Stories of Australian Science

We occasionally publish storybooks covering Australian science and Australian research collaborations. You can view our storybooks website here

Stories of Australian Science is a magazine-style collection to designed to illustrate the diversity of Australian science. View the Stories of Australian Science website here.

Stories of Australian Astronomy is a magazine-style collection designed to illustrate the diversity of astronomy research in Australia. View the Stories of Australian Astronomy website here.

We also helped the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research by compiling stories highlighting Australia-China research collaboration. Read more here.

Radar-in-a-suitcase makes bridges safer

Assessing ageing bridges just got safer and easier, thanks to a high-tech radar device that fits inside a suitcase.

Developed by Dr Lihai Zhang of The University of Melbourne as part of a collaborative research project supported by The Australia-Indonesia Centre, the IBIS-S radar technology can scan a bridge in 15 minutes from a kilometre away with an accuracy of 0.01mm, quickly assessing its condition and stability.

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Australia’s Nobel Prize winner, the Square Kilometre Array and more – stories of Australian Science 2012 out now

Our latest collection, Stories of Australian Science 2012is now online here.

In the past year Australian science has continued to come of age on the global stage.

Brian Schmidt won a Nobel Prize, Australia won part of the $2 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope and Australians continue to add to the leadership and ranks of the most prestigious and productive research groups across the planet.

In this collection, you’ll learn about: the winners of major science prizes, the work of Australian science institutions, Australia’s connection to the 2012 announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle and much more.

Australia's Nobel Prize winner, the Square Kilometre Array and more – stories of Australian Science 2012 out now

Our latest collection, Stories of Australian Science 2012is now online here.

In the past year Australian science has continued to come of age on the global stage.

Brian Schmidt won a Nobel Prize, Australia won part of the $2 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope and Australians continue to add to the leadership and ranks of the most prestigious and productive research groups across the planet.

In this collection, you’ll learn about: the winners of major science prizes, the work of Australian science institutions, Australia’s connection to the 2012 announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle and much more.

Stories of Australian Science 2012

Call for stories open until 1 June 2012.

We are gathering stories for our next magazine collection and online showcase of Australian science — Stories of Australian Science 2012.

We’ll publish online by 30 June, in print by 31 July, and distribute them to our contacts in Australia and overseas. We’ll also present them to guests at the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science dinner in October.
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Oz research of note, 16 January, 2012

A fly named in honour of Beyoncé; plum extracts as food preservatives; and the crucial role of social media during the 2011 Queensland floods are just some of the interesting stories that emerged from Australian research published in the last week. Find over a dozen other stories below.

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Oz research of note, 9 January, 2012

A friendly sugar to fight diabetes; wires just four atoms wide; and debunking the “famous and dead at 27” curse are just some of the interesting stories that emerged from Australian research published in the last week. Find other stories below.

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Oz research of note, 18 December, 2011

A new test for tracking the spread of breast cancer; Canberra astronomers may have calculated a sweet spot for Martian life; and a microscope that can watch living cells being infected are just some of the interesting stories that emerged from Australian research published in the last week. Find over a dozen other stories below.

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Oz research of note, 11 December, 2011

A new sugar that could prevent heart disease; an Alzheimer’s vaccine that cures the memory of mice; real Star Wars bacteria and robot aircraft that copy insects are just some of the interesting stories that emerged from Australian research published in the last week. Find over a dozen other stories below.

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Oz research of note, 4 December, 2011

Eggs that talk to each other, the stressed hearts of the broken-hearted and online chat fighting depression are just some of the interesting stories that emerged from Australian research published in the last week.  Find over a dozen other stories below.

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Oz research of note, 27 November, 2011

Tools once used just to diagnose human diseases are being used to save coral reefs; depression patients will be able to monitor their mental health using a computer and a bodybuilder’s health supplement could be the key to treating a life-threatening muscular dystrophy affecting hundreds of Australian children.

These are just some of the interesting stories that emerged from Australian research published in the last week.  Find over a dozen other stories below.

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Bionic pioneer, Menzies scholars and Australian research of note

Here’s a rundown on some stories this week, plus our weekly overview on what we saw last week that you may have missed.

Tonight, Graeme Clark, inventor of Australia’s bionic ear will be announced as the winner of the $50,000 CSL Florey Medal (note: announcement embargoed until 5pm Melbourne time).

On Tuesday, the National Press Excellence in Health Journalism awards will be held at the National Press Club – Melbourne film-maker Sonya Pemberton has been short-listed.

On Wednesday, Blamey & Saunders Hearing (formerly Australia Hears) officially launches its new office and new name.

For 30 years the Menzies Foundation has been awarding scholarships to graduates in the health sciences, engineering, law and the humanities.

The 2011 Menzies Memorial Scholars will be announced on Thursday – more information closer to the date.

And in case you missed any Australian research of note, read here.

Science prize announcements; memory test for dementia; insulin without needles and more…

This week I’ve got a couple of media alerts and some stories you may have missed from last week – things that we saw and liked. This week it includes: insulin without needles; a memory test for dementia risk; vitamin B reduces work stress and more.

Next Monday we will announce the $50,000 CSL Florey Medal. Previous winners include Ian Frazer and Nobel Laureates Barry Marshall and Robin Warren.

We’ll be releasing information on embargo later in the week, if you’d like to receive a heads-up, give me a call on 0417 131 977.

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Starving cancer and other stories

Prostate cancers are made up of hungry, growing cells. Now we’ve discovered how to cut off their food supply thanks to a study published in Cancer Research and supported by Movember. More below.

Also Australian science discoveries you may have missed from the past week.

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Born from astronomy…Creating a future with astronomy

In 1768 the British Admiralty sent Captain James Cook to the Pacific to monitor the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun. On his way home to England, Cook mapped Australia’s east coast, and claimed New South Wales.

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Stories of Australian Science 2011 now open

We’ve opened submissions for Stories of Australian Science 2011 –our third edition of this magazine style collection of science stories.

We’ve also included a reminder of the closing dates for L’Oréal’s For Women In Science Fellowships, the PM’s Prizes and Eureka Prizes, and a brief mention of The Conversation – another way of getting your ideas to a national audience.

Our collection of Stories of Australian Science 2011 will put your research and researchers in front of hundreds of science journalists who came to Melbourne in 2007, including reporters from Nature, Scientific American, Science News, Reuters, BBC, China Daily, Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
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