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'Teapot' nova begins to wane
A star, or nova, has appeared in the constellation of Sagittarius and, even though it is now waning, it is still bright enough to be visible in the sky over Perth through binoculars or a telescope.
Differences over time in the abundance of ant populations
Thirty-seven thousand captured ants tell a story of how after a fire they thrive, leave and return hundreds of years later to areas of the Great Western Woodlands (GWW).
Perth beer dress goes from backyard shed to catwalk
Exactly 75 years after nylon was introduced at the World Fair in New York, a dress created from beer in a Perth backyard shed is set to premiere at the World EXPO 2015 in Milan.
Cooling silos reduces bugs and preserves grain
Cooling stored wheat grain in silos with aeration fans reduces insect propagation and preserves grain quality, according to recent research.
Premature wear on WA roads caused by wet base coat
The lifespan of some West Australian roads has been reduced thanks to the moisture susceptibility of a road construction material, research suggests.
Doppler radar pitched for farmers
Expanded mobile phone coverage and the introduction of Doppler radar are being pushed to overcome critical shortcomings in WA farming regions.
Ryegrass screening method aids farmers
A recently developed risk rating system will aid farmers in determining ryegrass toxicity within their hay paddocks or bales of hay.
Field tests needed to help control feral cats
Local wildlife ecologists have analysed research into feral cat habitat use from around the world in a bid to better manage the pest, which is one of the major threats to biodiversity globally.
Resilient geckos crop up in the northwest of Australia
Research into a type of Fat-tailed gecko (Diplodactylus conspicillatus) in northern Australia has revealed it is not one species but seven.
Wild relatives vital to crop improvement
Wild relatives of the nutritious pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) legume should be more actively collected and conserved as a genetic resource for improving crop yields, research suggests.
Freo leads the pack with greenie gardens
Factors like a sense of community and residents who are 'keeping up with the Jonses' are among complex drivers behind Australian's preferences for European, colonial style gardens over designs using native ...
Territorial overlap led to cognitive advance
The myriad challenges involved in animal groups sharing territory has been shown to be a key driver in the march towards higher intelligence in primates, including humans.
Single gene points to separate bird species
The scarlet robin (Petroica boodang) may be classified into separate eastern and western Australian species following thousands of years of evolution separated by natural geographical barriers including the ...
Cattle parasite found to be widespread
WA researchers have discovered widespread resistance to roundworm treatments across south-west beef cattle farms.
Macroalgae helps to understand marine food webs
Research into macroalgae on WA reefs has revealed relationships between carbon isotope ratios and factors like temperature that may assist in the long-term monitoring of marine food webs.