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2010-10-13 19:16:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Victorian Premier John Brumby and IBM announced today plans to build IBM's first global research and development laboratory at the University of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia. In a world first for IBM, the new global lab will combine research and development in a single organization focused on accelerating progress toward a smarter planet. With this announcement, IBM will expand its presence in...

2010-10-12 18:05:53

Australian scientists have developed a potentially groundbreaking new measure of the health of an embryo and the likelihood of a successful pregnancy in IVF treatment. The research could lead to significantly improved birth rates in IVF to help the one in six Australian couples experiencing infertility to achieve their dream of parenthood. It also has the potential to predict the gender of an embryo prior to implantation. The  study conducted by the University of Melbourne and Repromed...

2010-09-30 17:11:34

Close relatives of women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 35 years are at an increased risk of developing other cancers, according to a University of Melbourne study, published in the British Journal of Cancer today. Professor John Hopper, Director of Research from the Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, a lead investigator in the study, said these are surprising and novel findings which could be...

2010-09-20 10:37:24

Patterned feathers, previously thought to be used only for camouflage in birds, can play an important role in attracting a mate and fending off rivals, a University of Melbourne study reveals. Ms Thanh-Lan Gluckman, co-author of the paper and Masters of Philosophy student from the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne, said this finding brought a new perspective to research in animal communication and evolution. "The implication of this study is that feathers don't need to be...

2010-07-28 14:47:31

Australian scientists have identified the behaviour of the mutant protein "Ëœhuntingtin' which leads to the fatal Huntington's disease providing potential targets to treat the disease, a University of Melbourne study reveals. Huntington's disease is a genetic disease with no cure, characterized by a steady decline in motor control and the dysfunction and death of brain cells. The cause of the disease has long baffled scientists. Symptoms tend to first appear when the person is in...

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2010-07-22 09:40:00

Four never before discovered species of octopus--as well as venom that remains effective at sub-zero temperatures--have been located by researchers, according to a Wednesday press release from the University of Melbourne. An international team of researchers, including experts from the University of Melbourne, the Norwegian University of Technology and Science and the University of Hamburg, are responsible for the discovery--which, according to the press release could wind up "significantly...

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2010-06-23 09:30:04

The evolution of bird bills is related to climate according to latest research by the University of Melbourne, Australia and Brock University, Canada. By examining bill sizes of a diverse range of bird species around the world, researchers have found that birds with larger bills tend to be found in hot environments, whilst birds in colder environments have evolved smaller bills. The study led by Dr Matt Symonds of the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne and Dr Glenn...

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2010-04-28 13:40:00

Melting sea ice has been shown to be a major cause of warming in the Arctic, according to a University of Melbourne, Australia study. Findings published in Nature today reveal the rapid melting of sea ice has dramatically increased the levels of warming in the region in the last two decades. Lead author Dr James Screen of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne says the increased Arctic warming was due to a positive feedback between sea ice melting and atmospheric...

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2010-03-30 10:20:00

Officials in Australia have unveiled a prototype for a bionic eye device - an instrument that looks like a pair of sunglasses, but could one day help the visually impaired regain their sight. The device features a minute video camera attached to a pair of dark glasses. The camera records images, which will then be sent wirelessly to an implant which will stimulate electrodes on the retina. Once stimulated, the retina will then be able to discern points of light, which the brain will then be...

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2010-03-23 09:15:00

It will be harder to lie about your age or your poker hand after new research by the University of Melbourne, Australia has revealed that our eye position betrays the numbers we are thinking about. In the study, participants were asked to state a series of random numbers. By measuring their vertical and horizontal eye position, researchers were able to predict with reliable confidence the next chosen number - before it was spoken. Specifically, a leftward and downward change in eye position...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'