Science

September 2016

CSIRO program to drive UNSW research ideas
28 September 2016
UNSW clinical psychologist Dr Jill Newby has been selected to join the CSIRO sci-tech pre-accelerator, ON Prime, to help drive her science and technology ideas from the lab to the marketplace.Dr...
Consortium: UNSW strikes deal to commercialise quantum computer tech
21 September 2016
UNSW has struck a $70 million deal to create a consortium to develop and commercialise technology that could lead to the world’s first quantum computer in silicon.The four-way agreement between UNSW...
Seminar: Ancient and fragile landscape to be focus of Broken Hill event
18 September 2016
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station, UNSW scientists will join local politicians, farmers and the public in Broken Hill this week for a special seminar on the...
Award: Dr Ben Goldacre to receive UNSW Scientia Medal for Science Communication
14 September 2016
Medical researcher, doctor, campaigner and author of best-selling books Bad Science and Bad Pharma Dr Ben Goldacre has been announced as this year’s recipient of the UNSW Scientia Medal for Science...
Communication: Science students take out the honours at 3 minute thesis competition
13 September 2016
A presentation about efforts to understand the imperfect atomic structures of lead-free piezoelectrics has taken top honours in the UNSW Three-Minute Thesis finals.In three minutes, most people can...
Health: Three new noroviruses cause gastro outbreaks across Australia
13 September 2016
UNSW scientists have identified three new strains of highly contagious norovirus that are responsible for a major new epidemic of viral gastroenteritis that has affected hundreds of thousands of...
Grants: UNSW Science success in five ARC Centres of Excellence
8 September 2016
UNSW Science has cemented its reputation for world-class research, leading two of the nine Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence announced today and hosting nodes in three others.UNSW...
Honour: Driver fatigue expert wins prestigious road safety award
8 September 2016
For her excellence in road safety research and dedication to reducing road trauma, UNSW Professor Ann Williamson has been awarded the highest honour of the Australasian College of Road Safety at a...
Discovery: Oldest evidence of life on Earth
1 September 2016
Australian researchers have found the world’s oldest fossils in a remote area of Greenland, demonstrating that life emerged rapidly during the planet’s early history.The team, which includes UNSW...

August 2016

Research: UNSW scientist to co-lead NSW Government Smart Sensing Network
26 August 2016
Cutting-edge sensor technologies to help tackle big challenges in agriculture, health, the environment, transport and industry have received a boost with a $700,000 investment by the NSW Government...
Industry: Gas-generating microbe breakthrough to help power India
25 August 2016
A novel research solution that promises to dramatically increase gas yields from coal seams and biogas plants will be trialled for industrial application for the first time in India.The UNSW Science...
Discovery: New extinct mini marsupial lion named after Sir David Attenborough
24 August 2016
The fossil remains of a new tiny species of marsupial lion which prowled the lush rainforests of northern Australia about 18 million years ago have been unearthed in the Riversleigh World Heritage...
Innovation: New UNSW-China research partnership promises to cut power costs and emissions
19 August 2016
UNSW Science technology that promises to cut power costs and greenhouse gas emissions by improving electricity transmission will be developed in Australia following the official opening of the new...
Analysis: Why humpback whales protect other species from attack
17 August 2016
Humpback whales have been spotted fending off killer whales from attacking other species. But this kind of interspecies altruism raises an evolutionary conundrum, writes Tracey Rogers.OPINION: A...
Book: Her beauty and her terror - natural hazards in Australasia
16 August 2016
UNSW tsunami expert James Goff has co-edited the first textbook to be written on the fire, drought, flooding rains and other natural phenomena that plague the sunburnt country and its close...
Innovation: UNSW microfactories to turn unwanted e-waste into valuable metals
15 August 2016
A pilot micro-factory that safely transforms toxic electronic waste into high value metal alloys has been developed at UNSW Science, offering a unique low-cost solution to one of the world’s fastest...
Honour: International recognition for excellence in climate change research
9 August 2016
UNSW climate change researcher Matthew England has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, one of the highest international honours in the earth sciences.Professor England, who is...
Event: Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week
8 August 2016
Art exhibitions inspired by wetlands and quantum computing, the latest research on fusion energy, and the effects of gut microbes on the body and brain are highlights of events to be held at UNSW...
Prizes: Postgraduate Research students shine in communication competition
3 August 2016
Three research students studying how stress impacts performance, the management of water resources from space, and the structure of piezoelectric materials have each won $5000 prizes in the 2016...
Publications: UNSW the brightest Rising Star
1 August 2016
The research publisher Nature has named UNSW the top 'Rising Star' in the Asia-Pacific region for its impressive increase in publications in prestigious scientific journals.UNSW was a “player to...
Awards: UNSW scientists vie for Eureka Prizes
1 August 2016
UNSW palaeontologist Associate Professor Darren Curnoe and UNSW physicist Dr Dane McCamey have been named as finalists for prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes - known as the Oscars of...

July 2016

Appointments: Two Science professors to help drive UNSW's Grand Challenges program
27 July 2016
UNSW has announced the first three leaders of its Grand Challenges, an initiative to establish the University at the forefront of debate and policy response to the biggest issues of our time....
Study: First discovery from ‘New Riversleigh’ – a new extinct carnivorous marsupial
26 July 2016
A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s drying forests about 5 million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote north-western Queensland....
Study: Bushfire signals identified in cave formations for first time
22 July 2016
UNSW-led scientists studying a cave in Western Australia have shown that stalagmites formed by mineral-rich water drips from the ceiling could help reveal past wildfires that burned above the cave....
Facilities: Premier opens UNSW’s Materials Science and Engineering Building
20 July 2016
The new home of Australia’s leading materials science and engineering research and innovation – the Hilmer building – has been officially opened by the NSW Premier Mike Baird.“NSW is a world leader...
Conservation: Habitat destruction a dire threat to Australia’s wildlife, scientists warn
18 July 2016
Hundreds of senior scientists from across Australia and the world, along with four peak scientific societies, have united to express alarm at Australia’s increasing rate of destruction of native...
Study: New eye test could detect glaucoma years earlier
18 July 2016
UNSW Australia scientists have developed a testing protocol that identifies the blinding eye disease glaucoma four years earlier than current techniques.The patented method involves patients looking...
Research: Eye-opening conservation strategy could save African lions
18 July 2016
An eye-opening conservation initiative, aimed at helping farmers and their livestock coexist with African lions, will be trialled in Botswana by UNSW scientists later this year.The low-cost strategy...
Study: Seaweeds get sick when they’re stressed too
1 July 2016
A variety of normally harmless bacteria can cause bleaching disease in seaweeds when the seaweeds become stressed by high water temperatures, UNSW Australia researchers have discovered.Seaweeds are...

June 2016

Art: Arid zone inspired sculpture connects art and science
30 June 2016
A sculpture by award-winning UNSW artist Peter Sharp inspired by the rugged landscape of UNSW’s Fowlers Gap Arid Research Station has been unveiled in celebration of the Station’s 50th Anniversary....