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Will discovers variable star

Will Stamp discovered a star 300 times the size of Earth using his home computer, and time on a fully automated telescope at Siding Springs NSW gained with support from the Astronomical Society of Victoria. He analysed patterns in star light fluctuation and discovered a variable star. 

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JMSS Graduate involved in Gravitational Wave discovery

Chris Whittle, JMSS graduating class of 2012, is excited to be involved in the first and second detections of gravitational waves.

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Cosmic dust reveals Earth’s ancient atmosphere

Using the oldest fossil micrometeorites – space dust – ever found, Monash University-led research has made a surprising discovery about the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago.

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Underground Physics Lab in Stawell

An underground lab in an old goldmine in Stawell (regional Victoria) will research dark matter.

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Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Excitement at the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO collaboration (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) is shared by many scientists around the world, including Monash University.

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Bionic Eye

Many people who are blind or vision impaired have damaged optical nerves, which prevent signals reaching the brain. Monash Vision Group aims to restore a sense of sight by transmitting wireless signals directly to an implant in the brain.

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Trigger for Volcanic Eruptions Discovered Using Jelly and Lasers

Scientists have made an important step towards understanding how volcanic eruptions happen, after identifying a previously unrecognised potential trigger. The findings – from the team of researchers from Monash University, and the Universities of Liverpool (UK) and Newcastle (Australia) – could lead to new ways of interpreting signs of volcanic unrest measured by satellites and surface observations.

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New pathways to prevent blindness

Scientists have made a major discovery detailing how areas of the brain responsible for vision could potentially adapt to injury or trauma and ultimately prevent blindness.

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Science Funding

'This is just insanity': four Nobel laureates let fly over Australian science funding, including Elizabeth Blackburn and Peter Doherty. Story from the SMH and Australian Financial Review.

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Brain Box videos

The Australian Academy of Science has a series of videos so you can get to know the wonderful brains behind the science.

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Science Blogs

Looking for some Science Blogs? Here is a list compiled by the Australian Science Communicators

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3D-printed titanium implant

CSIRO and Victorian-based biotech company Anatomics build a heel implant made of titanium using 3D printing. Lee Chandler has had the artifical heel bone in place for 3 months with the help of Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer of the heel bone.

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A whole organ has been grown inside an animal for the first time

Scientists have grown an important immune system organ from scratch inside a mouse, a breakthrough that could lead to alternatives to organ transplants in humans.

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NASA May Put a Greenhouse on the Red Planet

Growing plants in space, on the moon or on Mars.

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LEGO Reveals Female Scientist Minifigures

The set includes three scientists: a paleontologist, a chemist, and an astronomer, along with instruments or examples of their work. 

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Science Videos

Check out some incredible science videos such as Felix Baumgartner's jump from "the edge of space" almost 39 kilomteres up from the Earth's surface (most skydivers dive from around 4.2 kilometres).

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How To See Without Glasses

Watch a short video about how to see clearly without glasses.

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If All The Ice Melted

National Geographic feature showing world coastlines if all the ice in the world melted, resulting in sea levels rising 65.8 metres.

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New insight into coeliac disease

By visualising interactions at a sub-molecular level, scientists have gained new insights into what triggers this increasingly common disease, boosting hopes for treatment.

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New thermocell could harvest 'waste heat'

Harvesting waste heat from power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity.

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This week in science

What we're getting excited about this week, including the molecular trigger for Alzheimer's disease identified.

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In medical first, a baby with HIV is deemed cured

Doctors announced on Sunday that a baby had been cured of an HIV infection for the first time, a startling development that could change how infected newborns are treated and sharply reduce the number of children living with the virus that causes AIDS.

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IVF children grow into healthy adults

A study into teenagers and young adults shows promising evidence that there were no apparent substantial negative long-term health and wellbeing effects on the young adults when IVF and assisted reproductive technologies were used to conceive.

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This week in Science - 29 Sep 2013

Check out a summary of science news from "Science is Awesome" facebook page

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