2017

February

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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 foor 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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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 2016

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.

2016

 December

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Innovative Research teams get big ‘bench to business’ boost—20 December 2016

Five innovative research teams have received a boost under The University of Adelaide’s Commercial Accelerator Scheme, which has announced funding to take them all the way from ‘bench to business’.

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Prestigious international award recognises pioneering work of IMAS scientist—14 December 2016

Following on from his 2016 Australian Laureate Fellowship, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) scientist Professor Philip Boyd has been awarded the prestigious G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award by the US-based Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

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Rock art expert honoured with national award—13 December 2016

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Griffith University’s rock art expert, Professor Paul Taçon, has capped a remarkable year being honoured with the Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology.

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ANU invention to inspire new night-vision specs—7 December 2016

Australian National University (ANU) scientists have designed a nano crystal, around 500 times smaller than a human hair, that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses. This innovation was supported by the ARC, through the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS).

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 New telescope chip offers clear view of alien planets—6 December 2016

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) are breaking new ground in photonics—the science of ‘electronics’ that uses light.

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New discovery at heart of healthy cereals—6 December 2016

A new discovery, funded through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, could help reduce heart disease and boost nutrition security—the access to balanced nourishment—globally.

 

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