#3. Our big story of the month was understanding the survivability rate of COVID-19 on different surfaces. At 30°C, how long could the virus survive on stainless steel, money (polymer banknotes) and glass?
#5. When working on the 2020 Eureka Prizes finalist project on para grass in Kakadu National Park, what land does Dr Perry Justin work on?
Justin and his team work on Bininj Country alongside Traditional Owners, rangers, park managers, software engineers and other scientists. Find out more about Justin and his work.
#6. Astronomer Dr Chenoa Tremblay uses supercomputing power to find and study atoms and molecules in interstellar space. How many other researchers are currently using the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth, Western Australia?
It’s 1600 researchers! Postdoctoral Fellow in Dark Magnetism, Dr Chenoa Tremblay, uses supercomputing power to find and study atoms and molecules in interstellar space. And the Pawsey supercomputer recently got an upgrade!
#7. Our new research suggests there’s a staggering 8 to 14 million tonnes of microplastics on the seafloor. This is huge. But it’s still a fraction of the amount of plastic dumped into the ocean. How many tonnes of plastic do we think enter the sea each and every year?
#8. Our astrophysicist Dr Sarah Pearce recently represented Australia in the international negotiations to establish the Square Kilometre Array Observatory as an intergovernmental organisation. Was Australia the only country to be led by a woman throughout the negotiations?
#9. The ‘G-strain’ of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, is now the most dominant strain of the virus worldwide. What was the first strain version of this virus?
The ‘D-strain’ wasthe initial version of the virus. But SARS-CoV-2 kept mutating as it spread. A new strain bumped the ‘D-strain’ out of the top spot. It’s called the ‘G-strain’ or theD614G mutation. And it now accounts for about85 per cent of cases worldwide
#10. Dr John Roberts is one of our researchers who looks at biosecurity threats to Australian honey bees. One of these threats is the Varroa mite. How does the Varroa mite hurt the honey bee?
The mite attaches to the bee’s body and sucks on their ‘fat body’. This is a part of the body that plays a huge role in energy production, growth and immunity. As the mite feeds, the bee becomes severely weakened and the open wounds enable the spread of deadly viruses. Learn more about Dr John Roberts research.