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Supercharged antibiotics could fight superbugs
A drug supercharged by University of Queensland researchers has emerged as a new antibiotic that could destroy some of the world’s most dangerous superbugs. The supercharge technique , led by Dr Mark Blaskovich and Professor Matt Cooper from UQ’s IMB, potentially could revitalise other antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria – superbugs – cause 700,000 deaths worldwide each year, and a UK government review has...
Nanopatch is highly effective against polio virus
Efforts to rid the world of polio have taken another significant step, thanks to research led by University of Queensland bioscience experts and funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO). A fresh study of the Nanopatch – a microscopic vaccine delivery platform first developed by UQ researchers - has shown the device more effectively combats poliovirus than needles and syringes.
Gene therapy could ‘switch off’ severe allergies
A single treatment giving life-long protection from severe allergies such as asthma could be made possible by immunology research at The University of Queensland. A team led by Associate Professor Ray Steptoe at the UQ Diamantina Institute has been able to ‘turn-off’ the immune response which causes allergic reaction in animals. “When someone has an allergy or asthma flare-up, the symptoms they experience results from ...
'Beating' human heart muscle assists cardiac research
Scientists at The University of Queensland have taken a significant step forward in cardiac disease research by creating a functional 'beating' human heart muscle from stem cells. Dr James Hudson and Dr Enzo Porrello from the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences collaborated with German researchers to create models of human heart tissue in the laboratory so they can study cardiac biology and diseases 'in a dish'.
Next-gen steel under the microscope
Next-gen steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist. The work could overcome the problem of hydrogen alloy embrittlement that has led to catastrophic failures in major engineering and building projects. UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis Director Professor Roger Wepf said the problem had been recognised for almost 140 years.
Green method could unlock bauxite deposits
North Queensland has some of Earth's largest known bauxite deposits, but their potential has largely remained locked in the ground, until now. A University of Queensland researcher has collaborated with global mining company Rio Tinto to investigate a way to process bauxite which adds value to the ore and significantly reduces the mine's environmental impact.
Study improves next-gen ultra-precise sensing technology
The mining, navigation, minerals exploration and environmental hydrology sectors are set to benefit from University of Queensland research into quantum technology. UQ School of Mathematics and Physics theoretical physicist Dr Simon Haine has demonstrated a technique that can be universally applied to theoretical calculations of matter-wave dynamics and used to improve the sensitivity of measurement devices.
Converting biogas into electricity
A University of Queensland researcher has turned waste into power, partnering with Queensland Urban Utilities to convert biogas into electricity. The UQ Advanced Water Management Centre's Dr Shihu Hu has been researching at Queensland's largest wastewater treatment facility, at Brisbane's Luggage Point. "The site gives me unlimited access to free samples, with about 60 Olympic swimming pools of waste arriving every day," he said.
Using laser light to cool a quantum liquid
Australian researchers from The University of Queensland have, for the first time, used laser light to cool a special form of quantum liquid, called a superfluid. Lasers are widely used to cool gases and solid objects, but have never before been applied to cool a quantum liquid. The findings were released today in the journal Nature Physics. Superfluids are quantum liquids with a strange property - much like electrical current...
World temperature could rise rapidly by 2020
Global warming could occur more quickly than expected, according to a new model by University of Queensland and Griffith University researchers. The model is the first to include 'energy use per person' as a predictive factor rather than focusing solely on economies or populations. It forecasts that population and economic growth combined with rising energy use per person could significantly increase global energy demand and CO2 emissions, causin...
Ultrasound destroys Alzheimer's plaques in mice
Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory in mice with an Alzheimer's model. University of Queensland researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline.