Science

December 2018

Mudflats and other intertidal ecosystems are shrinking
20 December 2018
A joint study between UNSW Sydney and the University of Queensland (UQ) has mapped the world’s intertidal zones for the first time to reveal a significant loss of the crucial ecosystem, as reported...
Turning old clothes into high-end building materials
19 December 2018
Researchers at UNSW Sydney have developed an effective process to turn old clothing and textiles into high-quality building products such as flat panels.These high-end composite products can have a...
Video game players exposed to graphic content may see the world differently
14 December 2018
People who frequently play violent video games are more immune to disturbing images than non-players, a UNSW-led study into the phenomenon of emotion-induced blindness has shown.The scientists showed...
 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
UNSW-China partnership moves into manufacture of graphene cables
1 November 2018
Large-scale manufacturing of next-generation graphene power cables, which promise to cut electricity costs and improve grid transmission, will be rolled out under the second phase of a major...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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 (...
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...
 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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Award: Dean recognised in Queen's Birthday honours
15 June 2018
Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology,...
Launch: Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
15 June 2018
FLEET - the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies - has been officially launched.Headquartered at Monash University, the Centre comprises over...
Secrets of extinct cow with face like a bulldog revealed
15 June 2018
Scientists have used the latest genetic and anatomical techniques to study the remains of a cow with a short face like a bulldog that fascinated Charles Darwin when he first saw it in Argentina 180...
Study: Soaking up the water and the sweat – a new super desiccant
8 June 2018
UNSW scientists have developed a new carbon-based material that could revolutionise moisture control in applications as diverse as electronics, packaging and air conditioning – and which could even...
Appointment: Leading theoretical physicist to join UNSW Science
8 June 2018
Professor Susan Coppersmith from the University of Wisconsin- Madison will join UNSW next year to work with experimental scientists on problems ranging from quantum computing to new materials.It’s a...
Rankings: UNSW in the top three Australian universities in 2018 Nature Index
8 June 2018
UNSW has maintained its position as one of the highest-ranking institutions in Australia in this year's Nature Index.UNSW ranked third in Australia out of the 180 institutions that contributed to...
Award: Top 5 young science communicators announced
6 June 2018
UNSW scientist Dr Belinda Liddell, who works on the psychology of trauma, is one of five early career researchers who will undertake a two-week media residency at the ABC after being named winners of...

May 2018

Study: Human plus machine – face recognition at its best
30 May 2018
The first study to compare the performances of trained forensic facial examiners, people known as super-recognisers who have a natural talent for face identification, and facial-recognition computer ...
Documentary: Cassowary leaping high caught on film
30 May 2018
By hiding in camouflaged tents for months in the dense rainforest, UNSW PhD student and film-maker Dan Hunter has captured fascinating footage of Australia’s “dino-bird” –  the elusive flightless...
Announcement: Scientifically-based wetland restoration on a grand scale
30 May 2018
UNSW scientists are members of a consortium chosen by the NSW Government to restore one of the most important wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin – the Nimmie-Caira system of the Lowbidgee wetlands...
Grant: Reshaping the factories of the future
29 May 2018
Research to advance the frontiers of metal 3D printing has received a major boost, with a partnership between UNSW scientists and local and US universities receiving a $3 million government grant for...
Honour: Three new Fellows of Australian Academy of Science
22 May 2018
For their outstanding research on psychological responses to trauma, sustainability and recycling, and nanomaterials for medical applications, three UNSW scientists have been honoured with election...
Event: In conversation with CRISPR pioneer Dr Francisco Mojica
17 May 2018
The groundbreaking discovery of CRISPR, the subsequent genome editing revolution that could cure diseases, and other innovative applications on the horizon will be discussed at a UNSW Grand ...
Scholarship: 40-year-old-promise-honoured
15 May 2018
Materials science PhD candidate Lorenzo Travaglini from Italy is the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created for European students by businessman Pietro Bergamaschi to repay the generosity he...
Campaign: Myopia Awareness Week launched to encourage eye tests for children
14 May 2018
With 36% of Australians projected to have myopia, or short-sightedness, by 2020, a new pilot campaign has been launched by optometrists to encourage early treatment.Myopia (short- or near-sightedness...
Study: Satellite imaging techniques may help reduce preventable vision loss
14 May 2018
Researchers at the UNSW Centre for Eye Health have devised a novel approach to classify and diagnose blinding eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, by adapting pattern recognition...
French innovation minister strengthens bonds during UNSW campus visit
4 May 2018
UNSW Sydney has hosted the French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and her senior research delegation, to strengthen collaboration in solar and space.The...

April 2018

Study: Researchers improve diagnosis of blinding eye disease
30 April 2018
UNSW scientists have bridged a key knowledge gap in the diagnosis of glaucoma, allowing observable damage to the optic nerve caused by the condition to be accurately and directly linked to vision...
Profile: Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall
19 April 2018
Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall, who was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia this year, shares his personal journey that led to this most recent recognition.Early InfluencesI began...
Launch: NASA's new satellite a boost for UNSW starquake research
19 April 2018
The successful launch today of NASA’s planet-hunting satellite will allow UNSW scientists to study the properties of nearby stars from their internal ringing sounds.    Associate Professor Dennis...
Finding our Sun’s lost siblings
19 April 2018
In a huge galactic archaeology project, astronomers have revealed the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the...
Hotter, longer, more frequent - marine heatwaves on the rise
11 April 2018
Marine heatwaves have increased over the past century as a direct result of warming oceans, with significant impacts on biodiversity, fisheries, tourism and aquaculture.An international study by...
Launch: Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
10 April 2018
A new Centre of Excellence focusing on extreme weather and climate events and headquartered at UNSW has been launched by the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and...
Top 5 program gives voice to science and humanities thinkers
10 April 2018
Are you a dynamic early career researcher with a passion for communicating your work to a wider audience? The ABC has today opened applications for its popular media residency scheme, calling for...
Launch: World-first e-waste microfactory at UNSW
4 April 2018
The world’s first microfactory that can transform the components from electronic waste (e-waste) items such as discarded smart phones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use has been launched...
App: App for crime victims and witnesses
3 April 2018
A unique app, iWitnessed, has been launched today by leading Australian cognitive scientists, lawyers and police to assist victims and witnesses record information in a way that can help with...
Study: Solution to 50-year-old mystery could lead to gene therapy for common blood disorders
3 April 2018
In a landmark study that could lead to new therapies for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders, UNSW Sydney-led scientists have used CRISPR gene editing to introduce beneficial natural...
Study: UNSW joins new international groundwater research project
2 April 2018
Scientists from UNSW and Germany are conducting research this week at Wellington Caves in NSW as part of an international project to better understand how changes in climate and land use will impact...

March 2018

Communication: UNSW Science represented at Famelab
28 March 2018
Dr Khandis Blake, of the School of Biological, Earth and Biological Sciences, will represent UNSW at the NSW State Finals of FameLab, the world’s largest science communication competition.FameLab...
Opinion: Promoting STEM isn't a fad - it's a necessity
23 March 2018
The promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is more than a fad: it is a much-needed movement to encourage a well-rounded education that is essential to Australian...
Centre: Two-dimensional materials key to solving computing energy challenge
19 March 2018
While a smartphone or home PC itself doesn't burn too much energy, a tremendous amount of electricity is consumed in the massive centres, or server farms, that keep us connected via the net.UNSW...
UNSW pays tribute to Stephen Hawking
14 March 2018
As well as his enormous impact on the public's understanding of physics, the late Stephen Hawking had a special connection with UNSW.UNSW Sydney has paid tribute to scientist and author Professor...
Revolutionary new filter can improve drinking water quality
14 March 2018
A world-first graphene-based filter that can remove more than 99% of the natural organic matter in treated drinking water is being scaled up for possible use in conventional plants.UNSW scientists...
Collaboration between eye care professionals improves glaucoma management
12 March 2018
Optometrists and ophthalmologists at UNSW’s Centre for Eye Health are taking a new approach to managing patients with glaucoma.A unique collaborative clinic at UNSW’s Centre for Eye Health, where...
Seeing is believing: precision atom qubits achieve milestone
7 March 2018
The unique Australian approach of creating quantum bits from precisely positioned individual atoms in silicon is reaping major rewards, with two of these atom qubits made to “talk” to each other for...
Rankings: Strong result for Science subjects
2 March 2018
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Materials Science placed first in Australia, and Environmental Sciences and Psychology second....

February 2018

Study: Miniscule flightless birds have lived in NZ’s wetlands for millions of years
28 February 2018
Fossilized bones of two new species of tiny, flightless extinct birds have been discovered by Australasian scientists in 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments of an ancient lake on the South Island of...
Competition: DNA of German shepherd could help reduce painful hip disease in dogs
22 February 2018
After winning an international competition to have the DNA of a dingo called Sandy sequenced, UNSW scientists have set their sights on sequencing the genome of a German shepherd called Kira.After...
Speech: Dean of Science addresses National Press Club
20 February 2018
Speaking on behalf of 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists, Professor Emma Johnston delivers a message of hope about how scientists are working strategically towards solutions for major...
Scholarships: Science student leaders win Westpac awards
20 February 2018
Two exceptional UNSW Science students have been awarded Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships worth up to $120,000 each to undertake post-graduate studies.Joseph Rowlands and Grace Constable will also...
Study: Loneliest tree in the world marks new age for our planet
20 February 2018
A radiocarbon 'golden spike' found in a tree on an island in the Southern Ocean marks a new geological epoch during which human activity has been a dominant influence on earth.When humans first set...
Study: Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two
13 February 2018
UNSW scientists measuring blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive after drinking alcohol have found that brain areas that temper aggression shut off when...
Grants: UNSW wins largest share of latest ARC funding
7 February 2018
UNSW Science research on marine pollution, ocean weather and cell culture has contributed to UNSW being awarded 43% of the overall funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage...
Conference: World’s top weather, climate and ocean experts meet at UNSW
7 February 2018
With this week marking 60 years of international collaboration in Antarctica, UNSW’s Matthew England has warned that melting of Antarctic ice poses one of the greatest threats to the world.“...
Study: All Sensation is Not Lost in Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries
2 February 2018
Half of all patients suffering from major spinal cord injuries still have surviving sensory nerve connections, new research shows.The breakthrough study, by researchers including Dr Sylvia Gustin of...
Launch: Robotic 'Starbugs' technology to survey millions of stars
1 February 2018
UNSW scientists will co-lead the fastest ever survey of stars in our galaxy, following the launch on Thursday of a revolutionary new Australian instrument that can observe more than a million stars a...

January 2018

Study: World’s first soil atlas reveals most common bacteria in dirt
30 January 2018
The world’s first atlas that maps the most common types of soil bacteria in environments around the world has been compiled by an international team of scientists.The research narrows down the...
Awards: Australia Day honours for mathematicians
30 January 2018
UNSW Science congratulates Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall of the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics who has been appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service...
Speech: “Look into you own heart and to your own land”
29 January 2018
Australia is the best place for young people and researchers to pursue what they love and realise their dreams, UNSW scientist and 2018 Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons said in her award...
Award:UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is Australian of the Year
27 January 2018
UNSW Science congratulates Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, who has been named 2018 Australian of the Year in recognition of her pioneering research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing....
Opinion: Don't shoot the climate change messenger
24 January 2018
Today, when our weather forecasters tell us a heatwave is coming, we can be quietly confident of the time it will arrive and the temperatures that will be reached.When western Sydney broke records on...
Study: Pathway opens to minimize waste in solar energy capture
23 January 2018
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made an important discovery with significant implications for the future of solar cell material design.The team, led by UNSW...
Backgrounder: Quantum computing research at UNSW
23 January 2018
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...
Study: Possible links between viruses and breast cancer examined
23 January 2018
Evidence is growing that a small number of cancer-causing viruses could play a role in the development of breast cancer, although no direct causal links in people have been established.A REVIEW of...
Award: Countdown to the Australian of the Year announcement
22 January 2018
UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is in the running to be named Australian of the Year later this week for her pioneering physics research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.WHEN asked to...
Study: Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand
12 January 2018
The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists.Teeth and bones of the extinct...