Science

February 2017

Analysis: Human genome editing report strikes the right balance between risks and benefits
22 February 2017
Be alert but not alarmed about the issues surrounding gene therapy, writes Merlin Crossley.OPINION: If you recognise the words “CRISPR-mediated gene editing”, then you’ll know that our ability to...
Analysis: Climate change doubled the likelihood of the NSW heatwave
21 February 2017
Australia's recent heatwave is a taste of what our future will bring unless humans can rapidly and deeply cut our greenhouse emissions, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Andrew King and Matthew Hale....
Events: Apes, life on Mars and the brain - bringing science to the people
15 February 2017
Renowned British primatologist Dr Jane Goodall and American physicist Dr Brian Greene are among leading international scientists who will give talks in Sydney this year in a partnership between UNSW...
Comment: Industrial chemicals in underwater wilderness a cause for concern
14 February 2017
The discovery of extremely high levels of pollution at the bottom of two of the Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches is a disturbing development that highlights the far-reaching impact of human...
Opinion: Scientists must speak out in the ‘post-truth’ world
14 February 2017
Unprecedented "marches for science" through major cities across the globe in April will bring leading scientists, including Nobel Laureates, together around  a political, and a more fundamental,...
Video: Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science
10 February 2017
As part of its commitment to encouraging more girls to study STEM subjects, UNSW Science is host of Curious Minds – a six month program of hands-on extension and mentoring for year 8, 9 and 10...
Study: Deadly disease outbreak linked to commercial breeding of piglets
9 February 2017
In a case of sophisticated scientific sleuthing, a UNSW researcher has helped pin down the source of an unprecedented outbreak of streptococcal disease in China.More than 200 people became ill and...
Profile: New Head of the School of Aviation
9 February 2017
Gabriel Lodewijks brings extensive expertise in transport engineering and logistics, big ideas about the aviation industry, and a love of Sydney to his new role in the Faculty.Professor Lodewijks, a...
Launch: Smart sensing network probes pollution, blood and koalas
3 February 2017
Futuristic sensing technologies to tackle major challenges in agriculture, health, security, the environment and industry were showcased this week at the official launch of the NSW Smart Sensing...
Study: Research funding neglects health impacts of climate change
3 February 2017
Leading scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty, are calling on the Australian government to urgently fund research into the impact of climate change on human health.This...
Scholarship: Science student wins future leader award
3 February 2017
PhD candidate Gurinder Nagra has been named as one of 22 young Australians to receive a prestigious 2017 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship from the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.The $22 million...

January 2017

Study: Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia
27 January 2017
A study of the fossil teeth of megafauna from Cuddie Springs in NSW suggests that climate change had a significant impact on the diets of these giant animals and may well have been a primary factor...
Address: We need to challenge students to 'be the best they can be'
24 January 2017
UNSW quantum physicist Michelle Simmons has delivered the 2017 Australia Day address for NSW, urging young people to tackle life's hardest tasks and to strive to be the best they can be.Scientia...
Speech: UNSW quantum physicist to deliver Australia Day address
20 January 2017
UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons will deliver this year’s Australia Day address in New South Wales, the first female scientist to be given the honour since the tradition began 20 years ago....
Study: A hard rain to fall in Australia with climate change
17 January 2017
A rise in global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius is likely to bring more extreme rainstorms to many parts of Australia even as other areas experience severe droughts, new research suggests.New...
Video: Lisa Randall on the strange nature of the universe
17 January 2017
Did dark matter trigger the demise of the dinosaurs? Do extra dimensions exist? And what comes next, after the discovery of the Higgs boson? Listen to Harvard University’s Professor Lisa...
Study: Genetic diversity in Wollemi pine discovered for first time
16 January 2017
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and UNSW have discovered genetic differences between individual specimens of the ancient Wollemi pine using the latest and most advanced genomic...
Analysis: Why elephants bellow but whales squeak like a mouse
11 January 2017
Size doesn't always matter when it comes to the pitch of your voice, especially if you're an aquatic mammal, write Kobe Martin and Tracey Rogers.ANALYSIS: Have you ever met a really tall man who has...
Study: Treating generational stress: are probiotics the answer?
11 January 2017
For the first time, Australian researchers have found a link between a father's stress levels and learning and memory ability in his offspring, and that these negative effects can be reversed by...
Study: Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels
11 January 2017
Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea...

December 2016

Awards: UNSW researchers win Royal Society of NSW medals
16 December 2016
For their work in surface chemistry and memory disruption in dementia, two UNSW scientists have won three prestigious Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2016.The Royal Society of NSW announced the...
Employment: New UNSW degree in 2017 for the job of the 21st century
15 December 2016
To address a high demand for data scientists who can make discoveries and gain business insights from analysing complex datasets, UNSW has launched a new three-year multidisciplinary degree – the...
Photography: Winners of the 2016 UNSW Science Photo Competition
14 December 2016
A range of striking images that capture the beauty of the natural world – including creatures that sting - have taken out the top awards in the UNSW Science Photo Competition.More than 600 entries...
Innovation: New funding to develop sight-saving drug
13 December 2016
A potential eye drop treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration based on chemical compounds developed at UNSW has received a funding boost, with UK-based biopharmaceutical company Exonate...
Opinion: Halting biodiversity loss – legislation fails to deliver for NSW
12 December 2016
NSW's new biodiversity legislation will achieve the opposite of what it is trying to do and will accelerate extinction of native flora and fauna rather than arrest its alarming decline, writes...
More than reality TV: educating the world about beach safety
9 December 2016
The factual TV show Bondi Rescue performs a valuable educational role in teaching people around the world about the dangers of rip currents and the importance of swimming between the flags, a global...
Appointment: Pre-eminent expert on sea level rise joins climate change team
8 December 2016
John Church, one of the world’s leading experts on sea level rise caused by global warming, is joining UNSW Science's Climate Change Research Centre.Dr Church comes to UNSW after a long career at...
Study: Detective work across dingo fence reveals new factor in woody shrub invasion
6 December 2016
Extermination of dingoes and the consequent loss of small mammals – not just overgrazing by livestock – have led to a rapid spread of woody weed shrubs across semi-arid Australia, a new study shows...
Research: First national survey of platypuses in the wild
5 December 2016
Evidence that populations of the platypus are in decline across Australia – to extinction in some locations – has sparked a UNSW-led research project to assess the iconic animal's conservation...
Innovation: New advanced heart patch developed
1 December 2016
Researchers have made a significant advance in heart attack research, with the development of a polymer patch which improves the conduction of electrical impulses across damaged heart tissue.The...

November 2016

Analysis: Bright city lights are keeping ocean predators awake and hungry
28 November 2016
Light pollution is changing the day-night cycle of some fish, dramatically affecting their feeding behaviour, according to our recently published study.In one of the first studies of its kind, we...
Study: Brain mechanisms in drug addiction – new brain pathways revealed
25 November 2016
UNSW psychologist have identified new brain pathways linked to addiction and shown that by manipulating them, drug-seeking behaviour and motivation for alcohol can be reduced.While the discovery was...
Summit: UNSW research transforming the human experience
23 November 2016
UNSW research expertise in marine ecology, materials science, mental health and nutrition has been showcased in the inaugural BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney.Billed as a “thought-...