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2010-02-05 14:54:10

Monash University biochemists have found a critical piece in the evolutionary puzzle that explains how life on Earth evolved millions of centuries ago. The team, from the School of Biomedical Sciences, has described the process by which bacteria developed into more complex cells and found this crucial step happened much earlier in the evolutionary timeline than previously thought. Team leader and ARC Federation Fellow Trevor Lithgow said the research explained how mitochondria -- the power...

2010-02-05 14:50:06

A Monash University-led nationwide study into the health beliefs and behaviours of obese people has found that the more severely obese a person is, the less likely they feel they can reduce their weight. The research, funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant Scheme, is the first of its kind in Australia. 141 obese Australians were extensively interviewed to try to gauge how they perceived their weight and ability to manage it. Co-author and Head of Monash University's...

2009-12-01 13:21:21

In a world first, a Monash University-led international research team has developed an innovative way to boost the output of the next generation of solar cells. Scientists at Monash University, in collaboration with colleagues from the universities of Wollongong and Ulm in Germany, have produced tandem dye-sensitized solar cells with a three-fold increase in energy conversion efficiency compared with previously reported tandem dye-sensitised solar cells. Lead researcher Dr Udo Bach, from...

2009-11-04 12:57:20

A world first study by Monash University researchers into the health of families who drink rainwater has found that it is safe to drink. The research was led by Associate Professor Karin Leder from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in conjunction with Water Quality Research Australia (previously the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment). "This is the first study of its kind. Until now, there has been no prospective randomized study to investigate...

2009-10-29 06:58:38

Last night at the 8th International Conference on Magnesium Alloys and Applications, Australia's Dr Mark Easton was announced as the winner of the GKSS Magnesium Research Award.  The GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht initiated the award to honor innovative work by an individual researcher in the area of the science and technology of magnesium alloys. Magnesium is a logical lightweight alternative to traditional materials, especially for automotive applications.  Magnesium is 33%...

2009-10-15 13:29:18

An innovative diagnostic technique invented by a Monash University researcher could dramatically fast-track the detection of mental and neurological illnesses. Monash biomedical engineer Brian Lithgow has developed electrovestibulography which is something akin to an 'ECG for the mind'. Patterns of electrical activity in the brain's vestibular (or balance) system are measured against distinct response patterns found in depression, schizophrenia and other Central Nervous System (CNS)...

2009-10-14 13:12:57

A team of international molecular scientists, led by a Monash University researcher has discovered a new, fast mechanism by which cells communicate change "“ for example their location during spreading of a cancer in the human body "“ to adjacent cells. The discovery sheds new light on cell behavior and could lead to the development on new drugs to combat diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. The team led by Monash University Associate Professor...

2009-10-06 15:06:59

We've all heard about the damage that reactive oxygen species (ROS) "“ aka free radicals "“ can do to our bodies and the sales pitches for antioxidant vitamins, skin creams or "superfoods" that can stop them. In fact, there is considerable scientific evidence that chronic ROS production within cells can contribute to human diseases, including insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. But a new report in the October 7th Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, adds to evidence that...

2009-09-17 08:49:08

An international study involving Monash University mathematician Dr Malcolm Clark has been used to demonstrate the impact of global warming and to predict the effect further warming will have on plant life. The study, published in the International Journal of Climatology, predicts a difference in flowering times of certain plants in certain climates by as much as 50 days by the year 2080. The study, by Dr Malcolm Clark, an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University's School of Mathematical...

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2009-08-06 12:30:00

Medical cement is commonly used to treat cracks in the spines of elderly people, however a study of the procedure revealed that the people undergoing the treatment had no better results than those receiving a fake treatment. The world-first study involving Monash University and the Cabrini Research Institute in Melbourne concluded that the injection of bone cement into broken vertebrae is not an effective treatment for patients suffering painful osteoporotic fractures, after finding both...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.