How clever

Knowledge and ideas are now Australia’s most precious commodities. They save lives, generate new jobs and industries, help us compete with the rest of the world and set us on a path for a prosperous future.

Here are some of the latest examples of how our universities are keeping Australia clever.

Microplastics leave fish unfazed, but human health risk remains

While pollutant-coated microplastics can accumulate in fish, the ingestion of these pollutants does not appear to influence their behaviour.

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New evidence shows how solar system formed

New computer models and evidence from meteorites show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system

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Young people feel unsafe in residential care

Drastic changes needed to protect children in residential care from physical threats, sexual harm, bullying and harassment.

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Nitrogen a key driver for gut health

Scientists come one step closer to understanding the link between different diet strategies and gut health.

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High intensity interval training helps post-cancer fatigue

Contrary to previous medical advice, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the type of exercise most beneficial to cancer survivors.

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Program lowers rate of premature births

The rate of premature birth in Western Australia is the lowest it has been in six years, thanks to a university-led preterm birth prevention program.

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We need to maintain funding

If we want to continue to support ideas that save lives, generate new jobs and industries and compete with the rest of the world; we need to continue to invest in research, innovation and higher education.

That’s exactly what other smart nations are doing. If we don’t make a similar investment, Australia will never reach its full potential.

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