Science

January 2017

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-...
Appointment: Emma Johnston named new Dean of Science
22 November 2016
Award-winning research leader, scientist and communicator Emma Johnston has been appointed Dean of Science.Currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW, Professor Johnston brings an exceptional...
Survey: Counting waterbirds to monitor wetland health
21 November 2016
This year’s annual waterbird survey by a team led by UNSW scientist Richard Kingsford coincides with concerns that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is about to announce a cut to water allocations...
Honour: Academy Medal for eminent chemist
18 November 2016
For his outstanding contribution to organic chemistry, eminent UNSW scientist Professor David Black AO has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science 2017 David Craig Medal.Professor Black is...
Award: Professor Emma Johnston recognised in AFR Higher Education Awards
17 November 2016
UNSW Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Emma Johnston has won the Emerging Leader Award in The Australian Financial Review (AFR) 2016 Higher Education Awards.The awards, announced on...
Study: Underwater video reveals culprits behind disappearance of NSW kelp forests
15 November 2016
Seaweed-eating fish are becoming increasingly voracious as the ocean warms due to climate change and are responsible for the recent destruction of kelp forests off the NSW north coast near Coffs...
Book: Essay on threat to eucalypts wins science writing prize
11 November 2016
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been awarded to author Ashley Hay for her article The Forest at the Edge of Time on the threat to eucalypts from climate change.The $7000 prize was...
Study: Shallow reefs off Singapore survive in the face of adversity
9 November 2016
An analysis of the health of highly impacted coral reefs off Singapore during a 27-year long period has shown they are more resilient to the impacts of human activity and warming than expected.A...
Teaching: Closed captions could become compulsory as well as popular
4 November 2016
Closed captions on online educational videos are not just beneficial for those who are hard of hearing or who have English as a second language; almost all university students find them useful, UNSW...
Competition: UNSW success at Harvard BIOMOD
3 November 2016
A student-designed "DNA origami" nanostructure that can deliver drugs to cancer cells more efficiently and effectively has taken out the grand prize at Harvard University’s annual biomolecular...
Book: Eminent epidemiologist to announce Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing
2 November 2016
Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute and a former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC will launch The Best Australian Science Writing 2016 next week and announce...
Study: Three-tier collaboration between eye professionals could reduce vision loss from macular disease
1 November 2016
Healthcare for people with macular eye disease can be improved and unnecessary referrals to ophthalmologists significantly reduced through an innovative system of referral to a centre that...

October 2016

Innovation: New app to assess eye-hand coordination
31 October 2016
An app for testing eye-hand coordination that requires users to trace colourful shapes with a stylus pen in a fun, games-like manner has been developed by UNSW optometrists.The iPad app, which only...
Research: UNSW tops the state in latest Nature Index
27 October 2016
UNSW’s status as a scientific research powerhouse has been recognised in the latest Nature Index.UNSW was ranked fifth in the Australia and New Zealand region and the top university in NSW for high-...
Exhibit: Artists, scientists and children celebrate restoration of lost underwater forests
25 October 2016
An art installation celebrating a scientific project to replant forests of seaweed that disappeared from the Sydney coastline in the 1980s is a feature of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi....
Study: Scientists find new genetic roots of schizophrenia using 3D chromosome-mapping
21 October 2016
A team including researchers from UCLA and UNSW have made a major advance in understanding the biology of schizophrenia using a recently developed technology for analysing DNA.The scientists found...