• Ants predict human behaviour in an emergency
    Posted in: 2012, Vic

    Monash researcher Dr Nirajan Shiwakoti says ethical and safety concerns prevent researchers from testing evacuation procedures on people, so ants provide a welcome solution. “In this research, the collective movement of panicking ants is measured and then results are scaled up to human situations,” says Nirajan.

  • Stopping mineral processing from turning to jelly
    Posted in: 2012, SA

    Cooking minerals in huge mixing tanks can turn them to jelly, and an Adelaide researcher has found out why. The work could save the industry millions of dollars a year in lost production and cleaning costs. Sticky gel-like materials form during the liquid processing of mineral ores, when clays present in the deposits release elements…

  • Video gaming addiction can control your thoughts
    Posted in: 2012, ACT

    A psychology researcher from Canberra has collected some of the first scientific evidence that video gaming can be addictive in a way similar to gambling and alcohol. “People who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games are powerless to stop themselves from thinking about gaming,” says Olivia Metcalf, who did the research for…