Clover is friend as well as foe

Clover is friend as well as foe

Clare Varcoe

September 14, 2020

Most people view clover as an annoying weed in their garden, but clover is a natural fertiliser and vital for feeding livestock. The natural bacteria that grows in its root system takes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the ground to feed other plants, but unlike artificial fertilisers, it doesn’t...

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...

Is your work harming you?

Continually working in a seated position can be bad for your health.

Stefanie Ipsaro-Passione

April 12, 2020

With office jobs on the rise, Australian activity levels have hit an all-time low. Statistics show 50% of Australians work in a job position that involves being sedentary for over eight hours. Safe Work Australia says prolonged sitting can cause negative impacts such as poor posture, a reduction in energy expendit...

Supercomputers in our backyard

Magnus supercomputer, courtesy the Pawsey Supercomputer Centre.

Linton Price, Reporter

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 research and are invaluable for the variety of services they offer, from analysis to data storage. Pawsey...

Why didn’t it stop?

Photo: Kwinana Freeway Northbound, Linton Price.

Linton Price, Reporter

March 29, 2018

On March 18, Elaine Herzberg was walking a bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, when she was struck by an Uber self-driving car. It killed her. Uber immediately suspended all autonomous car testing in North America, and on March 27 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended all such tests in the ...

Song of the first stars

Song of the first stars

Linton Price, Reporter

March 15, 2018

Using a telescope the size of a dinner table in the Western Australian bush, scientists have verified a signal from the earliest stars in the universe. With a paper recently published in science journal Nature the project is the brainchild of Judd Bowman and Alan Rogers — Arizona State University and MI...

Bitcoins: What are they? Should I invest?

Bitcoins: What are they? Should I invest?

Kristy Clark, ECU Reporter

October 23, 2017

Dutchman Didi Taihuttu recently packed it all in and sold everything he owned for Bitcoins. Currently waiting on a campsite with his family, he is claiming that he is waiting for the eventual boom in cryptocurrency. He is not the only one sold on their prosperity. Many (probably not to the extent...

Global warming sending reefs deeper and fish further

Reef Life Survey diver

Andrew Fewster, Reporter

October 23, 2017

Due to global warming, rising water temperatures are having dramatic effects on the ecology of coral reefs, recent studies have shown. One study shows that as waters warm, fish are able to extend their hunting range, which will impact on invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters, and sea urchins. “As...

Designing cooler diabetes devices

Designing cooler diabetes devices

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

October 9, 2017

A group of New Zealand researchers have teamed up with young type 1 diabetes sufferers, to design discreet medical devices to help them feel more comfortable managing their diabetes. Design PhD student Gillian McCarthy, from Victoria's School of Design, along with Dr Brian Robinson from the Facult...

WA scientists saving African cassava crops

Leaves of a cassava plant,      

Image credit: Pixabay

Ashleigh Melanko, ECU Reporter

October 2, 2017

Researchers from UWA have teamed up with local farmers and British company Oxford Nanopore Technologies, to use portable DNA sequencing help farmers in East Africa eradicate crop disease. “Crop disease affects crops differently depending on the type of disease. Diseases are caused by plant pathogens...

Moods and the microbiome

Moods and the microbiome

Oliver Pomeroy

September 3, 2017

A new paper shows that there may be a link between the bacteria in the stomach and anxious and depressive behaviours. The research was conducted at the University College Cork, a leading research institution in Ireland and it focused on the bacteria in the stomach microbiome of rats. Microbiome is...

WA’s first female surveyor general

Surveyor General Dione Bilick

Kristy Clark, ECU Reporter

August 21, 2017

For the first time in Western Australian history, the Surveyor General role has been awarded to a woman. Dione Bilick will join the historic list of WA Surveyor Generals that includes John Septimus Roe and John Forrest. Bilick has been a long term employee for Landgate and has extensive experience...

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