Science

December 2016

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...
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...
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...
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

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 –...
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...
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....
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...
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...