Science

September 2019

Marine Biology alumna casts her net wide for career success
16 September 2019
Photo: Tashya Miranda working in the field: "It’s been really invigorating to pitch ideas to tackle topics like Sydney’s current drought, and ways we can re-use our waste resources."You will equally...
Top honour awarded to three UNSW research pioneers
12 September 2019
Three leading researchers have been awarded Australian Laureate Fellowships to tackle some of the world’s big issues, including ageing, clean energy and quantum computing. UNSW academics have been...
World leader in genomics joins UNSW
12 September 2019
Geneticist Professor John Mattick will join the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences in October as the University's latest SHARP hire. One of the world’s foremost experts on the human...
UNSW rockets up the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
12 September 2019
UNSW Sydney continues its steady progress towards its goal of becoming a top 50 global university, rising 25 places to 71st in the THE World University Rankings.  UNSW has jumped 25 spots to 71st in...
Face facts: we need to know more about super recognisers
6 September 2019
People with superior facial recognition abilities are being recruited for surveillance and security roles while the science behind the phenomenon is having to play catch-up.Super recognisers – or...
Coastal infrastructure urgently needs a rethink, marine ecologists say
5 September 2019
How should we be building along the global coast? A framework by UNSW scientists delivers some much-needed answers.UNSW scientists have released a world-first framework for guiding the building and...
NASA and European Space Agency join UNSW in outback for training crucial for Mars 2020 missions
2 September 2019
UNSW scientists have shown a group of Mars specialists the secrets of the remote Pilbara's ancient rocks - all in preparation for NASA's and ESA's Mars 2020 missions.NASA and European Space Agency (...

August 2019

UNSW researchers awarded at annual ‘science Oscars’
30 August 2019
UNSW researchers have won coveted Eureka Prizes for their contributions to science communication and national citizen science outreach.UNSW Associate Professor Darren Saunders has won a prestigious...
Recycling technology wins prestigious award
30 August 2019
UNSW Sydney’s Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking recycling research in collaboration with industry partners.The 2019...
UNSW in top three Australian universities for latest NHMRC funding
30 August 2019
UNSW researchers have secured $47 million for 31 world-leading projects in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council funding round.Projects to treat and prevent HIV, reduce the impact...
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...
 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...
 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,...
 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...