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Let's make konzo disappear
06
Sep
2016
There is a crippling disease slowly spreading through central and east Africa. It's called konzo and it attacks mainly young women and children, quite suddenly, causing irreversible paralysis of the legs.
01
Sep
2016
A new joint initiative between The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC) will open a new career door for health students.
30
Aug
2016
New research has resolved a mystery over why female fiddler crabs visit and leave many males during mating season, and found the females aren’t just being picky.
Estee Tee, ANU Open Day People's Choice Runner Up
29
Aug
2016
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international competition for higher degree research students. Students talk about what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide.
29
Jul
2016
ANU and the CSIRO have opened a new collaborative research centre to focus on environment, agriculture and global food supplies.
Malaria is transmitted via mosquitoes.
27
Jul
2016
One of the malaria parasite's best weapons against drug treatments turns out to be an Achilles' heel, which could be exploited to cure the deadly disease.
19
Jul
2016
International research led by ANU has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops.
11
Jul
2016
Gradual ocean warming, punctuated by a severe marine heatwave event, has caused the collapse of kelp forest ecosystems along the Western Australian coastline.
lue Mallee leaves in a plantation. The white dots are oil globules. Carsten Kulheim, Author provided
07
Jul
2016
David Kainer and Carsten Kulheim have published an article in The Conversation, which describes how Australia could use the diversity of its naturally occurring eucalypts to develop and sustainably farm variants with high yields of desirable essential oils, for new commercial purposes. 
Setaria leaf 3D image
05
Jul
2016
Scientists from the Centre have recently published their findings in the journal Plant Cell. Read full article here.
30
Jun
2016
Bringing together researchers from a range of fields can help solve complex problems, but research from ANU has found interdisciplinary research is consistently short changed.
14
Jun
2016
A new study into pythons and boas has for the first time found the two groups of snakes evolved independently to share similar traits.
14
Jun
2016
For anyone who has travelled in a developing country and had to make a mad dash to the bathroom, this start-up idea could have been your ultimate saviour.
02
Jun
2016
Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC will help launch a national competition for the best student entrepreneurs from Australia and France on Thursday 2 June. John Rivers (Pogson Lab, PS) is a participant.
02
Jun
2016
Scientists studying the genes that enable tropical butterflies to mimic each other's colourful warning markings have been surprised to find an egg-production gene, cortex, also controls wing colouring.
30
May
2016
A new study has found that many bird species lay their eggs earlier when spring is warmer, but that the timing has no damaging impact on their overall numbers.
19
May
2016
Big isn’t always better when it comes to the size of male genitals. Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have been looking at the breeding habits of fish, to test the theory that bigger genitals make males more attractive or successful in fathering offspring.
Possum in a trap. Image credit: Sam Banks
13
May
2016
RSB researchers have found that possums in New Zealand prefer to eat leaves high in available protein, giving authorities new evidence to help them limit possum damage to New Zealand’s forests.
10
May
2016
Thirty seven years after finishing his honours degree at the University of Wollongong, Professor Robert Furbank has been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree (Doctor of Science) by his former University.
09
May
2016
RSB researchers have found a vital supply route that cancer cells use to obtain their nutrients, in a discovery that could lead to new treatments to stop the growth of tumours.

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