Bridie Smith

Bridie Smith

CSIRO warns funding cut would hurt innovation

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Bridie Smith The head of the CSIRO's business and commercialisation arm has warned that a funding cut in next month's federal budget would have long-term detrimental effects on the nation's ability to innovate.

Acidic water robs reef fish of survival instinct

Bridie Smith An acidic environment makes reef fish become attracted to the smell of their predators.

High number of gyms not fit to get you healthy, survey reveals

Bridie Smith Researchers concerned at number of gyms failing to comply with industry guidelines.

Holy smoke: tobacco plant shows cancer-fighting potential

The flower of the ornamental tobacco plant.

Bridie Smith A molecule found in the tobacco plant could be useful in killing cancerous cells in humans, Australian research has found.

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370: 'It's a desolate stretch of water', says ocean survivor

Tony Bullimore

Benjamin Millar and Bridie Smith British sailor Tony Bullimore could claim better than anyone to know the wild southern Indian Ocean waters in which members of the air search team are hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Australia gets cigarette butt recycle scheme with TerraCycle

Bridie Smith For the first time in Australia, cigarette butts will be able to be recycled to become industrial plastic products.

Disposable baby wipes linked to dermatitis

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Bridie Smith Dermatologists are reporting increasing numbers of parents and carers presenting with skin problems linked to using disposable baby wipes.

Baby wipes linked to rise in skin problems

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Bridie Smith Dermatologists report increase in parents presenting with problems linked to using baby wipes.

Researchers risk missing a berth in race for bionic brain

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Bridie Smith Australia must join the international race to build a bionic brain in order to share the health and economic benefits that will flow from such a prestigious global project.

Call to join bionic brain race

Bridie Smith Australia must join the ambitious international race to build a bionic brain, report says.

Beach-goers reprieve: Body has ways to deal with nanoparticles

Rub it in: Chris Nesnas lathers on the sunscreen at St Kilda beach on Monday.

Bridie Smith Fears about dangers of nanoparticles in sunscreen may be unfounded, with research showing they are unlikely to harm beachgoers.

Study of African fish helps scientists crack the origin of breathing

Dr John Long.

Bridie Smith The overlooked 'nose' of an African fish forces scientists to look at the fossil record with new eyes.

WA Fisheries Department beams out real-time shark alerts in unique project

Bridie Smith Just before 8am on Thursday a 2.5-metre tiger shark made its way through the temperate waters of Perth's Mangles Bay.

What fat mice tell us: Link between body clock and gaining weight

Bridie Smith The body clock may be more influential than previously thought, with researchers finding that it could also play a role in how fat we become and contribute to the risk of diseases such as diabetes.

Mystery HMAS Sydney sailor narrowed to one of 50 crew

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Bridie Smith It's a mystery that has taken decades to unfold. Scientists need just one more piece of the jigsaw puzzle in the quest to identify the remains of the sailor whose body was retrieved from waters off...

Mystery of the unknown sailor of HMAS Sydney

Some of the crew from the H.M.A.S Sydney, prior to being given a fortnight's shore leave. SOURCE: Navy

File (Melb) G: Aust: Defence: Navy: Ships: HMAS Sydney II (1935-41)
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Bridie Smith It is a mystery that has taken decades to unfold. And the final chapters are agonisingly close to being told.

Compounds in scorpion venom could be used in painkillers

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Bridie Smith Scientists have found unique compounds in the venom of Australian scorpions that have potential uses in pain management drugs.

Scientists find way to make ageing clock stop ticking

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Bridie Smith Scientists in Australia and the US believe they have found a way to rewind the ageing process after turning the muscles of a mouse equivalent to a 60-year-old person into those of a 20-year-old.

Calcium a treatment for alcoholics

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Bridie Smith One of the most common drugs to treat alcoholism could be replaced by taking a simple dietary supplement: calcium.

Pioneer in fight against child virus wins top science prize

Ruth Bishop has won the Florey Medal for her role in the discovery of the rotavirus.

Bridie Smith Until 40 years ago the cause of one of the most common types of gastro was a mystery. But the consequences of infection were obvious.