Science

May 2017

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Prizegiving: Paris celebrates eminent women in science
24 March 2017
UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has received a €100,000 international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award at a ceremony in France, in recognition of her pioneering research in quantum...
Analysis: How Sustainable Development Goals can be integrated into policy
22 March 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals outline an ambitious vision for 2030, clearly articulating that sustainable economic development is not possible without protecting the environment and ensuring...
Study: Surprising results reveal how liver cancer cells can adapt
21 March 2017
Targeting the ‘Achilles’ heel’ of liver cancer could have unintended consequences, encouraging rather than preventing tumour growth, UNSW researchers warn.Liver cancer is the third leading cause of...
Competition: Sandy the pure desert dingo takes on the world
16 March 2017
A proposal by UNSW scientist Bill Ballard to study the DNA of a two year old Australian dingo called Sandy Maliki has been announced as one of five finalists in the World’s Most Interesting Genome...
Study: Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten
15 March 2017
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-...
Study: Starquakes reveal surprises about birth of stars in our galaxy
14 March 2017
A study of the internal sound waves created by starquakes, which make stars ring like a bell, has provided unprecedented insights into conditions in the turbulent gas clouds where stars were born as...
Competition: UNSW and ABC RN give science communicators a voice
10 March 2017
Are you an early-career STEMM researcher with a flair and passion for communicating your work? Apply for Top 5 under 40, a partnership that gives a voice to a new generation of science thinkers.UNSW...
Rankings: Science shines in world subject rankings
9 March 2017
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Psychology and Materials Science both placed first in Australia.Environmental Sciences moved up nine places...
Documentary: De-extinction research to feature on ABC TV
3 March 2017
A TV documentary about a UNSW-led project aimed at bringing the Australian Gastric-brooding Frog back to life will air on ABC TV next week.The hour-long program, Project Lazarus, produced by...

February 2017

Honour: Veena Sahajwalla first woman to be awarded India’s Jubilee Chair
23 February 2017
UNSW’s internationally renowned waste innovator, Veena Sahajwalla, is the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Jubilee Chair and Professorship by the Indian Academy of Sciences.ARC Laureate...