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Explainer: One day science may cure sickle cell anaemia
9 July 2014
Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells' haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. It has been estimated that around 5% of the world’s population carry a defective globin gene....
Study: Beautiful but a threat - Tropical fish destroy kelp
9 July 2014
The migration of tropical fish as a result of ocean warming poses a serious threat to the temperate areas they invade, because they overgraze on kelp forests and seagrass meadows, a new study...
Conference: Conservation of Pacific Island environments
9 July 2014
The world has an obligation to help the Pacific Islands conserve their unique ecosystems, because they are a vital reservoir of biodiversity and important source of natural resources, according to...
Study: Changing Antarctic winds create new sea level threat
8 July 2014
New research shows projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated.Changes to Antarctic winds have already...
Study: Kangaroos use their tails as a fifth leg
2 July 2014
Kangaroos may be nature's best hoppers, but when they are grazing on all fours - which is most of the time - their tail becomes a powerful fifth leg, new research shows.While such activity appears...
Funding: UNSW outperforms in Linkage grants
30 June 2014
UNSW Science has helped UNSW outperform every other university in the country to receive $10.5 million for industry-based collaborative research projects in the latest funding round from the...
Discovery: Possible nearby Earth-like planet
27 June 2014
A UNSW-led team of researchers has discovered a potentially habitable Earth-like planet that is only 16 light years away.The “super-Earth” planet, GJ 832 c, takes 16 days to orbit its red-dwarf star...
Analysis: Linear depictions of human evolution are misleading
25 June 2014
Search "human evolution" in Google images and what you'll get is an abundance of stereotypical images of an idea deeply embedded in our subconscious, the inevitable line or ladder of human evolution...