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Smartphones to get smarter with plastic lens

Bridie Smith Want to transform your smartphone into a microscope fit for top level medical imaging? Easy. Just add a lentil-sized plastic lens to the camera and bingo, your now super-smart phone has a...

Scientists discover 'smart' genes

Women with a family history of breast cancer could be screened for gene mutations.

Bridie Smith "Smart" genes associated with human intelligence have been identified for the first time. But scientists say they have only scratched the surface, with potentially thousands of genes relating to IQ...

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World class science that's made in Melbourne

Light bulb with Melbourne skyline.

Bridie Smith Melbourne's reputation as an arts capital and sports mecca is well-documented. But the city also rates as a research hot spot, with many of the breakthroughs made in Melbourne going global.

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Diabetes researchers catch misbehaving cells at the scene of the crime

Dr Stuart Mannering from St Vincent?s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) in front of an image of insulin-producing pancreatic islets. 25 August 2014.
The Age NEWS. Photo:Eddie Jim.

Bridie Smith Researchers have for the first time observed immune cells in the pancreas of a type 1 diabetes patient, allowing them to watch as the cells attack and destroy the body’s insulin-producing...

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Brittle stars light up scientists' understanding of marine life evolution

Dr. Tim O'Hara

Bridie Smith The scientific secrets of some of Museum Victoria's unique marine animal collection have been unlocked for the first time, thanks to DNA testing.

CSIRO cuts researchers at high containment laboratory

Protective suits used by infectious disease researchers.

Nicky Phillips, Bridie Smith and Phillip Thomson The CSIRO will cut the number of infectious disease researchers at its Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, the country’s only facility capable of working with live samples of some...

Scientists discover killer cells' 'on switch'

Immunologist Nick Huntington.

Bridie Smith Science Editor The body’s natural killer cells, as their Hollywood-style name suggests, are key to the immune system. They are programmed to hunt out and destroy foreign and disease cells.

Geneticist Elena Tucker among Women in Science award winners

Cara Doherty, Elena Tucker and Vanessa Kellerman.

Bridie Smith Technology and time used to be the limiting factors for geneticist Elena Tucker’s research.

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Research sector plans to correct low numbers of women in research

Diversity underlies innovation, says Professor Nalini Joshi.

Nicky Phillips and Bridie Smith Australian universities and research institutes have joined forces to devise a national program to correct the severe under-representation of women in senior positions in the scientific workforce.

Dr who? Campaign to boost digital profile of Australia's female scientists

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Bridie Smith and Nicky Phillips Ever heard of Dora Lush? She was an Australian microbiologist working in the 1940s on developing a vaccine for a deadly disease known as scrub typhus.

Doctor who? Campaign to boost online profile of Australia's female scientists

?Scientist Emma Johnston. Credit:UNSW

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Nicky Phillips, Bridie Smith Ever heard of Dora Lush? She was an Australian microbiologist working in the 1940s on developing a vaccine for a deadly disease known as scrub typhus.

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Scientists discover way to stop malaria parasite in its tracks

Transmitted via infected mosquitoes, the malaria parasite multiplies in the liver and then invades red blood cells.

Bridie Smith The global race to develop the next generation of malaria drugs has been given a boost after Australian scientists discovered how to starve the malaria parasite of nutrients, effectively killing it...

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Scientists create an invisible black

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Bridie Smith There is a new black on the block. It’s darker and much more mysterious. But you’re unlikely to see it because according to scientists, it’s so dark it’s like looking into an...

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Designer cattle on way for world's farmers

Geneticist Ben Hayes with a glass slide used in the sequencing of genomes of some of the bulls in the project.

Bridie Smith A Victorian-led international study has sequenced the genomes of more than 230 "legend bulls" of four breeds, as they begin to mine the animals’ genetic material for clues to improving the...

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Scientists discover molecule that controls appetite

Bridie Smith A molecule produced in the colon has been found to control appetite, a discovery which could help the future treatment of conditions such as obesity and anorexia nervosa.

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Local scientists try to tame Ebola

CSIRO Ebola

Bridie Smith Scientists at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong are playing their part in a global effort to tame the highly-infectious Ebola virus currently wreaking havoc in west Africa.

Mice born using frozen testicle tissue, raising hopes to preserve fertility of young boys

All eight mice pups were able to go on and reproduce naturally themselves.

Bridie Smith Eight mouse pups have been born using their father’s frozen testicle tissue, a feat Japanese scientists say could have promising implications for preserving the fertility of young human...

Biobank for endangered species to open at Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum will open a biobank next year to store reproductive material. Dr Mark Norman is pictured with a Tasmanian Tiger embryo.

Bridie Smith Australia's biggest biobank will be built at Melbourne Museum. The biobank, to open next year, will store the reproductive tissue of some of the country's most endangered species, including the...

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Gold leaf may unlock secrets of early Australian paintings

Daryl Howard

Bridie Smith They have always been considered beautiful works of art. And, dating back to just two years after the arrival of the First Fleet, they are also scientifically and historically significant.

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Cool kids at school more likely to commit crimes later

Cool kids are more likely to commit crimes

Bridie Smith Science Editor The nerds will have their revenge. But they'll have to wait for the school reunion. According to US researchers, the kids considered 'cool at school' don't maintain their lofty social status beyond a...