The Future of Solar Energy: More Efficient and Better Looking

ANU researchers, Dr Duong and Professor Catchpole. Photo by Stuart Hay, ANU

Grace Flynn, Reporter

April 13, 2020

Across Australia, over 2.2 million homes now have solar panels. As the number of home installations and solar farms continues to increase, solar energy is showing no signs of stopping. Director of the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University, Professor Kamal Alameh, says the future of solar energy w...

A Summer in the Freezing Southern Ocean

Paige Maroni (right), searching rock samples for benthic biota hauled from the depths of the Southern Ocean.

Marshall Waters, Reporter

April 13, 2020

When you picture a PHD student, do you think of a woman on the deck of a ship surveying off the coast of Antarctica, sifting through muck looking for organisms living at extreme depths in freezing water and high seas? This is exactly where UWA PhD student, Paige Maroni, decided to spend her summer. RV investi...

Sports and exercise helping Perth cancer patients

Patients exercising at Vario Health Clinic ECU.

Natalia Caceres, Reporter

April 12, 2020

For years, cancer patients seeking medical advice have been told by professionals to get plenty of rest during their treatment and rehabilitation. But in the last few years, research and evidence has shown the significant benefits of sports and exercise for patients with chronic diseases like cancer. ...

The melting of mud

The melting of mud

Ashleigh Melanko, ECU Reporter

October 16, 2017

Mud in the earth's mantle is melting, according to researchers from geology department at Curtin, who teamed up with universities from South Africa, the United Kingdom and UWA. Research into the mud, that is the layer between the crust and the core of the earth, is increasing understanding of how...

Diet and exercise can relieve asthma symptoms

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Andjela Ergic, ECU Reporter

September 17, 2017

A balanced diet and regular exercise may be able to lower asthma symptoms in non-obese patients, according to new Danish research. Asthma is a chronic lung condition which causes patients to have to have sensitive airways that flare up when triggered, causing difficulty in breathing. These triggers...

Africa’s Democratic Dogs

African wild dog in Botswana

Andrew Fewster, ECU Reporter

September 11, 2017

The idea might sound howling mad, but African wild dogs in Botswana are using a majority style voting system to decide when the pack will start their hunt, according to a recent international study. The study showed that dogs need to reach what is called a “quorum threshold” before they start t...

Sitting for extended periods may lead to dementia

Studies show extended periods of sitting may be harmful for the brain.

Andrew Fewster, ECU Reporter

August 14, 2017

Extended periods of sitting can be detrimental to brain function. This can include potentially increasing the risk of dementia, a recent study by UWA and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has found. The study shows that long periods of inactivity can cause the brain's glucose levels to fall outside...

Social networking ‘contributes to preventing Alzheimer’s’

Social networking may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.

Danny Rogers, Staff reporter

October 21, 2015

Facebookers rejoice, researchers believe that social networking can contribute to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. As people get older, the risk of the illness can increase; for those over 40, the risk can double every five years. ECU neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Dr. Hamid Sohrabi,...

Another car vs house adds to growing trend

WA car into house crashes are suspected to be on the rise

Alicia MacFarlane, Staff reporter

August 19, 2015

Yet another car vs house crash has occurred in Balga, with police reporting that a white Holden Commodore was travelling South West along Walderton Avenue in Balga yesterday when it lost control and hit a van parked on the verge before ploughing into the house and garage. State Emergency Services...

Weather bureau defends data methods after ‘fiddling’ claim

Australia has almost 800 weather stations across the country.

Emily Evans, Staff Reporter

September 3, 2014

The Bureau of Meteorology has defended its actions against claims that it is 'fiddling the data' in a bid to make Australia seem hotter than it actually is. In a response to claims by The Australian newspaper, the Bureau says its data and methods are among the best in the world. The accusation...

Sock it to Sarcoma and EMAS fight back!

The Superhero Soiree aims to raise $10,000 for sarcoma patients, carers and families.

Emily Evans, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2014

Charity foundation Sock It to Sarcoma and UWA’s Electronic Music Appreciation Society (EMAS) have teamed up to join the fight against sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer which affects mostly children and young adult cancer patients. On Wednesday September 3, university students are invited to...

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