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Expert Alert: Local government misconduct

Journalists looking for expert commentary on local government misconduct, following The Guardian's expose of the Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council may wish to contact the following expert: Dr Bligh Grant  University of Technology Sydney  Expertise: Australian politics, local government, local government reforms, ... 06-Jan-2017 more

Research reveals cheap ways of reducing carbon emissions

New research led by James Cook University has found there are cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions caused by forest loss in Southeast Asia. Postgraduate researcher Victoria Graham and her colleagues examined the financial competitiveness of the REDD+ scheme. “REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and ... 10-Jan-2017 more

Hot weather not to blame for Salmonella on egg farms

New research conducted by the University of Adelaide shows there is no greater risk of Salmonella contamination in the production of free range eggs due to hot summer weather, compared with other seasons. Despite a higher number of cases of Salmonella poisoning from eggs and egg products during the hot summer months, researchers at the ... 10-Jan-2017 more

Flies surprise in climate experiment

Researchers at James Cook University say experiments with hundreds of thousands of caged flies on mountainsides have shown the effects of climate change are more complex than first thought. JCU’s Dr Megan Higgie, working with researchers from Bristol and Melbourne universities, said the team used tropical rainforest flies (Drosophilia ... 10-Jan-2017 more

Nothing fishy about better nutrition for mums and babies

Researchers from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide have found a way to provide mothers and young children in Cambodia with better nutrition through an unlikely source – fish sauce. Professor Tim Green, Principal Nutritionist within SAHMRI’s Healthy Mothers, Babies ... 10-Jan-2017 more

Turtle secrets uncovered

James Cook University scientists think sea turtles may use the sunrise to show them the way home, after analysing satellite tracking data of the animals. Dr Takahiro Shimada, from JCU’s College of Science and Engineering, said scientists caught and tagged 22 turtles and transported them between eight and 28 kilometres from their usual ... 13-Jan-2017 more

Fossils found reveal unseen ‘footprint’ maker

Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ‘footprints’ around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. The trilobites were a very common group of marine animals during the 300 million ... 18-Jan-2017 more

Link between sweetener and liver cancer probed

A James Cook University researcher will use a grant from the Cancer Council to investigate the relationship between fructose - a common sweetener in soft drinks - and liver cancer, an increasingly prevalent and deadly cancer. Dr Lionel Hebbard has been awarded a $200,000 Cancer Council Queensland Research Project Grant to fund the research ... 18-Jan-2017 more

Lap band surgery benefits very obese adolescents

Lap band surgery has significant benefits for severely obese teenagers and, despite its controversial nature, should still be considered as a first option to manage obesity during adolescence, a new study has found. Led by University of Adelaide researchers, in collaboration with Flinders Medical Centre, and published in the journal Obesity ... 19-Jan-2017 more

Water filtration system wins $500,000 innovation award

A low-cost, easy-to-operate project to remove arsenic and deliver safe and clean drinking water has won a Technology Against Poverty prize of $500,000. Distinguished Professor Saravanamuth Vigneswaran and Dr Tien Vinh Nguyen of the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT received the prize for their project to remove pollutants ... 17-Feb-2017 more

Don’t tweet too soon - public companies face social media reporting dilemma

ASX-listed businesses face a dilemma when it comes to engaging with shareholders via social media, according to QUT research. Lead researcher Professor Ellie Chapple, from QUT Business School, said public companies needed to find a balance between financial reporting through social media channels and engaging with investors.  Nearly ... 22-Feb-2017 more

Local language education will help close the gap

Australia is a linguistically diverse nation, with more than 250 languages spoken, yet students certainly don’t have multilingualism reinforced throughout their school years and many Indigenous students can’t even learn in their mother tongue. The release of the Prime Minister’s 2017 Closing the Gap report last week showed ... 23-Feb-2017 more

Risk of Ross River Virus global epidemic

Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic according to a new research study led by the University of Adelaide and The Australian National University. The virus has been thought to be restricted largely to Australia and Papua New Guinea where it is harboured by marsupial animals, specifically ... 24-Feb-2017 more

Older refugees doing it tough

A James Cook University researcher says older refugees are more traumatised, depressed and poorer than younger refugees – but most believe they have received adequate support in Australia. JCU’s Dr Wendy Li surveyed more than 100 refugees. Using standardised research questions, she found the 50-70-year-old group had suffered much ... 27-Feb-2017 more

Penalty rate cuts to hit workers hard with little gain

The Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will affect some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers and do little to encourage more small businesses to open their doors on these days. That’s according to CQUniversity’s Human Resources and Employment expert, Professor Julian ... 28-Feb-2017 more

Overfishing of sharks may have already impacted our coral reefs

A study by marine biologists at The University of Western Australia has found that fishing by Indonesian shark hunters may have resulted in changes to fish communities on a major reef off Western Australia’s North-West coast. The study, published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, concluded that sharks may influence the ... 01-Mar-2017 more

University of Adelaide lights up for the festival season

An interactive light display will shine brightly each night throughout this year's Adelaide Fringe festival, illuminating the University of Adelaide's North Terrace frontage. Called LightWorks, the intelligent and adaptive LED light show will feature a motion-sensing wall mounted along the University's North Terrace fence. ... 01-Mar-2017 more

New drug to ease C-Section trauma

James Cook University researchers from the College of Medicine and Dentistry may have found a way to reduce trauma and prevent infections after Caesarean births.  Caesarean delivery rates are increasing worldwide and around a third of all mothers in Australia, USA and UK give birth surgically each year, but a C-section is not without ... 02-Mar-2017 more

University of Adelaide launches its first Master’s level MOOC

The University of Adelaide has launched its first MicroMasters program – a global open online course at Master’s level that will allow learners to potentially earn credit towards an on-campus Master’s degree. The University, with edX, the non-profit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, is offering Big ... 02-Mar-2017 more

Can greens and graziers be friends?

James Cook University scientists say even though the two are often thought to be in opposition, a mix of farming and conservation may be a good way to protect some environments.  JCU’s Heather Neilly, co-author of a new paper funded by Meat and Livestock Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, said open-country ... 02-Mar-2017 more

Open wide: National study of oral health begins

The oral health of the nation will go under scrutiny in a new University of Adelaide study – the first national study of its kind in more than a decade. In total, 15,000 Australians will be asked to take part in surveys and free dental examinations as part of the National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017-2018. The $5.8 million study ... 03-Mar-2017 more

Virus discovery to help boost crayfish production

James Cook University scientists using state-of-the-art genome sequencing have discovered two previously unknown crayfish viruses – and they hope their discovery can help boost production of the tasty crustaceans. Associate Professor Leigh Owens, Dr. Jennifer Elliman and Mrs Kitikarn Sakuna, from JCU’s College of Public Health, ... 06-Mar-2017 more

When a final will and testament is not final

South Australians are being given their say on the state's family inheritance laws as part of a major review aimed at bringing those laws into the 21st century. The review – being conducted by the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide – will address some issues with the current ... 07-Mar-2017 more

Canberra to lead the way putting kids’ health first

Making Canberra a lead city for healthy children is the goal of an international forum to be held at the University of Canberra TOMORROW. Hosted by the University’s Health Research Institute and Urban Synergies Group, the forum will examine childhood health and development for ‘Gen Z’, the youngest generation. · ... 07-Mar-2017 more

Girls in state care at greater risk of criminal convictions

The chances of a criminal conviction for South Australian girls who have experienced mistreatment at home and were subsequently placed in state-based out-of-home care is twice that of boys, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. To better understand the patterns of criminal behaviour and convictions among at-risk young ... 07-Mar-2017 more

UC celebrates IWD with bold new blog on gender equality

To mark International Women’s Day, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra will launch its incisive new blog on gender equity BroadAgenda tomorrow. The blog aims to explore diverse aspects of gender equality in a fresh, new way. From policy, politics and governance to leadership and the gendered nature of power and ... 07-Mar-2017 more

Free public lecture: Why globalisation is good for us all

A free public lecture being held at the University of Adelaide this week (Thursday 9 March) aims to change people's understanding of globalisation and its impact on societies. Acclaimed international economist Professor Richard Baldwin says revolutionary advances in information technology and computing since the 1990s have led to a ... 08-Mar-2017 more

Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’

Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness. Published today in the journal Nature, an international team led by the University ... 09-Mar-2017 more

You can’t stop the music

From ‘happy feet’ to ‘discriminatory’ beats, shoppers have been telling researchers from James Cook University and the University of Canberra how music in shops makes them feel.   As part of a broader study of the senses in everyday life, JCU’s Dr Eduardo de la Fuente and Assistant Professor Michael Walsh ... 10-Mar-2017 more

Bush kids’ oral health in question

James Cook University researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state.  The team from JCU’s Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, looked at ... 10-Mar-2017 more

JCU to help Indonesia protect vast wilderness

James Cook University has announced a new partnership that will assist Indonesia to protect hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of its native forests, coasts and wetlands. The Papuan Province of Indonesia has announced a commitment to preserve most of its land in an undisturbed state. The province, which is the size of Norway, ... 13-Mar-2017 more

Thirsty mangroves caused unprecedented dieback

A James Cook University scientist has discovered why there was an unprecedented dieback of mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria in early 2016 – the plants died of thirst.   Dr Norman Duke, leader of JCU’s Mangrove Research hub, headed an investigation into the massive mangrove dieback. The findings were published in the ... 14-Mar-2017 more

Microbes measure ecological restoration success

The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. Published in the journal Molecular Ecology, University of Adelaide researchers have shown how the community of bacteria present in the soil of land that had been cleared and grazed for 100 years was ... 15-Mar-2017 more

UC research: Can sports tape ease hip pain in women?

It can be an unwanted side effect of physical activity, but researchers at the University of Canberra hope to make hip pain in women less of a hindrance. Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Nicky Robinson is investigating whether applying flexible sports tape to problem areas alleviates hip pain in females. “Hip pain causes ... 15-Mar-2017 more

New guide helping international students eat healthy

A new resource is helping international students at the University of Canberra find and cook healthy and culturally appropriate foods. The booklet Nutritious meal planning, preparation and cooking advice for international students includes nutrition advice, how to eat healthy on a budget, where to find specialist food outlets, ingredient ... 16-Mar-2017 more

Scientists mobilise as bleaching resumes on Great Barrier Reef

Coral researchers are remobilising to conduct aerial and underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in Australia as coral bleaching reappears for the second year in a row. The decision coincides with the release today of a study in the prestigious journal Nature, which warns that the Reef’s resilience is rapidly ... 16-Mar-2017 more

Fellowship honours Canberra mum, continues cancer research

Two early career researchers at the University of Canberra have been awarded fellowships to support their ground-breaking work in cancer research. Robert McCuaig and Tara Boulding were last night awarded the inaugural Melanie Swan Cancer Research Fellowship. The fellowship was created to honour Ms Swan, who lost her battle with breast cancer ... 17-Mar-2017 more

Australians may be missing out on new diabetes treatments

A free public lecture being held at the University of Adelaide will present the latest research findings into new treatments for type 2 diabetes, which have major implications for effective management. A leading international researcher is concerned that Australians may not be reaping the benefits of these potentially life-altering ... 20-Mar-2017 more

New Uni building a major investment in SA health precinct

The University of Adelaide has opened a $246 million state-of-the-art health and medical sciences building in the SA Health and Biomedical Precinct. Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington, said the 14-storey Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building is the largest capital works project in the University’s ... 20-Mar-2017 more

International leader appointed to head engineering

The University of Adelaide has today announced the appointment of an international leader in engineering, Professor Anton Middelberg, as its new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. In a career that started at the University of Adelaide and has taken him around the world, Professor Middelberg has ... 22-Mar-2017 more

Dark tourism has grown around myth of prison tree

New research involving the University of Adelaide is helping to expose a myth about a significant Australian "prison tree", which researchers say has become a popular tourism attraction for the wrong reasons. The so-called prison tree is a huge, 1500-year-old boab near the town of Derby in remote Western Australia, more than 2600 ... 23-Mar-2017 more

JCU experts on cyclones and aftermath

24 March, 2017: As there is some possibility of a cyclone in the Northern Queensland region over the next few days, the following James Cook University experts are now available for comment. Dr David Henderson - Director, Cyclone Testing Station. Can speak on resilience of structures, what damage to expect. Preparing houses for the ... 24-Mar-2017 more

FNQ search for the Tasmanian Tiger

James Cook University scientists are preparing to launch a scientific search for the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) on the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland.   The field survey will be led by Dr Sandra Abell, using more than 50 high-tech ‘camera traps’ to survey prospective sites on the Cape. ... 26-Mar-2017 more

Planting native vegetation for productive crops

The University of Adelaide, working with South Australian industry groups, is helping farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards. This is the first such project in Australia – expected to be a win-win for both growers and ... 28-Mar-2017 more

Evolving ‘lovesick’ organisms found survival in sex

Being ‘lovesick’ takes on a whole new meaning in a new theory which answers the unsolved fundamental question: why do we have sex? University of Adelaide researchers have developed a computer simulation model which supports the theory that sexual reproduction evolved because of the presence of disease-causing microbes and the ... 29-Mar-2017 more

A walk a day keeps the doctor away: UC research

Better designed neighbourhoods may encourage people to walk and reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases to save on health care costs, according to new research from the University of Canberra. Researchers from the University’s Centre for Research and Action in Public Health at the Health Research Institute (UC-HRI) have uncovered a ... 30-Mar-2017 more

“Little Foot” Hominid much younger says new research

New research from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and James Cook University has challenged assumptions about where humankind originated. The age of “Little Foot”, an extremely rare, almost complete skeleton of the human ancestor referred to as Australopithecus prometheus, has been hotly debated ever since its ... 30-Mar-2017 more

Lipless T-rex ancestor changes the face of history

A James Cook University scientist has helped in the discovery of a new species of dinosaur – a close ancestor of the fearsome predator Tyrannosaurus Rex. Fossils of the nine-metre long tyrannosaur, with armour-like skin on the snout and the sides of the lower jaw, have been discovered in Montana’s Rocky Mountain range. The ... 31-Mar-2017 more

Human societies to change as species begin to shift

New research has revealed the unprecedented impact that climate change is having on where the world’s species live – and researchers say people don’t yet realise the huge impact it will have on their lives. James Cook University’s Professor Stephen Williams was part of a team from 44 institutions whose research has ... 31-Mar-2017 more

Uni of Adelaide to partner Mitsubishi for sensing solutions

The University of Adelaide will develop novel very high temperature sensors for global industrial giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the University has announced. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the University have signed contracts for collaborative research by the University’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) to ... 03-Apr-2017 more

JCU No.1 in world for marine biology

James Cook University’s standing as a world leader in environmental sciences has been re-affirmed with JCU ranked No.1 in the world for marine biology and No. 2 in the world for biodiversity conservation research. The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) has released its inaugural subjects ranking, which compares more than ... 04-Apr-2017 more

Search for a Parkinson's cure continues – 200 years on

University of Adelaide researchers are contributing to the ongoing global effort to better understand, treat and prevent Parkinson's disease, 200 years after the disease was originally described. April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, and World Parkinson's Day is held every year on 11 April. This year is particularly ... 05-Apr-2017 more

UC rises to world’s top 100 young universities

The University of Canberra has been named among the world’s top 100 young universities in the prestigious 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings published today. The University has risen to number 91 in THE’s list of the best universities under 50 years of age, worldwide. According to a new THE analysis, ... 06-Apr-2017 more

UC research helps humans walk on Mars

When astronauts walk on the surface of Mars in the not-too-distant future, they will be able to stand up thanks to current research at the University of Canberra. Working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a group of University researchers is examining proprioception, or movement sense, and how time in space can ... 07-Apr-2017 more

The University of Canberra has experts available to comment on Easter themes this long weekend.

Eggs (both chocolate and poultry) and our health There’s no denying Easter can be a time of overindulgence. But just how bad are chocolate eggs for our health? Associate Professor of Nutritional Science Dr Duane Mellor (0415 536 007) can explain that although the sugar in these treats isn’t good for our bodies, there may be ... 10-Apr-2017 more

Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef hit by back-to-back mass coral bleaching

For the second time in just 12 months, scientists have recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef after completing aerial surveys along its entire length.  In 2016, bleaching was most severe in the northern third of the Reef, while one year on, the middle third has experienced the most intense coral ... 11-Apr-2017 more

Honey bees have sharper eyesight than we thought

Research conducted at the University of Adelaide has discovered that bees have much better vision than was previously known, offering new insights into the lives of honey bees, and new opportunities for translating this knowledge into fields such as robot vision. The findings come from "eye tests" given to western honey bees (also ... 11-Apr-2017 more

Algae turns heavy metals green

James Cook University researchers have found algae can remove heavy metals from industrial wastewater and can grow biofuels at the same time. JCU chemical engineering academic Dr. Madoc Sheehan, Associate Professor Kirsten Heimann, and past JCU chemical engineering students Hannah Palma and Emily Killoran have successfully grown microalgae ... 14-Apr-2017 more

University of Adelaide satellite launched by NASA

A University of Adelaide-built satellite will be launched early tomorrow morning by NASA from Cape Canaveral in Florida, on the Atlas V rocket bound for the International Space Station. It’s the culmination of four years’ hard work by about 50 University of Adelaide students and a dozen staff led by Research Fellow Dr Matthew ... 18-Apr-2017 more

Start-ups to take off at new space at UC

Budding entrepreneurs, including University of Canberra students, with dreams of launching their own start-up business will benefit from the first Entry 29 satellite site opening on the University campus TOMORROW. The E29@UC co-working space is already growing with entrepreneurs moving into the space and working on turning their ideas into ... 19-Apr-2017 more

Scientists study how coral manipulates its bacteria

In a novel study with implications for human health, James Cook University researchers are using a $300,000 grant to study how some animals can manipulate their own bacteria. JCU’s Professor David Miller says it’s a 180-degree shift from how biology is usually approached.  “To date, animal-microbe interactions have ... 21-Apr-2017 more

"Kookaburra" cracks classic enigma

Santa’s legendary parcel-delivery service, based on the shortest journey between cities, has just been enlightened by a breakthrough in one of the most intensively studied problems in mathematics. Flinders University researchers believe they have cracked a long-running quest for an optimal solution to the classic algorithm question in ... 24-Apr-2017 more

Smart meter study uncovers privacy leaks

The use of smart meters to record water, electricity or gas usage could place consumers’ privacy and security at risk, a University of Canberra cybercrime expert has warned. Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra Nigel Phair said that while smart meters are revolutionising Australian households, the ... 26-Apr-2017 more

Eavesdroping on frogs before they croak

A world-first project underway at the University of Canberra is helping volunteer conservationists better track the local frog population using modern communication technology. Assistant professor in network and software engineering Kumudu Munasinghe, research associate Adrian Garrido Sanchis, and Anke Maria Hoefer from ACT Frogwatch are ... 26-Apr-2017 more

Plastic could poison oceans for generations

James Cook University researchers have discovered that plastic waste in the oceans limits the ability of plankton to breed, which could contribute to global fish population declines. Dr Lynne van Herwerden led a team that fed plastics to plankton. She said the findings were disturbing. “We gave some of the animal plankton ... 27-Apr-2017 more

Why can't we reuse Adelaide's empty buildings?

A new study at the University of Adelaide hopes to find ways to reduce the barriers currently preventing the city of Adelaide's empty buildings from being transformed into modern, usable spaces. PhD student Gillian Armstrong, from the University's School of Architecture and Built Environment, has begun an independent research study ... 28-Apr-2017 more

Bacteria with Midas touch for efficient gold processing

Special ‘nugget-producing’ bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics, as well as aid in exploration for new deposits, University of Adelaide research has shown. For more than 10 years, University of Adelaide researchers have been investigating the role of ... 30-Apr-2017 more

Response to university policy changes

James Cook University is dismayed by the Federal Government’s proposal to impose a funding cut on Australia’s universities. The government last night announced universities would be subject to a 2.5% efficiency dividend in 2018 and 2019, as part of a range of policy changes for the higher education sector. JCU Vice Chancellor ... 02-May-2017 more

UC launches Indigenous Strategic Plan towards closing the gap

The University of Canberra has launched its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 which provides a framework for a university-wide approach to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. The inaugural plan, launched on Friday, shows a firm commitment by the ... 03-May-2017 more

$14 million plan to cut carbon emissions on campus

The University of Adelaide has confirmed its commitment to South Australia’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, with the launch of a new Campus Sustainability Plan. Total investment in the plan will be $14.4 million over four years, with more than $12.8 million dedicated to carbon emission reduction projects at the ... 04-May-2017 more

Weed terminator to get sharper eyes

A James Cook University scientist building a weed-killing robot has received funding from the Federal Government to improve its vision. JCU’s Professor Peter Ridd said invasive plant species pose a serious threat to Australia’s natural environment and account for around 15 per cent of flora across the country. “They ... 07-May-2017 more

Murder defence should not be linked to "gay panic"

Reforms to South Australian criminal law have been proposed in a new report on the issue of provocation. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, has now finalised stage 1 of a two-stage report into provocation. The current law in South Australia allows the partial defence of ... 07-May-2017 more

Inaugural JCU conference targets mental health in higher education

James Cook University Education and Social Work academics are collaborating to bring together leaders in the field of mental health at the Inaugural Australasian Mental Health in Higher Education Conference (IAMHHEC). The conference will be held at JCU’s Townsville campus on Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1 and is open to the public, ... 07-May-2017 more

New dog virus found in Australia for the first time

A new form of the common and highly contagious dog virus, canine parvovirus (CPV), has been discovered in Australia for the first time by researchers at the University of Adelaide. While the new strain, known as CPV-2c, is spreading around the world, until now there has been no confirmed evidence of its presence in Australia. However, ... 08-May-2017 more

Professor’s remarkable health care career recognised

James Cook University’s Professor Maxine Whittaker has been awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians International Medal for 2017. The prestigious Medal, which was presented at a ceremony in Melbourne on May 7 acknowledges the significant contribution Professor Whittaker has made to health care in low and middle income ... 11-May-2017 more

JCU team says hominid lived alongside modern humans

James Cook University scientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans – the first time this has been established. JCU’s Professor Paul Dirks and Associate Professor Eric Roberts have spent the past few years analysing fossils of the hominid Homo naledi, found deep in a cave system in ... 12-May-2017 more

Food sector to benefit from innovation push

The University of Adelaide has announced a new focus on helping grow the food sector with the appointment of its inaugural Director of Food Innovation. Professor Andrew Lowe will help develop partnerships with industry and government and act as the key interface with partners across the area of food innovation, to help maximise benefits to ... 16-May-2017 more

Ferals hunt goes hi-tech

Scientists will use state-of-the-art technology to hunt feral pigs and buffalo in Australia’s remote north. James Cook University is part of a group given $1.3 million to apply Internet of Things technology to track the animals. JCU, CSIRO, and three North Australian Indigenous land management organisations (Aak Puul Ngangtam, ... 17-May-2017 more

Consumers put egg before the chicken when buying free range

Happy chickens lay tastier eggs – that's essentially what many Australian consumers are thinking when they buy free-range or cage-free eggs, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. In a paper published today in the international journal Anthrozoös, researchers from the University's Food Values Research ... 17-May-2017 more

100-year-old fertility technique reduces need for IVF

Infertile couples have a major opportunity to achieve a successful pregnancy without the need for IVF, thanks to new research into a 100-year-old medical technique. The now lesser known technique – which involves flushing the woman's fallopian tubes with an iodised poppy seed oil – has been proven to have significant benefits ... 21-May-2017 more

UC excited to help drive the future

The University of Canberra is delighted to be part of an innovative partnership aimed at improving driving safety in automated vehicles and accelerating their development. The ACT Government announced it has partnered with Seeing Machines, a Canberra-based company specialising in face and eye tracking technology, to gather information on the ... 22-May-2017 more

Remote cave reveals earliest Australians lived on the coast around 50,000 years ago

A team of international archaeologists say evidence from a remote cave off Australia’s northwest coast pushes back dates for human occupation of Australia’s coastal zone to around 50,000 years ago. The discovery provides the earliest direct dates for Aboriginal use of marine resources in Australia. James Cook ... 25-May-2017 more

Designing better drugs to treat type 2 diabetes

Research led by the University of Adelaide is paving the way for safer and more effective drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, reducing side effects and the need for insulin injections. Two studies, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and BBA-General Subjects, have shown for the first time how new potential ... 25-May-2017 more

A climate sharing system to end our power crisis

A University of Adelaide researcher is proposing Australia use a "climate sharing system" to help solve the current power crisis. The system will transform a national liability into a national asset. The architect of the system, Professor Mike Young, is Professor of Environmental and Water Policy with the University of ... 26-May-2017 more

Building collaboration to tackle grand challenges

The CSIRO and the University of Adelaide have announced a new agreement to work together to tackle some of the big issues facing Australia and the region, ranging from healthier foods through to defending our nation. The two organisations have agreed to build collaborations to advance research in key areas of mutual strength, with ... 26-May-2017 more

Mangroves surveyed in wake of mass dieback

A team from James Cook University’s TropWATER centre will film every mangrove between Cairns and Cape York following an unprecedented dieback of the trees in the Gulf of Carpentaria last year.  Dr Norm Duke, leader of the JCU mangrove hub research team, said the scientists will fly the coastline north of Cairns up to Cape York ... 29-May-2017 more

New program supports Indigenous high school achievers

The University of Adelaide has launched a new program for Indigenous high school students aimed at helping them achieve academic success in Year 12 and go on to study at university.  Launched on the eve of Reconciliation Week, the new Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program, the first of its kind in Australia, has been developed for ... 29-May-2017 more

Dog deaths prompt warning over rat bait

Pet owners are being warned about the dangers of rat and mouse bait in the current mouse plague affecting both rural and metropolitan areas. The University of Adelaide’s Companion Animal Health Centre, based at Roseworthy campus, has seen almost four times the normal numbers of cases of dogs poisoned with rat bait in the month of May ... 31-May-2017 more

Feeling blue? Canberra’s winter could be to blame, UC expert warns

As Canberrans wake to another frosty morning in the first days of winter, a University of Canberra academic is reminding locals to take care of their mental health while also keeping warm. Assistant Professor in Psychology Dr Vivienne Lewis said seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that commonly occurs with the change in ... 02-Jun-2017 more

Artificial intelligence predicts patient lifespans

A computer's ability to predict a patient's lifespan simply by looking at images of their organs is a step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research led by the University of Adelaide. The research, now published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, has implications for the early diagnosis of serious illness, and ... 02-Jun-2017 more

Aviation heritage project takes flight

Understanding how aviation has shaped Australian society and preserving key heritage sources for future generations is the focus of a University of Canberra research project awarded national funding this week. Researchers will develop fresh insights from under-utilised sources of aviation heritage and communicate their unique stories to the ... 02-Jun-2017 more

‘No pets policy’ affected Cyclone Debbie evacuations

James Cook University researchers have found that most people in the path of Cyclone Debbie refused to be evacuated - many out of loyalty to their pets or because of a poor impression of evacuation centres. Category 4 Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall near Airlie Beach on the 28th of March this year. The approach of the storm ... 05-Jun-2017 more

Medical Dean calls for doctor training re-think

The Dean of James Cook University’s College of Medicine and Dentistry is calling for an overhaul of medical training and a reassessment of the training’s goals. JCU’s Professor Richard Murray has put forward the argument in an editorial in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. Along with co-author ... 05-Jun-2017 more

A brave new world for coral reefs

The future of the world’s coral reefs hangs in the balance, but it is not too late to save them, according to a major study published in the prestigious journal, Nature. Scientists say that the reefs we know today are changing rapidly as they struggle to cope with the combined impacts of global warming, overfishing and ... 05-Jun-2017 more

UC welcomes UC Public Hospital and clinical school funding

The University of Canberra today welcomes key health measures outlined in the 2017/18 ACT budget which will fund a new clinical school and ensure the new University of Canberra Public Hospital is operational from next year. The ACT Government has allocated $2.7 million to establish a clinical school for nursing, midwifery and allied health ... 06-Jun-2017 more

Wine descriptions make us more emotional about wine

Research by the University of Adelaide has shown that consumers are much more influenced by wine label descriptions than previously thought. A consumer study by wine researchers at the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine has shown that far more than just influencing consumer choice, wine descriptions can alter consumer ... 08-Jun-2017 more

Important new player in prostate cancer

An international study led by University of Adelaide researchers has identified a new gene of interest linked to prostate cancer – and it's a gene with a split personality: it appears to play a major role in promoting cancer growth, but it could also prevent tumours from spreading. The research, now published in the journal Cancer ... 09-Jun-2017 more

Fishy fact: Distant piscatorial cousins look alike for a reason

Even distantly related Australian fish species have evolved to look and act like each other, a fact which James Cook University scientists have found confirms a central tenet of evolutionary theory.  Dr Aaron Davis from the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at JCU said the phenomenon, known as ... 14-Jun-2017 more

Temperature flips reptiles' gender switch

A University of Canberra-led research collaboration has discovered the key to how temperature affects sex determination in reptiles. The team has discovered what could be the master switch for environmentally influenced male and female development, a temperature-sensitive molecular signature in a family of genes which control the expression ... 15-Jun-2017 more

Adelaide Uni accredited for entrepreneurship, engagement

Friday 16 June 2017   The University of Adelaide has become the first Australian university to receive accreditation for being Entrepreneurial and Engaged. The dual accreditation has been awarded to the University by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU), based in the ... 16-Jun-2017 more

Diet Debate: Eating your way to a healthy lifestyle

Is it really possible to eat your way to a healthier lifestyle, and what diets are best for you? These are two of the key issues to be addressed in a free public event at the University of Adelaide this week (Wednesday 21 June): The Diet Debate: Eating your way to a healthy lifestyle. With so many diets available, this public ... 20-Jun-2017 more

Cyclone Debbie damage suggests structural changes needed

June 20, 2017: [Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossed the Queensland coast north east of Airlie Beach around midday on Tuesday 28 March 2017.] RESEARCHERS from the Cyclone Testing Station, located at James Cook University in Townsville, have released their report into damage to buildings caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The ... 21-Jun-2017 more

Exhausted immune cells linked to IBS

Tuesday 20 June 2017: Adelaide researchers have for the first time discovered that a specific type of irritable bowel syndrome is associated with exhaustion of the immune system in patients. The discovery has been made by a team led by Dr Patrick Hughes, Senior Lecturer with the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, and ... 21-Jun-2017 more

High tech solves woolly farming issues

A proposal for low-cost wireless systems that will help farmers to keep track of sheep has won a major prize at the University of Adelaide's Tech eChallenge for 2017. The winning team, called Wireless Farm, has earned $20,000 in the Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation stream, sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation Limited ... 21-Jun-2017 more

Dingoes may benefit their environment

21 June 2017: Scientists from James Cook University say the indiscriminate killing of dingoes may not be the best way to protect the environment. JCU’s Dr Damian Morrant led a team that tracked nine dingoes fitted with GPS collars as the animals moved around the fringes of Cairns. Dingoes are culled in many areas as they are ... 21-Jun-2017 more

New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

  Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a ‘clean’ process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, the research could ... 22-Jun-2017 more

Scientists’ formula for NRL success

Scientists from James Cook University and Victoria University may have unlocked the secret behind success in the NRL. JCU’s Dr Carl Woods and colleagues looked at the performance indicators of winning and losing National Rugby League teams. He says a number of factors stood out. “Winning NRL teams run further during the game, ... 22-Jun-2017 more

More than half of Australians avoiding the news

More than half of adult Australians try to avoid the news occasionally or often, according to a new University of Canberra report. Some of the main reasons cited by those who avoid news are that news can have a negative effect on mood; news can't be relied upon to be true; and/or that people didn't feel that there is anything ... 22-Jun-2017 more

STEM team branches out to regional schools

Staff and students from the University of Adelaide will visit six regional centres in South Australia as part of a nation-wide push to improve skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). With STEM education underpinning a wide range of industries key to Australia's future prosperity, University staff and students will ... 22-Jun-2017 more

Fossils suggest iconic NZ tree crossed the ditch

Ancestors of the iconic New Zealand Christmas Tree, Pohutukawa, may have originated in Australia, new fossil research from the University of Adelaide suggests.  Published in the American Journal of Botany, the research describes two new fossil species of Metrosideros, the scientific name for Pohutukawa and related ... 23-Jun-2017 more

Turtle go-slow zone extensions needed

James Cook University marine scientists are calling for an extension of go-slow zones in turtle habitats to reduce boat strikes on the threatened creatures. JCU’s Dr Takahiro Shimada was part of a joint team from JCU and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection that created and implemented the study. They tracked 18 green ... 23-Jun-2017 more

Free lecture to explore the moral injury caused by war

  A free public lecture on the moral injury of war is at the heart of an international philosophy conference to be held next week at the University of Adelaide.   The annual conference of the Australasian Association of Philosophy will draw hundreds of philosophers from around the world to Adelaide from Sunday to ... 26-Jun-2017 more

Researcher uses genetic tech to help detect disease early on fish farms

A James Cook University scientist is using a breakthrough genetic technology to help aquaculture farmers detect disease outbreaks early. JCU researcher Giana Gomes said diseases account for around 40% of lost aquaculture production globally, at a cost of around US $102 billion per year. By using the revolutionary eDNA method, it’s ... 27-Jun-2017 more

Tropics face $US30 trillion infrastructure deficit by 2030

New research by the State of the Tropics project reveals $US30 trillion needs to be spent in the Tropics by 2030 to provide sustainable infrastructure for the billions of people who call the tropical region home. The Sustainable Infrastructure in the Tropics report will be launched today (June 29th) in Singapore, ... 29-Jun-2017 more

Essential oils to combat insect-borne diseases

A James Cook University team working in collaboration with the University of New Caledonia says a simple chemical process can transform essential oils into an effective mosquito repellent. JCU’s Associate Professor Michael Oelgemöller and Dr Marie M'Balla-Ndi have just returned from Noumea, where they discussed with local ... 30-Jun-2017 more

Small projects could save South Australian economy

University of Adelaide economists are predicting minimal jobs growth in South Australia over the next two years, as the full impact of the Holden closure is felt and with few major projects on the immediate horizon. In their first Economic Briefing Report for 2017, the University's South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) ... 30-Jun-2017 more

Australia's native food industry to get a boost

The University of Adelaide and The Orana Foundation, founded by chef Jock Zonfrillo, have announced a major new research partnership to support the development of an Australian native food industry. The partnership will deliver a key pillar of The Orana Foundation’s aims to foster the research and cultivation of native Australian ... 30-Jun-2017 more

‘Perfect storm’ led to 2016 Reef bleaching

Researchers from James Cook University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium say unprecedented oceanographic conditions in 2016 produced the perfect storm of factors that lead to a mass coral bleaching.  JCU’s Professor Eric Wolanski said even in very warm years with a summer el Nino ... 03-Jul-2017 more

Communication gap puts Indigenous health at risk

The need for health professionals to have a stronger focus on communication with Indigenous people has been highlighted by the University of Adelaide's Head of Linguistics, who says some lives are being put at risk because of a lack of patient-doctor understanding. In a paper published today (Monday 3 July) in the Medical Journal of ... 03-Jul-2017 more

Professor paints picture of the ideal 'food citizen'

Animal welfare is increasingly a focus for members of the public, particularly given the rise of ethical consumerism, according to University of Adelaide food ethicist and historian Professor Rachel Ankeny. However, Professor Ankeny said, deep and perhaps irreconcilable differences underlie many existing conceptions of what counts as ... 04-Jul-2017 more

Can common diabetes drug slow aneurysm growth?

A new study by researchers at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University has found a common diabetes medication could limit the need for surgery in patients suffering from a potentially life threatening aneurysm. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a progressive ballooning in a weakened section ... 05-Jul-2017 more

ThincLab to give Adelaide start-ups an advantage

The University of Adelaide will has launched a major innovation hub aimed at giving locally based start-up companies the best opportunities to succeed and grow. Called ThincLab Adelaide, the facility will provide a supportive business environment and will drive commercialisation and entrepreneurship opportunities for students, staff and ... 07-Jul-2017 more

University accredited to certify drone pilots

The University of Adelaide is the first tertiary institution nationally to gain accreditation to train people to fly drones or remotely piloted aircraft. Its Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility is offering a commercial drone course leading to the award of a Remote Pilot Licence, certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of ... 10-Jul-2017 more

Regional carers lack support - survey

Carers in regional and rural Australia are finding it even harder than those in the city to access many forms of support, according to findings of the University of Canberra’s 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey, released on Tuesday, 11 July. The survey is Australia’s largest into the wellbeing of people living in rural and ... 11-Jul-2017 more

Drowning bystanders invited to give feedback

A James Cook University scientist is working on ways bystanders can help when they spot someone in trouble in the water.  JCU’s Associate Professor Richard Franklin said about 5 percent of people who drowned at Australian beaches last year died trying to rescue others.  “Only 4 percent of Australian beaches are ... 12-Jul-2017 more

Everyday chemicals linked to chronic diseases

Chemicals found in everyday plastics materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men, according to Adelaide researchers. Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) investigated the independent association between chronic ... 12-Jul-2017 more

Could topical creams be driving up antibiotic resistance?

A James Cook University scientist has warned about the side effects of overusing topical antibiotics, including concerns they’re contributing to global antibiotic resistance. The ground-breaking work from JCU Professor of General Practice Dr Clare Heal and her team has featured in the British Journal of Surgery - the premier ... 13-Jul-2017 more

Adult oral health to be assessed in national study

Thousands of people across New South Wales and Victoria will be encouraged to take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of a $5.8 million national oral health study. NSW and VIC are the next States to be targeted by the National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017–2018, the first major study of its kind in ... 13-Jul-2017 more

PwC looks to paid internships to foster broader consultancy skills

Students from the University of Canberra will gain valuable industry experience and earn credit towards their degrees as part of a new paid internship program at PwC. Four students studying science, technology, engineering and maths-related degrees have been selected to take part in the new Industry Based Learning program, starting next ... 13-Jul-2017 more

Scientists discover audio honeytrap for cane toads

James Cook University researchers say they now know exactly what makes horny cane toads boogie. And the toad tune could help sound the death knell for the pests.  JCU’s Ben Muller placed cane toad ‘audio traps’ with differing characteristics at various sites in the Townsville region. “We varied the sound ... 14-Jul-2017 more

Half a million opt for university's open online courses

The University of Adelaide’s 12th massive open online course (MOOC) starts next week, Thursday 20 July – marking more than half-a-million online learners for the University. Enrolments for the new five-week course are around 5500 and rising, and have lifted the University’s reach through its open digital learning program ... 14-Jul-2017 more

Conservatorium guitar students to perform in South Korea

Students and staff of the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music will embark on a tour of South Korea starting next week, with a program of concert performances and cultural activities from 17-30 July. Under the direction of lecturer Oliver Fartach-Naini, the immersive Korean tour will see a group of 10 Elder ... 14-Jul-2017 more

Exposure to oil impairs reef fish behaviour

A world-first study has found that petroleum-based oil, even in small amounts, causes coral reef fishes to engage in risky behaviours, endangering both their lives and the health of the reefs around them. Just as one too many cocktails can cloud a person’s judgement, oil—in concentrations equivalent to only a couple of drops in a ... 18-Jul-2017 more

More lives saved thanks to new transplant technologies

Researchers and clinicians working to save the lives of people with chronic kidney diseases say improvements in living donor transplant technologies are making a real impact on patient care. Members of the community will have the chance to hear about these life-saving efforts in a free public lecture being held at the University of Adelaide ... 18-Jul-2017 more

Prawn and fish diseases tracked through new test

James Cook University researchers are offering a much-needed additional disease testing service to protect northern Australia’s growing aquaculture industry. In the wake of an unprecedented outbreak of white spot disease (WSD) in the southern Queensland prawn industry, farmers have responded with increased disease testing of stock, and ... 20-Jul-2017 more

Parents may hold key to preventing teen drinking

Fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol but more needs to be done to curb the drinking habits of Australian school students, based on the findings of the latest study by Adelaide researchers. More than 2800 South Australian students aged 12-17 took part in a survey of drinking behaviour, conducted by researchers from the University of ... 21-Jul-2017 more

Technology and skills to exercise minds in Singapore

South Australia will play a leading role in Singapore at a conference aimed at exploring new opportunities from emerging technologies, and their impact on skills and international trade. The Third Australia-Singapore Relationship Conference – to be held on Monday, 24 July – will be hosted by the University of Adelaide’s ... 21-Jul-2017 more

A good night's sleep matters more than you think

The importance of sleep for all of us – for work, school, health and child development – will be the focus of a free public forum at the University of Adelaide this week (eds: Wednesday 26 July). Good Sleep Matters will feature four South Australian experts in various areas of sleep research, spanning the importance of good sleep ... 24-Jul-2017 more

Scientists propose new approach to hitting the gym

Sports scientists are warning that fatigue from weight training can carry over to endurance training and the two activities must be better coordinated to maximise athletes’ performance.   James Cook University’s Dr Kenji Doma was part of a team examining concurrent training – which features both resistance (eg weights) ... 27-Jul-2017 more

Study ranks nation’s top knowledge cities

A new ranking of the ‘knowledge strength’ of 25 Australian cities by the University of Canberra has found only five cities are ready to capitalise on opportunities driven by information and technology. The Knowledge City Index (KCI), released today identifies Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra/Queanbeyan, Brisbane and Perth as top ... 27-Jul-2017 more

University to help drive smart city status

The University of Adelaide will work with local and state government, entrepreneurs and industry to help the transformation of Adelaide into a ‘smart city’, under the new Australian Smart Cities Consortium being launched at the University today. ‘Smart parks’ will be one key focus of the Consortium under a new ... 27-Jul-2017 more

Baby reef fish ‘sniff out’ relatives before hatching

A recent discovery has uncovered that two species of damselfish can recognise their relatives by smell – and it’s all happening before any of them have even hatched. Dr Jen Atherton and Professor Mark McCormick, both at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, found that young ... 31-Jul-2017 more

Renowned zoologist reveals the life of unknown mammals

Internationally renowned zoologist, Professor Kris Helgen, will talk about his experiences discovering unknown animals in some of the most remote regions of the world at a free public talk at the University of Adelaide this Wednesday. Professor Helgen, who completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2006, returned to the University ... 31-Jul-2017 more

Vice-Chancellor speaks out on campus sexual assaults

The University of Canberra, along with Australia’s 38 other universities, has released the results of the first-ever national student survey on sexual harassment and assault in the higher education sector. The report, by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), is part of Respect.Now.Always, a long-term national initiative to ... 01-Aug-2017 more

JCU responds to national campus sexual assault survey

James Cook University has acknowledged today’s release of a national student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment, and has identified a wide range of measures it’s taken to keep students and staff safe. As part of its Respect. Now. Always. initiative, Universities Australia commissioned the Australian Human Rights ... 01-Aug-2017 more

Respect. Now. Always. recommendations adopted

The University of Adelaide has adopted all of the recommendations in the Australian Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment and sexual assault experienced by Australian university students. The largest-ever national survey of Australian university students is part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative – a world-first ... 01-Aug-2017 more

How we speak to children could make a difference

Adelaide families are being sought to take part in a major study looking at the link between how parents speak with their children and child development. Called the Language in Little Ones project, the research aims to understand how the quality and quantity of parent and child talk in the early years impacts on children later in life, ... 01-Aug-2017 more

Relationships Register a leap forward for diverse families

Adelaide researchers have welcomed the official start of a new Relationships Register for South Australia, which now gives all couples in the State an equal chance to have their relationships recognised under law. Starting this week, the Relationships Register provides a new avenue for couples – regardless of sexual orientation or ... 03-Aug-2017 more

Act now on frog decline, researchers warn

Scientists from Australia and the United States are calling for immediate, pre-emptive action to save the world’s frog population. Amphibians are under threat world-wide from a range of pressures, including disease caused by an emerging chytrid fungus. Many frog species have gone extinct, while others have undergone dramatic declines. ... 04-Aug-2017 more

Legal loopholes help countries wage war in cyberspace

Countries are engaged in warfare with each other – not on the open field, but within cyberspace – aided by loopholes in international law, a free public lecture at the University of Adelaide will hear tomorrow night (Tuesday 8 August). Professor Michael Schmitt from the United States Naval War College will present the 2017 James ... 07-Aug-2017 more

'Ego-dissolving’ psychedelic drugs could aid mental health

The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics at the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the University's Department of Philosophy have been studying the body of evidence around the use of ... 08-Aug-2017 more

Scientist finds alcohol-free solution works

A James Cook University scientist has made a discovery that will make life easier for surgery patients and their surgeon. Antiseptic solutions are routinely applied to clean the skin prior to surgery. They kill or prevent the growth of microorganisms and prevent wound infections. One of the most common antiseptic solutions is chlorhexidine, ... 08-Aug-2017 more

Young student develops mental health program

An 18-year-old nursing student who has set up a mentoring scheme to help young people battle mental illness has won a $10,000 grant to further develop her innovative program. James Cook University first-year nursing student Zoe Barnes founded Common Connections to fill the gap between young people and the existing healthcare system. Ms ... 09-Aug-2017 more

‘Infertility genes’ may eradicate exotic pests

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as gene drive. Invasive pests cost agricultural industries around the world hundreds of millions of dollars and are a major threat to ... 09-Aug-2017 more

USB connections make snooping easy

USB connections, the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers, are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than has been thought, Australian research has shown. University of Adelaide researchers tested more than 50 different computers and external USB hubs and found ... 10-Aug-2017 more

Five researchers honoured in science awards

James Cook University researchers have picked up nearly half of this year’s Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. Five JCU researchers are among the 12 Queensland scientists who were honoured with the awards at an event in Brisbane on Friday. Dr Sandip Kamath, Dr Ian Mcleod, Dr Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Dr Emily Callander, and ... 14-Aug-2017 more

The only way is up: trees help reptiles thrive

A Queensland team of researchers say if graziers leave trees in place on their land all types of reptiles will benefit. James Cook University’s Heather Neilly was part of a team that looked at the effect of cattle on ground-dwelling lizards and snakes – as opposed to tree-dwelling species. She says the difference in ... 14-Aug-2017 more

Warm frogs can beat deadly disease

Scientists say a disease that has devastated global frog populations can be slowed or stopped by relatively short increases in frog body temperature. James Cook University’s Professor Emeritus Ross Alford led a team whose research has just been published in Functional Ecology.  He says the frog chytrid fungus has had severe ... 16-Aug-2017 more

Tropical university maintains its global ranking

James Cook University’s standing as a world-class research university has been reaffirmed, with new data confirming JCU is among the top 2% of the world’s universities.  The authoritative Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published today by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong ... 16-Aug-2017 more

Research shows attitude impacts illness recovery

The positive or negative thoughts that people living with chronic illnesses - such as cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease - have about their condition impacts their recovery, new research shows. That research - led by Curtin University, was published in leading international journal Psychological Bulletin today - found people who held ... 16-Aug-2017 more

Hanson wearing burqa: Expert available to comment

Professor Martha Augoustinos (School of Psychology, University of Adelaide) is available to comment on this issue.   Professor Augoustinos has expertise in the fields of race, gender, prejudice, social identity and social exclusion. She is able to comment on the Pauline Hanson burqa story in relation to political discourse, ... 17-Aug-2017 more

Scientists assess feral controls and wetlands restoration efforts

Invasive species are set for the chop and wetlands feeding into the Great Barrier Reef will benefit as a Queensland university partners with a nationwide environmental organisation.  Dr Nathan Waltham, Principal Research Scientist at James Cook University’s Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystems Research (TropWATER) said ... 18-Aug-2017 more

Calling all budding conductors looking to turn pro

The University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have joined forces to offer a unique conducting program.  It is the first time an Australian university and orchestra have collaborated on such a degree program for conductors. The program will prepare students aspiring to be ... 18-Aug-2017 more

Global group to investigate genetic causes of cerebral palsy

A new international research group has been established to investigate the underlying genetic causes of cerebral palsy, spurred on by the discoveries of University of Adelaide researchers. The news comes as the Adelaide team behind the new collaboration has been awarded a $1 million grant to continue its groundbreaking work, from The Tenix ... 22-Aug-2017 more

Answers needed on sly grog trade

James Cook University researchers have found sophisticated tactics are being used to smuggle illicit alcohol into Indigenous communities – with sly grog traders selling alcohol for up to 11 times its retail price. JCU’s Professor Alan Clough led a team that interviewed more than 380 people living and working in remote Indigenous ... 24-Aug-2017 more

JCU scientists help find new species of dinosaur

JCU staff and students have helped uncover the story of a huge new species of dinosaur in Africa. The approximately 20-metre long titanosaur was found in Tanzania and is believed to have lived 70-100 million years ago. The Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology will officially announce the findings on Friday, 25 August. Head of Geoscience ... 25-Aug-2017 more

Animal extinction upsets forest balance

The extinction of some native seed-spreading animals has had a serious impact on Guam’s tree population, according to a University of Canberra-led study published today. The introduction of the Brown Treesnake about 60 years ago almost entirely wiped out its native birds, unbalancing the Pacific island’s ecosystem. Scientists ... 29-Aug-2017 more

University scientists assess fishing zones

James Cook University scientists are set to study the impact of “yellow” conservation zones in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, examining how these ‘middle ground’ zones might help conserve fish stocks.   JCU’s Dr April Hall said while extensive research has been done on no-take (green) marine zones and ... 29-Aug-2017 more

New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high C02 world

New research examining the possible impacts of ocean acidification provides fresh hope for the survival of reef fish.  Just as when a camera lens comes into focus, the latest research published today sharpens understanding of the implications of ocean acidification on reef fish behaviour, yielding promising results for their current and ... 31-Aug-2017 more

Eureka Prize win for Aboriginal Heritage Project

A project creating the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia before European arrival has won national recognition with the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.  The Aboriginal Heritage Project is led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) in partnership ... 31-Aug-2017 more

Call for arts to keep up with Asia

A James Cook University researcher says Australia lacks a proper strategy for developing the arts sector, as Asian nations pour money into developing their cultural power. JCU’s Professor Ryan Daniel said the arts and culture sector in many Western nations has faced a series of challenges since 2008’s Global Financial ... 31-Aug-2017 more

Stroke patient improvement with a brain-computer interface

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer. In a “proof-of-principle” study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the researchers described how this brain-computer interface ... 01-Sep-2017 more

Can corals survive climate change?

A group of international scientists, including scientists from Australia, have issued advice that more research is urgently required to determine whether corals can acclimatise* and adapt to the rapid pace of climate change. The team of coral experts, led by Dr. Gergely Torda from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral ... 01-Sep-2017 more

Royal treatment for animals at Adelaide Show

The thousands of animals on exhibition at the Royal Adelaide Show will be well cared for with the help of many students and staff from the University of Adelaide. Final-year veterinary students, under supervision of veterinary staff, will assist with the provision of round-the-clock veterinary services. A production animal health team ... 01-Sep-2017 more

Citizen Scientists wanted to solve echidna mysteries

The Australian public is being called on to help better understand and conserve our iconic native echidna, by collecting echidna scats (poo) and taking photographs wherever echidnas or scats are spotted. University of Adelaide researchers are launching a new citizen science project to address important questions about echidna numbers and ... 04-Sep-2017 more

Feeling the heat: fungal infections reduce tolerance of heat

James Cook University scientists say more animals are being infected by fungal diseases and it might have serious consequences for wildlife living in a hotter world.  Researchers examined frogs infected with a microscopic skin fungus and found it reduced their heat tolerance up to four degrees Celsius.  “We also found ... 06-Sep-2017 more

Southern right whale numbers on the rise in the Great Australian Bight

Southern right whale numbers are on the increase with the long-term population monitoring study through Curtin University recording over 200 whales in the Great Australian Bight, South Australia during this year’s calving season.  PhD candidates Claire Charlton and Rhianne Ward, and volunteer researcher Alice Morrison, from ... 06-Sep-2017 more

New weapons against tuberculosis

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‘Green learning’ provides inspiration for nature poetry

Children are more creative when they learn in natural surrounds according to new research from Curtin University.  Primary school students in Australia and England were put to the test to see whether writing poetry in a natural outdoor setting produced more creative outcomes than writing in a classroom, and the answer was ... 07-Sep-2017 more

University checks on dugong pastures

James Cook University scientists have been using helicopters and remote camera systems to check on dugong feeding areas. JCU Principal Research Scientist, Dr Michael Rasheed lead the seagrass surveys, working with the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership. “The area south of Mackay from Carmila Creek to Clairview is ... 12-Sep-2017 more

Ancient wetlands offer window into climate change

Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age. The work – led by the University of Adelaide, and involving scientists from the Queensland Government, and members of the local community – has ... 13-Sep-2017 more

University studies how to help soldiers perform at their best

University of Canberra researchers will advise the Australian Army on how to best prepare soldiers for frontline combat as part of a project aimed at enhancing the performance of Australia’s military personnel. The University is one of seven Australian tertiary institutions selected to be part of the newly-formed Human Performance ... 14-Sep-2017 more

New research shows employees thrive on being empowered

Employees who are empowered by their bosses by being given independence and the responsibility to self-manage are more likely to thrive at work, new research involving a Curtin University researcher has found. The paper, published in the Journal of Organisational Behaviour, concluded that empowering leadership enhanced work performance, ... 14-Sep-2017 more

$38 million drop in poker machine gambling for SA

South Australians are spending tens of millions of dollars less on poker machines each year, with a big drop in poker machine gambling by more than $38 million in the past financial year. That's according to the University of Adelaide's South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES), which maintains a gambling ... 14-Sep-2017 more

SIDS research confirms changes in babies' brain chemistry

University of Adelaide researchers have confirmed that abnormalities in a common brain chemical are linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In the first study of its kind looking at babies outside the United States, researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Medical School investigated 41 cases of SIDS deaths and ... 14-Sep-2017 more

Immune system linked to alcohol drinking behaviour

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening. In laboratory studies using mice, researchers have been able to switch off the impulse to drink alcohol by giving mice a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the ... 15-Sep-2017 more

Unlocking South Australia’s copper resources

The University of Adelaide will lead a $14.6 million research consortium to develop advanced technologies to boost South Australia’s copper production and develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector in the state. The Research Consortium – Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing – has been ... 18-Sep-2017 more

Smart growth: Marine snails know how to budget their housing costs

For nearly 50 years, researchers have been stumped as to why sea shells from warm tropical waters are comparatively larger than their cold-water relatives.  New research, led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, suggests that it all comes down to ‘housing ... 21-Sep-2017 more

Uni partners with EOC to enhance human rights and equal opportunity

The University of Adelaide and the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission have launched a unique PhD program to help tackle key workplace and cultural equity issues facing South Australia. The PhD program will include a stipend scholarship for up to four years, as well as an internship in the Equal Opportunity Commission, with ... 21-Sep-2017 more

Space alumni discuss Australia’s future place in space

Four of the University of Adelaide’s most distinguished alumni involved in the global space industry, including former NASA astronaut Dr Andy Thomas, AO, will this week help the University celebrate its past and present involvement in the space industry. Fifty years ago, University of Adelaide physics researchers worked with ... 25-Sep-2017 more

Study suggests an answer to young people’s persistent sleep problems

A collaborative research project involving James Cook University and the University of Queensland indicates high rates of sleep problems continuing through teenage years and into early adulthood - but also suggests a natural remedy.  Dr. Yaqoot Fatima from JCU’s Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health was associated with a ... 26-Sep-2017 more

New hologram technology helping students learn

The technology is being used to augment the nursing classroom experience, giving students the chance to interact with a holographic patient, exploring complex scenarios. The University is trialling the use of the HoloLens, a Microsoft platform which has the potential to change nurse education, and boost the understanding of anatomy, ... 29-Sep-2017 more

Mapping the Tasmanian tiger's mysterious loss from mainland

Ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and museum specimens has shed new light on the mysterious loss of the Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) from Australia’s mainland. The University of Adelaide study, published in the Journal of Biogeography, traces the history of thylacine populations over the last 30,000 years. The researchers from ... 29-Sep-2017 more

Sharks longer in the tooth than we thought

A James Cook University researcher has found that sharks and rays live a lot longer than we thought – some twice as long as previously estimated. Dr Alastair Harry looked at 53 different populations of sharks and rays that scientists had already intensely studied. He said in nearly a third of populations the studies had underestimated ... 29-Sep-2017 more

Financial expert will help drive maths application

Global financial services and risk management expert Dr Mark Lawrence has been appointed to the University of Adelaide as an Adjunct Professor within the School of Mathematical Sciences. Professor Lawrence will advise the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) on developments to advance ... 29-Sep-2017 more

Simple kits to ensure safe water in Rajasthan

University of Adelaide researchers are planning to produce simple, low-cost, self-assembly water purification kits to provide fresh drinking water in the Indian state of Rajasthan, South Australia’s sister state. The kits make use of sunlight and gravity, some clever design and basic materials to produce up to 10 litres/day of safe ... 03-Oct-2017 more

Gravitational wave discovery wins Nobel Prize

The University of Adelaide has welcomed the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics for the world’s first detection of gravitational waves that had been predicted by Einstein 100 years ago. University of Adelaide physics researchers are part of the global team which detected gravitational waves produced by the merger of two black ... 05-Oct-2017 more

Call to stop African eco-disaster in the making

A Queensland scientist is warning of an environmental catastrophe in Africa’s world-famous Serengeti if planned new dams are built. James Cook University’s Professor Eric Wolanski is an internationally recognised expert on interactions between water and ecosystems.  He collaborated in this study with top level managers ... 05-Oct-2017 more

World's "better" countries have higher rates of cancer

The world's "better" countries, with greater access to healthcare, experience much higher rates of cancer incidence than the world's "worse off" countries, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers say this is the result of relaxed "natural selection", because modern medicine ... 09-Oct-2017 more

$1.8M funding to tackle TB, Zika and other infectious diseases

Regional efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have been bolstered with a new research grant that will help minimise the spread of infectious disease in the Indo-Pacific. The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) has been awarded a $1.8M research grant to work towards building tropical partnerships ... 09-Oct-2017 more

Research finds link between alcohol crashes and alcohol outlets

Motor vehicle crashes are more likely to be alcohol-related if they are further away from on-premise alcohol outlets including bars and pubs, new research by the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre (C-MARC) shows.  The research, titled ‘Alcohol availability and road crashes in Perth: how does distance affect the ... 11-Oct-2017 more

JCU scientists find scorpions target their venom

In the first study of its kind, James Cook University scientists have shown scorpions can fine-tune their venom to suit different predators and prey. Dr Jamie Seymour from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) said a typical scorpion predator would be a small mammal, while its prey was usually an insect. He ... 11-Oct-2017 more

Malaria research grant could save 500,000 lives a year

A North Queensland researcher has been awarded funding to develop a malaria vaccine, that – if successful – could save nearly half a million lives a year. James Cook University's Professor Denise Doolan, a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), has been awarded a ... 13-Oct-2017 more

Targeted nutrition centre leads in $8m health funding win

A new $2.5 million national Centre of Research Excellence will be established to improve nutrition and health outcomes for mothers and their children, as part of an injection of $8.3 million in new federal health research funding into the University of Adelaide.  Fifteen new grants have been announced for the University's ... 13-Oct-2017 more

Climate change champion launches conservation research hub

Former President of the Republic of Kiribati and Conservation International (CI) Distinguished Fellow Anote Tong has officially launched the Centre for Applied Conservation Science. Opening the University of Adelaide facility, Tong – who is known globally for his efforts in raising awareness for climate change and his work to protect ... 13-Oct-2017 more

University to fight disabling tropical diseases with WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has picked James Cook University as a partner to battle diseases that kill more than a million people and make more than a billion people sick every year. JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences (CPHMVS) has been designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and ... 16-Oct-2017 more

Global search for vanishing ocean giants

James Cook University researchers are leading a global search for one of the most fascinating creatures of the deep – the sawfish – and they’re using an innovative method to track down the endangered animal. “Sawfish are close relatives of sharks that have a long, toothed rostrum that means they look like a cross ... 18-Oct-2017 more

Cosmic collision gives birth to new astronomy field

Scientists collaborating around the world, including at the University of Adelaide, have for the first time ever observed a cosmic event by both gravitational waves (or ripples in space and time) and, the more conventional, light. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)-Virgo Collaboration, which less than two years ... 18-Oct-2017 more

Uni of Adelaide ‘signs’ with Port Adelaide Community

The University of Adelaide today signed a three-year agreement with Port Adelaide Football Club’s community organisation, Power Community Limited, to support Aboriginal youth education. The University has become a major partner with the Club’s Aboriginal AFL Academy Program. Over the next three years, the University will be ... 18-Oct-2017 more

Want to control your dreams? Here's how you can

New research at the University of Adelaide has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people's chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they're dreaming while it's still happening and can control the experience. Although many techniques exist for inducing lucid dreams, previous studies ... 19-Oct-2017 more

Samples brought back from asteroid reveal ‘rubble pile’ had a violent past

Curtin University planetary scientists have shed some light on the evolution of asteroids, which may help prevent future collisions of an incoming ‘rubble pile’ asteroid with Earth. The scientists studied two incredibly small particles brought back to Earth from the asteroid Itokawa, after they were collected in 2005 from the ... 19-Oct-2017 more

Goldilocks answer of ‘just right’ for exercise at work, research finds

Workplaces should incorporate physical activity into daily tasks in a bid to improve productivity, enable Australia’s ageing population to continue working and prevent some chronic diseases, new research led by Curtin University shows. The paper, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, examined the ‘Goldilocks ... 23-Oct-2017 more

Many planned tropical roads shouldn't be built, concludes major study

We are living in the most dramatic era of road expansion in human history, but many planned roads should not be built, concludes a major study by James Cook University researchers. The researchers say many new roads being built or planned today are in high-rainfall tropical and subtropical areas, usually in developing nations. “In ... 24-Oct-2017 more

SIDS breakthrough: why babies shouldn't sleep face down

International research involving the University of Adelaide has uncovered a developmental abnormality in babies – especially in premature babies and in boys – that for the first time has been directly linked to cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Researchers believe this abnormality, in the brain's control of head ... 26-Oct-2017 more

Research suggests how Jurassic ichthyosaurs adapted to low oxygen levels

The presence of well-preserved biological material found in an Early Jurassic ichthyosaur vertebra suggests that fossils preserved through carbonate concretion could play a major role in understanding the biology of extinct species, as well as evolution, according to Curtin University research published in Scientific Reports. An ... 26-Oct-2017 more

Indigenous doctor is Rhodes Scholar for South Australia

Outstanding University of Adelaide medical graduate Dr Claudia Paul has become the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, having been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. Dr Paul, 24, a Wiradjuri woman from Broken Hill, will use her scholarship to undertake a Masters of International Health and ... 26-Oct-2017 more

Biomedical innovation to benefit from new funding

The University of Adelaide will take a leadership role in the State to boost entrepreneurship in the biomedical sector and help translate medical research to real-world outcomes, thanks to new funding announced today at the AusBiotech conference in Adelaide. MTPConnect – the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth ... 26-Oct-2017 more

Scientists unveil the water buffalo genome

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide has published the full genome of the water buffalo – opening the way for improved breeding and conservation of this economically important animal. The consortium of partners in Australia, Italy, China, Brazil, and the USA, with additional contributors in other ... 27-Oct-2017 more

Anti-doping study supported by IOC investigates incentives to stop doping

An Australian research team involving the University of Adelaide and La Trobe University has been awarded funding from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help combat one of sport’s biggest challenges: doping. Professor Ralph Bayer (School of Economics, University of Adelaide) and Dr Liam Lenten (Department of Economics and ... 31-Oct-2017 more

Unique programme to count Indo-Pacific’s sharks and rays

A new research programme is underway to count the number of species of sharks and rays across the Indo-Pacific region.   Dr Andrew Chin is the Programme Director of SharkSearch Indo-Pacific. He said SharkSearch will systematically gather information on shark and ray populations, especially in places with limited scientific ... 31-Oct-2017 more

Bright ideas for street lights

High-tech sensors could be installed in streetlights to save power and ease traffic jams. A James Cook University PhD student is working on a project that may see traffic and weather sensors inside every streetlight. Karl Mohring says the technology already exists, but the trick is to make it cost-effective. “The aim is to ... 01-Nov-2017 more

This drug could block harmful impact of teen binge drinking

Alcohol-fuelled "schoolies" celebrations marking the end of high school for many Australian students have an unexpected impact: their binge-drinking behaviour as teenagers can lead to problems with alcohol and other drug dependence later on in life. That's according to researchers from the University of Adelaide, who are ... 02-Nov-2017 more

De factos more likely to drink heavily

A new study has found people who live in de facto relationships are more likely to engage in risky drinking than those who are legally married. The innovative study has laid bare the differences between heavy drinkers in Australia and Canada – with those in de facto relationships at special risk down under.  JCU’s ... 07-Nov-2017 more

HIV patients at greater risk of both heart and kidney disease

HIV patients and their doctors are urged to be more aware of the additional health risks associated with treated HIV infection. This follows new research that shows HIV patients at high risk for a heart attack or stroke are also at substantially greater risk for chronic kidney disease and vice versa. The research, led by the University of ... 08-Nov-2017 more

Sharks dine out on fast food

Scientists have found that some sharks have a taste for fast food, with researchers discovering that a school of sharks in a single bay ate their way through more than 11,000 ‘flake’ fish, commonly used in fish and chips.   James Cook University’s Dr Adam Barnett said scientists evaluated the eating habits of ... 08-Nov-2017 more

Gene breakthrough on lithium treatment for bipolar disorder

Genes linked to schizophrenia in psychiatric patients suffering from bipolar disorder are the reason why such patients don't respond to the "gold standard" treatment for bipolar – the drug lithium – according to international research led by the University of Adelaide. Lithium has been widely used as a treatment for ... 09-Nov-2017 more

Liver cancer could be halted by boosting immune system

International research involving the University of Adelaide has helped to better understand how a diseased liver promotes the development of cancer. This work could lead to improvements in treating liver cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. For the first time, researchers have discovered that chronic ... 09-Nov-2017 more

$11.4 million to advance wellbeing and solve big problems

University of Adelaide researchers will use machine learning techniques to find the earliest signs of disease that are difficult to detect visually from a CT scan. This Discovery Project was announced today as one of 32 projects with total funding of $11.4 million, awarded to the University of Adelaide by the Australian Government through ... 10-Nov-2017 more

Wild bees worth $22 million to Australia’s lucerne crop

University of Adelaide researchers have calculated that wild bees and other unmanaged insect pollinators contribute, on average, $22 million to the production of dryland seed lucerne annually. They are now working to “future proof” these free crop pollination services to help build wild bee and other desirable insect ... 13-Nov-2017 more

Australia’s Jurassic mysteries to be unearthed

A long-standing mystery about the geological evolution of the Australian continent could be solved by a new research project. James Cook University researchers will examine the structure of the Great Artesian Basin – Australia’s most important onshore reservoir for groundwater and hydrocarbon resources. JCU’s Associate ... 15-Nov-2017 more

Thousands of scientists warn of catastrophe ahead

More than 15,000 scientists are warning humanity that time is rapidly running out to stop a global environmental collapse. James Cook University’s Distinguished Professor William Laurance was one of the principal authors of a paper that has been co-signed by 15,364 scientists. It’s believed to be the largest number of scientists ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Major milestone for radio-astronomy project

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) has recorded a key milestone in its ongoing development, with the building and deployment of equipment for its Phase Two expansion now complete. In an operation that has taken nearly 16 months, 128 new antenna stations have been assembled on the MWA site by a team of MWA operations staff, students from ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Climate-change research wins ARC funding

Climate change and its impact on species’ evolution and adaptation, and how to better engage the public in decision-making is the focus of three University of Canberra research projects awarded prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants, announced today. Professor in Wildlife Genetics Stephen Sarre, Dr ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Mystery as frog numbers rebound

James Cook University scientists are trying to figure out the reason behind some good news on the environmental front, as frog populations bounce back from a devastating disease. In the 1980s and early 1990s, an outbreak of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis caused many species of frog to decline or disappear in the Wet Tropics of northern ... 16-Nov-2017 more

Centre to focus on work needs forecasting

A new, leading research centre on how the nature of work is changing and what that means for the skills required for employment is being established at the University of Adelaide. The new Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre will help guide policy directions for the benefit of South Australia and the nation. "The ... 20-Nov-2017 more

Climate change models of bird impacts pass the test

A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals. Led by the University of Adelaide, in collaboration with an international team of researchers, the scientists compared forecasts from ecological ... 23-Nov-2017 more

Search for champion shrimp to fight for fish farmers

James Cook University scientists are trying to find a natural way to curb huge stock losses in the fish farming industry, with a search for a champion fish-cleaning shrimp to kill parasites. PhD student David Vaughan is working on a project led by Dr Kate Hutson at JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. Mr ... 23-Nov-2017 more

Babies at risk more likely to stay in out-of-home care

In an Australian-first, University of Canberra research into newborn babies being put into out of home care (OOHC) in New South Wales has found very few are returned to a parent and even fewer are adopted. OOHC is considered the last resort when children are at risk of serious harm and/or their home environment is not considered ... 23-Nov-2017 more

New discovery to accelerate development of salt-tolerant grapevines

A recent discovery by Australian scientists is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines. With funding from Wine Australia, a team of scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Adelaide and ... 23-Nov-2017 more

NASA expert joins future trends forum

A young NASA engineer who fast-tracks missions to space will be a key speaker at a free public forum on innovation at the University of Adelaide next week. Described by WIRED magazine as a "disrupting ninja of NASA", Nathanael Miller is an Aerospace Technologist and Mission Developer at NASA's Langley Research ... 23-Nov-2017 more

Boost for investigation of massive mangrove dieback

A north Queensland scientist will investigate an enormous dieback of mangrove forests in the Gulf of Carpentaria, two years after the unprecedented environmental event. The director of James Cook University’s Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) group, Professor Damien Burrows, and Professor Norman Duke, leader ... 24-Nov-2017 more

Light's legacy marked with plaque ahead of conference

A special plaque will today be added to the iconic statue of Colonel William Light on Montefiore Hill, North Adelaide. Light oversaw the first plan of the City of Adelaide in 1837, and his statue overlooks the city in memory of his vision. In keeping with Light's key role in city planning, the new plaque will commemorate the 100th ... 27-Nov-2017 more

Call for workers to rise up

A university study has found nearly three quarters of office workers believe there is a negative relationship between sitting down all day at work and their health - and that bosses are crucial to helping solve the problem. James Cook University PhD candidate Teneale McGuckin is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at JCU. She surveyed ... 28-Nov-2017 more

It's 50 years since Australia's first satellite launched

The University of Adelaide is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Australia’s first satellite in which it played a key role. WRESAT, named after the former Weapons Research Establishment (WRE), was launched from Woomera, South Australia, on 29 November 1967, and meant Australia was the third country in the world to launch ... 28-Nov-2017 more

Online course takes Shakespeare into 21st century

An online learning course will see students make use of fun, interactive learning tools to explore some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays and their enduring legacies, and to appreciate their relevance in the 21st century. ‘Shakespeare Matters’ is the latest massive open online course (MOOC) offered through the ... 29-Nov-2017 more

Disadvantage, disease 'hidden in plain sight'

Disease mapping is being used as a modern tool for identifying risks and informing public health policy, but researchers at the University of Canberra say the real story of socio-economic disadvantage and disease is often hidden. University of Canberra Health Research Institute (HRI) research shows that often the wrong geographical scale is ... 29-Nov-2017 more

Mine tailings pose challenges for ecological restoration

More time is needed to allow for adequate mine site restoration practices, according to a new paper from the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR), an Australian Research Council funded centre, based at Curtin University.  Dr Adam Cross from the CMSR explained current mine site closure legislation provides a relatively short ... 29-Nov-2017 more

Evolution of sexes theory tested with algae

The varied sex lives of a type of green algae have enabled a university researcher to test a theory of why there are males and females. The question of why different types of sex cells evolved, such as sperm and eggs (collectively known as gametes), remains uncertain, according to Senior Lecturer in the University of Adelaide’s ... 29-Nov-2017 more

Architecture school welcoming new leader

An expert in urban planning and its economic impact has been appointed the new Head of the University of Adelaide's School of Architecture and Built Environment. Professor Alan Peters has more than 30 years' experience in the field of urban and rural planning. He will join the University of Adelaide in February 2018, having ... 30-Nov-2017 more

New research agenda to eradicate malaria

A North Queensland scientist is at the forefront of renewed international efforts to eradicate malaria from the face of the earth.  James Cook University's Dean of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Professor Maxine Whittaker, was co-chair of the Health Systems and Policy Research Panel of the Malaria Eradication ... 01-Dec-2017 more

Top literary award for academic's Maralinga book

James Cook University’s Dr Elizabeth Tynan has been named as a winner in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.  Dr Tynan, who teaches academic writing and critical thinking skills to post-graduate students, won the Australian History category for her book Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, which deals with the British ... 01-Dec-2017 more

Carols on Campus to celebrate festive season

Members of the community have been invited to join the University of Adelaide's staff and students in song at the free annual Carols on Campus next Wednesday, 6 December. Now in its eighth year, Carols on Campus has become a much-loved public event, helping to close out the academic year and celebrate the festive season. Historic ... 01-Dec-2017 more

International body recognises rare dolphin area

A university researcher’s discovery of rare Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins in Papua New Guinea has led to official recognition of the area’s conservation significance.  The Kikori Delta in PNG has been designated an Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) based on research conducted by James Cook University’s Dr ... 05-Dec-2017 more

Sod-turning for Canberra oncology facility

Construction will formally commence today on a new state-of-the-art facility to provide specialist medical services, education and research at the University of Canberra. The Canberra Specialist Medical Centre will increase the availability of radiation and medical oncology, haematology and diagnostic services to the ACT and surrounding ... 05-Dec-2017 more

Study finds recreational drug users not what we think

A James Cook University researcher has been investigating why Australians are among the top users of illegal drugs in the world – and has uncovered some revealing new facts about the motivations of recreational drug users. Professor David Plummer led a study by JCU and Griffith University that interviewed drug users. “We ... 06-Dec-2017 more

Cancer researcher inspires hope for patients

A free public lecture aimed at honouring cancer patients and inspiring hope for their future thanks to groundbreaking research is to be held next week at the University of Adelaide. Belgian-based cancer researcher Johan Swinnen knows all too well the challenges of cancer – his teenage son Pieter was diagnosed with a brain tumour six ... 07-Dec-2017 more

Southern Ocean’s health affected by River Murray

Reductions in the flow of water out of the River Murray could be harmful to marine life in the Southern Ocean, according to research findings. Up until now there has been almost no research into the effect of the river’s flow on the ocean beyond its mouth. In contrast, changes in flow and how it affects the river’s own ... 07-Dec-2017 more

Adelaide to host international anthropology conference

Native Title's impact on Indigenous Australia, President Trump and populist protests, sexuality and intimacy, religion versus state, nationalism, multiculturalism and racism in Australia are among the many topics to be covered at an international anthropology conference being held in Adelaide next week (11-15 December). Hosted by the ... 07-Dec-2017 more

Disappearing snakes surprise with hidden diversity

New research suggests an urgent need to find out why sea snakes are disappearing from known habitats, after it was discovered some seemingly identical sea snake populations are actually genetically distinct from each other and can’t simply repopulate if one group dies out.     Lead author, Dr Vimoksalehi Lukoschek from ... 08-Dec-2017 more

Advanced graphene materials developed for industry

Research and development around new applications and industries based on the advanced material graphene – hailed as the “miracle material of the 21st century” – is the focus of a new Graphene Research Hub being launched at the University of Adelaide today. The ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry ... 08-Dec-2017 more

$23 million funding will help tackle preterm birth, major diseases

The University of Adelaide has been awarded $23.2 million for new research tackling some of the world's most significant health problems, including one of the biggest killers of children: preterm birth. The funding, from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), will support 30 new projects led by University of Adelaide ... 08-Dec-2017 more

Funding boost for Indigenous healthcare

Improvements in the health of Indigenous Australians in northern Australia will be the objective of two projects that have won funding.  James Cook University Professor Sarah Larkins leads two teams of scientists that, together, won more than $2.8 million to find ways to deliver better health services and boost child and maternal health ... 12-Dec-2017 more

Entrepreneur brings his vision to ThincLab

The University of Adelaide's ThincLab has appointed its first Entrepreneur in Residence to provide mentorship, inspiration and advice to locally based start-up companies. Adelaide entrepreneur Kristian Livolsi – who has experienced both the soaring highs and devastating lows of the business world – will apply his knowledge ... 12-Dec-2017 more

JCU claims nation's first educational green building

With its landmark The Science Place building, James Cook University has become the first educational building in Australia to achieve a prestigious LEED® Gold rating for its environmentally sustainable design.  The innovative $85M building at JCU’s Douglas campus is also the first LEED Gold Certified building rated for its ... 13-Dec-2017 more

Data tools game-changer for mining, exploration

Research scientists and industry are joining together to develop and commercialise new tools using cutting-edge digital technologies, including machine learning, that they say will be a game-changer for mining and exploration. Launched today by Education and Training Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, the Geovision Cooperative Research ... 13-Dec-2017 more

Major boost for mental health research

People suffering severe mental illnesses will soon receive increased care to prevent physical diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke thanks to a research project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The project, led by SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, aims to reduce preventable ... 14-Dec-2017 more

Globalisation is changing wine drinking, production

A new e-book of statistics about global wine and other beverage consumption and production has been released by the University of Adelaide and is available as a free download. Global Wine Markets, 1860 to 2016: A Statistical Compendium, and the database the e-book draws from, provide a comprehensive range of statistics that are comparable ... 14-Dec-2017 more

$1m boost for supercomputer

The University of Adelaide is investing another $1 million to increase the capacity of its world-class supercomputer in order to meet growing demand and ensure researchers continue to have access to high-performance computing (HPC) services.  The University launched its ‘Phoenix’ supercomputer in 2016, giving researchers as ... 14-Dec-2017 more

Looking for experts this merry season?

The University of Canberra has a stocking full of experts available to comment on all sorts of story ideas this merry season. Surviving the festive season Christmas is a time to relax and we often overindulge a little more than we should. The University’s body image expert Dr Vivienne Lewis can discuss coping with excessive eating ... 15-Dec-2017 more

Slump in farm output blunts SA economy's outlook

University of Adelaide economists say the outlook for the South Australian economy in 2018 is for a modest improvement in growth outside of the farm sector as a result of stronger conditions in the national and international economies. However, this will be offset to a significant extent by a fall in farm production. That's the ... 19-Dec-2017 more

Stop cheap flights turning into expensive illness

A public health expert is urging Australian travellers to seek health advice before they travel overseas for Christmas holidays. Australian residents made a record 9.9 million short-term trips overseas last year, according to data issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).[1] This is an increase of 5.3% or nearly half a million ... 19-Dec-2017 more

Paris Climate Agreement targets challenged

New research into the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement challenges conventional wisdom on the way that global warming and climate change should be tackled in the long term. Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 2015 ‘Paris Agreement’ on climate change sets out temperature ... 21-Dec-2017 more

Australian researchers figure in world's top physics projects

Two teams from the University of Adelaide’s School of Physical Sciences have made the top 10 list in Physics World magazine’s 2017 Breakthrough of the Year awards, including taking out the top prize.  The revolutionary new field of multi-messenger gravitational astronomy, which an international team of scientists have ... 21-Dec-2017 more

Taking stock of a thorny issue after 30 years

A new book exploring the best scientific research on preventing coral-eating Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks, is expected to become a critical resource for informing management of these outbreaks across the Indo-Pacific.  The book, Biology, Ecology and Management of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, is the latest authoritative work ... 22-Dec-2017 more

Folic acid late in pregnancy may increase allergy risk

Research suggests that taking folic acid in late pregnancy may increase the risk of allergies in children affected by growth restriction during pregnancy. Folic acid, a type of B vitamin, is widely used to prevent neural tube defects in the foetus, and to aid in the development of the central nervous system. The neural tube develops in ... 22-Dec-2017 more