2017 

November 

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.

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 Research 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.

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.

June 

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Lending plants a hand to survive drought—26 June 2017

A research team led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found a new way to help plants better survive drought by enhancing their natural ability to preserve water.

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Magic mushrooms key to muscling up—20 June 2017

A team of researchers led by Professor Fariba Dehghani, Director of the ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry in the 21st Century, believe that the humble mushroom could be the new key to refuelling after a workout.

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Malaria’s Dark Secrets Exposed—16 June 2017

2017 Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Geoffrey McFadden is a senior member of a research team at The University of Melbourne that has developed a genetic technique in which they can tag specific genes of Plasmodium (the parasite responsible for malaria) with fluorescent colours to better track them throughout the parasite’s complicated life cycle.

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Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapour—14 June 2017

ARC-funded researchers based at RMIT University have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen—the cleanest source of energy.

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The important work of play—13 June 2017

A new ARC Linkage Project, awarded to a group of researchers led by Professor Susan Edwards at the Australian Catholic University, is investigating the important work of play to discover how playgroups work best. 

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Breakthrough technology at Swinburne makes batteries safe and sustainable—7 June 2017

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient Professor Baohua Jia has led a research team based at the Swinburne University of Technology to develop the Bolt Electricity Storage Technology (BEST) battery—a graphene oxide-based supercapacitor offering high performance and low-cost energy storage.

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 Collecting History—16 June 2017

An ARC-funded research project investigating the history of collecting in Western Australia is turning up surprising finds around Australia and the world.

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ANU scientist Graham Farquhar first Australian to win Kyoto Prize—16 June 2017

Dr Graham Farquhar, lead Chief Investigator on numerous ARC-funded research projects, has become the first Australian to win a prestigious 2017 Kyoto Prize—the most prestigious international award for fields not traditionally honoured with a Nobel Prize.

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UQ and partners developing next generation aerospace computers—8 June 2017

A group of University of Queensland researchers, led by ARC Future Fellow, Professor Warwick Bowen, have joined with global technology corporation Lockheed Martin to develop next generation computers for aerospace applications.

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Researchers have discovered that a fish species has evolved highly specialised self-lubricating lips to help them feed from razor-sharp corals.

Professor David Bellwood, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, said that out of the 6,000 reef fish species, only 128 feed on coral. 

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Monash announces collaboration with Johnson & Johnson innovation for rheumatoid arthritis detection and treatment—5 June 2017

Facilitating research into the early detection and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis that has been supported by the Australian Research Council, Monash University has signed a major multiyear research and commercialisation deal with Janssen Biotech, Inc. (“Janssen”), one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. 

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La Trobe starts molecular journey to fight disease—5 June 2017

Receiving funding through the ARC’s Future Fellowships scheme, Professor John Moses at La Trobe University will be working to develop new ‘click chemistry’—a method that will help discover and develop biologically active molecules in the fight against cancer and antibiotic resistance.
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Australia to re-enter the space business with CubeSats—5 June 2017
 

A new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre will develop a base of expertise in CubeSats and associated technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to developing Australian research strengths in these quickly evolving new industries.

 
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ARC Research Hub addresses challenges faced by the elderly—5 June 2017

Professor John Grundy is leading a large research team, with funding from the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, to establish a new ARC Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living at Deakin University.  The aim of the hub is to create jobs and improved care standards to make better use of resources and enhance the mental, physical and social well-being of aging people in residential care or at home.

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Biodiversity research in the Northern Territory savanna—5 June 2017

Dr Brett Murphy—Senior Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University—has been awarded an ARC Future Fellow to investigate the impacts of climate change on biodiversity in the Northern Territory savanna and how best to mitigate these impacts.

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Using DNA to track baby fish and corals—5 June 2017

Through the ARC Future Fellowships scheme, Dr Michael Bode from James Cook University will lead a project aiming to predict the larval dispersal patterns of reef corals and fish, for improved fish and coral reef conservation. This project will combine new genetic data and innovative mathematical methods to understand larval dispersal, which is fundamental to the ecology of coral reefs, and has important implications for conservation.

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New Ripples in the Cosmic Pond put Black Holes and Scientists in a Spin—2 June 2017

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made a third detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened. 

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A brave new world for coral reefs—1 June 2017

 Research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University predicts that the coral reefs of the future will be radically different from today or 30 years ago, but if we take the right steps now, we can secure the future for our reefs.

 

May 

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Uncovering how aviation transformed Australia—31 May 2017

With funding from the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme, a research team—led by University of Canberra Associate Professor Tracy Ireland—is exploring how aviation has transformed Australian society, and how the technology of global mobility has shaped people, cultures and communities.

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New generation fire resistant concrete columns to boost Australia’s construction industry—31 May 2017

A research team, led by ARC Future Fellow Professor Zhong Tao at Western Sydney University, has received ARC Linkage Projects scheme funding to develop a new kind of concrete that will reduce the need for steel reinforcement within concrete-filled steel tubular (CFST) columns. CFST columns are commonly used structural components of large constructions, such as tall buildings and multi-story car parks, and require a large amount of internal reinforcement to maintain their structural integrity under fire attack.

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Indigenous researcher, Professor Martin Nakata—improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous higher education students—26 May 2017

Professor Martin Nakata is Pro Vice-Chancellor and head of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre based at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, Queensland. He is a Torres Strait Islander, and notably, the first Torres Strait Islander to receive a PhD in Australia. His research career, spanning almost forty years, has focussed on the area of Australian Indigenous education, and on the higher education sector specifically for the last twenty years.

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Environmental researcher awarded prestigious science medal—26 May 2017

ARC Future FellowProfessor Kerrie Wilson from The University of Queensland has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

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How science, nature and school teachers inspired Australia’s best scientists—22 May 2017

Twenty-one of Australia’s best scientists—including 17 who have received ARC funding support—have been elected to the Australian Academy of Science, a rare and esteemed honour, for their outstanding contributions to science. 

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Patterns of creation—19 May 2017

Controlling the patterning on the surface of plastics may soon enable us to grow bone, fight infections and reproduce stem cells, thanks to ARC-funded research at Swinburne University of Technology.

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Nanotech breakthrough reduces car exhaust pollution—19 May 2017

Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW)—including an ARC Future Fellow—and Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO), working with colleagues in Japan, Turkey and Bangladesh, have developed a nanomaterial that can be used to make markedly more effective catalytic converters for vehicles. 

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A muffin a day might just keep the doctor away—19 May 2017

A ‘good heart’ muffin—developed by researchers within The University of Queensland (UQ) node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls—could help lower the risk of heart disease.

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Islands of language enter virtual reality—11 May 2017

Linguists from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language are breathing new life into endangered languages with virtual reality (VR) technology.

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Griffith researchers date South Africa’s peculiar Homo naledi fossils—11 May 2017

ARC Future Fellow, Dr Mathieu Duval, working with a team of scientists from Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) have helped discover Homo naledi’s surprisingly young age, opening up more questions on where we come from.

 

 

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Gender action toolkit to assist with gender diversity journey10 May 2017

The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)—drawing on their own experience—has developed a Gender Action Toolkit to assist other groups with their gender and diversity journey. 

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Voyage to an Antarctic polynya sights rare ‘Dragon-skin’ ice—5 May 2017

An autumn voyage to the heart of an Antarctic polynya has rewarded expeditioners on a US icebreaker—including ARC Future Fellow, Dr Guy Williams, from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at The University of Tasmania—with a glimpse of a rarely seen type of sea ice.

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Smart windows for a more energy efficient future—5 May 2017

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, Professor Huijun Zhao at Griffith University is set to lead research into a new kind of low-cost, energy-saving 'smart window' that contains a glass that is able to change its colour and the amount of light or heat it transmits. 

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Comparing indigenous-settler relations across 'New World' sites—5 May 2017

A research team, led by Dr Katharine Fullagar, at Macquarie University has received a new Linkage Projects grant of $330,000 to investigate indigenous and settler experiences in Australasia and North America. 

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Silver materials may unlock golden opportunities, new research suggests—4 May 2017
 

 Curtin University research, led by ARC Future Fellow, Dr Mark Paskevicius, has uncovered a series of new silver materials that possess a dynamic range of properties, which could potentially open up new avenues in solid-state batteries, anti-bacterial agents for medical use, and flexible touchscreens in smart phones.

 
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Unearthing the basis of autoimmune disease—4 May 2017

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging (Imaging CoE) based at Monash University have discovered the mechanism that explains how key genetic risk factors cause or protect people from autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease. 

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2017 Young Scientist Award for the Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics—3 March 2017

Congratulations to ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award recipients—Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Dr Mohsen Rahmani from The Australian National University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)—on receiving Young Scientist awards from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).

 

April

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Bacteria with Midas touch for efficient gold processing—28 April 2017

Dr Frank Reith—an ARC Future Fellow in The University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences and Visiting Fellow at CSIRO Land and Water at Waite—is part of a team of researchers that have been investigating the role of microorganisms in gold transformation.

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Seeing the electricity inside graphene for the first time—27 April 2017

A research team, led by Professor Lloyd Hollenberg from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) at The University of Melbourne, has used a special quantum probe based on an atomic-sized ‘colour centre’ found only in diamonds to “see” the flow of electric currents in graphene for the first time. No-one has previously been able to see what is happening with electronic currents in graphene, said Professor Hollenberg. According to Professor Hollenberg, this new technique overcomes significant limitations with existing methods for understanding electric currents in devices based on ultra-thin materials.

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Expert Nation: Universities, War and 1920s and 1930s Australia—24 April 2017

The First World War was a new kind of war, arguably the first 'modern war' in which science and knowledge were to play a critical role.  In a conflict that was fought as much by experts as by expeditionary forces, Australian university graduates played an important part. Expert Nation, a 2016 ARC Discovery Project—led by Dr Tamson Pietsch, an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recipient from The University Technology, Sydney—is looking at how war transformed the nature and status of expertise both on the battlefield and in interwar Australia.

 

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War in the Digital Age—24 April 2017

Scientia Professor Dennis Del Favero from The University of New South Wales led the production of ‘Retrospect: War, Family, Afghanistan’—an interactive online, television, radio and cinema work that explores the relationship between the experiences of Afghanistan veterans and their families. The 2012 ARC Linkage Project used cutting-edge visual technology to communicate the experience of war using modern day forms of digital communication.

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Serving in silence? The history of LGBTI inclusion in Australian military service—24 April 2017

An Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project led by historian, Associate Professor Noah Riseman from the Australian Catholic University, is examining the histories of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) servicemen and women from the end of the Second World War until the present. 

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Origins of Indonesian ‘hobbits’ finally revealed—21 April 2017

The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed. The study found that Homo floresiensis, dubbed ‘the hobbits’ due to their small stature, were most likely a sister species of Homo habilis—one of the earliest known species of human found in Africa 1.75 million years ago.

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Commercialising a New Gas Separation Technology—21 April 2017

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award recipient Dr Kevin Li and Professor Eric May, Director at the ARC Training Centre for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Futures, have announced that they have secured close to $1 million in funding to commercialise their gas separation technology developed at The University of Western Australia.

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New breakthrough for smaller electronic devices—19 April 2017

Curtin University researchers, supported by ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme funding, have created a diode—the basic component of most modern electronic devices—out of a tiny single molecule, which will help continue the downsizing trend of electronic devices. Diodes, which are responsible for directing electric currents in most common electronic devices, allow currents to flow in one direction while blocking currents in the opposite direction.

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Unique database details 5.8 trillion-tonne global fishing catch—12 April 2017

University of Tasmania (UTAS) researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) have developed a unique fisheries database that is providing unprecedented insights into global fishing catches between 1950 and 2014. The database brings together every major international statistical collection of fisheries data since comprehensive records began, providing unique insights into the industry.

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Super sensitive devices work on recycling atoms—12 April 2017
 

Researchers at The University of Queensland (UQ) node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, working with the University of Sussex, have developed next-generation sensors that will be able to be used in fields as diverse as mineral exploration and climate change.

 
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Step towards a sustainable future using microfactory technology—12 April 2017

In a breakthrough in recycling technology invented by ARC-funded researchers at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), a simple replica of Mahatma Gandhi’s spectacles has been created using common waste plastics from electronic goods that we usually throw away. The waste plastics have been recycled into plastic filaments, enabling the glasses to be ‘printed out’, as well as other potential products in the future made from composite waste. This latest research represents a remarkable step towards a sustainable future using microfactory to produce value-added green materials and products that are made from 100 per cent waste materials.

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Researchers have uncovered prehistoric art and ornaments from the Indonesian ‘Ice Age’—4 April 2017

ARC-funded archaeologists at Griffith University are part of a joint Indonesian-Australian team that has unearthed a rare collection of prehistoric art and ‘jewellery’ objects from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, dating in some instances to as early as 30,000 years ago, shedding new light on ‘Ice Age’ human culture and symbolism.

March 

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Photonics breakthrough paving the way for improved wireless communication systems—31 March 2017

Researchers from the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical System (CUDOS) in The University of Sydney’s Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology have made a breakthrough achieving radio frequency signal control at sub-nanosecond time scales on a chip-scale optical device.

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Fanged fish’s heroin-like venom could lead to pain treatments—31 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), supported by an ARC-funded Discovery Project, have found that a fearless fanged coral reef fish that disables its opponents with heroin-like venom could offer hope for the development of new painkillers. UQ researcher, Associate Professor Bryan Fry, said the venomous fang blenny was found in the Pacific region, including on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Malaria parasites ‘walk through walls’ to infect humans—30 March 2016

Researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, assisted by ARC Discovery Project funding, have identified proteins that enable deadly malaria parasites to ‘walk through cell walls’—a superpower that was revealed using the Institute’s first insectary to grow human malaria parasites. The research has identified two parasite proteins that are the key to this superpower. The proteins could be targeted to develop much-needed antimalarial drugs or vaccines.

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Nanoscale sensor to spot disease—28 March 2017

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) has announced that they have developed a new nanoscale sensor that can help detect cytokines—molecules that play a critical role in cellular response to infection, inflammation, trauma and disease—which, until now, have been extremely hard to measure and quantify due to their small size and their dynamic and transient nature.

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Breakthrough in energy harvesting with clear glass—27 March 2017

A research team, led by ARC-funded researcher Professor Kamal Alameh, at Edith Cowan University has developed a breakthrough new technology, in a clear glass that harvests energy directly from the sun while letting most of the visible light through.

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ARC fellows shine at the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards—24 March 2017

Quantum physicist, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Michelle Simmons, and cognitive neuroscientist, ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Muireann Irish, are two prominent ARC-funded female researchers who have received prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards in Paris.

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Environmental researchers at ARC Centre of Excellence win Mahathir Science Award—21 March 2017

Work by a trio of ARC-funded researchers and their teams from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at The University of Queensland have been announced as the winners of Malaysia’s 2016 Mahathir Science Award

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Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country—9 March 2017

New research led by Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Alan Cooper, at The University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) has produced the first detailed genetic map of Aboriginal Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Researchers analysed mitochondrial DNA from hair samples collected during the early 20th Century, to establish that Australia’s Aboriginal people were continuously present in the same discrete geographic areas for up to 50,000 years. These findings reinforce Aboriginal communities’ strong connection to country and represent the first detailed genetic map of Aboriginal Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans.

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Researchers find the dark matter of the bread wheat genome—6 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA), supported through an ARC-funded Linkage Project, have identified 21,000 new genes in bread wheat. The discovery is a big step forward in the continued improvement of bread wheat, which provides roughly one fifth of the world’s food.

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New study doubles estimate of functional genes in our genome—6 March 2017

A group of researchers from Japan and Australia, through Stem Cells Australia—an ARC Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Science—have completed a landmark study where they revealed that long non-coding RNAs, a poorly understood and highly controversial class of genes, may link with major diseases, including inflammation and cancer. The group generated a comprehensive atlas of 27,919 long non-coding RNAs and summarised their expression patterns across the major human cell types and tissues—the first time this has been achieved.

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Australian Silicon Photonics and Luceda Photonics launch new photonics toolset—1 March 2017

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), partnering with Luceda Photonics, have launched a comprehensive toolset of electromagnetic simulators for photonic devices, called REME. REME is the first commercially launched product from a range of silicon photonics technologies being developed by the Australian Silicon Photonics team, situated at CUDOS within RMIT University.

 
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science forging powerful partnerships—1 March 2017

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) have forged a powerful partnership that is catapulting fundamental research into practical and useful structures and devices. 

February

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A breathtaking finding: ancient bacteria have flexible genetic responses to extreme oxygen levels—27 February 2017

New research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis has found that the tiny bacteria responsible for transforming Earth three billion years ago into the oxygen-rich atmosphere you are breathing, are able to adapt to extreme levels of oxygen by having different genetic responses.

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Understanding the effects of mild dementia on driving ability—24 February 2017

Led by Professor Lynn Meuleners, a team of researchers at Curtin University of Technology—with support through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme—will investigate the effect of mild dementia on a person’s ability to drive a vehicle.


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Improving water safety through better surveillance—24 February 2017

A team of researchers at The University of Melbourne will work closely with the Melbourne Water Corporation, the statutory authority that controls much of Melbourne’s water system, in an ARC Linkage Project to develop an integrated monitoring and surveillance program that will enhance water safety.

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3D printing a ‘lab on a chip’—24 February 2017

Led by Professor Michael Breadmore, researchers at the University of Tasmania will push the limits of current 3D printing technology in an ARC Linkage Project.

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Barcode scanner microscope films neurons firing—23 February 2017

The Australian National University (ANU), supported through the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, has built an advanced microscope using barcode laser scanner technology that can film moving blood cells and neurons firing in living animals. 

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New nanoparticle discovery to aid super-resolution imaging—23 February 2017

ARC Future Fellow Professor Dayong Jin has led a team of researchers—from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), Macquarie University, The University of Technology Sydney, Peking University and Shanghai Jiao-tong university—to develop a new kind of highly sensitive microscopy that can visually study biological objects in much higher detail than was previously possible.

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Rice sun protection and diversity can be key to more food production—14 February 2017
 

A team of scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis has decided to combine old and new ways to produce more efficient plants. They focused on rice’s natural diversity by using traditional breeding techniques to select cultivated varieties—or cultivars—that are better at converting sunlight into food.

 
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A message from your muscles—14 February 2017

New research from The University of Queensland has revealed the way human muscles recover after fatigue. ARC Future Fellow, Dr Bradley Launikonis, said most people knew all too well the feeling of muscle soreness after unaccustomed exercise, but until now no one had fundamentally described the cell physiology of the recovery process.

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Bees give up searching for food when we degrade their land—8 February 2017

A new study into honey bees has revealed the significant effect human impact has on a bee’s metabolism, and ultimately, its survival. In an ARC-funded Linkage Project, researchers from The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Curtin University and CSIRO, have completed a world-first study on insect metabolism in free flying insects—focusing on the honey bee. 

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Teaching plants to be better spenders—8 February 2017

Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at The University of Western Australia have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops. 

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Young researchers win support from Academy—8 February 2017

The Australian Academy of Science has announced the recipients of the J G Russell Award to help talented younger researchers in the basic sciences.

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Unearthing immune responses to common drugs—7 February 2017

Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune sensitivities to well-known, and commonly prescribed, medications. A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging—with nodes at Monash University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland—accessed national research infrastructure, including the Australian Synchrotron, to investigate what drugs might activate a specialised type of immune cell, the MAIT cell (Mucosal associated invariant T cell). 

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Business opportunity—6 February 2017

New research is looking at the experiences and benefits for the economy and society of entrepreneurship—a source of empowerment for refugees, for people with disability, and for Indigenous Australians.

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Acid trip makes clumsy cone snails miss their prey—1 February 2017

New research from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, published in Biology Letters, reveals deadly cone snails are too clumsy to catch their prey when exposed to the levels of ocean acidification expected under predicted climate change. 

 

January

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Improving our rail network by understanding the process of “mud pumping”—30 January 2017

Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna will be leading a research team at the University of Wollongong to determine underlying causes of a process known as ‘mud pumping’ which is highly destructive to railway lines. 

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Extracting more valuable minerals from low grade and waste ore deposits—30 January 2017

A research team led by Associate Professor Yongjun Peng at The University of Queensland will lead a project that aims to understand the reactions taking place on the most important waste mineral that interferes with the recovery of base-metal and precious minerals from ore deposits. 

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New project expands horizon of USQ space exploration—29 January 2017

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) funding has enabled the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), in collaboration with The University of New South Wales and The University of Sydney, to start building a dedicated multi-telescope facility at Mount Kent Observatory on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

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Sci-fi holograms a step closer with ANU invention—24 January 2017

Funding support from the ARC has enabled ANU physicists to invent a tiny device that creates the highest quality holographic images ever achieved, opening the door to imaging technologies seen in science fiction movies such as Star Wars.

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New ‘smart needle’ to make brain surgery safer—20 January 2017

A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at The University of Adelaide.

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Adopted babies can remember their birth language—19 January 2017

In a collaborative international study, involving the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, researchers have discovered that early language learning in children adopted internationally can be subconsciously retained, even when they can no longer remember the learning experience. 

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Seeing the quantum future—14 January 2017

Researchers the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS), based at The University of Sydney, have demonstrated the ability to ‘see’ the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to pre-empt their demise. 

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High-sugar diets found to significantly reduce the lifespan of flies—11 January 2017

International research by University College London (UCL) with Monash University, with support from the ARC Future Fellowships scheme, has found that flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives—even after their diet improves.

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Sneak peek into the nanoworld of brain cells—8 January 2017

Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), with support from the Australian Research Council, are among the first in neuroscience to see the brain’s tiniest molecules in action and plot their movements

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Discovery of how healthy cereals can lower heart disease—7 January 2017

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Cell Walls, Professor Mike Gidley and lead researcher Dr Purnima Gunness, have identified a new mechanism for how healthy cereals such as oats reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. 

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Eco-driving and safe driving technology to save lives, environment and money—3 January 2017

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have designed an in-car device that aims to persuade drivers to adopt a fuel efficient and safe driving style. The innovative in-vehicle technology will improve safety and save dollars at the petrol pump, and will soon be tested out on Brisbane drivers.

 

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