Next time you lie on a beach, think about the sand underneath you having to ‘hold its breath’. As weird as it sounds, Monash University researchers discovered that sand on a Melbourne beach can breathe and ferment like yeast. Even stranger? The discovery could have implications for the biofuels industry. Now that’s clever. #keepitclever

Scientists discover how sand ‘holds its breath’
Since the 1960s, hundreds of dugongs have died off Australia’s coastline. Thanks to a team from James Cook University, we now know why. That means we can stop it from happening all over again… #keepitclever

Migration patterns explain shark net dugong deaths
Got a sore tooth? You might be one of the hundreds of thousands of Australians who need dental implants. The good news is these could soon be safer and cheaper, thanks to new Griffith University cutting-edge technology. #keepitclever

Cheaper and safer dental implants through nanotechnology
As it turns out, the people who care for us aren’t getting the same kind of care in return. One third of nurses and midwives find the job so stressful that they are thinking about leaving. Research by Curtin University and Monash University points to serious workforce shortages on the horizon. #keepitclever

One third of nurses and midwives want to leave
These revolutionary solar cells are flexible, cheap to produce and could even be sprayed on to buildings. And the best part of all? Australia is leading the world by making them work at record efficiency. Clever work UNSW (The University of New South Wales)! #keepitclever

Revolutionary solar cells hit new world efficiency record
Could Queensland save koalas’ lives by adopting daylight saving? Researchers at The University of Queensland - UQ say yes. #keepitclever

Daylight saving could help koala conservation
Want to know which sports could save your life? The researchers at the University of Sydney have got you covered. #keepitclever

The sports that could save your life
It’s is the most common cancer in women in Australia. But a new optical fibre probe can tell breast cancer tissue from normal tissue, making surgery more precise. It’s an idea from The University of Adelaide with huge potential. #keepitclever

New optical probe detects breast cancer tissue
Is adolescence too late for programs that educate girls about sexualised images? Curtin University found worrying attitudes in girls as young as six. #keepitclever

Six-year-olds aware of sexualised images
The radiation from a one-off X-ray is nothing to worry about. Yet, over time, the risk builds up. Now a formula developed at Charles Sturt University - CSU could significantly reduce patients’ exposure. Greater safety for patients who need multiple scans? Now that’s clever. #keepitclever

A new formula to reduce patients’ exposure to radiation
Young festivalgoers say they are confident about how to use a condom. But a large number aren’t using them correctly… or at all. New research by Western Sydney University highlights the need for health promotion campaigns. #keepitclever

Young festivalgoers over-confident about condom use
Sharks are important to maintain healthy reefs, but marine reserves off Australia’s northwest coastline aren’t protecting them, a study from The University of Western Australia has found. #keepitclever

Safe havens needed for sharks
Six years on from Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires that claimed more than 170 lives, a study led by The University of Melbourne has found out what mattered most for survivors. The conclusions could help improve responses and support after future disasters. #keepitclever

Social ties critical for bushfire survivors
With extreme climate conditions predicted for the future, an enzyme in a common kind of grass could help food crops survive – and increase yields. Clever work from The Australian National University. #keepitclever

Common grass could help boost food security
It affects nearly one in five women of childbearing age. And it increases your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression. Yet this chronic condition often goes undiagnosed for years, Monash University researchers found. #keepitclever

Women wait years for polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis
Want to keep the kids learning in the summer holidays? It turns out that watching parents apply literacy and numeracy skills in everyday life could be more effective than forcing them to play with educational toys. Macquarie University researchers are onto it. #keepitclever

Parents’ activities at playtime make a difference to learning
As it turns out, 2016 wasn’t a good year for the Great Barrier Reef either. Scientists from James Cook University have confirmed that last year’s bleaching event caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on the reef. #keepitclever

Worst-ever coral die off for our iconic reef
Clean fuel made from water? It’s possible. A team at Griffith University is now working to make it economically viable. A new generation fuel that’s cool, clean and cheap? What a combo. #keepitclever

Efficient catalysts the key to turn water into fuel
They’re cute, iconic – and distinctively Australian. Now a new discovery about platypus venom could bring benefits to diabetes sufferers, say Federation University Australia researchers. A virtuous use for venom? Now you’re talking. #keepitclever

Platypus venom could hold the key to diabetes treatment
Coping as a new parent is never easy – but giving every parent a break is essential. Scientists from Deakin University have found out how shorebirds are surviving by sharing the parenting load. Parenting in shifts? Count us in! #keepitclever

Shorebirds take parenting in shifts