Science

August 2019

How to solve Indonesia’s ‘taboo’ mental health crisis
22 August 2019
Psychology PhD student Sandersan Onie is working on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and improving science-based interventions in his home of Indonesia.We often consider mental health in...
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: NUW Alliance to develop a joint taskforce
20 August 2019
A workshop hosted by the NUW Alliance has resulted in the creation of a joint Antimicrobial Research Taskforce (NUW-ART) involving academics from UNSW Sydney, the University of Newcastle and the...
UNSW Sydney tops ARC Research Hub grants
19 August 2019
More than $8 million worth of ARC grants have been awarded to two UNSW projects that will involve research into the major global challenges of antibiotic resistance and recyclable waste.UNSW Sydney...
Technology available to achieve COAG waste crisis goals
13 August 2019
A UNSW professor’s Microfactory technology is the solution to Australia’s waste and recycling crisis.The professor who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from...
 Marine heatwaves a bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought, scientists find
8 August 2019
Marine heatwaves are a much bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought, research revealing a previously unrecognized impact of climate change on coral reefs has shown.In the study,...
 Platypus decline likely underestimated
8 August 2019
Declines in platypus have likely been underestimated, new research by UNSW scientists has shown. The iconic species was listed as ‘Near-Threatened’ in 2016, given mounting evidence of recent...
 New app tests how mood affects cognitive performance
5 August 2019
How much do you think your mood affects your brain’s ability to perform under pressure?An app developed by UNSW researchers in conjunction with University College London (UCL) will not only allow you...

July 2019

 Online program helps traumatised refugees overcome mental health stigma
29 July 2019
An online intervention by UNSW Sydney scientists, in partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI), has successfully helped traumatised refugee men overcome the stigma associated with post...
 3D bioprinter co-developed by UNSW researchers wins top design award
26 July 2019
A 3D bioprinter that can print replicas of tumours has won the prestigious 2019 Good Design Award of the Year. The printer was co-designed by two leading UNSW medical and science academics.The prize...
 200 times faster than ever before: the speediest quantum operation yet
18 July 2019
A group of scientists led by 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons have achieved the first two-qubit gate between atom qubits in silicon – a major milestone on the team’s quest to...
 Cave secrets unlocked to show past drought and rainfall patterns
6 July 2019
A first-ever global analysis of cave drip waters has shown where stalagmites can provide vital clues towards understanding past rainfall patterns.In a study published recently in the prestigious...
 Ignoring cues for alcohol and fast food is hard – but is it out of our control?
4 July 2019
Have you ever tried to stay away from fast food, but found hard-to-ignore signals that represent its availability – like neon lights and ads – are everywhere?If you’re stressed, tired or otherwise...
Plenty of life in them yet: 25 years since World Heritage listing of Riversleigh fossils
2 July 2019
The Riversleigh section of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites in north-west Queensland – which Sir David Attenborough has described as one of the four most important fossil deposits in the world – is...
Science Profiles of Excellence: Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert
1 July 2019
Isabelle is our Associate Dean International and Engagement, Deputy Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science and winner of the 2018 Science Staff Award for Teaching Innovation. She shares a...
Birdwatchers highlight declines of seabirds off south-eastern Australia
1 July 2019
Thirteen species of seabirds are declining off the coast of south-eastern Australia, a 17-year study by researchers at the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW Sydney revealed. The species include...

June 2019

UNSW scientists shine on the ABC’s Q&A Science Special
25 June 2019
Where did life originate? How did the galaxies evolve? How is climate changing? What’s the role of science in our politics? Why should we study STEM? The Australian public put a UNSW-centric panel to...
Researchers develop new sensor to help detect early-stage cancer
20 June 2019
A new device that can detect very low concentrations of cancer markers in blood tests could one day help doctors diagnose cancer at its earliest stages, researchers say.A group of chemists from UNSW...
UNSW launches events for Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week
19 June 2019
A virtual dive into the state’s hidden reefs, a lecture by Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn and immersive virtual reality experiences are some of the highlights of UNSW Sydney’s participation...
Leaving microbes out of climate change conversation has major consequences, experts warn
19 June 2019
More than 30 microbiologists from 9 countries have issued a warning to humanity – they are calling for the world to stop ignoring an ‘unseen majority’ in Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem when...
UNSW community recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours
11 June 2019
After being named Australian of the Year in 2018, UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has become an Officer of the Order of Australia.  The professor of physics and Director of the UNSW-based...
1 in 2 people in NSW’s coastal community don’t think sea level rise will impact them directly
7 June 2019
Half of NSW’s coastal community thinks rising sea levels will not impact them directly, new data released today by UNSW scientists has shown – and 25% of surveyed accommodation businesses situated...
Celebrating World Oceans Day
7 June 2019
World Oceans Day is a global awareness day on the United Nations' calendar, with hundreds of events around the world celebrating oceans on June 8.This year, the theme for World Oceans Day is “Gender...
UNSW and public schools help children with severe behavioural problems
6 June 2019
UNSW Sydney has partnered with a network of public primary schools and preschools in south-western Sydney to establish one of the world's first school-based clinics to provide evidence-based early...

May 2019

Call to consider raising minimum legal length of tailor in NSW
30 May 2019
Size limits of the key fishing species tailor in NSW waters may need to be reconsidered after researchers noted that its biology has changed over the last few decades.In a paper published recently in...
From honours degree to a deep dive into the abalone industry
29 May 2019
Five years ago, Mathew Skye was scuba diving among giant kelp along Australia’s eastern coastline, researching how rising sea temperatures affected the kelp forest ecosystem. Today, the UNSW Sydney...
UNSW scientist selected as Australia’s APEC Science Prize nominee
29 May 2019
Dr Nicholas Murray from UNSW Sydney's Centre for Ecosystem Science in the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) has been selected as Australia’s nominee for the US$25,000 APEC...
Finding the perfect recipe for space: HUMMUS1 takes off
27 May 2019
A rocket has carried a bacterial experiment – and the aspirations of UNSW Science students – to new heights during the inaugural Australian Universities Rocket Competition. Inside the rocket was an...
UNSW and ABC reveal Australia’s Top 5 science scholars
24 May 2019
UNSW Sydney and the ABC are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Top 5 media residencies for emerging science scholars, which will enable some of Australia’s brightest minds to share their...