Archived News for Research Sector Professionals - June, 2013
Picky Australian dung beetles could lose some ground to European imports. Some Australian scientists are working to breed French dung beetles for our soil; the continental coprophytes do not share their Australian counterparts’ distaste for cow droppings.
Despite global protests with millions turning out, Western Australian farmers have bought record amounts of genetically-modified canola from breeder-under-fire Monsanto.
An Australian scientist will Chair the Science Committee of the new international Future Earth initiative. CSIRO researcher Dr Mark Stafford-Smith has been appointed as the inaugural committee’s Chair, he will be joined by fellow Australian scientist Prof Xuemei Bai who was also named as a member.
Some laboratory rats may be looking for work soon, with reports researchers have developed a way to test medicines and compounds on silicon chips rather than live subjects.
Following recent reports of ever-increasing rates of dementia in Australia, a joint study between US, Australian, British and German scientists may provide some help to sufferers now and in the future.
The next big development in cancer treatments could be just drifting around in the ocean right now. Researchers have identified two new anticancer compounds inside the innocuous sea sponge, which has strong natural chemical defence capabilities.
Scientists made a discovery that could lead them to a way to stop cancer cells before they metastasise and move through the body. It’s a cell movement process they’re calling “chase and run”.
Australian researchers played a big part in a discovery that could lead to more effective treatment against “triple negative breast cancer”, a disease that usually requires much more aggressive treatment than other forms of breast cancer.
Pesticides are shattering a vital link in the food chain by significantly reducing the populations of Dragonflies. The effect was found in streams in Germany, France, and Australia.
Bad news in Hobart, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is losing as many as 17 jobs as part of the national cost-cutting measure.
Act now to bolster properties and infrastructure: Because the value of low-lying homes in South-East Queensland could take a nasty hit because of rising sea levels and more powerful storms caused by global climate change.
To better protect the Great Barrier Reef, Australia must also pay attention to how to better use and maintain the mainland to prevent further damage to these great ocean treasures.