Science

May 2018

Honour: Three new Fellows of Australian Academy of Science
22 May 2018
For their outstanding research on psychological responses to trauma, sustainability and recycling, and nanomaterials for medical applications, three UNSW scientists have been honoured with election...
Event: In conversation with CRISPR pioneer Dr Francisco Mojica
17 May 2018
The groundbreaking discovery of CRISPR, the subsequent genome editing revolution that could cure diseases, and other innovative applications on the horizon will be discussed at a UNSW Grand ...
Scholarship: 40-year-old-promise-honoured
15 May 2018
Materials science PhD candidate Lorenzo Travaglini from Italy is the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created for European students by businessman Pietro Bergamaschi to repay the generosity he...
Campaign: Myopia Awareness Week launched to encourage eye tests for children
14 May 2018
With 36% of Australians projected to have myopia, or short-sightedness, by 2020, a new pilot campaign has been launched by optometrists to encourage early treatment.Myopia (short- or near-sightedness...
Study: Satellite imaging techniques may help reduce preventable vision loss
14 May 2018
Researchers at the UNSW Centre for Eye Health have devised a novel approach to classify and diagnose blinding eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, by adapting pattern recognition...
French innovation minister strengthens bonds during UNSW campus visit
4 May 2018
UNSW Sydney has hosted the French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and her senior research delegation, to strengthen collaboration in solar and space.The...

April 2018

Study: Researchers improve diagnosis of blinding eye disease
30 April 2018
UNSW scientists have bridged a key knowledge gap in the diagnosis of glaucoma, allowing observable damage to the optic nerve caused by the condition to be accurately and directly linked to vision...
Profile: Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall
19 April 2018
Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall, who was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia this year, shares his personal journey that led to this most recent recognition.Early InfluencesI began...
Launch: NASA's new satellite a boost for UNSW starquake research
19 April 2018
The successful launch today of NASA’s planet-hunting satellite will allow UNSW scientists to study the properties of nearby stars from their internal ringing sounds.    Associate Professor Dennis...
Finding our Sun’s lost siblings
19 April 2018
In a huge galactic archaeology project, astronomers have revealed the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the...
Hotter, longer, more frequent - marine heatwaves on the rise
11 April 2018
Marine heatwaves have increased over the past century as a direct result of warming oceans, with significant impacts on biodiversity, fisheries, tourism and aquaculture.An international study by...
Launch: Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
10 April 2018
A new Centre of Excellence focusing on extreme weather and climate events and headquartered at UNSW has been launched by the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and...
Top 5 program gives voice to science and humanities thinkers
10 April 2018
Are you a dynamic early career researcher with a passion for communicating your work to a wider audience? The ABC has today opened applications for its popular media residency scheme, calling for...
Launch: World-first e-waste microfactory at UNSW
4 April 2018
The world’s first microfactory that can transform the components from electronic waste (e-waste) items such as discarded smart phones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use has been launched...
App: App for crime victims and witnesses
3 April 2018
A unique app, iWitnessed, has been launched today by leading Australian cognitive scientists, lawyers and police to assist victims and witnesses record information in a way that can help with...
Study: Solution to 50-year-old mystery could lead to gene therapy for common blood disorders
3 April 2018
In a landmark study that could lead to new therapies for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders, UNSW Sydney-led scientists have used CRISPR gene editing to introduce beneficial natural...
Study: UNSW joins new international groundwater research project
2 April 2018
Scientists from UNSW and Germany are conducting research this week at Wellington Caves in NSW as part of an international project to better understand how changes in climate and land use will impact...

March 2018

Communication: UNSW Science represented at Famelab
28 March 2018
Dr Khandis Blake, of the School of Biological, Earth and Biological Sciences, will represent UNSW at the NSW State Finals of FameLab, the world’s largest science communication competition.FameLab...
Opinion: Promoting STEM isn't a fad - it's a necessity
23 March 2018
The promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is more than a fad: it is a much-needed movement to encourage a well-rounded education that is essential to Australian...
Centre: Two-dimensional materials key to solving computing energy challenge
19 March 2018
While a smartphone or home PC itself doesn't burn too much energy, a tremendous amount of electricity is consumed in the massive centres, or server farms, that keep us connected via the net.UNSW...
UNSW pays tribute to Stephen Hawking
14 March 2018
As well as his enormous impact on the public's understanding of physics, the late Stephen Hawking had a special connection with UNSW.UNSW Sydney has paid tribute to scientist and author Professor...
Revolutionary new filter can improve drinking water quality
14 March 2018
A world-first graphene-based filter that can remove more than 99% of the natural organic matter in treated drinking water is being scaled up for possible use in conventional plants.UNSW scientists...
Collaboration between eye care professionals improves glaucoma management
12 March 2018
Optometrists and ophthalmologists at UNSW’s Centre for Eye Health are taking a new approach to managing patients with glaucoma.A unique collaborative clinic at UNSW’s Centre for Eye Health, where...
Seeing is believing: precision atom qubits achieve milestone
7 March 2018
The unique Australian approach of creating quantum bits from precisely positioned individual atoms in silicon is reaping major rewards, with two of these atom qubits made to “talk” to each other for...
Rankings: Strong result for Science subjects
2 March 2018
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Materials Science placed first in Australia, and Environmental Sciences and Psychology second....

February 2018

Study: Miniscule flightless birds have lived in NZ’s wetlands for millions of years
28 February 2018
Fossilized bones of two new species of tiny, flightless extinct birds have been discovered by Australasian scientists in 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments of an ancient lake on the South Island of...