One in 12 babies born in Western Australia arrives prematurely. For Aboriginal women, it’s one in seven. Now an initiative led by The University of Western Australia has brought down the rate of preterm births – with nearly 200 fewer cases. #keepitclever

Program lowers rate of premature births

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In East Timor, nearly half the women of child-bearing age have experienced domestic violence. Health care workers are struggling to respond to the scale of the problem. But researchers from La Trobe University say training midwives about legal protections and support services could help. #keepitclever

Responding to domestic violence in East Timor

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Who says you don’t make friends with salad? Scientists from The University of Queensland - UQ say a bowl of vegetables could make all the difference for athletes. Spinach, anyone? #keepitclever

Boosting sports performance – with salad.

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We may be a nation of sports lovers, but when it comes to actually playing sport, the regions have city-slickers beat. Victoria University, Melbourne Australia researchers have the scoop on which areas are lagging behind – and why poor city planning could be to blame. #keepitclever

Sports participation lags in Melbourne’s growth suburbs

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Frustrated with lag times on your phone or computer? Possibly not for too much longer. Clever engineering using light could soon speed up the inner workings of your device. By up to a thousand times faster than current technology. Thanks Monash University! #keepitclever

Light to make phones work faster

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A 25-million-year-old fossil whale called Alfred has helped explain how whales changed from toothed predators to filter feeders. Clever work from Monash University scientists. #keepitclever

How whales lost their teeth

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What makes students drop out of their degrees? And what can universities do to help them go the distance, especially in the face of disadvantage? The University of the Sunshine Coast has some answers. #keepitclever

Student success not just about learning

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific geographic areas. Groundbreaking work from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA - ACAD at The University of Adelaide. #keepitclever

DNA confirms Aboriginal people's long-lasting connection to country

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Manipulating pathways in the brain could be more successful than current therapies in helping addicts avoid relapse, say researchers from UNSW (The University of New South Wales). #keepitclever

Manipulating brain pathways could reduce addiction

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Can running ‘quietly’ reduce the risk of injury? Curtin University researchers wired up a group of runners to find out. #keepitclever

Researchers wire runners for sound

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We know animals can learn from experience. But what about plants? You’ll be surprised at what researchers from The University of Western Australia have found. #keepitclever

Smart plants can learn new habits

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Fish turning up where they’re not supposed to be is more than a matter of getting lost at sea. Turns out it’s linked to warming oceans. Clever detective work from the University of Tasmania is posing questions for marine management. #keepitclever

Out-of-place fish warn of climate change impacts

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Are Australians locked into an overworking culture? Researchers at The Australian National University think so. And they found that because we’re working too much, we’re neglecting our health. Time to take a look at that toxic lifestyle! #keepitclever

Not enough time to keep healthy

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In hospital, you’re in good hands. But what happens once you’re discharged? Seems that the information they provide to your GP may not be detailed enough, and that could even land you back in hospital. UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia wants to improve things. #keepitclever

Hospital discharge summary vital to ongoing patient care

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Where does your moggy go after dark? It might be a lot further than you think, according to University of South Australia researchers. They used tracking devices to keep tabs on hundreds of furry felines – with surprising results. #keepitclever

Secret lives of cats revealed

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‘Don’t call me diseased,’ say older women with osteoporosis. And they don’t want their bones compared with those of 30-year olds. Bond University has listened – and raised concerns about over-diagnosis and excessive medication. #keepitclever

Osteoporosis: disease or risk factor?

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Woah. It’s CSI … for geckos! The Australian National University researchers tracked these little fellas with glowing dust to understand more about how they find their way in farmland. #keepitclever

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

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The deep ocean is regarded as the next frontier for fisheries. But at what cost? It turns out that vulnerable species like giant manta rays rely even more heavily on this zone for food than previously thought, researchers from The University of Queensland - UQ discovered. #keepitclever

Giant manta rays rely on deep sea food sources

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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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