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Lifejacket use on boats probed

Fighting another virus? Blame your parents

Trees change inside as drought persists

Mars Australia and JCU: a sustainable partnership

Opportunity rocks for geoscience students

Ray of hope for fish allergy sufferers

Revolutionary gene tech used on cancer-causing worm

3168 new places at JCU, with more to come

JCU vision for future a step closer with $5 million State Government funding

Will a massive Antarctic ice sheet collapse?

Indonesian road-building spree among ‘world’s scariest’ environmental threats

Corals light up to attract good company

JCU professor honoured with Australia Day role

JCU Vice Chancellor appointed to Order of Australia

Experts call for rethink of global shipping to stop marine giants becoming ‘roadkill’

Being top dog doesn’t mean better sperm in African wild dogs

Aquaculture plan for northern Australia

Townsville campus re-opens


Scientists offer solutions to protect coastal populations

Ewe beauty! Making lamb even better

Climate change may destroy tiger’s home

Citizen scientists to help map the reef

Champion sprinter to stay in Townsville thanks to JCU

New friendships and essentials for study success – it’s time for ‘O Week’ at JCU!

How long does it take coral reefs to recover from bleaching?

Survey shows flood caught people out

$500 flood hardship grants for students

Exploring the deep reef


NQ floods could cause “freshwater bleaching” of GBR

Lessons from 50 years of corporate collapse

Real-time genetic tests could be game changer

JCU researcher awarded prestigious Fulbright Fellowship

Pollinators need people

No silver bullet for the Great Barrier Reef

Big data takes aim at a big human problem

Eating fish may help prevent asthma

Inbred invasive ants eat their sterile sons

JCU’s world-class research report card

Breast is best - but don’t stress

Calming pheromones could decrease animal aggression


Helping to keep travellers healthy and safe

Spectacular rare gecko discovered on Townsville’s doorstep

Global warming disrupts recovery of coral reefs

Fire sparks evacuation at JCU Townsville campus

Update: overnight fire at JCU Townsville campus

JCU Connect: connecting business with world-class research

Townsville campus fire update: permanent accommodation arrangements

Mints, dirt and zippers, but sandpaper was a rub too far

Innovative new toolkit to fill gaps in missing shark and ray data

James Cook University awarded EduTrust Star for the second time

Mountain rescue

Fishy diagnostics for food allergy testing

Teens heed smoke signals

Ocean currents bring good news for reef fishes

How to combine ‘leg day’ with running

Holy Pleistocene, the answer’s in the bat cave


Flood of mosquito disease avoided

Assaulted cops call for mandatory sentencing

Breaking bread with rivals leads to more fish on coral reefs

Antioxidants protect hot hogs from sperm DNA damage

Residents turned to Facebook during February floods

Stroke survey to assist survivors

Guide launched to help endangered sharks and rays

Pelvic exercises may beat bedroom blues

How plants are working hard for the planet

Urgent call to fill big gaps in knowledge about finch

A lifetime’s collection donated to JCU

Tiny fish live fast, die young

How do Australians think about water?

Child protection workers traumatised

‘Stayin’ alive’ needs practice

Cairns Innovation Centre breaks new ground

Citizen scientists mobilise to help the Great Barrier Reef


An island haven for frogs

Cardinal fish caught sneaking a bit on the side

Plans for a secondary college on JCU's Cairns Campus

Rescuers often driven by emotion

On your bike?

Squid could thrive under climate change

Retracing our ancient routes

Good viruses and bad bacteria: a world-first green sea turtle trial

Unpredictable new drug cocktails spark warning

Jake’s journey to the World Uni Games

Roads and Deforestation Explode in the Congo Basin

Survey reveals people think GBR’s problems need collective efforts to solve

A helping hand for Townsville’s small businesses

Volunteers wanted to spot stray marine creatures

Spotlight on a new approach to psychology


World-first tool to assess climate risks in World Heritage areas

Grandparents raising kids need more support

Getting ready for uni at the JCU Indigenous Winter School

JCU exports its marine expertise to the United Arab Emirates

Turning to midwives could reduce C-section rate

Gut health key to effective biomedical research

Plan for healthy ageing in the Torres Strait

Fussy fish can have their coral and eat it too

Exmouth Gulf: a global hotspot for sea snakes

PNG roadbuilding spree threatens environment, communities and economy

Child protection not improving after reforms

Rocket science at JCU

Cameras reveal secret lives of mangrove stingrays


Model babies for better reef management

TIC of approval: Technology Innovation Complex moves ahead

Sharing flowers deadly for bees

New trauma drug increases survival by ‘slowing time’

Marine heatwaves a bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought

A licence to parent?

Jersey colour linked to league injuries

JCU’s world-class ranking result

New tags help track baby rays

Poor digital inclusion: a barrier to economic and social development

Have your say on the stadium

Solar and batteries to cut power bills

Officially partners: JCU and Tablelands Regional Council

Anti-slavery laws questioned

Open Day success in Cairns

Caravan park blues

Award for JCU’s environmental watchdogs

Science leader wanted to address global health threats


Health system falling short of meeting needs of refugees

Scientists think they’ve found Aussie defender’s last resting place

JCU’s global rankings success

Regional hospitals a hit for young doctors

A tiny, healthy house for the tropics

JCU shark physiologist wins prestigious QLD science prize

JCU continues successful partnership with Townsville Fire

Trans healthcare in the regions under the spotlight

Shark pups lose gains in stressed environments

Planned roads would be ‘dagger in the heart’ for Borneo’s forests and wildlife

Actions to save coral reefs could benefit all ecosystems

Investigation into breathing problems in sleeping kids

Indigenous student success celebrated at annual awards night

Mangrove recovery stalled by dead wood

JCU to study rapid spread of deer

Micronutrients ‘slipping through the hands’ of malnourished people

Warning over new spy laws


JCU’s 5 stars for jobs

Stick 'em up! Health warnings on individual cigarettes

Deadly fungus found in Far North Queensland

The key steps to migrants’ success

$30,000 scholarship up for grabs

Low cervical cancer screening rates explained

Four decades of ocean records spark concern

Collaborating and innovating: JCU and Cairns Regional Council sign MOU agreement

Litter-ly lazy in Cairns

Townsville’s lazy litterbugs

JCU legal eagles recognised

Plastic waste may be headed for the microwave

Can the weather increase your chances of getting pneumonia?

A rat race to investigate resilience

Fish pass ‘hot genes’ onto their grandchildren

If you can read this – thank a teacher

GBR island coral decline

Sea-weeding and Coral IVF aim to restore degraded reefs

Leading engineering company opens in Townsville

Robert Drewe’s The True Colour of the Sea wins 2019 Colin Roderick Literary Award


Coral study prompts rethink of classic scientific theory

JCU students go global

Celebrating 10 years of JCU Dentistry

Do you lift evenly, bro?

Waterways of QLD and the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from pesticide management failure

A world spotlight on local ideas: TEDxJCUCairns

Constant watch needed around paddling pools

C-sections: are they overused?

Scientists close in on malaria vaccine

Predicting the future of coral reefs

New research to reduce high suicide rates in pregnant women and new mums

#1 QLD university for postgrads! JCU’s top marks for postgraduate success

Great Barrier Reef explodes with life as mass coral spawning drives new era of collaboration

Heat waves, fires, droughts and the environment: what do we need to know in a changing climate?

JCU stars shine in world of academia

International dreams come true for JCU students

Can cooling tropical cities warm up the economy?

Finding Nemo’s family: a good home is more important than good genes

Change in aquaculture vital if billions more to be fed

Unlabelled allergens rife in imported food


Call for co-operation as blue boats rob Pacific reefs

Investment set to flow into health and knowledge precinct

Corals survive to tell the tale of Earth’s newest island eruption

The sound of science

Transforming science into economic growth

Gorgeous geckos: three beautiful new Queensland geckos discovered

New smokes bring new problems

JCU’s record number of Indigenous completions

Bad habits’ hidden impact

High performance in the Solomon Islands

No escape for coral in the depths