It’s like a Band-Aid for an ailing heart. Only with profound life-saving possibilities. A new stick-on patch has the potential to replace damaged heart tissue, say researchers at UNSW (The University of New South Wales). #keepitclever

Patching up damaged hearts

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It’s a mystery almost as old as time itself. How did humans evolve – and are all vertebrates descended from ancient armoured jawed fish? New Flinders University research has questioned previous theories about human evolution. #keepitclever

Human evolutionary beginnings more complex than previously thought

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Setting goals? It may sound obvious but choosing ones that are achievable is the best way to go. Yet, for people in the grip of depression that isn’t always clear. Helping sufferers to pick the right kinds of goals could improve their condition, Edith Cowan University researchers say. #keepitclever

Good goal choice a key to treating depression

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Turns out, the best gift you could give this Valentine’s Day is a good sleep-in. Scientists at CQUniversity Australia say that more sleep is associated with more sexual desire. Plus, sex makes you sleep better. Sounds like a win-win to us! #keepitclever

Sleep can be sexy

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How generous are you? Fewer Australians than ever are putting their hands in their pockets for charity. But those who do, are now giving more. QUT (Queensland University of Technology) led a recent study to understand why and how people choose to give. #keepitclever

Largest-ever philanthropy study sounds note of caution – Keep It Clever

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Beneath the sea off the coast of eastern Indonesia is an area that could be vital in predicting future earthquakes and tsunamis. The Australian National University scientists who discovered it say the Banda Detachment fault is 7 kilometres deep and extends over 60,000 square kilometres, making it the biggest in the world. #keepitclever

Geologists find biggest exposed fault on earth – Keep It Clever

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Internet access in remote Aboriginal communities connects relatives across vast distances and gives people access to online services. But, as Swinburne University of Technology researchers found, the new technology also brings new challenges.

Aboriginal communities face unique cyber safety challenges

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Awwww. They’re cute, they’re furry and they’re coming soon to a suburb near you. Native rats and possums are moving in and adapting remarkably well to city life, say researchers from Charles Darwin University. But threats for the species remain. #keepitclever

Native animals seek refuge in Darwin suburbs

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Out of breath? If you’ve got asthma, here’s some good news. University of Tasmania researchers believe asthma can be prevented in many adult cases. Spoiler alert: it may require changes in your lifestyle…

Lifestyle changes may prevent asthma

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In the chaos of an emergency, it’s hard to know what’s really going on. Especially when you’re trying to follow events directly from people in the thick of things. Now RMIT University researchers can help our emergency services track a disaster in real time. #keepitclever

Emergency calls data key to faster disaster responses

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A number of years ago, scientists started noticing something very strange. The world’s bees were disappearing. The loss has big implications, not least for agricultural production and food prices. Now an international research team, including scientists from The Australian National University, have come up with a ten-point action plan to save these high-value insects. #keepitclever

Plan to save the bees

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Around the world, 1.5 billion tonnes of tyres are thrown away each year. Australia, alone, will send 55 million a year to landfill by 2020. But can we turn this environmental zero to environmental hero? Queensland University of Technology (QUT) scientists think so. #keepitclever

From rubbish dump to clean diesel: old tyres transformed

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It’s high-stress and you’re surrounded by suffering every day. Working in healthcare can be tough. Add easy access to drugs to this difficult mix and it’s a recipe for losing nearly 40 health care professionals a year to substance abuse. A Monash University study takes a closer look at this tragic side of working in healthcare. #keepitclever

New insights: drug deaths among health professionals

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Ever feel overwhelmed by cuteness? Turns out that “aw” feeling is an emotion all of its own that drives behaviours deep-rooted in our evolutionary past. A Griffith University researcher wants to give the “cute emotion” the recognition it deserves. #keepitclever

“Aww”: the new cute emotion

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Ever thought about what makes up the space… in space? It turns out, the vast distances between objects in the universe are more crowded than you might think. Scientists at Curtin University are using brief radiation flashes, billions of light years away, to understand more about the fabric of the universe. Cool, huh? #keepitclever

Invisible flash illuminates understanding of cosmos

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Teenagers read absolutely everything on a screen, right? Wrong. When it comes to reading for fun, print is still preferred, according to a new study by Deakin University and Murdoch Uni. #keepitclever

Printed books still top choice for Aussie teens

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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