Science

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...
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....
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 ...
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...