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2009-04-03 06:25:00

Employees who spend time surfing the Web aren't necessarily costing the company money. In fact, a new Australian study finds surfing the Internet for fun at the office increases productivity.The University of Melbourne study found people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are typically 9 percent more productive than those who refrain from spending time on the Internet. Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing, said "workplace Internet leisure...

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2009-03-26 13:37:26

An Australian scientist said Thursday that farmers of the future will have to use sheep and cattle that produce less methane, and crops that emit less nitrous oxide. They must also become experts in reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to governments, said University of Melbourne scientist Richard John Eckard on Thursday. Agriculture represents a significant source of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is only expected to rise as an increasing human population demands more and more...

2009-03-03 13:44:05

A vaccine to protect humans from a bird flu pandemic is within reach after a new discovery by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia The discovery, published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals how boosting T cell immunity could better protect humans from a bird flu pandemic. The continued spread of the highly virulent "bird flu" virus has experts worried that we are facing a new potential influenza pandemic which could transfer...

2009-02-07 08:45:22

An international observatory led by the University of Melbourne, Australia, will help eradicate human rights abuses against people suffering mental illness in developing countries. The Observatory on Mental Health Systems (IOMHS) was launched Thursday by Mr Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, at the University of Melbourne. "The health systems in low and middle income countries are hugely under-funded often resulting in enormous neglect and abuse of...

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2009-01-27 10:29:00

Ecologists have developed a new model to predict the impact of climate change on the dengue fever-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti in Australia "“ information that could help limit its spread. According to the study, published in the new issue of the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, climate change and evolutionary change could act together to accelerate and expand the mosquito's range. But human behaviour "“ in the form of storing water to cope with climate...

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2008-11-25 11:44:04

"Increased services like Video on Demand will put pressure on the system and create an energy bottleneck," said Dr Kerry Hinton of the University's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the ARC Special Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN). In a world-first model of internet power consumption, University of Melbourne researchers have been able to identify the major contributors to Internet power consumption as the take-up of broadband services grows in the...

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2008-11-10 10:32:03

Ninety years after Australian scientists began their race to stop the spread of Spanish flu in Australia, University of Melbourne researchers are hoping records from the 1918 epidemic may hold the key to preventing future deadly pandemic outbreaks. This month marks the 90th anniversary of the return of Australian WWI troops from Europe, sparking Australian scientists' race to try and contain a local outbreak of the pandemic, which killed 50 million people worldwide. Researchers from the...

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2008-10-07 14:48:44

Australians with mental illness smoke at four times the rate of the general population, says a new study from the University of Melbourne. The study, published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, says despite smoking halving among Australia's general population over the past 20 years there has been little change in smoking rates among people with psychiatric disabilities. Study author Kristen Moeller-Saxone from the University of Melbourne's Melbourne School of...

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2008-10-02 11:20:30

A new study reveals that women who smoke are at greater risk of developing major depressive disorder. The study was published yesterday (October 1) in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Barwon Health assessed a group of 1043 Australian women, whose health had been monitored for a decade as part of the Geelong Osteoporosis Study. On their ten year follow up participants were given an additional test of a psychiatric assessment. "It was at this...

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2008-09-05 13:25:00

Australian researchers and a pathology company have joined forces to develop a world-first computerized system which may reveal a way to predict premature birth with greater accuracy. The University of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle and Symbion Pathology are combining expertise in medical research, engineering and pathology to develop a computer program to predict women at risk of a premature birth. About 17,000 pre-term births occur in Australia each year. Premature birth is...