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12 days ago
Four Australian undergraduates to study in India

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Four Australian undergraduate students will live, study and undertake internship in India next year under Australia's New Colombo Plan scholarships, it was announced on Tuesday. These students are among Australia's most talented emerging leaders and they will come home with new perspectives, insights and skills after their experience in India, Australian High Com...

28 days ago
Hair bleach chemical behind life on Earth: Study

Sydney, Nov 12 (IANS) A compound commonly used in hair bleach, hydrogen peroxide, made the eventual emergence of life on Earth possible, claims a study. Hydrogen peroxide was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life, said lead researcher Rowena Ball, Associate Professor at the Au...

1 month ago
Australian snakes have Asian origins: Study

Sydney, Nov 2 (IANS) Ancient species of Australian lizards and snakes, including some of the world's most deadliest, migrated from Asia to the southern continent as early as 30 million years ago, according to a study. About 85 per cent of the more than 1,000 snake and lizard species in Australia descended from creatures that floated across the ocean, most likely on driftwood, Paul Oliver...

1 month ago
Researchers turn to crowdfunding to save endangered parrot

Canberra, Oct 18 (IANS) Australian researchers have turned to crowdfunding to help bankroll a new technology to save the critically endangered swift parrot from extinction in the island state of Tasmania. Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the National Environmental Science Programme on Wednesday revealed that they were seeking donations from the public to help ...

3 months ago
Australian researchers discover how first animals appeared on earth

Canberra, Aug 17 (IANS) A sudden explosion of algae which occurred 650 million years ago was the catalyst for how the first animals appeared on earth, according to a study led by Australian researchers. In a statement released on Thursday, associate professor Jochen Brocks from the Australian National University (ANU) said his team crushed ancient sedimentary rocks into a fine powder in ...

4 months ago
Sea levels could rise further on back of climate change: IPCC

Canberra, July 18 (IANS) Human-induced climate change has the power to cause a significant rise in sea levels over the next 100 years, a scientist from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Tuesday. Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I, said at the Australian National University (ANU) that human influence on the climate has contributed to chang...

5 months ago
Australia spying on Chinese embassy, monitoring citizens: Daily

Beijing, June 29 (IANS) A leading Chinese daily on Thursday accused the Australian government of spying on its embassy and harassing Chinese people in Australia to provide intelligence. The state-run Global Times, citing an official of China's National Security Department, said Australia's agents in disguise were trying to get close to Chinese people working or living overseas to collect...

5 months ago
Breakthrough made in drought-resistant crops development

Canberra, June 26 (IANS) A team of Australian researchers believes that they have made a breakthrough in developing drought-resistant crops after being able to close the pores on leaves. The breakthrough was made by the team from the Australian National University (ANU), reports Xinhua news agency. In a statement on Monday, Barry Pogson from the ANU said the team was able to iden...

5 months ago
Australian tree species threatened by rising CO2

Canberra, June 23 (IANS) The iconic Australian river red gum tree is under threat from rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) said on Friday. River red gums are Australia's most widespread eucalyptus tree, found on river banks throughout the country. A study by Carsten Kulheim from the ANU's Research School of Biolo...

5 months ago
Whizzing marshmallows, kangaroos: Oz experts' Science Circus enthrals, educates kids

Kolkata, June 22 (IANS) Wonder what a 'Science Circus' show looks like ? Well, try launching toy kangaroos with liquid nitrogen and imagine marshmallows whizzing past air straight from a vacuum cleaner. These are just some of the huge variety of interesting teaching chops showcased by Australian science communicator duo, Graham Walker and Stuart Kohlhagen, in their 'Science Circus' acts ...

6 months ago
Rising sea levels pose major threat to coastal birds

Canberra, June 1 (IANS) Rising sea levels are posing a major threat to dozens of species of coastal nesting birds, with some at risk of facing extinction within 20 years, according to researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) here. Coastal nesting birds are those which choose to nest and reproduce close to the sea shore -- meaning their nesting sites are most at risk to not...

6 months ago
Rising sea levels pose major threat to coastal birds

Canberra, June 1 (IANS) Rising sea levels are posing a major threat to dozens of species of coastal nesting birds, with some at risk of facing extinction within 20 years, according to researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) here. Coastal nesting birds are those which choose to nest and reproduce close to the sea shore -- meaning their nesting sites are most at risk to not...

6 months ago
Rising sea levels pose major threat to coastal birds

Canberra, June 1 (IANS) Rising sea levels are posing a major threat to dozens of species of coastal nesting birds, with some at risk of facing extinction within 20 years, according to researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) here. Coastal nesting birds are those which choose to nest and reproduce close to the sea shore -- meaning their nesting sites are most at risk to not...

6 months ago
Australian children believe their fathers work 'too much'

Canberra, May 19 (IANS) One third of Australian children aged between 11 and 13 believe their fathers work too much, according to the results of a study released on Friday. The study by the Australian National University (ANU), undertaken as part of a wider project called Growing Up in Australia, took accounts from 3,000 fathers and their children, and discovered that nearly half of all ...

7 months ago
Indonesian hobbits not related to modern human ancestor: Study

Sydney, April 22 (IANS) Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus - an ancestor to modern humans - as has been widely believed, a study says. The researchers believe that their findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, should help put to rest a hot...

8 months ago
Australian researchers ask stargazers to help find 'Planet 9'

Canberra, March 27 (IANS) The Australian National University (ANU) has called on amateur astronomers to help its researchers find a new planet in the Solar System. The project to find Planet 9 is led by ANU astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker, and will require the help of passionate stargazers who could be the first to set eyes on something no human has seen before, Xinhua news agency reported...

8 months ago
Scientific breakthrough to aid malaria vacccine research

Canberra, March 20 (IANS) Australian scientists have discovered a key molecule, which can kill microbes that infect the human liver, a breakthrough experts believe could bring a malaria vaccine one step closer. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) announced the breakthrough after they tracked cells and discovered a molecule which kills microbes that infect the liver - ...

9 months ago
Australians create revolutionary 'barcode scanner' microscope

Canberra, Feb 23 (IANS) Australian engineers have created an advanced microscope using a beefed-up barcode scanner, which they believe will help doctors better analyse complex medical conditions such as cancer. Engineers from the Australian National University (ANU) said the microscope can film moving blood cells and neurons in living animals, something which they say will help doctors a...

10 months ago
'Sexual orientation plays no part in mental health risk'

Canberra, Feb 10 (IANS) Homosexual and bisexual people are no more likely to be at risk of poor mental health compared to their straight counterparts, the results of an Australian study have revealed. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) studied around 5,000 adults over eight years to determine their long-term risk of developing mental health issues, but Richard Burns ...

10 months ago
Australian scientist compares Trump to Stalin

Canberra, Feb 6 (IANS) Australia's chief scientist Alan Finkel on Monday compared US President Donald Trump's move to censor environmental data with former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's control of science. Speaking at a Chief Scientists' roundtable discussion at the Australian National University, Finkel made his comment saying he was going off topic as science is literally under attack...

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