Science

October 2019

Many minds better than one: meet the dementia scientist collaborating for cognitive ageing breakthroughs
15 October 2019
Scientia Professor and UNSW SHARP Hire Kaarin Anstey believes involving people with diverse perspectives can lead to breakthroughs in ageing research, and that teamwork is crucial.   ...
Society awards top honour to UNSW palaeontologist
15 October 2019
UNSW's Professor Mike Archer is the first Australian to win the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology​'s highest prize, the Romer-Simpson Medal. One of Australia’s foremost palaeontologists and...
Marine ecologist Adriana Vergés takes out UNSW's inaugural Emerging Thought Leader Prize
15 October 2019
Associate Professor Adriana Vergés is recognised for her creative and persuasive leadership in the public interest. A marine ecologist using rigorous science and innovative public engagement...
Order found in circular molecule suggests deeper importance to brain function
14 October 2019
Scientists are rethinking the importance of an enigmatic molecule after finding intricate processes at play in its formation.Circular RNA (circRNA) – a molecule previously thought to be an accidental...
All eyes on World Sight Day
10 October 2019
This World Sight Day, we’ve compiled some of the many highlights from UNSW researchers and students working towards improving eye health.To celebrate this year’s World Sight Day, we’re shining light...
Overcoming stigma on World Mental Health Day
10 October 2019
This World Mental Health Day, UNSW is highlighting the ways its researchers and students are working towards improving mental health for people all over the world.World Mental Health Day, held...
UNSW scientists design graphene filter to purify methane from biogas
10 October 2019
UNSW researchers are using ‘wonder material’ graphene to generate sustainable energy in municipal wastewater treatment plants.UNSW scientists that developed a graphene filter to improve the quality...
New innovation network to reduce waste and improve sustainability
9 October 2019
NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes. Photos: Isabella Moore Jobs in regional areas will be among the first products of the NSW Circular recycling and manufacturing network. NSW Planning and Public...
 Tear samples could help detect diabetes complication
8 October 2019
You’ve heard of blood tests and stool samples. Tear samples might be the next screening method to enter your doctor’s office, a new study from UNSW Sydney suggests. Tear-testing may be the future of...
UNSW tops Nature Index rankings
2 October 2019
UNSW Sydney has risen to the top of the prestigious Nature Index for the first time in its latest monthly update, covering outputs published in the 12 months to May 2019. Previously UNSW had been...
Into the wild: meet the alumnus capturing Australia's wildlife
2 October 2019
The skill of being in the right place at the right time has landed this UNSW alumnus a thriving career as a wildlife camera operator, with credits including the BBC and National Geographic. Waiting...
Kilometre-long laser takes aim at UNSW PhD student
1 October 2019
“It’s pretty surreal being at the pointy end of an almost kilometre-long laser,” says UNSW Sydney PhD candidate Oliver Paull. “Not because of any danger from the laser (even though it’s several...

September 2019

Earliest signs of life: scientists find microbial remains in ancient rocks
26 September 2019
Western Australia’s famous 3.5-billion-year-old stromatolites contain microbial remains of some of the earliest life on Earth, UNSW scientists have found. Scientists have found exceptionally...
Minister unveils new plastics recycling technology
26 September 2019
The revolutionary technology developed at UNSW Sydney positions Australia at the forefront of how we re-use discarded materials. A new federally funded microfactory unveiled at UNSW Sydney today is...
How gliding animals fine-tuned the rules of evolution
23 September 2019
A study of gliding animals has challenged the idea that evolutionary innovations – adaptations that bring new abilities and advantages – spur the origin of other new body types and other...
Students battle it out at international data science competition
23 September 2019
Six teams from UNSW and Tsinghua University spent an intense two days hacking their way through a complex data science challenge, held at Australian data consultancy Servian HQ, and presenting their...
UNSW scientist first woman honoured with top chemistry prize
17 September 2019
Professor Martina Stenzel is the first woman in almost 90 years to be awarded the Royal Society of NSW's Liversidge Medal.  One of the world’s leading experts in polymer chemistry, UNSW Sydney...
Marine Biology alumna casts her net wide for career success
16 September 2019
Photo: Tashya Miranda working in the field: "It’s been really invigorating to pitch ideas to tackle topics like Sydney’s current drought, and ways we can re-use our waste resources."You will equally...
Top honour awarded to three UNSW research pioneers
12 September 2019
Three leading researchers have been awarded Australian Laureate Fellowships to tackle some of the world’s big issues, including ageing, clean energy and quantum computing. UNSW academics have been...
World leader in genomics joins UNSW
12 September 2019
Geneticist Professor John Mattick will join the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences in October as the University's latest SHARP hire. One of the world’s foremost experts on the human...
UNSW rockets up the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
12 September 2019
UNSW Sydney continues its steady progress towards its goal of becoming a top 50 global university, rising 25 places to 71st in the THE World University Rankings.  UNSW has jumped 25 spots to 71st in...
Face facts: we need to know more about super recognisers
6 September 2019
People with superior facial recognition abilities are being recruited for surveillance and security roles while the science behind the phenomenon is having to play catch-up.Super recognisers – or...
Coastal infrastructure urgently needs a rethink, marine ecologists say
5 September 2019
How should we be building along the global coast? A framework by UNSW scientists delivers some much-needed answers.UNSW scientists have released a world-first framework for guiding the building and...
NASA and European Space Agency join UNSW in outback for training crucial for Mars 2020 missions
2 September 2019
UNSW scientists have shown a group of Mars specialists the secrets of the remote Pilbara's ancient rocks - all in preparation for NASA's and ESA's Mars 2020 missions.NASA and European Space Agency (...

August 2019

Recycling technology wins prestigious award
30 August 2019
UNSW Sydney’s Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking recycling research in collaboration with industry partners.The 2019...
UNSW in top three Australian universities for latest NHMRC funding
30 August 2019
UNSW researchers have secured $47 million for 31 world-leading projects in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council funding round.Projects to treat and prevent HIV, reduce the impact...
UNSW researchers awarded at annual ‘science Oscars’
30 August 2019
UNSW researchers have won coveted Eureka Prizes for their contributions to science communication and national citizen science outreach.UNSW Associate Professor Darren Saunders has won a prestigious...
How to solve Indonesia’s ‘taboo’ mental health crisis
22 August 2019
Psychology PhD student Sandersan Onie is working on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and improving science-based interventions in his home of Indonesia.We often consider mental health in...
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: NUW Alliance to develop a joint taskforce
20 August 2019
A workshop hosted by the NUW Alliance has resulted in the creation of a joint Antimicrobial Research Taskforce (NUW-ART) involving academics from UNSW Sydney, the University of Newcastle and the...
UNSW Sydney tops ARC Research Hub grants
19 August 2019
More than $8 million worth of ARC grants have been awarded to two UNSW projects that will involve research into the major global challenges of antibiotic resistance and recyclable waste.UNSW Sydney...
Technology available to achieve COAG waste crisis goals
13 August 2019
A UNSW professor’s Microfactory technology is the solution to Australia’s waste and recycling crisis.The professor who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from...
 Platypus decline likely underestimated
8 August 2019
Declines in platypus have likely been underestimated, new research by UNSW scientists has shown. The iconic species was listed as ‘Near-Threatened’ in 2016, given mounting evidence of recent...
 Marine heatwaves a bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought, scientists find
8 August 2019
Marine heatwaves are a much bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought, research revealing a previously unrecognized impact of climate change on coral reefs has shown.In the study,...
 New app tests how mood affects cognitive performance
5 August 2019
How much do you think your mood affects your brain’s ability to perform under pressure?An app developed by UNSW researchers in conjunction with University College London (UCL) will not only allow you...

July 2019

 Online program helps traumatised refugees overcome mental health stigma
29 July 2019
An online intervention by UNSW Sydney scientists, in partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI), has successfully helped traumatised refugee men overcome the stigma associated with post...
 3D bioprinter co-developed by UNSW researchers wins top design award
26 July 2019
A 3D bioprinter that can print replicas of tumours has won the prestigious 2019 Good Design Award of the Year. The printer was co-designed by two leading UNSW medical and science academics.The prize...