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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.