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Think big: turning ideas into business reality

The University of Adelaide is launching a program to help its students turn their innovative business ideas into reality. The ThincLab Online Commercialisation Accelerator is being developed by the university’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), and will be run ...

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A smile a day keeps the doctor away

University of Queensland academics say that a cheeky grin can improve your level of happiness and those of the people around you – and improve people’s health and wellbeing.   Professor Ottmar Lipp, a senior research fellow in psychology who studies ...

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Existence of ‘God particle’ confirmed

Scientists gathered in Melbourne have emerged from celebrating the discovery of a new subatomic particle to compare their elation with the moon landing. “We were all excited then about space exploration and science was thrilling,” recalled Steven Goldfarb, who now ...

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Cane toad terminator

Professor Rick Shine on using localised ‘guerrilla warfare’ to control one of the most pervasive biodiversity threats in Australia.   Rick Shine is an unlikely guerrilla warrior. He’s too avuncular and displays far too much affection for the enemy. Yet, ...

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Monash to lead new synchrotron program

The Australian Synchrotron in Victoria will continue to conduct important research thanks to a new program led by Monash University to control research access to the facility. Professor Andrew Peele, head of science at the facility, said it is a ...

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Students’ superhuman device

Australian students’ have unleashed a superhuman power, giving people the ability the see through solid objects. It seems that x-ray vision is no longer just for Superman. Led by professor Salim Bouzerdoum, a group of students from the University of Wollongong, ...

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Positive thinking cures depression

New research reveals how sufferers of depression can beat the blues by harnessing positive thoughts A recent study by Cardiff University has found a technique that could be used to ease depression. The technique known as neurofeedback involves patients entering ...

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Apple peels boost calorie-burning

Researchers from the University of Iowa have found that urasolic acid – the waxy substance found in apple peel – can reduce obesity and its associated problems. The findings suggest that urasolic acid increases muscle and brown fat – two ...

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Vitamin D: supplement veto?

New research warns that too much of the sunshine vitamin may cause more harm than good to an individual’s health.  A new study from Copenhagen found rates of death were 40 per cent higher in people with excess levels of ...

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Pee-powered spaceships?

Astronauts could soon be swapping traditional energy sources for urine, as Australian researchers discover that urine could soon propel people to Mars.   A new type of plasma thruster currently in development at the Australian National University (ANU) could reduce ...

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