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Sterile fruit flies one step closer

Queensland fruit flies' annual destruction of crops is one step closer to being significantly reduced thanks to a research project led by the University of Western Sydney. Having successfully identified the point at which developing fruit flies – pests that plague the ...

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Research bright lights win grants

A $2.5 million research grant for a project examining the historical and contemporary impact of child refugees in Australia has been awarded to a Melbourne researcher as part of the 2014 Australian Laureate Fellowships funding allocation. "Child refugees and Australia ...

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Emergency communications upgrades researched

Communication breakdowns between emergency services during major disasters may soon be a thing of the past. Research is under way that aims to develop an integrated system that will aid collaborative response efforts. Research fellow at the University of Adelaide’s Teletraffic ...

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The sound of music

Untrained audiences attending musical performances may be placing too much emphasis on their visual sense when critically assessing music and need better skills with which to judge quality sound. That belief is the basis of a pilot study being launched ...

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Robots against dementia

Companion machines are set to change the way Australian aged-care providers look after people with dementia. Robots helping to improve the quality of life of older people and people with dementia might sound like a health-inspired scene from Dr Who, ...

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Public trusts unis far more than pollies

Australians have almost three times as much confidence in the country's universities as in Federal Parliament, a recently released ANU poll of public attitudes shows. The phone-based survey of 1388 Australians – conducted in June and July this year – asked respondents ...

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Water ‘tractor beam’ developed

Australian National University researchers have brought science fiction a step closer to reality after successfully creating what has been dubbed a tractor beam, using water flow patterns. By manipulating wave patterns in water, the team has been able to control ...

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Promising side of brain research

New research has bolstered evidence suggesting that one part of the human brain is better protected from ageing and cognitive deterioration than others. The study, conducted at the University of Adelaide, assessed visual and non-visual response to stimuli amongst a ...

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New plant centre taking on hunger

Helping to ensure the 2 billion people expected to be added to the world’s population by 2050 have enough food is just one of the challenges set to be addressed by a new Centre of Excellence in Plant Biology research ...

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