Science

July 2016

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...
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: 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...
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: 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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...