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Billion-dollar research facilities on verge of closure without promised funds

The Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips March 5, 2015

In the early days of flight MH370’s disappearance the search focused on areas of ocean off the West Australian coast where authorities suspected the plane may have crashed. They asked scientists for models of ocean currents to predict where debris may have floated. Some of the most up-to-date information came from observing equipment floating in the area, part of Australia’s ocean surveillance system known as the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).
Despite the value of IMOS’s data to this search and rescue effort, but also to climate researchers, the fishing, oil and tourism industries and the Defence Force, a political stalemate may shut it down by June 30, leaving $35 million of ocean equipment decommissioned or abandoned in oceans.

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The words that make a successful research grant application

The Conversation Owen Churches 27 February 2015

I thought we would have a look at the successful grants from the last six years to see what they said in their project summary. This not only reflects the nature of the research that was proposed but also the way the applicants talked about that research.  To do this, I extracted the project summaries of successful applications for Discovery Projects between 2010 and 2016 from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and parsed them to find the frequency of each word. I then removed some basic stop words and graphed the results.

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Heart transplant pioneer sounds ‘scientific banana republic’ warning over research cuts

ABC News Louise Crealy 19 Feb., 2015

One of the country’s leading scientists says funding cuts are putting the future of medical research in Australia at risk of a slump that could take decades to reverse.
Professor Robert Graham from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute said Australia could become a “scientific banana republic” if more money was not pumped into research.

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Needle-less Nanopatch vaccine ready for human trials

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco February 11, 2015

Brisbane-based researchers hope to start human trials this year on a needle-less patch with the potential to transform vaccination, thanks to a $25 million funding boost.
The company behind the tiny Nanopatch aims to revolutionise vaccination by tackling three of the main difficulties with the process.
Most simply, instead of a needle it uses thousands of microscopic points to inject vaccines directly into immune cells in the skin, removing a barrier for an estimated 10 per cent of the population with needle phobia.

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Scientists call for antibody ‘bar code’ system to follow Human Genome Project

(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory 4 February 2015) More than 100 researchers from around the world have collaborated to craft a request that could fundamentally alter how the antibodies used in research are identified, a project potentially on the scale of the now-completed Human Genome Project.

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Too many researchers in pool

The Australian 9 February 2015

AUSTRALIA is facing a glut of highly trained medical researchers seeking to build careers for which there are too few grants.

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Adelaide researchers take major step towards new antibiotics which could treat golden staph

ABC News Simon Santow 5 Feb. 2015

Researchers in Adelaide are a step closer to developing antibiotics which could be used to treat drug-resistant bacteria such as golden staph.
The accidental discovery of new compounds led researchers to the development of the new antibiotic.
Dr Ramiz Boulos from Flinders University said it was an exciting development not only for local researchers, but the “chemistry world”.

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