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2009-04-20 10:33:57

An international consortium of scientists, including researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), have probed further into the human genome than ever before. They have discovered how genes are controlled in mammals, as well as the tiniest genetic element ever found. Their discoveries will be published in three milestone papers in leading journal Nature Genetics. The research was coordinated by the RIKEN Yokohama Omics Science Center in Japan as part of the FANTOM4 consortium, with...

2009-03-31 09:05:24

Parents and school nurses take note. Lice are a familiar nuisance around the world and vectors of serious diseases, such as epidemic typhus, in developing regions. New research indicates that lice may actually be quite unique in the animal world. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have analyzed the mitochondrial genome of the human body louse and discovered that it is fragmented into many pieces "“ a remarkable finding in animals that will surely spark discussion...

2009-02-27 13:54:00

Nestled just off the east coast of Australia, picturesque North Stradbroke Island is a haven for local wildlife. Yet some of the inhabitants of the island's creeks and swamps are far from peaceful. Slender crayfish are aggressive territorial creatures, explains ecologist Robbie Wilson of the University of Queensland, Australia. When two crayfish catch sight of one another, they size each other up in a ritualistic display, which can quickly escalate from careful tapping of their opponent's...

2009-02-05 17:28:05

Australian state Queensland's YouTube-based search for an island caretaker has yielded a video application from a man claiming to be Osama bin Laden. Tourism Queensland is accepting applications via the video sharing Web site for the six-month position of Hamilton Island caretaker, which pays nearly $100,000, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday. The bin Laden application features video of the al-Qaida mastermind with subtitles citing the terrorist leader's familiarity with sandy areas...

2009-02-04 15:23:03

Crocodiles were washed onto the streets after floods ravaged northern Australia, authorities said in a warning to residents Wednesday. Over 60 percent of the northeastern state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone, and close to 3,000 homes have been affected by flooding after two recent cyclones, according to authorities. Army troops have been called in to help with rescue, while three reports of large crocodiles washed up from flooded rivers have come in from homes in the Gulf of...

2009-01-30 11:53:00

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NCM: MPET; ASX: MGN) ("Magellan") announced its production and exploration activities for the quarter ended December 31, 2008. OIL & GAS SALES Natural Gas The Company's share of natural gas sales during the quarter ended December 31, 2008 decreased by 13 percent from the December 2007 quarter, as detailed below: Field (Magellan Share) Million Cubic Feet Total...

2008-12-12 19:24:31

Authorities in Australia's Queensland state have rejected a good many names proposed for humans in 2008, including Gummy Bear and Coca Cola, they said. Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine said that while all of the rejected names were from adults seeking to change their official monikers, they are subject to the same rules as parents naming their children, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported Friday. Parents are able to decide their own spelling when choosing a name for their baby, however...

2008-12-12 09:45:00

Researchers sent out a warning on Thursday that the koala bear will become extinct in parts of Australia if the federal government does not immediately act. Several Australian scientists will convene with government officials in Canberra today in an attempt to create a national koala conservation plan that keeps thriving populations of the animals from being in danger of extinction. Fewer than 100,000 koalas are alive in Australia, contrasting the millions of them that thrived before the...

2008-12-11 11:07:30

Research conducted at The University of Queensland could contribute to the development of a vaccine and cure for West Nile virus and Dengue fever. Led by Associate Professor Alexander Khromykh, a team of researchers from UQ's School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences identified a novel characteristic of the virus family to which these diseases belong. The team found all flaviviruses produced a small molecule which, among other functions, controlled the host's response to viral infection....

2008-11-17 15:20:00

A scientist at the University of Queensland who developed a vaccine for cervical cancer is working on another inoculation against certain types of skin cancer that could be available in five years time. Professor Ian Frazer said tests of the vaccine had proven successful on animals and that human trials could begin next year and a vaccine for children aged 10 to 12 could be available in five to 10 years. The vaccine would protect against squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common skin...

Latest Queensland Reference Libraries

Northern Quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus
2014-05-19 11:54:09

The northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), known by many other names including the satanellus and the northern native cat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range extends from southeast Queensland to the Pilbara region in Western Australia. It prefers to reside in open rocky ranges and eucalypt forest. The northern quoll is the smallest of all Australian quoll species, with females reaching an average body length between 9.8 and 12.2 inches with a weight of up to...

Dainty Green Tree Frog, Litoria gracilenta
2013-10-09 11:31:55

The Dainty Green Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta), known also as the Graceful Tree Frog, is a tree frog that is native to eastern Queensland, and north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. It ranges from northern Cape York in Queensland to Gosford in New South Wales, with a small and most likely introduced population in Hornsby Heights in Sydney. It is the faunal emblem of the City of Brisbane. It is a slender and medium sized frog, reaching a length of 1.8 inches. It features a rich green...

Yellow-bellied Glider, Petaurus australis
2013-08-16 10:22:01

The yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is a species of gliding possum that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Victoria to northern Queensland. It prefers a habitat within eucalypt forests, at elevations of up to 2,296 feet above sea level. This species holds two recognized subspecies, one of which is locally common and one that is rare to encounter. The yellow-bellied glider can reach an average body length of 11.8 inches, with an average tail length...

Whiptail Wallaby, Macropus parryi
2013-06-07 13:25:42

The whiptail wallaby or pretty-faced wallaby (Macropus parryi) is a member of the Macropodidae family that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Cooktown, Queensland to Grafton, New South Wales. This species is light in color, with grey to brown fur occurring on most of its body. The chest is typically black or white in color, and the face holds black stripes underlined by white stripes. This species receives its common name, the pretty-faced wallaby, from these...

Lemur-like Ringtail Possum
2013-04-30 14:16:43

The lemur-like ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides), also known as the brushy-tailed ringtail or the lemuroid ringtail possum, is the sole member of its genus. It is most closely related to the greater glider. Its range is small, encompassing the area between Cairns and Ingham in Queensland, Australia, with one small population occurring on Carbine Tableland. Its bushy tail helps distinguish it from other ringtail possums, and the lack of membrane under the arms and legs help distinguish...

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