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22 January 2021

Conjuring water from thin air — A beetle's guide to innovation

Water scarcity is a serious global issue, but what if water could be conjured out of thin air? Learn how the Namib Desert Beetles extract water from fog on their shells and the innovative research on these materials.
22 January 2021

Buried deep – the medical benefits of an ancient herbal plant

We are on the crest of a turning medical cannabis wave, but the same reform is lacking for substances such as coca, a plant well-regarded for its medical benefits in South America.
22 January 2021

Fisher space pen

The Fisher pen company developed the technology of an anti-gravity pen for the Apollo program with the cost as small as $2.39.
22 January 2021

Safeguarding chickpeas from significant changes in climate

There's cultivars of chickpea that are more tolerant to high temperatures, meaning they maintain a similar yield at higher temperatures compared to ambient, but we’re not entirely sure why or how.
21 January 2021

Chemical researchers develop "green" ammonia

Ammonia has sustained humanity since the early 20th century, but its production leaves a huge carbon footprint. Now researchers have found a way to make it 100 per cent renewable.
19 January 2021

New method to assist fast-tracking of vaccines for pre-clinical tests

With COVID-19 dominating medical science and human concern, our chemists have developed a method to quickly and safely synthesise protein vaccines for respiratory diseases for pre-clinical tests.
19 January 2021

Why you should desex your cat before puberty

New research finds Australia is doing well in the desexing arena. But the age of desexing needs to be brought forward from six months to four months to close a "pregnancy gap" and prevent unwanted litters of kittens.
15 January 2021

Plastics recycling goes global with KBR-MURA commercial partnership

Removing plastic from oceans and landfill is a major environmental and social problem. Technology jointly developed by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is making solutions to this problem possible. Today it goes global with a major commercial partnership.
14 January 2021

Sea lion diagnosed with tuberculosis triggers public health concerns

Australian sea lions are an endangered species. New research suggests endemic tuberculosis might be another health threat facing the pinnipeds. Dr Rachael Gray is working to help save our sea lions.
11 January 2021

World-first echidna, improved platypus genomes mapped

An international team of scientists, including from the University of Sydney, have sequenced monotreme genomes, leading to evolutionary and future medical discoveries.