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Job insecurity is driving the best and brightest out of medical research

Brisbane Times Anna Patty April 29 2016

Darren Saunders was developing a cure for pancreatic cancer when he gave up his medical research job to find one that was more secure.
The constant stress of going from contract to contract each year and spending precious time applying for research grants finally took its toll.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/federal-budget/job-insecurity-is-driving-the-best-and-brightest-out-of-medical-research-20160427-gog9hh.html

MRPSA Report link: http://www.professionalsaustralia.org.au/mri/wp-content/uploads/sites/70/2016/04/Best-and-Brightest-Advancing-Medical-Research.pdf

Australia produces $30 billion worth of ‘grey literature’ that we can’t read

Brisbane Times Timothy McCallum April 28 2016

Australia spends more than $30 billion a year on projects which produce “grey literature” – documents which are produced by government departments, academic institutions, private companies and more. But despite all this effort, Australia lacks a standardised mechanism to curate and freely distribute grey literature.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/public-service/australia-produces-30-billion-worth-of-grey-literature-that-we-cant-read-20160428-gogx8o.html

Upside-down jellyfish new tool in mopping up industrial pollution

ABC News David Chen 27 April 2016

Jellyfish could play a major role in cleaning up industrial pollution, thanks to the work of researchers in north Queensland.
Scientists from James Cook University tested the ability of the Cassiopea maremetens, also known as the the upside-down jellyfish, to absorb metals including copper and zinc.
Lead author Hannah Epstein said they found the jellyfish could be used to suck in the metals for a short period of time.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/upside-down-jellyfish-tool-industrial-polllution-queensland/7362266

Journal article abstract: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16301539

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North Queensland mosquito trial success brings hope in fight against dengue, Zika

ABC News Nathalie Fernbach with Paula Tapiolas 27 April 2016

A research project which aims to stop mosquito transmission of the dengue virus is reporting excellent results 18 months in to their first large scale trial in north Queensland.
The city-wide trial in Townsville is being conducted by the Eliminate Dengue group who had previously conducted smaller trials in Cairns, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brazil.
The program introduces the Wolbachia bacterium, which naturally occurs in many insect species, to the Aedes aegypti mosquito population.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/dengue-mosquito-trial-success-in-townsville/7363798

Qld scientists uncover new cancer hope

News.com.au Shae McDonald AAP April 28, 2016

Queensland scientists have discovered a way to slow the growth and spread of many of the most common forms of the disease.
Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane announced on Thursday they had found an antibody that inhibits the spread of melanoma, lung, breast and prostate cancer cells.
In laboratory tests the antibody activated immune cells that attacked cancer cells.
Professor Mark Smyth, who led the study, said cancer cells had previously been camouflaged by a protein that sat on the surface of the immune cells.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/qld-scientists-find-way-to-slow-cancers/news-story/612d532579d7b0fb8404598900639fcc

Cancer Discovery journal abstract: http://cancerdiscovery.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/19/2159-8290.CD-15-0944.abstract

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Researchers discover benefits of freedom to fail in the cloud

The Australian 26 April 2016

Australia’s researchers are taking a leaf out of the playbook of tech-savvy start-ups in leveraging cloud computing services to crunch vast volumes of data and co-ordinate the efforts of scientists across the globe.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/researchers-discover-benefits-of-freedom-to-fail-in-the-cloud/news-story/4fc3929493d5c4be0da048a37e2d0f51

CSIRO changes like putting bandaid over gaping wound, scientist says

ABC News 27 April 2016

Senior scientists have warned that despite the creation of a new CSIRO climate research in Hobart, Australia is still facing a major reduction in its climate research efforts.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-26/csiro-scientists-dismiss-climate-change-centre-as-face-saving/7357900