Science

June 2017

Opinion: Why I disagree with Nobel Laureates when it comes to career advice for scientists
27 June 2017
The measures by which we judge scientists are always under intense scrutiny. For those who hit the peak of their field, there’s the Nobel Prize. But across all levels of career progression, we...
Launch: Science-industry Torch partnership to produce next generation of touch screens
26 June 2017
New types of touch screens that would be very robust but also sensitive enough to detect ten fingers at once, are to be developed in a research partnership between UNSW Science and Chinese company...
Research: Survey of citizen lifesavers could help save lives in the water
22 June 2017
UNSW scientists are encouraging people who have been rescued from the water by a bystander, or who have helped save the life of someone else in trouble, to take part in a survey aimed at reducing...
Impact: Celebrating a high performing new journal in the revolutionary field of quantum information
15 June 2017
UNSW Sydney is proud of the early publication performance, influence and reach of its Nature Partner Journal npj Quantum Information, from advancing discovery to affecting public discourse.At a time...
Video: Professor Brian Greene on the strange nature of the universe
8 June 2017
Time travel is possible, there could be extra dimensions in space all around us, and the world we know could be a hologram.Renowned American theoretical physicist, author and science communicator Dr...
Rankings: UNSW 1st in NSW, 3rd in Australia and 45th in World
8 June 2017
A strong performance by UNSW Science has helped UNSW climb four places to 45 in the QS World University Rankings for 2017-18.The result places UNSW as the highest-ranked university in Sydney and in...
Study: New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
7 June 2017
UNSW chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel.The technology is based on the creation of ultrathin slices...
Research: Long-term study of Murray-Darling Basin wetlands reveals impact of dams
5 June 2017
A landmark 30-year-long UNSW study of wetlands in eastern Australia has found that construction of dams and diversion of water from the Murray-Darling Basin have led to a more than 70 percent decline...
Grants: UNSW Science awarded eight ARC  fellowships
5 June 2017
For his research on breakthrough mathematical methods that could solve difficult problems in the physical world, Professor Fedor Sukochev has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship...
Study: Workplace survey of Quad bike use highlights rollover risks
5 June 2017
A ground-breaking UNSW study of quad bike safety on farms and other workplaces has found that one in two riders has crashed and about two thirds of the crashes involved rollovers, putting riders at...
Address: Michelle Simmons lights up Vivid with her vision of a quantum world
1 June 2017
Australia is well positioned to develop a practical quantum computer, said UNSW quantum physicist Michelle Simmons as she lauded Australia’s bright future in quantum computing at the Vivid Ideas...
Funding: UNSW leads the state in industry linkage grants
1 June 2017
Science projects to improve the accuracy of facial identification and to develop a topaz-based material for industry have contributed to UNSW’s strong performance in the latest round of federal...

May 2017

Study: Groundwater ‘pit stops’ enabled survival and migration of our ancient ancestors
31 May 2017
African groundwater played an important role in kick-starting the evolutionary history of humans, with the movement of our ancestors across East Africa shaped by the location of springs, new...
Study: Synthesising natural antimalarial drugs
25 May 2017
UNSW medicinal chemists have synthesised a potent antimalarial compound naturally produced by a rare tropical plant.For decades, researchers have known about the therapeutic properties of a family of...
Video: The e-waste visionary
22 May 2017
UNSW New Generation Network Scholar Vaibhav Gaikwad is reframing Australia-India relations while turning mountains of e-waste into valuable products - including a set of Gandhi spectacles that...
Event: Life on Mars: How Australian scientists are shaping NASA's 2020 mission to the red planet
19 May 2017
As part of National Science Week, a panel of leading scientists including Paul Davies and UNSW's Martin Van Kranendonk will address some of space exploration's biggest questions at the Sydney Opera...
Awards: UNSW celebrates its star graduates
18 May 2017
For her contribution to chemistry and the promotion of women in science, Professor Frances Separovic was last night announced winner of the Science and Technology category of the 2017 UNSW Alumni...
Video: Why you should get a stranger to choose your profile pictures
16 May 2017
People select profile images of themselves for social networking sites that are less flattering than a stranger would choose for them, UNSW-led research shows.The study suggests people have an...
Analysis: Why bad moods are good for you: the surprising benefits of sadness
15 May 2017
The unrelenting pursuit of happiness may be self-defeating, and we've much to gain from being sad and mad now and again, writes Scientia Professor Joe Forgas.OPINION: Homo sapiens is a very moody...
Research: Dingo fence study shows dingo extermination leads to poorer soil
10 May 2017
A comparison of conditions in the outback on either side of Australia’s dingo fence has revealed that extermination of these apex predators not only affects the abundance of other animals and plants...
Oldest evidence of land-based life found in 3.48 billion-year-old Australian rocks
10 May 2017
Fossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia – pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest...
Study: Turning Proteins into the Strongest Known Acids to Improve Detection
9 May 2017
The strongest organic acid ever has been produced by chemists at UNSW, and it is set to revolutionise protein analysis by mass spectrometry.“We’ve discovered how to form protein ions in really highly...
Diversity: Hunt for Superstars of STEM to engage more women in science
2 May 2017
Superstars of STEM is a new program by Science and Technology Australia that aims to smash the stereotypical portrait of people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The plan is to...
Welcome: Professor Emma Johnston takes up leadership of the Faculty
1 May 2017
UNSW Science welcomes the leading UNSW marine ecologist and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) to the role of Dean of Science, which she commences today.Professor Johnston has an exceptional...

April 2017

Study: Citizen scientists help identify shorebird extinction threat
21 April 2017
Degradation and destruction of mudflats in north-east Asia has contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of migratory shorebirds in Australia, new research shows.The study, by an international...
Study: Why you should get a stranger to choose your profile pictures
14 April 2017
People select profile images of themselves for social networking sites that are less flattering than a stranger would choose for them, UNSW-led research shows.The study suggests people have an...
Competition: Sandy the dingo wins world’s most interesting genome grant
13 April 2017
A wild-born, pure Australian desert dingo called Sandy Maliki has taken out first place in the World’s Most Interesting Genome competition.The UNSW-led proposal to have Sandy’s DNA...
Study: Past climate a better predictor of soil carbon than current climate
13 April 2017
The climate that Earth experienced millions of years ago could reveal more about the health of soils and their capacity to store carbon dioxide than current climates, a new study has shown.Carbon...
International: UNSW wows India's PM with gift of innovation
11 April 2017
In a tribute to innovation, sustainability and advanced manufacturing, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a replica of Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic...
Analysis: Climate-driven species on the move are changing (almost) everything
5 April 2017
Last year in Paris, for the very first time, English sparkling wine beat champagne in a blind tasting event. Well established French Champagne houses have started buying fields in Britain to grow...
Video: Reaching for the Stars - Sarah Brough
5 April 2017
What is our universe? Where did it come from? Associate Professor Sarah Brough studies rare mega-galaxies - thousands of times the size of the Milky Way - which she likens to interviewing elders...
Analysis: Why are some people more gullible than others?
4 April 2017
Sharing social knowledge is the foundation of our evolutionary success but in an age of unlimited information it's difficult to decide what to believe, writes Joseph Forgas.OPINION: Homo sapiens is...
Find: St Bernards discovered by UNSW researchers in remote alpine area
1 April 2017
A team of explorers from UNSW and Britain has discovered a colony of wild St Bernard dogs within a remote mountain range in southern Siberia – a remarkable find given St Bernards were previously...

March 2017

Study: Species on the move having a big impact
31 March 2017
Changes in the distribution of land, marine and freshwater species as a result of climate change are affecting human wellbeing around the world, posing new health risks, economic threats and...
Video: Farming fish for change in PNG
27 March 2017
A UNSW-led fish farming research project in the remote PNG highlands not only provides a valuable source of protein and income for local people, as highlighted in a new video, it also helps reduce...