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Using quantum mechanics to unlock the secrets of coral

By • July 27th, 2018

Biomineralisation is one of the most important processes for mineral formation in the natural world – taking place in everything from coral reefs to bones and teeth in the human body. One of the most widespread of these minerals is calcium carbonate. Despite being so prevalent, relatively little is known about the formation of thesemore…

When Atoms Collide

By • June 20th, 2018

Our existence, as well as our ability to touch and interact with the universe around us, is governed by the collisions of atoms and molecules. The constant jostling and vibrating of these particles give us heat, light, and life. Professor Igor Bray and his team at Curtin University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy are usingmore…

Protecting Perth’s Aquifers

By • February 8th, 2018

One of Australia’s most important – and sometimes most tumultuous – relationships with the natural environment is between the public and its water. In the south west of Western Australia in particular, delivering enough fresh water for a growing population is a pressing challenge when the conditions are drier than ever due to less annualmore…

Uncovering endangered species DNA in Traditional Chinese Medicine

By • November 9th, 2016

In a project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Professor Michael Bunce and his team at the Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory at Curtin University are at the forefront of harnessing the power of DNA sequencing technologies across a variety of applications from human health to conservation. This innovative projectmore…

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