“Trait-based ecology” enables Macquarie University’s Mark Westoby to explain patterns of species occurrence and abundance and to understand the impacts of climate change and changing patterns of land use. He received the $55,000 NSW Scientist of the Year.
Nanocapsules for drugs delivery: Frank Caruso is making miniature capsules that could better deliver drugs for cancer, AIDS and cardiovascular diseases. He won one of the 2014 Victoria Prizes for Science & Innovation worth $50,000.
Continue reading Predicting change, brains, trains and mental health
Julie Arblaster’s climate research is helping to explain the climate of the Australian region, particularly the ozone hole, El Niño, the monsoon, and Australian rainfall variability.
David Warton is driving data analysis in ecology, making it a more predictive science. His tools are influencing statistics across science and industry.
Christian Turney has pioneered new ways of combining climate models with records of past climate change spanning from hundreds to thousands of years.
Maria Seton has redefined the way we reconstruct the movement of continental plates and contributed to studies on the effect ocean basin changes have had on global long-term sea level and ocean chemistry. Continue reading Australian Academy of Science Early-career Awards
The molecular process behind a killer hole-punch has been revealed through a unique combination of technology—which Monash University call their ‘21st Century microscope’.
Continue reading Immune trick revealed by 21st Century microscope
Thousands of young Australians suffer substance abuse and mental health issues on their own—afraid to reach out for help, or even admit the problem.
Continue reading Fighting substance abuse
Our planet’s climate is changing. How will bees cope—will they still be able to pollinate our crops? Will dengue and malaria-carrying mosquitoes spread south?
Continue reading How flies can help us predict the future
Cara Doherty has a vision for a new manufacturing industry for Australia. She works with crystals that are packed with
Continue reading Clean water with crystals
Stubborn cancer cells play a cunning trick when faced with treatments designed to kill them—they eat themselves to survive. But Lisa Schafranek has found a way to starve the cancer cells, making them more susceptible to cancer therapy.
Continue reading Cannibalistic cancer eats itself to survive treatment
Perth researchers have shown that twice-weekly exercise can improve sexual function in prostate cancer patients by 50 per cent.
Continue reading Boosting the libido of prostate cancer survivors
Giving carbon fibre extra chemical arms means it could have the gripping power it needs to stand up to minor traffic accidents.
Continue reading Carbon fibre that copes with bingles
Different forces on bones can tell a story—an animal’s skeleton keeps a distinct record that indicates the force applied to bones from past injuries, breaks or fractures.
Continue reading Pet abuse a warning for family abuse