UNSW - Science

Annual archive of News from the Faculty of Science
Bali declaration urges greenhouse gas limits
6 December 2007
UNSW climatologists are among more than 200 leading scientists warning the United Nations Climate Conference of the need to act immediately to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with a window of only 10-...
Research focus on short-sighted kids
4 December 2007
A new UNSW research project aims to discover whether special contact lenses worn only during sleep may slow or halt the progression of short-sightedness - myopia - in children.The specially designed...
Gory details sway jurors to convict
23 November 2007
Jurors presented with gruesome evidence, such as descriptions or images of torture and mutilation, are up to five times more likely to convict a defendant than jurors not privy to such evidence,...
Chemical Sciences Building: official opening
20 November 2007
It's official. UNSW's new Chemical Sciences Building and Analytical Centre is open for business.NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research, The Hon Verity Firth, MP opened the new facility during...
Going the raw prawn
19 November 2007
Prawn shells have the potential to do a lot more than create a fearsome smell in the garbage bin, with a UNSW food science researcher developing a new technique for extracting a powerful antioxidant...
Nobel peace prize: UNSW researchers join celebrations
9 November 2007
UNSW atmospheric scientist Andy Pitman has cause to celebrate the winning of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize by Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.A member of the IPCC,...
Our young scientists snare Bright Sparks awards
4 November 2007
Two UNSW scientists have been named among the 10 recipients of the 2007 Cosmos Bright Sparks Awards.The awards are decided by an expert advisory panel in recognition of outstanding research and...
Science big winner in ARC funds
4 November 2007
The Faculty of Science performed strongly when UNSW received more than $34 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.Federal Education, Science and Training Minister Julie...
Birds, water vanish from Macquarie Marshes wetland
30 October 2007
An aerial survey by UNSW researchers reveals that waterbirds and water have vanished from the northern reaches of Macquarie Marshes wetland, north of Dubbo."This year we didn't find a single bird in...
UNSW takes hat-trick of Young Tall Poppies
23 October 2007
The outstanding achievements of Dr Emma Johnston, Dr Matt Taylor (Science Faculty) and Dr Nadine Kasparian (Medical Faculty) saw UNSW take home more Young Tall Poppy Awards than other competing...
UNSW takes the lead on climate change
12 October 2007
UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer has earmarked sustainability as a priority for the University - in research, teaching and in the way the campus operates.Professor Hilmer told a Climate...
Scientists say sabretooth bit like a pussycat
2 October 2007
In public imagination, the sabre-toothed cat Smilodon ranks alongside Tyrannosaurus rex as the ultimate killing machine. Powerfully built, with upper canines like knives, Smilodon was a fearsome...
Funding fuels discovery at UNSW
26 September 2007
UNSW has received more than $34 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.Federal Education, Science and Training Minister Julie Bishop today announced UNSW had received $26...
Dog in hand scares bird in bush
7 September 2007
New research showing that dog-walking in bushland significantly reduces bird diversity and abundance will lend support to bans against the practice in sensitive bushland and conservation areas.Until...
Thylacine: the dingo did it
7 September 2007
The wily dingo out-competed the much larger marsupial thylacine by being better built anatomically to resist the "mechanical stresses" associated with killing large prey, say Australian scientists....
Khmer kings were architects of their own demise
5 September 2007
The Khmer kings who created the world's most extensive medieval "hydraulic city" surrounding Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat were the architects of its eventual environmental collapse, says an...
Once in a red moon: a beautiful lunar eclipse
30 August 2007
UNSW space scientists joined millions of people across the nation who enjoyed perfect conditions for viewing the first total lunar eclipse since 2000.On the mild Autumn evening of August 28, star-...
Faculty teachers honoured
21 August 2007
The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has honoured 8 UNSW Faculty of Science staff members for their contribution to student learning.The Institute has awarded them...
New insight into chronic fatigue
16 August 2007
Researchers at UNSW believe that blood may hold vital insights into what is happening in the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).In a study unparalleled in its scope, a team led...
Great white's mighty bite to be revealed
26 July 2007
Scientists are using sophisticated computer software to determine the "bite force" of a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) netted near the coast of Sydney.The research will reveal...
Distant quoll could be long lost Aussie
25 July 2007
Scientists say that New Guinea's bronze quoll might be an immigrant Australian that was isolated from the mainland by rising sea levels caused by climate change.Eighteen thousand years ago and for...
Distant quoll could be long lost Aussie
25 July 2007
Scientists say that New Guinea's bronze quoll might be an immigrant Australian that was isolated from the mainland by rising sea levels caused by climate change.Eighteen thousand years ago and for...
Space is getting crowded... with new planets
29 May 2007
The world's largest and most prolific team of planet hunters has announced the discovery of 28 new planets outside our solar system, raising to 236 the total number of known exoplanets.Among the 28...
Paul Adam recognised by award
28 May 2007
The Australian Government has made one of the most prominent and distinguished members of the Faculty of Science, Associate Professor Paul Adam, an honorary member (AM) of the Order of Australia.The...