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Perth's grand canyon revealed, deep beneath the waves

Friday, 4 June 2010

The mysteries of the Perth Canyon, carved millions of years ago by the Swan River but now submerged deep beneath the waves 22 kilometres west of Rottnest Island, have been caught on camera for the first time by scientists at The University of Western Australia's Centre for Marine Futures and CSIRO.

Healthy Mother Infant Relationship: Assessment of risk in women with serious mental illness

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Research into attachment between infants and their mothers indicates that it is protective against poor developmental outcomes. Disorganised patterns of attachment occur in 10% of the general population, but this can rise as high as 80% in high risk populations, including women with a serious mental illness (SMI).

Professor Daniel Fatovich

Research identifies health trends among heroin users

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The Australasian College of Emergency Medicine has released latest research lead by University of Western Australia Emergency Medicine specialists that identifies young heroin users and women, more than men, as high users of acute hospital care services.

Left to right: Michael Molinari, Travers McLeod, Eric Knight and Scott Draper

UWA graduates to tackle English Channel

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Six young Australian men, including four graduates from The University of Western Australia, are planning to swim 34km across the English Channel in July to raise funds for a charity that is close to their hearts.

Dr Andrew Whitehouse

Autism: is the problem too much maleness?

Monday, 31 May 2010

People make jokes about ‘too much testosterone’ in boys’ schools or football clubs.

But an excess of male hormones is not really a lot of fun. It has been found to be a potential risk factor for autism, a developmental problem in humans that results in them having difficulties in relating to and communicating with other people.

Professor Colin MacLeod with Phd students

How we feel can change our lives

Monday, 31 May 2010

“Our emotions shape nearly everything we do …”

“They are the key to everything from the smallest daily decision about what to wear to the biggest life-altering decisions such as the choice of a life partner and whether or how we pursue a career.

Assistant Professor Joanne Sneddon in Uruguay

What women (who wear wool) want

Friday, 28 May 2010

Aiming to provide the Australian wool industry with information about what potential buyers of wool clothing want, a team at The University of Western Australia is researching the intentions of ethical consumers around the world.

Mapping the forming Leeuwin Current on the RV Southern Surveyor

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

15 May 2010

After a week at sea, our boutique team of 8 scientists have deployed 4 drifters in the Leeuwin Current and completed three onshore- offshore transects from Barrow Island and NW Cape, through mazes of oil and gas platforms. 

Harrington Seed Destructor

Weed seed destructor set to strike in wheatbelt

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

A weed seed destructor invented by a Darkan farmer and further developed by the WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI) at The University of Western Australia is set to be trialled this harvest.

East-west sowing packs a punch on weeds

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

New research funded by GRDC has revealed that manipulating crop row orientation can lead to increased crop yields and weed suppression in the winter cropping region of Western Australia.

Heavy reliance on herbicides for weed control has led to widespread resistance throughout Australia. With the discovery of new herbicides being a rare event there must be ongoing research to discover new methods of weed control that don’t require herbicide use.