- A team at EMBL Australia have worked out how the early embryo changes shape and captured it on camera. The research was published in Nature Cell Biology today, 25 November. Photos and video available.
- When golden staph enters our skin it can identify the key immune cells and ‘nuke’ our body’s immune response. Now we know how, thanks to an international research group led by dermatologists from the Centenary Institute and the University of Sydney. A paper was published in Nature Immunology today, 25 November. Photos and video available.
- Our annual Stories of Australian Science magazine highlights the best of the year’s science discoveries, prize-winners and top achievers. Submission are now open: tell your science story to leaders in media, industry, education, government, scientific research and science policy.
Posted on behalf of Rob Robinson, President of the Australian Institute of Physics
The Australian Research Council announced a new grant round on 8 November, and there were of course winners and losers in this process. I congratulate those in physics who’ve been successful, and particularly the three AIP members who received Australian Laureate Fellowships in July this year.
Earlier in the year I congratulated Lloyd Hollenberg for receiving the 2012 Walter Boas Medal but, as is the tradition, I don’t actually hand it over to him until he delivers a lecture on his work at a Victorian Branch meeting. So his talk on 5 December is a good opportunity to hear more about what he’s been up to. Another chance is at this weekend’s Science, Technology and the Future Conference at RMIT University, where Lloyd will be presenting alongside people like Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty.
Free and available online now for the four million Australians with hearing loss
It’s taken 70 years to invent a better hearing test. That’s how long we’ve been using the classic ‘beep’ audiology test, first developed to assess returned soldiers from WW2.
A team of Melbourne researchers has now created a new test that uses real words, not tones. You can do the test yourself at home or work and obtain an immediate, easily understood interpretation of the results. If you need a hearing aid they can send you one within days that is the equal of the best hearing aid, but for a fraction of the cost.
- your first hug revealed by Monash researchers
- what happens when golden staph penetrates our skin – a Centenary/University of Sydney-led discovery
Tomorrow morning at 10.30 am:
Invented in Melbourne, it’s needed to reach the four million Australians whose quality of life is dropping because they’re losing contact with family, co-workers and the community.
Captured on camera, published in Nature Cell Biology
Images and video available.
When you were an embryo, just 8-cells large, your eight roundish cells did something they had never done before – something that would determine whether you survived or failed. They changed their shape.
The cells became elongated and compacted against each other, before returning to their rounded shape and dividing again and again.
It may seem simple enough, but this shaping process of cell elongation and compaction is essential for embryo success. When compaction does not occur, embryos tend not to survive. And the timing of compaction has been linked to success in IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatments.
A ringside seat in the war against infection
Images and video available
When golden staph enters our skin it can identify the key immune cells and ‘nuke’ our body’s immune response.
Now we know how, thanks to an international research group led by dermatologists from the Centenary Institute and the University of Sydney.
Using state-of-the art microscopy techniques, the team identified the key immune cells that orchestrate the body’s defenders against invading golden staph, and also how the bacteria can target and destroy these cells, circumventing the body’s immune response.
The Inspiring Australia family has gotten a bit bigger and noisier, with the launch of the new opinion and discussion website, No Funny Business.
This site was created by the Australian Science Communicators and ScienceRewired, with articles provided by Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU, but it belongs to the science engagement community as a place to share views and ideas on how we do our jobs. So head on over and make your voice heard!