The printed jet engine, pain relief from tarantula venom, teaching stem cells to forget, searching for dark matter in a gold mine, better bread, and a new Pony Express. These are some of the highlights of the past year featured in Stories of Australian Science 2015.
Around the world lives are being transformed by Australian ideas: the bionic ear; the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil; chewing gum that repairs teeth; the astronomical ideas that have made wi-fi fast and reliable; and dozens of mining technologies.
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Science deep underground to high in the sky:
Healthy development, and staying that way:
- Spooky action one. Einstein nil.
- Leading the quantum computing race
- Pony express for quantum messages
Looking for answers in new places:
Narrowing the scope:
- An auto-correct system in plants could fix human gene faults
- A microscope in a needle
- Liver testing without a biopsy
- Is the speed of light really constant?
Protection pays off:
- Using neutrons to show weak spots in turbines, railway lines and pipes
- Protection works for coral trout and fishers
Our Prime Minister recognises the best of the best:
- The genetics of epilepsy: bringing hope to families
- Australian crystals clean gas, food, air…
- Why are cells different?
- Using Japanese to inspire students
Stem cells shaking up science:
- Ocker cells shake up skeletal science
- Reprogrammed stem cells ‘remember’ past life
- Unwrapping brain development
- Your memories in DNA?
- Repairing the brain with its own stem cells
Accurate diagnosis and delivery:
- ‘Golden staph’ three species not one
- Chocolate and iron for speedy drug delivery
- Which prostate cancers can be left alone?
- Turning groundwater into wine
- Who cares about the blobfish?
- Western Australia hit by prehistoric tsunamis
- From little things, big things grow
- Securing Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry, literally
Improving study scope:
Questioning the Universe:
- Changing lives: Australia–Japan science links
- Sharing light and neutrons
- Elephant seals discover bottom water
- Finding new drugs for malaria
- Fighting substance abuse
- Changing the way we talk about the science of climate change
- Floaties for choppers
- 200 divers changing marine science
- (Not) curing cancer only part of the story
- First vaccine and treatment against Hendra virus
L’Oréal Australia Fellows:
Academy recognition, Clunies Ross medals, and state awards:
- Australian Academy of Science medals
- Australian Academy of Science Early-career Awards
- Making plastics, mining, and engineering – Clunies Ross Medals
- Predicting change, brains, trains and mental health – state awards
- Worm spit that heals then kills
- Future fuels will come in orange flavour
- How do bees choose a new home?
- Cannibalistic cancer eats itself to survive treatment
- Acid oceans and a symphony
- Jetlag skin patch may prevent brain damage in newborns
- Boosting the libido of prostate cancer survivors
- Carbon fibre that copes with bingles
- Pet abuse a warning for family abuse
- A ‘tango’ between light and mirrors
- Buddhist singing bowls inspire solar cell design
- Are you in control?
Concept/editor in chief: Niall Byrne
Editor/project coordination: Lydia Hales
Writing and editing: Ellie Michaelides, Errol Hunt, Toni Stevens, Megan Girdler, Jane Lyons, Margie Beilharz, Tim Thwaites, Sarah Keenihan, Lydia Hales, Niall Byrne