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Airborne sensors help build a maritime picture

Defence graduates have explored the impact of working with uninhabited aerial systems on Naval crew performances and workload. Defence Science and Technology graduates Cassandra Heffernan and Tom Fahy were recently introduced to the world of defence science experimentation. They helped experienced practitioners Kingsley Fletcher and Susan Cockshell put Navy personnel through a series of tasks to explore the impact of working with uninhabited aerial systems (UAS) on crew performance and workload. This work is exploring […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Defence Science and Technology Group from Defence Science and Technology Group

Prescription antacids linked to allergies

Medicines prescribed to reduce your stomach acid have been associated with an increased risk of developing allergies, say Austrian researchers. A team from the University of Vienna found that people who needed prescription antacids were twice as likely to need anti-allergy medications in subsequent years. They also found that women and older individuals were most at risk. The team of researchers, studied prescription medication records for over 8 million people, around 97 per cent of […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Cale Matthews from Australian Science Media Centre
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Hangovers do more than make us feel sick

It’s not good news for heavy drinkers – hangovers can make us feel pretty lowsy, and now researchers have found that they can reduce our brain function too. It’s the morning after a big night out. Not only do you feel sick, but it feels like you can’t think straight either. Most people put it down to a headache or nausea. But, it turns out it might be a little bit more than that. New […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Swinburne University of Technology Newsroom from Swinburne University of Technology
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"No Jab, No Pay" has less influence on the wealthy, but parents support it anyway

‘No Jab, No Pay’ is widely supported by parents, but it may be influencing low-income families more than the wealthy. Four in five parents support the Australian Government’s ‘No Jab, No Pay’ policy, and it has increased vaccination rates, finds new research from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney. However, it may also be influencing low-income families more than the wealthy. The ‘No Jab, No Pay’ legislation, introduced in 2016, removed the option of non-medical […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: UNSW Newsroom from University of New South Wales
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Magnetic nanosprings could clean up microplastic pollution

Plastic pollution remains a huge environmental issue. Now, researchers have developed a new approach that breaks down microplastics without impacting the marine ecosystem. A team of Australian and Chinese researchers have developed carbon nanosprings that show promise in breaking down microplastics polluting oceans and rivers without harming nearby microorganisms. The tiny springs are also designed to become magnetic once they’ve been used, so they can be recollected and used again. The development is described in […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Nick Carne from The University of Adelaide
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Hemp is set to become the next big thing. Here's why

Damage to the Earth has reached crisis levels, and now with growing bans lifted, hemp might just prove to be a sustainable alternative. Since nations like the U.S. and Australia have lifted their bans on growing hemp, a revolution is brewing. Innovators are taking up the gauntlet to cultivate this versatile plant for a medley of biodegradable materials including plastic polymers, building products, fabrics, wood, biofuel, paper and even car components. Hemp has been used […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Natalie Parletta from Australia's Science Channel
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Do we need better care in our dying days?

A personal experience has highlighted the need for a revamp of end of life care, after finding that institutions are ill-prepared. A new paper has highlighted the failings in palliative care and how we are cared for when we die.  The review is calling for the involvement from patients and loved-ones in all decisions across the end of life sector.  The research from The Australian National University (ANU)  is co-authored by Alan Bevan, 68, who […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: ANU Newsroom from Australian National University
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Commercial longline fishing threatens sharks worldwide

Sharks, including protected species, are at risk from commercial fishing, with even remote hotspots affected by longline fishing fleets. Even the most remote parts of the ocean appear to offer highly migratory sharks little refuge from industrialised longline fishing fleets, according to a major new international study published in the journal Nature. Large sharks inhabiting the open ocean account for more than half of all identified shark catch globally in target fisheries or as bycatch. […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: News Desk from Flinders University
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The key to riding faster is to sleep longer

In cycling a few seconds can be the difference between winning or losing but it turns out the key to riding faster is extra sleep. Cycling races are often won by just a few seconds, so anything that legally can boost performance by minutes is worthy of consideration. According to researchers from Deakin University the key might just be a matter of getting more sleep. Extra sleep equates to a faster time It was discovered […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Nick Carne from Cosmos Magazine
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Indonesia has turned back our waste - it's time to clean up our act

When China stopped buying our recycling in 2018, it should have served as a wake up call. We didn’t listen. Now Indonesia has turned back our waste too. Indonesia has returned a container load of recyclables back to Australia, because the material did not meet stringent import requirements. It is the latest Southeast Asian country to refuse Australia’s recycling waste. In January 2018, China stopped buying our recyclables until contamination was reduced significantly. To achieve […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Trevor Thornton from Deakin University
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To better manage groundwater, first understand it

People are drilling downwards for water, but before we start to try and better manage groundwater, we need to better understand and measure it. It may be out of sight, but it should not be out of mind. Water hidden beneath the Earth’s surface comprises 98% of the planet’s fresh water. On average, this groundwater provides a third of all total water consumed, and its preciousness is ever more palpable since Cape Town’s water crisis […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Natalie Parletta from Australia's Science Channel
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Current global warming is unprecedented in the last 2000 years

Since the second half of the 20th century, global warming events have been occurring at a rate unmatched in the last 2,000 years. The Earth has undergone periods of warming and cooling through the last 2,000 years, but using seven different statistical methods to observe these trends, researchers have found the largest warming trends have happened in the second half of the 20th century. Co-author Ben Henley, from the University of Melbourne, says that the […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Cale Matthews from Australian Science Media Centre
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Astronomers see the Sun’s future in a dying star

Astronomers have witnessed the early stages of a death of a red giant star for the first time, confirming how our Sun will end its days. Astronomers have witnessed a rare dynamic event they say reinforces predictions about the Sun’s ultimate demise. The team of researchers observed the convulsion of T Ursae Minoris (T UMi) – a star similar to the Sun but older and nearer the end of its life. It was significant because […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Nick Carne from Cosmos Magazine
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Swipe right for puppy playdates

Forget about Tinder, there’s a new match-making app around – but this is for lonely dogs looking for their new best friend. A dog’s life in the city can be a lonely one but a QUT business student has come up with a unique solution – a free match-making app, PatchPets, for doggy playdates. When 21-year old Josh Fritz moved from his home town of Moranbah to Brisbane and adopted Quincy, a cavoodle, he found […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: QUT Newsroom from Queensland University of Technology

Finding the genes needed to save Australian mammals

A new genome mapping program is aiming to build an evolutionary family tree which will be used to protect our endangered species. When planning to protect threatened species, it’s helpful to consider how they’ve survived and adapted over the millions of years leading up to this point. That’s the theory behind Bioplatforms Australia’s Oz Mammal Genomics (OMG) Framework Data Initiative to build an evolutionary “family tree” for all Australian mammals. The result could make waves […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: Amy Middleton from Cosmos Magazine
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The movement of your mobile phone says a lot about your personality

Scientists can use the pattern of your phone’s movements to predict your personality type. If you’re one of those people that send multiple texts in a row, you might not be the most organised person. On the other hand, if you tend to send one message at a time, you might be described as conscientious. At least, that’s according to new research from RMIT University that says the movement of your phone says a lot […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: RMIT University from RMIT University
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Early humans were horny af

As early homo sapiens spread out from Africa, they hooked up with five other hominid species, genetic analysis shows. Turns out that our ancient ancestors weren’t exactly shy when it came to trying new things. A new analysis has revealed that as the ancestors of modern humans (homo sapiens) moved out of Africa and across Eurasia, they would try get it on with just about anyone they came across. In fact, genetic analysis has shown […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: Australia's Science Channel Editors from Australia's Science Channel
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Women missing out on the best heart care

There is a mistaken belief that coronary heart disease only affects men and it’s becoming problematic for women, who are missing out on optimal care. Coronary heart disease doesn’t just affect middle-aged men; in fact, almost half of those who die from the disease are women. Researchers suggest that this mistaken belief might be the reason why women who suffer from the disease are not receiving optimal care. Research carried out by researchers from La […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: La Trobe Newsroom from La Trobe University
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How Tegan became a marine biologist for a gas company

Working as an environmental scientist for a natural gas company can provide unique challenges and opportunities. Tegan Box grew up in Dampier where Woodside, Australia’s largest natural gas producer, was a part of the community. She always thought Woodside would be “an interesting company to work for” – but had no idea she would join their environment team following university. How did you get to where you are now? I completed a marine biology/zoology degree […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: Nick Carne from Australia's Science Channel

Eating too much chilli could lead to memory loss

Think twice before adding that extra kick of chilli sauce or chopped jalapeno to your meal – new research shows a spicy diet could be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. Spice might make life more interesting, but too much could negatively affect your memory, suggests a new study from Qatar, China and Australia. A 15-year study of 4582 Chinese adults aged over 55 found evidence of faster cognitive decline in those who consistently ate […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: UniSA Newsroom from University of South Australia
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Adani has set a dangerous example in requesting scientists' names

Adani’s request for the names of scientists creates a dangerous precedent for potential interference in scientific reviews, says a legal expert. A freedom of information request has revealed Adani sought the names of CSIRO and Geoscience Australia scientists involved in reviewing groundwater management plans related to its proposed Carmichael mine. Adani argued it required a list of people involved in the review so as to have “peace of mind” that it was being treated fairly […] See more

Published 4 weeks ago. Author: Samantha Hepburn from Deakin University
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Persecute, protect or ignore? Dilemma as species move due to climate change

Animals are having to change their ranges and habitats due to climate change – but how do we manage them when they get too close to humans? Polar bears turning up in Russian Siberia this year are the latest sign of a trend that scientists expect to increase in coming years as species change their ranges and habitats in response to climate change. However, there is the possibility for conflicts to arise between humans and […] See more

Published 1 month ago. Author: University of Tasmania Newsroom from University of Tasmania
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Mental illness takes a toll on our physical health too

New research has highlighted the toll that mental illness can have on our physical health, and in some cases it can even reduce our life expectancy. People suffering from mental illnesses face drastic physical health challenges, according to an Aussie-led task force which found they could experience a gap in life expectancy of around 20 years. The report, published in The Lancet Psychiatry earlier this week, found a broad range of mental illnesses are associated […] See more

Published 1 month ago. Author: Olivia Henry from Australian Science Media Centre
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Ningaloo’s nursery under the spotlight

In response to a proposed pipe bundling facility, researchers highlight the need for Exmouth Gulf – which is home to an abundance of marine species – to be protected. Western Australia’s Exmouth Gulf is home to more fish species than Ningaloo Reef, according to a review of the area’s environmental values. The once-in-a-generation review found the gulf—which is next to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef— is home to at least 63 species sharks and rays, […] See more

Published 1 month ago. Author: Michelle Wheeler from Australia's Science Channel
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How the moon landing changed the world

50 years after the moon landing, four experts tell us how the historic event changed the world. 50 years ago Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and uttered those famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. And what a giant leap it has been. The moon landing transformed the way we understand our own planet, as well as providing technology we use every day. But not only did it […] See more

Published 1 month ago. Author: Australia's Science Channel Editors from Australia's Science Channel
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