Science

February 2018

Study: Loneliest tree in the world marks new age for our planet
20 February 2018
A radiocarbon 'golden spike' found in a tree on an island in the Southern Ocean marks a new geological epoch during which human activity has been a dominant influence on earth.When humans first set...
Speech: Dean of Science addresses National Press Club
20 February 2018
Speaking on behalf of 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists, Professor Emma Johnston delivers a message of hope about how scientists are working strategically towards solutions for major...
Scholarships: Science student leaders win Westpac awards
20 February 2018
Two exceptional UNSW Science students have been awarded Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships worth up to $120,000 each to undertake post-graduate studies.Joseph Rowlands and Grace Constable will also...
Study: Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two
13 February 2018
UNSW scientists measuring blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive after drinking alcohol have found that brain areas that temper aggression shut off when...
Grants: UNSW wins largest share of latest ARC funding
7 February 2018
UNSW Science research on marine pollution, ocean weather and cell culture has contributed to UNSW being awarded 43% of the overall funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage...
Conference: World’s top weather, climate and ocean experts meet at UNSW
7 February 2018
With this week marking 60 years of international collaboration in Antarctica, UNSW’s Matthew England has warned that melting of Antarctic ice poses one of the greatest threats to the world.“...
Study: All Sensation is Not Lost in Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries
2 February 2018
Half of all patients suffering from major spinal cord injuries still have surviving sensory nerve connections, new research shows.The breakthrough study, by researchers including Dr Sylvia Gustin of...
Launch: Robotic 'Starbugs' technology to survey millions of stars
1 February 2018
UNSW scientists will co-lead the fastest ever survey of stars in our galaxy, following the launch on thursday of a revolutionary new Australian instrument that can observe more than a million stars a...

January 2018

Study: World’s first soil atlas reveals most common bacteria in dirt
30 January 2018
The world’s first atlas that maps the most common types of soil bacteria in environments around the world has been compiled by an international team of scientists.The research narrows down the...
Awards: Australia Day honours for mathematicians
30 January 2018
UNSW Science congratulates Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall of the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics who has been appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service...
Speech: “Look into you own heart and to your own land”
29 January 2018
Australia is the best place for young people and researchers to pursue what they love and realise their dreams, UNSW scientist and 2018 Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons said in her award...
Award:UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is Australian of the Year
27 January 2018
UNSW Science congratulates Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, who has been named 2018 Australian of the Year in recognition of her pioneering research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing....
Opinion: Don't shoot the climate change messenger
24 January 2018
Today, when our weather forecasters tell us a heatwave is coming, we can be quietly confident of the time it will arrive and the temperatures that will be reached.When western Sydney broke records on...
Study: Pathway opens to minimize waste in solar energy capture
23 January 2018
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made an important discovery with significant implications for the future of solar cell material design.The team, led by UNSW...
Backgrounder: Quantum computing research at UNSW
23 January 2018
SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS:  The UNSW-based Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, CQC2T, is a globally unique facility dedicated to the...
Study: Possible links between viruses and breast cancer examined
23 January 2018
Evidence is growing that a small number of cancer-causing viruses could play a role in the development of breast cancer, although no direct causal links in people have been established.A REVIEW of...
Award: Countdown to the Australian of the Year announcement
22 January 2018
UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is in the running to be named Australian of the Year later this week for her pioneering physics research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.WHEN asked to...
Study: Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand
12 January 2018
The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists.Teeth and bones of the extinct...

December 2017

UNSW appoints 2016 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
15 December 2017
UNSW Sydney has announced the part-time appointment of Nobel Laureate, Sir Fraser Stoddart, to the School of Chemistry within the Faculty of Science.Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of the leading chemists...
Discovery: Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in state’s west
15 December 2017
A Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-...
Study: A bird in the bush is worth $223,851 in the hand
15 December 2017
The arrival of a single Black-backed Oriole bird in rural Pennsylvania – 5000 kilometres from its usual home in Mexico – was worth an estimated $US223,851 to the economy from bird watchers flocking...
Documentary: Most Australians can't see the biggest killer on our beaches
11 December 2017
UNSW's 'Dr Rip', Associate Professor Rob Brander, is appearing in a new documentary airing this summer to help teach Australians how to avoid dangerous rips.With the arrival of summer, a new National...
Study: Dolphin and bear studies have paved the way to improved population forecasting
11 December 2017
A new article by a UNSW Sydney-led team challenges the validity of current methods for forecasting the persistence of slow-growing species for conservation purposes, and provides a better approach to...
Study: A spring-loaded sensor for cholesterol in cells
10 December 2017
Although too much cholesterol is bad for your health, some cholesterol is essential. Most of the cholesterol that the human body needs is manufactured in its own cells in a synthesis process...
Study: Solution to 10-year-old mystery in the way nanoscale transistors work
10 December 2017
Scientists have reconciled experiments and theory about how nanoscale transistors work, paving the way for future quantum electronic and quantum computing devices.About half of all the transistors in...
Research: Study sheds light on the voices in our heads
8 December 2017
As far as our brains are concerned, talking to ourselves in our heads may be fundamentally the same as speaking our thoughts out loud, new research shows.The findings may have important implications...
Awards: Royal Society of NSW medals for UNSW scientists
8 December 2017
For their research in botany and in refugee mental health, two UNSW scientists have won prestigious awards from the Royal Society of New South Wales.Dr Angela Nickerson, from the School of Psychology...
Study: New extinct flesh-eating marsupial lion discovered in Australia
7 December 2017
The fossil remains of a new species of marsupial lion which has been extinct for at least 19 million years have been found by UNSW scientists in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote north-...
Living on thin air – microbe mystery solved
7 December 2017
UNSW-Sydney led scientists have discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the...
Book: Powerful tale about Lake Eyre Basin’s rich tapestry of life
6 December 2017
Water is scarce in the Lake Eyre Basin in the heart of Australia, and a new book tells the stories of those who love and rely on the Basin's free-flowing rivers and explains why we must protect this...

November 2017

Grants: Funding boost for mental health research
30 November 2017
Four UNSW psychologists have received more than $2.4 million in project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop better treatments, prevention and care for people...
Celebration: Record-breaking attempt a highlight of Faculty Showcase
29 November 2017
As part of our Faculty Showcase Day, UNSW Science held a fun attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as scientists.More than 900 people took part, which...
Analysis: Soil health is vital for global security and prosperity
29 November 2017
Soil health and productivity is declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, but a new international scientific approach has been developed for avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation....
Appointment: Dean becomes leading voice for science and technology in Australia
23 November 2017
UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston has taken on the role of President of Science & Technology Australia, the peak body for the country's science, technology, engineering and mathematics...