Science

May 2016

Report: Drying of ancient Thirlmere Lakes caused by human activities
29 May 2016
Coal mining and possibly groundwater extraction are responsible for the recent drying out of the ecologically important Thirlmere Lakes in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, a new UNSW...
Discovery: Remains of bizarre group of extinct snail-eating Australian marsupials
28 May 2016
Fossil remains of a previously unknown family of carnivorous Australian marsupials that lived 15 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in north-western...
Paralympics: Science student Prue Watt goes with the flow to reach Rio
24 May 2016
As one of Australia’s most successful Paralympian swimmers, UNSW science student and Ben Lexcen scholar Prue Watt knows what's in store in the lead up to Rio.“It is always a bit of a daunting time...
Prize: Top international award for quantum computing chief Michelle Simmons
24 May 2016
For her world-leading research in the fabrication of atomic-scale devices for quantum computing, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has been awarded a prestigious Foresight Institute Feynman Prize...
Honour: Two UNSW scientists elected to Australian Academy of Science
23 May 2016
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding of the School of Chemistry and Professor Fedor Sukochev of the School of Mathematics and Statistics have been elected fellows of the Australian Academy of Science,...
Study: Seeing the wood from the trees – improved methods for mapping vegetation
18 May 2016
Conservation of Australia’s precious native vegetation is set to be enhanced with the development of new methods to improve mapping of plant communities by UNSW scientists.“Managing what is left of...
Study: UNSW research may explain why rogue traders take such big risks
16 May 2016
UNSW researchers have for the first time shown that prolonged exposure to extreme volatility in financial markets may distort a trader’s perceptions, making them potentially blind to risk.The...
Opinion: Ancient Australia was the world’s first nation of innovators
12 May 2016
We need to place greater value on the extraordinary Indigenous history and heritage of our nation, writes Darren Curnoe.OPINION: For the first couple of centuries of European occupation of Australia...
Grants: UNSW tops the state in industry-linkage grants
9 May 2016
Faculty of Science researchers have performed strongly to help UNSW secure the highest level of funding in NSW in the latest round of federal government’s industry-linked research projects scheme....
Awards: Soaring success for UNSW’s female pilots
9 May 2016
Three UNSW aviation students have been honoured with the Sir Donald Anderson Award for outstanding academic achievement by female trainee pilots.AWARDS: For UNSW aviation student Hayley Umbers there...
Exhibition: Schrödinger’s Bird - Art inspired by UNSW quantum research
5 May 2016
In an unusual melding of science and art, a series of paintings, animations, machinery and other artworks inspired by UNSW’s ground-breaking research in quantum physics will go on public display...
Opinion: Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding
4 May 2016
Research expeditions shouldn't need to rely on governments for funding, write Chris Turney and Christopher Fogwill.OPINION: We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to...
Appointment: New leadership role for award-winning scientist Emma Johnston
2 May 2016
Renowned professor of marine ecology and TV presenter Emma Johnston is adding Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) to her impressive list of achievements.A leading authority in marine ecology, Professor...

April 2016

Opinion: In steel, the innovation economy is already here
29 April 2016
If Australia is to have a real chance of transitioning from a largely mining and commodities-based economy to an innovation-led ideas boom, a buoyant Australian steel industry is essential, writes...
Research: Poo transplant study suggests personalised approach will be best
29 April 2016
Simone Li, the first UNSW student accepted into a prestigious joint PhD program at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, has made a game-changing discovery about faecal transplantation.RESEARCH...
Backgrounder: Quantum computing at UNSW and timeline of major scientific and engineering advances
22 April 2016
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...
Backgrounder: New quantum computing laboratories at UNSW
22 April 2016
The new laboratory complex doubles the capacity of the UNSW headquarters of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, CQC2T – a globally unique facility...
Opening: Prime Minister hails UNSW's quantum computing research as the world's best
22 April 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, accompanied by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, today opened a new quantum computing laboratory complex at UNSW "There...
Study: Atoms placed precisely in silicon can act as quantum simulator
22 April 2016
Coinciding with the opening of a new quantum computing laboratory at UNSW by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, UNSW researchers have made another advance towards the development of a silicon-based...
Study: Link between cholesterol and vitamin D production identified
18 April 2016
UNSW researchers have identified a molecular switch in the body that regulates production of two substances vital to human health – cholesterol and vitamin D.They have shown that when levels of...
Investment: UNSW partners with China on $100 million innovation precinct
15 April 2016
The Prime Minister and Chinese Premier have unveiled an unprecedented $100 million innovation partnership that will deliver a major boost in R&D funding through a new science and technology...
Website: UNSW launches program to help refugee men overcome mental health stigma
14 April 2016
A new website will help traumatised refugee men overcome the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and encourage them to seek help.'Tell Your Story’ is the first program of its kind...
Resource: Satellite eye on Australia’s vegetation
13 April 2016
A new National Biomass Library containing detailed maps of the height and cover of woody vegetation across the continent has been created to assist with research, management and sustainable use of...
Opinion: Our uni admissions process aims to level the playing field
13 April 2016
The ATAR finishing-line photo captures only one angle for university admission, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.OPINION: University admissions systems are – and should be – a topic of discussion....
Competition: For young scientists with a flair and passion for communicating their research
12 April 2016
UNSW and ABC RN are inviting applications from outstanding early-career researchers across Australia in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research for Top 5 under 40.Top 5...
Opinion: If we really want an ideas boom, we need more women at the top tiers of science
6 April 2016
Three of the nation’s leading scientists say that Australia is "frozen in time" and is throwing away the opportunity to harness the intelligence and prodigious drive of women researchers.On...
Citizen Science: Supporting the future of Australia's wetland birds
6 April 2016
Australians are being encouraged to collect wetland bird feathers to help scientists create the first ever ‘Feather Map of Australia’ to show the health of the country's wetland birds.Wetland...
Analysis: Is anyone there - the science of consciousness
4 April 2016
How do we know if someone is conscious? New brain imaging technology is providing some important insights, writes Selen Atasoy.OPINION: Imagine you just woke up from a deep, dreamless sleep. Fuzzy...
Discovery: New kind of life found on Mars
1 April 2016
After more than 30 years of searching, as well as five landings on Mars, scientists claim they have finally discovered life on the red planet – but it is not life as we know it.The researchers say...

March 2016

Study: Endangered African wild dogs use high speed rather than endurance to catch prey
30 March 2016
A unique study of African wild dogs in which high-tech collars were attached to all members of a pack to simultaneously track their movements has overturned conventional wisdom about how the...
Opinion: Women scientists are here and we need to be seen and heard
30 March 2016
When people think of science celebrities, they think of men. Emma Johnston argues that more needs to be done to highlight the role of women in science.OPINION: Malcolm Turnbull, our innovation Prime...
Profile: Power packed
29 March 2016
Affordable power storage is the missing link in the renewable energy revolution and Dr Neeraj Sharma is developing next-generation rechargeable batteries that run on seawater.FEATURE: Imagine a...
Research: New PANGEA research centre to focus on palaeosciences
24 March 2016
The geological history of the Earth, the emergence of life, the diversity of ancient flora and fauna, and the evolution of humans will be key themes of investigation for scientists in a new UNSW...
Discovery: Extinct mouse resurfaces in state’s west
24 March 2016
A big-eared native mouse declared extinct in NSW after not being seen for more than 80 years has been found at the UNSW Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station near Broken Hill.A young female of the...
Rankings: Science subjects shine in world rankings
22 March 2016
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the QS World University Subject Rankings, with Psychology placed 16th in the world and Materials Science once again ranked first in Australia.Overall, UNSW had...
Analysis: Grand Theft Auto doesn’t cause crime, but poverty and alienation will
21 March 2016
Auto related crimes have increased 20 per cent in Melbourne over the last five years, but blaming the rise on video games ignores the real problem, writes Michael Kasumovic.OPINION: Auto related...
Analysis: February’s global temperature spike is a wake-up call
18 March 2016
Global temperatures for February showed a disturbing and unprecedented upward spike, write Steve Sherwood and Stefan Rahmstorf.PINION: Global temperatures for February showed a disturbing and...
Analysis: Size doesn’t matter in Big Data, it’s what you ask of it that counts
17 March 2016
Scientists need to ask the right questions to make the most of the Big Data revolution, writes Malte Ebach.OPINION: Big Data is changing the way we do science today. Traditionally, data was ...
Opinion: Long-term climate research is vital to Australia’s economic future
16 March 2016
The proposed sacking of CSIRO climate scientists is a stupid move and the Government needs to establish a properly resourced national research centre to study the local impacts of climate change,...
Analysis: Australia’s coal mines are pouring methane gas into the atmosphere
14 March 2016
A lot more work needs to be done if we are to satisfactorily reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of coal mining, write Bryce Kelly and Charlotte Iverach.Methane emissions are one of the major...
Study: Dingo skull resistant to change from cross breeding with dogs
10 March 2016
Australia’s largest predator, the dingo, is resistant to one of the main threats to its survival as a species – changes to skull shape brought about by cross breeding with dogs, research shows.A...
Event: A fun career that can improve the lives of women
9 March 2016
More than 300 female high school students attending a Women in Science symposium co-hosted by UNSW were encouraged by the NSW Minister for Women, Pru Goward, to pursue careers in STEM so they could...
Study: Global warming increases rain in world's driest areas
8 March 2016
Global warming will increase rainfall in some of the world's driest areas over land, with not only the wet getting wetter but the dry getting wetter as well.New research published today in Nature...
Event: Inspiring girls into science
7 March 2016
The Hon Pru Goward MP, NSW Minister for Women, will join high school students, teachers, leading female scientists and industry representatives at a Women in Science Symposium on Tuesday 8 March to...
Study: For Females, a Little Semen May Go a Long Way
4 March 2016
Females of some species might obtain additional resources from semen, apart from sperm, and could have evolved to seek out these bonuses from having sex, according to a new theory proposed by UNSW...
Analysis: The world’s biggest source of freshwater is beneath your feet
3 March 2016
Australian reserves of groundwater help earn the nation A$34 billion a year from mining, food production and manufacturing, writes Professor Andy Baker.OPINION: You might not give it more than a...
FactCheck: Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?
2 March 2016
You won’t be able to rely on the findings of a new study to justify your chocolate binges, writes Dr Amy Reichelt.Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit....