Deaths from lung cancer are higher than for any other form of cancer, with more than 8,000 Australians diagnosed each year - but the latest technology being demonstrated at The University of Western Australia offers new hope to sufferers.
It’s been a fantastic few months since the WA Geothermal Centre of Excellence partners came together to push the button on start-up. We’ve been planning the Centre’s projects, strategy and focus for some time now and I’m happy to report that we’ve been making some real progress towards our goals.
Ancient microscopic organisms could become the tools of the future when it comes to advancing material science in areas such as solar cell technology.
Furthermore, a 2008 Honours student has published his proof of the concept in the renowned Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).
Jeremiah Toster, who was in the first cohort of Bachelor of Science students to study nanotechnology, has successfully manipulated the silica shells of diatoms so they can be used as platforms for developing useful materials in areas of health, energy and the environment.
People who say that mosquitoes are inexplicably attracted to them might be interested in physicist Stephan Karl’s work.
The PhD candidate took out an award sponsored by Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall’s biotechnology company Ondek Pty Ltd at the recent Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Symposium. The award was given for Stephan’s work on the magnetic properties of malaria-infected cells and how to exploit them for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Mark Wood’s hands-on puzzles have been the biggest sellers in a couple of Australia’s leading department store toy sections for the past five years and have won numerous awards here, in the US and the UK.
However, they are more than just a stimulating way to spend a Sunday afternoon; they’re helping create new research opportunities.
Dr Wood, who has a background in psychology and education, creates the puzzles with his research partner Frank Dyksterhuis, a mathematician and physicist.
As well as entertaining people, they can also open children’s and adults’ minds to logical and deductive thinking, enhance problem-solving strategies and encourage creativity.