Science

September 2018

 Scientists discover new function of heat-shock protein
7 September 2018
An international research team has identified a new function of Hsp90, one of the most common and studied proteins in the human body. The study has implications for the development of new drugs.New...

August 2018

Blood-borne cancer detection receives gold-plated boost
28 August 2018
UNSW researchers have discovered a new way to detect ultralow levels of microRNA in a blood sample which could make diagnosis of cancer and other illnesses quicker and more efficient.The research...
New study reveals why women take sexy selfies
27 August 2018
A new UNSW study has revealed the science behind sexy selfies, showing that women tend to sexualise themselves in environments with greater economic inequality, rather than where they might be...
Far fewer students believe God created humans, 32-year study reveals
22 August 2018
In an overview of 32 years of annually-assessed student opinions, belief among students that a god is the ultimate or contributing cause of human origins has steeply declined from being a majority...
In search of the best telescope location, UNSW team heads to high places
21 August 2018
It is a tale of North and South with an astronomical twist, with a UNSW astronomer and a UNSW PhD alumnus heading from Antarctica to the Tibetan Plateau to help find the best site for a new, 12-metre...
 Building artificial atoms using holes
15 August 2018
A UNSW study published this week resolves key challenges in creation of hole-based artificial atoms, with excellent potential for more-stable, faster, more scalable quantum computing.Artificial atoms...
School students get exclusive insights into the world of quantum
10 August 2018
When Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons became Australian of the Year 2018, her acceptance speech touched on themes that resonated with many school students and teachers: her encouragement of all...
New intervention for children with severe conduct problems shows promise in open trial
7 August 2018
A targeted intervention could successfully decrease severe conduct problems and callous traits in young children and help correct their developmental trajectory, a new UNSW study has shown. The work...
UNSW scientists secure $4m for five projects in latest ARC funding
2 August 2018
UNSW scientists have received almost $4m from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for 5 projects in key research areas.The grants are part of the $180.4m in 2018 ARC program funding announced on...
UNSW scientists showcase their work at National Science Week
1 August 2018
A talk by Australia’s quantum computing pioneer, tours of electronic waste microfactories, a workshop about seaweed restoration along Sydney’s coastline and debate about the challenges of our robotic...
Prehistoric mass graves may be linked to tsunamis, new research reveals
1 August 2018
UNSW scientists have shown – for the first time – that a series of high-profile burial sites in the Pacific, Mediterranean and northern Scotland were likely related to catastrophic tsunamis. The work...
UNSW Science Postgraduate Research students shine in communication competition
1 August 2018
Three research students studying crayweed on Sydney’s coastline, the effects of diet on sperm and semen traits, and the objectification of women, have each won $3000 prizes in the 2018 UNSW Science...

July 2018

 App helps ecologists map vulnerable ecosystems within minutes
27 July 2018
A mapmaking app created by UNSW scientists harnesses the power of Google and NASA to empower ecologists to create a view on ecosystems without any specialist equipment.UNSW scientists have created a...
UNSW’s Fiona Stapleton receives prestigious vision medal
26 July 2018
UNSW Sydney’s Professor Fiona Stapleton has been named the 2018 recipient of Optometry Australia’s prestigious H Barry Collin Research Medal.Professor Stapleton is the first woman to receive the peer...
Five members of UNSW Science in the running for the 'Oscars' of Australian science
25 July 2018
The genetic rescue of one our tiniest possums, wearable sunburn sensors and leading climate science are among the projects headed by members of UNSW Science that have been named finalists in the...
Tries and tutes: Wallabies star mixes UNSW student life with international rugby
19 July 2018
UNSW student Ned Hanigan’s rugby career is going so well that he jokes he might still be in lectures when he is an old man.Hanigan, 23, started his Bachelor of Science degree back in 2014 as part of...
Strong performance by UNSW Science in world subject rankings
18 July 2018
UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Science performed strongly in the latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018. Five subjects ranked in the top 50, including Remote Sensing, which...
UNSW Professor Michelle Simmons formally admitted to Royal Society of London
16 July 2018
UNSW Sydney Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons was officially admitted to the Royal Society of London last week, joining nine other Australian scientists selected to the world’s oldest independent...
Tuning in to quantum: scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits
16 July 2018
Australian scientists have achieved a new milestone in their approach to creating a quantum computer chip in silicon, demonstrating the ability to tune the control frequency of a qubit by engineering...
New study cracks ancient aquatic algae’s genome
13 July 2018
An international group of researchers – including Honorary Senior Lecturer Mary Jane Beilby, biophysicist from UNSW Science’s School of Physics, the only Australian member of the group – has decoded...
Climate Change Research Centre scientists achieve Nature hattrick
13 July 2018
Scientists from the faculty’s Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) have been featured three times in Nature – a top scientific journal – in the past few weeks. Nature Geoscience paper: Global...
Scientia PhD scholarships recruit our next generation of researchers
6 July 2018
Expressions of interest are now open for the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme.The scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the...
 Irrigation and development pose threat to international status of Narran Lakes
4 July 2018
The periods of time when there is enough water in Narran Lakes for colonial waterbirds to breed has declined from one in four years in the 1970s to one in 11 years now, due to rapid development...
 How dingoes sculpt the shape of sand dunes in the Australian desert
4 July 2018
A new study by UNSW scientists has shown how the presence – and absence – of dingoes affects the desert landscape.Removing predators from an ecosystem can have a domino effect that impacts the...
Australian scientists crack the genetic code of koalas
3 July 2018
A team of Australian and international scientists – including UNSW Sydney Professor Marc Wilkins – have made a significant breakthrough, successfully sequencing the full koala genome.  The consortium...

June 2018

The Milky Way is not low-fat: new study reveals facts about grease in space
28 June 2018
The galaxy is rich in grease-like molecules, according to an Australian-Turkish team.Astronomers at UNSW Sydney and Ege University in Turkey used a laboratory to manufacture material with the same...
 World-first brain imaging study to understand mind blindness
26 June 2018
To determine why some people cannot create visual images of people, places and things in their mind’s eye, UNSW scientists are planning to conduct a world-first brain imaging study of people with...
Fortunes of Australia’s breadbasket wax and wane in response to drought and rainfall
22 June 2018
Using historic satellite data from NASA, research led by UNSW scientists has shown the health of the Murray-Darling Basin vegetation and the surrounding ecosystem responded in sync with water...
UNSW scientists team up with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to promote sustainable land management
21 June 2018
UNSW scientists have joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inform the debate on one of the 21st century’s big challenges: land degradation and...