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Moods and the microbiome

Moods and the microbiome

Oliver Pomeroy

September 3, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

A new paper shows that there may be a link between the bacteria in the stomach and anxious and depressive behaviours. The research was conducted at the University College Cork, a leading research institution in Ireland and it focused on the bacteria in the stomach microbiome of rats. Microbiome is...

WA’s first female surveyor general

WA’s first female surveyor general

Kristy Clark, ECU Reporter

August 21, 2017


Filed under News

For the first time in Western Australian history, the Surveyor General role has been awarded to a woman. Dione Bilick will join the historic list of WA Surveyor Generals that includes John Septimus Roe and John Forrest. Bilick has been a long term employee for Landgate and has extensive experience...

R-Rated Science

R-Rated Science

Brooklin Pigg

August 21, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Middle-aged children entered through the doors of Scitech last Saturday and found it transformed into a world of blue and green lights throbbing with techno music for the Adults Only After Dark Science Night. Typically packed with families, the building maintained an atmosphere of curiosity without...

Sitting for extended periods may lead to dementia

Sitting for extended periods may lead to dementia

Andrew Fewster, ECU Reporter

August 14, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

Extended periods of sitting can be detrimental to brain function. This can include potentially increasing the risk of dementia, a recent study by UWA and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has found. The study shows that long periods of inactivity can cause the brain's glucose levels to fall outside...

Perth Pot Plant PhD Study

Perth Pot Plant PhD Study

Kimberley McGivern, Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

Do you love the idea of  owning indoor plants, but can’t even be trusted with a cactus? Then PhD candidate Danica-Lea Larcombe, of ECU, has an offer for you. Ms Larcombe is calling on Perth citizens to participate in her PhD study, that will explore the possible relationships between the microbiota...

Maggot Farms the Future of Environmental Aquaculture

Maggot Farms the Future of Environmental Aquaculture

Paul Van Lieshout Hunt, Reporter

May 30, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Slideshow

A Western Australian company is embracing environmental sustainability by providing fish farmers with a maggot feast as an alternative to current fish food. The company has a focus on environmental sustainability. This year, it has started to produce a new range of fish-food for aquaculture farmers,...

War Vets’ Post-Traumatic Stress Linked to Chronic Illness

War Vets’ Post-Traumatic Stress Linked to Chronic Illness

Kimberley McGivern, Reporter

April 21, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, News, Slideshow

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been linked to 11 chronic illnesses and diseases, according to a world first study into its long-term effects. The study, funded by the Queensland branch of the Returned Serviceman’s League, found PTSD caused an increased risk of developing cardiovascular...

The Key To Ageing Well? Eat Better Food

The Key To Ageing Well? Eat Better Food

Tayla Damir

March 29, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Making simple dietary changes could be the key to ageing healthily, according to University of Sydney research. The University's Nutrition For Healthy Living Coordinator Dr Rosilene Waern, told ECU  “Ageing is linked to a decline in appetite, which leads to lower dietary intake. This then places...

Triangle solved? Blame sinkholes of the sea

Triangle solved? Blame sinkholes of the sea

Tillara Casey, Staff reporter

March 18, 2016


Filed under News

Every year dozens of ships go missing in the sea, but how? Is it the work of aliens or the work of the citizens of the lost city of Atlantis? Well, researchers at the Arctic University of Norway have come up with a theory that may solve this mystery. The research has found that beneath the sea floor...

Returning astronauts bring us closer to Mars

Returning astronauts bring us closer to Mars

Christopher May, Science and Politics editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under News

Astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko have safely returned to Earth after spending just shy of a year in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The 340 Earth-day period in space gives Kelly the record for the longest time spent by a U.S. astronaut in space, while Kornienko is...

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