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Heavy drinkers consuming more than half of all alcohol
La Trobe University researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10% of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of six standard drinks per day. (2019-04-17)
Fishy diagnostics for food allergy testing
James Cook University scientists in Australia have found material commonly used for fish allergy testing is unreliable -- potentially putting lives at risk. (2019-04-11)
NASA-NOAA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Wallace dissipating
Tropical Cyclone Wallace was dissipating in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead. (2019-04-10)
New wasps named after biscuits and Doctor Who aliens
University of Adelaide researchers were inspired by everything from chocolate biscuits and Doctor Who aliens when choosing names for 10 new species of wasps. (2019-04-09)
Study reports on bacterial STIs among men using PrEP
This study, which included nearly 3,000 mostly gay and bisexual men in Australia who received daily HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), reports on the association of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by describing diagnoses of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis among the men and behavioral risk factors. (2019-04-09)
NASA imagery shows winds tearing Tropical Cyclone Wallace
Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite showed Tropical Cyclone Wallace being sheared apart from strong northwesterly winds. (2019-04-09)
NASA-NOAA satellite finds a more circular Tropical Cyclone Wallace
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured a visible image of what appeared to be a more organized Tropical Cyclone Wallace, off the coast of Western Australia. (2019-04-08)
Warnings up in Western Australia as Suomi NPP satellite views Tropical Cyclone 23S
Tropical Cyclone 23S has developed north of the Kimberley coast, and generated warnings. (2019-04-05)
Australian research uncovers link between dietary fiber and lung disease
Dietary fiber may be a new tool in the prevention of progressive lung disease, thanks to the production of anti-inflammatory short chain fatty acids (SCFA), according to a new study by Australia's Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs at University of Newcastle, and the Centre for Inflammation, a partnership between the University of Technology Sydney and Centenary Institute. (2019-04-04)
Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults
An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. (2019-04-03)
Sea snakes make record-setting deep dives
Sea snakes, best known from shallow tropical waters, have been recorded swimming at 250 meters in the deep-sea 'twilight zone,' smashing the previous diving record of 133 meters held by sea snakes. (2019-04-02)
Call for unis and others to consider women juggling research/childcare
Offering financial aid to cover childcare costs for female academics attending conferences is one of the suggestions offered by QUT researchers who surveyed Australian women on how caring for children has affected their careers. (2019-03-29)
Satellite finds Tropical Cyclone Veronica's stripped center along Australia coast
Early on March 26, Tropical Cyclone Veronica continued to move along the coast of Western Australia and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm that showed the storm was stripped of strong thunderstorm development around the center. (2019-03-26)
'Technoference': We're more tired & less productive because of our phones
An Australian survey of 709 mobile phone users (aged 18 to 83), led by Queensland University of Technology, has found one in five women and one in eight men are losing sleep due to bad phone habits. (2019-03-25)
Tuck into colourful fruits and vegetables and see the light
A $5.7 billion global medical bill to restore sight for the estimated 45 million people with cataracts could be slashed in half by a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, according to an international study. (2019-03-24)
Powerful Tropical Cyclone Veronica eyes Australia's Pilbara Coast
Tropical Cyclone Veronica continued to move toward Australia's Pilbara Coast in Western Australia. (2019-03-22)
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Veronica affecting Australia's Pilbara Coast
Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite showed Tropical Cyclone Veronica skirting the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. (2019-03-21)
NASA's Aqua Satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Veronica develop off western Australia's coast
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a view of Tropical Cyclone Veronica after it developed off the northern coast of Western Australia. (2019-03-20)
NASA tracks Tropical Cyclone Trevor approaching Australia's Cape York Peninsula
Tropical Cyclone Trevor appeared to have a cloud-filled eye in visible imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite. (2019-03-20)
NASA finds heavy rainfall potential in new Tropical Cyclone Trevor
Tropical Cyclone Trevor formed in the Coral Sea of the Southwestern Pacific Ocean on March 18. (2019-03-18)
Eating fish may help prevent asthma
A scientist from James Cook University in Australia says an innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma. (2019-03-18)
Hepatitis B virus sheds light on ancient human population movements into Australia
Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ago. (2019-03-17)
Coal power stations disrupt rainfall: global study
Modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns, a new 15-year international study shows. (2019-03-12)
Easier nicotine vaping product access likely to improve health and reduce health costs
Easier access to e-cigarettes containing nicotine is highly likely to lead to health gains and cost savings in the health sector, Australian and New Zealand researchers have found. (2019-03-12)
Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections
Queensland University of Technology researchers have led a major trial of boosted hospital cleaning practices across 11 Australian hospitals that focused on 'touch points' in wards, and found significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections, with associated cost benefits. (2019-03-11)
Australian study shows specialist clinics are cost-effective for chronic wound care
A study published in PLOS ONE by academics in Australia and the UK, shows that specialist wound management clinics are the most cost-effective route for the care of chronic wounds with better results for patients. (2019-03-07)
As sea level rises, wetlands crank up their carbon storage
Some wetlands perform better under pressure. A new Nature study revealed that when faced with sea-level rise, coastal wetlands respond by burying even more carbon in their soils. (2019-03-06)
Dingoes should remain a distinct species in Australia
Since the arrival of British settlers over 230 years ago, most Australians have assumed dingoes are a breed of wild dog. (2019-03-05)
Boost for Australian grain industry
New findings from research by La Trobe University and CSIRO made possible with GRDC investment could lead to a significant increase in the Australian wheat crop yield -- adding potentially around $1.8 billion to the national economy and improving global food security. (2019-02-25)
Exploring the global landscape of quantum technology research
Leading quantum technology experts from around the world have explored their respective regional and national goals for the future of the field, in a new focus issue of Quantum Science and Technology. (2019-02-22)
Social connectedness may help victims of cyberbullying
A new Psychology in the Schools study found that social connectedness may act as a protective buffer against the negative mental health effects of cyberbullying. (2019-02-21)
Researchers get to the bottom of fairy circles
Fairy circles are round gaps in arid grassland that are distributed very uniformly over the landscape and only occur along the Namib Desert in southern Africa and in parts of Australia. (2019-02-21)
Viruses that linger in the gut could trigger type 1 diabetes
Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, provide new evidence supporting an association between elevated levels of enteroviruses in the intestinal tracts of children and islet autoimmunity, a precursor to type 1 diabetes. (2019-02-20)
NASA-NOAA satellite looks at large-eyed Tropical Cyclone Oma
Tropical Cyclone Oma is a large hurricane with a big eye. (2019-02-20)
Report reveals more than a million Australian heart patients not given a second chance
A new report, developed by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, reveals that prevention of secondary heart attacks and strokes is critical to combating Australia's number one killer -- cardiovascular disease. (2019-02-19)
Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. (2019-02-17)
Preserved leaves reveal 7000 years of rainfall and drought
A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland's rainfall was like over the last 7000 years -- including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought. (2019-02-15)
Genetic tricks of rabbits resistant to fatal viral disease
Underlying genetic variation in the immune systems of rabbits allowed them to rapidly evolve genetic resistance to the myxoma virus, a deadly rabbit pathogen introduced into Europe and Australia during the 1950s, according to a new study. (2019-02-14)
Darwin's rabbit helps to explain the fightback against myxomatosis
An unprecedented study of rabbit DNA spanning 150 years and thousands of miles has revealed the genetic basis for the animal's fightback against the deadly myxoma virus. (2019-02-14)
Link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer ignored by women most at risk
Middle aged women in Australia aren't getting the message about the proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, at a time when more are drinking while cancer rates in their age bracket are increasing, according to a new study. (2019-02-13)
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