Focus on family life…like humans, gibbons usually live as long-term, mated pairs

What gibbons can teach us about family life

Monday, 17 October 2011

While the great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans are familiar to many people, it just might be that humans can learn much from the smaller, less well-known apes of the gibbon family.

Peter Metaxas

Peter's research takes him to the US

Monday, 17 October 2011

Congratulations to Peter Metaxas, who has been awarded a prestigious American Australian Association Fellowship.

A fast bowler in action

Helen's bumper research effort is a win for young fast bowlers

Monday, 17 October 2011

Teenage cricketers who are prone to back injuries may one day thank Helen Crewe for their preventive training techniques.

Helen, who is part way through her PhD in biomechanics at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, has just won the field’s wealthiest and most prestigious Young Investigators Award for her work in the area of back injuries among young fast bowlers.

PhD student Michael Gandy (left) and Associate Professor Matthew Piggott

From party pill to anti-cancer drug

Monday, 17 October 2011

A team of researchers from UWA and the University of Birmingham in England is exploring the possibility of redesigning the illicit recreational drug ‘ecstasy’ to help treat blood cancers.

PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells at work in the lab

The power of three: the amino acids that help wheat cope with floods

Monday, 17 October 2011

What do liver cells have in common with wheat seedlings? PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells has found that both cope with oxygen starvation better when fed three amino acids: glycine, serine and alanine.

David Day with Harvey Millar and Nicolas Taylor

David's influence on plant researchers takes root

Monday, 17 October 2011

When Professor David Day flew in from Adelaide earlier this year for a retreat involving scientists from The University of Western Australia, it was almost like a family reunion, with him as the ‘great-grandfather’.

David is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) and, in effect, is responsible for cultivating a crop of eminent plant researchers who now all work with PEB.

The 6dF Galaxy Survey

Florian finds a new way to measure how our universe is expanding

Monday, 17 October 2011

A PhD student from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has produced one of the most accurate measurements ever made of how fast the universe is expanding.

Florian Beutler, has calculated how fast the universe is growing by measuring the Hubble constant.

Dr Bi-Qing For with ICRAR's Professor Lister Staveley-Smith

UWA researcher's award to strengthen Australia's SKA bid

Monday, 17 October 2011

Astrophysicist Dr Bi-Qing For has been appointed a John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellow which will allow her to further her research in support of Australia’s bid for the proposed Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project.

Winthrop Professor Helen Milroy

Australia's first Indigenous psychiatrist wins top international awards

Friday, 14 October 2011

Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at The University of Western Australia, Helen Milroy, has won two international awards in as many months.

Hayden Walker and Dr Estelle Giraud with DNA sequencer

Life on earth to benefit from super-fast DNA sequencer

Friday, 14 October 2011

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