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Dingoes have more harmful mutations than world’s inbred dog breeds: genetics study

Genome sequencing comparisons with wolves, strays and dogs across the world has found Australia’s dingoes have the highest loads of harmful mutations – and diversity levels that are 36 percent lower than the most inbred dogs.

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Excessive screen time can affect young people’s emotional development
21 Sep

The time young people spend on screens has been linked with an array of mental health issues, Dr Rachael Sharman and Associate Professor Michael Nagel write for The Conversation

The results are in: Beach health report to shape biosphere coastline
21 Sep

The health of the Sunshine Coast’s beaches, headlands, lower estuaries and coastal lagoons are in the spotlight after a regional-first investigation that will help shape the future of the Biosphere’s coastline.

Rapid detection vital in deadly bat-borne virus outbreak
20 Sep

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher who has helped develop a simple dipstick test to screen for the highly infectious Nipah virus says rapid detection is critical to controlling deadly outbreaks.

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Smouldering forest after bushfire
What does El Niño have in store? UniSC experts explain
19 Sep

Hot and dry, with a greater chance of bushfires – welcome to an El Niño spring and summer.

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Brain links to children’s anxiety: study results
18 Sep

MRI scans have shown that practising mindfulness can help rewire the brain connectivity of pre-teens with anxiety and attention issues, in new UniSC Thompson Institute research.

After cancer setback, early offer to study at UniSC has Zara dancing with joy
15 Sep

The typical challenges of senior schooling and uncertainty about future study options takes on a whole new meaning when you are going through life-saving cancer treatment–but Year 12 Maroochydore High School student  Zara Davis found hope through an early offer from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Flying the flag for Indigenous Peoples on a global stage; a UniSC student’s journey to the UN
15 Sep

UniSC student Jerome Wano travelled to United Nations Headquarters in New York City as part of a contingent representing Indigenous Peoples of Australia and New Zealand at the 2023 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), an opportunity Jerome grabbed with both hands and his whole heart.

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Dingoes have more harmful mutations than world’s inbred dog breeds: genetics study
14 Sep

Genome sequencing comparisons with wolves, strays and dogs across the world has found Australia’s dingoes have the highest loads of harmful mutations – and diversity levels that are 36 percent lower than the most inbred dogs.

Possible migraine medication set to be trialled at UniSC Clinical Trials
14 Sep

A new medication that is hoped could help people with migraines will soon be trialled at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

TikTok: Katelyn Flood and the Andy Cooks social media juggernaut
13 Sep

UniSC Communication graduate Katelyn Flood and her partner Andy Cooks turned misfortune into a social media success story that has seen them travel the world and collaborate with other like-minded celebrity chefs.

Spring 2023: a chance to undo beach erosion
12 Sep

Drier El Nino conditions this spring may give South East Queensland beaches a chance to replenish after three years of wet weather damage, according to scientists recording the cycle with cutting-edge drone mapping techniques.

Internationally successful lecturer and UniSC alumnus returning to his roots
12 Sep

Environmental microbiologist Dr Kenneth (Ken) Wasmund is a local boy from Woombye who completed his Bachelor of Science, honours degree and a PhD at UniSC, and is now a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth in the UK; this month, Ken returned to visit UniSC and the teachers who contributed to his success.

Google Chrome just rolled out a new way to track you and serve ads. Here’s what you need to know
11 Sep

Instead of third-party cookies, Chrome can now tap directly into your browsing history to gather information on advertising “topics”, Dr Erica Mealy writes for The Conversation.

Free pop-up clinics put the focus on health ageing
8 Sep

How to stay ‘healthy at home’ is the theme of a series of free pop-up health clinics and community education workshops for older residents, to be held in Gympie, Tin Can Bay, Imbil and Kilkivan as part of Seniors Month during October

UniSC to trial potential new treatment for coeliac disease
7 Sep

The University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre will soon begin a trial of a potential new treatment for coeliac disease in people who have symptoms despite following a gluten-free diet.

Taking on the world one surprising career at a time
6 Sep

Nathania Roy has been a hairstylist and beauty therapist, written curriculum as an educator, trained as a counsellor in sex and relationship therapy, and ran her family’s business – all before the age of 30  – and now, she’s a nursing student at UniSC, and loving it, much to her surprise.

The simple act that left a lasting impression on Kristie-Anne's nursing career
6 Sep

When Kristie-Anne woke up feeling confused and vulnerable, a simple act from an on-duty nurse left an impression her that has influenced her own nursing career.

Chelsea’s future falls into place with an early offer to university
5 Sep

The pressure of upcoming external exams and uncertainty about what happens once school ends is something Year 12 St Mary’s College student Chelsea Campbell no longer worries about.

Nalu the sea turtle is back where she belongs
5 Sep

The recent release of a rehabilitated green sea turtle named Nalu back into the waters of the Great Sandy Strait has reinforced why local turtle rescue and research efforts are a priority for UniSC on the Fraser Coast.

Shiny new collection attracts Australia’s ‘Big Things’ expert
4 Sep

Until recently, Big Things have been dismissed as ‘kitschy’ or ’tacky’, and not ’serious’ art, UniSC historian and expert on Australia's Big Things Dr Amy Clarke explains.

Nursing the dream with first PhD graduate from UniSC Caboolture
4 Sep

At 53, Jennifer Derner never thought she’d be at the finish line of a PhD – and yet there she is, preparing to graduate as the first ever PhD awarded from UniSC’s Caboolture campus.

As more disasters loom, helping people help each other is key: UniSC study
1 Sep

A new study will gather insights from the way coastal communities across four states worked together during recent disasters, to inform ways Australia can adapt to a future with more frequent and intense weather events.

National disaster resilience and migrant wellbeing: UniSC research attracts $820,000
1 Sep

From novel heritage storytelling to support migrant wellbeing to building community disaster resilience, UniSC has secured Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards totalling more than $820,000 from the Australian Research Council to deliver innovative projects with national impact.

Championing sustainability in higher education
25 Aug

As sustainability champions, we’re proud of how UniSC placed in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

From lab cleaner to scientist: Free course becomes life-changing catalyst
23 Aug

Moana Krause left school before Year 9, believing her dream of becoming a scientist would remain a fantasy.

We have lift-off: UniSC aims to deliver electric flying taxi
22 Aug

Commuters could be catching a taxi in the sky from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane by 2030, if a new student project goes to plan.

UniSC seeing stars as students rate their university experience
18 Aug

Students at the University of the Sunshine Coast are among the most satisfied and engaged learners in the nation, according to new ratings in the annual Good Universities Guide

Initiative to widen participation in the education industry welcomed
18 Aug

The Queensland Government’s recently announced investment in education is a welcome move to help widen participation in the industry.

New rapid test for deadly mosquito-borne virus
18 Aug

University of the Sunshine Coast researchers have developed a rapid portable test for one of the world’s fastest-spreading mosquito-borne diseases, following funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Research Foundation.

A dramatic volcano eruption changed lives in Fiji 2,500 years ago. 100 generations have kept the story alive
17 Aug

Stories of volcanic eruptions have endured more than two millennia, faithfully passed on across roughly 100 generations to reach us today, UniSC's Professor Patrick Nunn writes for The Conversation.

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