• A wee problem: drugs from our urine are making fish less afraid of predators
    Posted in: 2017, Vic

    Antidepressants are making their way into our lakes and rivers—and they’re making freshwater fish less fazed by predators. Jake Martin, a PhD candidate at Monash University, looked at how the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) responded to the threat of a predator when they had been exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine (using levels similar to those already […]

  • More water less sludge
    Posted in: 2016, Vic

    Sam Skinner and his team at the University of Melbourne are working to reduce the size of sludge mountains at waste water treatment plants—cutting the cost and making it more affordable to communities who don’t have big, modern sewage treatment facilities. They are the first in the world to show the link between ease of […]

  • The secret life of gut bacteria
    Posted in: 2016, Vic

    Melbourne researchers have shown how some gut bacteria use a needle-like system, like a syringe, to poke into the cells in our guts and pump in proteins that silence our immune system, leaving it unable to fight these bugs off. Jaclyn Pearson from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of […]

  • Tasty food stops bacteria from eating metal
    Posted in: 2016, Vic

    Swinburne University researchers have discovered that well-fed bacteria won’t damage ships hulls. By giving bacteria tasty food, in the form of different chemicals, Muhammad Awais Javed is distracting bacteria from eating metal and other surfaces. Bacteria are well known for the risk they pose to human health. But they also pose a risk to inanimate materials, […]