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A patented treatment could restore eyesight for millions of sufferers of corneal disease. The University of Melbourne–led team of researchers have grown corneal cells on a layer of film that can be implanted in the eye to help the cornea heal itself. They have successfully restored vision in animal trials and are aiming to move […]

Fresh Science is a national competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery.

The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them a taste of life in the limelight, with a day of media training and a public event in their home state.

Fresh Science 2016 was held in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and NSW.

Next year, Fresh Science will kick off with nominations in February 2017. If you would like to partner with us on Fresh Science, please get in touch.

Take a look at the work of all our past Freshies.

Chun Hin (credit Tom Rayner)

Chun Hin Ng presenting at Fresh Science in the Pub (credit Tom Rayner)

Monash University researchers have developed a new plastic material that can extract hydrogen from water. It could be the start of a water-fuelled energy revolution.

The idea of splitting water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen is not a new one. If the two can be split efficiently enough, that hydrogen becomes a valuable potential fuel.

But previous methods to extract the hydrogen from water have either been very expensive or very inefficient, requiring a huge amount of energy to split water and produce hydrogen.

Chun Hin Ng has worked out a way to make this process cheaper, more sustainable and efficient, by using a carbon-based plastic material that can conduct electricity.

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Yugeesh Lankadeva (credit Tom Rayner)

Yugeesh Lankadeva (credit Tom Rayner)

Melbourne researcher Yugeesh Lankadeva has discovered what drives kidney damage and how to asses it through a patient’s urine.

The new technique could warn doctors of septic kidney damage before it becomes life threatening.

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Enrico Analizing devicesResearchers at RMIT and CSIRO plan to revolutionise the manufacture of smartphones, tablets, solar cells, and LED lights.

They’ve developed a way of printing electronic components using cheap and widely available materials, and a flash of light.

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