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2009-07-20 09:51:02

A team of international astrophysicists, including Dr Maria Lugaro from Monash University, has discovered a new explanation for the early composition of our solar system. The team has found that radioactive nuclei found in the earliest meteorites, dating back billions of years, could have been delivered by a nearby dying giant star of six times the mass of the sun. Dr Lugaro said the findings could change our current ideas on the origin of the solar system. "We have known about the early...

2009-07-08 12:18:23

A Monash University study has proven a critical link between obesity and the onset of Type 2 diabetes, a discovery which could lead to the design of a drug to prevent the disease.The findings were published today in respected journal Cell Metabolism.The team, led by Associate Professor Matthew Watt, discovered that fat cells release a novel protein called PEDF (pigment epithelium-derived factor), which triggers a chain of events and interactions that lead to development of Type 2...

2009-04-28 10:16:48

Monash University scientists have unlocked the physics of the perfect pizza toss and will use it to design the next generation of micro motors thinner that a human hair.Mr Daniel (Kuang-Chen) Liu, a PhD student supervised by Associate Professor James Friend and Senior Lecturer Leslie Yeo, videotaped a professional pizza tosser at work. The team from Monash's Micro/Nanophysics Research Laboratory, then calculated how best to describe the way the dough travels through the air "“ including...

2009-04-03 11:56:47

Monash University researchers have shown that babies born to a mother who smokes are more likely to be slower to wake or respond to stimulation "“ and this may explain their increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).Scientific director of the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research Associate Professor Rosemary Horne and PhD student Heidi Richardson compared babies of mothers who smoked both during the pregnancy and after the baby was born, with babies who lived in a...

2009-02-03 08:49:02

A team of Monash University researchers led by Professor James Whisstock has made a major breakthrough in the international fight against malaria, which claims the life of a child across the world every 30 seconds.The research, performed in collaboration with Professor John Dalton at the University of Technology, Sydney, provides a new approach to treating and controlling the disease that is contracted by half a billion people and causes around 1 million deaths a year.The team, based at the...

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2009-01-20 12:55:23

In the future, surgeons may be aided by the use of micro-motors to perform a range of minimally invasive procedures, researchers reported on Tuesday. Previously, researchers have had no way of powering tiny robots through the human bloodstream. Now, researchers at the Micro/Nanophysics Research Laboratory at Australia's Monash University have reported that they are finalizing a project that will produce microbot motors just 250 micrometers, a quarter of a millimeter, wide. These motors will...

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2008-12-08 11:56:34

Monash University scientists show low blood pressure in premature babies during sleep Scientists from Monash University, Melbourne have shown that infants born prematurely have lower blood pressure during sleep in the first six months of life, compared to healthy, full-term infants. Scientists at the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research, Monash Institute of Medical Research, believe this may be one reason premature infants are at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)....

2008-10-14 12:00:23

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/22020d/weld_cracking_in_f) has announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing Ltd's new book "Weld Cracking in Ferrous Alloys" to their offering. Weld cracks are unacceptable defects that can compromise the integrity of welded structures. Weld cracking can lead to structural failures which at best will require remedial action and at worst can lead to loss of life.Weld cracking in ferrous alloys reviews the latest...

2008-06-30 00:02:24

THE field of information technology continues to offer wide career opportunities for those equipped with the right knowledge, as the use of computing technology has become indispensable in the workplace. Current efforts to enhance efficiency and use information technology to make work easier and cost less will see a greater demand for people with the skills to meet such expectations, as well as those able to maintain and further develop such systems, said head of the School of Information...

2008-06-18 15:00:44

A world-first stem cell education web site, which includes clear written and video explanation of the complex science and allows students to ask direct questions of leading stem cell scientists, was launched today by the Premier of Victoria, John Brumby, at the BIO International Convention. Mr Brumby said the Stem Cell Channel - www.stemcellchannel.com.au - was developed by the Australian Stem Cell Centre with the support of the Victorian Government. "The Victorian Government has...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'