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2011-06-22 14:34:00

Most comprehensive analysis yet reveals a decline of up to 29% in bicycle-related head injuries immediately after NSW mandated helmet use Bicycle-related head injuries fell significantly in the months after mandatory helmet legislation came into effect in NSW, and recent calls for a repeal of the laws should be rejected, new research based on hospital admissions data shows. The injuries fell by up to 29% after the laws were introduced in 1991, according to the study by researchers at the...

2011-06-06 15:41:29

Molecular mechanism driving the immune response identified for the first time Using the only microscope of its kind in Australia, medical scientists have been able for the first time to see the inner workings of T-cells, the front-line troops that alert our immune system to go on the defensive against germs and other invaders in our bloodstream. The discovery overturns prevailing understanding, identifying the exact molecular 'switch' that spurs T-cells into action "” a breakthrough...

2011-04-04 18:27:21

Fertility is a priority for many young women with breast cancer, yet new research has found many have little knowledge about fertility issues, leading to confusion and conflict around planning for a family. In a new study published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology, a team of University of New South Wales researchers has for the first time measured fertility-related knowledge and intentions in young women with breast cancer. The study, part of a PhD thesis by Dr Michelle Peate...

2011-02-18 13:40:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Student Access Student Choice (SASC) coalition today released the following statement in response to the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a bipartisan Congressional amendment in favor of de-funding the Department of Education's proposed "gainful employment" rule: "By cutting off any funding for the Department of Education to implement its proposed 'gainful employment' rule, Congress sent an unequivocal message that it...

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2011-02-08 12:40:00

Researchers said that when people who smoke marijuana become mentally ill, psychiatric diseases start earlier than it would if they did not smoke pot. This means that serious psychiatric diseases that might not have shown up until kids were in their teens or twenties if they had not started smoking as young as 12. Dr. Matthew Large said in an interview with Reuters Health that the link between using pot and developing serious mental illness is strongest in the youngest smokers. "We have to...

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2010-11-03 11:57:48

Surprising first ancestor of bizarre marsupial moles The mysterious origins of Australia's bizarre and secretive marsupial moles have been cast in a whole new and unexpected light with the first discovery in the fossil record of one of their ancestors. The find reveals a remarkable journey through time, place and lifestyle: living marsupial moles are blind, earless and live underground in the deserts of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, yet their ancestors lived...

2010-09-27 17:24:26

Researchers develop key building block needed to make a quantum computer using silicon A team led by engineers and physicists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, have developed one of the key building blocks needed to make a quantum computer using silicon: a "single electron reader". Their work was published today in Nature. Quantum computers promise exponential increases in processing speed over today's computers through their use of the "spin", or magnetic...

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2010-08-02 11:00:00

For the first time, scientists have shown that selective breeding of domestic dogs is not only dramatically changing the way animals look but is also driving major changes in the canine brain. The brains of many short-snouted dog breeds have rotated forward as much as 15 degrees, while the brain region controlling smell has fundamentally relocated, researchers from the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney have found. The large variations in dog skull size and shape follow...

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2010-05-04 13:57:43

Reasonable worst-case scenarios for global warming could lead to deadly temperatures for humans in coming centuries, according to research findings from Purdue University and the University of New South Wales, Australia. Researchers for the first time have calculated the highest tolerable "wet-bulb" temperature and found that this temperature could be exceeded for the first time in human history in future climate scenarios if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate. Wet-bulb...

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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...