Science

June 2016

Study: Ancient “Deep Skull” from Borneo full of surprises
27 June 2016
A new study of the 37,000-year old remains of the “Deep Skull” – the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia – has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous...
Communication: Science gets fresh
23 June 2016
UNSW has dominated the field of finalists in the 2016 NSW Fresh Science awards, designed to help early career researchers find and then share their stories of discovery.UNSW claimed four of the 12...
Study: Fish out of water are more common than thought
23 June 2016
Fish have evolved the ability to live on land many times, challenging the perception that this extreme lifestyle shift was likely to have been a rare occurrence in ancient times, UNSW research shows...
Innovation: Sunburn sensor among top technologies at nanomedicine conference
21 June 2016
A ‘smart’ paper-based patch that changes colour in sunlight could provide an affordable tool to help prevent sunburn and deadly skin cancers, UNSW Science researchers say.Chemists from the ...
Research: Global study reveals marine sponges are reservoirs of exceptional microbial diversity
17 June 2016
An unprecedented global survey of marine sponges – the most ancient multicellular lifeforms on Earth— has revealed they make a massive contribution to the total microbial diversity of the world’s...
Film: International science film festival SCINEMA at UNSW
16 June 2016
UNSW will host the international science film festival SCINEMA this weekend, with a tiny colourful Australian spider, the famous British physicist Brian Cox, and some slowly moving plants starring...
Study: Algae’s genetic secrets explain how some corals withstand high water temperature and avoid bleaching
15 June 2016
A UNSW Australia-led team of researchers has identified genes that allow some algae living in corals to tolerate higher ocean temperatures than others. The genes could act as markers to understand...
Award: Australia’s highest honour for UNSW trauma expert
14 June 2016
UNSW Scientia Professor Richard Bryant, a world expert in the mental health of people affected by adversity and trauma, has received Australia’s highest accolade in this year’s Queen’s birthday...
Research: UNSW launches major new study and online survey on quad bike safety on farms and other workplaces
14 June 2016
Farmers and other workers who ride quad bikes are being strongly encouraged by UNSW scientists to participate in a new on-line survey to assist with research into the safety of quad-bike use in the...
Analysis: Storms are pumping pollution into our oceans: time to clean up our cities
9 June 2016
The massive storms that have lashed Australia’s east coast over the past few days are not just a threat to lives and property, but also to our marine wildlife.The increasing urbanisation of our...
Study: World-first approach to help design more accurate quantum computing architecture
7 June 2016
Researchers from the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) have been able to identify the exact location of a single atom in a silicon crystal—an important...
Analysis: The role of climate change in eastern Australia's wild storms
6 June 2016
Australia’s east coast is recovering from a weekend of wild winds, waves and flooding, caused by a weather pattern known as an East Coast Low. Tragically, several people have died in flooding.Parts...
Study: Scientific boost for water management of Murray-Darling Basin
5 June 2016
More than a quarter of a century of the dramatically changing water expanses in the Murray-Darling Basin have been mapped in unprecedented detail using Landsat satellite images from 1986 to 2011.The...

May 2016

Awards: UNSW and Sydney Airport launch prizes to reward aviation leadership
30 May 2016
UNSW and Sydney Airport have announced a suite of nine new prizes for top performing students in aviation and business, cementing relationships between the two leading Sydney institutions.The...
Report: Drying of ancient Thirlmere Lakes caused by human activities
29 May 2016
Coal mining and possibly groundwater extraction are responsible for the recent drying out of the ecologically important Thirlmere Lakes in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, a new UNSW...
Discovery: Remains of bizarre group of extinct snail-eating Australian marsupials
28 May 2016
Fossil remains of a previously unknown family of carnivorous Australian marsupials that lived 15 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in north-western...
Prize: Top international award for quantum computing chief Michelle Simmons
24 May 2016
For her world-leading research in the fabrication of atomic-scale devices for quantum computing, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has been awarded a prestigious Foresight Institute Feynman Prize...
Paralympics: Science student Prue Watt goes with the flow to reach Rio
24 May 2016
As one of Australia’s most successful Paralympian swimmers, UNSW science student and Ben Lexcen scholar Prue Watt knows what's in store in the lead up to Rio.“It is always a bit of a daunting time...
Honour: Two UNSW scientists elected to Australian Academy of Science
23 May 2016
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding of the School of Chemistry and Professor Fedor Sukochev of the School of Mathematics and Statistics have been elected fellows of the Australian Academy of Science,...
Study: Seeing the wood from the trees – improved methods for mapping vegetation
18 May 2016
Conservation of Australia’s precious native vegetation is set to be enhanced with the development of new methods to improve mapping of plant communities by UNSW scientists.“Managing what is left of...
Study: UNSW research may explain why rogue traders take such big risks
16 May 2016
UNSW researchers have for the first time shown that prolonged exposure to extreme volatility in financial markets may distort a trader’s perceptions, making them potentially blind to risk.The...
Opinion: Ancient Australia was the world’s first nation of innovators
12 May 2016
We need to place greater value on the extraordinary Indigenous history and heritage of our nation, writes Darren Curnoe.OPINION: For the first couple of centuries of European occupation of Australia...
Grants: UNSW tops the state in industry-linkage grants
9 May 2016
Faculty of Science researchers have performed strongly to help UNSW secure the highest level of funding in NSW in the latest round of federal government’s industry-linked research projects scheme....
Awards: Soaring success for UNSW’s female pilots
9 May 2016
Three UNSW aviation students have been honoured with the Sir Donald Anderson Award for outstanding academic achievement by female trainee pilots.AWARDS: For UNSW aviation student Hayley Umbers there...
Exhibition: Schrödinger’s Bird - Art inspired by UNSW quantum research
5 May 2016
In an unusual melding of science and art, a series of paintings, animations, machinery and other artworks inspired by UNSW’s ground-breaking research in quantum physics will go on public display...
Opinion: Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding
4 May 2016
Research expeditions shouldn't need to rely on governments for funding, write Chris Turney and Christopher Fogwill.OPINION: We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to...
Appointment: New leadership role for award-winning scientist Emma Johnston
2 May 2016
Renowned professor of marine ecology and TV presenter Emma Johnston is adding Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) to her impressive list of achievements.A leading authority in marine ecology, Professor...

April 2016

Research: Poo transplant study suggests personalised approach will be best
29 April 2016
Simone Li, the first UNSW student accepted into a prestigious joint PhD program at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, has made a game-changing discovery about faecal transplantation.RESEARCH...
Opinion: In steel, the innovation economy is already here
29 April 2016
If Australia is to have a real chance of transitioning from a largely mining and commodities-based economy to an innovation-led ideas boom, a buoyant Australian steel industry is essential, writes...
Study: Atoms placed precisely in silicon can act as quantum simulator
22 April 2016
Coinciding with the opening of a new quantum computing laboratory at UNSW by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, UNSW researchers have made another advance towards the development of a silicon-based...
Opening: Prime Minister hails UNSW's quantum computing research as the world's best
22 April 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, accompanied by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, today opened a new quantum computing laboratory complex at UNSW "There...
Backgrounder: New quantum computing laboratories at UNSW
22 April 2016
The new laboratory complex doubles the capacity of the UNSW headquarters of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, CQC2T – a globally unique facility...
Backgrounder: Quantum computing at UNSW and timeline of major scientific and engineering advances
22 April 2016
SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS:  The UNSW-based Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) is a globally unique facility dedicated to the...
Study: Link between cholesterol and vitamin D production identified
18 April 2016
UNSW researchers have identified a molecular switch in the body that regulates production of two substances vital to human health – cholesterol and vitamin D.They have shown that when levels of...
Investment: UNSW partners with China on $100 million innovation precinct
15 April 2016
The Prime Minister and Chinese Premier have unveiled an unprecedented $100 million innovation partnership that will deliver a major boost in R&D funding through a new science and technology...
Website: UNSW launches program to help refugee men overcome mental health stigma
14 April 2016
A new website will help traumatised refugee men overcome the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and encourage them to seek help.'Tell Your Story’ is the first program of its kind...
Resource: Satellite eye on Australia’s vegetation
13 April 2016
A new National Biomass Library containing detailed maps of the height and cover of woody vegetation across the continent has been created to assist with research, management and sustainable use of...
Opinion: Our uni admissions process aims to level the playing field
13 April 2016
The ATAR finishing-line photo captures only one angle for university admission, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.OPINION: University admissions systems are – and should be – a topic of discussion....
Competition: For young scientists with a flair and passion for communicating their research
12 April 2016
UNSW and ABC RN are inviting applications from outstanding early-career researchers across Australia in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research for Top 5 under 40.Top 5...
Citizen Science: Supporting the future of Australia's wetland birds
6 April 2016
Australians are being encouraged to collect wetland bird feathers to help scientists create the first ever ‘Feather Map of Australia’ to show the health of the country's wetland birds.Wetland...
Opinion: If we really want an ideas boom, we need more women at the top tiers of science
6 April 2016
Three of the nation’s leading scientists say that Australia is "frozen in time" and is throwing away the opportunity to harness the intelligence and prodigious drive of women researchers.On...
Analysis: Is anyone there - the science of consciousness
4 April 2016
How do we know if someone is conscious? New brain imaging technology is providing some important insights, writes Selen Atasoy.OPINION: Imagine you just woke up from a deep, dreamless sleep. Fuzzy...
Discovery: New kind of life found on Mars
1 April 2016
After more than 30 years of searching, as well as five landings on Mars, scientists claim they have finally discovered life on the red planet – but it is not life as we know it.The researchers say...

March 2016

Opinion: Women scientists are here and we need to be seen and heard
30 March 2016
When people think of science celebrities, they think of men. Emma Johnston argues that more needs to be done to highlight the role of women in science.OPINION: Malcolm Turnbull, our innovation Prime...
Study: Endangered African wild dogs use high speed rather than endurance to catch prey
30 March 2016
A unique study of African wild dogs in which high-tech collars were attached to all members of a pack to simultaneously track their movements has overturned conventional wisdom about how the...