Science

December 2018

 UNSW in top three Australian universities for NHMRC funding
12 December 2018
UNSW has risen to third among the Go8 universities for National Health and Medical Research Council funding in 2018.Projects to eliminate tuberculosis by 2030 and research programs to boost support...
Harnessing the power of ‘spin-orbit’ coupling: scaling up spin-based quantum computation
10 December 2018
Australian scientists have investigated new directions to scale up qubits utilising their spin-orbit coupling, adding a new suite of tools to the armory.Spin-orbit coupling, the coupling of the...
UNSW Dean of Science wins top Royal Society of NSW accolade
6 December 2018
Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of Science at UNSW Sydney, has won the prestigious Royal Society of NSW 2018 Clarke Medal, for her novel research on the impact of human activities in complex marine...
Best hope yet for aluminium-ion batteries
3 December 2018
Aluminium-ion batteries are a step closer to becoming a reality after a UNSW Sydney chemist found a way to make the science behind the technology work.In a study completed at Northwestern University...
Whale songs’ changing pitch may be response to climate changes
3 December 2018
Blue whales around the world have been dropping pitch incrementally over several decades, but the cause has remained a mystery. A new international study may have uncovered some clues.The study was...

November 2018

Young achiever of chemistry wins Rennie Memorial Medal
29 November 2018
Dr Neeraj Sharma of UNSW’s School of Chemistry has been recognised as an up-and-coming talent of Australian chemical science by winning the prestigious Rennie Memorial Medal.Awarded by the Royal...
New alloy to solve lead problem in drinking water
29 November 2018
Material scientists at UNSW Sydney have come up with a lead-free brass alloy to replace traditional plumbing brass materials that have been shown to leach lead into drinking water.The breakthrough...
Researchers warn of uncertain future for the platypus
29 November 2018
Mounting evidence that platypus populations are falling has concerned scientists who are nearing the end of a three-year national survey of the iconic species.The UNSW-led Australian Research Council...
 UNSW tops latest ARC funding round
28 November 2018
UNSW Sydney has topped the nation with $45m in funding for the most university research projects through the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. The University’s 114 projects...
Quantum computing at scale: Australian scientists achieve compact, sensitive qubit readout
27 November 2018
Professor Michelle Simmons’ team at UNSW Sydney has demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual atoms – a breakthrough that brings us one step closer...
Tropical tree mortality: new study reveals why trees die
21 November 2018
A study by scientists at UNSW Sydney, Macquarie University, data61 and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has shown why some tropical tree species die and others survive, revealing new...
Bioinformatic speed-dating
19 November 2018
Event connects medicine, biology, big data and technology to generate opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and collaboration.Over 120 researchers, clinicians and postgraduate students from...
World experts heading down under to talk silicon quantum computing
14 November 2018
Scientists from around the world are landing in Sydney this week to join discussions on the latest research in silicon quantum computing with renowned physicist and Australian of the Year, Professor...
Biology experiment helps historic UNSW fig trees put down new roots
14 November 2018
University students, staff and researchers have found a possible solution to protecting the heritage listed fig trees on the campus.Visitors to the University in the past year might have noticed a...
Migration critical to survival of dolphin populations, genetic study shows
14 November 2018
An analysis of dolphin genes has revealed information about their past migrations, showing just how crucial migrants might be for other populations.A new study by an international team of researchers...
House sparrow status signalling theory no longer flies
13 November 2018
For decades, evolutionary biologists have pointed to the house sparrow as a textbook example of the status signalling hypothesis at work.But a multi-institutional study involving UNSW is about to...
Graphene could reduce odour and corrosion in wastewater network
12 November 2018
A team of UNSW Sydney researchers is collaborating with Sewer Venting and Crane Hire Services (SVSR) to examine a new method for controlling odours in wastewater collection networks.In a series of...
Stories to capture your imagination: history of randomised trials wins science writing prize
7 November 2018
Dr Andrew Leigh MP has won the 2018 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing with ‘From bloodletting to placebo surgery’, an excerpt from his book Randomistas. The piece looks at the fascinating...
UNSW scientists to analyse 15,000 DNA samples from landmark aspirin trial
7 November 2018
UNSW Sydney scientists are part of a collaboration to pioneer detailed research into genetic factors that contribute to good health or disease in the elderly.The analysis is part of Monash University...
Maths and Science Champions showcase up-and-coming women in STEMM
1 November 2018
UNSW Science has launched its new Women in Maths & Science Champions Program – an initiative designed to give women the skills and confidence to build their public profile, make a positive impact...

October 2018

New instrument joins the hunt for Earth-like planets
30 October 2018
A ground-breaking $3.8 million instrument, used by astronomers to discover and study Earth-like planets, has been launched by a team from UNSW Sydney, The Australian National University (ANU) and...
Scientists find evidence for earliest hominins on Arabian Peninsula
30 October 2018
A new study, led by scientists from UNSW Sydney and published in Nature Ecology and Evolution today, suggests that early hominin dispersals beyond Africa did not have to adapt to environmental...
UNSW Science leaders named as ATSE Fellows
26 October 2018
Two leading UNSW Science academics and one UNSW Engineering academic have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering – a record number for the university in a...
UNSW Science alumni portrait series showcases equity, diversity and inclusion
25 October 2018
Alumni, staff and students gathered at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre in the Hilmer Building last night to celebrate the launch of the UNSW Science Facing Equality portrait series.The project,...
 New research cracks illegal wildlife trade
25 October 2018
Scientists have developed a revolutionary way to determine if animals are being illegally trafficked.UNSW Sydney scientists - in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia, UTS (...
 Scientists enlist public to help restore vital sea grasses
19 October 2018
Scientists are asking local communities to help restore endangered Posidonia seagrass meadows by collecting shoots that naturally become detached after large storms.A team led by UNSW and the Sydney...
 Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion
19 October 2018
The extinction of one of Australia’s top predators, Thylacoleo carnifex – aka the marsupial lion – was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat rather than human impacts, new...
Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries
17 October 2018
A database of larval fish collected over the last three decades and analysed by UNSW researchers will help scientists assess the effects of climate change on the health of Australian fisheries.In a...
First year physics students exploring future electronics
16 October 2018
UNSW first year physics students have been measuring the quantum Hall effect (QHE), a relatively new piece of physics recognised by the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics, which requires precision...
Symposium brings together best of Science, Engineering and Medicine
16 October 2018
The work of early career biomedical researchers was showcased at the 2018 Cross-Faculty Biomedical Symposium held at Wallace Wurth late last month.The event, which was jointly run by the School of...
Scientists shine light on protein linked to fat storage
12 October 2018
UNSW scientists have uncovered the structure of little-understood protein and reveal its potential role in obesity and diabetes.In new research that may have implications for strategies fighting...

September 2018

It’s a wrap: PhD student dons rapper persona to compose song about plastic pollution
28 September 2018
A music video raising awareness about plastic pollution demonstrates that effective science communication comes in many forms. It was a flash of inspiration during a conference that became a...
 Study reveals patterns in STEM grades of girls versus boys
26 September 2018
A landmark study of academic grades of 1.6 million students has shown that girls and boys perform very similarly in STEM – including at the top of the class.A new study, led by UNSW Sydney PhD...
 UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons to participate in 100 Years of Mateship initiative in Washington DC
26 September 2018
The program celebrates the breadth and depth of the relationship between Australia and the UnitedStates.Professor Michelle Simmons, 2018 Australian of the Year, will participate in the mateship...
Preventing serious eye infection in contact lens wearers
25 September 2018
A rare eye infection that can cause blindness – predominantly affecting contact lens wearers – is increasing, according to a new study led by UNSW Sydney's Dr Nicole Carnt.The preventable infection,...
 Opinion: the backflip over Sydney’s marine park is a defiance of science
21 September 2018
The New South Wales government’s decision to back away from establishing no-fishing zones in waters around Sydney leaves significant question marks over the plan, which is open for public...
World-first major desalination field study finds minimal marine impact
20 September 2018
The results of a world-first major study into the marine ecological impacts of a large-scale water desalination plant have been publicly released.The six-year study on the Sydney Desalination Plant...
Scientists crack genetic code of cane toad
20 September 2018
A group of scientists from UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney, Deakin University, Portugal and Brazil have unlocked the DNA of the cane toad, a poisonous amphibian that is a threat to many native...
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2018 Shortlist Announced
20 September 2018
Jo Chandler   Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge (Undark)Richard Guilliatt   Star of the sub-atomic (The Weekend Australian Magazine)Andrew Leigh   From bloodletting to placebo surgery (...