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Power
24th January 2020
Lithium sulphur batteries extend electric vehicles' range

  Researchers at Monash University, Australia, have replaced lithium-ion batteries with lithium suphur (Li-S) ones to increase the longevity of batteries in mobile phones and the range of electric vehicles (EVs).

Medical
22nd February 2018
Better drugs to tackle diabetes and obesity

Breakthrough research at Monash University has shown how different areas of major diabetes and obesity drug targets can be ‘activated’, guiding future drug development and better treatment of diseases. Monash researchers have identified specific areas within a key drug target, GLP-1R, that interact differently in response to the natural hormone and potential drugs, leading to differential effects in preclinical disease models.

Medical
1st June 2017
Drug delivery strategy can block pain within the nerve cells

Researchers from Monash University have developed a new drug delivery strategy able to block pain within the nerve cells, in what could be a major development of an immediate and long lasting treatment for pain. More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and this figure is expected to grow, driven by the increased life expectancy, increasing incidence of diabetes and cancer, combined with better survival rates, often leaving pa...

Aerospace & Defence
22nd May 2017
Latest gravitational wave characteristics uncovered

Monash researchers have identified a concept - 'orphan memory' - which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime is called 'gravitational waves.'

Renewables
17th March 2016
Drones revolutionise ecological monitoring

  New Monash University research has paved the way for drones to revolutionise ecological monitoring. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the research found that drones are much more precise at monitoring the size of seabird colonies in tropical and polar environments than more traditional ground counts.

Renewables
10th March 2016
Graphene filter could solve water crisis

A new type of graphene-based filter could be the key to managing the global water crisis, a study has revealed. The new graphene filter, which has been developed by Monash University and the University of Kentucky, allows water and other liquids to be filtered nine times faster than the current leading commercial filter. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, lack of access to safe, clean water is the biggest risk to society...

Analysis
15th February 2016
Graphene reveals insights into nanoionics

Until now, the phenomenon of nanoscale ionic transport has remained a mystery to researchers. Latest research from the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (MCATM) at Monash University has now revealed a new, inexpensive and reliable method for studying the way ions move through tiny, nanosized channels. This research could hold the key to applications such as high-power energy storage, efficient desalination, and bioelectronics such as mo...

Medical
18th December 2015
Bionic eyes can ‘cure’ blindness

A team of Australian researchers from Monash University are developing “bionic” eyes that have no need for the ocular system itself. In an attempt to restore some semblance of sight to the blind, researchers are working on a system that requires 11 small tiles to be implanted into various parts of the brain that receive and process signals related to visual stimuli.

Renewables
21st August 2015
Solar fuel generating device sets record

Researchers at Monash University have designed a solar fuel generating device that has established a record in energy efficiency for the production of solar fuels. The device can produce hydrogen fuel at 22% energy efficiency, breaking the previous record of 18%. Lead researcher Professor Leone Spiccia, School of Chemistry, Monash explained that the process of hydrolysis generates hydrogen and oxygen by passing an electric current through wa...

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