Ostriches bed down for UWA slee researchers (Photo: gallafoto/Shutterstock.com)

Sleeping ostriches provide eye-opening insights for researchers

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Academia is a small world and just how small was brought home to Professor Shane Maloney from the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology two years ago. He has always enjoyed working in South Africa, having spent three years as a post-doc at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in the early 1990s, where he did some work on temperature regulation in ostriches.

Dr Foteini Hassiotou of UWA’s Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group

Stem cells in breastmilk: new discoveries hold great promise

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The UWA Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group (HHLR Group) revealed in 2007 that some of these cells display stem cell properties.

More recent research by the group is now demonstrating that breastmilk stem cells display the two hallmarks of stemness: they can selfrenew and differentiate towards various cell types.

Hayden Walker and Dr Estelle Giraud with the new deep sequencer

UWA's DNA sequencer set to make its mark in fighting crop diseases

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Imagine capturing the entire human genome in a single day, for a few thousand dollars.

Now, researchers at UWA will be able to do just that, with the launch of its first Hi-Seq Illumina Deep Sequencer, the most powerful platform worldwide for next-generation sequencing.

Dr Marcal Gusmao (second from left) - UWA's first PhD graduate from Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste to benefit from Marcal's crop research

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A researcher working on a legume crop that is drought-tolerant and can cope with waterlogging is hoping his work will lead to better outcomes in his home country of Timor-Leste.

Prize winning postgrad...Angela Spence (left)

Sport science students excel at national conference

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Postgraduate students Angela Spence and Marcus Lee from the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health received awards at the 2011 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (ACSMS) held in Fremantle in October.

Apollo moon dust gives up its secrets

Researchers brush up on moon dust data

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Researchers in the School of Physics have been gaining new insights into lunar exploration, thanks to data collected during the Apollo Moon voyages more than 40 years ago.

Eye on the sky...Professors at the Path to SKA-low conference

Astronomers eye SKA opportunities

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Top astronomers and engineers from nine countries met in Perth in early September to plan for pre-construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) at The Path to SKA-low workshop.

The SKA credit:  Swinburne Astronomy Productions/SPDO

Scoping the cost of the world's biggest new supercomputer

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The world's most powerful telescope - the new Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - is likely to need the world's biggest computer to handle the incredible amount of data it will produce - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is working out how to do it without breaking the bank.

Slimy trick - the hagfish or snot eel emits noxious slime to ward off predators

Slime proves to be a lifesaver for hagfish

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A new study has found the primitive hagfish, also known as a “snot eel”, can defend itself by releasing a noxious slime that chokes would-be predators.

Bear markets better for predicting stock volatility

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

UWA Business School
Investors who use the volume of shares traded to predict the volatility of stock prices may have greater luck in a bear market than a bull market, new Australian research has found.