Research & development

QUT joins the search for ancient life on Mars

23 October, 2020 by Lauren Davis

QUT will develop software to crunch the complex geochemical data that will be captured by the Perseverance rover during its mission to search for ancient life on Mars.


Black hole spotted devouring a star

15 October, 2020

A rare blast of light, emitted by a star as it was sucked in by a supermassive black hole, has been spotted by scientists using telescopes from around the world.


Australia set to co-host the world's largest telescope

02 October, 2020

Western Australia will host the Square Kilometre Array's 130,000 antennas, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for Australia.


'Blueprint' to stabilise the Earth's climate released

24 September, 2020

Scientists have produced what they claim is the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience.


6 min Strep A test suitable for remote settings

10 September, 2020

Rapid, molecular point-of-care tests can be used in remote settings to accurately detect the presence of Strep A bacterium in just six minutes.


Sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels

04 September, 2020

Sea ice across the Southern Ocean played a crucial role in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change.


CSIRO helps establish new disaster research centre

21 August, 2020 | Supplied by: CSIRO

CSIRO has welcomed the government's announcement of a national disaster research centre, set to focus on natural hazards and disaster risk reduction.


20 min assay for COVID-19 developed

20 August, 2020

The rapid molecular test, called N1-STOP-LAMP, involves using a small portable machine that can detect SARS-CoV-2 from just one nasal swab.


Biomass flow reactor will turn waste into fuel

18 August, 2020

The biomass benchtop flow reactor has the potential to turn a wide range of waste and biomass feedstock into fuels, fine chemicals, liquid fertiliser and ethanol.


New international carbon dating standard

17 August, 2020

Radiocarbon dating is set to become more accurate after an international team of scientists recalculated the technique for assessing the age of historical events and objects.


Non-fasting blood test can screen youth for prediabetes

12 August, 2020

The HbA1c test measures the degree to which sugar molecules have linked irreversibly to molecules in red blood cells in the previous few months.


Glacier melt linked to human greenhouse gas emissions: study

06 August, 2020

Australian and New Zealand scientists have shown a strong link between human greenhouse gas emissions and the increased melting of glaciers.


Tau protein could be key to an Alzheimer's blood test

03 August, 2020 by Lauren Davis

Blood tests based on the tau protein phospho-tau217 (p-tau217) may be able to detect changes in the brain 20 years before dementia symptoms occur.


Radiation sickness detected in a drop of blood

28 July, 2020

The new test uses a single drop of blood — collected from a simple finger prick — and results are ready in a few hours.


Slow warming of the deep ocean not good news

07 July, 2020 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

The world's deep oceans are warming at a slower rate than the surface, but it's still not good news for deep-sea creatures.


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