Image courtesy: Dr Tomer Ventura, University of the Sunshine Coast.
29 October 2013

The awarding of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) is the latest episode in the remarkable career of researcher Dr Tomer Ventura.

Originally from Israel, Dr Ventura was appointed by Prof Abigail Elizur, Director of the GeneCology Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), and awarded a CRN (Collaborative Research Networks) Fellowship in August 2012.

Image courtsey: Yvan Paquot. Dr Michaël Roelens (Finisar) and Dr. Jochen Schröder (University of Sydney) working with the WaveShaper in the CUDOS Tbit/s laboratory at the University of Sydney.
29 October 2013

In the year 2013 we live in a highly technical world where the information highway is at our fingertips; smart phones, tablets and wireless connections.

As a consumer we want more, this is evidenced in the lengthy queues outside Apple stores each time a new product is released, but as a consumer do we ever sit back, take stock and think about how this technology was arrived at, and what research was undertaken to enable the technology?

Image courtesy: ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials' Dr Cindy Gunawan, Dr Christopher Marquis from UNSW and the nanosilver-adaptive Bacillus bacteria.
29 October 2013

Nanosilver, one of the most developed products of nanotechnology, is a potent and versatile antimicrobial agent that can kill microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, but new research has unearthed that some bacteria flourish under prolonged exposure.

Nanosilver is a nanoparticle form of silver and it is included in many products that we use on a daily basis, such as hand sanitisers and wound dressings.

Image courtesy: Natalie Recalcitrant
23 July 2013

The Mona Lisa, arguably one of the most famous paintings in history, sits behind a glass wall in the Louvre in Paris—somewhat of a let-down when you have travelled long distances to see her, but also understandable to ensure she is protected and viewed by many generations to come.

The effect of touch or light over long periods on a painting is fairly well known, but what about the impact of the science behind the painting? Most notably free radicals.

A photograph of Professor Peter Hall
23 July 2013

Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow, Professor Peter Hall, has been receiving respect and praise for his work in developing theoretical tools to determine the consequences of analysing data in Australia for many years.

A photograph of Professor Kathy Belov holding a baby Tasmanian devil.
23 July 2013

An additional round of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) prestigious Future Fellowships scheme was secured and announced in May, as part of the Federal Budget 2013-14.

A photograph of Senator the Hon. Kim Carr and Professor Tanya Monro
23 July 2013

Seventeen of Australia's most outstanding researchers have been awarded a total of $47 million in research funding following the announcement of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) 2013 Australian Laureate Fellowships.

A photograph of Professor Veena Sahajwall and Mr Paul Vielhauer
10 May 2013

When the humble car tyre has lost its tread and is no longer safe on the family car it is often thrown to landfill or stockpiled with no apparent means of re-use. In some cases we improvise; how often have you seen a child's swing or a planting barrel, or even a tyre swan, made from discarded tyres?

A photograph of Peter Innis, Bill Frank, and Gordon Wallace
10 May 2013

Less than 200 metres inland from Wollongong’s idyllic beaches sits the lead node of the world-renowned ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

A teaser image of Harvey Millar examining document.
10 May 2013

One of the world's most highly cited plant scientists in recent years, Winthrop Professor Harvey Millar has received the 2013 Charles Albert Shull Award, and is the first Australian to receive the prestigious American award, now in its 42nd year.