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Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

Medical researcher wins top British award

Monday, 13 June 2016

One of Western Australia’s brightest medical scientists has been recognised with a prestigious award by the British Pharmacological Society.

Aman, Graham and May

Seaweed extract to reduce chemicals in gas and oil production

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are aiming to prevent calcium scale in oil and gas pipelines through the innovative use of an environmentally friendly seaweed extract.

Jodie Palmer

Re'Disc'ulous frisbee talent

Monday, 6 June 2016

UWA student Jodie Palmer is a ninja with a Frisbee.Whilst completing her master’s in exercise science, Jodie also finds time to launch an aerial assault on the Ultimate Frisbee field, an increasingly popular sport at UWA.

Hydrogen gas cloud

Astronomers smash cosmic records to see hydrogen in distant galaxy

Thursday, 2 June 2016

An international team of scientists has pushed the limits of radio astronomy to detect a faint signal emitted by hydrogen gas in a galaxy more than five billion light years away—almost double the previous record.

Professor Varshney

Researchers one step closer to developing non-allergenic 'super' peanuts

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have joined a global research team that have identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans.

Stephan Lund

UWA student announced social worker of the year

Thursday, 2 June 2016

PhD candidate and lecturer Stephan Lund from The University of Western Australia has won two awards at the annual state-wide WA Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Professor Tim Inglis

Researcher wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award funding

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Medical microbiologist Professor Tim Inglis has been awarded US$100,000 (A$138,160) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a screening test that will detect antibiotic resistance and ensure the right antibiotics can be prescribed.

Complex root tips could be the key to helping crops grow

Friday, 27 May 2016

A new study into the seemingly simple tip of a plant root may ultimately decrease our dependence on crop fertilisers to help grow food, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Water droplets on plants

Plants are 'in touch' with the world around them

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The simple act of water droplets landing on a leaf causes an elaborate response inside of plants, scientists at The University of Western Australia have found.

Marijuana

Cannabis use linked to gene mutation

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified that using cannabis can alter a person’s DNA structure, causing mutations which can expose them to serious illnesses, and be passed on to their children and several future generations.

Suburban Sexscapes book cover

Suburban Sexscapes book wins national planning award

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Australia’s first edited book about urban planning and the sex industry has received national recognition from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Professor Richard Hobbs

Ecological Society of America honours UWA ecologist

Monday, 23 May 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Professor Richard Hobbs has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to the field of ecology with Honorary Membership of the prestigious Ecological Society of America.

Andrew Guzzomi

New seed ‘flaming’ technique to help with minesite rehab

Monday, 23 May 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have invented a new technique for ‘flaming’ wild seeds that could allow them to be used more easily in replanting large tracts of land such as reclaimed mine sites.  

Rainbow flag

UWA named top five employer for LGBTI inclusion

Friday, 20 May 2016

The University of Western Australia has been ranked in the top five employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equality Index.

Bristol PhD student Xiaogang Qiang

Researchers test drive a new wave of supercomputers

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have made an exciting breakthrough in advancing a new wave of ‘supercomputers’ by testing an early prototype of a quantum computer.

Child and dog

Kids with dogs or siblings more likely to be independent

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Children with an older sibling and/or a dog are more likely to be allowed to walk around their neighbourhood on their own, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia. 

Placenta

New study pinpoints placenta as treatment target

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A new study from The University of Western Australia has found the placenta may play a more crucial role than previously thought in influencing babies’ health throughout pregnancy and that the organ could be individually targeted for treatment.

In The Zone

WA can do more to ‘feed the zone’

Monday, 16 May 2016

Western Australia can do more to feed the Indo-Pacific zone, according to Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food, Hon Dean Nalder.

In The Zone

New report urges connectivity and innovation for Indo-Pacific agriculture

Monday, 16 May 2016

Increased connectivity, innovation and investment are needed to address agriculture and food security in the Indo-Pacific zone, according to a new report launched by the Perth USAsia Centre at the In the Zone 2016: Feeding the Zone forum in Jakarta today.

In The Zone

Fear and anxiety will compete with hope and success in zone's race for food

Monday, 16 May 2016

Fear and anxiety will compete alongside hope and success in the zone as the Indo-Pacific region reaches new thresholds of population growth and inequality, according to Former Indonesian President His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.