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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...

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2008-02-04 10:25:00

CSIRO and Monash University have developed a chemical process that turns green waste into a stable bio-crude oil.The bio-crude oil can be used to produce high value chemicals and biofuels, including both petrol and diesel replacement fuels."By making changes to the chemical process, we've been able to create a concentrated bio-crude which is much more stable than that achieved elsewhere in the world," says Dr Steven Loffler of CSIRO Forest Biosciences."This makes it practical and economical...

2005-08-11 18:50:00

Monash University scientists have rejuvenated the immune systems of mice and humans using a common hormone. The scientists, led by Associate Professor Richard Boyd and Dr Jayne Sutherland from the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, have revitalised the thymus which produces the T cells required to fight infection but which shuts down from early adulthood. Their achievement, published in the August issue of the Journal of Immunology, has offered new hope for patients with cancer,...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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