Remarkably preserved microfossils from a remote region of Western Australia that are at least 3.4 billion years old are providing insights into what type of life first existed on Earth and when it existed. They also highlight a potential target in the search for life on Mars.
Shark Bay's extensive seagrass meadows act as a massive carbon sink which stores more than eight billion dollars' worth of carbon dioxide if valued according to the Federal Government's proposed carbon price.
A protein database that will serve as a vital research tool for investigating how plants respond to environmental change is to be developed under a partnership between The University of Western Australia and Agilent Technologies.
As China continues on its path of economic and social reform, it may pay the price in premature babies.
Winthrop Professor John Newnham, Head of the School of Women's and Infants' Health, and colleagues have recently published a paper comparing the rates of preterm births among women in rural and urban China with those of Chinese-born women in Hong Kong and Western Australia.
A research leader at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR), who is working to improve the way pharmaceuticals act on the human body, has been shortlisted for an Australian Museum Eureka Prize, for "Emerging Leader in Science."