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Buddhist singing bowls inspire new tandem solar cell design
The shape of a centuries-old Buddhist singing bowl has inspired a Canberra scientist to re-think the way that solar cells are designed to maximize their efficiency.
Interpretative dance coaxes bees into quick decisions on nest sites
Dr James Makinson evicts bees from their homes for a good reason—to figure out how they collectively decide on the next place to live. His research on bee communication and consensus-building has been published ...
How viruses use 'fake' proteins to hide in our cells
Some viruses can hide in our bodies for decades. They make 'fake' human proteins that trick our immune cells into thinking 'everything is awesome', there's nothing to see here.
Strengthening carbon fiber for vehicle use
Lighter-weight, fuel-efficient cars may be closer to reality thanks to Geelong researchers who are giving carbon fibre the gripping power it needs to be able to stand up to impacts from motorists.
Future fuels will come in orange flavour, but researchers have to teach yeast to make it
Queensland researchers are persuading baker's yeast to produce orange-flavoured renewable jet fuel from sugar.
'Tango' between light and mirrors could help find signs of life on Mars
Dr Francis Torres, a physicist at the University of Western Australia, has developed the mirror device at the heart of a new amplifier technology, which uses an interaction between a high-powered laser and ...
Evolution stuck in slime for a billion years
Tasmanian researchers have revealed ancient conditions that almost ended life on Earth, using a new technique they developed to hunt for mineral deposits.
Coral chemicals protect against warming oceans
Australian marine scientists have found the first evidence that coral itself may play an important role in regulating local climate.
Building on mud: When can we start?
A Queensland engineer can now predict how long it takes for reclaimed land to become suitable for development, potentially saving millions of dollars in building costs.
The fastest sperm may not be best
For sea squirts the key to a long and happy life is to be fertilized not by a fast sperm, but by one that stands the test of time, Dr Angela Crean, from the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre at the University ...
Using genes to counter rust
An international study led by a Queensland scientist has found a way to better safeguard an important food crop—and the world's beer supply.
How 'junk DNA' can control cell development
Researchers from the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at Sydney's Centenary Institute have confirmed that, far from being "junk", the 97 per cent of human DNA that does not encode instructions for making proteins can play ...
Tiny fossils link 'old bastard' marsupials to South America and Africa
Two tiny fossils are prompting an overhaul of theories about marsupial evolution after they revealed unexpected links to South America – and possibly Africa.
Electric fishes spark safer power line technology
Melbourne researchers have invented and patented a way of detecting and locating potential electrical faults along large stretches of power line before they occur.
Termites and ants stockpile gold in their mounds, researchers find
(Phys.org)—Australia's smallest and most numerous mining prospectors can show us where new gold deposits are.