Herbicide hunt

Common antibiotic inspires hunt for new herbicide

Friday, 12 February 2016

Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have discovered that the commonly used antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which kills bacteria, also kills plants by blocking the DNA copying machinery of the plants.

Valentines Day

Valentines should give thanks to Chaucer on Sunday says UWA

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Valentine’s Day enthusiasts should take a moment on 14 February to give credit to English poet Geoffrey Chaucer according to The University of Western Australia, with the famous writer believed to be the first person to associate the day with romantic love.

Magic Lantern Slides

'Magic lantern slides' research to turn lens on Australian culture

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The University of Western Australia is part of a research team that plans to unearth and analyse the large number of ‘glass magic lantern slides’ held in public collections across the world in a bid to better understand the effect of this early modern media on Australian cultural history.

David Blair

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction

Thursday, 11 February 2016

In a world first, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.

Hidden galaxies

Scientists discover hidden galaxies behind the Milky Way

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the Great Attractor.

Simrat Labana (ACIAR – New Delhi) flanked by girls who have collected weeds from

Legume production vastly improves in International Year of Pulses 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A five-year project led by researchers from The University of Western Australia to improve food and nutritional security has exceeded expectations by delivering a 45% increase in lentil production over five years.

Led by Professor William Erskine from UWA’s Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Institute of Agriculture, the five-year project was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to revitalise pulse production in Bangladesh without affecting rice cropping.

Christopher Etherton-Beer

New trial to help stroke rehabilitation

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Health and Ageing will use a grant from the National Stroke Foundation to fund new rehabilitation therapy for stroke survivors.

The study will explore the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation to help improve attention and reduce fatigue.

UWA’s Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer, who will lead it, said the work is a vital part of recovery.

Shark acoustic system

New underwater acoustic system searching for sharks

Friday, 29 January 2016

A researcher from the School of Physics at The University of Western Australia has kicked off a project to test a cutting-edge acoustic system to detect sharks as they approach Perth beaches.

Dr Sue Jenkins

Outstanding achievers honoured on Australia Day

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The University of Western Australia congratulates the outstanding members of its community for being recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours.

Professor Harry Blagg

Calls for justice for young FASD offenders

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia Law School concerned about juvenile offenders battling foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are working with communities in Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing on law reforms that will benefit offenders, the courts and government agencies delivering services.