UNSW - Science

Annual archive of News from the Faculty of Science
Opinion: Choosing the right degree
19 December 2013
A good strategy for choosing what to study at university is to take courses you enjoy, that keep your options open and that will be important in the Asian century, writes Professor Merlin Crossley....
Prize: Environmentalist to study at UNSW Science
19 December 2013
Indian student Uttam Kumar beat 37,000 students from around the world to win a year of free study in Australia and has chosen to do a Masters degree in materials science at UNSW The 22-year-old...
Analysis: The coldest place on Earth
16 December 2013
The temperature can get below minus 93 degrees on an Antarctic ridge near Dome A, where UNSW scientists operate an astronomical observatory, writes Professor Michael Ashley.Russia’s Vostok station...
Awards: Postdocs on the red carpet
16 December 2013
More accustomed to labs and small offices, UNSW’s top early career researchers received the red carpet treatment at the University’s Postdoctoral Academy Awards.The event – with life-sized images of...
Visit: Top science teacher
13 December 2013
Nicolette Hilton, winner of the 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, has visited UNSW Science.Ms Hilton teaches at Uralla Central, a small...
Opinion: Still time to change Earth's long-term forecast
12 December 2013
The world faces the likelihood of a climate change disaster, but a small change in the human response could create a much better life for our grandchildren, writes Professor Jorgen Randers.After a...
Opinion: Launching Australia into space
9 December 2013
Australia has niche capabilities allowing it to make significant contributions to the space program of other countries and inspire local students, writes Professor Malcolm Walter and colleagues....
Analysis: Can the global economy keep growing?
9 December 2013
We live in an unprecedented time in human history where the limits to population growth and economic development are in clear site, write Professor Bruce Henry and Isaac Donnelly.In 1972 a group of...
Explainer: What is gene therapy?
6 December 2013
Gene therapy remains good in theory but challenging in practice and the number of people treated in the near future will be small, writes Professor Merlin CrossleyEvery now and again you might read...
Opinion: Battles over female attractiveness
4 December 2013
Outrage over selfies posted by famous women of their svelte figures soon after birth could reflect the sexual competition that has evolved between women, writes Professor Rob BrooksWhen is a selfie...
TV: UNSW scientist stars in Coast Australia
3 December 2013
UNSW marine scientist, Professor Emma Johnston, is co-starring in Coast Australia, a new television series exploring the country’s coastline.Hosted by Scottish archaeologist, Neil Oliver, and...
Expedition: Retracing Mawson's footsteps
3 December 2013
Inspired by Sir Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition a century ago, UNSW scientists have set off on a modern-day voyage to retrace the route taken by the Australian scientist and explorer. ...
Research: How a land fish avoids predators
29 November 2013
One of the world’s strangest animals – a legless, leaping fish that lives on land - uses camouflage to avoid attacks by predators such as birds, lizards and crabs, new research shows.UNSW...
Research: Mystery of wild wine ferments
28 November 2013
Winemakers will gain new insight into the microorganisms in their ferments with a new research partnership between the Australian Wine Research Institute and UNSW’s Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics....
Research: Rips a bigger killer than other natural hazards
27 November 2013
Rip currents claim more lives in Australia on average each year than bushfires, floods, cyclones and sharks combined, UNSW research shows.Rip currents are the cause of an average 21 confirmed human...
Research: Time magazine's Top 25 inventions
22 November 2013
A UNSW-led team of Australian researchers who succeeded in growing cloned embryos containing the DNA of an extinct frog has been named in Time magazine’s top 25 inventions for 2013.The Lazarus...
Honour: Honorary degree for eminent physicist
22 November 2013
Eminent British physicist, Professor Sir Michael Pepper, has been awarded UNSW’s highest honour – the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.Professor Pepper holds the Pender Chair of...
Innovation: Challenge finalists
21 November 2013
Two UNSW Science researchers - Associate Professor Mike Manefield and Dr Carol Oliver - have been singled out for their revolutionary work as finalists in The Australian Innovation Challenge. The...
Research: Caves as observatories of the past
20 November 2013
UNSW Science researchers are studying Wellington Caves to uncover a record of past climate and environmental conditions, writes Professor Andy Baker.New South Wales has an abundance of limestone...
Research: Cause of El Nino abnormality found
18 November 2013
Unusual El Ninos, like those that led to the extraordinary super El Nino years of 1982 and 1997, will occur twice as often under even modest global warming scenarios.That is the finding of a new...
Seminar: Sydney Society for Conservation Biology
18 November 2013
UNSW Science postgraduate research students have helped found the Sydney Society for Conservation Biology and will launch a "Conservation Conversations" public seminar series at UNSW this week.The...
Lecture: Physics of advanced semiconductor structures
18 November 2013
Eminent British physicist, Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS, will be awarded the Dirac Medal at UNSW this week and will deliver the 2013 Dirac Public Lecture.Professor Pepper, who holds the Pender...
Analysis: Some ideas about why we procrastinate
14 November 2013
With so many daily distractions, we live in a procrastinator's paradise, but accepting we are prone to delaying unpleasant tasks can allow us to manage our behaviour, writes Dr Amy Reichelt.Everyone...
Analysis: Indian Mars mission
13 November 2013
India's mission to Mars will search for methane and could reveal an important aspect about the history of water on the red planet when it arrives next September, writes Professor Malcolm Walter.Last...
Opinion: Science inspires
13 November 2013
In a forward to the Best Australian Science Writing 2013, performer Tim Minchin writes that there is no conflict between art and science - only the wide-eyed pursuit of cool ideas.The previous two...
Grants:  UNSW tops the state
8 November 2013
The UNSW Faculty of Science is a major contributor to UNSW securing more than $54 million in funding from the Australian Research Council’s latest round of grants - the highest in the state.UNSW was...
History: Chemical celebration
7 November 2013
One of Australia's oldest chemical societies - the UNSW Chemical Society - looks back on 100 years of memories, writes Deborah Smith.On a Saturday evening in the winter of 1913, the inaugural...
Opinion: The parable of the bee and the fly
6 November 2013
Mission-directed research has become dominant but it is curiosity-driven research that leads to breakthroughs, making long-term commitment to both vital, writes Professor Merlin Crossley. There is...
Discovery: Giant toothed platypus
5 November 2013
An extinct species of huge, carnivorous platypus about a metre long – the largest platypus ever found – has been discovered in the famous Riversleigh World Heritage Area of Queensland.Unlike the...
Analysis: Carbon tax showdown
4 November 2013
Introducing a draft bill to remove the carbon tax is a symbolic first act of parliament for the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, but he faces a rocky road in getting a deal done, writes Dr Donna Green....