Science

December 2017

UNSW appoints 2016 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
15 December 2017
UNSW Sydney has announced the part-time appointment of its first Nobel Laureate, Sir Fraser Stoddart, to the School of Chemistry within the Faculty of Science.Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of the...
Discovery: Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in state’s west
15 December 2017
A Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-...
Study: A bird in the bush is worth $223,851 in the hand
15 December 2017
The arrival of a single Black-backed Oriole bird in rural Pennsylvania – 5000 kilometres from its usual home in Mexico – was worth an estimated $US223,851 to the economy from bird watchers flocking...
Documentary: Most Australians can't see the biggest killer on our beaches
11 December 2017
UNSW's 'Dr Rip', Associate Professor Rob Brander, is appearing in a new documentary airing this summer to help teach Australians how to avoid dangerous rips.With the arrival of summer, a new National...
Study: Dolphin and bear studies have paved the way to improved population forecasting
11 December 2017
A new article by a UNSW Sydney-led team challenges the validity of current methods for forecasting the persistence of slow-growing species for conservation purposes, and provides a better approach to...
Study: Solution to 10-year-old mystery in the way nanoscale transistors work
10 December 2017
Scientists have reconciled experiments and theory about how nanoscale transistors work, paving the way for future quantum electronic and quantum computing devices.About half of all the transistors in...
Study: A spring-loaded sensor for cholesterol in cells
10 December 2017
Although too much cholesterol is bad for your health, some cholesterol is essential. Most of the cholesterol that the human body needs is manufactured in its own cells in a synthesis process...
Awards: Royal Society of NSW medals for UNSW scientists
8 December 2017
For their research in botany and in refugee mental health, two UNSW scientists have won prestigious awards from the Royal Society of New South Wales.Dr Angela Nickerson, from the School of Psychology...
Research: Study sheds light on the voices in our heads
8 December 2017
As far as our brains are concerned, talking to ourselves in our heads may be fundamentally the same as speaking our thoughts out loud, new research shows.The findings may have important implications...
Living on thin air – microbe mystery solved
7 December 2017
UNSW-Sydney led scientists have discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the...
Study: New extinct flesh-eating marsupial lion discovered in Australia
7 December 2017
The fossil remains of a new species of marsupial lion which has been extinct for at least 19 million years have been found by UNSW scientists in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote north-...
Book: Powerful tale about Lake Eyre Basin’s rich tapestry of life
6 December 2017
Water is scarce in the Lake Eyre Basin in the heart of Australia, and a new book tells the stories of those who love and rely on the Basin's free-flowing rivers and explains why we must protect this...

November 2017

Grants: Funding boost for mental health research
30 November 2017
Four UNSW psychologists have received more than $2.4 million in project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop better treatments, prevention and care for people...
Celebration: Record-breaking attempt a highlight of Faculty Showcase
29 November 2017
As part of our Faculty Showcase Day, UNSW Science held a fun attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as scientists.More than 900 people took part, which...
Analysis: Soil health is vital for global security and prosperity
29 November 2017
Soil health and productivity is declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, but a new international scientific approach has been developed for avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation....
Appointment: Dean becomes leading voice for science and technology in Australia
23 November 2017
UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston has taken on the role of President of Science & Technology Australia, the peak body for the country's science, technology, engineering and mathematics...
Appointments: Scientia Fellowships drive equity, diversity and research excellence
21 November 2017
Seventeen women have been appointed in STEMM disciplines - science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine - in the latest intake of Scientia Fellows, as part of UNSW's global drive to recruit...
Awards: Australian Academy of Science medals for three UNSW scientists
17 November 2017
For their outstanding research on gene function in the brain, climate change, and the probability of hard-to-predict events, three UNSW scientists have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of...
Honour: UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons named NSW Australian of the Year
14 November 2017
UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons has been named 2018 NSW Australian of the Year and is in the running for the title of Australian of the Year, to be announced on 25 January in Canberra.Scientia...
Competition: UNSW students win Harvard BIOMOD for third time
13 November 2017
A student-designed DNA scaffolding nanostructure that provides new insights into self-assembling biological systems has taken out the grand prize at Harvard University’s annual biomolecular design...
Grants: UNSW tops ARC Discovery Projects for second year
10 November 2017
UNSW Science is a major contributor to the University securing more than than $32.7 million in Australian Research Council funding - the largest share of the total of $333.5 million in federal...
Award: Space archaeologist wins science writing prize
10 November 2017
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been awarded to space archaeologist Dr Alice Gorman, of Flinders University, for her essay on the ancient and modern story of Woomera and the...
Analysis: Why is Australia so slow at adopting electric cars?
10 November 2017
Australian motorists are rejecting electric cars due to a lack of recharging infrastructure, write Graciela Metternicht and Danielle Drozdzewski.OPINION: In the race to adopt electric vehicles,...
Study: Plastic nanoparticles inspired by nature could improve cancer drug delivery
2 November 2017
UNSW scientists have developed a way to control the shape of polymer molecules so they self-assemble into non-spherical nanoparticles – an advance that could improve the delivery of toxic drugs to...
Events: L'Oréal Australia Girls in Science Forum
1 November 2017
Each year the newly announced L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia...
Award: UNSW Scientia Medal winner to launch science writing anthology
1 November 2017
Internationally acclaimed science writer, artist and curator Margaret Wertheim will receive the 2017 UNSW Scientia Medal for Science Communication and launch The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 ...

October 2017

Study: Genetic study uncovers evolutionary history of dingoes
31 October 2017
A major study of dingo DNA has revealed dingoes most likely migrated to Australia in two separate waves via a former land bridge with Papua New Guinea.The find has significant implications for...
Study: Ancient skull likely to be from world’s earliest known tsunami victim
26 October 2017
A new geological analysis of the site where a 6000-year old human skull was discovered in Papua New Guinea in 1929 has revealed that the person most likely died in a catastrophic tsunami.“We have...
Award: Premier's Prize for oceanographer
23 October 2017
For discoveries that have influenced understanding of ocean dynamics and their key role in the climate, Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall has won a prestigious NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and...
Videos: Neil deGrasse Tyson inspires students to become tomorrow’s leaders in science
23 October 2017
Take a break from Facebook and visit museums and other cultural institutions, learn from your failures and pursue your passions.This was the special advice that the world-famous American...
Award: Underwater forest project recognised for its winning ways with the public
20 October 2017
Marine scientists from UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science have won the NSW Government’s Natural Environment Award for an innovative project to restore crayweed forests to Sydney’s...
Study: Training in new imaging technologies required to help reduce preventable vision loss
16 October 2017
Increased use of state-of-the art eye-imaging technologies could improve healthcare for patients with age-related macular degeneration, but only if professionals receive advanced training on how to...
Study: Risk of tsunamis in Mediterranean Sea has been overstated
12 October 2017
A review of geological evidence for tsunamis during the past 4500 years in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed that as many as 90 per cent of these inundation events may have been misinterpreted by...
Grants: NHMRC to fund Science's refugee mental health research
11 October 2017
UNSW psychologists Scientia Professor Richard Bryant and Dr Angela Nickerson have been awarded major grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council to help improve the mental health of...
Research: Did Teddy Evans fatally undermine Scott of the Antarctic?
5 October 2017
The tragic death of Scott of the Antarctic and four companions on the return of his scientific expedition to the South Pole in 1912 has long been blamed on poor planning by Scott.But the discovery of...
Appointment: Professor Kaarin Anstey to join UNSW Science and NeuRA
3 October 2017
World-leading dementia researcher, Professor Kaarin Anstey, will lead an innovative multi-disciplinary team addressing ageing when she joins UNSW Science and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)....
Opinion: Biological fixes that could save the Great Barrier Reef
3 October 2017
When scientists get angry, they get active, writes Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston, who will host an episode of Catalyst on ABC TV tonight exploring whether it is possible to save the reef....

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...