• 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, […]

  • Fresh Science in the Pub this June & July
    Posted in: 2018

    Fresh Science in the pub in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane… and for the first time ever in Canberra. Come enjoy a beer and hear 10 “Fresh” early-career researchers share the stories in their science. Last year we heard about: how feeding chickens whole grain can help feed 100 million people, how sea snakes find […]