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stars interrogated

340,000 Stars Interrogated in Search for Sun’s Siblings

A Sydney-led international group of astronomers has revealed the "DNA" of more than 340,000 stars in the first major data release from the Galactic...
antibiotics

Enlisting Nanoparticles in the Fight Against Superbugs

Andrea O’Connor and her University of Melbourne research team are at the forefront of one of the biggest battles in science today. Their development of...
paralysis in dogsvideo

Raw Chicken Linked to Paralysis in Dogs

As pet ownership increases across the world, our furry (as well as feathered and scaly) friends have become firmly established members of the family. Wanting...
diabetes, Zoonosis, spin, human nutrition, blockchain

Pre-Diabetes Discovery Marks Step Towards Precision Medicine

Identification of three molecules that can be used to accurately assess pre-diabetes – a key predictor of conditions such as diabetes and high blood...
Mycobacterium ulcerans

The Science Behind Victoria’s “Flesh-Eating Bacteria”

If the recent headlines about a bacterium that causes a non-healing ulcer reportedly spreading in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula are to be believed – we...
implants

Part Human, Part Robot: The Future of Medical Implantables

A century ago, placing man-made parts into a human body to replicate lost function or prevent debilitating symptoms would have been viewed as science...
galaxyvideo

Astronomers Spun Up by Galaxy-Shape Finding

For the first time astronomers have measured how a galaxy’s spin affects its shape. It sounds simple, but measuring a galaxy’s true 3D shape is...
Quantum Dot Biosensors, Optomechanical Device, Nanocavity, Hyperuniform materials, Laser, glare, graphene

Getting Hold of Quantum Dot Biosensors

Quantum dots (QDs) have found so many applications in recent years, they can now be purchased with a variety of composite structures and configurations....
Recycled Poo

The Power of Recycled Poo

The old saying ‘waste not, want not’ applies to many situations in life, but maybe unexpectedly, it’s also pertinent when we’re talking about poo. Putting...
human-machine interaction

Three Ways We’re ‘Making Friends’ with Robots

As machines become more intelligent our relationship with them is changing, prompting calls from experts like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking for greater, proactive...
salmon

Farmed Salmon Are Deaf – and Now We Know Why

The odds are that every second farmed salmon we eat has lost much of its ability to hear. Although fish senses aren’t usually a consideration...
zebrafish

Repairing Brain Injury by Learning from a Fish

In the waterways around the Himalayas lives a small, stripy fish. As it goes about its daily life searching for food and avoiding predators, the...
epilepsy

Predicting Epileptic Seizures, Just like the Weather

Every morning you wake up and check the weather app on your smartphone, to see if it will rain. If the forecast probability is...
nanoclay

Nanoclay Can Stop Cladding Fires Spreading

Tiny particles of “nanoclay” added to building cladding can radically reduce the risk of fires spreading, preventing future disasters like the Grenfell Tower blaze...
pollutants

The Common Insecticide Poisoning Our Rivers and Wetlands

Urban streams and wetlands play an important role in the proper functioning of our cities. They protect our houses from floods, provide green spaces...
light energy

The Exciting Future of Light Energy

In a world of growing energy needs, and a global imperative to halt carbon emissions, a tiny ‘quasiparticle’ called an exciton could provide the...
anxiety

Smartphones New Weapon in War Against Anxiety

New research has revealed that apps installed on smartphones can be used to significantly reduce anxiety. Joseph Firth, from The University of Manchester, led the...
malaria

DNA Fingerprinting Reveals How Malaria Hides from Immune System

A study involving more than 600 children living in southeast Gabon found that each infected child in one small African village had a different...

Breathing Your Way to Preventing High Blood Pressure

The most common type of hypertension, which accounts for 95 percent of people with high blood pressure, might one day be prevented with breathing...

Seeing is Believing: Diamond Quantum Sensor Reveals How Current Flows in...

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are the first in the world to image how electrons move in two-dimensional graphene, a boost to the...