cancer cells

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China – a Traditional Chinese Medicine – works to kill cancer cells.   Compound kushen injection (CKI) is approved for use in China to treat various cancer tumours, usually as an adjunct to ... 08-Sep-2016 more

Genes could get the jump on cane toads

A JCU scientist says slow adaptation to cold weather is delaying toad spread into the southern states. James Cook University scientists have been using the spread of cane toads to examine genetic mechanisms that limit their range. A team including JCU’s Professor Lin Schwarzkopf, looked at the genetic processes occurring in cane ... 13-Sep-2016 more

Faulty gene linked to depression and cardiovascular disease

Researchers at the University of Adelaide say they may have discovered a new target in the fight against depression: a faulty gene that is linked to cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. A team lead by the University of Adelaide's Discipline of Psychiatry has reviewed and attempted to replicate the findings of the growing body of ... 14-Sep-2016 more

Investigating native plants for South Australian pickles

The University of Adelaide will work with South Australian food manufacturer Spring Gully Foods to investigate potential sources of food colourings among Australian native plants.   The project has been awarded an Innovations Connections Grant of $25,000, under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ ... 14-Sep-2016 more

Genes identified in defence against powdery mildew

An international research team has identified two genes which could help protect barley against powdery mildew attack.   Led by the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Germany, the research will give plant-breeders new targets for developing lines of barley ... 20-Sep-2016 more

Breakthrough in salt-tolerance in plants research

University of Adelaide researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology.   The researchers, also from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and in collaboration with the ... 22-Sep-2016 more

Shoal-mates soothe stressed fish

Coral reef fish get stressed and lose weight if they are separated from each other, according to new research about the Great Barrier Reef. For the first time, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have succeeded in measuring the metabolic rates of individual fish in shoals to better ... 22-Sep-2016 more

Is it okay for a doctor to attend a patient's funeral?

New research at the University of Adelaide has shed light on how many doctors are attending the funerals of their patients and the reasons behind their choice. The researchers say more needs to be done within the medical profession to openly discuss the issue. In a study published online ahead of print in the journal Death Studies, ... 23-Sep-2016 more

Solving the riddle of Australia’s human colonisation

James Cook University scientists may have solved the riddle of how the vast continent of Australia was colonised more than 47,000 years ago. JCU’s Professor Michael Bird, Professor Sean Ulm and Dr Damien O’Grady assessed the position and permanency of water bodies to investigate early human migration across the ... 27-Sep-2016 more

Climate change will see some males get sexier

A common marine crustacean has shown researchers that it’s all set to beat climate change – the males will get more attractive to the females, with a resulting population explosion.   The University of Adelaide study is the first to show how mating behaviour could change under the warmer waters and more acidic oceans brought ... 27-Sep-2016 more

Aussies hide attempts to cut back on boozeNew research from the University of Adelaide has highlight

New research from the University of Adelaide has highlighted the social pressures Australians experience when they try to stop or reduce their alcohol consumption. In a paper published today (Wednesday 28 September) in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, researchers in the University's School of Public Health reveal that Australians ... 04-Oct-2016 more

Cane toads make long-distance calls for love

James Cook University scientists have discovered yet another advantage for cane toads – the ability to make mating calls that carry over a relatively long distance. JCU’s Benjamin Muller said the active calling space of cane toads is remarkably large. “This means they are heard by more individuals and can bring in more ... 04-Oct-2016 more

Breast density matters in detection of breast cancer

Almost 8% of women have extremely high breast density, which can make it harder for health professionals to detect breast cancer on a screening mammogram. These women are also more likely to develop breast cancer in the future. This is the warning from a new Australian alliance of breast cancer researchers, who are working together to raise ... 04-Oct-2016 more

Invasive insects cost the world billions per year

Ecologists have estimated that invasive (non-native) insects cost humanity tens of billions of dollars a year – and are likely to increase under climate change and growing international trade.   Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia and CNRS and Paris-Sud University in France have compiled the first ... 05-Oct-2016 more

Clever fish play it cool

Ocean warming is occurring at such a rapid rate that fish are searching for cooler waters to call home. A team of international scientists led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University conducted an experiment with coral reef fish from Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, to see how they respond to ... 05-Oct-2016 more

Injury hurts men’s wallets

A James Cook University researcher says men with long-term injuries such as back problems are nearly $1,000,000 worse off over their working lifespan compared to men with no injuries. JCU’s Dr Emily Callander, Senior Research Fellow, Health Economics, looked at more than 24,000 respondents in the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012 ... 06-Oct-2016 more

What does 'having a drink' mean to the average Aussie?

Drinking alcohol is seen as part of the national culture, but what is the real significance of "having a drink" for the average middle-aged Australian?   New research being conducted at the University of Adelaide is looking to fill a gap in research about drinking in Australia, by hearing first hand from middle-aged social ... 10-Oct-2016 more

‘Snotty gobble’ could be good weed controller

A native parasitic plant found commonly throughout south-eastern Australia, is showing great promise as a potential biological control agent against introduced weeds that cost millions of dollars every year to control.   University of Adelaide research has found that the native vine Cassytha pubescens, better known as snotty gobble, is ... 10-Oct-2016 more

Early detection method hopes to prevent psychosis

Adelaide mental health researchers have made a promising breakthrough in the early detection of the risk of psychosis, with the eventual hope that patients could be given appropriate treatments earlier to prevent psychotic episodes from occurring. Published in the Nature journal Translational Psychiatry, a new probability model developed by ... 14-Oct-2016 more

Could assisted reproduction reduce birth defects for older women?

Babies born to women aged 40 and over from assisted reproduction have fewer birth defects compared with those from women who conceive naturally at the same age, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. This is contrary to widespread belief that the greater risk of birth defects after assisted conception is due to the ... 14-Oct-2016 more

Developing a sensor for vitamin B12 deficiency

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a world-first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood – a first step towards a low-cost, portable, broadscale vitamin B12 deficiency test. Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Such a device would ... 17-Oct-2016 more

Two decades of work sees horror disease defeated

James Cook University scientists have played a part in a program that has seen lymphatic filariasis (LF) —also known as elephantiasis— eliminated from four countries. After more than two decades of effort, Cambodia, The Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu have eliminated LF as a public health problem. LF can lead to lymphoedema, ... 18-Oct-2016 more

Tiny ant brains achieve much

A James Cook University scientist has peered into the brains of ants to discover how their tiny minds achieve so much, with so little. JCU’s Professor Simon Robson said the research, just released in the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal, is technologically impressive. “We were able to make these findings ... 19-Oct-2016 more

Cutting food waste threat to animals

There are warnings that moves to reduce extraordinary levels of food waste across the world could have unintended consequences – threatening the future of many animals that have come to rely on food waste for their survival. James Cook University’s Professor Iain Gordon says food security is high on government agendas, with a ... 27-Oct-2016 more

Scientists assess bleaching damage on Great Barrier Reef

Scientists are surveying the continuing aftermath of the worst coral bleaching event ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef. Six months after the extreme underwater heatwave of 2015/2016, many of the bleached corals have died in the northern third of the Reef. The large-scale devastation is now being compounded by disease infecting the ... 27-Oct-2016 more

Driverless car research launched with BMW at Ingenuity

A research collaboration working on the safety of driverless cars will be officially launched on Thursday 27 October at the opening night of the University of Adelaide’s annual showcase of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences student projects, Ingenuity 2016.   A BMW presented to the University of Adelaide will be on ... 27-Oct-2016 more

Femmes fatales play leading role in sexing up smoking

Smoking as a social habit is increasingly on the nose for many in modern society, but the reverse is true when it comes to portraying strong female characters in French and Chinese cinema, according to researchers from the University of Adelaide. After studying films released in both countries since 2000, the University's Dr Peter ... 27-Oct-2016 more

Prawns and eggs may be back on the table for kids

A James Cook University scientist is examining ways to reverse the soaring rates of children developing food allergies to common foods such as eggs and prawns. James Cook University’s Dr Sandip Kamath was recently awarded $318,768 under the 2016 National Health and Medical Research Council’s Grants Round for his research into ... 04-Nov-2016 more

Waste to wealth

James Cook University researchers from the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology have successfully used algae to clean up wastewater in North Queensland and say the technique could be used to reduce water pollution on a larger scale. JCU’s Dr Andrew Cole says the experiment has been very successful, improving the quality of ... 10-Nov-2016 more

Quest to end nurse bullying

A James Cook University researcher is embarking on a four-year mission to end bullying amongst nurses. JCU’s Peter Hartin said it is a well-established fact that the profession suffers from a culture of bullying. “The idea that bullying is a problem in nursing probably shocks anyone not in health care, but unfortunately feels ... 11-Nov-2016 more

Indigenous rangers track huge mangrove dieback

Indigenous rangers are working to evaluate the extent of the massive and mysterious mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The dieback, involving more than 7,400 hectares of mangroves stretching 1,000 km west of the Gulf town of Karumba, was discovered a year ago, with scientists describing it as “unprecedented”. The ... 14-Nov-2016 more

Call for global action to stamp out illegal timber trade

A group of conservation scientists and policy makers led by University of Adelaide researchers are calling for global action to combat the illegal timber trade. They say governments and organisations responsible for protecting wildlife and forests around the world and certification schemes need to “catch up with the science” and ... 15-Nov-2016 more

Innocent athletes punished for doping

James Cook University researchers have found innocent athletes are being punished alongside those who deliberately dope. JCU Associate Professors Stephen Moston and Terry Engelberg from the University’s College of Healthcare Sciences found about a quarter of all athletes sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations claim that their ... 15-Nov-2016 more

Winter conception increases mum's diabetes risk

Research led by the University of Adelaide has found that women whose babies are conceived in winter are more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, increasing a range of risk factors for both child and mother. The study – investigating more than 60,000 births in South Australia over a five-year period – is the ... 16-Nov-2016 more

Snake black market poses risk to humans and wildlife

The illegal reptile trade in Australia, including venomous snakes, could put our wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found. University of Adelaide researchers, supported by the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre, have developed a model of the likelihood of establishment of alien species of snakes and ... 17-Nov-2016 more

Scientists map the genetics of salt stress in rice

A team of researchers including from the University of Adelaide have for the first time been able to pinpoint the genetic activity over time when rice is subject to salt stress. The team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus say their findings highlight the roles ... 18-Nov-2016 more

Life and death following Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Scientists have confirmed the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The worst affected area, a 700 km swath of reefs in the northern region of the Great Barrier Reef has lost an average of 67% of its shallow-water corals in the past 8-9 months. Further south, ... 29-Nov-2016 more

Platypus venom could hold key to diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation's most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans. The findings, now published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, ... 30-Nov-2016 more

Platypus venom could hold key to diabetes treatment

Australian researchers have discovered remarkable evolutionary changes to insulin regulation in two of the nation's most iconic native animal species – the platypus and the echidna – which could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans. The findings, now published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, ... 01-Dec-2016 more

Research shows why shark nets took such a heavy toll on dugongs

A new version of GPS technology has proven the wisdom of removing shark nets from the paths of migrating dugongs. A James Cook University team monitored dugongs moving between Hervey Bay near Bundaberg and Moreton Bay near Brisbane. Scientists suspected dugongs navigated between the two bays close to the shoreline, but this had been ... 02-Dec-2016 more

Stroke survivors needed for study on stem-cell therapies

Are stroke survivors who are dissatisfied with the treatments available in Australia at risk of travelling overseas for untested and potentially unsafe stem-cell treatments? This is the question being asked by a new national study led by the University of Adelaide, in the hope of better understanding people's attitudes to such therapies ... 06-Dec-2016 more

Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia Famous for their carefully camouflaged burrows – some with lids or ‘trapdoors’ from which they launch themselves to catch their prey – trapdoor spiders are remarkable ... 09-Dec-2016 more

Breast cancer patients could benefit from controversial hormone

An international team of researchers involving the University of Adelaide is tackling the controversy over what some scientists consider to be a "harmful" hormone, arguing that it could be a game changer in the fight against recurring breast cancers that are resistant to standard treatments. The controversy centres on the different ... 09-Dec-2016 more

Impact of reclaiming Aboriginal languages to be studied

Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) will embark on the first study of its kind in the world, exploring the impact of reclaiming Indigenous languages on people's social and emotional wellbeing. It's hoped the findings could benefit Indigenous communities the ... 12-Dec-2016 more

Child diabetes research takes environment into account

Parents and other members of the community will have an opportunity to hear the latest on new research into type 1 diabetes in childhood, at a free public seminar being held at the University of Adelaide tomorrow night (Tuesday 13 December). Beating Childhood Diabetes is the final public event in the University of Adelaide's highly ... 15-Dec-2016 more

AITHM researchers to investigate full cost of stillbirth

While acknowledging the heartbreaking emotional toll of stillbirth, a James Cook University team is also looking at the economic cost of the tragedy. Dr Emily Callander from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at JCU will lead the Health Economics element of a new Centre of Research Excellence (CRE), based at the ... 15-Dec-2016 more

Dolphin tourism floundering

Researchers from James Cook University say dolphin-watching sites in six countries are at financial saturation point, with some so crowded they pose a risk to the mammals. JCU’s Dr Putu Liza Mustika was part of a team that included scientists from the University of Melbourne, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Prince of ... 16-Dec-2016 more

Sluggish state economy requires boost in exports

University of Adelaide economists will today deliver their final Economic Briefing Report for 2016, with predictions for a continued sluggish outlook and ongoing high levels of unemployment in South Australia for 2017. The report, compiled by the University's South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES), caps off a year with a ... 16-Dec-2016 more