Sulfur-loving fossils could point the way to life on Mars

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

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.

Soil organic carbon sampling on the Esperance sand plain in Western Australia.

Esperance carbon stocktake reveals small change

Monday, 22 August 2011

A stocktake of soil organic carbon on the Esperance sand plain has shown that soils under annual and perennial pasture contained on average 45 tonnes of carbon per hectare to a depth of 30 cm.


Photo by Gary Kendrick

Shark Bay seagrass 'potentially an $8 billion carbon sink'

Monday, 22 August 2011

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.

Dr. Leon Bagas in Greenland

CET staff keep warm in Greenland

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Dr. Leon Bagas (CET) recently found himself alongside Polar Bears and ice bergs working with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).

Plant proteins to help solve global challenges

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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.

Rankings confirm UWA's five-star reputation

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Two new independent rankings have confirmed The University of Western Australia's growing national and international reputation.

Photo by Julie Rutger

Western ways point to more preterm babies

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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.

Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders

Call for WA women to join international breast cancer prevention study

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Western Australian women are needed to join an international, pioneering study investigating whether breast cancer could be prevented by a drug known as anastrozole.

Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

Chance of 'Eureka' moment for young leader

Monday, 15 August 2011

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."

Associate Professor Ben Corry

Drinking-water for the world attracts Eureka judges

Monday, 15 August 2011

Water is a critical resource, and in many parts of Australia we struggle to find reliable sources for human consumption.