Science

November 2018

Stories to capture your imagination: history of randomised trials wins science writing prize
7 November 2018
Dr Andrew Leigh MP has won the 2018 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing with ‘From bloodletting to placebo surgery’, an excerpt from his book Randomistas. The piece looks at the fascinating...
UNSW scientists to analyse 15,000 DNA samples from landmark aspirin trial
7 November 2018
UNSW Sydney scientists are part of a collaboration to pioneer detailed research into genetic factors that contribute to good health or disease in the elderly.The analysis is part of Monash University...
Maths and Science Champions showcase up-and-coming women in STEMM
1 November 2018
UNSW Science has launched its new Women in Maths & Science Champions Program – an initiative designed to give women the skills and confidence to build their public profile, make a positive impact...

October 2018

New instrument joins the hunt for Earth-like planets
30 October 2018
A ground-breaking $3.8 million instrument, used by astronomers to discover and study Earth-like planets, has been launched by a team from UNSW Sydney, The Australian National University (ANU) and...
Scientists find evidence for earliest hominins on Arabian Peninsula
30 October 2018
A new study, led by scientists from UNSW Sydney and published in Nature Ecology and Evolution today, suggests that early hominin dispersals beyond Africa did not have to adapt to environmental...
UNSW Science leaders named as ATSE Fellows
26 October 2018
Two leading UNSW Science academics and one UNSW Engineering academic have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering – a record number for the university in a...
 New research cracks illegal wildlife trade
25 October 2018
Scientists have developed a revolutionary way to determine if animals are being illegally trafficked.UNSW Sydney scientists - in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia, UTS (...
UNSW Science alumni portrait series showcases equity, diversity and inclusion
25 October 2018
Alumni, staff and students gathered at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre in the Hilmer Building last night to celebrate the launch of the UNSW Science Facing Equality portrait series.The project,...
 Scientists enlist public to help restore vital sea grasses
19 October 2018
Scientists are asking local communities to help restore endangered Posidonia seagrass meadows by collecting shoots that naturally become detached after large storms.A team led by UNSW and the Sydney...
 Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion
19 October 2018
The extinction of one of Australia’s top predators, Thylacoleo carnifex – aka the marsupial lion – was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat rather than human impacts, new...
Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries
17 October 2018
A database of larval fish collected over the last three decades and analysed by UNSW researchers will help scientists assess the effects of climate change on the health of Australian fisheries.In a...
Symposium brings together best of Science, Engineering and Medicine
16 October 2018
The work of early career biomedical researchers was showcased at the 2018 Cross-Faculty Biomedical Symposium held at Wallace Wurth late last month.The event, which was jointly run by the School of...
First year physics students exploring future electronics
16 October 2018
UNSW first year physics students have been measuring the quantum Hall effect (QHE), a relatively new piece of physics recognised by the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics, which requires precision...
Scientists shine light on protein linked to fat storage
12 October 2018
UNSW scientists have uncovered the structure of little-understood protein and reveal its potential role in obesity and diabetes.In new research that may have implications for strategies fighting...

September 2018

It’s a wrap: PhD student dons rapper persona to compose song about plastic pollution
28 September 2018
A music video raising awareness about plastic pollution demonstrates that effective science communication comes in many forms. It was a flash of inspiration during a conference that became a...
 UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons to participate in 100 Years of Mateship initiative in Washington DC
26 September 2018
The program celebrates the breadth and depth of the relationship between Australia and the UnitedStates.Professor Michelle Simmons, 2018 Australian of the Year, will participate in the mateship...
 Study reveals patterns in STEM grades of girls versus boys
26 September 2018
A landmark study of academic grades of 1.6 million students has shown that girls and boys perform very similarly in STEM – including at the top of the class.A new study, led by UNSW Sydney PhD...
Preventing serious eye infection in contact lens wearers
25 September 2018
A rare eye infection that can cause blindness – predominantly affecting contact lens wearers – is increasing, according to a new study led by UNSW Sydney's Dr Nicole Carnt.The preventable infection,...
 Opinion: the backflip over Sydney’s marine park is a defiance of science
21 September 2018
The New South Wales government’s decision to back away from establishing no-fishing zones in waters around Sydney leaves significant question marks over the plan, which is open for public...
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2018 Shortlist Announced
20 September 2018
Jo Chandler   Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge (Undark)Richard Guilliatt   Star of the sub-atomic (The Weekend Australian Magazine)Andrew Leigh   From bloodletting to placebo surgery (...
World-first major desalination field study finds minimal marine impact
20 September 2018
The results of a world-first major study into the marine ecological impacts of a large-scale water desalination plant have been publicly released.The six-year study on the Sydney Desalination Plant...
Scientists crack genetic code of cane toad
20 September 2018
A group of scientists from UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney, Deakin University, Portugal and Brazil have unlocked the DNA of the cane toad, a poisonous amphibian that is a threat to many native...
 Scientists discover new function of heat-shock protein
7 September 2018
An international research team has identified a new function of Hsp90, one of the most common and studied proteins in the human body. The study has implications for the development of new drugs.New...

August 2018

Blood-borne cancer detection receives gold-plated boost
28 August 2018
UNSW researchers have discovered a new way to detect ultralow levels of microRNA in a blood sample which could make diagnosis of cancer and other illnesses quicker and more efficient.The research...
New study reveals why women take sexy selfies
27 August 2018
A new UNSW study has revealed the science behind sexy selfies, showing that women tend to sexualise themselves in environments with greater economic inequality, rather than where they might be...
Far fewer students believe God created humans, 32-year study reveals
22 August 2018
In an overview of 32 years of annually-assessed student opinions, belief among students that a god is the ultimate or contributing cause of human origins has steeply declined from being a majority...
In search of the best telescope location, UNSW team heads to high places
21 August 2018
It is a tale of North and South with an astronomical twist, with a UNSW astronomer and a UNSW PhD alumnus heading from Antarctica to the Tibetan Plateau to help find the best site for a new, 12-metre...
 Building artificial atoms using holes
15 August 2018
A UNSW study published this week resolves key challenges in creation of hole-based artificial atoms, with excellent potential for more-stable, faster, more scalable quantum computing.Artificial atoms...