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Genetic breakthough on hair colour

Genetic breakthough on hair colour

May 3, 2018

Have you ever wondered why your hair is a certain colour? A group of 45 scientists from seven countries have discovered which genes determine hair colour. A group of scientists conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis study, based on 300,000 participants of European descent. In the study, scientists identified 123 different types of genes and an X-chromosome  significantly associated with hair colour. The researchers found that early humans had darker hair pigmentation, which protected their skin from high ultraviolet radiation. Later lighter pigmentation of hair began to evolve in European and Asia...

What would you want them to do?

What would you want them to do?

May 3, 2018

Advance Care Planning is a medical care plan made in advance, in case of an event when you are either too injured or sick to make a decision about yourself. An example provided by Palliative Care Australia, the national peak bod...

If you’re inactive and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re inactive and you know it, clap your hands

April 26, 2018

Running around a playground, climbing trees, riding a bike or playing chasey, are all activities one might remember doing when they were a young child. However, according to a recent study conducted by The University of Western Australia (UWA), 66% of children aged between two and five years ol...

The taming of the brew

The taming of the brew

April 26, 2018

Looking a bit like long black; cold brew coffee is the newest caffeinated beverage on everyone's lips. Cold brew uses time, rather than heat, to extract coffee’s oils, sugars, and caffeine. By letting...

New speedbumps target speeders

New speedbumps target speeders

April 26, 2018

Thumping over speed bumps is irritating and potentially bad for cars too, so Curtin University is trialling a new kind of speed bump that only rattles speeders and gives good drivers a smooth ride. Perth’s...

Opinion: Are we over the PCH plague?

Opinion: Are we over the PCH plague?

April 12, 2018

We’ve all heard of the saying “good things come to those who wait”, and when it comes to the long-awaited opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH), we sure hope this is the case. Just...

Veganism, is it worth it?

Veganism, is it worth it?

April 12, 2018

Vegan diets are becoming ever more popular and widespread throughout the western culture. With the trend correlating with a wealthy and healthy lifestyle. Veganism is a diet where the consumer consumes...

Supercomputers in our backyard

Supercomputers in our backyard

April 12, 2018

Sitting in the quiet south end of Kensington, South Perth, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre houses some of the most powerful computers in the southern hemisphere. These machines are used in scientific...

Bird’s eye view

Bird’s eye view

April 12, 2018

Scientists have wondered for decades on how birds are able to navigate home from unfamiliar places or correctly migrate to areas tens of thousands of kilometres away. Studies of magnetic coils or scent...

Great Barrier bleach

Great Barrier bleach

April 5, 2018

It is the 2,300 kilometres of coral reef that makes Australia’s Great Barrier Reef the largest of its kind in the world. Home to 4,000 types of mollusc, 1,500 species of fish, and 400 types of coral;...

Tobacco or e-cigarettes?

Tobacco or e-cigarettes?

April 5, 2018

After a year-long inquiry into e-cigarettes and health concerns surrounding the nicotine liquid that is required to vape, the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has concluded that the liquid that is currently classified as a poiso...

Getting into the wine business

Getting into the wine business

March 29, 2018

Wine has been a part of human culture for millennia, dating back to 4100 BCE, it is an alcoholic beverage that is made from fermented grape juices and other nutritious ingredients. Recent studies especially...

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