Science

December 2013

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. ...

November 2013

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....
Awards:UNSW Science shines in NSW prizes
4 November 2013
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, of the School of Chemistry, and Professor John Webb, of the School of Physics, have won 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Awards.Professor Gooding, who is a co-...
Analysis: Turning ideas upside down
1 November 2013
It's time to establish collaborations between researchers with different areas of expertise and use data and theory to do something big, writes Associate Professor Angela Moles. Many of the theories...
Awards: Tall Poppies are pick of the crop
1 November 2013
UNSW scientists carrying out research on mental health, the laws of the universe, energy storage and climate extremes have won five of this year’s nine NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.The...

October 2013

Research: Warming will disturb soil nutrient balance
31 October 2013
An increase in aridity due to global warming will disturb the balance of nutrients in the soil and reduce productivity of the world’s drylands, which support millions of people, a study predicts.The...
Prizes: Celebrating the best
31 October 2013
UNSW researchers Angela Moles and Andrea Morello have won two of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – the nation’s most prestigious awards for excellence in science and science teaching.  ...
Award: Astronomer wins science writing prize
30 October 2013
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been awarded to a leading astronomer, Professor Fred Watson, for Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague.Professor Watson is Astronomer...
Feature: Gems of Eastern Australia
29 October 2013
Sapphires and rubies have fascinated mankind for thousands of years due to their beauty; Dr Ian Graham explains their colour, their formation and where they are found.Sapphire and ruby are both gem...
Research: Hormones and anxiety therapy
23 October 2013
Dr Bronwyn Graham, in the School of Psychology, has been awarded an international fellowship to carry out ground-breaking research on anxiety therapy and female hormones.Her study will be the first...
Update: News from the schools
21 October 2013
UNSW Science researchers have given their name to a new species, won awards and grants, been named as a top innovator, and been appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.Gantt...
Feature: Material hazard
21 October 2013
With almost 40 million tonnes of e-waste created worldwide each year, toxic lead contamination from piezoceramics has become a research priority for Professor Mark Hoffman. It’s a common sight in...
Analysis: Heads and headline-grabbing
18 October 2013
A newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe has been pitched as disproving a decades-old paradigm in human evolution, writes Associate Professor Darren Curnoe.Its discoverers...
Competition: Photo winners
15 October 2013
With their beady eyes peering through the murky harbour water, the squid swim in close formation towards the camera – creating an eerie, prize-winning image.A Visit from the Squid, by Melanie Sun, a...
Opinion: Heatwaves and fires are signs of things to come
11 October 2013
Sydney's fire season started this year in September - a shift that should come as no surprise because it is exactly what is expected under climate change, writes Dr Sarah Perkins.One of the great...
Analysis: Identifying past life
11 October 2013
It won't be easy, but in future astro-archaeologists may be able to glean that life once existed on Earth from the stellar remnants of our sun, writes Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.How will future...
Event: RoboCup founder visits UNSW
10 October 2013
The founder of the international RoboCup soccer tournament, Professor Hiroaki Kitano, will deliver a public lecture at UNSW today, which will air online via a Google Hangout.    Professor Kitano,...
Feature: When the war is over
8 October 2013
The Australian military is preparing for a battle at home as the mental toll of Australia's commitment in Afghanistan impacts on returning troops, although it will not be as bad as after Vietnam. ...
Symposium: Tackling waste
6 October 2013
Academic and industry delegates from China, India, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, the UK and the US, as well as Australia, have attended a UNSW Science symposium on recycling.The two-day long 2013...
Analysis: Finding life on other planets
3 October 2013
Other bodies in our solar system can influence Earth's climate over tens of thousands of years - information that could help in the search for life on other planets, writes Dr Jonti Horner.Thanks to...
Opinion: Making cars green machines
2 October 2013
Consumers should expect cars to be recyclable, but there is no easy way yet for them to weigh up the green credentials of materials used to make vehicles, writes Professor Veena Sahajwalla.I want...
Research: Secrets of Antarctic extremophiles
1 October 2013
A UNSW-led team of scientists has uncovered the genetic secrets of extremophile microbes that can survive in water temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees in the saltiest lake in Antarctica.Deep...

September 2013

Analysis: More certainty on climate
30 September 2013
There is still scientific work to do on attributing specific events to climate change, but we know enough to make policy decisions, write Professor Steve Sherwood and Dr Lisa Alexander.The part of...
Opinion: The future needs more voices
30 September 2013
The challenges posed by global environmental issues are great, but if all voices are heard and respected we may find the right way forward, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.At UNSW, we don’t often...
Analysis: Why send animals into space?
30 September 2013
Many rats, mice, spiders and dogonauts have gone into orbit and a Persion cat could soon be heading into space as well, writes Professor Malcolm Walter.  If you believe news reports last week, Iran...
Honour: Closer links with NSW science teachers
26 September 2013
UNSW Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has become patron of the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales.Professor Crossley, who was appointed at the association’s conference on...
Expertise: UNSW scientists contribute to IPCC report
26 September 2013
UNSW scientists have played a key role as authors and editors in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, due out this Friday at 6.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. The...
Lecture: Dr David Suzuki
23 September 2013
In a hard-hitting speech, Canadian environmentalist Dr David Suzuki has criticised the Australian government’s policy on climate change and exhorted Australians to embrace renewable energy.Dr Suzuki...
Opinion: Global warming slowdown is not good news
19 September 2013
The global warming trend in air temperature has slowed, but low solar activity, a double-dip La Nina and more aerosols means the Earth should be much colder, writes Professor Andy Pitman.On...
Study: Microbes in the Southern Ocean
18 September 2013
By collecting water samples up to six kilometres deep, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time the impact of ocean currents on the distribution and abundance of marine micro-organisms.The...
Award: Student Innovators shine
13 September 2013
Science students who developed the Ezy Amp software, which will enable portable diagnostic devices to rapidly test DNA on-site, have won the 2013 UNSW Innovation Award  for students. The technology...
Research: Map of galactic clouds takes shape
12 September 2013
A UNSW-led team of astronomers has begun to map the location of the most massive and mysterious objects in our galaxy – the giant gas clouds where new stars are born.Using a telescope at...
Opinion: What is good science?
11 September 2013
Just looking at the title of a research proposal is no way to decide its relevance and impact on society; a deeper analysis is needed, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.I’ve heard that we should stop...
Analysis: The future of energy
10 September 2013
Even under a conservative government, coal-fired electricity has no future and people power will force rapid, effective action on climate change, writes Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf.Coal-...
Honour: Top archaeological award
9 September 2013
Darren Curnoe’s discovery of the Red Deer Cave people has been named the top archaeological research finding in the world for 2011-2012 at the inaugural Shanghai Archaeological Forum.The Red Deer...
Research: Following the fish
9 September 2013
In an Australian-first experiment, UNSW researchers are using high-resolution sonar equipment to monitor the fish that swim in and out of Narrabeen Lagoon on Sydney’s northern beaches.The $120,000...
Analysis: Blame for the rain
6 September 2013
No single weather event can be blamed on human-made climate change but it is possible to determine whether climate change contributed to the likelihood of events occurring, writes Andrew King.As a...
Analysis: Mystery of the female orgasm
5 September 2013
The explanation for why women orgasm could be as simple as it being a pleasant reward for doing what is good for the species, writes Professor Rob Brooks.My career decision to study sex came after...
Study: Coal more risky than renewables
5 September 2013
Coal-fired electricity may have little or no economic future in Australia, even if carbon capture and storage becomes commercially available, a new analysis has found.UNSW researchers modelled a...
Prizes: Double Eureka win
5 September 2013
Research projects on evolution and dingoes have won Professor Rob Brooks and Dr Mike Letnic prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.Winners of the 2013 awards, dubbed the “Oscars of Science”,...
Project: Arid zone rainfall measurement upgraded
2 September 2013
Monitoring facilities at UNSW's Fowlers Gap Research Station in western NSW have been upgraded to provide rainfall, video and groundwater data feeds via the internet. Rainfall has been monitored at...
Lecture: Dr David Suzuki
2 September 2013
Canadian scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster Dr David Suzuki will present the 2013 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment this month.Dr Suzuki, a geneticist, is an Emeritus Professor...

August 2013

Study: Hot Jupiter loops around far away star
29 August 2013
UNSW Astronomers have found a hot bloated planet, twice as big as Jupiter, which is circling its star in a rare polar orbit - a find that raises questions about how planets form. The discovery is...
Opinion: Big ideas buried in innovation graveyard
28 August 2013
Australia has become the place where great concepts are born but can never survive, writes Dr Ben McNeil.Just north of the rolling waves at Malibu Beach in California lies the regional town of...
Prizes: Young scientists shine
27 August 2013
Three research students studying stingrays, pollution in Antarctica, and early signs of empathy in babies have each won $5000 in the UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Competition.Three second-prize...
Opinion: Seeking a workable research policy
27 August 2013
Stable investment in research and development is vital to Australia's economic future,yet only the Greens so far have released a dedicated policy, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.Building the...
Opinion: Clueless and careless about the environment
21 August 2013
The environment is still regarded as a "magic pudding", with policies for development of natural resources outweighing those to protect them, writes Professor Richard Kingsford.There is a yawning...
Analysis: Art and endangered species
15 August 2013
Wildlife photographers shine light onto the face of extinction so that extraordinary species are not lost to the darkness, but it is up to the rest of us to make a change, writes Dustin Welbourne....
Event: Science fans gather
15 August 2013
National Science Week opened on a high note with an evening of music, comedy and scientific insights at the world’s first IFLS Live! event, co-partnered by UNSW Science.More than 600 people crowded...
Study: Fastest sperm may not be the best
14 August 2013
For sea squirts the key to a long and happy life is to be fertilized not by a fast sperm, but by one that stands the test of time, research by Dr Angela Crean has revealed. The study also shows for...
Opinion: Science, technology and policy makers
13 August 2013
Good communication between scientists and policy-makers is not the norm, but there are ways it could be improved, says Professor Herbert Huppert.Experienced scientists say there is a 20 per cent...
Vale: Dr Peter Pockley
13 August 2013
Dr Peter Pockley, a pioneer of science writing, broadcasting and commentating in Australia, and a former UNSW staff member, has died at the age of 78.He was the first scientist to work as a full-...
Opinion: Measuring teaching quality online
7 August 2013
Massive open online courses will improve university teaching by revealing how well students engage and by allowing lecturers to assess different approaches, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.If you...
Celebration: National Science Week
7 August 2013
An evening of science and humour with some of the world’s top online science communication celebrities - including Facebook phenomenon, Elise Andrew –  will be a highlight of National Science Week....
Study: Threat to South American water supply
6 August 2013
Chile and Argentina may face critical water storage issues due to rain-bearing westerly winds over South America’s Patagonian Ice-field moving south, as a result of global warming.A reconstruction...
Analysis: The ifs and buts of eco-labelled seafood
5 August 2013
Labels like those that identify 'dolphin-safe' tuna are a great starting point, but consumers should remember not all eco-labelled products are created equal, writes Dr James Smith.It’s been a long...
Discovery: "New Riversleigh" fossil site
5 August 2013
A major new fossil site - dubbed New Riversleigh - has been discovered by UNSW scientists beyond the boundaries of the famous Riversleigh World Heritage area in north-western Queensland. Initial...
History: 100 years of chemical conversazione
1 August 2013
The UNSW Chemical Society will celebrate its centenary this week with a special meeting of the society - or a “conversazione”, as they were traditionally called.The speakers will include UNSW Vice-...

July 2013

Study: Polar ecosystems vulnerable to sunlight
31 July 2013
Slight changes in the timing of the annual loss of sea-ice in polar regions could have dire consequences for ecosystems, by allowing a lot more sunlight to reach the sea floor.The research by...
Study: Super-speedy cane toads on the frontline
30 July 2013
Cane toads at the vanguard of an invasion can move twice as far as the toads that are already in a region, new research shows.The study has implications for assessing the impact of invasive species...
Report: Environmental risks of pipeline underestimated
29 July 2013
A new UNSW-led study modelling the impacts of an approved $47 million pipeline pumping water from the Macquarie River to Orange reveals far greater risks to river health than initially estimated. ...
Opinion: PNG plan could worsen mental health
29 July 2013
Resettling refugees in PNG could create a class of traumatised individuals who lack family and support services, writes Dr Belinda Liddell.It is currently unclear how Australia and Papua New Guinea...
Research: Slowing the rising tide
24 July 2013
Johannes Luetz’s research has taken him across the globe in a bid to find more sustainable solutions for climate change migrants.“Every year millions of people are displaced by droughts, floods and...
Analysis: The case for climate models
23 July 2013
In the absence of time-travelling climatologists, models are unrivalled tools for understanding future climate, even when new ones predict wider uncertainties, write Sophie Lewis and Sarah Perkins....
Analysis: Portion size affects how much you eat
23 July 2013
People eat more from larger portions, even when they are not particularly hungry and even when the food doesn't taste very good, writes Dr Lenny Vartanian.Think about the last meal you had, and ask...
Discovery: Marsupial links to South America and Africa
23 July 2013
Two tiny fossils - an ankle bone and a tooth - are prompting an overhaul of theories about marsupial evolution after they revealed unexpected links to South America - and possibly Africa. One of the...
Art: Capturing the spirit of the arid zone
22 July 2013
The richly coloured landscape at Fowlers Gap - the only research station in the arid zone of NSW - is a drawcard for artists.Susan Severino loves nothing more than to wander alone and on foot...
Project: Quad bike testing expanded
19 July 2013
A world-first testing program assessing the dynamic handling of quads bikes is to be carried out, to determine when a vehicle is likely to roll over and potentially injure a rider.The research will...
Analysis: Mate selection for a peaceful society
19 July 2013
In putting the alleged Boston bomber on its cover, a US magazine draws a disturbing parallel between the young man and the sexually attractive "bad boys" of rock 'n' roll, writes Rob Brooks.Don't...
Research: Dingoes have coats of many colours
18 July 2013
UNSW research on DNA from almost 4,000 pure dingoes, domestic dogs and hybrid animals has revealed that pure dingoes can come in a range of colours, dispelling the myth they only have ginger coats.“...
Study: No benefit from oxytocin for autism
18 July 2013
The so-called trust hormone, oxytocin, may not improve the symptoms of children with autism, a large study led by UNSW researchers has found.Professor Mark Dadds, of the UNSW School of Psychology,...
Survey: Science literacy falls
17 July 2013
A national survey conducted for the Australian Academy of Science has found that the science literacy of young Australian adults has fallen in the last three years.Less than two-thirds correctly...
Communication: Fresh Science national finals
15 July 2013
Dr Robin Beck and Dr Angela Crean, of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, have been selected as national finalists in the Fresh Science competition. A total of 12 finalists...
Launch: Restored Foucault pendulum
15 July 2013
A new Foucault pendulum – an historical device which provides a striking demonstration the Earth is rotating - has been hung in the School of Physics.Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley,...
Conference: Genetics Society of AustralAsia
12 July 2013
UNSW's School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences is hosting the annual conference of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia.More than 250 scientists from Australia and around the world are...
Discovery: New gene involved in heart disease
12 July 2013
Understanding the heart is one of science’s greatest challenges because of the remarkable complexity of this essential pump.Heart defects are among the most common problems found in newborn babies...
Research: Hoppers are super-athletes
11 July 2013
Hopping does not help Australian marsupials save energy; instead the physical feat requires the aerobic capacity of a super-athlete, UNSW research presented at a scientific meeting shows.   The new...
Analysis: The end of Kepler would be a huge loss
11 July 2013
The stricken Kepler space observatory has been the most revolutionary facility astronomy has seen in more than two decades and it is vital it be restarted, writes Professor Chris Tinney.As I write...
Analysis: Astronomy and culture in the Torres Strait
10 July 2013
Astronomical knowledge in indigenous cultures runs deep and provides information essential for survival, writes Dr Duane Hamacher.Technology has, without doubt, expanded our understanding of space....
Awards: Double win for quantum computing researchers
9 July 2013
Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship and her PhD student, Dr Martin Fuechsle, has won the Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics....
Forum: Can maths save the planet?
9 July 2013
The number of questions maths and statistics can help answer about our planet - from dinosaurs and climate change to casino games - is increasing, writes Associate Professor David Warton.As a school...
Study: Heat is on for expanding cities
9 July 2013
An expansion of concrete and asphalt on the fringes of our cities could see urban temperatures rise by as much as 3.7 degrees by the year 2050, UNSW research suggests.The build-up of heat in cities...
Competition: Bid to travel in space
5 July 2013
UNSW astrophysicist, Dr Graeme Salter, will compete in London next week in a test of physical and mental stamina to try and win a trip into space.More than 87,000 people entered the UK competition;...
Conference: Conserving Australia's mammals
5 July 2013
The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences is host of the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Mammal Society.The conference, which runs from Monday July 8 to Wednesday July...
Study: White dwarf star throws light on constant of Nature
4 July 2013
UNSW physicists have studied a distant star where gravity is more than 30,000 times greater than on Earth to test their controversial theory that one of the constants of Nature is not a constant.Dr...
Expedition: Science and adventure on first leg
3 July 2013
Scientists on an expedition to study microbes in the Indian Ocean have weathered huge seas and had an encounter with giant whales on the first leg of their voyage from South Africa to Mauritius.“We...
Grant: Teaching science to the digital generation
1 July 2013
A UNSW-led initiative using online educational tools such as game-like quests and virtual labs to teach maths and science to high school students has been awarded a $1.64 million grant.The Smart...
Study: Precision and brawn a deadly combination
1 July 2013
A bizarre, pouched super-predator that terrorised South America millions of years ago had huge sabre-like teeth but its bite was weaker than that of a domestic cat, new research shows.Australian and...

June 2013

Funding: Science big winner in linkage grants
28 June 2013
The Faculty of Science has performed strongly to help secure UNSW the highest level of funding in the state for Linkage Project grants from the Australian Research Council.UNSW will receive $13.2...
Explainer: What is RNA?
28 June 2013
One of RNA's most important functions is to act as a short-lived messenger, communicating the information contained in our genes to the rest of the cell, write Professor Merlin Crossley.Our genetic...
Address: Boosting the number of PhD graduates in school classrooms
26 June 2013
Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has called for a National Teaching Post-doctoral Fellowship Scheme to encourage PhD graduates to become science and maths teachers. The following is an...
Analysis: Evolution's excess baggage
26 June 2013
Remnant anatomical features from our caveman days not only provide insights into our evolutionary past, they may not be as useless as once thought, writes Associate Professor Darren Curnoe.Wisdom...
Study: Climate change could make seaweed less appetising
25 June 2013
Changing ocean temperatures and acidity could make seaweed less palatable to marine crustaceans, a new study led by Associate Professor Alistair Poore has found.The findings, reported in the journal...
Symposium: UNSW contributes to maths and science debate
25 June 2013
Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, and UNSW mathematician, Dr Chris Tisdell, have been chosen to discuss the state of maths and science education at a public symposium in Canberra.They will...
Opinion: To multiply maths students, add online courses
24 June 2013
The future of education will be digital, on-demand and mobile, and online mathematics resources could complement classroom teaching and inspire more high school students, writes Dr Chris Tisdell....
Conference: Small solutions with big promise
24 June 2013
The Australian Centre for Nanomedicine at UNSW will host a gathering next week of world-leading experts in nanotechnology and nanomedicine.The fourth International Nanomedicine Conference will be...
Study: New step towards silicon-based quantum computer
18 June 2013
UNSW researchers have proposed a new way to distinguish between quantum bits that are placed only a few nanometres apart in a silicon chip.This takes them a step closer to the construction of a...
Opinion: Making national parks truly national
18 June 2013
State governments in Queensland, NSW and Victoria have rapidly rolled back nearly two centuries of protection of national parks, writes Associate Professor Emma Johnston and colleagues.Australia...
Alliance: UNSW joins world's best
17 June 2013
UNSW has been recognised as one of the world’s top technological universities with an invitation to join the Global Alliance of Technological Universities. UNSW is the first new member admitted to...
Opinion: Boosting the status of science teaching
17 June 2013
Higher university entry scores for teaching and greater financial rewards on graduation are among the changes needed to address a shortage of top science teachers, writes Professor Merlin Crossley....
Study: Helmets - don't hit the road without one
13 June 2013
Bicycle helmets certified to Australia’s national standard significantly reduce the causes of head, skull and brain injury - linear and angular head accelerations, and the impact force of a crash -...
Opinion: Time to replace stop-start funding
12 June 2013
With the federal election approaching, policies are needed that end funding uncertainties and consolidate investment in research, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.Following federal elections some...
Discovery: How haemoglobin genes are regulated
6 June 2013
UNSW research on genetic switches could eventually lead to treatments for common blood diseases, such as sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia.Using gene therapy to replace defective genes with new...
Study: Attracting partners and repelling rivals
4 June 2013
Catching the attention of female lizards in a darkened rainforest amid a blur of windblown vegetation is no easy task.But male Anolis lizards on the island of Jamaica have evolved an ideal visual...
Analysis: Racist? You might want to change your avatar
4 June 2013
Technology that allows people to don the skin of a dark-skinned avator could significantly decrease an individual's racial biases, writes Michael Kasumovic.Is racism a matter of perspective gone...
Expedition: In the footsteps of Mawson
3 June 2013
To celebrate the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1911-1914 expedition to Antarctica two UNSW scientists will lead a voyage retracing the route of the great Australian scientist and explorer.A team...

May 2013

Explainer: what is epigenetics?
29 May 2013
Epigenetics is important in normal development, disease, ageing and explaining wondrous things such as zebra stripes, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.The word epigenetics means things imposed “on...
Discovery: 20 million year old extinct koala species
29 May 2013
A newly discovered extinct species of koala that lived in the rainforest canopies of northern Australia about 20 million years ago has been named after a famous Australian – Dick Smith.The small,...
Lecture: In the footsteps of Mawson
28 May 2013
UNSW scientists will lead a modern-day voyage to Antarctica, retracing the footsteps of the great scientist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson in the centenary year of his famous Antarctic expedition....
Forum: Food, waste and our future
27 May 2013
Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year while one in seven people in the world go hungry - a topic that will be discussed at a UNSW forum to mark World Environment Day.The amount of...
Analysis: Men, biceps and the politics of getting what you want
23 May 2013
A new study has found a link between the upper-body strength of men and their attitudes to the redistribution of income and wealth in modern society, writes Professor Rob Brooks.This weekend I...
Analysis: Care and feeding of a distant telescope
22 May 2013
Antarctica’s Dome A region is an excellent site for telescopes looking at terahertz radiation, but getting them down there and maintaining them is a challenge, writes Professor Michael Ashley.Even...
Commmunication: Fresh Science state finalists
22 May 2013
Five early-stage researchers have taken part in the NSW state finals of the Fresh Science competition, learning how best to communicate their science to journalists, business and the public.They...
Analysis: Climate change still an issue
21 May 2013
An apparent slow-down in global warming during the past decade does not change best estimates of the long term response to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Dr Steven Phipps.A new study...
Explainer: what are stem cells?
17 May 2013
What are stem cells, where do they come from, what are the different types, and why don't we have more of them in our bodies? Dean Merlin Crossley explains.In a paper published in Cell yesterday,...
Analysis: The evolution of lying
16 May 2013
A better understanding of how lying evolves might help constrain the worst dishonesties in politics, public relations and propaganda, writes Professor Rob Brooks.Ultimately, our ability to...
Analysis: Does thinking about professors make you clever?
16 May 2013
The role of unconscious influences on decision making remains a contentious issue in psychology, writes Associate Professor Ben Newell.What roles do unconscious influences play on your behaviour and...
Opinion: Managing risks of coastal development
14 May 2013
New management jurisdictions representing larger geographical areas than at present are needed to protect the coast, writes Tom Fitzgerald.Most of Australia’s population and infrastructure are on...
Analysis: Benefits of deep brain stimulation
14 May 2013
Recent advances in deep brain stimulation have brought relief to patients with a range of neurological disorders,writes Dr Amy Reichelt.Neurological disorders can have a devastating impact on the...
Milestone: Carbon dioxide levels hit record high
13 May 2013
Carbon dioxide levels have risen above 400 parts-per-million, but geoengineering is no alternative to reducing emissions, writes Professor Steve Sherwood.The carbon dioxide concentration in the...
Study: New Red List for threatened ecosystems
9 May 2013
UNSW scientists have led the development of a new Red List system for identifying ecosystems at high risk of degradation, similar to the influential Red List for the world’s threatened species.The...
Rankings: Psychology in world top 10
8 May 2013
UNSW Science has shot up in the QS World University Rankings, with psychology in the world’s top 10 and materials science ranked the highest in Australia.Overall, UNSW Science had five subjects...
Address: Steel's green future
8 May 2013
Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla has become the first Australian to deliver the global iron and steel industry's most prestigious lecture.Professor Sahajwalla told the meeting in Pittsburgh, in...
Performance: A Nerd's Nite
7 May 2013
Two UNSW Science academics will take to the stage tonight for a display of learning and laughter as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.In what’s billed as a collision between academic brilliance and...
Study: Climate change led to megafauna extinction
7 May 2013
Most species of gigantic animals that once roamed Australia had disappeared by the time people arrived, a major review of the available evidence has concluded.The research challenges the claim that...
Research: Australian-first study to identify childhood injuries
6 May 2013
A major study involving Dr Rebecca Mitchell will be the first in Australia to examine the incidence of severe trauma in children.The research, which is led by the University of Sydney, will also...
Survey: Guardians of the surf
6 May 2013
A global, online survey has been launched to see whether surfers are the unsung “guardians” of the beach, rescuing people who might otherwise have drowned.Dr Rob Brander, a coastal geomorphologist...
Explainer: What is intuition?
3 May 2013
The take-home message from the psychological study of intuition is that we need to exercise caution in relying on gut feelings, writes Associate Professor Ben Newell.The word intuition is derived...
Breakthrough: Towards a quantum internet
2 May 2013
A UNSW-led team of researchers has achieved a breakthrough that brings the prospect of a network of ultra-powerful quantum computers, connected via a quantum internet, closer to reality.The team is...
Study: Mutant mice stay skinny on fatty diet
1 May 2013
The mystery of why some people get fat eating high-fat foods while others can stay skinny on a diet of burgers and chips is closer to being solved. A research team led by UNSW's Professor Merlin...

April 2013

Expedition: Sailing into the unknown
27 April 2013
A UNSW scientist and national sailing champion, Dr Federico Lauro, will lead an intrepid scientific expedition that sets sail in May to sample the waters of the Indian Ocean.An international team of...
Award: Eye care pioneer honoured
26 April 2013
The World Council of Optometry has acknowledged eye care innovator Professor Brien Holden with its highest honour, the Distinguished Service Medal.A pioneer in contact lens development and eye...
Analysis: Saving the Mountain Pygmy-possum
26 April 2013
Although the Mountain Pygmy-possum is highly vulnerable to extinction, it can be saved, write Hayley Bates and Haijing Shi.The Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) is one of five living species...
Opinion:Pay extra for specialist school teachers
24 April 2013
Qualified science and maths teachers should get a salary boost, and new money from the Gonski review could help pay for it, writes Professor Merlin Crossley. It is time to do something about the...
Opinion: Invest or fall behind, it's not rocket science
23 April 2013
Science is expensive and the problems we tackle are complex but cutting spending will be more costly in the long run, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.Imagine you come from a country that is rich in...
Analysis: Leave ocean garbage patches alone and stop polluting first
23 April 2013
The main impact of ocean-going plastic is not where it ends up, but the route it takes from our beaches to the great ocean garbage patches, writes Erik Van Sebille.Recent plans to clean plastics...
Study: Last 100 years reverse 1400 years of global cooling
22 April 2013
The first continental-scale reconstruction of temperatures over the past 2000 years by 78 scientists from 24 countries has highlighted the unusual nature of the 20th century warming.The study...
Opinion: Trims and snips disguise funding cuts
17 April 2013
Clever fiddling hides the way research grants are disappearing, writes UNSW Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley.The comb-over is a style of haircut designed to conceal approaching baldness....
Study: The power of portion size
17 April 2013
People given large servings of food eat more than those given smaller servings, even after they have been taught about the impact of portion size on consumption.Learning how to engage in mindful -...
Analysis: Are you a mutant?
15 April 2013
As genetic sequencing becomes cheaper, the age of personal genomics will raise privacy issues for many people, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.Are you a mutant? Am I? The advent of personal...
Grant: Mental health boost in NHMRC partnerships
12 April 2013
Two UNSW partnerships focusing on the mental health of rural children and people with intellectual disabilities have received $2.4 million in federal government health funding.This is the largest...
Opinion: Human evolution steals the spotlight
12 April 2013
Discoveries in human evolution, such as the Australopithecus sediba remains, get a disproportionate amount of attention in science journals and the media, writes Associate Professor Darren Curnoe.It...
Opinion: Countering renewable energy denial
10 April 2013
It is a myth that renewable energy is unreliable in supplying base-load demand or unaffordable, writes Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf.The future of civilisation and much biodiversity hangs to a...
Feature: The case for space
9 April 2013
On the eve of the federal government's space policy launch, Professor Andrew Dempster warns that our failure to have our own space agency or earth observation satellites could cost us dearly.Andrew...
Opinion: Size does matter and so does researching why
9 April 2013
Genitalia tend to vary more dramatically than other physical traits and evolutionary biology has made stunning progress in resolving why, writes Professor Rob Brooks.How important is penis size?...
Study: Overnight lenses restore up-close vision
5 April 2013
Wearing specially designed rigid contact lenses overnight that reshape the eye could remove the need for reading glasses in middle age. Dr Paul Gifford and Professor Helen Swarbrick, of the School...
Study: Renewable electricity could be competitive
3 April 2013
A carbon price of between $50 and $100 per tonne of carbon dioxide would make coal-fired and gas-fired power less economical than renewable electricity. Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf, of the...

March 2013

Research: Heatwaves - longer, hotter and more common
28 March 2013
Australia's summer heatwaves are lasting longer and have been increasing in number over the past 60 years, a UNSW study shows.During the same six-decade long period, days 12 to 14 degrees above...
Opinion: Rubbish has recyclable beauty within
27 March 2013
Sourcing raw materials from waste can cut costs, which means we need to look at our rubbish for its "beauty within", writes Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla.As a materials engineer I find waste...
Launch: New harbour cruise highlights science
26 March 2013
Associate Professor Emma Johnston has launched a new harbour cruise called Underwater Secrets - Sydney Harbour Revealed, which focuses on scientific research into the iconic waterway. The unique...
Explainer: what is a gene?
25 March 2013
The definition of a gene has evolved since the term was first coined in 1909, and needs updating again in the light of recent findings, writes Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley.There’s a...
Innovation: Catalysis in a teacup
22 March 2013
Taking their inspiration from Nature, UNSW chemists have developed a new method for carrying out chemical reduction – an industrial process that is vital for modern society.Their catalyst-based...
Analysis: Meet our nearest neighbour
20 March 2013
Despite its proximity to Earth, and the detail with which it has been studied, many of the moon’s secrets still elude us, writes Dr Jonti Horner.The moon. Our nearest neighbour. The main source of...
Opinion: Numbers that don't add up
20 March 2013
Scoring systems in education can cause grief because they are often flawed, but they do count, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.The numbers used to measure performance in educational institutions...
Opinion: Making seafood sustainability a reality
16 March 2013
Consumers must acknowledge that a constant supply of wild-caught fish is not sustainable and curb demand, writes Dr James Smith.In 1883, the eminent English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley made his...
Research: Bid to revive extinct gastric-brooding frog
16 March 2013
An Australian team led by UNSW's Professor Mike Archer has succeeded in growing early stage cloned embryos containing the DNA of an extinct frog.The research is the first vital step in Project...
Opinion: Junk DNA is back
15 March 2013
Up to 90 per cent of the human genome really is junk DNA, contrary to recent headlines, writes Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley.A controversy at last: most of our DNA is junk, no it isn’t...
Launch: Quad bike tilt-testing begins
13 March 2013
The NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, has launched the first stage of a $1 million research project aimed at reducing quad bike deaths on farms.Fifteen new vehicles will be tested...
Discovery: Genetic mystery solved
8 March 2013
Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has found the third and final missing piece in the genetic puzzle of an unusual form of haemophilia, more than 20 year after he discovered the first two...
Analysis: Jumps in ocean acidity put coral in more peril
7 March 2013
The acidification of our oceans is a direct consequence of increasing CO2 levels and the only way to reduce these dangerous changes is to limit our emissions, writes Emily Shaw.Ocean acidification...
Opinion: Australian R&D doesn't punch above its weight
7 March 2013
With Australia lagging behind its main research partners in Europe and the US, and Asia catching us up, urgent policy action is needed, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.Australia punches above its...
Analysis: Breaking bad habits
6 March 2013
Science and medicine are providing new insights into how addictive substances act on the brain and on ways to break their grip, writes Dr Amy Reichelt. Addictions are difficult to break as we...
Opinion: Mars travellers - old ones would be best
6 March 2013
Tourist "astronaut" millionaire Dennis Tito's quest to send an older couple to Mars could be a catalyst for further human exploration in space, writes Professor Malcom Walter  Tourist “astronaut”...
Opinion: Let the rivers run wild
5 March 2013
The Lake Eyre Basin, one of the world's last great free-flowing river systems, must be protected, writes Professor Richard Kingsford.Temperatures across Australia in January were the hottest ever...

February 2013

Fieldwork: Australia's only African elephant ecologist
28 February 2013
UNSW's Dr Keith Leggett, director of the Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station near Broken Hill, is also Australia's only African elephant ecologist.He started his research career as a marine...
Study: Acidic hotspots threaten coral
27 February 2013
Shallow coral reefs may be even more susceptible to increasing acidity caused by heightened levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans than previously recognised.In the same way that...
Teaching: Fellows of The Royal Society join forces at UNSW
26 February 2013
Two members of the world’s oldest and most esteemed scientific academy – The Royal Society – will teach a new course in mathematics this semester.Professor Herbert Huppert, a distinguished...
Discovery: New influence on cancer genes found
25 February 2013
Researchers led by Associate Professor Kevin Morris have discovered a new mechanism in cells which could lead to the development of cancer drugs that re-activate genes that have been switched off....
Study: An incy wincy spider? You can still get the girl
21 February 2013
Big is often better, but when spiders are of a similar size, a male's success can depend on whether he is a sprinter or a marathon runner, explains Dr Michael Kasumovic.Whether it’s two lions...
Tour: Chinese astronomers visit UNSW collaborators
20 February 2013
A high level delegation from China, led by the Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Wenlong Zhan, has toured the School of Physics.This week’s visitors included two...
Book: Conservation in a crowded world
19 February 2013
A new book explores how different communities in the Asia-Pacific have responded to the pressing challenge of reconciling conservation with development.Conservation in a crowded world, case studies...
Opinion: Responses to workplace bullying inquiry are welcome
14 February 2013
The recommendations of the Workplace Bullying inquiry have a good chance of reducing the impact bullying has on the health and wellbeing of working Australians, writes Dr Carlo Caponecchia.The...
Opinion: St Valentine's Day in the modern world
14 February 2013
The internet is changing the way people find one another for romance, sex, marriage or more transactional arrangements, writes Professor Rob Brooks.St Valentine’s day caught our household by...
Study: Koalas rate restoration success differently
13 February 2013
A guiding principle of rehabilitation of landscapes  and mine sites – that if you restore their plant diversity, the animals that once lived there will return – does not always hold true.“Everyone...
Opinion: Saga of "the Hobbit" highlights a science in crisis
11 February 2013
Debate about a tiny, extinct species of human whose remains were found in an Indonesian cave tells us a lot about  the science of human evolution, writes Associate Professor Darren Curnoe.To state...
Analysis: Sex roles and domesticity
8 February 2013
Do men who do the housework have more sex? Professor Rob Brooks examines the evidence.You’ve no doubt encountered the oft-repeated claim, or one like it, that the most erotic thing a man can do for...
Opinion: Violent videogames aren't the problem
8 February 2013
There is no reason to believe that the aggression caused by video games is any different or more severe than aggression from other triggers, writes Dr Michael Kasumovic.The debate around videogames...
Honour: Physicist wins international award
8 February 2013
Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, of the UNSW School of Physics, has received a prestigious Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.The award honours academics...
Study: No helmet linked to riskier riding by bicyclists
4 February 2013
UNSW researchers have found that bicyclists who do not wear helmets are more likely to engage in risky riding behaviours than those who wear protective headgear.They are also more likley to be...
Analysis: Why did the Tasmanian tiger go extinct?
4 February 2013
Understanding why the thylacine went extinct could help prevent further loss of Australia's unique wildlife, writes Marie Attard.Australia accounts for one-third of all contemporary mammal...
Discovery: Ozone hole affects deep ocean
1 February 2013
The formation of the Antarctic ozone hole has caused changes in the way waters in the southern oceans mix, with possible impacts on climate change, a new study suggests.To trace the movement of...

January 2013

Opinion: New ways to monitor reptiles
31 January 2013
Non-invasive research using gadgets such as camera traps and sound recorders is opening a surprising new window on reptile behaviour, writes Dustin Welbourne.You have probably heard someone utter...
Opinion: What to do when new knowledge challenges our beliefs and interests
31 January 2013
Professor Rob Brooks explores the recent claim by an influential American skeptic that there is a Left-Wing War on Science.Is there a left-wing “War on Science”? Influential American sceptic Michael...
Nature: Rare spotted penguin spotted
30 January 2013
Little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, usually have a white belly and dark blue back to camouflage them from predatory eagles above and their fish prey below.So UNSW and Parks Australia...
Excellence: Music and science hit the right note
25 January 2013
Piano virtuoso Daniel Guo is one of an elite group of students merging their science and musical talents in a unique dual degree.Daniel, who holds a prestigious Licentiate Diploma in Music and who...
Opinion: Women sought for Neanderthal surrogacy? Not Yeti, thankfully
25 January 2013
Even if the technology existed to clone a Neanderthal, why would anyone want to do it, asks Darren Curnoe.In a sort-of Ice Age version of Jurassic Park, Harvard University’s Professor George Church...
Leadership: UNSW Science represented at Australia-India Youth Dialogue
25 January 2013
Young leaders from India and Australia will gather next week for a three day conference aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.Delegates to the Second Australia-India Youth Dialogue...
Blog: Astronomers on remote Antarctic expedition
23 January 2013
While their friends at home have been sweltering, UNSW scientists have just spent five nights camping out in Antarctica in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees.A UNSW team, including Geoff Sims...
Research: 'Reversing' the symptoms of asthma
23 January 2013
UNSW researchers have developed a compound that has had a surprising result: being effective in the prevention of asthma.Associate Professor Jonathan Morris from the School of Chemistry synthesized...
Opinion: Behavioural consequences of Chinese social engineering
16 January 2013
China's one-child policy has led to a generation of only children who are often portrayed as self-centred "Little Emperors", but how much of this bad press is real, asks Professor Rob Brooks.I’m...
Opinion: Credential creep a luxury too far
16 January 2013
Spending more time in training risks shutting out the disadvantaged, writes the Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley.The increasing trend to postgraduate entry for professional programs will...
Honour: Expert in climate extremes wins Australian Academy of Science award
16 January 2013
Dr Lisa Alexander, an expert in climate extremes at UNSW, has been honoured by the Australian Academy of Science as part of its awards for scientific excellence.She won the 2013 Dorothy Hill Award...
Discovery: New strain of norovirus identified
15 January 2013
UNSW researchers have discovered a new strain of norovirus that they warn could cause a severe epidemic of acute gastroenteritis in Australia this winter.Known as Sydney 2012, the highly infectious...
Opinion: What is Déjà Vu?
11 January 2013
There is no simple explanation for déjà vu, but advances in neuroimaging techniques may aid our understanding of memory and the tricks our minds play, writes Amy Reichelt.Have you ever experienced a...
Video: Our plastics will pollute oceans for hundreds of years
9 January 2013
Australia’s garbage has made its way into every ocean in the world and ocean garbage patches will continue to grow for hundreds of years.According to startling new research, it doesn’t matter where...
Weather: Fowlers Gap research station feels the heat
9 January 2013
UNSW Science's property at Fowlers Gap is the only arid zone research station in NSW and it was also the hottest spot in the state on Tuesday afternoon.The temperature reached 44.2 degrees at 2pm on...
Opinion: Shopping in the ATAR Bazaar
4 January 2013
It is important to remember that the ATAR cut-off for each degree does not necessarily reflect the difficulty - or quality - of a study program, writes Merlin Crossley.Jack's mother was horrified...
Opinion: Plumbing the depths
3 January 2013
Looking for water elsewhere in our solar system and beyond is an important quest, writes Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.Earth is the only planet in our solar system with a long-term, stable supply of...
Opinion: Season's meetings - be first to spot nature's New Year arrivals
2 January 2013
The city of Sydney is teeming with wildlife, so look and listen, urges the Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley.None of us will be the first to land on the moon or to climb Mount Everest. It's...