Science

December 2016

Awards: UNSW researchers win Royal Society of NSW medals
16 December 2016
For their work in surface chemistry and memory disruption in dementia, two UNSW scientists have won three prestigious Royal Society of NSW Awards for 2016.The Royal Society of NSW announced the...
Employment: New UNSW degree in 2017 for the job of the 21st century
15 December 2016
To address a high demand for data scientists who can make discoveries and gain business insights from analysing complex datasets, UNSW has launched a new three-year multidisciplinary degree – the...
Photography: Winners of the 2016 UNSW Science Photo Competition
14 December 2016
A range of striking images that capture the beauty of the natural world – including creatures that sting - have taken out the top awards in the UNSW Science Photo Competition.More than 600 entries...
Innovation: New funding to develop sight-saving drug
13 December 2016
A potential eye drop treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration based on chemical compounds developed at UNSW has received a funding boost, with UK-based biopharmaceutical company Exonate...
Opinion: Halting biodiversity loss – legislation fails to deliver for NSW
12 December 2016
NSW's new biodiversity legislation will achieve the opposite of what it is trying to do and will accelerate extinction of native flora and fauna rather than arrest its alarming decline, writes...
More than reality TV: educating the world about beach safety
9 December 2016
The factual TV show Bondi Rescue performs a valuable educational role in teaching people around the world about the dangers of rip currents and the importance of swimming between the flags, a global...
Appointment: Pre-eminent expert on sea level rise joins climate change team
8 December 2016
John Church, one of the world’s leading experts on sea level rise caused by global warming, is joining UNSW Science's Climate Change Research Centre.Dr Church comes to UNSW after a long career at the...
Study: Detective work across dingo fence reveals new factor in woody shrub invasion
6 December 2016
Extermination of dingoes and the consequent loss of small mammals – not just overgrazing by livestock – have led to a rapid spread of woody weed shrubs across semi-arid Australia, a new study shows. ...
Research: First national survey of platypuses in the wild
5 December 2016
Evidence that populations of the platypus are in decline across Australia – to extinction in some locations – has sparked a UNSW-led research project to assess the iconic animal's conservation status...
Innovation: New advanced heart patch developed
1 December 2016
Researchers have made a significant advance in heart attack research, with the development of a polymer patch which improves the conduction of electrical impulses across damaged heart tissue.The...

November 2016

Analysis: Bright city lights are keeping ocean predators awake and hungry
28 November 2016
Light pollution is changing the day-night cycle of some fish, dramatically affecting their feeding behaviour, according to our recently published study.In one of the first studies of its kind, we...
Study: Brain mechanisms in drug addiction – new brain pathways revealed
25 November 2016
UNSW psychologist have identified new brain pathways linked to addiction and shown that by manipulating them, drug-seeking behaviour and motivation for alcohol can be reduced.While the discovery was...
Summit: UNSW research transforming the human experience
23 November 2016
UNSW research expertise in marine ecology, materials science, mental health and nutrition has been showcased in the inaugural BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit in Sydney.Billed as a “thought-...
Appointment: Emma Johnston named new Dean of Science
22 November 2016
Award-winning research leader, scientist and communicator Emma Johnston has been appointed Dean of Science.Currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW, Professor Johnston brings an exceptional...
Survey: Counting waterbirds to monitor wetland health
21 November 2016
This year’s annual waterbird survey by a team led by UNSW scientist Richard Kingsford coincides with concerns that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is about to announce a cut to water allocations...
Honour: Academy Medal for eminent chemist
18 November 2016
For his outstanding contribution to organic chemistry, eminent UNSW scientist Professor David Black AO has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science 2017 David Craig Medal.Professor Black is...
Award: Professor Emma Johnston recognised in AFR Higher Education Awards
17 November 2016
UNSW Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Emma Johnston has won the Emerging Leader Award in The Australian Financial Review (AFR) 2016 Higher Education Awards.The awards, announced on...
Study: Underwater video reveals culprits behind disappearance of NSW kelp forests
15 November 2016
Seaweed-eating fish are becoming increasingly voracious as the ocean warms due to climate change and are responsible for the recent destruction of kelp forests off the NSW north coast near Coffs...
Book: Essay on threat to eucalypts wins science writing prize
11 November 2016
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been awarded to author Ashley Hay for her article The Forest at the Edge of Time on the threat to eucalypts from climate change.The $7000 prize was...
Study: Shallow reefs off Singapore survive in the face of adversity
9 November 2016
An analysis of the health of highly impacted coral reefs off Singapore during a 27-year long period has shown they are more resilient to the impacts of human activity and warming than expected.A UNSW...
Teaching: Closed captions could become compulsory as well as popular
4 November 2016
Closed captions on online educational videos are not just beneficial for those who are hard of hearing or who have English as a second language; almost all university students find them useful, UNSW...
Competition: UNSW success at Harvard BIOMOD
3 November 2016
A student-designed "DNA origami" nanostructure that can deliver drugs to cancer cells more efficiently and effectively has taken out the grand prize at Harvard University’s annual biomolecular design...
Book: Eminent epidemiologist to announce Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing
2 November 2016
Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute and a former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC will launch The Best Australian Science Writing 2016 next week and announce...
Study: Three-tier collaboration between eye professionals could reduce vision loss from macular disease
1 November 2016
Healthcare for people with macular eye disease can be improved and unnecessary referrals to ophthalmologists significantly reduced through an innovative system of referral to a centre that...

October 2016

Innovation: New app to assess eye-hand coordination
31 October 2016
An app for testing eye-hand coordination that requires users to trace colourful shapes with a stylus pen in a fun, games-like manner has been developed by UNSW optometrists.The iPad app, which only...
Research: UNSW tops the state in latest Nature Index
27 October 2016
UNSW’s status as a scientific research powerhouse has been recognised in the latest Nature Index.UNSW was ranked fifth in the Australia and New Zealand region and the top university in NSW for high-...
Exhibit: Artists, scientists and children celebrate restoration of lost underwater forests
25 October 2016
An art installation celebrating a scientific project to replant forests of seaweed that disappeared from the Sydney coastline in the 1980s is a feature of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi....
Study: Scientists find new genetic roots of schizophrenia using 3D chromosome-mapping
21 October 2016
A team including researchers from UCLA and UNSW have made a major advance in understanding the biology of schizophrenia using a recently developed technology for analysing DNA.The scientists found...
Opinion: We need more scientists to take the leap into politics
18 October 2016
Australia needs the vision, evidence-based decision making, process and participation that scientist leaders offer, writes Emma Johnston.OPINION: There are four important characteristics of...
Prizes: UNSW Scientists win Premier's awards
17 October 2016
UNSW scientists Professor Mike Archer and Dr Muireann Irish have stood tall at the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, taking out two awards.Overall UNSW researchers won four of the...
Research: Breakthrough opens door to study hallucinations scientifically
12 October 2016
A new method for inducing visual hallucinations in healthy individuals could lead to new treatments for controlling them in people with Parkinson’s disease.The research suggests these complex...
Medal: Exploring the mysterious missing matter of the cosmos
10 October 2016
Eminent Australian astronomer Ken Freeman – an expert on the invisible dark matter pervading the universe – will be awarded the Dirac Medal at UNSW this week and deliver the 2016 Dirac Lecture.There...
Award: Teaching excellence recognised
5 October 2016
For her passion and commitment to enhancing student learning, UNSW microbiologist Dr Rebecca LeBard has been recognised with a national award for teaching excellence.Dr LeBard convenes first-year...
Prize: International award for quantum computing head
4 October 2016
For her pioneering research in quantum physics, UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has been honoured with a €100,000 international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.Professor Simmons,...
Discovery: Colourful new Australian tree frog leaps into the spotlight
4 October 2016
A new species of green treefrog – with distinctive orange hands, orange feet and iridescent purple inner thighs – has been discovered in northern Cape York Peninsula.Named Litoria bella, or the Cape...

September 2016

Awards: Young Tall Poppies are pick of the crop
29 September 2016
For their cutting edge research on anxiety disorders in women and urbanisation of the marine environment, two UNSW scientists have been recognised with prestigious Young Tall Poppy Awards.Dr Bronwyn...
Vision: New optical illusion throws light on brain’s perception of transparency
29 September 2016
Researchers have created a new optical illusion which helps reveal how our brains determine the material properties of objects – such as whether they are transparent, shiny, matte or translucent –...
Commercialisation: CSIRO program to drive UNSW research ideas
28 September 2016
UNSW clinical psychologist Dr Jill Newby has been selected to join the CSIRO sci-tech pre-accelerator, ON Prime, to help drive her science and technology ideas from the lab to the marketplace.Dr...
Honour:  Royal Institution of Australia membership for palaeontologist
28 September 2016
For his excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science communication, Professor Mike Archer AM has been awarded a prestigious Bragg Membership of The Royal Institution of Australia....
Consortium: UNSW strikes deal to commercialise quantum computer tech
21 September 2016
UNSW has struck a $70 million deal to create a consortium to develop and commercialise technology that could lead to the world’s first quantum computer in silicon.The four-way agreement between UNSW...
Seminar: Ancient and fragile landscape to be focus of Broken Hill event
18 September 2016
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station, UNSW scientists will join local politicians, farmers and the public in Broken Hill this week for a special seminar on the...
Award: Dr Ben Goldacre to receive UNSW Scientia Medal for Science Communication
14 September 2016
Medical researcher, doctor, campaigner and author of best-selling books Bad Science and Bad Pharma Dr Ben Goldacre has been announced as this year’s recipient of the UNSW Scientia Medal for Science...
Communication: Science students take out the honours at 3 minute thesis competition
13 September 2016
A presentation about efforts to understand the imperfect atomic structures of lead-free piezoelectrics has taken top honours in the UNSW Three-Minute Thesis finals.In three minutes, most people can...
Health: Three new noroviruses cause gastro outbreaks across Australia
13 September 2016
UNSW scientists have identified three new strains of highly contagious norovirus that are responsible for a major new epidemic of viral gastroenteritis that has affected hundreds of thousands of...
Honour: Driver fatigue expert wins prestigious road safety award
8 September 2016
For her excellence in road safety research and dedication to reducing road trauma, UNSW Professor Ann Williamson has been awarded the highest honour of the Australasian College of Road Safety at a...
Grants: UNSW Science success in five ARC Centres of Excellence
8 September 2016
UNSW Science has cemented its reputation for world-class research, leading two of the nine Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence announced today and hosting nodes in three others.UNSW...
Discovery: Oldest evidence of life on Earth
1 September 2016
Australian researchers have found the world’s oldest fossils in a remote area of Greenland, demonstrating that life emerged rapidly during the planet’s early history.The team, which includes UNSW...

August 2016

Research: UNSW scientist to co-lead NSW Government Smart Sensing Network
26 August 2016
Cutting-edge sensor technologies to help tackle big challenges in agriculture, health, the environment, transport and industry have received a boost with a $700,000 investment by the NSW Government...
Industry: Gas-generating microbe breakthrough to help power India
25 August 2016
A novel research solution that promises to dramatically increase gas yields from coal seams and biogas plants will be trialled for industrial application for the first time in India.The UNSW Science...
Discovery: New extinct mini marsupial lion named after Sir David Attenborough
24 August 2016
The fossil remains of a new tiny species of marsupial lion which prowled the lush rainforests of northern Australia about 18 million years ago have been unearthed in the Riversleigh World Heritage...
Innovation: New UNSW-China research partnership promises to cut power costs and emissions
19 August 2016
UNSW Science technology that promises to cut power costs and greenhouse gas emissions by improving electricity transmission will be developed in Australia following the official opening of the new...
Analysis: Why humpback whales protect other species from attack
17 August 2016
Humpback whales have been spotted fending off killer whales from attacking other species. But this kind of interspecies altruism raises an evolutionary conundrum, writes Tracey Rogers.OPINION: A...
Book: Her beauty and her terror - natural hazards in Australasia
16 August 2016
UNSW tsunami expert James Goff has co-edited the first textbook to be written on the fire, drought, flooding rains and other natural phenomena that plague the sunburnt country and its close...
Innovation: UNSW microfactories to turn unwanted e-waste into valuable metals
15 August 2016
A pilot micro-factory that safely transforms toxic electronic waste into high value metal alloys has been developed at UNSW Science, offering a unique low-cost solution to one of the world’s fastest-...
Honour: International recognition for excellence in climate change research
9 August 2016
UNSW climate change researcher Matthew England has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, one of the highest international honours in the earth sciences.Professor England, who is...
Event: Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week
8 August 2016
Art exhibitions inspired by wetlands and quantum computing, the latest research on fusion energy, and the effects of gut microbes on the body and brain are highlights of events to be held at UNSW...
Prizes: Postgraduate Research students shine in communication competition
3 August 2016
Three research students studying how stress impacts performance, the management of water resources from space, and the structure of piezoelectric materials have each won $5000 prizes in the 2016 UNSW...
Publications: UNSW the brightest Rising Star
1 August 2016
The research publisher Nature has named UNSW the top 'Rising Star' in the Asia-Pacific region for its impressive increase in publications in prestigious scientific journals.UNSW was a “player to...
Awards: UNSW scientists vie for Eureka Prizes
1 August 2016
UNSW palaeontologist Associate Professor Darren Curnoe and UNSW physicist Dr Dane McCamey have been named as finalists for prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes - known as the Oscars of...

July 2016

Appointments: Two Science professors to help drive UNSW's Grand Challenges program
27 July 2016
UNSW has announced the first three leaders of its Grand Challenges, an initiative to establish the University at the forefront of debate and policy response to the biggest issues of our time.Scientia...
Study: First discovery from ‘New Riversleigh’ – a new extinct carnivorous marsupial
26 July 2016
A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s drying forests about 5 million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote north-western Queensland....
Study: Bushfire signals identified in cave formations for first time
22 July 2016
UNSW-led scientists studying a cave in Western Australia have shown that stalagmites formed by mineral-rich water drips from the ceiling could help reveal past wildfires that burned above the cave....
Facilities: Premier opens UNSW’s Materials Science and Engineering Building
20 July 2016
The new home of Australia’s leading materials science and engineering research and innovation – the Hilmer building – has been officially opened by the NSW Premier Mike Baird.“NSW is a world leader...
Conservation: Habitat destruction a dire threat to Australia’s wildlife, scientists warn
18 July 2016
Hundreds of senior scientists from across Australia and the world, along with four peak scientific societies, have united to express alarm at Australia’s increasing rate of destruction of native...
Study: New eye test could detect glaucoma years earlier
18 July 2016
UNSW Australia scientists have developed a testing protocol that identifies the blinding eye disease glaucoma four years earlier than current techniques.The patented method involves patients looking...
Research: Eye-opening conservation strategy could save African lions
18 July 2016
An eye-opening conservation initiative, aimed at helping farmers and their livestock coexist with African lions, will be trialled in Botswana by UNSW scientists later this year.The low-cost strategy...
Study: Seaweeds get sick when they’re stressed too
1 July 2016
A variety of normally harmless bacteria can cause bleaching disease in seaweeds when the seaweeds become stressed by high water temperatures, UNSW Australia researchers have discovered.Seaweeds are...

June 2016

Art: Arid zone inspired sculpture connects art and science
30 June 2016
A sculpture by award-winning UNSW artist Peter Sharp inspired by the rugged landscape of UNSW’s Fowlers Gap Arid Research Station has been unveiled in celebration of the Station’s 50th Anniversary....
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 Australian...
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 in...
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 this...
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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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 Wednesday...
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...
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 at...
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...
Profile: Power packed
29 March 2016
Affordable power storage is the missing link in the renewable energy revolution and Dr Neeraj Sharma is developing next-generation rechargeable batteries that run on seawater.FEATURE: Imagine a...
Research: New PANGEA research centre to focus on palaeosciences
24 March 2016
The geological history of the Earth, the emergence of life, the diversity of ancient flora and fauna, and the evolution of humans will be key themes of investigation for scientists in a new UNSW...
Discovery: Extinct mouse resurfaces in state’s west
24 March 2016
A big-eared native mouse declared extinct in NSW after not being seen for more than 80 years has been found at the UNSW Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station near Broken Hill.A young female of the...
Rankings: Science subjects shine in world rankings
22 March 2016
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the QS World University Subject Rankings, with Psychology placed 16th in the world and Materials Science once again ranked first in Australia.Overall, UNSW had...
Analysis: Grand Theft Auto doesn’t cause crime, but poverty and alienation will
21 March 2016
Auto related crimes have increased 20 per cent in Melbourne over the last five years, but blaming the rise on video games ignores the real problem, writes Michael Kasumovic.OPINION: Auto related...
Analysis: February’s global temperature spike is a wake-up call
18 March 2016
Global temperatures for February showed a disturbing and unprecedented upward spike, write Steve Sherwood and Stefan Rahmstorf.PINION: Global temperatures for February showed a disturbing and...
Analysis: Size doesn’t matter in Big Data, it’s what you ask of it that counts
17 March 2016
Scientists need to ask the right questions to make the most of the Big Data revolution, writes Malte Ebach.OPINION: Big Data is changing the way we do science today. Traditionally, data was collected...
Opinion: Long-term climate research is vital to Australia’s economic future
16 March 2016
The proposed sacking of CSIRO climate scientists is a stupid move and the Government needs to establish a properly resourced national research centre to study the local impacts of climate change,...
Analysis: Australia’s coal mines are pouring methane gas into the atmosphere
14 March 2016
A lot more work needs to be done if we are to satisfactorily reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of coal mining, write Bryce Kelly and Charlotte Iverach.Methane emissions are one of the major...
Study: Dingo skull resistant to change from cross breeding with dogs
10 March 2016
Australia’s largest predator, the dingo, is resistant to one of the main threats to its survival as a species – changes to skull shape brought about by cross breeding with dogs, research shows.A UNSW...
Event: A fun career that can improve the lives of women
9 March 2016
More than 300 female high school students attending a Women in Science symposium co-hosted by UNSW were encouraged by the NSW Minister for Women, Pru Goward, to pursue careers in STEM so they could...
Study: Global warming increases rain in world's driest areas
8 March 2016
Global warming will increase rainfall in some of the world's driest areas over land, with not only the wet getting wetter but the dry getting wetter as well.New research published today in Nature...
Event: Inspiring girls into science
7 March 2016
The Hon Pru Goward MP, NSW Minister for Women, will join high school students, teachers, leading female scientists and industry representatives at a Women in Science Symposium on Tuesday 8 March to...
Study: For Females, a Little Semen May Go a Long Way
4 March 2016
Females of some species might obtain additional resources from semen, apart from sperm, and could have evolved to seek out these bonuses from having sex, according to a new theory proposed by UNSW...
Analysis: The world’s biggest source of freshwater is beneath your feet
3 March 2016
Australian reserves of groundwater help earn the nation A$34 billion a year from mining, food production and manufacturing, writes Professor Andy Baker.OPINION: You might not give it more than a...
FactCheck: Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?
2 March 2016
You won’t be able to rely on the findings of a new study to justify your chocolate binges, writes Dr Amy Reichelt.Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit....

February 2016

Discovery: Ancestor found of largest bird that ever lived
22 February 2016
A newly discovered distant relative of the duck has been identified as an ancestor of the biggest bird the world has ever known, by a research team including UNSW scientists.Weighing in at 250kg,...
Appointment: Dean of Science to become UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor
19 February 2016
UNSW has announced the appointment of distinguished geneticist Professor Merlin Crossley as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).Professor Crossley is currently Dean of Science, a position he’s held...
Award: UNSW students ‘most employable’
18 February 2016
UNSW has been awarded ‘Most Employable University’ in the Top 100 Future Leaders Awards, with 16 UNSW students making the list, the largest percentage of any university across the country.Dean of...
Opinion: The design of work needs to change to prevent mental illness
17 February 2016
Workplaces need to move beyond promoting mental health awareness and start changing the way work is designed to prevent psychological harm. It’s part of their obligations.Under Workplace Health and...
Study: Tiny red crystals that dramatically increase biogas production could reduce need for new coal seam wells
16 February 2016
UNSW Australia-led researchers have discovered a way to produce a tenfold increase in the amount of methane gas emitted by naturally occurring microbes living in coal seams and on food waste.The...
Study: Nearly 5 billion people to be short-sighted by 2050
16 February 2016
Half the world’s population will be myopic by the middle of the century, with up to one-fifth of them - about 1 billion people - at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends...
Collaboration: Leading universities partner to tackle global challenges in the PLuS Alliance
10 February 2016
Six UNSW scientists including the Dean, Professor Merlin Crossley, have been announced as inaugural fellows of the new PluS Alliance between UNSW, King’s College London and Arizona State University....
Study: Giant iceberg decimates Adélie penguin colonies
8 February 2016
Adélie penguin numbers at Cape Denison in Antarctica have crashed from more than 160,000 birds in 2011 down to just a few thousand following the grounding of a giant 97-kilometre long iceberg in...
Study: Hot weather causes chicks to hatch earlier than normal
4 February 2016
Research carried out at UNSW's Fowlers Gap Research Station has found that climate change is affecting how quickly bird eggs develop and hatch.The study, led by Macquarie University, looked at the...
Analysis: East Asia makes a comeback in the human evolution stakes
1 February 2016
Archaeological discoveries in East Asia over the last decade or so have dramatically rewritten our understanding of human evolution.But the implications don’t sit easily with many scholars...

January 2016

Study: New theory linking brain activity to brain shape could throw light on human consciousness
28 January 2016
Complex human brain activity is governed by the same simple universal rule of nature that can explain other phenomena such as the beautiful sound of a finely crafted violin or the spots on a leopard...
Study: Rising carbon dioxide emissions pose “intoxication” threat to world’s ocean fish sooner than thought
21 January 2016
Carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater could reach levels high enough to make fish “intoxicated” and disoriented many decades earlier than previously thought, with serious implications for the...
Study: Weekend binge just as bad for the gut as regular junk food diet, study suggests
20 January 2016
Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of rubbish, new UNSW research suggests.The...
Opinion: The lecture is dead, long live the lecture
20 January 2016
Students are likely to hear that "the lecture is dead", but new technology is actually set to ensure that most lectures at university will be good ones and teaching will get even better. It's often...
Analysis: How the Japanese tsunami sent marine invaders across the ocean – and why you should be worried
18 January 2016
When the tsunami waters withdrew from the devastated coast of Japan in March 2011 they took with them a vast amount of debris consisting of potentially millions of objects, and sent it rafting across...
Study: Scientific persistence wins out with discovery that could lead to cure for common blood diseases
15 January 2016
An international research team that includes UNSW Australia scientists has discovered an important new genetic target for the development of possible treatments for the common inherited blood...
Opinion: Pregnant women and parents misled about dangers of living with lead pollution
12 January 2016
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading information about the dangers of lead exposure for babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about the risks...
Opinion: how curiosity can save species from extinction
7 January 2016
If I had been given one wish as a child, it would have been that the Tasmanian tiger wasn’t extinct. To me extinction was a tragedy. I expect that many people feel the same way.But it is not easy to...
Study: Genetic changes in birds could shed light on human mitochondrial diseases
6 January 2016
The discovery that starlings carrying a new mutation in their mitochondria almost tripled their population within five years, has important implications for understanding mitochondrial diseases in...
Opinion: time for a reset? How to make your New Year’s resolutions work
4 January 2016
New Year’s resolutions are set with the best of intentions. But they notoriously fail to translate into lasting behavioural changes.The new gym membership falls into disuse come February; items...
Opinion: self-control or government regulation? Squaring the blame for overeating
4 January 2016
People overeat. And people don’t always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices? And can we do anything about it?Impact of the...
Training: Sky's the limit for student pilots now offered advanced flight training
4 January 2016
UNSW has become the first university in the country approved under new legislation by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to provide integrated Commercial Pilot Licence training, which allows a 50...