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Smartphones and PDA's may add to toxic substance exposure
Lifestyle factors including breastfeeding and diet may impact on expecting mothers' exposure to persistent toxic substances (PTS) including metals commonly found in electronic devices, according to a study into environmental ...
Kings Park reptiles resilient in face of fire
Kings Park's reptile population has overcome 20 years of bushfire, urbanisation and feral predation to maintain similar species diversity to that recorded in 1995.
Rehabilitation plant unmasked as common saltbush
Scientists investigating the genetic status of the land rehabilitation and fodder plant eyres green saltbush (Chenopodioideae) have revealed that it is in fact the common shrub old man saltbush (Atriplex nummularia).
Plant growth boosted by 400 million year old communication system
Local scientists have discovered an ancient protein in modern-day plants that stimulates germination and, if developed, could give farmers more control over seedling growth.
Plant breeders take a leaf from livestock playbook
In what is being called a global first, UWA scientists have developed a way of breeding the best crop varieties similar to how quality livestock has been produced in the past.
Fishing catch research pinpoints best assessment method
Edith Cowan University researchers are working on tools to improve future fishing management and conservation by developing effective geostatistical methods with which to model the spatial distributions of recreational fishing ...
El Nino to bring cool relief to Western Australian waters
The widely publicised El Niño weather pattern set to cause dire warming conditions in eastern Australia this year is expected to have the opposite effect on WA waters.
Cameras aid in monitoring Fremantle dolphin movements
Cameras are more effective than field personnel at collecting long-term data on marine animals in the ocean, according to a WA study on dolphin movements.
Fire-wise Hakea's invest in larger, fewer seeds
Some of the south-west's iconic Hakea plants that are able to survive bushfires are more likely to have bigger, fewer seeds than those killed by flames, researchers have discovered.
Review uncovers favourite rock shelter hangouts
Archaeologists studying data from excavations around Fortescue Metals Group's Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines say some Pilbara rock shelters were far more important to early humans than previously thought.