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'Inoculation' messages prevent spread of fake news

Monday, 8 May 2017

An international team of researchers has demonstrated how people can be ‘inoculated’ against misinformation and fake news on topical issues such as climate change.

Marilyn Bromberg

Ban on underweight models won’t fix body image issues

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Government bans on underweight models won’t be sufficient to tackle poor body image, according to a Body Image Law expert from the UWA Law School.

Professor Martyn French, Dr Laila Abudulai and Dr Sonia Fernandez

Study reveals new insight into susceptibility to pneumonia

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A new research study of immune responses to pneumococcal vaccines, commonly given to people with compromised immune systems, young children and people over 65, has identified a type of immune cell which is important in generating antibodies that prevent people from developing pneumococcal pneumonia.

Homeless

New ways of funding essential to adequately support the homeless

Friday, 28 April 2017

Australia’s services to support the homeless are overwhelmingly unable to meet client demand, according to new research from the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA).

Prof Guijun Yan, Prof Jacqui Batley, Prof Dave Edwards and Dr Helen Liu

UWA’s international partnership to enhance global wheat yields

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The University of Western Australia has been awarded a major grant to improve wheat production, in response to rising global demand for food in a changing and variable climate.

The Australian Government will invest $995,724 for this four year project, with an additional $1,552,081 contributed by global partners.

Australia Day underwater speakers a success for RiverLab team

Monday, 24 April 2017

Researchers from UWA’s FutureLab RiverLab team combined science with entertainment on Australia Day in an attempt to explore links between neuroscience and biology.

The team set up a series of underwater speakers at Matilda Bay to allow revellers the chance to listen to music while swimming in the Swan River during Australia Day celebrations.

The music played through 135-Watt Clark Synthesis underwater speakers between the pontoons in Matilda Bay between 3 and 4pm, playing Triple J’s Hottest 100 and other music.

Dr Owen Duncan

Wheat genome decoded to enhance food security

Thursday, 20 April 2017

University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology have published the most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome as part of a United Kingdom-led consortium. The new sequencing of the bread wheat genome, led by the Earlham Institute, identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits.

Reef sharks

Declines in sharks drive 'fatter' fish

Thursday, 20 April 2017

New research from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) suggests that reef fishes eat differently when sharks are around.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

Josh Izaac with Prof Jingbo Wang

UWA advances in race to develop quantum computer

Thursday, 6 April 2017

In our fast-paced world where quicker computer search engine speeds are like gold, an international research team that includes UWA scientists has identified a way to analyse information quicker than ever before.