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Feeding the world
While for Australians it is hard to comprehend not having
enough food to feed our families, food security issues are
quite important for many small rural farmers in developing
countries. CQUniversity researcher Naresh Rimal spent part
of last year on the ground in one of the more challenging
commercial agricultural areas of the midhills of Nepal -
his home country - to understand how farmers define
and understand food security within the context of aid
inter vention. It was here in the farming areas south of Mt
Everest, Rimal talked to farmers and their families, walked
on their farm lands, watched their farming processes and
attempted to understand how they manage their farms and
Blowing in the wind
If Australia one day makes the transition to renewable energy sources,
it could be with the help from a man who has endured long periods
away from his family to pursue his research. Born in Bangladesh,
where his wife and young son still live, Mohammad Arif is looking at
how we can store the energy created by energy sources such as wind
and solar. Mohammad says Australia has great potential for solar and
wind energy which could benefit from grid energy storage systems.
A CQUniversity study has
found Australian drinking
water to be safe despite
Australian green tree frogs
leaving behind deposits of
microfungi and yeast cells.
PhD researcher Noel Sammon
found that the frogs carried
considerable numbers of the
microorganisms and were leaving
them behind in reser voirs, however
the risk of infection to humans was
unlikely. Only humans with deficient
immune systems would potentially be at
risk of fungal infection.
CQUniversity researchers have been
looking for the best way to calculate, report and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the
trucking industry. Researchers from the
University's Centre for Environmental
Management reviewed the Rocky's
Own fleet (a Rockhampton trucking
company) and analysed fuel consumption
patterns, including the different types
of fuels and supply sources. This
information was used to build a new
reporting worksheet under the
National Greenhouse and Energy
Reporting Scheme (NGERS).
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A new $80,000 thermal imaging camera will contribute to a cross-section of research
currently under way at CQUniversity.
The camera -- a high quality unit with good optics and thermal resolution -- will be used in
a variety of research endeavours in health, exercise physiology, engineering, plant science
and environmental sciences.
Applications earmarked include finding hot spots in the body during physical activity,
measuring the surface temperature of metal processing kilns, night vision of animal
activity and monitoring canopy temperatures related to rice production.
"Most people would know this technology from overseas airports during epidemics,
where it is used to screen for people with high temperatures, or for night vision application
where the military or police use it to detect people by heat rather than sight," Associate
Dean, Research & Innovation Professor Kerry Walsh said.
"The technology has also been used in a number of commercial applications such as power
board inspections, building insulation assessments and termite detection in structures."
The camera can detect heat from up to 30 metres away and up to 2000 degrees Celsius.
Eye tracker strengthens
CQUniversity Noosa's reputation as the nation's
burgeoning research hub has been bolstered with a
new world-class eye tracking facility. The $70,000
facility was developed at CQUniversity Noosa's
Learning & Teaching Education Research Centre
(LTERC) by Associate Professors Mike Horsley and
Lorna Moxham, and is one of only four worldwide
to use cutting-edge technology to detect, record
and analyse how learners regulate their own
learning in e -learning. LTERC Director Associate
Professor Horsley said the Swedish-designed eye
tracker detects a subject's gaze duration, position,
movement and frequency, while accompanying
software maps and plots the data according to
researcher 's needs. He said the facility would be
used to undertake innovative research in a broad
range of fields.
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