Winthrop Professor Arun Dharmarajan

Putting heads together to cure killer brain tumours

Monday, 12 March 2012

In a world first, Indian and Australian medical scientists are attacking lethal brain tumour stem cells with a naturally occurring protein in a bid to cure an aggressive form of cancer that kills within weeks or months.

Winthrop Professor Paul Flatau

Corporate, investment, non-profits 'crucial' to social policy

Monday, 12 March 2012

The effective interaction of the corporate sector, philanthropists, investors, not-for-profit service delivery agencies (and governments) is increasingly crucial to delivering improved social and community benefits to people across social service areas and those in need, according to Winthrop Professor Paul Flatau, Director of the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia.

Photo:  Ben Miller, Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Plant scientists unlock fire and witchcraft secrets

Friday, 9 March 2012

Witchweeds suck the juices from their host plant while other plants sprout after bushfires and reproduce.  Now a coven of researchers at The University of Western Australia has unlocked the secret of the dark arts that could help to bring the dormant back to life.

Winthrop Professor John Dell (left) and Dr Harold Clough AO

New engineering student centre creates network hub

Friday, 9 March 2012

A new centre for engineering students at The University of Western Australia will provide a modern 24/7 facility for team-based learning and private study in a professional and contemporary environment.

Professor Samina Yasmeen

Champion for tolerance inducted into Hall of Fame

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Professor Samina Yasmeen, The University of Western Australia director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, has been inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame on the centenary of International Women's Day.

Mary Finsterer

International composer re-scores music for Western Australia

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

One of Australia's most original and internationally recognised composers, Mary Finsterer, will present the Australian premiere of her composition Red, Green, Blue at The University of Western Australia School of Music's Callaway Auditorium.

Seminar to examine responses to climate change

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Local, national and international experts will gather in Perth next week to discuss the latest approaches to climate change.

Credit:  David Wachenfeld (Triggerfish Images)

Sawfish: there's biological wi-fi in their weapon

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia in an international collaboration for an aquarium fish collector based in Cairns has uncovered that, contrary to previous assumptions, a sawfish's saw can actually sense electric fields to locate and attack prey.

Unquenchable thirst is sucking Australia dry: expert

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Torrents of underground water from the heart of the Mojave Desert flow into Las Vegas casino waterfalls, fountains, lagoons and wave machines - an example of water use that is sucking America dry, according to one of the world's leading water authorities.

Architectural dreams in augmented reality

Monday, 5 March 2012

Imagine walking inside a beautiful cathedral that exists only in virtual space or inspecting a 3D display home from every angle on a smart phone or digital tablet in the comfort of your home or office.