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2011-02-02 22:05:00

While policy makers in Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand debate whether alcohol advertising and sponsorship should be banned from sport, new research provides evidence that alcohol industry sponsorship is associated with more hazardous drinking in sportspeople compared to non-alcohol sponsorship.Health scientists from Monash University, the University of Manchester, Deakin University and University of Western Sydney, asked Australian sportspeople about their drinking behaviors,...

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2010-11-10 10:24:21

Monash University researchers have discovered that male Australian desert goby fish are surprisingly strategic when it comes to courtship, adapting their tactics depending on the frequency of their contact with females. Attracting females involves significant time, energy and exposure to predation and previous research has indicated that male gobies are more likely to court larger females due to the number of eggs they carry compared with their smaller counterparts. However, new research,...

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2010-11-05 09:10:00

An international team of archaeologists, led by Bruno David of Australia's Monash University, have uncovered a 35,500 year-old stone axe--the oldest tool of its kind ever discovered. The shard of stone--which the researchers report has a series of marks on it that provide evidence that it was, in fact, a ground-edge axe--was discovered at a sacred Aboriginal site in Arnhem Land back in May. Previously, researchers believed that ground-edge axes only dated back between 20,000 and 30,000 years,...

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2010-09-20 10:28:37

Caring for children can be a tough job, particularly if you are a female cichlid fish. Native to the crater lakes of Nicaragua, cichlid fish look after their young by defending them against would-be predators. While male and female cichlid fish generally share parental responsibilities, research shows that this is not always the case. Conducted by an international team of researchers that included two biologists from Monash University, and published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and...

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2010-08-06 09:15:00

Why do we grow old and what can we do to stop it? This is the question asked by many, but it appears that we are now closer to an answer thanks to new research published by Monash University researcher Dr Damian Dowling. According to the research published in the August edition of the prestigious journal, The American Naturalist, a small set of genes in mitochondria (a membrane-enclosed organelle found in most eukaryotic cells), passed only from mothers to offspring, plays a more dynamic role...

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2010-07-18 08:00:00

Researchers at Monash University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography identify movements of plate and plate boundaries; could substantially improve models of tectonic motion A team of researchers including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego geophysicist Dave Stegman has developed a new theory to explain the global motions of tectonic plates on the earth's surface. The new theory extends the theory of plate tectonics - a kinematic description of plate motion without reference...

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2010-06-04 06:20:00

New Australian research shows that the more polluted the air is, the more likely people are to suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Soot, dust, and other pollutants in the air that can be breathed deep into the lungs have been steadily linked with increases in deaths from heart disease and blocked arteries, Dr. Martine Dennekamp of Monash University in Melbourne and her colleagues note. However, studies showing whether air pollution increases the risk of heart attack or cardiac arrest have had...

2010-04-27 07:00:00

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Xirrus®, the Wi-Fi "Power Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry, announced today the deployment of Wi-Fi Arrays at Monash University campuses in Victoria, Australia. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091201/LA19154LOGO) Monash University is Australia's largest university with 58,000 students and 17,000 staff and is spread across eight campuses around the world,...

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2010-03-18 08:39:04

Sometimes a professional favor takes you down an interesting side street Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, was belly crawling her way to the end of a long, narrow tunnel carved in the rock at a desert oasis by Egyptians who lived in the time of the pharaohs. "I was crawling along when suddenly I felt stabbed in the chest," she says. "I looked down and saw that I was pressing against the...

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2010-02-26 10:30:00

A discovery by Monash University scientists could see humble cotton thread emerge as a core material in low-cost 'lab-on-chip' devices capable of detecting diseases such as kidney failure and diabetes. In a world first, the researchers have used ordinary cotton thread and sewing needles to literally stitch together the uniquely low-cost microfluidic analytical device, which is the size of a postage stamp. Microfluidic analytical devices, which have been produced from a range of materials over...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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