Science

February 2016

Study: Hot weather causes chicks to hatch earlier than normal
4 February 2016
Research carried out at UNSW's Fowlers Gap Research Station has found that climate change is affecting how quickly bird eggs develop and hatch.The study, led by Macquarie University, looked at the...
Analysis: East Asia makes a comeback in the human evolution stakes
1 February 2016
Archaeological discoveries in East Asia over the last decade or so have dramatically rewritten our understanding of human evolution.But the implications don’t sit easily with many scholars...

January 2016

Study: New theory linking brain activity to brain shape could throw light on human consciousness
28 January 2016
Complex human brain activity is governed by the same simple universal rule of nature that can explain other phenomena such as the beautiful sound of a finely crafted violin or the spots on a leopard...
Study: Rising carbon dioxide emissions pose “intoxication” threat to world’s ocean fish sooner than thought
21 January 2016
arbon dioxide concentrations in seawater could reach levels high enough to make fish “intoxicated” and disoriented many decades earlier than previously thought, with serious implications for the...
Opinion: The lecture is dead, long live the lecture
20 January 2016
Students are likely to hear that "the lecture is dead", but new technology is actually set to ensure that most lectures at university will be good ones and teaching will get even better. It's often...
Study: Weekend binge just as bad for the gut as regular junk food diet, study suggests
20 January 2016
Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of rubbish, new UNSW research suggests....
Analysis: How the Japanese tsunami sent marine invaders across the ocean – and why you should be worried
18 January 2016
When the tsunami waters withdrew from the devastated coast of Japan in March 2011 they took with them a vast amount of debris consisting of potentially millions of objects, and sent it rafting...
Study: Scientific persistence wins out with discovery that could lead to cure for common blood diseases
15 January 2016
An international research team that includes UNSW Australia scientists has discovered an important new genetic target for the development of possible treatments for the common inherited blood...
Opinion: Pregnant women and parents misled about dangers of living with lead pollution
12 January 2016
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading information about the dangers of lead exposure for babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about the risks...
Opinion: how curiosity can save species from extinction
7 January 2016
If I had been given one wish as a child, it would have been that the Tasmanian tiger wasn’t extinct. To me extinction was a tragedy. I expect that many people feel the same way.But it is not easy to...
Study: Genetic changes in birds could shed light on human mitochondrial diseases
6 January 2016
The discovery that starlings carrying a new mutation in their mitochondria almost tripled their population within five years, has important implications for understanding mitochondrial diseases in...
Opinion: time for a reset? How to make your New Year’s resolutions work
4 January 2016
New Year’s resolutions are set with the best of intentions. But they notoriously fail to translate into lasting behavioural changes.The new gym membership falls into disuse come February; items...
Opinion: self-control or government regulation? Squaring the blame for overeating
4 January 2016
People overeat. And people don’t always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices? And can we do anything about it?Impact of the...
Training: Sky's the limit for student pilots now offered advanced flight training
4 January 2016
UNSW has become the first university in the country approved under new legislation by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to provide integrated Commercial Pilot Licence training, which allows a 50...