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Progress made on youth drowning, but more work required

Future too warm for baby sharks

Application Numbers are up at JCU

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kimi

Warning after aid worker vanishes

JCU Professor honoured with Australia Day role

Reef fish futures foretold

Rising Extinction Risk for Sharks and Rays

It’s not just cricket

When holidays go wrong


Refugee stress and molecular mental health

Planning for COVID-driven regional growth

Determined to fix outback internet

Overcoming the email avalanche

Just add water: the ‘Internet of Things’ goes underwater

Psychedelic drug may free addicts

The future of infectious disease modelling?

Slow lies: sincerity is in the timing

Magnetic attraction: breakthrough test for malaria

Pharmacy courses take off

BESIX Watpac to build JCU’s Technology Innovation Complex

JCU Professor’s rare honour

Rock lobster habitat’s rocky future

‘Sack the manager’ call supported by science


Half a trillion corals: world-first coral count prompts rethink of extinction risks

New scholarship winner

Both old and young fish sustain fisheries

Which cyclone prepper are you?

Indigenous kids are losing sleep

Weed invaders are getting faster

Who vanishes?

Shell middens rewrite history of submerged coastal landscapes in North America & Europe

Night shift more at risk from Covid


Motherhood makes crazy ants lazy

DNA testing reveals hidden coral diversity

Managing like a Boss

How do animals solve problems?

Pre-school mole count shows cancer risk

JCU hub to fight the effect and impact of drought

Eddie Koiki Mabo receives Honorary Doctorate from JCU

Striking Gold! Gold barramundi for aquaculture

In search of a cure: new findings on cell behaviour

Migrants not more likely to drown

New JCU drug therapy to improve healing after ACL reconstruction

Mapping the ‘superhighways’ travelled by the first Australians


Limited fishing zones support reef conservation

Track record predicts future romance

Complex passwords aren't always best

Time running out to save coral reefs

Health check upgrade for the world’s wildlife

New tech targets crazy ant invaders

Triage rules needed for health workers

Feeling lonely? Turn up the volume!

Busting the Florence Nightingale myth

Study finds most teens don’t wash their hands

Wetland increase has multiple benefits

JCU professor takes on international role


Sniffing out a solution to protecting wild canines

Tech can help with lockdown blues

Three factors exacerbate suicide in bullied teens

The ethics of food waste

More ‘fairness’ needed in conservation

High School Health Heroes

Is Autism linked to a more ‘male’ brain?

More focus needed on female travellers’ needs

Baby reef fishes swim for gold

AI breakthrough in premature baby care

Cairns gives a warm welcome to earthly experts

Emergency departments used for non-urgent cases


Leading scientists praise UNESCO’s leadership after draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef

Local responses to the big economic challenges

Delta a new challenge for herd immunity

Music listening habits give insight into human nature

Dogs vs cats in lockdown

Banishing bandits: other countries bear the cost

Taking the sting out of stonefish

AI key to easing back pain

Lockdown health impact better than Covid

Funding windfall to accelerate kidney research

Science superstars shine in Tall Poppy Awards

Measuring conservation in a way that counts

$5m grant to turbocharge aquaculture research in the north

Classes are back at JCU

Parasites to fight chemical and biological weapons


JCU soars to success again

Study finds baby turtles’ stomachs full of plastic debris

Brain structure differences unlikely to be a major source of sex differences in behaviour

Repairing wetlands using big business

JCU researchers uncover possible ‘Jurassic Arc’

JCU’s global ranking success

Baring arms against mosquitoes

A dog’s life – they’re not all equal

Sea snake attacks may be misdirected courtship

Massive coral discovered on GBR

Drought forecasting unlocked by AI

JCU in ground-breaking effort to restore lost GBR Seagrass meadows

Dark tourism can lead to dark places

Chilled vibes ease work stress

Turtles and dugongs boost Reef health

JCU’s world-class result


AI weather forecasting for smart farms

Kids need the jab for herd immunity

Corals roll with the punches

Northern Australian parasites key to diabetes cure

Sharks and rays under threat

Re-routing a major mining road to save nature and money

Harnessing potential treasure trove of modern medicines from tropical plants

Fight is on to beat exotic diseases

JCU’s Thursday Island campus Indigenous name unveiled

Barriers in a sea of sharks and rays

Review finds remote nurse safety lacking

Music trumps video during lockdown

Online book helps explain devastating dementia condition

New work on climate change

Understanding recent arrivals

Professor Simon Biggs appointed VC of JCU

New technique to find ‘missing’ frogs

New awards recognise JCU’s sporting excellence

Indigenous students celebrated at awards


Scholarship offers ‘life-changing’ opportunity

New study to deliver biosecurity boost to north’s prawn industry

Wetlands save thousands, worth billions

Research focus on gut diseases

Uni and Army set to battle it out

Knightly honour for JCU Professor

‘Pet prep’ could be key to disaster survival

A broader mission for TNQ Drought Hub

'Splendid' novel wins 2021 Colin Roderick Literary Award

New agreement sends soldiers from the battlefield to the classroom

Ghost nets a growing problem

Tradies to become teachers with JCU

No joke – male humour helps groups reach goals

JCU a global ‘engine room’ for marine sustainability research

If you can read this, it’s time to thank a teacher


Promising new JCU tuberculosis research funded

Plankton-eating fish drive fishing ‘sweet spots’

The secret life of Box jellyfish

Flying the flag for forests

A Child of Darkness

Rapid-fire climate extremes leave the Great Barrier Reef a bleached ‘checkerboard’

Reconnecting to the sea for coastal wetlands restoration

Mystery creatures yet to be discovered

Battle to stop spread of new drug-resistant staph

Appointment of Prof Martin Nakata as DVC Indigenous Education and Strategy

New research partnership to champion water security for Northern Australia

Elite scientists recognised

Coral identity crisis

JCU launches ‘lifestyle medicine’ courses

Gala celebrates international students

Laptops to make life-changing difference

Cyclonic book launched

Seagrass data mapped

The wicked problem of violence in healthcare


Reality bites: lack of awareness of oral health-illness link

JCU’s plan to bolster Mackay region health workforce

JCU honours Outstanding Alumni

Keeping males in the fridge – the future of Aquaculture

Reef trip a turtley awesome adventure

Cancer-causing ‘junk’ under the microscope

JCU helps develop next-gen lamb

New $22M AIMS@JCU partnership to broaden research insights and capabilities

Female genital mutilation victim care can be improved

Better survival chances in the bush

Northern Australia universities launch new alliance

Same-sex couples find their own way