Just some of the fantastic research outcomes supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC).  

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2018  

June 

An automated system for the analysis of road safety and conditions—15 June 2018

A new ARC Linkage Projects grant of $240,519, led by Professor Brijesh Verma, at Central Queensland University and with additional support from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, aims to develop an automated system for the analysis of road safety and conditions. 

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs—15 June 2018

A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme, with funding of $629,331 awarded to a team led by Dr Benjamin Cleveland at The University of Melbourne.

Remote sensing to improve structural efficiency of high-speed catamarans—15 June 2018

A new $460,000 research project to develop a monitoring system that remotely measures ship motions, loads and ride control activity for commercial high-speed catamarans has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme.

Digitising the Kaldor Public Art Projects Archive—15 June 2018

A new ARC Linkage Project grant of $110,986 awarded to a research team led by Professor John Potts at Macquarie University, aims to theorise and document the creation of a permanent record of the development of public art in Australia through the digitisation of the Kaldor Public Art Projects (KPAP) archive.

 
ACEMS team to lead UN workshop on satellite imagery—12 June 2018

Full article published by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) Deputy Director and Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Kerrie Mengersen and ACEMS Research Associate Jacinta Holloway, both based at the Queensland University of Technology, are leading an international workshop that will focus on how to use data from satellite imagery to unlock valuable insights.

Satellite imagery data can be used to examine things like poverty, the movement of populations, disease, threatened species and to monitor the environment. The ‘Earth Observations for Official Statistics’ workshop, organised by the United Nations, is being held in Bangkok, Thailand and involves ten Asian countries. It will teach these countries how to obtain and how to use the vast amount of free data coming from satellites.

Image: free satellite data can be made use of for governments with limited resources. Credit:NASA.

 
Developing a new way for robots to see the world—8 June 2018

Full article published by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QUT researchers based at the Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision have developed a new way for robots to see the world from a more human perspective, which has the potential to improve how technology, such as driverless cars and industrial and mobile robots, operates and interacts with people.

In what is believed to be a world first, PhD student Sourav Garg, Dr Niko Suenderhauf and Professor Michael Milford, an ARC Future Fellow from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, have used visual semantics to enable high-performance place recognition from opposing viewpoints. This allows robots and autonomous vehicles to better recognise a place when re-entering it from the opposite direction, or when lighting conditions have changed.

Image credit: 1 Year, 1000km: The Oxford RobotCar Datase (courtesy QUT).

Solar energy pioneer Scientia Professor Martin Green, wins prestigious Global Energy Prize—8 June 2018

Full article issued by The University of New South Wales.

Solar energy pioneer Scientia Professor Martin Green, twice the recipient of an ARC Federation Fellowship, has become the first Australian to win a prestigious Global Energy Prize for his research, development and educational activities in the field of photovoltaics.

Professor Green, who is Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics at the University of New South Wales, was honoured for having ‘revolutionised the efficiency and costs of solar photovoltaics, making this now the lowest cost option for bulk electricity supply’.

Image: Scientia Professor Martin Green. Credit: The University of New South Wales. 

New sensors open door to wearable medical diagnostic device—7 June 2018

Full article issued by The Australian National University

Two ARC supported scientists from The Australian National University have designed tiny optical sensors that open the door to developing a wearable device that allows doctors to medically diagnose people's health in real time.

Associate Professor Antonio Tricoli, an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient, said the sensors, which are 50 times thinner than a human hair, promised to one day help doctors detect diseases such as diabetes much earlier than is possible today, and better manage a range of chronic diseases.

Co-researcher Dr Mohsen Rahmani, also an ARC DECRA recipient, said the sensors combined very small gold nanostructures with semiconductors in a way that created unique properties to enable the detection of gas molecules at very low concentrations.

Image: PHd candidate Zelio Fusco with a sample of one of the sensors. Credit: Lannon Harley, The Australian National University.

 

May 

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Researchers developing graphene-based fire retardant material—29 May 2018

Full article issued by Timber Trader News

New research led by ARC Future Fellow Professor Dusan Losic, who is the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation based at The University of Adelaide, has identified graphene as a new, effective carbon-based fire retardant additive.

In Australia, our fire safety record is strong, but research carried out between 2004 and 2012 estimates 100 fatalities and 3000 injuries per annum. Graphene based fire retardants have a promising future for industry as they are based in carbon, and consequently do not present the potential hazard to health and regulatory issues which affect many of the chemical based fire retardants currently in use. The project is sponsored by the Research Hub’s industry partner First Graphene Ltd.

Image: Fire retardants used to support firefighting efforts often contain heavily regulated chemicals. Credit: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Two ARC Centres of Excellence combine forces to create ‘flux capacitor’—24 May 2018

Full story published by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET).

In new research which references the popular science fiction movie Back to the Future, a collaboration of physicists in two ARC Centres of Excellence: EQUS and FLEET, working with researchers in Switzerland, have proposed a device which uses the quantum tunnelling of magnetic flux around a capacitor to break time-reversal symmetry. 

The research, published in Physical Review Letters, proposes a new generation of electronic circulators, which are devices that control the direction in which microwave signals move. 

Unfortunately, the device does not allow us to actually travel back in time. However, it does make an important step towards precisely directing control and measurement signals around a quantum computer.

 
No Fuzz: New Deakin treatment does away with fabric pilling—24 May 2018

Full article issued by Deakin University.

That nasty pilling on your woollen jumpers and bedsheets could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new textile treatment developed by textile innovators at HeiQ, with help from researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres and Deakin University's Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM).

Working collaboratively under the framework provided by the of the ARC Research Hub, the partners have developed a range of 'No Fuzz' treatments that reduce unsightly pilling and make garments look and feel newer for longer.

No Fuzz is the second commercial product to come out of IFM's collaboration with HeiQ, following the 2016 release of the 'HeiQ Real Silk' textile treatment.

Image: IFM's Dr Amol Patil and Dr Marzieh Parhizkar apply the treatment solution to a fabric sample. Credit: Donna Squire, Deakin University

Illuminating the amazing properties of light—24 May 2018

To celebrate the UNESCO International Day of Light on Tuesday 15 May, Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik and his research group from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), hosted approximately 50 students from The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics & Technology (QASMT) and Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) for an event that showcased the history of light and its technologies.

Trade travel for tweets to prevent pollution and boost equity—22 May 2018

Full article issued by The University of Queensland.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) held an online-only environmental science conference hosted on Twitter on 22 May, International Day for Biological Diversity. Based at The University of Queensland, the environmental scientists were ‘trading travel for tweets’ in an effort to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and improve accessibility leading talks in the conference.

CEED Director and Deputy Associate Dean Research at UQ’s Faculty of Science, Professor Kerrie Wilson, said the conference was designed to increase efficiency and improve equity of access. Conference presentations can be found by searching the hashtag #CEEDTC2018 or visiting the CEED website.

Image: UQ PhD candidate Stephanie Avery-Gomm will be presenting at the CEED Twitter Conference. Credit: The University of Queensland.

GI Jennie’, ‘Ant Man’, and the man who unboiled an egg to join Australia’s science luminaries—22 May 2018

The ARC congratulates the 21 scientists—including Professor Anne Kelso, CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council as well as many ARC-funded researchers—elected as 2018 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) for their outstanding contributions to science. 

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Interlocking bricks to improve the strength of structures—17 May 2018

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant of $277,092 led by Professor Hong Hao, based at Curtin University, aims to develop optimised interlocking bricks to resist static and earthquake loads, leading to improved mechanical performance of the resulting structures.

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Innovating the industries and jobs of the future—17 May 2018

A newly funded Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant, led by Professor John Spoehr at The Flinders University of South Australia, aims to determine how economic complexity can drive innovation and smart specialisation, and how industry can be supported to transition to a more competitive economy. 

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New project to link construction industry with youth to tackle unemployment—17 May 2018

With $251,360 in Australian Government funding awarded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, a new project led by Professor Martin Loosemore from The University of New South Wales aims to produce new insights into effective cross-sector collaboration in the construction industry, to provide solutions to address youth unemployment.

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Unlocking the environmental archives of the Kimberley’s past—17 May 2018

A new research project led by Professor Hamish McGowan from The University of Queensland, and with Australian Government funding of $460,429 through the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, aims to reconstruct the environmental history of Australia’s Kimberley region spanning the past 60,000 years.

Drawing the lines on media innovation between East and West—16 May 2018

Full story issued by The University of Wollongong.

With the backing of an ARC Discovery Projects grant, Dr Brian Yecies and Dr Jie (Jack) Yang are drawing on their individual expertise and experiences in culture, humanities and computer science to investigate how mobile webtoons are transforming media ecosystems in Australia, South Korea and the United States.

Their project will generate new knowledge about cross-media storytelling, aesthetics and technologies by applying big data methods to analyse the production and reception of innovative mobile content. With this new knowledge, Yecies and Yang plan to analyse the impact this will have on the traditional media landscape.

Image: Jo Seok from the South Korean webtoon series 'The Sound of Heart'. Credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-CA-4.0)

 
Smart drones and deep learning deliver low-cost precision agriculture for Aussie farmers—14 May 2018

Full article issued by the University of South Australia.

New smart aerial drone technology developed by the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate (ARC Wheat Hub) could change the landscape of Australia’s billion-dollar wheat industry, by delivering cost-effective mechanisms for farmers to plan and deliver precise water and nutrients to their crops on a need-by-need basis.

The smart drones sense crop health, moisture and nutrient content—making it easier, more inexpensive and more efficient for farmers to manage agricultural land. The technology identifies healthy plants exhibiting a high vegetation index—shown as bright green regions—and mature, stressed or dead plants and soil manifesting a low vegetation index—displayed as yellow areas.

Image: Aerial drone flying over wheat field. Credit: The University of South Australia.

Study finds marine protected areas can help coral reefs—10 May 2018

Full story issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE).

An international team of scientists including researchers at the The University of Queensland node of the Coral CoE conducted research over the 700 kilometres of leeward islands of the Caribbean and discovered that local reef protection efforts can work—contradicting several previous studies.

The research group, which included ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Peter Mumby, found that local fisheries management resulted in a 62 percent increase in the density of young corals, which improves the ecosystem’s ability to recover from major impacts like hurricanes and coral bleaching. As these improvements were not found by previous, less complex studies, the researchers have concluded that the best way to measure the effectiveness of reef conservation is by using a suite of metrics, including the number of fish, amount of seaweed and the number of baby corals, rather than just one indicator of reef health.

Image: The stoplight parrotfish, Sparisoma  viride, one of the most important consumers of seaweed on coral reefs.  This is a terminal phase male.  Location, St. Croix, USVI. Credit: Peter Mumby, The University of Queensland.

Scientists measure the weak charge of the proton—10 May 2018

Full article issued by The University of Adelaide

An international collaboration of scientists including Associate Professor Ross Young, a 2012 ARC Future Fellow from the University of Adelaide’s School of Physical Sciences, have for the first time directly measured the strength of the weak nuclear force acting between a single electron and a single proton.

Professor Ross Young, who is also a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Tera-Scale, provided theoretical support for the experiment at the Jefferson Lab Q-weak Collaboration, in which the weak force was isolated from other forces very precisely. The new measurements have been used as a test of the standard model of particle physics—and the researchers, having found excellent agreement with the theoretical expectations, have been able to place new bounds on the types of new forces that may exist in nature.

Image: The weak nuclear force acting between a single electron and a single proton has been measured. Source: Pixabay (Public Domain)

Distinguished Australian scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society—9 May 2018

Seven scientists from Australian universities have been elected to the Royal Society of London for their exceptional contributions to science. The Australians, all of whom have benefited from ARC support at some point in their careers, were among the 50 recognised by the Royal Society—an honour which they share with some of the world's most eminent scientists and innovators.

Researchers model how a hotter early Earth became the rocky planet it is today—9 May 2018

Full article issued by The University of Melbourne.

Researchers based at The University of Melbourne have used ARC Discovery Projects scheme funding to model how the early Earth may have transitioned from a highly active volcanic past, to its current condition where continental plates move around the Earth’s crust powered by mantle convection.

The researchers, led by Professor Louis Moresi, say that conditions on Jupiter’s moon Io could resemble those of the early Earth. They have tested one model of these conditions, known as ‘Heat-pipe Earth’, by simulating the violent transition from heat-pipe to plate tectonics to form Earth’s thick, and very, very strong, continental blocks called ‘cratons’—shown in this Youtube video.

Image: Jupiter’s highly volcanic moon IO may resemble conditions of an early Earth. Credit JPL/NASA (Public Domain)

Can switching from sugar to diet drinks reduce health risks?—8 May 2018

Full article issued by The University of Sydney.

A new study conducted by ARC-funded researchers at The University of Sydney has modelled a switch from sugary drinks to those which are artificially sweetened, and suggests that such a swap may help improve metabolic and cognitive impairments that result from too much sugar.

Although the research was conducted using rats and so can’t be directly applied to humans, the researchers emphasise that the study is important because it shows that switching from sugar to artificial sweetener produced the same metabolic improvements as did switching from sugar to water. Senior author Emeritus Professor Bob Boakes, an ARC Discovery Projects grant recipient, said it’s generally accepted that high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is a risk factor for weight gain and associated metabolic diseases. However, there is ongoing debate about whether this risk is reduced by switching to artificially sweetened beverages.

Image: a switch from sugary drinks to artificially sweetened drinks has been modelled in rats. Source: pxhere (Public Domain)

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Breakthrough takes researchers closer to super-efficient quantum batteries3 May 2018

Full article issued by ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET), Monash University.

A new study co-led by FLEET researchers—Meera Parish and ARC Future Fellow, Jesper Levinsen—has taken us a step closer to realistic ‘quantum batteries’ by discovering interactions within quantum batteries are key to their charge advantage.

Quantum batteries offer the potential for vastly better thermodynamic efficiency, and ultra-fast charging time, much faster and more efficient than the electrochemical batteries we currently use. By expanding earlier research into individual, isolated quantum batteries to consider a more-realistic, many-body system with intrinsic interactions, the researchers have shown that interacting quantum batteries do charge faster than isolated batteries. The work demonstrates the merging of realistic condensed-matter systems with quantum thermodynamics, and is seen as an important step towards realising a real-world application of the quantum battery.

Image: Professor Meera Parish, School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University. Credit: MDr. Felix A. Pollock, School of Physics & Astronomy, Monash University.

Stem Cells Australia highlights ARC-funded research—1 May 2018

Stem Cells Australia, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative based at The University of Melbourne, which received funding of $21 million over seven years beginning in 2011, has released a short video in which Professor Melissa Little, Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia, highlights their scientific achievements and explores future research directions. 

 

April

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Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age—24 April 2018

An international study including researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO 3D) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) based at The Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney, has found galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age.

Advanced sensor to unlock the secrets of the brain—24 April 2018

Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers have announced the development of a state-of-the-art sensor that can for the first time detect signalling molecules, called cytokines, which operate in the living brain.

Junk food ads lead to overeating and weight gain in children—23 April 2018

Children eat more food after watching unhealthy food advertising and don’t compensate by eating less at later meals, a world-first study by University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant has found.

Could eating moss be good for your gut?—23 April 2018

An international team of scientists, including researchers funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and based at The University of Adelaide, has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses.

Modern science shows Roman wheat farming advice was on the money—18 April 2018

Australian Research Council (ARC) funded plant biologists have made an important discovery about rising temperatures and wheat crops—and subsequently learned that the Romans suspected the effect more than 2000 years ago.

Research breakthrough to improve stability of next generation solar cells—17 April 2018

A breakthrough in the materials used to make next generation solar cells has been achieved by an international research team led in Australia by by Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Associate Professor Prashant Sonar, based at the Queensland University of Technology.>

Found: a new form of DNA in our cells—14 April 2018

In a world first, Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers have identified a new DNA structure inside a cell, which could have important implications for our understanding of the genetic basis of human health, and help with the treatment of disease.

Alexis Wright wins 2018 Stella Prize for Tracker, an epic feat of Aboriginal storytelling—13 April 2018

Alexis Wright's book Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Stella Prize. A researcher based at Western Sydney University, Wright has received Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Indigneous scheme funding to investigate the role and effectiveness of Aboriginal storytelling in the current environment of Aboriginal policy in Australia.

Research shows social class has a strong influence on cultural tastes—13 April 2018

A major national survey of over 1,200 Australians, led by Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers at Western Sydney University (WSU), found that social class has a strong influence on a person's cultural tastes—with level of education and occupation being key factors in determining cultural preferences.

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes—12 April 2018

Monash University scientists, with funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), have developed a way to listen in on the background noise from deep space, to detect the merging of black holes by the gravitational waves they release in the fabric of spacetime.

Research brief to tackle cognitive decline in older Australians—11 April 2018

The Australian Research Ccouncil (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), in collaboration with Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), has published a new research brief—Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research—which explores the spectrum of cognitive ageing and its impacts on individuals, society and the economy. One area of interest is how cognitive ageing will affect financial decision making of an older population.

Finger bone discovery believed to be from the oldest modern human found in Arabia—10 April 2018

Two Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellows based at Griffith University have played a key role in the team behind new research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution that describes the discovery of a fossil human finger bone at the site of Al Wusta, an ancient freshwater lake located in what is now the hyper-arid Nefud Desert, in Saudi Arabia.

Human brain drug uncovers key to plant stress response—6 April 2018

Researchers supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) funding have discovered that drugs used in the treatment of certain brain disorders, including epilepsy, also alter signalling processes in plants under stress.

New study giving insights into gluten free dietary choices—6 April 2018

New research supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) has compared demographic data with Australian Bureau of Statistics data to gain an accurate representation of gluten avoidance within the population..

New research using LED lights to deter sharks from eating surfers—5 April 2018

Researchers at Macquarie University are investigating ways of using LED lights to deter sharks from approaching surfers, with support from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant.

World-first waste microfactory launched by Australian Laureate at UNSW—4 April 2018

The world’s first microfactory that can transform the components from electronic waste (e-waste) items such as discarded smart phones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use has been launched at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) by Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

March

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ARC Centre of Excellence reflects on its bright achievements

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) commenced operation in 2003 as one of the first ARC Centres of Excellence, with Australian and international researchers collaborating on projects in the field of optical science and photonics technology.

ANU archaeologist discovers Cornish barrow site—28 March 2018

An Australian Research Council (ARC) supported archaeologist at The Australian National University (ANU) has discovered a prehistoric Bronze-Age barrow, or burial mound, on a hill in Cornwall and is about to start excavating the untouched site which overlooks the English Channel.

Environmental impact of Tasmania's growing deer problem to be explored—26 March 2018

Analysing the current and potential distribution of Tasmania’s growing fallow deer problem and the environmental impacts of deer is central to a new state-wide research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Bold experiment in social welfare can still shape Australia—22 March 2018

A new book on Australian and international social welfare programs over the past forty years has been published by Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers based at The Flinders University of South Australia, Federation University Australia and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

International scientists gather for Taking the Temperature of the Antarctic Continent—21 Mar 2018

Researchers from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Australian Research Council (ARC) Antarctic Gateway Partnership, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and the Australian Antarctic Division were joined by scientists from the US, UK, China, Japan, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand and other Australian universities for the 2018 Taking the Temperature of the Antarctic Continent ('TACtical') Workshop, held in Hobart.

Indigenous language link reveals common ancestor—21 March 2018

New research supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects scheme has found a ground-breaking link between Australian Indigenous languages, demonstrating for the first time that all Indigenous languages descend from one common ancestor.

Using literature to tell a history of the Western Australian wheatbelt—20 March 2018

Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth, an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researcher at The University of Western Australia (UWA), has published a literary history of the Western Australian wheatbelt, which draws on the work of some of Australia's most famous writers including A.B.Facey, Dorothy Hewett and Jack Davis.

Turning plants into medicine factories—18 March 2018

The potential to produce cheaper medicines on a large scale within edible plants including lettuce and canola has taken a significant step forward with findings from newly published research led by Australian Research Council (ARC) researchers from La Trobe University and at The University of Queensland.

Accolades for 'Australian LIGO whisperer' Professor David McClelland—16 March 2018

Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), Professor David McClelland of the Australian National University, has recieved significant recognition of his work in developing the laser sensors inside the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), used to detect gravitational waves.

Associate Professor Megan Munsie wins the 2018 ISSCR Public Service Award—14 March 2018

Associate Professor Megan Munsie—an Associate Investigator at Stem Cells Australia, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative—has been awarded the 2018 ISSCR Public Service Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions of public service to the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Australian Laureate Fellow receives accolade for her pioneering work in pattern recognition and big and lean data—14 March 2018

Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow and Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh is the Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA), and co-director of Deakin’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) ha been inducted into the 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

New technology helps develop world-first hearing aid—8 March 2018

A world-first self-fitting hearing aid with a rechargeable battery and the ability to be set via a smartphone has been developed with the help of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Biodevices, based at the Swinburne University of Technology.

ARC Training Centre Director Professor Hala Zreiqat named exceptional women in NSW—8 March 2018

Pioneering biomaterials and tissue engineer Professor Hala Zreiqat has been awarded the 2018 NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.

Graphene promise for more efficient fertilisers—7 March 2018

Fertilisers with lower environmental impacts and reduced costs for farmers are being developed by researchers at The University of Adelaide, with funding support from the Australian Research Council, in the world-first use of the new advanced material graphene as a fertiliser carrier.

Seeing is believing—precision atom qubits achieve major milestone—7 March 2018

The unique Australian approach of creating quantum bits from precisely positioned individual atoms in silicon is reaping major rewards, with Australian Research Council (ARC) supported scientists showing for the first time that they can make two of these atom qubits 'talk to each other.

Big agenda for Centre of Excellence UNESCO star—2 March 2018

Equality, diversity and saving the planet—these are just a few things on the to-do list for Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) Director, Professor Kerrie Wilson, who has been appointed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Committee (UNESCO).

Protecting our children in the digital age—1 March 2018

Researchers based at University Technology Sydney (UTS) and The University of Queensland (UQ), with Australian Research Council (ARC) support, are developing software that uses machine learning to detect, and ultimately prevent, cyber-bullying behaviour,keeping children safe online.

 

February 

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Marine animals explore the ocean in similar ways—28 February 2018

A first-of-its-kind study led by researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, with support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), has mapped the global movements of a range of marine animals around the world, including whales, sharks, sea birds and polar bears, to understand how they travel the ocean.

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DNA study helping to explain distribution of juvenile rock lobsters—27 February 2018

Researchers from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania, have used DNA testing to gain a unique insight into the way juvenile lobsters are distributed along Australia’s southeastern coast.

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Clever coating opens door to smart windows—26 February 2018

Researchers at RMIT University, supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to 'smart windows'.

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Determining the basis of herbicide resistance in annual ryegrass weeds—26 February 2018

New research led by Professor Stephen Powles at The University of Western Australia, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant, seeks to identify the biochemical and molecular basis of resistance to the herbicide trifluralin in annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum)—a serious weed that affects grain production in Australia. 

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New project to investigate 3D printing of accessible materials—26 February 2018

A new project funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme aims to investigate the possible benefits of 3D printing for production of accessible materials for vision-impaired people .

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Assassin’s venom system packs a deadly double—23 February 2018

Venom researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) have uncovered a unique and complex venom system within the tiny assassin bug, thanks to Australian Research Council (ARC) funding through the Discovery Projects scheme.

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Study reveals immunised devils produced specific antibody to deadly facial tumour disease—22 February 2018

A new study funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) has found more than 95 per cent of Tasmanian devils immunised prior to being released into the wild have generated a robust antibody response to the deadly devil facial tumour disease (DFTD).

Activating the dark side reveals brighter nano 'building blocks'—20 February 2018

Supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, scientists who are working to make nanoparticles even smaller whilst retaining their useful optical properties, believe they have discovered a way to overcome a fundamental physical restraint known as 'thermal quenching'. 

Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope—20 February 2018

Australian researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope.

 
New high-strength steels can reduce vehicle emissions—16 February 2018

Australian Research Council (ARC) researchers Professor Zhengyi Jiang and Dr Jingwei Zhao, both based at the University of Wollongong (UOW), have published a paper in the influential journal Progress in Materials Science, which provides a comprehensive review of the thermomechanical processing of new advanced high strength steels (AHSSs), that are both lighter and stronger than conventional steel, offering improved fuel efficiency without compromising safety.

Ancient 'giant' handaxes raise questions about mobility of prehistoric European populations—15 February 2018

An exceptionally high density of ‘giant’ handaxes has been uncovered at an archaeological site named Porto Maior, in the Miño River basin in north-west Spain, is the first such discovery outside Africa.

Triple P program shows families have the power to transform society—7 February 2018

Professor Matt Sanders—a Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course and Triple P—Positive Parenting Program founder—has launched a book about the program titled The Power of Positive Parenting. The book addresses every aspect of Triple P and its application to child and parent problems across age groups and cultural backgrounds.

Scientists Discover Off-Switch For ‘Molecular Machine’ Active in Many Diseases—7 February 2018

A discovery supported by Australian Research Council (ARC) funding could be the key to stopping damage caused by uncontrolled inflammation in a range of common diseases including liver disease, Alzheimer's and gout.

Researchers gather evidence on innovative learning environments—7 February 2018

Educational researchers based at The University of Melbourne, are using and Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme fundingto gather evidence and verify the impact of innovative learning environments (ILE) on school students and teachers.

Reflecting Photosynthesis: a Tool for Gene Hunters—6 February 2018

A team of plant scientists at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (CoETP) have developed a methodology that accelerates the discovery of useful genes in wheat, which due to wheat's large genome, is normally a mammoth task that requires hours of painstaking measurements.

New use of limited data helps prevent species loss—6 February 2018

A team of Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers have discovered that studying small groups of wildlife and how they share scarce resources in particular environments can be critical to preventing wide-spread species loss.

Finding more efficiency in the use of biofuel to power the sugar industry—5 February 2018 

A new research project led by Professor Graham Goodwin at The University of Newcastle, and funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, aims to improve sugar production and electricity co-generation capabilities in the sugar industry by utilising novel control ideas for boiler units.

Researchers collaborating with libraries to enhance multicultural collections—5 February 2018 

A new research project led by Professor Klaus Neumann from Deakin University will recieve $343,932 through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, to develop strategies to assist major Australian libraries to enhance their multicultural collections.

New project to improve road safety and mobility by analysing big data—5 February 2018 

A project to improve road safety and mobility, led by Dr Changzhi Wu at Curtin University, has been awarded a grant of $317,000 through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.

Tiny highways in leaves could lead to more productive crops—2 February 2018

Scientists at the Australian Research Council (ARC) ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (CoETP) have found that some plants have ten times more communication channels inside their leaves than other plants, which they think is a crucial factor in determining photosynthetic efficiency.

Attention and conscious awareness: similar or opposing?—1 February 2018

Investigators at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function based at The University of Queensland have replicated an important experiment in attention and perceptual awareness, with surprising results.

January 

Painting buildings and roads white could help us beat extreme heat—30 January 2018

New research funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and published in Nature Geoscience, has found that climate engineering by modifying the properties of the land surface in highly populated areas and agricultural areas over North American, Europe and Asia could reduce extreme temperatures there by up to 2–3°C. 

The evolution of the Australian accent—25 January 2018

A team of Australian Research Council (ARC) supported researchers at Western Sydney University have created the largest state-of-the-art database of modern Australian English—AusTalk.

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Pathway opens to minimise waste in solar energy capture—23 January 2018 

Researchers at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made an important discovery with significant implications for the future of solar cell material design.

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Curtin researchers discover a piece of America in northern Australia—19 January 2018 

Australian Research Council (ARC) supported researchers have discovered rocks in northern Queensland that bear striking similarities to those found in North America, suggesting that North America was actually a part of Queensland, 1.7 billion years ago.

 
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Reviled animals could be our powerful allies—19 January 2018 

An international review led by University of Queensland researchers, with funding support from the Australian Research Council (ARC) has revealed that predators and scavengers ranging from bats to leopards and vultures are valuable to human health and well-being.

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Dad's reading is new chapter of child language development—17 January 2018

Fathers, as well as mothers, are being encouraged to read to their kids after new research, supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC), has shown the impact dads can have for their child’s language development.

Metal plates and screws no longer required for fractures—15 January 2018

A new 3D-printed ceramic implant developed by biomedical engineers at the newly awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Musculoskeletal Biomedical Technologies, based at The University of Sydney, will ultimately replace grafts and metal hardware in mending broken bones using the body’s natural healing process.

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 Virtual population gets to heart of irregular beats—12 January 2018 

A ‘virtual population’ model calibrated from data of electrical activity of heart cells previously collected from 350 people will enable researchers at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) to better understand why some people have irregular heart rhythm.

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Marine food webs found to be susceptible to climate change—10 January 2018 

A new study by Australian Research Council (ARC) researchers at The University of Adelaide demonstrates how climate change can drive the collapse of marine food webs by restricting energy flows between producers, herbivores, and carnivores.

Quantum 'spooky action at a distance' becoming practical—6 January 2018

Scientists from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and Griffith University have overcome a major challenge in applying a strange quantum effect to real applications.

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition at the National Museum in Canberra

An exhibition at the National Museum in Canberra, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is an epic story exploring ancient Indigenous songlines.

 

2017 

December

Neutron-star merger creates new mysteries—21 December 2017 

A neutron-star merger announced in October has solved one mystery—where gold comes from—but has also raised other questions, as reported by an international team of astronomers, including members of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).

Virtual reality allows multiple scientists to ‘walk’ through cancer cells—19 December 2017

Researchers at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology (CBNS) have developed a ground-breaking virtual reality technology, that is allowing multiple scientists to see inside a human cell at the same time, giving researchers a three-dimensional tool to improve doctor interaction and help analyse how cancer drugs work. 

Working with Refugees to build disaster resistance—19 December 2017

With support from Australian Research Council funding, University of Wollongong PhD student Shefali Juneja Lakhina is working with refugee families across the Illawarra to understand how they learn about and prepare for natural hazards, such as bushfires, storms and flash flooding.

Quantum trick blocks background ‘chatter’—19 December 2017

A University of Sydney team from the Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) has solved a common problem in quantum sensing devices, which are used in biomedical imaging and have defence applications.

NCI welcomes significant investment in Australia’s High-Performance Computing research capability—18 December 2017

The Board of Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based at The Australian National University (ANU), has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that it will invest $70 million to replace Australia’s highest performance research supercomputer, Raijin, which is rapidly nearing the end of its service life.

Breaking The Deadlock On The Ivory Trade—Researchers Propose A New Strategy To Address The Poaching Crisis—15 December 2017

Australian Research Council (ARC) researchers from Monash University in conjunction with collaborators from Griffith University and the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Queensland, are proposing a process to break the 30-year-policy deadlock on the ivory trade, to stem a crisis in elephant poaching.

Oldest land-plant microfossils in Australia found in WA’s Canning Basin—14 December 2017

Collaborative research led by the WA Organic & Isotope Geochemistry Centre at Curtin University and supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC), has discovered the oldest land-plant microfossils in Australia, after analysing rocks from Western Australia’s Canning Basin.

Scientists create molecule of love with less complications—12 December 2017

A new and improved version of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin has been developed by researchers at The University of Queensland (UQ), with funding support from the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

ANU archaeologist finds world’s oldest funereal fish hooks—11 December 2017

Distinguished Professor Sue O'Connor, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow from The Australian National University (ANU), has uncovered the world's oldest known fish-hooks placed in a burial ritual, found on Indonesia's Alor Island, northwest of East Timor. 

World-leading political scientist wins Berlin Prize—11 December 2017 

Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Pippa Norrisa political scientist at The University of Sydney and founder and director of the Electoral Integrity Projecthas been awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize by the Political Studies Association (PSA) at a recent ceremony in London.

Suite of Monash papers shed light on decade-long stem cell mystery—8 December 2017

A series of studies led by Australian Research Council (ARC) researcher Associate Professor Jose Polo have this week shed light on vital, yet previously unclear, aspects of cell reprogramming.

 Disappearing sea snakes surprise researchers with hidden genetic diversity—8 December 2017

New research from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (JCU) suggests there is an urgent need to find out why sea snakes are disappearing from known habitats, after they discovered some seemingly identical sea snake populations are actually genetically distinct from each other and can’t simply repopulate if one group dies out. 

Living on thin air: microbe mystery solved—7 December 2017

Researchers led by Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Associate Professor Belinda Ferrari, from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the extreme conditions.

Study finds ways to avoid hidden dangers of accumulated stresses on seagrass—7 December 2017

A new study led by Australian Research Council (ARC) supported researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has found ways to detect hidden dangers of repeated stresses on seagrass using statistical modelling.

New youth program framework to enhance young lives—7 December 2017

New research supported by the Australian Research Council is leading to a strengths-based approach to youth development programs that is set to revolutionise the practice in Australia.

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Radical new stain-resistant paint surfaces—7 December 2017

Associate Professor Brian Hawkett at The University of Sydney will lead a $660,683 project working with Duluxgroup Australia Pty Ltd to develop radically new, stain resistant and environmentally friendly paint surfaces for the building industry. 

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Towards large-scale commercial lobster aquaculture—7 December 2017

Professor Yongsheng Gao at Griffith University will lead a $480,000 project, in collaboration with Australian Bay Lobster Producers Ltd, to develop automation technologies for large-scale production for commercial lobster aquaculture, to create new export opportunities for Australia.

3D bioprinter designed and built at UOW offers diabetes cure—6 December 2017

In an Australian first, researchers at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), based at the University of Wollongong (UOW) have designed and built a customised 3D bioprinter that promises to revolutionise treatment for people with Type 1 Diabetes.

November 

Lighting the way to switch chemical reaction pathways—30 November 2017

Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), along with collaborators at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Belgium’s Ghent University have pioneered a system that modulates visible, coloured light to change the reactions of a powerful chemical coupling agent.

To improve dipstick diagnostic and environmental tests, just add tape—29 November 2017

Simple paper-strip testing has the potential to tell us quickly what's in water, and other liquid samples from food, the environment and bodies—but current tests don't handle solid samples well. Now Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers have developed a way to make these low-cost devices more versatile and reliable for analyzing both liquid and solid samples using adhesive tape. 

Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave—27 November 2017

An international team of archaeologists, with funding from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

 
Centre of Excellence helps to substantially expand documentation of Australian and Pacific-region languages—27 November 2017

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language is celebrating its involvement in the documentation of over 100 languages of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vanuatu and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Dogs are now nature’s best friend, too—27 November 2017

A new study, with support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), has found that dogs can greatly aid conservation efforts in finding rare species by smelling out their poo.

 New Discovery to Accelerate Development of Salt-Tolerant Grapevines—23 November 2017

Australian Research Council (ARC) researchers have recently made a discovery that is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines.

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Griffith research to help cut road toll—22 November  2017

While Australia’s road toll has reduced considerably in a generation, Griffith University’s Dr Lyndel Bates, and Australian Research Council (ARC) 2018 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient, will spend the next few years helping to bring the numbers down even lower.

Fathers’ unemployment impacts on their adult children’s mental health—20 November 2017

Dr Jack Lam, from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, and colleague Dr Christopher Ambrey, from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research, have ppublished a paper on the long-felt impacts a father’s unemployment may have on his children’s mental health and job-satisfaction.

Research for Tasmania's pyrethrum industry—20 November 2017

Researchers at the Tasmania Institute of Agriculture (TIA) are continuing long-term research into disease management for the state’s pyrethrum industry, looking at opportunities to help growers reduce input costs and increase productivity

New meteorite discovery points to existence of unknown solar system object—19 November 2017
 

Researchers based at Curtin University have performed an analysis of a meteorite found in the Australian desert, and have discovered that it originated from a previously unknown solar system body.

Spotlight on photosynthetic algae—14 November 2017

Associate Professor Martina Doblin, a member of the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology Sydney, is investigating the photosynthetic algae of the oceans

Murchison Widefield Array completes Phase II—14 November 2017

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a radio telescope situated in a remote part of Western Australia, has announced the completion of the second phase of its construction.

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Australian Metcalf Prize winner is answering questions about how we and our stem cells get old—14 November 2017

ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Jessica Mar of the University of Queensland has received a $50,000 Metcalf Prize from the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia in recognition of her leadership in stem cell research.

Queensland University of Technology researchers grow world-first Panama disease-resistant bananas—14 November 2017

ARC funded researchers based at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed and grown modified Cavendish bananas that are resistant to the devastating soil-borne fungus Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), also known as Panama disease.

 
Discovery Indigenous project to chart important episode in the history of indigenous education in Australia—10 November 2017

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded nearly $280,000 for a Discovery Indigenous project led by Professor Gary Foley, who is of Gumbainggir descent and is based at Victoria University.

 
New funding award to enhance fertility for the thoroughbred and standardbred industries—10 November 2017

Dr Zamira Gibb, an early career researcher based at The University of Newcastle, has received $365,058 through the ARC’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme to improve methods of detecting and managing infertility in both stallions and mares.

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Mathematical models for Antarctic animal migrations—10 November 2017

Dr Sophie Bestley from the University of Tasmania has received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to build state-of-the-art mathematical models for movement processes of high conservation-value Antarctic penguins, seals, and whales.

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Infrastructure for the future for medical devices—Flexible, wearable technologies—10 November 2017

Professor Dayong Jin at The University of Technology Sydney is working to produce novel portable, wearable and stretchable biomedical devices for technologies that will be able to treat diseases in a non-invasive way.

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Preserving Indigenous languages and culture—10 November 2017

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker from The University of Melbourne will lead a project to investigate best practices for the long-term storage of digital and audio-visual records of Indigenous languages and culture.

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Meeting the unmet needs of caregivers of Indigenous cancer survivors—10 November 2017

Professor Gail Garvey from Charles Darwin University will lead a project to gather data about the distinctive needs of partners and caregivers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer survivors.

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The potential safety risks of self-driving cars—10 November 2017

Dr Gemma Read from the University of the Sunshine Coast has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to investigate the potential safety risks arising from the introduction of advanced autonomous vehicles.

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Understanding the extinction of Australia’s most iconic megafaunal species—10 November 2017

Associate Professor Trevor Worthy from the Flinders University of South Australia will lead a team to determine the nature, timing and cause of megafaunal extinction in arid Australia, using an extensive fossil necropolis at Lake Callabonna in South Australia.

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A low-cost miniaturised cochlear implant—10 November 2017

Dr Mohsen Asadnia from Macquarie University has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to develop a miniaturised cochlear implant using advanced microfabrication techniques, enabling low-cost production of the implants for commercialisation.

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Breakthrough discovery could have impact on neurodegenerative diseases—9 November 2017

Neurodegenerative diseases could be stopped in their tracks due to new research from Swinburne University of Technology, University of Luxembourg, Shanghai University and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich.

Animation meets biology—7 November 2017

A team from La Trobe University’s School of Life Sciences, led by Dr Richard Peters, and supported by a 2017 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects grant, has worked with academics from Monash University’s Faculty of IT to create a series of varied environmental settings and weather conditions, comprising different plant environments and wind conditions, to quantify how lizard displays are affected by this variation.

October

Research suggests how Jurassic ichthyosaurs adapted to low oxygen levels—24 October 2017

The presence of well-preserved biological material found in an Early Jurassic ichthyosaur vertebra suggests that fossils preserved through carbonate concretion could play a major role in understanding the biology of extinct species, as well as evolution, according to Curtin University research.

National Women in Science award recognises EQUS researcher—24 October 2017

Dr Jacqui Romero from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems—an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient—has won a prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award to work on quantum alphabets.

Australia’s native grasses give clues about crop responses to global warming—23 October 2017

A team of researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis has investigated the effects of temperature on photosynthesis, the process by which plants transform sunlight into grain and leaves, and have found that some Australian grass species respond differently to temperature.

Liquid metal breakthrough ushers new wave of electronics—20 October 2017

RMIT researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

Joining the dots for ‘street view’ of single human cells—18 October 2017

Physicist Professor Dayong Jin has been awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science for creating new technologies to image the processes of life.

Deakin study finds diversity critical for protecting parrots—18 October 2017

A Deakin University research team, supported by ARC Linkage Projects funding, has discovered the genetic diversity of Australian parrots affects their chances of contracting a common but deadly virus, and also how much of the virus they harbour.

History sheds light on experiences of child refugees—17 October 2017

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Joy Damousi from The University of Melbourne, has brought together a team of talented researchers to carry out an extensive five-year project looking at the history of child refugees in Australia.

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Gravitational waves unveil cosmic cataclysm that sparks astronomical gold rush—17 October 2017

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysicsand the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration have revealed new discoveries made in the ongoing search for gravitational waves.

Emotions research catalyst for successful partnership—12 October 2017

Emotions research was the catalyst for a successful research-based project that has led to the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions being awarded the prestigious 2017 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The changing face(book) of the family photo album—11 October 2017

New ARC-funded research from Edith Cowan University researchers, Dr Donell Holloway and Professor Lelia Green, explores how images previously found in the family photograph album are now likely to be located on the screens of phones and tablets.

Food, drink and medicine breakthrough seeded—6 October 2017

Worldwide production of food, beverages and medicinal plants could become cheaper and more reliable using information from a germination breakthrough by Australian researchers including La Trobe University, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biologyat La Trobe University and The University of Western Australia.

Humanitarian immigrant entrepreneurs—6 October 2017
Members of the Hazara community are overcoming high employment by embracing entrepreneurship. A new study by University of Technology Sydney researchers, supported by an ARC-funded Discovery Project, has shown that a significant percentage of Hazara refugees are establishing businesses in Adelaide.

September

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo—28 September 2017

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration report the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors. This is the fourth announced detection of a binary black hole system and the first significant gravitational-wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector, and highlights the scientific potential of a three-detector network of gravitational-wave detectors.

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Smart growth: Marine snails know how to budget their housing costs—21 September 2017

New research led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University suggests that the reason why sea shells from warm tropical waters are comparatively larger than their cold water relatives is due to ‘housing cost.’

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New technique to aid bladder cancer diagnosis27 September 2017

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a new and innovative automated computer technique that is able to significantly aid in the diagnosis of bladder cancer.

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The future of housing: building with steel19 September 2017

Researchers from the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing at the University of Wollongong are looking at ways in which cold formed steel could become the new building framework to change how Australian apartments are constructed and help expands the country’s steel industry. 

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World first: ‘Storing lightning inside thunder’—18 September 2017

Researchers from The University of Sydney’s node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) have dramatically slowed digital information carried as light waves by transferring the data into sound waves in an integrated circuit, or microchip.

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Immune system linked to alcohol drinking behaviour—15 September 2017

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at The University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening.

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Tasmanian manufacturer orders serve of world-leading lobster research13 September 2017

In a breakthrough supported by the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems, a Tasmanian firm with a world-class pedigree in the mariculture sector is partnering with the University of Tasmania to commercialise ground-breaking research into rock lobster production.

 

August 

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New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world—31 August 2017 

Research by ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoralCoE) at James Cook University is helping understand the implications of ocean acidification on reef fish behaviour. 

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New technique to aid IVF embryo selection—29 August 2017

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, led by The University of Adelaide, have successfully developed an advanced new imaging technique, which can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos.

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New underwater robot to keep watchful eye on the sea—18 August 2017

Receiving funding through the ARC Special Research Initiative for Antarctic Gateway Partnership, an innovative new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of diving up to 5000 metres, operating underneath the ice and gathering data on Antarctic research missions, has been unveiled at the University of Tasmania’s Australian Maritime College (AMC).

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Researchers unlock cheesemaking secret—17 August 2017

Researchers on a collaborative ARC Linkage Project, co-funded by Dairy Innovation Australia Limited, say their new knowledge on the inner workings of a bacterium has important implications for Australia’s billion dollar cheese industry.

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Professor Harvey Millar named WA Scientist of the Year—17 August 2017

Professor Harvey Millar, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and a Professor at The University of Western Australia’s School of Molecular Sciences has been named Western Australia’s Scientist of the Year.

 
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Spinning diamonds for quantum precision—8 August 2017
A group of physicists at The University of Melbourne have found a way to reduce the noise experienced by quantum sensors just by spinning them.
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Cooking up new ways to clean up our planet—8 August 2017

For the first time, Flinders University scientists—including ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) recipient, Dr Justin Chalker—have devised a way to use waste cooking oil and sulphur to extract the neurotoxin mercury from the environment.

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Teaching kids to roll with the knocks – and aim for the moon—7 August 2017

ARC-funded researchers are teaching resilience and how to manage knockbacks in order to help young people to be more emotionally secure and also more successful in their education and the workforce.

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International training for CSU student6 August 2017

A PhD research student at the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains (Functional Grains Centre) at Charles Sturt University (CSU), who's examining the potential anti-cancer properties of coloured rice has won a coveted spot in an international training program.

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Plants learn to forget stressful weather events to rapidly recover—4 August 2017

A new study, involving ARC-funded researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the Australian National University Research School of Biology, has found that plants are able to forget stressful weather events to rapidly recover.

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Structure of dark matter brought in to the light—4 August

Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) have joined an international team of more than 400 scientists from 26 institutions to create the most accurate measurement ever made of dark matter structure in the universe.

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Plant science leaps into the virtual world—4 August 2017

The Virtual Plant Cell (VPC) will take people on exciting and immersive journeys through plant science this National Science Week. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology’s groundbreaking virtual reality experience lets audiences explore the sub-microscopic inner world of a plant, using virtual reality technology.

 

July

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Later literacy success hinges on early handwriting lessons—31 July 2017

Murdoch University researchers have shown the far-reaching implications of handwriting skills in early childhood. In an Australian first, the team examined the handwriting abilities of children prior to starting Year 1. The project forms part of a larger ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project awarded to Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak examining the development of children's independent learning skills, higher order thinking processes, and academic outcomes in the first two years of schooling in Western Australia (WA).

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Baby reef fish can ‘sniff out’ their relatives before they hatch—31 July 2017

A recent discovery by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University has uncovered that two species of damselfish can recognise their relatives by smell—and it’s all happening before any of them have even hatched.

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Centre team wins Amazon Robotics Challenge with low cost robot—31 July 2017

Researchers at an ARC Centre of Excellence, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) headquartered at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has won the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge at RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan. For winning the finals, the Centre will receive $80,000USD.

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Scientists 3D print human pluripotent stem cells—26 July 2017

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong have discovered a way to print human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) using a custom developed bioink.

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Discovery of why emus are grounded takes flight—25 July 2017

ARC-funded researchers from Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute have helped solve the mystery of how emus became flightless, identifying a gene involved in the development and evolution of bird wings.

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Dragonfly brains predict the path of their prey—25 July 2017

Researchers based at The University of Adelaide and Lund University in Sweden—including Dr Steven Wiederman, an Australian Research Council (ARC) 2015 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient—have shown how a dragonfly's brain anticipates the movement of its prey, enabling it to hunt successfully. The new insights could lead to innovations in fields such as robot vision.

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Nano device promises ultra-fast graphics on gaming consoles—20 July 2017

An international team of scientists led by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility, has designed a new nano device that promises ultra-fast rendering of high-definition graphics on gaming consoles.

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Kakadu find confirms earliest Australian occupation—20 July 2017

A discovery by a team of researchers, led by ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor Chris Clarkson from The University of Queensland, has revealed Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years—much longer than the 47,000 years believed by some archaeologists—promoting discussion about the timing and ways that modern humans first left Africa.

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A child’s spoken vocabulary helps them when it comes to reading new words for the first time—18 July 2017 

Children find it easier to spell a word when they’ve already heard it spoken, a new study led by researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) at Macquarie University has found. The findings are the first to provide evidence about how oral vocabulary in children is linked to their ability to learn to read new words.

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International estuarine award for Southern Cross University researcher—17 July 2017

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient, Southern Cross University ecohydrologist, Dr Damien Maher, has been recognised internationally with the 2017 Cronin Award for Early Achievement by the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).

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ARC Dairy Innovation Research Hub developing new bacteria to speed up cheese maturation—15 July 2017

ARC-funded researchers from the ARC Dairy Innovation Hub, including Associate Professor Mark Turner from The University of Queensland, are developing a new bacteria for use in speeding up the time that it takes cheese to mature, and to create new flavour combinations.

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First generation ‘Artificial pancreas’ brings hope for people with type 1 diabetes—14 July 2017

Researchers at The University of Melbourne, receiving funding support through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, are studying a new ‘artificial pancreas’ that could dramatically transform the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.

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Matthew England awarded Tinker-Muse Prize—13 July 2017

The prestigious Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica for 2017 has been awarded to Professor Matthew England  in recognition of his outstanding research, leadership and advocacy for Antarctic science.

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New research points to treatment breakthrough for viruses—12 July 2017

Each year the flu virus sends 13,500 Australians to hospital and causes more than 3000 deaths among those aged over 50. The global burden is also staggering, with more than 5 million cases of infection annually with up to 10 per cent resulting in death.

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ANU invention may help to protect astronauts from radiation in space—4 July 2017

Building on more than 15 years of research by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility, ANU scientists have designed a new nano material that can reflect or transmit light on demand with temperature control. This opens the door to technology that protects astronauts in space from harmful radiation.

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A big win for unbreakable devices and 'electronic' skin—4 July 2017

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, an ARC Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA) recipient from the RMIT School of Engineering, has found a way to combine oxide materials (used in the transparent layer on mobile phone touchscreens) with stretchable, rubber-like membranes.

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Seeing the coloured light: bee brains open way for better cameras—4 July 2017

We might take it for granted, but correctly identifying colour in complex outdoor environments is a difficult task for the brain because the colour of light is continuously changing.

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Roots of change, tricking plants to reduce fertiliser needs—3 July 2017

Australian researchers have overcome a critical hurdle in boosting plant performance with limited fertilisation.

Based at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and the Centre for AgriBioscience at La Trobe University, the researchers have boosted plant performance under limited phosphate by targeting genes that regulate phosphate transport in plant roots, resulting in increased phosphate uptake while sidestepping negative effects on plant growth and yield.

 

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