Latest University of Melbourne Stories

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2008-08-22 09:00:31

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that University of Melbourne Student Dharvinder Bassi has been named Australia's "Master of the Mainframe" student contest winner after out-performing more than 450 other students across Australia. In addition to becoming Australia's Mainframe student contest winner, Bassi now joins the growing list of approximately 50,000 worldwide students with mainframe computing training. This burgeoning group of future mainframe experts is a direct result of the ongoing...

2008-07-15 09:34:42

Research published in Nature Genetics by a team of international scientists including the University of Melbourne, Department of Zoology, has established an identical mechanism of genetic imprinting, a process involved in marsupial and human fetal development, which evolved 150 million years ago. "This paper shows that we share a common genetic imprinting mechanism which has been active for about 150 million years despite the differences in reproductive strategies between marsupials and...

2008-06-18 09:20:00

Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Melbourne in Australia, and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are on the brink of a discovery which will facilitate the development of new, safe, more sustainable ways of controlling the world's worst agricultural insect pest "“ the moth, Helicoverpa armigera. The Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, said "“ at the BIO 2008 International Convention in San Diego,...

2008-06-17 03:00:15

By Saey, Tina Hesman Tasmanian tiger DNA turns on gene in mouse Tasmanian tigers are back. Sort of. A small bit of the extinct marsupial's DNA is alive and well in the cells of some genetically engineered mice. Researchers have produced proteins from mammoth and Neandertal genes in cells. But the new study, published May 19 in PLoS ONE, is the first to show activity of an extinct piece of DNA in an animal. Scientists from the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of...

2008-05-15 11:10:00

More than 40 percent of parents have used cough medicine for children younger than two "“ even though it is not recommended, nor proven effective for children in this age group, an Australia-first study has found.The joint University of Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospital study, surveyed 325 parents at hospital outpatient clinics, maternal child health centers and child care centers about their use of over-the-counter medication for children aged 0-24 months.It is the first study in...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.