Research & development

'Anaemic' star carries link to ancient ancestor

09 August, 2019

A newly discovered ancient star, containing what is said to be a record-low amount of iron, carries evidence of a class of even older stars.


A smartphone virus scanner with a difference

08 August, 2019

A virus scanner for a smartphone might not sound too exciting at first, but the device in question doesn't search for the latest malware; it scans biological samples for real viruses.


'Electronic tongue' could detect bladder cancer early

05 August, 2019

Electronic voltammetric tongues could help detect bladder cancer in its earliest stages with a small urine sample.


Imaging probes detect acute kidney failure early

01 August, 2019

The renal probes are injected into the bloodstream and light up when they detect molecular changes caused by the onset of acute kidney failure.


Insects feel chronic pain too

23 July, 2019

Scientists have known insects experience something like pain since 2003, but new research has shown that insects also experience chronic pain that lasts long after an initial injury has healed.


Mussels could be used in surface engineering

18 July, 2019

The adhesive properties of mussels, and the possibility of their use in a wide range of surface engineering applications, have been detailed by US and Chinese researchers.


Gene discovery could help roots grow deeper

16 July, 2019

Researchers have discovered a gene that determines whether roots grow deep or shallow in the soil — and could be altered to help plants adapt to changing climates.


Aphrodisiac pheromone found in fish semen

10 July, 2019

The semen of the male sea lamprey contains spermine, a highly specific and potent pheromone, which attracts ready-to-mate female sea lampreys.


Two new blood tests for Alzheimer's developed

08 July, 2019

Researchers from both Singapore and Sweden have, within a day of each other, announced their own blood tests for Alzheimer's disease.


Does air pollution affect female fertility?

04 July, 2019

Ovarian reserve — a marker of potential female fertility based on the number of resting follicles in the ovary — has been found in a large-scale study to be adversely affected by high levels of air pollution.


Radio burst pinpointed 3.6bn light-years away

02 July, 2019

Astronomers have determined the precise location of a powerful one-off burst of cosmic radio waves, thanks to the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope.


Cranberries increase bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics

24 June, 2019

Cranberries are highly sought after for their tangy taste and the antioxidants they contain, but a new study provides evidence that they could also help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.


Breath test could replace pinprick testing in diabetics

14 June, 2019

Monitoring blood levels with the prick of a finger could be replaced with just a breath, thanks to a ketone-monitoring device developed at the University of Sydney.


Computer-assisted diagnostics detect brain tumour growth earlier

05 June, 2019

A computer-assisted diagnostic procedure helps physicians detect the growth of low-grade brain tumours earlier and at smaller volumes than visual comparison alone.


Anticancer properties found in medicinal plants

28 May, 2019

The leaves of three Southeast Asian plants are effective in stopping the growth of seven types of cancer. Anticancer properties were also demonstrated in three other medicinal plants.


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