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Cybersecurity vulnerability puts most PCs at risk

Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Adelaide say vulnerabilities in common computer processors could open the way for data to be stolen from millions of modern PCs. Dr Yuval Yarom from the University of Adelaide's School of Computer Science, and Data61, is part of an international team that has reported on security ... 05-Jan-2018 more

JCU Townsville Master Plan unveiled

James Cook University has unveiled an ambitious master plan for its Townsville campus – an innovative blueprint to grow the campus over the next 50 years. The Townsville Campus Master Plan reveals that in the near future, the University will add a Technology Innovation Complex, a Central Plaza, residential accommodation, and an Ideas ... 05-Jan-2018 more

Window for saving world’s coral reefs rapidly closing

The world’s reefs are under siege from global warming, according to a novel study published today in the prestigious journal Science. For the first time, an international team of researchers has measured the escalating rate of coral bleaching at locations throughout the tropics over the past four decades. The study documents a ... 05-Jan-2018 more

Tainted Love – why people sabotage their relationships

James Cook University scientists are analysing why people sabotage their romantic relationships. JCU psychology PhD student Raquel Peel is part of a team investigating the phenomenon. She said little work had been done on people who successfully start a romantic relationship, then destroy it. “Self-sabotage is a strategy people use ... 09-Jan-2018 more

Frozen embryos result in just as many live births in IVF

Freezing and subsequent transfer of embryos gives infertile couples just as much of a chance of having a child as using fresh embryos for in vitro fertilisation (IVF), research from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Adelaide, Australia has found. In results to be published today (Thursday 11 January) in The New England Journal of Medicine, the ... 11-Jan-2018 more

Global warning: agricultural production threatens life on Earth

New research has found the global scale of agricultural production has already breached two crucial ‘boundaries’ that could endanger human existence. James Cook University’s Professor Jeff Sayer is part of an international team that’s examining agricultural production in relation to nine ‘planetary ... 11-Jan-2018 more

Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence inspired by Australia… and illness

Poet and novelist Dr Heather Taylor Johnson is the third and final Writer in Residence at the University of Adelaide’s J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice thanks to a generous six-month fellowship made possible by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund. Dr Taylor Johnson is the author of two novels, Pursuing Love and Death ... 11-Jan-2018 more

Common virus the key to early detection of a cancer

Individuals at risk of developing a cancer closely associated with a very common virus could be identified much earlier, which would dramatically improve survival, thanks to research just published in Clinical Cancer Research. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), a cancer of the head and neck, is rare in countries such as Australia and the ... 12-Jan-2018 more

JCU researcher condemns plans to cut the Amazon rainforest in half

A leading James Cook University scientist and internationally recognised environmentalist says the Amazon jungle is about to be cut in half by a new paved highway. Distinguished Research Professor Bill Laurance is the founder and director of the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers (ALERT).  Professor Laurance ... 12-Jan-2018 more

Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs

A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food. University of Adelaide scientists have demonstrated how climate change can drive the collapse of marine “food webs”. The study’s lead author PhD student, Hadayet Ullah and supervisors ... 16-Jan-2018 more

Rise in preterm births linked to clinical intervention

Research at the University of Adelaide shows preterm births in South Australia have increased by 40% over 28 years and early intervention by medical professionals has resulted in the majority of the increase. Published this month in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the study was led by the Robinson Research Institute at the University of ... 18-Jan-2018 more

JCU dentists take action against domestic violence

A first-of-its-kind program at James Cook University has produced the first group of dentistry graduates trained to recognise and respond to signs of domestic violence. Dentists have traditionally received little training in the area, despite the fact many domestic violence related injuries involve damage to teeth. The College of Medicine ... 18-Jan-2018 more

Undersea maps reveal GBR in unprecedented detail

High-resolution seafloor maps released today show 1.5 million square kilometres of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef in unprecedented detail. The maps are the product of a collaborative project between James Cook University, Geoscience Australia and the Australian Hydrographic Service. This is the first high-resolution mapping of ... 22-Jan-2018 more

How can we revitalise the State's economy?

A new report has proposed a range of policy initiatives aimed at "reinventing the State economy" and boosting economic competitiveness in South Australia. The recommendations have been made in the latest Economic Issues report by the independent South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) at the University of Adelaide. The ... 22-Jan-2018 more

New pygmy squid discovery

They’re tiny, cute, and play an important role in marine ecosystems: researchers have discovered a new species of the thumbnail-sized pygmy squid. James Cook University’s Associate Professor Jan Strugnell, along with Dr Mandy Reid from the Australian Museum Research Institute, have officially declared the new finding, naming ... 23-Jan-2018 more

Start-up showcases world-class cattle breeding technologies

A newly incorporated South Australian start-up, building on world-leading research at the University of Adelaide, has launched its first product range on the international market. ART Lab Solutions Pty Ltd builds on decades of research into assisted reproductive technologies (ART) by Professor Jeremy Thompson, from the University of ... 30-Jan-2018 more

A paradigm shift in drug discovery

James Cook University scientists have developed a new drug screening technology that’s described as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the war against drug-resistant microorganisms. Associate Professor Patrick Schaeffer leads the Supramolecular and Synthetic Biology Group at JCU. He said the technology is a breakthrough ... 30-Jan-2018 more

$1.19 million for rare liver disorder in pregnancy

The University of Adelaide will lead an international, multi-centre project to help find the best treatment for a rare pregnancy complication that can cause increased risk of preterm and still birth, and considerable distress. The University has received a grant of $1.19 million – announced today by Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt ... 30-Jan-2018 more

UC experts declare school’s in and learning begins

Thousands of students and their families are preparing for the first day at school and experts from the University of Canberra are sharing their knowledge on how to help kids achieve their potential and make sure they have a positive experience. A student’s learning journey extends well beyond the walls of the classroom, meaning ... 30-Jan-2018 more

Plastics linked to disease in coral

An international team led by a JCU scientist has found that contact with plastic waste massively increases the chance of disease in corals. Dr Joleah Lamb, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at JCU, led the study reported in the journal Science this week.  “We examined more than 120,000 ... 30-Jan-2018 more

Coral Reefs are in trouble - how can people adapt?

An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people’s ability to adapt to climate change, revealed in a new study published today in the prestigious journal, Nature Climate Change. “Millions of coastal people in the tropics have been affected by the global coral bleaching event that unfolded over the ... 30-Jan-2018 more

University program helps Indigenous students make their mark

The first graduates of a University of Adelaide program that helps Indigenous high-school students achieve academic success in Year 12, have received offers to study at the University in 2018. Based on last year’s success, the University will expand its program in 2018. The Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program, which was launched in ... 30-Jan-2018 more

New technique boosts eyewitness recall

New research from a James Cook University memory expert shows there may be a simple way to help eyewitnesses of crimes remember more about what they have seen. JCU psychology lecturer Dr Craig Thorley showed 200 volunteers a video of a woman being mugged and then tested them on what they remembered, using two different interview ... 05-Feb-2018 more

New wine scholarships and prizes make 2018 a great vintage

Scholarships and prizes worth a total of $180,000 over the next three years have been announced today for students of grape growing and winemaking at the University of Adelaide. A donation from Casella Family Brands, one of Australia’s best known wine brands and makers of Yellow Tail wine, has made these scholarships and prizes ... 05-Feb-2018 more

Landmark firefighter health study leads to improved support

The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS), in conjunction with the University of Adelaide, has conducted a landmark study into the mental and physical health of its firefighters. The MFS commissioned the study to gain an accurate picture of workforce health, to help it better support and manage the risks to firefighters’ ... 05-Feb-2018 more

UC led-study identifies not so sweet Tasmanian invader

Despite their cute face and sweet name, sugar gliders can be hungry predators and new University of Canberra research has confirmed why these marsupials are causing such problems in Tasmania –they’re an introduced pest. Sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are a small omnivorous possum species which has been found to be killing and ... 05-Feb-2018 more

Innovative service for cancer patients started by entrepreneur

The way that cancer sufferers are accessing services is being turned on its head with a new day hospital. Lift Cancer Care, located in Kurralta Park, delivers support services that patients most need. “Appropriate exercise services, physiotherapy, psychology and a place to get support from a community of other people on a similar path, ... 05-Feb-2018 more

Basin experts call for action on the Murray-Darling

A group of senior water scientists and economists from around Australia have called for urgent action to save the Murray-Darling Basin in a joint Declaration launched at the University of Adelaide today. (Note to media: 9 am on Level 7, Nexus 10 Tower (cnr Pulteney Street and North Terrace, Adelaide.) The Murray-Darling Declaration ... 05-Feb-2018 more

UC welcomes new students in Orientation Week

The University of Canberra will welcome more than 12,000 students to campus as Orientation Week gets underway TODAY. O-Week is designed to help students to settle in and get ready for university life ahead of classes starting the following week. There’s plenty of activities and events on offer including a welcome breakfast, ... 05-Feb-2018 more

Sick bees eat healthier

James Cook University scientists have shown that sick bees try to look after themselves by eating healthy food. Dr Lori Lach, Senior Lecturer at JCU, said the study compared the feeding habits of healthy bees to those infected with the gut parasite Nosema ceranae. In the study, published recently in the journal Microbial Ecology, ... 07-Feb-2018 more

RMIT launches new School of Design

New and emerging fields of design - including virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, user experience and design for social innovation - will be in focus at RMIT University’s new School of Design. The school will bring together RMIT’s strengths in digital, industrial and communication design, enhancing the University’s ... 07-Feb-2018 more

History to help Australia boost wine exports

Australia can again lead the way in expanding wine exports among non-European countries, according to a new book that analyses wine production, consumption and trade trends over the last two centuries. The book, Wine Globalization: A New Comparative History, edited by Kym Anderson and Vicente Pinilla (Cambridge University Press, ... 07-Feb-2018 more

Setting their sights on cancer relapse

Australian-led team shortlisted for Cancer Research UK's Grand Challenge Award A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, including the University of Adelaide and research institutes across Australia, Israel, the UK and the USA has been shortlisted to the final stages of Cancer Research UK's Grand Challenge* – an ambitious ... 12-Feb-2018 more

Mother and son duo graduate against the backdrop of fireworks

As fireworks light up the sky for Murdoch University’s graduation ceremony tonight, a mother and son are set to share the stage to celebrate their achievements. Andrea and Nicholas Byrne will both receive qualifications from the School of Arts, with Andrea completing her Honours in Communications and Media, and her son graduating in ... 12-Feb-2018 more

Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung

While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung (coprolites) has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, the study, by the University of ... 13-Feb-2018 more

VetEd Down Under discovers new ways to teach vets

The inaugural Australasian Veterinary Educators Symposium or VetEd Down Under, held this week at the Roseworthy campus, brings together experts in veterinary education from around Australia and overseas. In 2008 the University of Adelaide’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences admitted its first cohort of undergraduates to the ... 13-Feb-2018 more

Vast urban growth makes sustainable planning critical: UC researcher

Integrated planning is the key to manage nearly 10 billion people who will live in cities by 2050, if the planet's resources are to be conserved and cities and regions liveable, according to University of Canberra Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Barbara Norman. In her new book Sustainable pathways for our cities and ... 13-Feb-2018 more

Equal opportunity legal clinics improve access to justice

Law students at University of Adelaide are improving access to justice for people facing discrimination, harassment and victimisation by providing free legal advice at a series of new clinics. Offered in the offices of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), the clinics will assist people who are representing themselves in making claims ... 15-Feb-2018 more

International exchange opens door to new side of Bali life

Arriving on the day of the Mount Agung volcano eruption proved to be a baptism of fire for a group of Murdoch University students on an international cultural exchange program. The four students were awarded New Colombo Plan grants to undertake a Sustainable Community Development Practicum in Les Village, Bali, Indonesia. Involvement ... 15-Feb-2018 more

New international trade leader imports wealth of knowledge

The University of Adelaide's Institute for International Trade has appointed a new Executive Director with global experience in international business consultancy, policy advice and economic relations. Professor Peter Draper, currently Managing Director of Tutwa Consulting Group, a company specialising in policy and ... 15-Feb-2018 more

New study reveals Australia’s most endangered ocean ecosystem (and it’s not what you think)

A new study has found almost all of Australia’s shellfish reefs have disappeared, making them the country’s most threatened ocean ecosystem. Dr Ian McLeod, Senior Research Scientist at James Cook University’s Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, is the co-author of a study published in the scientific ... 15-Feb-2018 more

ThincLab Châlons provides launch pad for start-ups in Europe

Australian business start-ups wanting to gain a foot-hold in the European market will benefit from the assistance of a new University of Adelaide business incubator located in the heart of the Champagne region in France. The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab Châlons has been officially opened overnight in the French city of ... 16-Feb-2018 more

Asthma medication linked to infertility in women

Women with asthma who only use short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide. However, the study of more than 5600 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland also shows that women with asthma who use long-acting asthma ... 16-Feb-2018 more

Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

New research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers who poach on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) think the illegal practice is justified, because they believe “everyone else is doing it.” Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University asked nearly 700 recreational fishers at boat ramps ... 21-Feb-2018 more

Murdoch wins grant for Indigenous Queer research

In the first state-funded research of its kind, Murdoch University will investigate the impact of discrimination on the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex) community. Indigenous and LGBTQI people have the highest rates of suicide in Australia. ... 21-Feb-2018 more

UC named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for 11th year

The University of Canberra’s commitment to gender equality in the workplace has been recognised for an eleventh consecutive year. The University of Canberra is one of 120 organisations nationwide and one of just two in the ACT to be named a 2017-18 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. The citation, awarded by the Workplace ... 21-Feb-2018 more

Spare parts from small parts: novel scaffolds to grow muscle

Australian biomedical engineers have successfully produced a 3D material that mimics nature to transform cells into muscle. The researchers have for the first time incorporated the natural processes of embryonic development to build a material that can more naturally communicate with stem cells for effective tissue repair. The ... 21-Feb-2018 more

Ancient volcanoes provide clues to find vital metals

Researchers have discovered a way to help locate metals vital for modern life - with the eruptions of ancient volcanoes providing crucial clues to their whereabouts. A new study published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters by Dr Yanbo Cheng, Associate Professor Carl Spandler, and colleagues from the Economic Geology ... 23-Feb-2018 more

Atrial fibrillation patients benefit most from this treatment

Patients who receive a specific form of treatment for the common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation have increased survival and reduced hospitalisation rates, according to new international research involving Adelaide heart health experts. These results are a major finding with implications for the treatment of atrial fibrillation ... 23-Feb-2018 more

Clever coating opens door to smart windows

Researchers from RMIT University have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to “smart windows”.  The self-modifying coating, which is a thousand times thinner than a human hair, works by automatically letting in more heat when it’s cold and blocking the sun’s rays ... 26-Feb-2018 more

Go west young Fulbright scholars

Two of the University of Adelaide’s brightest young researchers have today been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue their research in the US. Early career researchers Dr Sean Martin and Dr Giri Krishnan will, respectively, head west to New England Research Institutes (Boston) in 2018 and The Rosenthal Laboratory at Stanford ... 28-Feb-2018 more

Robots and the ‘gig’ economy: mapping the new world of employment

Robots and the ‘gig’ economy are rapidly changing the way we work – and a James Cook University law professor has set her sights on exploring the new landscape.  JCU Law School Associate Professor Dr Louise Floyd said globalisation, automation, robots and the so-called ‘gig’ economy all have impacts on the ... 28-Feb-2018 more

Soccer success study kicks goals

Scientists believe they may have discovered the crucial ingredients for a winning soccer team. Associate Professor Anthony Leicht from James Cook University’s Sport and Exercise Science group was part of an international team of scientists who examined variables within 240 matches in the Chinese Super League (China’s top-ranked ... 01-Mar-2018 more

Boat noise sounds like trouble for reef fish

One in every eighteen Queenslanders owns a motorboat and uses it to visit and explore the Great Barrier Reef, but is their love for the reef threatening its fish? New research has revealed 2 stroke engine noise may be making reef fish easier targets for predators. A team of scientists from James Cook University, and the University of ... 02-Mar-2018 more

Discovery shows wine grapes gasping for breath

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered how grapes “breathe”, and that shortage of oxygen leads to cell death in the grape. The discovery raises many questions about the potentially significant impacts on grape and wine quality and flavour and vine management, and may lead to new ways of selecting varieties for warming ... 02-Mar-2018 more

Boosting confidence doesn’t help women at work: study

Assertiveness is linked to professional success, so ambitious women should work on building their confidence, right? Wrong.  New research shows that confidence helps men get ahead but makes little difference for women. As International Women’s Day this year presses for progress in gender equality, the RMIT University study ... 05-Mar-2018 more

Graduates and research underpin defence future

The University of Adelaide will play a key role in supporting one of Australia’s major defence capabilities, following the announcement today that BAE Systems Australia has won a $1 billion defence contract. The contract is to upgrade the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), an over-the-horizon radar network critical to ... 07-Mar-2018 more

JCU casts wide net for ideas to help restore the Great Barrier Reef

James Cook University scientists are seeking the best ideas from around the world to find ways to help repair the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). As coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef continues to degrade, pressure is growing for direct interventions to assist the recovery of corals at significant sites. A range of coral restoration and ... 07-Mar-2018 more

Foremost female leaders mark IWD at UC

Two influential female public leaders will discuss sex discrimination, feminist action and the role of women in the military at an ‘In Conversation’ event to be held on the eve of International Women’s Day at the University of Canberra. Australia’s first female Governor-General, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD ... 07-Mar-2018 more

Graphene promise for more efficient fertilisers

Fertilisers with lower environmental impacts and reduced costs for farmers are being developed by University of Adelaide researchers in the world-first use of the new advanced material graphene as a fertiliser carrier. In partnership with industry, the researchers have demonstrated effective slow release fertilisers can be produced from ... 07-Mar-2018 more

A Premier Partnership: Essendon Football Club and RMIT

Two iconic Melbourne institutions joined forces today, creating a new frontier in cross-industry collaboration. The new partnership will see RMIT University and Essendon Football Club become tertiary education partners, in a trailblazing collaboration founded on much more than sport. RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE ... 08-Mar-2018 more

All power to the proton: RMIT researchers make battery breakthrough

RMIT University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery” that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices. The rechargeable battery is environmentally friendly, and has the potential, with further development, to store more energy than currently-available lithium ion ... 08-Mar-2018 more

New tools to curb violence

James Cook University researchers believe they have a new framework to effectively intervene in problem situations before they become violent. JCU’s Dr William Liley and Dr Anne Stephens designed the approach. Dr Liley said better tools to understanding violence are urgently needed. “Whether it’s interpersonal violence, ... 08-Mar-2018 more

Opportunities to reform SA public sector too good to ignore

The University of Adelaide’s South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is today calling for greater scrutiny of the performance of South Australia’s burgeoning public sector. In its latest Economic Issues paper, the Centre challenges whether South Australian taxpayers have experienced higher quality service standards ... 08-Mar-2018 more

Dental survey takes another bite out of the nation

Thousands of people across ACT, Queensland and Western Australia will be encouraged to take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of the National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017-18, the first major study of its kind in Australia for more than a decade. Led by the University of Adelaide, the research will ... 09-Mar-2018 more

Taking the jab (and the chill) out of vaccination

Taking the jab (and the chill) out of vaccination Scientists in Australia and Wales have taken an important first step towards solving two problems that hinder access to vaccines: they need to be kept cool, and no one likes needles.  In the April edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, a team led by Associate ... 13-Mar-2018 more

Win-win for graziers and greens

James Cook University scientists have found there doesn’t have to be a trade-off between profits and the environment, with a ground-breaking experimental study showing environmentally-friendly cattle farms also make more money. JCU’s Professor Lin Schwarzkopf said livestock grazing is the most widespread use of land in the world, ... 14-Mar-2018 more

RMIT researchers bring the bling to improve implants

In a world first, Australian researchers have harnessed the power of diamonds in a breakthrough that could lead to radical improvements in the way human bodies accept biomedical implants. Researchers from RMIT University have for the first time successfully coated 3D printed titanium implants with diamond. The development is the first ... 14-Mar-2018 more

Expert comment on Australia’s growing rate of homelessness

RMIT University’s Professor Guy Johnson is available to comment on new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today showing a worrying increase in homelessness across the nation. Johnson is Australia’s first Professor of Urban Housing Homelessness and is a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ ... 14-Mar-2018 more

38-year-old code writing tool released for general use

One of the world’s early computer software editors, developed by the University of Adelaide and still in use today, is being released by the University for free use by developers around the world. Under open source licence, beneficial features of “Ludwig” as a software development tool that are not found in other text and ... 14-Mar-2018 more

Celebrating Earth Hour with citizen science day

Budding citizen scientists or those who just love science and are interested in looking after the environment have an opportunity to get involved with University of Adelaide research. They are being invited to a Citizen Science Day at the University of Adelaide on Saturday 24 March. Held in the lead up to, and in conjunction with, ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Mental Health Tribunal failing to protect rights: study

The body charged with protecting the rights of mentally ill Victorians is failing to properly and consistently apply the law, research by RMIT University and University of Sydney has found. An independent review of the decisions of the Mental Health Tribunal has found its rulings on compulsory psychiatric treatment often ignore mentally ill ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Hunting squid slowed by rising carbon levels

James Cook University (JCU) scientists have found high carbon dioxide levels cause squid to bungle attacks on their prey. PhD candidate Blake Spady from JCU’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies led the investigation. He said that the oceans absorb over one-quarter of all the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Scientists want you to have your say on the GBR

James Cook University social science researchers will be asking Australians what they think are the best options for restoring the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The project is part of a government-sponsored initiative focused on local-scale restoration and assisted recovery techniques such as algae removal, the cultivation of coral or ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Distance no barrier to university education thanks to GAF scholarships

Seven talented students from regional and remote areas of Australia have begun studying at Murdoch University thanks to generous scholarships from the George Alexander Foundation. The funding, worth more than $24,000 over three years, aims to alleviate the financial pressures associated with attending university so far away from family and ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Stopping exercise can increase symptoms of depression

Stopping exercise can result in increased depressive symptoms, according to new mental health research from the University of Adelaide. PhD student Julie Morgan from the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Psychiatry has reviewed the results of earlier studies that examined the effects of stopping exercise in regularly active ... 23-Mar-2018 more

MOU to create Social Business Centre in SA

The University of Adelaide has today signed a memorandum of understanding with Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist and entrepreneur Professor Muhammad Yunus to create a Yunus Social Business Centre in Adelaide. The University of Adelaide’s Yunus Social Business Centre will be established at its North Terrace campus and will be run ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Golden touch: next-gen optical disk to solve data storage challenge

Scientists from Australia and China have drawn on the durable power of gold to demonstrate a new type of high-capacity optical disk that can hold data securely for more than 600 years. The technology could offer a more cost-efficient and sustainable solution to the global data storage problem while enabling the critical pivot from Big Data ... 23-Mar-2018 more

How to minimise agricultural vehicle road accidents?

James Cook University researchers want the public to help them find ways to improve road safety by minimising accidents involving large agricultural vehicles. JCU Associate Professor Richard Franklin said while Australian accident data is patchy and incomplete, over about a decade there were at least 577 crashes involving agricultural ... 23-Mar-2018 more

UC’s eggceptional eggsperts have Easter in the basket

Whatever knowledge you’re hunting this Easter, the University of Canberra has experts to satisfy your hunger. Eggs and our health Are you or someone you know guilty of overeating at Easter? It’s a tempting time of year for it – all that chocolatey goodness! But have you ever stopped to really consider the effects of ... 23-Mar-2018 more

Hi-tech revolution for livestock

James Cook University has entered a commercial agreement to develop a hi-tech ear tag that could revolutionise the livestock industry. JCU’s Professor Ian Atkinson is leading the JCU component of a collaborative agreement between the university, the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, CSIRO and ... 28-Mar-2018 more

UC-led STEM pilot is child’s play

An innovative, play-based pilot for preschoolers led by researchers at the University of Canberra has been officially launched by the Australian Government. The Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) Pilot, run by the University’s STEM Education Research Centre (SERC), gives preschool children an awareness of science, technology, ... 28-Mar-2018 more

Workers motivated to take a stand

James Cook University researchers have been putting theory into practice with the successful trial of a method that reduces sedentary behaviour at work. PhD candidate Teneale McGuckin is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at JCU. She said the group wanted to test the effectiveness of a theory focused on using personalised interventions ... 28-Mar-2018 more

Expert comment on Infrastructure Australia priority list

RMIT University infrastructure expert Dr Ian Woodcock says the Victorian projects in Infrastructure Australia’s 2018 priority list will “lock Melburnians into increasingly toll-paying car dependence”. The authority says more than $55 billion of priority projects are needed to shape Australia's cities and regions in the ... 28-Mar-2018 more

Early screening essential to help close health gap

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be screened much earlier for preventable diseases, according to a James Cook University medical researcher who played a crucial role in developing a national guide for preventative health care. Associate Professor, General Practice and Rural Medicine, Sophia Couzos, said general ... 28-Mar-2018 more

Island emus’ size related to size of island homes

Emus that lived isolated on Australia’s offshore islands until the 19th century, including Kangaroo Island, King Island and Tasmania, were smaller versions of their larger mainland relatives – and their overall body size correlated to the size of the islands they inhabited. Published today in the journal Biology Letters, this was ... 05-Apr-2018 more

Freezing breakthrough offers hope for African wild dogs

James Cook University researchers have helped develop a new way to save endangered African wild dogs. Dr Damien Paris and PhD student Dr Femke Van den Berghe from the Gamete and Embryology (GAME) Lab at James Cook University, have successfully developed a sperm freezing technique for the species (Lycaon pictus). The highly efficient pack ... 05-Apr-2018 more

The future needs women in STEM

Murdoch University hosted the WISE Women Symposium last week following the International Women’s Day #PressforProgress movement being championed by celebrities across social media. The Symposium echoed the sentiments of this global movement for gender equality, showcasing the variety of career paths in science, technology, engineering ... 05-Apr-2018 more

New NanoZymes use light to kill bacteria

Researchers from RMIT University have developed a new artificial enzyme that uses light to kill bacteria. The artificial enzymes could one day be used in the fight against infections, and to keep high-risk public spaces like hospitals free of bacteria like E coli and Golden Staph. E coli can cause dysentery and gastroenteritis, while ... 05-Apr-2018 more

Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

New research reveals that global warming also affects fish who depend on corals. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is revered for its kaleidoscope of colour. New international research led by PhD student Laura Richardson of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University reveals that coral bleaching events not only ... 06-Apr-2018 more

Sharing Indigenous schools’ secrets of success: UC report

A set of practices to improve numeracy for Indigenous students could shake-up education policy around Australia according to a University of Canberra education expert who has studied the path to success in remote schools. Professor of Education Robyn Jorgensen focused her research on remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schools which ... 06-Apr-2018 more

New tech at UC to spearhead fight against concussion

In an Australian first, elite athletes who have suffered concussion may fast track their rehabilitation and return to action sooner than previously possible, thanks to world-class balance technology newly arrived at the University of Canberra. Athletes from the ACT Brumbies, University of Canberra Capitals and the University’s ... 06-Apr-2018 more

University of Canberra graduations tomorrow

More than 2,300 students are set to graduate from the University of Canberra over the coming days. Starting tomorrow, the University will host eight ceremonies at the Australian Institute of Sport. Check out times and details. The University will also confer honorary doctorates to conservationist Atticus Fleming and former ACT Chief ... 09-Apr-2018 more

University of Adelaide plays host to flautists

Young flautists from around the country will come together this week when celebrated British player Michael Cox leads a symposium at the University’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. The five-day symposium (11 – 15 April) will give flautists in the early stages of their career the opportunity to the learn from Michael’s ... 13-Apr-2018 more

Art is in the eye of the beholder

A James Cook University researcher has found that a person’s mental state affects how they look at art. JCU psychology lecturer Nicole Thomas said the same piece of artwork can attract admiration or rejection from different people. “One intuitive explanation is that personality and the way in which we visually examine artwork ... 13-Apr-2018 more

Tiny probe can see and take body temperatures

University of Adelaide researchers have invented a world-first tiny fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body. The probe may help researchers find better treatments to prevent drug-induced overheating of the brain, and potentially refine thermal treatment for cancers. “With an outer ... 13-Apr-2018 more

Expert comment on Melbourne Airport train link

RMIT University infrastructure and urban planning expert Professor Jago Dodson says a new rail link for Melbourne’s airport is welcome news, but needs to be part of a broader transport plan if it is to have major benefit.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today pledged $5 billion for a long-awaited rail line connecting the ... 13-Apr-2018 more

Developing future fuels and fighting food waste

The University of Adelaide will play a key role in two multimillion dollar national research centres, announced by the Australian Government today: to support Australia’s energy transformation to a low-carbon economy, and to help fight the $20 billion cost of Australia’s food waste. Both centres are successful bids under the ... 13-Apr-2018 more

Lost in translation

In a groundbreaking study, an Aboriginal researcher at James Cook University has placed mainstream Australian culture under the microscope to de-mystify it for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. While it is commonplace for mainstream cultures to dissect minority cultures, JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry researcher, Dr Lorraine ... 16-Apr-2018 more

Tiny plastics are potentially dangerous for turtles too

Scientists from James Cook University (JCU) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have developed a new method to study microplastics swallowed by sea turtles. The new technique will help assess whether microplastics are as dangerous to turtles as larger pieces of plastic. Recent estimates suggest there are more than 5 ... 17-Apr-2018 more

Rocci commits to UC Capitals in 2018/19

Rising star Maddison Rocci will take the court again in 2018/19 with the University of Canberra Capitals, after signing a new one-year contract with the club. Rocci joined the UC Capitals in 2017/18 and dazzled in her rookie WNBL season following two impressive seasons with Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence (COE) ... 17-Apr-2018 more

Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef

A new study published online today in Nature shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016. “When corals bleach from a heatwave, they can either survive and regain their colour slowly as the temperature drops, or they can die. Averaged across the ... 23-Apr-2018 more

Unveiling the secrets of our Milky Way galaxy

A multinational team of astronomers involving the University of Adelaide has catalogued over 70 sources of very high energy gamma rays, including 16 previously undiscovered ones, in a survey of the Milky Way using gamma ray telescopes. Gamma rays are the highest energy form of light. They are studied by astronomers and astrophysicists around ... 23-Apr-2018 more

Student ambassadors mentor aspiring legal eagles

Murdoch University’s Law School mooting ambassadors are helping to develop the next generation of would-be lawyers. Over 30 students from years 10 to 12 recently attended a Mock Trial Training Seminar and Workshops led by the Murdoch School of Law’s newly-appointed Moot Court Ambassadors. Murdoch University is a major sponsor ... 23-Apr-2018 more

Could eating moss be good for your gut?

An international team of scientists including the University of Adelaide has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses. The scientists, from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls and University of Rhode Island, in the US, say the polysaccharide looks a bit ... 23-Apr-2018 more

Ancestors save tree snakes

James Cook University scientists, with collaborators from the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, may have solved the mystery of why a snake species with no resistance to cane toad toxin has not been wiped out. JCU’s Dr John Llewelyn and colleagues studied the Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus). Some snakes ... 24-Apr-2018 more

JCU Scientists Tackle Concussion Head-On

A new drug under development at James Cook University intended to treat badly wounded soldiers could also be used to treat brain injuries in rural and remote environments, sports concussions, and victims of one-punch assaults. JCU’s Professor Geoffrey Dobson and Dr Hayley Letson have reported in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care ... 27-Apr-2018 more

Want to remember your dreams? Try taking vitamin B6

New research from the University of Adelaide has found that taking vitamin B6 could help people to recall their dreams. The study published online ahead of print in Perceptual and Motor Skills, included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days. "Our ... 27-Apr-2018 more

Mental health focus for Gates Cambridge scholar

University of Adelaide student Ethan Dutcher has received one of the world’s most sought-after and prestigious international scholarships: a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Ethan, a final-year medical student, is one of only 92 students world-wide out of nearly 5,800 applicants selected for one of this year’s scholarships, which is ... 27-Apr-2018 more

Chief Justice to receive honorary doctorate

The Chief Justice of Australia and two other eminent Australians will be awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Adelaide as part of the University’s latest graduation ceremonies, starting today. The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, intellectual property law pioneer Emeritus Professor Bill Cornish, and founder of the ... 30-Apr-2018 more

New space for Creative Arts Therapies course

Murdoch University has opened a new space at the Mandurah campus for its postgraduate Creative Arts Therapies course – the only university-level qualification of its kind in Western Australia. The new space is tailored for artistic expression within classes, through art, drama, music, writing and dance therapy. Art Therapy lecturer ... 03-May-2018 more

Scholarships set students on course for vintage careers

Thanks to a donation from Casella Family Brands, four University of Adelaide students are pursuing their dreams of careers in the wine industry. Edith Parsons-Lucas, Benjamin Jones and Lucas Allen have been awarded undergraduate scholarships worth $15,000 each to support them in the first year of their studies, and Lukas Papagiannis will ... 03-May-2018 more

Academy Award winner joins RMIT

Lord David Puttnam, a global name in filmmaking and television with multiple Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and a Palme D’Or to his name, is joining RMIT University as an Adjunct Professor. Recently announced as an Ambassador for RMIT’s Capitol Theatre Appeal, Lord Puttnam will now take up the role of Adjunct ... 08-May-2018 more

New leads on treating dementia and Alzheimer’s

A new study by scientists in Australia and the US provides an explanation for why clinical trials of drugs targeting proteins in the brain that were thought to cause dementia and Alzheimer’s have failed. The study has opened the way for potential new treatments with existing drugs. Published online in the journal Human Molecular ... 08-May-2018 more

Dual Master's degrees with France to boost defence skills

Skilled engineers for the Australian and global defence industries – specifically in submarine and ship building – will graduate from a new dual Master's degree in engineering to be offered in Australia and France. The announcement, made today by the University of Adelaide and French education institution ENSTA ... 08-May-2018 more

Women who eat fast food take longer to become pregnant

Women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely to conceive within a year, according to a study by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute. The study published today (Friday 4 May) in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine ... 08-May-2018 more

Weeds take over kelp in high CO2 oceans

Weedy plants will thrive and displace long-lived, ecologically valuable kelp forests under forecast ocean acidification, new research from the University of Adelaide shows. Published in the journal Ecology, the researchers describe how kelp forests are displaced by weedy marine plants in high CO2 conditions, equivalent to those predicted for ... 08-May-2018 more

World’s rarest ape on the edge of extinction

In a new research article, a team of international researchers argue that the Tapanuli Orangutan—a species discovered last year in Sumatra, Indonesia, and one of the rarest animals on the planet—could lose its battle for survival, unless decisive steps are taken to rescue it. “In forty years of research, I don’t think ... 08-May-2018 more

UC-led research to help Lifeline help others

The University of Canberra and Lifeline Australia have kicked off a five-year $3million research partnership to gain valuable insights and knowledge to continue to improve the Australian crisis support service. The research project, which has received a $1.1 million Partnership Program grant from the National Health and Medical Research ... 08-May-2018 more

Mangroves mega-map: scientists survey FNQ coastline

James Cook University scientists have completed a gargantuan task – filming every metre of shoreline, as well as mangrove forests, between Cairns and the tip of Cape York. Dr Norman Duke and Jock Mackenzie are from the Mangrove Hub at JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER). The pair covered ... 11-May-2018 more

Gene disruption signals cerebral palsy and autism link

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered a genetic signal common to both cerebral palsy and autism. The finding comes from the first large-scale study of gene expression in children with cerebral palsy. The researchers, from the University’s Australian Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Research Group in the Robinson Research ... 11-May-2018 more

Global trade spreads deadly frog disease from Asia

New research has revealed a deadly disease that threatens the survival of the world’s frogs originated from East Asia, and global trade was almost certainly responsible for the disease’s spread. The frog chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has long been identified as a cause of the decline and extinction of species of ... 11-May-2018 more

Brain research finds new link between weight gain and meal times

New research suggests that restricting food intake to certain times of the day could help tackle obesity. The study, published today in neuroscience journal, JNeurosci, restricted the food intake of mice to half of the day and found they gained less weight than mice with unrestricted access to food.  This important finding could ... 16-May-2018 more

New home for Dassault Systèmes at University of Adelaide

Dassault Systèmes and the University of Adelaide have further strengthened their strategic partnership, with the announcement that Dassault Systèmes will establish its South Australian regional centre on campus at the University. Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital ... 16-May-2018 more

JCU Researcher warns China’s trillion-dollar infrastructure program “riskiest environmental project

A global expert on infrastructure says that China’s plan to crisscross half of the Earth with massive transportation and energy projects is environmentally the riskiest venture ever undertaken. “China has enormous ambitions,” said Distinguished Professor William Laurance from James Cook University in Australia. “But ... 16-May-2018 more

Plant research infrastructure to receive $2.6 million

Plant research at the University of Adelaide will benefit from a $2.6 million research infrastructure investment announced today. The grant was announced under the Federal Government’s new $1.9 billion Research Infrastructure Investment Plan Facilities for the Future: Underpinning Australia’s Research and Innovation. The $2.6 ... 16-May-2018 more

Limiting warming to 1.5oC would save majority of global species

New research reveals that limiting global warming to 1.5oC would save the vast majority of the world’s plant and animal species from climate change    It’s the first study to explore how limiting warming to 1.5oC would benefit species globally, and has been published today in the prestigious journal ... 21-May-2018 more

Explaining the history of Australia’s vegetation

University of Adelaide-led research has uncovered the history of when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent. The new understanding will help researchers better predict the likely impact of climate change and rising CO2 levels on these critically important plants. Called ... 21-May-2018 more

Another partnership adds to French Renaissance on campus

The University of Adelaide has celebrated French Day on Campus (Thursday 17 May) by signing another partnership with a French institution. It's the third partnership between the University and France this month. The new agreement – with a leading French engineering educational institution, IMT Atlantique – has been signed at ... 21-May-2018 more

Are video games the future of sustainable tourism education?

Murdoch University research on digital game-based learning has won the award for Best Paper at the 2018 ASEAN Tourism Research Association Conference. Play-based learning is increasingly forming a large part of educating today’s learners who have grown up in the digital age. Games like World of Warcraft, SimCity, Minecraft and ... 21-May-2018 more

World-class battery storage system helps to power country town

A new energy storage system developed by University of Adelaide researchers and industry partners is now successfully supporting the electricity network for the country town of Cape Jervis, South Australia. The new, world-class system is part of a $3.65 million trial led by the University of Adelaide in collaboration with SA Power Networks ... 21-May-2018 more

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was no accident

James Cook University researchers working to solve the mystery of how Aboriginal people first reached Australia say the earliest people didn’t get here by accident, but made deliberate voyages to reach the new land.  Scientists have combined sophisticated deep sea mapping, voyage simulation techniques, and genetic information to ... 21-May-2018 more

Having babies doesn’t make you fat: UC research

Pregnancy is not a trigger for significant weight gain in Australian women, a new study by University of Canberra researchers has found. Although longitudinal studies show that women gain weight in young adulthood, and previous research has concluded that there is a link between having children and long-term weight gain, a University of ... 21-May-2018 more

Executives set to learn from one of the best business minds

An expert in business development and strategy is the new Director of the University of Adelaide Business School’s Executive Education unit. Mr Jeremy Glaros, who has returned from Sydney to Adelaide to take up his new position, will use his knowledge and experience in leadership, strategy and business transformation to deliver ... 22-May-2018 more

Fungus to fight banana pests

Researchers are working on ways to produce better looking bananas – and fungus could be the key. James Cook University scientists Dr Tobin Northfield and honours student Amy McGuire will use a fungus found in soil to combat rust thrips. “Rust thrips are tiny insects that feed on leaves and developing bananas. This produces a ... 23-May-2018 more

Murdoch at forefront of solar energy future for remote WA homes

The future of renewable energy looks bright for homes in remote WA in light of Murdoch University’s partnership with electricity provider Horizon Power. The Federal Government-funded research will collect and analyse data from trials performed on electricity systems in homes and businesses in Carnarvon. The research aims to improve ... 23-May-2018 more

Victorian Public Advocate Colleen Pearce honoured for passionate support of most marginalised

The Victorian Public Advocate Colleen Pearce has been presented with the Doctor of Social Science Honoris Causa by RMIT University, recognising her tireless advocacy for the most marginalised in society. Pearce heads up the Office of the Public Advocate, a statutory authority committed to campaigning for and protecting the human rights and ... 24-May-2018 more

Fading smoke signals

The impact of graphic images and dire health warnings on cigarette packets has burned out, according to a James Cook University study. Pharmacy lecturer and PhD candidate, Aaron Drovandi, found that the confronting pictures and ominous messages, first featured on tobacco packaging 12 years ago, no longer shock Australians or deter ... 28-May-2018 more

UC partners with ACT Government to improve teacher outcomes

The University of Canberra welcomes the ACT Government’s announcement of $9.2 million over the next four years to partner with the University to improve ACT teachers’ skills. The announcement builds on a previous collaboration agreement between the University and the ACT Government to improve professional development and research ... 28-May-2018 more

Law reform institute to probe surrogacy laws

The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) is seeking feedback from the community as part of its comprehensive review of the state’s surrogacy laws. The independent law reform body, which is based at the University of Adelaide Law School, had been asked to consider an appropriate regulatory framework for surrogacy arrangements ... 28-May-2018 more

Cell chat: Attacking disease by learning the language of cells

Breakthrough lab-on-a-chip technology that reveals how human cells communicate could lead to new treatments for cancer and autoimmune disorders. Developed by an Australian-Swiss research team, the technology offers researchers unprecedented insights into how individual cells behave - something that scientists are discovering is far more ... 29-May-2018 more

Chancellor Kevin Scarce reappointed for third term

Respected South Australian leader Rear Admiral the Hon. Kevin Scarce, AC CSC RAN (Rtd), has been reappointed as Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, continuing in his governance role at the University for a further two years. The decision by the University's Council to reappoint Rear Admiral Scarce for a third term – until 30 ... 29-May-2018 more

New wine course blends insights from the best

An innovative new short course will give industry professionals access to the best minds from two of the world’s greatest wine locations: Adelaide, Australia and Bordeaux, France. The University of Adelaide's Business School and the KEDGE Wine and Spirits Academy in Bordeaux have designed a joint program to share learnings and ... 29-May-2018 more

Biologist to lead Sciences at Uni of Adelaide

An internationally esteemed cell biologist has been appointed the new Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Sciences. Professor Keith Jones, who is currently Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton in the UK, will join the University of Adelaide in October following a global search for a new ... 29-May-2018 more

Minimising the impacts of palm oil plantations

With palm oil production exploding around the world, a new study of a leading producer has found ways to make the process easier on the environment. James Cook University PhD candidate Lain Pardo studied the industry in Colombia – a country described as being on the ‘tip of the spear’ in terms of burgeoning palm oil ... 29-May-2018 more

UC launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

The University of Canberra will launch its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018–2020 at the University’s 2018 National Reconciliation Week Breakfast on Thursday 31 May. The latest plan outlines the University of Canberra’s role to advance reconciliation and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to build just, prosperous ... 31-May-2018 more

UC’s new Dietitian in Residence serves up healthy eating tips

University of Canberra graduate and Michelle Bridges’ dietitian Lisa Donaldson has been appointed the University’s new Dietitian in Residence. Ms Donaldson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been a teacher for almost a decade before becoming a ... 31-May-2018 more

UC teams up with Brumbies Rugby as Education Partner

The University of Canberra has partnered with Brumbies Rugby to become the club’s official Education Partner. In a move that signals an important leap forward in the pair’s long-running relationship, the partnership paves the way for greater interaction between the two organisations. Under this Alliance Agreement, students ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Biosecurity effectively slows down pathogen arrivals, new research

Stronger biosecurity measures can reduce the spread of invasive plant pathogens despite a rise in global trade and travel, according to a new international study led by University of Canberra researcher. The study, published today in PLOS Biology, shows that although there’s been a steady increase of people and goods travelling around ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Predicting the outcomes of FIFA world Cup

One of the favourites in soccer’s upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Germany, has just 13.3% chance of winning. And Australia has 14% chance of getting to the round of 16, but only 0.1% chance of winning. These are outcomes from an uncertainty model devised by University of Adelaide’s Professor Steve Begg. The 2018 FIFA World Cup ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Santos creates a pathway for Indigenous engineers

Santos has partnered with the University of Adelaide to offer a national Indigenous program that promotes the benefits of a career in engineering. As part of the program, Santos and the University of Adelaide have established the Santos Karnkanthi Indigenous Engineering School, which will provide Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students ... 11-Jun-2018 more

JCU academic takes up the reins at the world’s top nursing job

A James Cook University rural and remote research academic has been appointed to lead the world’s most influential nursing organisation - the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Dr Isabelle Skinner has been appointed CEO of the ICN. The Council is a federation of more than 130 national nursing associations, meaning Dr Skinner will ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Red tide fossils point to Jurassic sea flood

Dinosaur-age fossilised remains of tiny organisms normally found in the sea have been discovered in inland, arid Australia – suggesting the area was, for a short time at least, inundated by sea water 40 million years before Australia’s large inland sea existed. The fossils are the egg-like cysts of microorganisms known as ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Essential oils to fight bacterial infections

James Cook University scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year. Professor Mohan Jacob, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at JCU, leads a team investigating the problem. He said an ... 11-Jun-2018 more

New centre to build wine industry’s competitive edge

Defining Australian wines’ unique flavours, making vines more robust, defeating disease and introducing more innovation to winemaking are among the key goals of a new national centre launched at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus today. Supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and other partner organisations, the ... 11-Jun-2018 more

UC welcomes ACT Government’s commitment to education and innovation investment in 2018/19 Budget

The University of Canberra welcomes the ACT Government’s ongoing commitment to significantly invest in education, innovation and research, as outlined in the 2018/19 ACT Budget, to consolidate Canberra as a leading education city. During the annual ACT Budget Breakfast held today at the National Press Club, University of Canberra ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Honeybees zero in on nothing

Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing. By demonstrating that even tiny brains can comprehend complex, abstract concepts, the surprise finding opens possibilities for new, simpler approaches to ... 11-Jun-2018 more

A laser that smells like a hound

University of Adelaide researchers have created a laser that can “smell” different gases within a sample. Applications for the new device lie not just in environmental monitoring and detecting industrial contamination, but may eventually be used to diagnose disease by “smelling” the breath. The researchers liken ... 11-Jun-2018 more

New drug offers hope for patients in pain

James Cook University and Townsville Hospital are conducting a revolutionary drug trial that promises to relieve the suffering of patients with painful, non-healing wounds – which are three times more likely to afflict residents in the tropics than the national average. In January, Townsville Hospital became one of eight sites across ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Clinical trial treats a truly neglected infectious disease

University of Canberra researchers are leading a new clinical trial investigating an Aboriginal bush medicine-based treatment and healing practices that could potentially cure a nasty skin condition, which can have fatal consequences. The study, led by Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr Jackson Thomas and published this week in the British ... 11-Jun-2018 more

Symposium looks beyond the stage

The Beyond the Stage symposium brings together an exciting mix of performers, writers and academics to explore how the creative arts have shaped our understanding of history and South Australian society during and immediately after World War One. The symposium, convened by Professor Mark Carroll from the University of Adelaide’s Elder ... 11-Jun-2018 more

When the river runs high

A massive world-wide study of dry riverbeds has found they’re contributing more carbon emissions than previously thought, and this could help scientists better understand how to fight climate change. Dr Nathan Waltham from JCU’s Tropical Water and Aquatic Eco-systems Research Centre (TropWATER) joined scientists from 22 other ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Fake news has Aussies concerned, UC report

More than three-quarters of Australian news consumers have experienced fake news and are bothered by it according to a new University of Canberra report released TODAY. While poor journalism, such as factual mistakes and misleading headlines, is the most commonly experienced type of fake news (40 per cent), news consumers are most worried ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Platypus venom inspires potential new diabetes treatments

The world-first discovery of a key metabolic hormone found in the venom and gut of Australia’s iconic platypus will now be investigated for its potential to treat type 2 diabetes, in new research led by the University of Adelaide. In a collaboration between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, SAHMRI and ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Partnership tackles the root cause of dental problem

A new chemical solution jointly developed by the University of Adelaide’s Dental School and Australian company Dentalife could radically reduce the chance of infection associated with root canal work. Every year millions of root canal treatments are performed globally (more than 22 million in the USA alone). The management of root ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Worse outcomes for Indigenous Australians with peripheral artery disease

In a first-of-its-kind study, James Cook University researchers have found Indigenous Australians with peripheral artery disease (PAD) are diagnosed at a younger age, have higher rates of smoking and insulin-treated diabetes, and poorer long-term outcomes compared to non-Indigenous Australians. PAD refers to the narrowing of arteries ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Alexander Downer to receive honorary doctorate

The Hon. Alexander Downer, AC, former Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the longest serving Foreign Affairs Minister in Australia's history, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Adelaide. Mr Downer will receive the Doctor of the University (honoris causa) for his exceptionally distinguished ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Global expert: Most planned infrastructure projects “Are a bad idea”

At least half of the large-scale infrastructure projects being proposed today are a bad idea, argues a leading scientist who has spent nearly forty years studying such projects around the world. “And when I say ‘bad’, I don’t just mean bad for the environment,” says Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance from ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Marine reserves are vital - but under pressure

A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas struggle to do their job - but are a vast improvement over having no protection at all. Professor Josh Cinner from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University led a team of 37 ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Men, muscles and the clean eating movement

Men are uploading more clean eating posts on social media than women, according to new University of Canberra research. The study by University of Canberra Assistant Professor Dr Michael Walsh and Dr Stephanie Baker from City, University of London examined how gender identities are presented on Instagram using popular clean eating ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Weight loss reverses heart condition in obesity sufferers

Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight. Published in the heart journal Europace, the researchers found that a 10% loss in weight along with management of associated risk factors, can reverse the progression ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Mental health: what’s love got to do with it?

James Cook University researchers want to hear about your romantic relationship(s) so they can work out how love affects your mental health. PhD candidate Raquel Peel interviewed 15 psychologists as part of her research and says they revealed that while relationship difficulties are one of the main reasons clients seek counselling, that is ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Perth team returns from usa robotics competition

Murdoch Computer Science and Molecular Biology student Nicholas Berryman was amid the excitement at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Houston, Texas this year. The competition, which has been running since 1992, attracts international students who build robots to compete in games, ... 22-Jun-2018 more

Dementia and art; saliva could determine the benefits of NGA program

Saliva might be the perfect way to determine if social interaction, facilitated by an art program, is effective at improving quality of life of people living with dementia, according to a University of Canberra researcher. PhD candidate Nathan D’Cunha is working with the already established National Gallery of Australia’s Art and ... 25-Jun-2018 more

Reliable renewable energy is now possible with The Solar River Project

One of the world’s largest solar power projects has been given the go ahead in South Australia’s Mid North, located halfway between Burra and Morgan. The Solar River Project aims to supply 90,000 South Australian homes with affordable, reliable, solar energy. Construction on the solar array is due to start in early 2019 at ... 26-Jun-2018 more

Tracking breast cancer in the Far North

A James Cook University medical student is researching what factors influence the survival of breast cancer victims in Far North Queensland, where there is a higher than national average mortality rate for the disease.  Sixth year medical student, Albert Ho-Huynh’s honours research project is also exploring how to ... 26-Jun-2018 more

Human animal hybrid exhibition explores an enduring fascination

The fantasy of merging animals and humans into one hybrid creature is explored in My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid at the RMIT Gallery from 29 June – 18 August. My Monster examines the artistic representation of the human animal hybrid from mythology to movies; taxidermy to biotechnology; painting and photography to multi-sensory ... 28-Jun-2018 more

Gaming or gambling? Online transactions blur boundaries

In-game purchasing systems, such as ‘loot boxes’, in popular online games resemble gambling and may pose financial risks for vulnerable players, according to gambling psychology researchers at the University of Adelaide. The researchers have examined a range of popular online games that include the option of paying small fees ... 29-Jun-2018 more

Coral reef scientist receives royal honour

The exemplary research of Distinguished Professor Terry Hughes, coral reef scientist and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, has been honoured by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. At a prestigious ceremony held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, H.S.H. ... 09-Jul-2018 more

Researchers take aim at problem gambling

Scientists believe they have found ways to minimise problem gambling by focusing on people’s impulsive behaviours. Dr Beryl Buckby is a James Cook University lecturer and clinical psychologist. Along with colleague Dr Mal Flack from Charles Darwin University, they tested nearly 500 people for the trait of impulsivity - as well as ... 09-Jul-2018 more

Incubator celebrates one year of nurturing businesses

Since opening its doors only one year ago, ThincLab, the University of Adelaide’s business incubator, has grown new businesses, provided employment and attracted millions of dollars in funding. This week ThincLab, which is located in the heart of Adelaide overlooking North Terrace, celebrates its first birthday with a presentation ... 09-Jul-2018 more

UC to host global experts in genomics and cytogenetics

International leaders in genomics and cytogenetics will descend on the University of Canberra next week to exchange their ideas on the emerging discipline of chromosomics, which represents the intersection of the two fields. The University is the host venue of Genetics Society AustralAsia (1-4 July) and the 6th Asia-Pacific Chromosome ... 09-Jul-2018 more

'Gloomy' octopuses' Tassie seachange

A James Cook University scientist says east coast octopuses are extending their range south, riding a new wave of warm water to Tasmania as ocean currents change. JCU’s Associate Professor Jan Strugnell and colleagues from the University of Tasmania examined the genetic processes associated with the range shift.  “Its real ... 12-Jul-2018 more

JCU takes aim at NT weeds

James Cook University will unleash drones, sensors and other high-tech devices to combat weeds on Northern Territory cattle stations.  JCU and the Tipperary Group of Stations, in collaboration with Sensand Technologies, will combine an Internet of Things (IoT) network with low-cost environmental sensors, drone mapping and big data ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Nature and science join forces to fight surgical infections

South Australian researchers are embarking on a $20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly. Working with leading surgeons and an Australian orthopaedic medical device company, researchers from the University of ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing

University of Adelaide-led research has moved the world one step closer to reliable, high-performance quantum computing. An international team has developed a ground-breaking single-electron “pump”. The electron pump device developed by the researchers can produce one billion electrons per second and uses quantum mechanics to ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Former Universities Australia chief joins UC

The University of Canberra has appointed higher education expert and former Universities Australia Chief Executive Belinda Robinson to the newly-created role of Vice-President University Relations and Strategy. Ms Robinson will be responsible for providing leadership to a diverse team of professionals to deliver strategies, solutions and ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Overcoming the “yummy mummy” pressure

Two James Cook University students want to understand how body image and personality can affect exercise during and after pregnancy.  Regular exercise during pregnancy can achieve significant physical and mental health benefits for both mother and baby, but it’s currently not know what role body image and personality ... 12-Jul-2018 more

JCU’s Townsville campus set to be transformed

James Cook University has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment of up to $96 million from its Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to develop the landmark Technology Innovation Complex (TIC) at JCU’s Townsville campus. The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan and North Queensland-based ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Partnership kicks goals for Business graduates

A new partnership between the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Business School and Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) will establish further opportunities for graduates wanting to launch their careers in China and Australia. For four years, PAFC has been utilising Australian Rules football to connect Chinese and Australian companies ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Piscatory paradox: frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots

Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colourful reef fishes, and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at high latitudes. This “latitudinal diversity gradient” is one of the most famous patterns in biology, and scientists have puzzled over its causes for more than 200 years. A common explanation ... 12-Jul-2018 more

‘Curiosity, creativity and individuality’ on show at Murdoch’s biggest-ever Open Day

If you’re looking for a better future or want to join in the fun for a day packed with entertainment and activities, look no further than Murdoch University’s Open Day on Saturday 28 July 2018. This year’s event will be bigger than ever, attracting thousands to one of Australia’s largest campuses where university life ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Snooze mobiles: how vibrations in cars make drivers sleepy

New research has found the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel. With about 20 per cent of fatal road crashes involving driver fatigue, RMIT University researchers hope their findings can be used by manufacturers to improve car seat ... 12-Jul-2018 more

Obesity affects prostate cancer test results

University of Adelaide research shows that the results of the most widely used test for prostate cancer may be affected by obesity. With increasing prevalence of obesity in high-income countries, this study published by the Society for Endocrinology, has important implications for detecting and monitoring the most common form of cancer in ... 13-Jul-2018 more

UC students set sights on studying abroad in 2019

More than 300 students studying at the University of Canberra will benefit from an international study experience in 2019 as part of the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. The University has been awarded $398,200 in new funding to support undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific ... 13-Jul-2018 more

Economic growth steady despite trade tensions and China question

University of Adelaide economists predict that South Australia’s economic growth will broadly mirror Australia’s and the global economy’s continued good performance. But there are risks from the United States’ anti-trade measures and the possibility that China will falter. In its latest Economic Briefing Report, the ... 13-Jul-2018 more

Young Indigenous students get a taste of engineering

Young Indigenous students from across Australia are this week benefitting from an interactive engineering camp in Adelaide, as part of a partnership between Santos and the University of Adelaide. A total of 29 students, including 18 female students – from Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia – ... 13-Jul-2018 more

New technology for early detection of Type 1 diabetes

Researchers are developing early detection technology for Type 1 diabetes that can accurately predict if a child is at risk of the chronic disease. There is currently no early test for Type 1 diabetes and by the time someone is diagnosed, about 70 per cent of their critical insulin-producing cells have been destroyed. The researchers ... 13-Jul-2018 more

Unplugged holidays tipped to increase

James Cook University researchers say the phenomenon of the ‘digital-detox’ is on the rise and could be an important part of the tourism industry in the future. Philip Pearce, Professor of Tourism at JCU, working with a team including doctoral student Li Jing, studied how the portrayal of digital-free tourism - where internet and ... 13-Jul-2018 more

UC to host women’s University Sevens Series tournament

The University of Canberra has been named as a host venue for the 2018 Aon University Sevens Series. The country’s best up-and-coming female rugby sevens players will descend on the University in September for round two of the five-leg competition. University of Canberra head coach David Grimmond and players will be available ... 13-Jul-2018 more

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international team of scientists. New research has confirmed that invasive rats devastate seabird populations, with previously unrecognised consequences for the extensive coral reefs that ... 13-Jul-2018 more

UC awarded $1 million grant in MyHealthTest collaboration

A new generation of non-intrusive blood tests are a step closer to reality after University of Canberra researchers were awarded $1 million in Federal Government funding. The University has partnered with MyHealthTest Pty Ltd in a three-year project aimed at helping Australians to manage their health more effectively and conveniently through ... 16-Jul-2018 more

Tackling cancer at ground zero with designer molecules

A new molecule designed by University of Adelaide researchers shows great promise for future treatment of many cancers. The new molecule successfully targets a protein that plays a major role in the growth of most cancers. This protein target is called proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), otherwise known as the human sliding ... 17-Jul-2018 more

Junior doctor fights deadly disease

A James Cook University researcher has received funding to investigate an early warning system for a disease that kills approximately 2000 Australians every year. Dr Tejas Singh, a junior doctor at The Townsville Hospital and Research Fellow at the JCU-based Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease (QRCPVD), has been ... 19-Jul-2018 more

New insights unearthed with a newly discovered armoured dinosaur

A James Cook University scientist has helped discover the first complete skeleton of a new species of dinosaur – a 76 million-year-old five-metre long beast with spiked armour and a bony, club-like tail. Jelle Wiersma is a PhD candidate at JCU and lead author of the paper in the journal PeerJ describing and naming the newly-discovered ... 24-Jul-2018 more

Ramsay Fellow to build world’s fastest charging battery

The University of Adelaide’s newest Ramsay Fellow, Dr James Quach, will harness the unique properties of quantum mechanics with the aim of building the world’s first quantum battery, a new super battery with the potential for instantaneous charging. Once built, the quantum battery could replace conventional batteries used in ... 24-Jul-2018 more

Managing the health of women who have undergone female genital mutilation

An increase in refugees from countries that practice female genital mutilation is likely to challenge Townsville healthcare professionals and a James Cook University medical student is determined to ensure they are prepared. Sixth-year student Shreyansi Sharma’s honours research project is believed to be the first in Australia to ... 24-Jul-2018 more

RMIT to issue blockchain-enabled badges for students

Emerging blockchain technology will soon enable RMIT students to publish industry-relevant skills and experiences, signalling the growing potential of this new e-currency in the labour market. RMIT University, a top-ranked global university, today announced the launch of a new initiative to provide students with blockchain-enabled digital ... 24-Jul-2018 more

Unwrapping the brewing secrets of barley

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered fundamental new information about the malting characteristics of barley grains. They say their finding could pave the way to more stable brewing processes or new malts for craft brewers. Published in the Nature publication Scientific Reports, the researchers discovered a new link between one ... 24-Jul-2018 more

Natural repellent to combat insect-borne diseases in the Tropics

James Cook University researchers have helped develop a technique to produce a potent mosquito repellent from essential oils. JCU’s Associate Professor Michael Oelgemöller and Dr Marie Oelgemöller have just returned from Noumea in New Caledonia. Working with the University of New Caledonia they helped produce a natural ... 25-Jul-2018 more

New partnership to prevent aquatic pollution in Melbourne's waterways

A new $5 million partnership between RMIT University and Melbourne Water will help combat pollution in Australia’s waterways and bays. Leading experts in aquatic ecology and pollution research will join forces to investigate ways to protect Melbourne’s waterways and keep them healthy for the long term. Pro Vice-Chancellor ... 25-Jul-2018 more

Blockchain to transform health care models

RMIT University and DB Results have announced a major industry partnership to pioneer innovative healthcare solutions using blockchain technology. The relationship brings together DB Results’ global industry and digital business expertise and RMIT’s world-leading interdisciplinary capabilities and research, to transform business ... 01-Aug-2018 more

Baby, let’s keep in touch

New mums who keep in touch with their workplace while on maternity leave are more hireable and less likely to experience unconscious bias, research shows. #newbornlife is often filled with broken sleep, juggling regular feeding and naps and copious amounts of washing, meaning work can often be the last thing on a mother’s mind, but ... 01-Aug-2018 more

Oral health of Territorians to be assessed in national study

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UC’s health experts shine light on their research

University of Canberra health experts will share their work this week at the Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM). The ACT Health event delves into the current challenges, opportunities and discoveries in health and medical research, and showcases upcoming studies and collaboration projects in the ACT region. University of ... 01-Aug-2018 more

Fostering a safe and respectful community at UC

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Bad news could further harm the reef

Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE James Cook University researchers have found media coverage that shares bad news about the state of the Great Barrier ... 10-Aug-2018 more

Joint Woor-Dungin CIJ project wins national award

A unique collaboration between RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) and Woor-Dungin has been recognised with a national award. The Criminal Records Discrimination Project received the Indigenous Philanthropy award at the Australian Philanthropy Awards. The project is an Aboriginal-led collaboration between community and ... 10-Aug-2018 more

Stem cell research for cystic fibrosis leaps forward

The fight against cystic fibrosis (CF) has taken a major step forward, with pioneering research by University of Adelaide scientists showing that cells causing the debilitating genetic disorder could be successfully replaced with healthy ones. The research published in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy applies cell transplantation ... 10-Aug-2018 more

Estimating the age of sex offenders

A James Cook University researcher has been examining how accurately victims of sexual assault are able to estimate an offender’s age when that offender is a stranger, and what factors affect their age estimations. Dr Craig Thorley, who is a Psychology Lecturer at JCU, led the study comparing 546 sexual assault victims’ age ... 10-Aug-2018 more

Busting the big myths on homelessness

At the start of Homelessness Week (6-12 August), RMIT University’s Professor Guy Johnson busts some of the biggest myths and misconceptions around homelessness. Australia’s first Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, Johnson is speaking at a panel at the National Homelessness Conference (6-7 August) and is available for ... 10-Aug-2018 more

Chinese university link boosted with dual Masters in wine

The University of Adelaide has joined with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China to offer a dual Masters degree in wine making and viticulture. Students taking on the dual degree will graduate with a Master in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Adelaide, and a Master in Agricultural Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong ... 10-Aug-2018 more

Mums with autistic kids twice as likely to be unemployed

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Advanced manufacturer to set up at University of Adelaide

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Scientists propose a new lead for Alzheimer’s research

A University of Adelaide-led team of scientists has suggested a potential link between iron in our cells and the rare gene mutations that cause Alzheimer’s disease, which could provide new avenues for future research. In a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, the team proposes a new theory for how rare gene ... 17-Aug-2018 more

Apathy towards poachers widespread in world's marine protected areas

A new study has found that nearly half of fishers from seven countries had witnessed someone poaching in marine protected areas in the past year and most of them did nothing about it. Dr Brock Bergseth from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University led the study. He said ... 17-Aug-2018 more

JCU rises in global rankings

James Cook University’s has bolstered its standing as a world-class research university, with an authoritative global ranking listing the University in the top 300 of the world’s universities. The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy and ranks JCU in the top ... 17-Aug-2018 more

Public or private? Cutting Costs and Improving the Journey to Motherhood

A James Cook University health economics researcher is leading a major new study on the type of maternity care that delivers the ‘best bang for the buck’. Associate Professor Emily Callander, principal research fellow in health economics at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, recently found that expenses for ... 17-Aug-2018 more

New Treatment for Debilitating Disease

A James Cook University researcher is experimenting with a new technique to treat a painful, debilitating disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Australians. Darci Cousins, an exercise physiology honours student at JCU, will investigate using electrical stimulation to treat the pain of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). She said ... 24-Aug-2018 more

New Fish in Sights of Citizen Scientists

The rusty jobfish, the midnight snapper, and oblique-banded sweetlips are among the new targets for citizen scientists following the re-launch of the Redmap project in Queensland at JCU today. JCU’s Associate Professor Jan Strugnell is the coordinator of Redmap in Queensland. “Redmap stands for Range Extension Database and ... 24-Aug-2018 more

Shrimp Help Heal Injured Fish

James Cook University scientists have discovered that shrimp help heal injured fish. PhD student David Vaughan is working on a project led by Dr Kate Hutson at JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. He said it was important to know how the shrimp interact with fish, as the team is in the process of ... 24-Aug-2018 more

Turning Agriculture Waste Into New Industries

Increasing the value of agriculture waste and turning it into new products will be the outcome of a new $10.9 million research consortium led by the University of Adelaide. The Research Consortium – Agricultural Product Development – has been granted $4 million over four years by the State Government through its Research ... 24-Aug-2018 more

Support Risky Research Projects, UC Tells Funding Inquiry

The University of Canberra has called on the Federal Government to recognise the contribution of all universities and researchers, regardless of size, location or stage of career, as it looks at the important issue of research funding in Australia. The University today addressed the House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and ... 24-Aug-2018 more

New Courses to Address Blockchain Skills Gap

With blockchain expertise in high demand, but considerable gaps preventing this demand from being met, RMIT today announced two new courses designed to provide students with these necessary future skills. Forming part of the RMIT Online portfolio of industry-endorsed short courses for executives, professionals and those looking to accessibly ... 28-Aug-2018 more

Tiny crystals Pave the Way for New Design of Digital Devices

Curtin researchers have developed a tiny electrical circuit that may enable an entirely new design of digital devices. The electrical circuit is made from crystals of copper that are grown and electrically wired at nanoscale and may lead to digital devices that have increasing amounts of computational power packed into a smaller ... 31-Aug-2018 more

Footy Fans the New Recruits in WA-First Project to Tackle Obesity

More than 100 overweight male AFL fans have committed to getting fit as part of a new WA-first project run by qualified coaches using their favourite WA team’s training facilities.   The Aussie-FIT project, funded by Healthway, is being run in partnership with the Fremantle Football Club, Curtin University, West Coast Eagles ... 31-Aug-2018 more

The God of Small Things

New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events. Dr Jonathan Ramsay is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at James Cook University’s Singapore campus, with a particular interest in the psychology of religion. His team surveyed 231 people from a diverse mix of ... 31-Aug-2018 more

Pigs Shut Out of Critical Queensland Wetlands

James Cook University researchers are assessing how much conservation value can be gained from a simple fence.  Dr Nathan Waltham from JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) said 56 hectares of wetlands at Eurimbula National Park and on freehold land south of Gladstone have been fenced off ... 31-Aug-2018 more

Fearless Fashion from Australia's Emerging Designers

Headpieces for Indigenous drag queens, the art of flâneurie, 3D printed experimental designs, and materials made from discarded plastic… all this and more will be on display during Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) 2018 thanks to the creative efforts of students, staff and researchers from the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles. The ... 31-Aug-2018 more

Research Finds Gender Diverse Boards are Greener

Companies with a more balanced mix of men and women on their boards are better at protecting the environment and less likely to be sued for environmental law violations, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.  The study, published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, examined 1893 environmental lawsuits raised ... 31-Aug-2018 more

Innovative Study Offers Insight Into Gallstone Disease Treatment

Curtin University researchers have combined elements of earth and medical science in an innovative study that they say has offered important insights into the treatment of gallstone disease. New research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, studied human gallstones, their chemical and bacterial composition and how the genes present ... 31-Aug-2018 more

Can Sustainable Development Co-exist With Current Economic Growth?

New research confronts the elephant in the room – the ‘trilemma’ of population growth, economic growth and environmental sustainability – and reveals the vast incompatibility of current models of economic development with environmental sustainability. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National ... 04-Sep-2018 more

New Curtin Research Hub to Shape Australia’s Jobs of the Future

A new team led by global experts will be tasked with shaping the jobs and industries of the future as part of a collaborative research hub based at Curtin University. The Future of Work Institute includes about 40 researchers and professionals with expertise in the changing nature of work and employment. The Institute will provide ... 04-Sep-2018 more

Enlisting Pharmacists to Help Close the Gap

New medical research shows the potentially life-saving benefits of integrating pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to improve chronic disease management.  James Cook University (JCU), the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) ... 07-Sep-2018 more

Does Gender Equality Exist in Australia? Most Say No: UC Report

An overwhelming proportion of Australians believe that inequality between women and men is still a problem in Australia today, a new report by the University of Canberra has found. A national study undertaken by the University’s 50/50 by 2030 Foundation has revealed 88 per cent of Australians believe women aren’t treated equally ... 07-Sep-2018 more

Exhibition Reveals the Dynamics of Air Essential for Life

Dynamics of Air, a major new exhibition opening on 14 September at RMIT Gallery, captures the beauty, dynamics and sensuality of air in our built environment and its critical role in designing for a zero carbon future. Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Dynamics of Air explores how 25 leading Australian and international ... 07-Sep-2018 more

Labour Pain Relief: Epidural or Not?

A new study has found that many women believe society frowns on them having an epidural during labour, but that does not stop them requesting the pain-relieving procedure. James Cook University’s Dr Diane Quach’s honours medical research project is believed to be the first Queensland study to explore women’s reasons for ... 07-Sep-2018 more

Call for Co-operation on Coastal Developments

A James Cook University expert on coastal developments is calling for scientists, engineers and planners to work together to manage the burgeoning growth of new construction on Australia’s coastline. Dr Nathan Waltham is a Senior Research Scientist from the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at ... 07-Sep-2018 more

Tetris-like Program Could Speed Breast Cancer Detection

Researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) are developing a fully-automated medical image analysis program to detect breast tumours. The program uses a unique style to focus on the affected area. In conjunction with an MRI scan, this autonomous program – using artificial ... 07-Sep-2018 more

Music Theatre Dreams Are Now Closer to Home

The University of Adelaide is giving people who want a career in musical theatre the chance to study in Adelaide for the first time. Up until now students had to study interstate to realise their dreams. The first cohort of students will start the new Bachelor of Music Theatre at the University’s Elder Conservatorium of Music in ... 10-Sep-2018 more

How Liveable is Melbourne Really? New Report Settles the Score

A new report measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity. With Melbourne surpassing the 5 million population mark, the Scorecard and Priority Recommendations measures the true liveability of ... 10-Sep-2018 more

University of Adelaide Awards Honorary Degrees

The University of Adelaide will recognise the contributions to society of three eminent Australians at this week’s graduation ceremonies, starting tomorrow. The Honourable Alexander Downer, AC, former Foreign Affairs Minister, reproductive health research leader Professor Jock Findlay, AO, and internationally regarded legal expert in ... 10-Sep-2018 more

Admissions Project Rewards Specialist Maths Skills

The University of Adelaide will make about 100 offers to Year 12 students for study into engineering, computer and mathematical sciences degrees for 2019, as part of a pilot project that will place the focus on specialist mathematics skills among students. Working closely with four South Australian secondary schools on the pilot admissions ... 10-Sep-2018 more

Finding Nemo’s genes

An international team of researchers has mapped Nemo’s genome, providing the research community with an invaluable resource to decode the response of fish to environmental changes, including climate change. In a breakthrough study led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University, and the ... 11-Sep-2018 more

Shared traffic zones may pose potential barrier to people with disabilities

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AASQA awards celebrate achievements of students with autism

Curtin University last night hosted the second annual Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) Awards, which recognise the special talents and dedication of young people living with autism. Twenty students, from high school, TAFE and university, received awards across three categories at a ceremony attended by the Honourable Kim ... 12-Sep-2018 more

Curtin graduate awarded prestigious Cambridge scholarship

Curtin University graduate Bodhi Hardinge is bound for the University of Cambridge in England after winning a prestigious scholarship to further his studies in chemistry and chemical engineering. Mr Hardinge, 23, who graduated from Curtin earlier this year with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) ... 12-Sep-2018 more

New database to better guide global conservation efforts

James Cook University researchers say a new global database will lead to better marine parks by helping to bridge critical gaps in marine conservation planning. Dr Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at JCU led a study that looked at marine conservation planning ... 14-Sep-2018 more

Wombat conference focuses on Aussie cultural icon

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Genetic sequencing answers critical koala questions

New genetic research has found populations of koalas with the genetic diversity that could be the key to protecting the vulnerable species from extinction. Koala numbers are declining in many areas across Australia. In the most comprehensive study to date, James Cook University researchers have studied the genome of the koala across the ... 14-Sep-2018 more

Project captures Stolen Generations’ voices

A project led by University of Adelaide researchers is collecting oral histories of the Stolen Generations of the Ngarrindjeri people from Murray Bridge, South Australia. The Rawul-Inyeri project, based at Murray Bridge High School, aims to better inform local students and those further afield about the history of the Stolen Generations and ... 14-Sep-2018 more

An Aspirin A Day Does Not Prolong Good Health

The results from a seven-year study of the benefits and risks of a low daily dose of aspirin to the lives of people over 70 are published in three papers in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. The study, led by a team from Monash University, involved the University of Adelaide’s Professor Nigel Stocks (Discipline of General ... 17-Sep-2018 more

Admissions Project Rewards Specialist Maths Skills

The University of Adelaide will make about 100 offers to Year 12 students for study into engineering, computer and mathematical sciences degrees for 2019, as part of a pilot project that will place the focus on specialist mathematics skills among students. Working closely with four South Australian secondary schools on the pilot admissions ... 17-Sep-2018 more

Curtin students represent Australia with Global Voices scholarships

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Curtin students strive to be pick of the crop in national competition

Five Curtin agribusiness students will vie for the title of ‘top of the crop’ as part of a national industry-led competition aimed at taking agriculture from the classroom to the paddock. The students will make up Team Curtin in the 10th year of the Australian Universities Crops Competition (AUCC) – an event that attracts ... 18-Sep-2018 more

Three global researchers awarded Forrest Fellowships to study in WA

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The root of the problem

A James Cook University medical researcher is paving the way for earlier and more accurate identification of mental health disorders in children – by reading their hair. Dr Hani Mikhail’s groundbreaking Townsville-based research project is investigating the potential for the measurement of cortisol, a stress-related hormone ... 20-Sep-2018 more

Quick And Not-So-Dirty: A Rapid Nano-Filter For Clean Water

Researchers have designed a rapid nano-filter that can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology. Simple to make and simple to scale up, the technology harnesses naturally occurring nano-structures that grow on liquid metals. The RMIT University and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers behind the ... 24-Sep-2018 more

UC Is Number One in ACT For Graduate Outcomes

University of Canberra graduates are more likely to gain employment and earn higher starting salaries than their peers studying at other tertiary institutions in Canberra. The University has scored top marks in graduate outcomes in The Good Universities Guide 2019, ranking number one in the ACT for full-time employment (71 per cent) and ... 24-Sep-2018 more

JCU’s Top Marks for Graduate Employment

James Cook University has been awarded a five-star rating for graduate employment - the eighth year in a row the University has achieved the result. The latest edition of the authoritative tertiary education guide The Good Universities Guide confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the University ... 24-Sep-2018 more

Researcher uncovers healthcare ‘gold mine’

A James Cook university researcher says telemedicine is providing better care at lower cost for diabetes patients in rural and remote areas - boosting the health of patients, saving them money and taking pressure off the health budget. Sixth-year medical student Nisha Nangrani’s honours research project found the Diabetes Telehealth ... 25-Sep-2018 more

University of Canberra graduations

Almost 800 members of the University of Canberra community will transition from students to alumni over the coming days across four graduation ceremonies at the Australian Institute of Sport. Starting tomorrow, graduates will celebrate the end of their time as students having completed degrees in law, IT, science, education, graphic design, ... 25-Sep-2018 more

WA’s national bid to lead battery energy storage research hub charges on

A Western Australian-led national consortium of industry and universities has been invited to progress to the second stage of its bid to lead a $100 million Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which aims to position Australia as a global leader for the energy solutions of the future. In conjunction with a range of ... 08-Oct-2018 more

Diagnostic advance: gas-sensing capsule set to hit market by 2022

An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionise the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT University and Atmo Biosciences. The commercial licence agreement, which gives the Melbourne-based start-up exclusive rights to commercialise the RMIT-developed ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Lilly Pilly fossils reveal snowless Snowy Mountains

Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia’s Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today. University of Adelaide research, published in the American Journal of Botany, describes fossils of the iconic ... 11-Oct-2018 more

New testing lab takes pressure off prawn farmers

James Cook University have been officially accredited to test for serious disease causing pathogens in prawns – relieving pressure on stretched testing services and providing a much faster turn-around service for the Queensland aquaculture industry. The Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer has approved JCU’s state-of-the art ... 11-Oct-2018 more

New laboratory opens students’ eyes to world of optometry

Students studying optometry at the University of Canberra will put their skills into focus in a brand-new state-of-the-art laboratory on campus. The Optometry Teaching Laboratory will help aspiring optometrists gain valuable pre-clinical skills in a simulated setting. Located at the University’s Health Hub, the laboratory is ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Vive la France – the resurgence of French language

The University of Adelaide’s French Department will host a lecture about the contribution of French language to English and its repositioning for worldwide resurgence following years of decline.   The lecture on Thursday 18 October is part of a program of free public events themed, What have the French ever done for us?, ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Study firms up diet and depression link

Does fast food contribute to depression? Can a healthy diet combat mental illness? In an unusual experiment, James Cook University researchers have found that among Torres Strait Islander people the amount of fish and processed food eaten is related to depression. A JCU research team led by Professors Zoltan Sarnyai and Robyn McDermott ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Lockheed Martin partners with Uni of Adelaide on machine learning

Technology and innovation company Lockheed Martin Australia has become the first Foundation Partner with the University of Adelaide’s new Australian Institute for Machine Learning. The strategic partnership will deliver world-leading machine learning research for national security, the space industry, business, and the broader ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Shrimp talent quest finds a winner

Shrimp help keep fish clean – and scientists have identified the 'cleaner shrimp' with the most talent for reducing parasites and chemical use in farmed fish.  Fish and cleaner shrimp in the wild have a symbiotic relationship, with the fish lining up at shrimp ‘cleaning stations’ to have the shrimp comb them ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Governor-General recognises leaders in life-saving healthcare

From cow dung spread on the umbilical cords of African newborns, to Vegemite and water being used to feed babies in the Australian outback, a lack of knowledge about best healthcare practice has the potential to do more harm than good. At the University of Adelaide, the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is a world-leading team of researchers ... 11-Oct-2018 more

Audit of unprecedented mangrove dieback

James Cook University scientists investigating an unprecedented mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpentaria three years ago are surveying the area to see how well it has recovered – and the early signs aren’t good.  Dr Norman Duke’s Mangrove Research Hub at JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem ... 15-Oct-2018 more

Global study finds youngest in class more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

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Frog researcher snares PM’s Science Prize

A frog researcher whose ground-breaking discoveries at James Cook University solved the mystery of a disease killing frogs around the world has won one of Australia’s most prestigious science prizes. JCU adjunct Dr Lee Berger, based within the One Health Research Group (a multi-institutional collaborative research group), has been ... 18-Oct-2018 more

Tough laws prevent gun deaths

A major global report confirms gun-related homicides, suicides and accidents are falling in Australia after the introduction of anti-gun laws, and that the effect of such tough laws is similar elsewhere. James Cook University Associate Professor Richard Franklin joined hundreds of academics and organisations around the world to produce the ... 18-Oct-2018 more

Establishing the value of esports

The rapidly growing esports industry will be the subject of a new study launched by RMIT and the Essendon Football Club. Establishing Esports Value promises a unique insight into a networked media sports industry that is developing ”in front of our very eyes” according to lead researcher Dr Emma Witkowski. The study will give ... 22-Oct-2018 more

New technique promises more accurate genomes

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a new technique that will aid in a more accurate reconstruction of human genomes by determining the exact sections of the genome that come from each parent. The new technique, published today in the journal Nature Biotechnology, will also allow researchers to identify further complexity ... 25-Oct-2018 more

Fish give up the fight after coral bleaching

Researchers have found that when water temperatures heat up for corals, fish ‘tempers’ cool down, providing the first clear evidence of coral bleaching serving as a trigger for rapid change in reef fish behaviour. Publishing in Nature Climate Change this week, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies ... 25-Oct-2018 more

Lab launches students into financial markets

The University of Adelaide’s new Financial Markets Lab will give students real-world experience of working in today’s financial markets. Located in the University’s Nexus 10 building, corner of North Terrace and Pulteney Street, the lab will be used by a wide range of students from the University’s Adelaide Business ... 26-Oct-2018 more

Getting to the bottom of 200,000 years of history

James Cook University scientists say they have now have a ‘tape recording of the past’ from beyond the last Ice Age, courtesy of a Northern Territory lagoon made famous by the movie Crocodile Dundee.  A team of researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, (CABAH) led by Professor ... 26-Oct-2018 more

Deaths due to tainted herbal medicine under-recorded

A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of ‘health tourists’ than previously thought. Professor Roger Byard is calling for closer checks during post-mortems for the presence of drugs and adulterants that originate ... 26-Oct-2018 more

New alert system for deadly condition

A James Cook University researcher has created a unique process to swiftly identify patients most at risk of dying from sepsis, a condition that claims the lives of more than 3000 Australians each year. Sixth-year medical student, Satyen Hargovan’s honours research project has generated a check-list of the top 10 factors that influence ... 06-Nov-2018 more

Trapping atoms, not space ships, with tractor beams

University of Adelaide researchers have delved into the realm of Star Wars and created a powerful tractor beam – or light-driven energy trap – for atoms. Rather than sucking space-ships into a space-station, this tractor beam pulls atoms into a microscopic hole at the centre of a special optical fibre. It is opening the way for ... 06-Nov-2018 more

Modelling a future fuelled by sustainable energy

University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs. Dr Raul Barreto, Senior Lecturer from the University’s School of Economics, has examined the short and long-term consequences of the relative productivity differential ... 06-Nov-2018 more

“Robust” corals primed to resist coral bleaching

A world-first study has revealed that “robust” reef-building corals are the only known organisms in the animal kingdom to make one of the “essential” amino acids, which may make them less susceptible than other corals to global warming. Using advanced genomic techniques, a team of researchers including Prof David ... 06-Nov-2018 more

More than intelligence needed for success in life

Research carried out at the University of Adelaide and the University of Bristol has examined long-held beliefs that success in school and careers is due to more than just high intelligence. Non-cognitive skills are also important. The study, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour is the first to systematically review the entire ... 06-Nov-2018 more

Study finds alcohol advertising rules may fail to protect Australian kids

Regulations introduced to restrict the placement of alcohol advertising are unlikely to reduce young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing in Australia, new research led by Curtin University has found. The research, published in the Drug and Alcohol Review journal, critically reviewed the placement rules added to the industry-run ... 09-Nov-2018 more

The Vault game unlocks history of emotions

Researchers from the University of Adelaide working with software developers have created a unique educational game which shows players how emotions have changed throughout history. Dr Carly Osborn from the University’s Australian Research Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions approached Adelaide digital media studio ... 19-Nov-2018 more

J.M. Coetzee: Photographs from Boyhood

J.M. Coetzee has a well-established reputation as one of the foremost writers of our times, but his early ambitions to become a photographer are less well known. A collection of images has recently surfaced that gives insight into Coetzee’s youthful encounter with photography, when he attempted to capture, as he put it, “the moment ... 19-Nov-2018 more

Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change

Research co-led by a James Cook University professor suggests the Amazon rainforest is changing fast—but not fast enough to keep up with climate change. JCU Professor Bill Laurance showed in 2004 that forests in the central Amazon had mysteriously changed over the previous two decades. Among other changes, Laurance found the ... 19-Nov-2018 more

A rare-earth metal enigma is solved

James Cook University scientists can now predict where a rare-earth metal vital for wind-turbines, electric vehicles and generators can be found – and they say it may lead to an economic bonanza for Australia. A new study published in the journal Economic Geology by James Cook University PhD student Teimoor Nazari-Dehkordi and ... 19-Nov-2018 more

Crowdfunding campaign to help save Tassie devil

A crowdfunding campaign launched today (Tuesday 13 November) by the University of Adelaide aims to help save the Tasmanian devil, one of Australia’s most iconic but endangered animals. Tasmanian devils face extinction from a cancer called Devil Facial Tumour (DFT). The key to curing them of this disease could lie in the cells in their ... 19-Nov-2018 more

Global call to arms for scientists as bad infrastructure booms

An international expert on development says fellow scientists are not doing enough to challenge trillions of dollars-worth of infrastructure projects that benefit only a few and seriously harm the environment. An editorial by Distinguished Professor William Laurance on global infrastructure was published today in the prestigious journal ... 19-Nov-2018 more

Law reforms propose clearer access to surrogacy

Reforms proposed to South Australian surrogacy laws recommend an updated and improved non-commercial system of domestic surrogacy to protect the interests of all parties, especially those of the surrogate child. In a report delivered today to the Attorney-General, the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of ... 19-Nov-2018 more

Wake-up call for child sleep issues

A James Cook University study has found sleep problems in pre-schoolers could help predict whether children are at risk of developing conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.  Sixth-year medical student Emily Sawyer’s honours research project investigated whether disruptive sleep patterns in pre-schoolers could be ... 19-Nov-2018 more

New blood test detects early stage ovarian cancer

Research on a bacterial toxin first discovered in Adelaide has led to the development a new blood test for the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer - a disease which kills over 1000 Australian women and 150,000 globally each year. The new blood test has the potential to dramatically improve early detection of the disease, although it will ... 19-Nov-2018 more

RMIT partners with ACMI to reactivate the iconic Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre will soon take its place again at the centre of Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene thanks to an exciting partnership between ACMI and RMIT that will see the iconic theatre reopen in 2019. Once the city’s hub for a thriving entertainment and arts scene, for decades the Capitol Theatre has remained a treasured ... 19-Nov-2018 more

Tropical summer causes DNA damage in pig sperm

In a first-of-its-kind study, James Cook University researchers have discovered that tropical heat is no good for the love life of pigs. Dr Damien Paris, Prof Bruce Gummow and PhD student Dr Santiago Peña Jr from the Gamete and Embryology (GAME) Lab at James Cook University, examined the quality of sperm sampled at three different ... 26-Nov-2018 more

Bonita Mabo honoured by JCU

Bonita Mabo has received one of James Cook University’s highest awards, an Honorary Doctor of Letters, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community. Dr Mabo has been recognised for her advocacy work for Indigenous schooling and her campaigning for the rights of Indigenous Australians and Australian South Sea ... 26-Nov-2018 more

Researcher nets top 10 innovator award for fighting superbugs

University of Adelaide scientist Dr Katharina Richter has been named as one of the top 10 innovators in the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 competition for the Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Taiwan region. The awards, which recognise brilliant young minds, are presented annually by MIT Technology Review and ... 26-Nov-2018 more

Rethinking Australia's climate history

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found evidence of climate change that coincided with the first wave of European settlement of Australia, which effectively delivered a double-punch of drying and land clearance to the country. The research, published in Quaternary Science Reviews, suggests that eastern Australia, including ... 20-Dec-2018 more

New tools to fight northern bio-invaders

A team of James Cook University scientists is beginning work on cutting-edge ways to repel biosecurity invaders from Australia’s northern shores, including the use of pesticides triggered by light and automatic acoustic detection. Dr Lori Lach, invasive species leader at JCU’s Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Biggest coral reseeding project as Great Barrier Reef spawns

The largest collaborative effort in history to regenerate a reef using millions of coral spawn begins this weekend off the coast of Cairns, Queensland. The Larval Restoration Project aims to repair the reproductive life cycles of corals and to re-establish breeding populations on damaged reefs in the Vlasoff and Arlington Reef area off ... 20-Dec-2018 more

New book explores crisis in Australian wage growth

A new collection of research from leading Australian experts and commentators casts further light on the unprecedented slowdown in wage growth that has puzzled and concerned policy-makers. The new book, The Wages Crisis in Australia: What it is and what to do about it, presents an agenda for immediate policy reforms to re-ignite wage growth. ... 20-Dec-2018 more

JCU partners with the Philippines’s Government

James Cook University is teaming up with the government of the Philippines to enhance science, technology and innovation in the tropics. JCU’s Chancellor and former Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell was in Manila earlier this week for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Science and Technology ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Experts: New highways will drive environmental and social calamities in New Guinea

An Indonesian plan to crisscross the western half of New Guinea with new highways has “red flags all over it,” according to a research team from James Cook University in Australia that has evaluated the costs and benefits of the project. The authors studied the “Trans-Papuan Highway”, a network of paved roads that, if ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the use of these ‘natural’ or ‘wild’ yeasts during the production process has mostly been discouraged by wine makers. The study, published in the Nature journal ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Microplastics found in all sea turtle species

Tests on more than 100 sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea have revealed microplastic in the gut of every single turtle – including off the coast of Queensland. More than 800 synthetic particles were found in the 102 turtles studied, with up to 20 pieces of microplastics (synthetic particles less than ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Mystery of colour patterns of reef fish solved

Scientists have solved the mystery of why some closely-related species of an iconic reef fish have vastly different colour patterns while others look very similar.  Innovative research led by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at James Cook University, examined the differences in appearance of 42 ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Obesity intervention needed before pregnancy

New research from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute supports the need for dietary and lifestyle interventions before overweight and obese women become pregnant. The researchers have reported the results of a large study of birth outcomes in more than 500 overweight or obese women from three public maternity units ... 20-Dec-2018 more

New tool delivers swifter picture of cognitive deficit

A new tool, developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide, will assist clinicians to assess people suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD). The THINC-integrated tool (THINC-it) digital software tool, developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Psychiatry, evaluates the cognitive functions ... 20-Dec-2018 more

A glimmer of hope for the world’s coral reefs

The future of the world’s coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change, the response of the Great Barrier Reef to extreme temperatures in 2017 was markedly different to one year earlier, following two back-to-back bouts of coral ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Attention deficits examined

A James Cook University scientist is investigating how people are distracted from vital tasks and how that might be prevented. JCU psychology lecturer Dr Nicole Thomas said her research is relevant to many skills – from driving a car, to reading a book, to piloting an aircraft.  “We possess a remarkable capacity to focus ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Cyclone risk assessment program to start in April

James Cook University has revealed details of a new engineering inspection program that could push down the cost of insurance for apartments, units and other strata buildings in northern Queensland. The North Queensland Strata Title Inspection Program will allow body corporates to engage independent inspectors to assess their property and ... 20-Dec-2018 more

Metabolic syndrome increases risk of pregnancy complications

Research led by the University of Adelaide shows that metabolic syndrome in pregnant women increases their risk for pregnancy complications including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes by 2-4 times. Published in the journal PLOS Medicine the research assessed maternal metabolic health at 15 weeks’ gestation in 5530 women in the ... 20-Dec-2018 more