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2013-05-28 21:26:55

Australian scientists have narrowed the predicted range of global warming through groundbreaking new research. Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Victoria University have generated what they say are more reliable projections of global warming estimates at 2100. The paper, led by Dr Roger Bodman from Victoria University with Professors David Karoly and Peter Rayner from the University of Melbourne and published in Nature Climate Change today, found that exceeding 6 degrees...

Ultrafast High-resolution Imaging In Real Time Could Be A Reality With New Research Discovery
2013-04-19 13:15:53

University of Melbourne In work published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre for Excellence in Coherent Xray Science have demonstrated that ultra short durations of electron bunches generated from laser-cooled atoms can be both very cold and ultra-fast. Lead researcher Associate Professor Robert Scholten said the surprising finding was an important step towards making ultrafast high-resolution electron imaging a reality. He said...

New Study Shows Low-pitched Song Of The Fairy-wren Indicates Size
2013-02-21 09:36:09

University of Melbourne The study led by University of Melbourne researcher Dr Michelle Hall, is the first to show that the larger the male fairy wren, the lower the pitch of his song. "This is the first time we have been able to show that song pitch indicates body size in song birds," said Dr Hall from the University's Department of Zoology. The study, which began when Dr Hall was at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany, has been published today in the journal PLOS...

2013-02-19 11:32:24

New research has revealed that immature malaria parasites are more resistant to treatment with key antimalarial drugs than older parasites, a finding that could lead to more effective treatments for a disease that kills one person every minute and is developing resistance to drugs at an alarming rate. University of Melbourne researchers have shown for the first time that malaria parasites (Plasmodium falciparum)in the early stages of development are more than 100 times less sensitive to...

2013-01-29 16:44:29

Understanding how our water catchments react to natural disturbances, may offer hydrologists greater insight into how to manage our water supplies. Key to this, is an understanding of the steady state and why water responds differently in different circumstances. Dr Tim Peterson, from the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne has offered new theories that will lead to a deeper knowledge of how water catchments behave during wet and dry years. His research was published...

Models Show That Internet Produces Vast Amount Of Greenhouse Gas
2013-01-03 08:02:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Not only does the Internet produce a vast amount of information, but also an equally vast amount of greenhouse gas. Now, researchers are busy working up new models of emissions and energy consumption that could help reduce the carbon footprint of the web. A report of this work is published in Environmental Science & Technology, the journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Researchers from the Center for Energy-Efficient...

2012-12-05 16:21:28

American politicians (and their unofficial ad creators) are a nasty bunch when it comes to campaigning online, particularly when combining personal and issue attacks in advertisements posted to YouTube, University of Melbourne research has determined. Political communications researcher Dr Jacob Groshek, together with co-investigators Noortje de Boer and Hannah Sütfeld, analyzed 144 online campaign ads produced for more than 11 candidates during the 2012 French and American...

Algae Held Captive And Their Genes Stolen In Crime Of Evolution
2012-11-28 15:38:41

University of Melbourne Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature. The results reveal a 'missing link' in evolution because the tiny animal thieves (protozoa) couldn't completely hide all evidence of the captive algae, and have been effectively frozen in time and caught in the act by genetic sequencing....

Female Komodo Dragons Life Span Is Shorter Than Males Due To Extreme 'Housework'
2012-10-18 10:58:01

An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding 'housework' such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months. The results provide important information on the endangered lizards' growth rate, lifestyle and population differences, which may help plan conservation efforts. The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard. Their formidable body size enables them to...


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