Latest news from the region

VOLCANIC eruptions across a vast area of what is now Western Australian and the Northern Territory 510 million years ago caused the first known mass extinction of complex life forms.

ONE of the great scientific surprises in recent times is how an inshore dolphin with a melon shaped head and smiley mouth, was discovered as Australia’s first endemic species of dolphin as recently as 2005.

Published in Fisheries & Water

ABORIGINAL Australians are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke or traumatic brain injury than non-Aboriginal Australians, leading to acquired communications disorders (ACD) – and Edith Cowan University researchers are working to improve their rehabilitation prospects.

Published in Social Science

HUMPBACK whales from WA are mixing with those on the east coast of Australia and are genetically similar despite their breeding grounds being 2500km apart.

Published in Fisheries & Water

INTRODUCED generalist plant viruses from other hosts that encounter native plant species for the first time pose a greater threat to plant biodiversity in southwest Australia than introduced specialist viruses, a recent study found. 

POORER school students and those with a disability require additional support to successfully manage the transition from primary to secondary school, according to a longitudinal study by Curtin University.

Published in Social Science

A GROUP of scientists and pastoralists is trialling a series of measures to modifying cattle grazing behaviour they term “Rangelands Self Shepherding”.

Published in Agriculture & Food

RESEARCHERS have developed an algorithm that can be used to simulate the hour-by-hour power output of both photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal power systems for any location in the south-west corner of Australia.

Published in Energy

SCIENTISTS now have a better understanding of how pygmy blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) migrate into equatorial waters outside the austral summer, thanks to the use of satellite tags.

Published in Fisheries & Water

A PhD candidate and Indigenous rangers are working to train wild goannas to avoid eating toxic cane toads (Bufo marinus).