Dirima Cuthbert

Perth "4WD" homes buck green trend

Friday, 24 February 2012

Many Perth houses are not energy efficient and building regulations don't encourage home builders to change, says a researcher from The University of Western Australia.

Professor Miranda Grounds

New clues to muscle wasting in elderly people

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Permanent disconnection between nerves and muscles may be the reason behind progressive loss of muscle mass and function in elderly people, Perth-based researchers have found.

Dean, Faculties of Science, Winthrop Professor Tony O'Donnell

Editorial: A new year, new courses and two new schools

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Welcome to the first edition of Science Matters for 2012 and the first joint edition from the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Trainer Liliana Balaguera, left, gives some tips to researcher MJ Ong

Cycle study might stop diabetes cycle

Thursday, 23 February 2012

A study to see if exercise can help prevent pregnant women from developing gestational diabetes has become very personal for research co-ordinator and PhD candidate MJ Ong.

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.