Tag Archives: Australian National University

Gift of the gab helps plants beat drought

Gift of the gab helps plants beat drought

Researchers from The Australian National University have discovered a new cellular communication process used by plants to respond to drought. The team, led by Dr Gonzalo Estavillo and Professor Barry Pogson in the ANU Research School of Biology, examined a small, rapid-growing plant called, a relative of canola. The researchers discovered evidence of a process … learn more→

Internet interventions help beat depression

Internet interventions help beat depression

A new study from The Australian National University shows that online therapy programs can play a major and long-lasting role in treating depression. Dr Lou Farrer, from the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR), trialled the effectiveness of online programs MoodGYM and BluePages when used in conjunction with telephone counselling services provided by Lifeline. … learn more→

Giving up driving not all that bad

Giving up driving not all that bad

Older people who give up driving report positive life impacts and say it’s not all doom and gloom, according to new research by PhD student Sarah Walker from The Australian National University. The study looked at the lived experiences of nearly 40 volunteers above retirement age who had ceased driving. Ms Walker said previous research … learn more→

Plate shapes may hold secrets to earthquakes

Plate shapes may hold secrets to earthquakes

A new study from The Australian National University has brought scientists a step closer to finding out how earthquakes happen. Dr Giampiero Iaffaldano from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences and colleagues in Italy and Germany used simple but innovative laboratory models to examine the forces behind the movement of plates in the Earth’s … learn more→

Researchers reveal baby-killer birds

Researchers reveal baby-killer birds

The mysterious behaviour of female Eclectus parrots killing their sons immediately after they hatch has been unravelled by a team of researchers from the Australian National University. In a paper published online in Current Biology this month, the team from the Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Research School of Biology describe the … learn more→

Professor Brian Schmid wins the Nobel Prize for Physics

Professor Brian Schmid wins the Nobel Prize for Physics

Brian Schmidt is a Laureate Fellow at The Australian National University’s Mount Stromlo Observatory. Brian was raised in Montana and Alaska, USA, and received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1989. Under the supervision of Robert Kirshner, he completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard … learn more→

Shrub reveals the secret of climate change

Shrub reveals the secret of climate change

In an Australian first, scientists from The Australian National University and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have uncovered a new way of identifying 300 years of climatic changes in the Australian Alps by looking at the growth rings of a sturdy, long-lived alpine shrub. Mountain plum pine is found in the incredibly harsh … learn more→

9/11 images could traumatise children

9/11 images could traumatise children

Children who are subjected to disturbing images replayed as part of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks risk being traumatised, according to an expert from The Australian National University. Chair of the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network at ANU Professor Beverley Raphael said the repeated pictures of falling … learn more→