2018 

January

 

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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.

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.

 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.

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.

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.

"" Lubricated fish lips help wrasses vacuum coral goodies—6 June 2017

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.

 

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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).

 

 

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