Science

August 2017

Award: Young Tall Poppy stands up to the challenge of science communication
17 August 2017
UNSW scientist Dr Matt Baker will spend a year sharing his knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community after winning a NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award.In all, UNSW has five...
Forum: Climate Change and Big Ideas for the Small Screen
17 August 2017
A unique Cli-Fi one day forum has brought together UNSW climate scientists and some of Australia’s leading screen creatives, to explore climate-fiction, an emerging small screen genre.The forum was...
Study: Tumour blood supply stopped in its tracks by dextran-catechin
10 August 2017
Researchers including Eugene Yee from UNSW Science have discovered how a modified natural compound disrupts angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessel networks, in neuroblastoma tumours, stopping...
Study: Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds
10 August 2017
Scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours.“Contrary to earlier thinking, the spin rate of the...
Events: Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week
3 August 2017
A special Women on Mars event at Sydney Opera House for female high school students where they will meet leading NASA scientists will be a highlight of UNSW Science's participation in National...
Report: UNSW scientist leads major climate science review
3 August 2017
Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall has led a comprehensive Australian Academy of Science review into Australia's Climate Science Capability which recommends an urgent increase in the number of...

July 2017

Awards: UNSW scientists nominated for Eureka Prizes
28 July 2017
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, Professor Andy Pitman and Dr Adriana Vergés and scientists in the Operation Crayweed Team have been named as finalists in this year's Eureka prizes, Australia's...
Prizes: Postgraduate Research students shine in communication competition
26 July 2017
Three research students studying ancient viruses in cane toads, the eye condition myopia, and individualised treatments for mental health, have each won $5000 prizes in the 2017 UNSW Science...
Opening: Ramaciotti Centre launches new genome facilities
26 July 2017
NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane has officially opened new custom-designed facilities to house UNSW Science's Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, the largest university-based facility of its...
Launch: Student pilots take to the skies in new aircraft
26 July 2017
UNSW Science has acquired a brand new $1 million twin-engined aircraft for training of its aviation students.The Piper PA-44 Seminole has two 180 horsepower engines, a cruising speed of about 300...
Opinion: How to Kill a River
25 July 2017
The tragedy of the Murray-Darling river system is man-made, writes Professor Richard Kingsford.OPINION: The sorry state of Australia's mighty Murray-Darling rivers is a tragedy entirely of our own...
Study: Genome therapy could lead to new treatment for blood disorders
18 July 2017
By introducing a beneficial natural mutation into blood cells using the gene-editing technique CRISPR, a UNSW-led team of scientists has been able to switch on production of foetal haemoglobin – an...
Study: Do you see what I see? New research says you do
18 July 2017
Where other people are looking can influence our own way of seeing the world, UNSW psychologists have found.In this video, you will see two black dots moving across the screen.The question is: when...
Honour: UNSW climate scientist wins top international award
16 July 2017
The prestigious Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica for 2017 has been awarded to UNSW scientist Matthew England in recognition of his outstanding research, leadership and advocacy...
Study: Exposing threatened species to predators improves evasive behaviours
5 July 2017
A study of burrowing bettongs in the Australian desert has shown for the first time that exposing threatened native animals to small numbers of predators in the wild teaches them how to avoid their...
Equity: Industry Minister and Dean announce first Superstars of STEM
3 July 2017
UNSW cancer researcher Dr Caroline Ford is among the first 30 female scientists and technologists to be named Superstars of STEM, in a national program aimed at smashing stereotypes and forging a new...
Video: Dr Jane Goodall on her extraordinary life with chimpanzees
3 July 2017
There were moments of fear in the rainforest, when wary chimpanzees threatened her with branches. And great shock and sadness when she realised chimps were dying out across Africa, due to...

June 2017

Prize: Top award for marine scientist
29 June 2017
For his outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia, UNSW scientist Professor Peter Steinberg has received a prestigious Jubilee Award from the Australian Marine Sciences Association.He...
Opinion: Why I disagree with Nobel Laureates when it comes to career advice for scientists
27 June 2017
The measures by which we judge scientists are always under intense scrutiny. For those who hit the peak of their field, there’s the Nobel Prize. But across all levels of career progression, we...
Launch: Science-industry Torch partnership to produce next generation of touch screens
26 June 2017
New types of touch screens that would be very robust but also sensitive enough to detect ten fingers at once, are to be developed in a research partnership between UNSW Science and Chinese company...
Research: Survey of citizen lifesavers could help save lives in the water
22 June 2017
UNSW scientists are encouraging people who have been rescued from the water by a bystander, or who have helped save the life of someone else in trouble, to take part in a survey aimed at reducing...
Impact: Celebrating a high performing new journal in the revolutionary field of quantum information
15 June 2017
UNSW Sydney is proud of the early publication performance, influence and reach of its Nature Partner Journal npj Quantum Information, from advancing discovery to affecting public discourse.At a time...
Video: Professor Brian Greene on the strange nature of the universe
8 June 2017
Time travel is possible, there could be extra dimensions in space all around us, and the world we know could be a hologram.Renowned American theoretical physicist, author and science communicator Dr...
Rankings: UNSW 1st in NSW, 3rd in Australia and 45th in World
8 June 2017
A strong performance by UNSW Science has helped UNSW climb four places to 45 in the QS World University Rankings for 2017-18.The result places UNSW as the highest-ranked university in Sydney and in...
Study: New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
7 June 2017
UNSW chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel.The technology is based on the creation of ultrathin slices...
Research: Long-term study of Murray-Darling Basin wetlands reveals impact of dams
5 June 2017
A landmark 30-year-long UNSW study of wetlands in eastern Australia has found that construction of dams and diversion of water from the Murray-Darling Basin have led to a more than 70 percent decline...
Grants: UNSW Science awarded eight ARC  fellowships
5 June 2017
For his research on breakthrough mathematical methods that could solve difficult problems in the physical world, Professor Fedor Sukochev has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship...
Study: Workplace survey of Quad bike use highlights rollover risks
5 June 2017
A ground-breaking UNSW study of quad bike safety on farms and other workplaces has found that one in two riders has crashed and about two thirds of the crashes involved rollovers, putting riders at...
Address: Michelle Simmons lights up Vivid with her vision of a quantum world
1 June 2017
Australia is well positioned to develop a practical quantum computer, said UNSW quantum physicist Michelle Simmons as she lauded Australia’s bright future in quantum computing at the Vivid Ideas...
Funding: UNSW leads the state in industry linkage grants
1 June 2017
Science projects to improve the accuracy of facial identification and to develop a topaz-based material for industry have contributed to UNSW’s strong performance in the latest round of federal...

May 2017

Study: Groundwater ‘pit stops’ enabled survival and migration of our ancient ancestors
31 May 2017
African groundwater played an important role in kick-starting the evolutionary history of humans, with the movement of our ancestors across East Africa shaped by the location of springs, new...
Study: Synthesising natural antimalarial drugs
25 May 2017
UNSW medicinal chemists have synthesised a potent antimalarial compound naturally produced by a rare tropical plant.For decades, researchers have known about the therapeutic properties of a family of...
Video: The e-waste visionary
22 May 2017
UNSW New Generation Network Scholar Vaibhav Gaikwad is reframing Australia-India relations while turning mountains of e-waste into valuable products - including a set of Gandhi spectacles that...