27/12/2017Read more The tragic sequence of events that led to the drowning of Ravneet Singh Gill on Christmas Day reminds all of us how dangerous Australian ocean beaches can be at this time of year. The entire University family pays tribute to Ravneet as a Southern Cross student and as a proud member of his Indian community.
Holy Smoke! Evidence that the controversial fourth ingredient in sacred incense comes from a sea snailRead more Since biblical times incense has been used in religious ceremonies and purification rituals, with its fragrant smoke evoking reverence and reflection. For much of that time this holy incense has also been shrouded in secrecy and controversy because of uncertainty over the identity of its major ingredients, onycha. Scientific evidence now supports the identification of onycha as the opercula, or trapdoor, from the sea snail Muricidae (murex whelks). In biblical times these sea snails were also used to produce purple and blue dyes of religious significance.
26/11/2017Play video Read more For the first time, researchers have accelerated the formation of new coral colonies on small areas in the Great Barrier Reef using ‘baby corals’ conceived and successfully settled directly on the Reef through a pioneering pilot project funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
06/11/2017Read more Despite enormous resources, the United States now experiences the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world. While a decrease in maternal deaths occurred in virtually every other country in the world over the past 15 years, the rates of maternal mortality dramatically increased in the US.
16/10/2017Read more A photography project aimed at increasing awareness about sexual violence is set to evolve into a social enterprise after its founder and Southern Cross University media student Rory Banwell graduated from the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship this month.
27/10/2017Read more An Australian sea snail is proving to be a powerhouse of medicinal compounds, with its anti-inflammatory properties the latest to be discovered by researchers at Southern Cross University and the University of Southern Queensland.
15/11/2017Read more In response to the overwhelmingly positive result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey—announced at 10am NSW time today—Southern Cross University reaffirms its unqualified support for legal and parliamentary change in this important area.
27/09/2017Read more Campers have long been using streets to park their vans, much to the anguish of local residents – but it seems they are simply following in their grandparents’ footsteps. And as the popularity of ‘freedom camping’ ramps up across Australia, new research from Southern Cross University shows policy regulators are failing to catch up with current practice.