Research & development

Mysterious object found in black hole collision

30 June, 2020

The LIGO and Virgo observatories have detected gravitational waves caused by the collision of a black hole, accompanied by a mysterious astrophysical object.


New liquid biopsy method detects early kidney cancer

29 June, 2020

The method has been found to detect kidney cancers with high accuracy, including small, localised tumours for which no early detection method currently exists.


Australian fossil reveals ancient plant species

19 June, 2020

Fresh examination of an Australian fossil has revealed evidence of a newly discovered plant species that existed more than 359 million years ago.


New test improves early detection of prostate cancer

17 June, 2020

A groundbreaking new test can improve the early detection of prostate cancer compared with the existing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.


Probiotics found to boost coral survival

16 June, 2020

Feeding coral a dose of good bacteria increases their overall health and tolerance to stresses related to climate change, such as rising water temperatures.


Carbon dioxide capture and water filtration enabled by MOFs

15 June, 2020 | Supplied by: Monash University

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) — technology that resembles a sponge filled with tiny magnets — are being used to help deliver cleaner air and water.


Saliva tests for COVID-19 could replace nasal swabs

04 June, 2020 | Supplied by: The University of Queensland

Saliva can be used to diagnose the presence and transmission of COVID-19, and to monitor immunity to SARS-Cov-2.


Pulsar observed 'powering up'

03 June, 2020

Astronomers have observed the full process of material spiralling into a distant neutron star, triggering an X-ray outburst thousands of times brighter than our Sun.


Rubber polymer enables greener construction materials

26 May, 2020 | Supplied by: Flinders University

Bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a new kind of rubber polymer.


Australia's mountains are still growing

22 May, 2020

Parts of the Eastern Highlands of Victoria may be as young as five million years old — not 90 million years old as previously thought.


Biomarker signature found for tuberculosis infection

21 May, 2020

The biomarker discovery could be used as the basis for a highly effective and simple diagnostic blood test to help detect prevalent cases of TB in the community.


Renewable biofuel could be used on ships

15 May, 2020

Researchers have been converting bioethanol into products including synthetic diesel, gasoline and jet fuel that have nearly the same properties as fossil fuels.


Diagnostic test tracks the spread of infectious diseases

14 May, 2020

The new diagnostic approach has the potential to enhance infectious diseases surveillance, and so is now being adapted to track immunity to COVID-19.


The secret behind virgin birth in South African bees

11 May, 2020

Reversions to asexual reproduction are rare in nature, so this may be the first time that the genetic basis of such a phenomenon has been discovered.


Fighting the COVID-19 fire with molecular diagnostics innovations

04 May, 2020 by Dr Luyun Jiang, Technology Analyst | Supplied by: IDTechEx

Unlike in the influenza pandemic in 1918, today we are better equipped to identify the elusive bug responsible for COVID-19.


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