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.

Glow-in-the-dark geckos light way to farm biodiversity

How tiny reptiles left glowing trails to help ANU researchers investigate animal navigation through farmland.

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Giant manta rays rely on deep sea food sources

Vulnerable manta rays find food in a zone regarded as the next frontier for open ocean fisheries.

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Patching up damaged hearts

A polymer patch that improves the conduction of electrical impulses across damaged heart tissue represents a significant advance in heart attack research.

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Human evolutionary beginnings more complex than previously thought

New research overturns widely held beliefs that almost all vertebrates are descended from placoderms (archaic armoured jawed fish).

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Good goal choice a key to treating depression

Setting positive and achievable goals could help improve treatment for people with clinical depression.

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Sleep can be sexy

More sex is associated with more sleep, and more sleep is associated with more sexual desire, researchers say.

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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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