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Western Australian State Government Invests $26M In Astronomy And The Square Kilometre Array
2013-08-16 17:13:42

ICRAR The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26M investment announced by WA Premier Colin Barnett today. The $26M from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR’s local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State. A joint venture between Curtin University and The University of...

$2M Donated By Former Student To Boost SKA Science
2013-01-16 11:06:06

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research A former science student of The University of Western Australia has donated $2 million to fund a new research position that will help shed light on some of the biggest mysteries in the Universe. Retired oil executive Dr Jim Buckee, who gained a BSc Honors at UWA in 1967 and a PhD in Astrophysics at Britain´s Oxford University in 1970, has made the stellar donation to fund UWA post-doctoral research for what will be the world´s...

Seaweed Records Hint At Ocean Warming Impact
2011-10-28 04:38:12

As the planet continues to warm, it appears that seaweeds may be in especially hot water. New findings reported online on October 27 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, based on herbarium records collected in Australia since the 1940s suggest that up to 25 percent of temperate seaweed species living there could be headed to extinction. The study helps to fill an important gap in understanding about the impact that global warming is having on the oceans, the researchers say. "Our...

New Hypothesis: Pumice Proposed As Home To The First Life Forms
2011-10-05 03:48:56

The glassy, porous, and once gas-rich rock called pumice may have given rise to early life forms, according to a provocative new hypothesis on the origin of life published in Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Martin Brasier, Richard Matthewman, and Sean McMahon, University of Oxford (U.K.), and David Wacey, University of Western Australia (Crawley), contend that pumice has "four remarkable properties" that would enable it to have had "a significant role in...

Middle East Version of Nazca Lines Investigated
2011-09-17 05:01:39

  By using satellite technology, researchers have discovered that there are thousands of ancient geoglyphs in the Middle East, but the purpose of these patterns remains a mystery, according to recent LiveScience and Daily Mail reports. The drawings, which are similar to the legendary Nazca Lines of Peru, "stretch from Syria to Saudi Arabia, can be seen from the air but not the ground, and are virtually unknown to the public," Owen Jarus of LiveScience wrote in an article, published...

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2011-08-22 12:30:28

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Oxford have unearthed what they believe are the oldest fossils ever discovered-single-celled organisms that are thought to be 3.4 billion years old, according to a Sunday article by Nicholas Wade of the New York Times. The discovery, which is detailed in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, took place in a remote location known as Strelley Pool, which is located in Western Australia. The team that...

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2011-07-26 10:15:00

An Australian PhD student has created the most accurate measurements for determining how fast the Universe is expanding. Florian Beutler, a PhD candidate with the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia, has calculated how fast the Universe is growing by measuring the Hubble constant. "The Hubble constant is a key number in astronomy because it's used to calculate the size and age of the Universe," Beutler said in a statement. As the...

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2011-07-06 05:45:00

Poor oral health is just as bad for fertility as obesity, and could delay the time of conception by as much as two months, Professor Roger Hart told the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on Tuesday. "Until now, there have been no published studies that investigate whether gum disease can affect a woman's chance of conceiving, so this is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the...

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2011-07-05 05:14:20

According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, slow language development is unlikely to have lingering effects on a child's mental health. Australian researchers, led by Andrew Whitehouse at the University of Western Australia followed late talkers into their teens and found the kids were no more likely to be shy, depressed or aggressive than their peers as they grew up. The team said a "wait-and-see" approach may be fine for toddlers who are slow to pick up on speaking, as long as they...

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2011-03-10 11:31:52

A team of researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in London, the University of Idaho, the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia are attempting to uncover the precise details of how kangaroos bounce. "The team is interested in trying to understand how the group of kangaroos change their body posture and hopping mechanics with body size," explained Craig McGowan of the University of Idaho. Researchers were loaned a novel motion capture system from the firm...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.