Science

September 2017

Study: Re-introduction of native mammals helps restore arid landscapes
22 September 2017
Small native mammals including bettongs are much bigger consumers of plant seeds than had been realised, and their loss due to predation by foxes and feral cats has likely caused significant changes...
Vision: Indian institution named after Brien Holden
20 September 2017
The late Professor Brien Holden's influence in eye care in India has been immortalised following the inauguration of the Brien Holden Institute for Optometry and Vision Sciences by L.V. Prasad Eye...
Study: Secrets of bright, rapidly spinning star revealed
19 September 2017
Almost 50 years after it was first predicted that rapidly rotating stars would emit polarised light, a UNSW Sydney-led team of scientists has succeeded in observing the phenomenon for the first time....
Awards: UNSW Science staff honoured for teaching excellence
15 September 2017
For their innovative and inspiring approaches to student learning, Dr Pramod Koshy and Dr Daniel Mansfield have been recognised with awards for teaching excellence.Dr Koshy, of the School of...
Communication: Years of research condensed into three minutes
15 September 2017
UNSW Science PhD candidate Alice Russo has won the 3-Minute Thesis competition based on her research into ancient viruses in the cane toad genome.Endogenous viral elements that are present in host...
Study:Tiny fighters in sediments determine success of invasive marine plants
14 September 2017
Armies of microbes that are invisible to the naked eye battle it out to determine whether exotic marine plants successfully invade new territory and replace native species, UNSW-led research shows....
Study: Ancient tree reveals cause of spike in Arctic temperature
13 September 2017
A kauri tree preserved in a New Zealand peat swamp for 30,000 years has revealed a new mechanism that may explain how temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere spiked several degrees centigrade in just...
Launch: Extinct native mammals to be returned to NSW
8 September 2017
UNSW scientists will reintroduce bilbies, burrowing bettongs, and five other native mammals that are extinct in NSW into large, predator-free exclosures in the north west of the state, as part of a...
Study: Something to sneeze about - democratic voting in African wild dog packs
6 September 2017
Scientists studying African wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting.The research, by an international...
Award: “Waste warrior” wins PLuS Alliance Research Innovation prize
6 September 2017
A revolutionary approach to the recycling of toxic waste materials has seen UNSW Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla awarded the inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize for Research Innovation.The award, one...

August 2017

Award: Eureka Prize for outstanding science mentor
31 August 2017
For his commitment to training and developing innovative, entrepreneurial and passionate research leaders, UNSW scientist Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded an Australian Museum...
Backgrounder: Plimpton 322 and trigonometry
25 August 2017
What is trigonometry?Trigonometry comes from the Greek terms trigonon, for triangle, and metron, for measure.Trigonometry is the systematic study of triangles. In general, a trigonometric table...
Study: Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved
25 August 2017
UNSW scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient...
Launch: UNSW creates future with launch of 'unique' quantum computing company
24 August 2017
Australia’s first quantum computing company, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, has been launched at UNSW to advance the development and commercialisation of the University’s world-leading quantum...
Study: Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses
22 August 2017
UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the microbes can share DNA that could help them grow and survive.The research,...
Award: Young Tall Poppy stands up to the challenge of science communication
17 August 2017
UNSW scientist Dr Matt Baker will spend a year sharing his knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community after winning a NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award.In all, UNSW has five...
Forum: Climate Change and Big Ideas for the Small Screen
17 August 2017
A unique Cli-Fi one day forum has brought together UNSW climate scientists and some of Australia’s leading screen creatives, to explore climate-fiction, an emerging small screen genre.The forum was...
Study: Tumour blood supply stopped in its tracks by dextran-catechin
10 August 2017
Researchers including Eugene Yee from UNSW Science have discovered how a modified natural compound disrupts angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessel networks, in neuroblastoma tumours, stopping...
Study: Why massive galaxies don’t dance in crowds
10 August 2017
Scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours.“Contrary to earlier thinking, the spin rate of the...
Events: Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week
3 August 2017
A special Women on Mars event at Sydney Opera House for female high school students where they will meet leading NASA scientists will be a highlight of UNSW Science's participation in National...
Report: UNSW scientist leads major climate science review
3 August 2017
Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall has led a comprehensive Australian Academy of Science review into Australia's Climate Science Capability which recommends an urgent increase in the number of...

July 2017

Awards: UNSW scientists nominated for Eureka Prizes
28 July 2017
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, Professor Andy Pitman and Dr Adriana Vergés and scientists in the Operation Crayweed Team have been named as finalists in this year's Eureka prizes, Australia's...
Launch: Student pilots take to the skies in new aircraft
26 July 2017
UNSW Science has acquired a brand new $1 million twin-engined aircraft for training of its aviation students.The Piper PA-44 Seminole has two 180 horsepower engines, a cruising speed of about 300...
Opening: Ramaciotti Centre launches new genome facilities
26 July 2017
NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane has officially opened new custom-designed facilities to house UNSW Science's Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, the largest university-based facility of its...
Prizes: Postgraduate Research students shine in communication competition
26 July 2017
Three research students studying ancient viruses in cane toads, the eye condition myopia, and individualised treatments for mental health, have each won $5000 prizes in the 2017 UNSW Science...
Opinion: How to Kill a River
25 July 2017
The tragedy of the Murray-Darling river system is man-made, writes Professor Richard Kingsford.OPINION: The sorry state of Australia's mighty Murray-Darling rivers is a tragedy entirely of our own...
Study: Do you see what I see? New research says you do
18 July 2017
Where other people are looking can influence our own way of seeing the world, UNSW psychologists have found.In this video, you will see two black dots moving across the screen.The question is: when...
Study: Genome therapy could lead to new treatment for blood disorders
18 July 2017
By introducing a beneficial natural mutation into blood cells using the gene-editing technique CRISPR, a UNSW-led team of scientists has been able to switch on production of foetal haemoglobin – an...
Honour: UNSW climate scientist wins top international award
16 July 2017
The prestigious Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica for 2017 has been awarded to UNSW scientist Matthew England in recognition of his outstanding research, leadership and advocacy...
Study: Exposing threatened species to predators improves evasive behaviours
5 July 2017
A study of burrowing bettongs in the Australian desert has shown for the first time that exposing threatened native animals to small numbers of predators in the wild teaches them how to avoid their...
Equity: Industry Minister and Dean announce first Superstars of STEM
3 July 2017
UNSW cancer researcher Dr Caroline Ford is among the first 30 female scientists and technologists to be named Superstars of STEM, in a national program aimed at smashing stereotypes and forging a new...
Video: Dr Jane Goodall on her extraordinary life with chimpanzees
3 July 2017
There were moments of fear in the rainforest, when wary chimpanzees threatened her with branches. And great shock and sadness when she realised chimps were dying out across Africa, due to...

June 2017

Prize: Top award for marine scientist
29 June 2017
For his outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia, UNSW scientist Professor Peter Steinberg has received a prestigious Jubilee Award from the Australian Marine Sciences Association.He...
Opinion: Why I disagree with Nobel Laureates when it comes to career advice for scientists
27 June 2017
The measures by which we judge scientists are always under intense scrutiny. For those who hit the peak of their field, there’s the Nobel Prize. But across all levels of career progression, we...
Launch: Science-industry Torch partnership to produce next generation of touch screens
26 June 2017
New types of touch screens that would be very robust but also sensitive enough to detect ten fingers at once, are to be developed in a research partnership between UNSW Science and Chinese company...