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CSIRO: Australia's under-resourced biosecurity puts country at risk

Bridie Smith A CSIRO report says Australia's biosecurity is at risk from "the efficiency era", which could hit the country's ability to protect itself from highly contagious human diseases and agricultural pests.

Vision for high-performance bionic eye jeopardised by lack of funds

Cutting-edge science: Bionic eye researcher Professor Steven Prawer.

Bridie Smith Lack of funding may force Australia researchers to drop their promising work on a bionic eye.

Aurora Australis more than just a lightshow

Jason Stephens Northern Tasmania.

Bridie Smith For Aurora Australis hunters, those folk who devotedly chase the magical coloured knots, swirls and curtains of light that twist and unravel in the southern skies, the forecast is looking good.

New test to boost liver transplant success rate, reduce waiting list

Dr Lawrence Lau holds a machine that helps detect liver health.

Bridie Smith A new technique to assess the health of livers donated for transplant could boost the number of successful transplants, while reducing the number of viable donor livers thrown away.

Extinct ladybird 'back from the dead'

Wily one: the rediscovered ladybird, Micraspis flavovittata.

Bridie Smith An Australian ladybird beetle scientists presumed extinct for decades has come "back from the dead" after an amateur naturalist spotted more than 40 of the yellow and black bugs at a national park in...

Tony Abbott's science experiment yet to pass acid test

Bridie Smith and Nicky Phillips At a dinner in Canberra last October, Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged the country's already wary scientific community to judge his government by its performance, not by its titles.

Entrepreneur Larry Marshall to head CSIRO

Commercial nous: Larry Marshall currently works in Silicon Valley and has a wealth of experience in bringing ideas to the market.

Bridie Smith The country’s peak scientific organisation, the CSIRO, is set to boost its collaboration with industry following the appointment of entrepreneur and venture capitalist Larry Marshall as its...

Museum scientists dissect rare, record-sized pygmy whale found dead at Wilsons Promontory

Museum Victoria preparators measure then dissect a rare  specimen of an adult Pygmy Right Whale which washed up on the south Gippsland coast.

Bridie Smith A rare specimen of pygmy right whale found washed up dead on a remote Victorian beach has presented scientists worldwide with the unique opportunity to study the elusive species.

Peers believe Melbourne immunologist Jacques Miller overdue for Nobel medicine prize

Jacques Miller

Bridie Smith It's Nobel week. And for renowned Australian immunologist Jacques Miller that invariably means obliging with media interviews and requests for photographs. 

CSIRO scientists Graeme Moad, San Thang and Ezio Rizzardo named as Nobel prize contenders

CSIRO researchers  Dr Ezio Rizzardo and Dr San Thang are this year's Nobel Prize contenders.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Three Australian scientists have been named among an elite group considered Nobel prize contenders, based on the impact of their research.

Smartphones to get smarter with plastic lens

Dr Steve Lee from the ANU Research School of Engineering created a plastic droplet that can be hooked into smartphones to create a cheap high-powered microscope.

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

Wikipedia

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.