1999

Black Holes are Pink

1 August 1999

in 1999

When black holes rip stars and gas clouds to pieces, the debris gets so hot that it shrouds the black hole with a brilliant blue-white light. Or so everyone thought, until we discovered pink quasars; black holes glowing with a pink light so intense that they are amongst the pinkest objects in the Universe. [click to continue…]

Genes & Epilepsy: How do they “fit”? – Robyn Wallace

Robyn has identified the first gene known to cause febrile seziures. This is a specific form of epilepsy that affects young children. [click to continue…]

“Busting the ‘gut’ puzzle”

Ever wondered why you don’t spew more often? Your intestine, controlled by its own “brain”, the Enteric Nervous System, silently, without your conscious knowledge, performs this miraculous feat, controlling food movement and digestion, every day of your life. [click to continue…]

It is now possible to measure what every single gene is doing simultaneously in a cell under a variety of conditions. This enables scientists to say “Eureka! I’ve discovered a million numbers!” Unfortunately, their colleagues reply “And?” Andrew Conway is helping biochemists find meaning in their data. [click to continue…]

Mean Green Recycling Machine – Edmond Lascaris

Recycling wastepaper is good for the environment but it could be better. Ed is using enzymes from fungi to make recycling greener. [click to continue…]

New work to be published in Nature shows that small ‘Cleaner fish’ really do help keep reef fish healthy by picking parasites from them up to 150 times a day. [click to continue…]

Building environmentally friendly mountains in the outback: design of Post-Mining Landscapes For Erosion Control – Gary Sheridan

Coal-mining has disturbed over 50,000 ha of land that requires more than $1 Billion to rehabilitate. Scott’s software is being used to design mountains that won’t wash away. [click to continue…]

320 tonnes of acid spills into river- Ben Wilson

Research into acid-producing soils along major rivers in northern NSW has illustrated the threat posed by Mother Nature, not only sugar cane farmers, on fish stocks in the region, according to Dr Ben Wilson from Charles Sturt University. [click to continue…]

Astronomers using the Anglo-Australian Telescope have found the first signs of weather outside the Solar System, on objects called ‘brown dwarfs’, which are like a cross between a Jupiter-like planet and a star. [click to continue…]

Australian Breakthrough promises vaccines for ‘difficult’ diseases

Scientists all over the world have been battling with the problem of HIVvaccines for almost a decade. But now, a new “polytope” technology from the CRC for Vaccine Technology is being applied to HIV and many other diseases.. [click to continue…]

Speedy thought may mean better memory for older adults – Janet Bryan.

Janet’s research is showing that the faster one thinks, the better one’s memory. [click to continue…]

Searching for oil and gas on Australia’s North West Shelf using a perspex tank full of honey, putty, sand and cake sprinkles may seem a little bizarre, but University of WA geologist Dr. Myra Keep believes it may help us locate where oil fields may or may not be. [click to continue…]

Australia’s rivers could not have supplied the sand on our beaches. Keith has shown that the sand probably originated in Antarctica over 550 million years ago.

Ever wondered where all the sand on Queensland beaches comes from? [click to continue…]

New research by an Australian student reveals the code our bodies use to control our immune systems. Her work could have tremendous medical benefits.

Unlocking this code represents a dramatic step forward in the fight to prevent autoimmune disease, allergies and to improve vaccines. [click to continue…]

Most transplants need immunosuppressive drugs but livers often don’t . Why and how can we use this knowledge? [click to continue…]