A handheld device that can instantly determine whether a suspicious white substance is an illicit drug – or something innocuous like flour – has been developed by Simon Lewis at Deakin University, Geelong.
Kristen Warren from Murdoch University in WA is working to save Indonesia’s orang-utans. Many captive orang-utans couldn’t be released into the wild because they appeared to be carrying a human hepatitis B virus. Kristen showed the virus is a new, orang-utan virus – a discovery essential to conservation of dwindling wild populations.
More mums can breast feed successfully First images of the breast in action Mothers can be concerned that they do not have a letdown when breastfeeding, so their babies cannot get enough milk. For the first time, Donna Ramsey from The University of Western Australia has used ultrasound to capture moving images of letdown in […]
Fossil molecules in rocks obtained from mining operations have unlocked dramatic secrets of immense fluctuations in climate and sea level in prehistoric times. The method charts climate changes through history and paints a new picture of the Earth’s vegetation cover. It is used by the petroleum industry to identify likely drilling sites for oil wells.
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