• Small babies and asthma in later life
    Posted in: 2017, WA

    Airway size in rats with a low birth weight is more varied than those born at a normal weight—which Western Australian scientists think may play a role in the development of asthma. Around 2.5 million Australians suffer from asthma, causing breathing difficulties when they’re experiencing an attack. But around 5-10 per cent of them suffer […]

  • Helping heroin users have healthier babies
    Posted in: 2017, WA

    A safer treatment for pregnant heroin-dependent women has been investigated by researchers from the University of Western Australia. The medication naltrexone was found to reduce the risks associated with heroin use during pregnancy. Naltrexone fights the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin, preventing the ‘high’ or euphoria they bring on. “Methadone is currently the […]

  • Detecting forged handwriting with light and statistics
    Posted in: 2017, WA

    From altered bank cheques to false signatures, document forgery is big business—costing Australians millions of dollars every year. Researchers at Curtin University, working with forensic experts from Document Examination Solutions in Perth, developed a new way to spot handwritten forgeries based on subtle changes in ink colour. “Using precise colour measurements of ink on paper, […]

  • Jiawen holding the probe. (Credit: University of Adelaide)
    Tiny probe could see and take your temperature
    Posted in: 2017, SA

    Adelaide researchers have invented the world’s smallest fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously see and measure temperature deep inside the human body. “With an outer diameter of only 130 microns the probe is as thin as a single strand of human hair,” says Dr Jiawen Li from the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the […]