Science

June 2018

Fortunes of Australia’s breadbasket wax and wane in response to drought and rainfall
22 June 2018
Using historic satellite data from NASA, research led by UNSW scientists has shown the health of the Murray-Darling Basin vegetation and the surrounding ecosystem responded in sync with water...
UNSW scientists team up with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to promote sustainable land management
21 June 2018
UNSW scientists have joined forces with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inform the debate on one of the 21st century’s big challenges: land degradation and...
Secrets of extinct cow with face like a bulldog revealed
15 June 2018
Scientists have used the latest genetic and anatomical techniques to study the remains of a cow with a short face like a bulldog that fascinated Charles Darwin when he first saw it in Argentina 180...
Launch: Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
15 June 2018
FLEET - the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies - has been officially launched.Headquartered at Monash University, the Centre comprises over...
Award: Dean recognised in Queen's Birthday honours
15 June 2018
Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology,...
Rankings: UNSW in the top three Australian universities in 2018 Nature Index
8 June 2018
UNSW has maintained its position as one of the highest-ranking institutions in Australia in this year's Nature Index.UNSW ranked third in Australia out of the 180 institutions that contributed to...
Appointment: Leading theoretical physicist to join UNSW Science
8 June 2018
Professor Susan Coppersmith from the University of Wisconsin- Madison will join UNSW next year to work with experimental scientists on problems ranging from quantum computing to new materials.It’s a...
Study: Soaking up the water and the sweat – a new super desiccant
8 June 2018
UNSW scientists have developed a new carbon-based material that could revolutionise moisture control in applications as diverse as electronics, packaging and air conditioning – and which could even...
Award: Top 5 young science communicators announced
6 June 2018
UNSW scientist Dr Belinda Liddell, who works on the psychology of trauma, is one of five early career researchers who will undertake a two-week media residency at the ABC after being named winners of...

May 2018

Documentary: Cassowary leaping high caught on film
30 May 2018
By hiding in camouflaged tents for months in the dense rainforest, UNSW PhD student and film-maker Dan Hunter has captured fascinating footage of Australia’s “dino-bird” –  the elusive flightless...
Announcement: Scientifically-based wetland restoration on a grand scale
30 May 2018
UNSW scientists are members of a consortium chosen by the NSW Government to restore one of the most important wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin – the Nimmie-Caira system of the Lowbidgee wetlands...
Study: Human plus machine – face recognition at its best
30 May 2018
The first study to compare the performances of trained forensic facial examiners, people known as super-recognisers who have a natural talent for face identification, and facial-recognition computer ...
Grant: Reshaping the factories of the future
29 May 2018
Research to advance the frontiers of metal 3D printing has received a major boost, with a partnership between UNSW scientists and local and US universities receiving a $3 million government grant for...
Honour: Three new Fellows of Australian Academy of Science
22 May 2018
For their outstanding research on psychological responses to trauma, sustainability and recycling, and nanomaterials for medical applications, three UNSW scientists have been honoured with election...
Event: In conversation with CRISPR pioneer Dr Francisco Mojica
17 May 2018
The groundbreaking discovery of CRISPR, the subsequent genome editing revolution that could cure diseases, and other innovative applications on the horizon will be discussed at a UNSW Grand ...
Scholarship: 40-year-old-promise-honoured
15 May 2018
Materials science PhD candidate Lorenzo Travaglini from Italy is the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created for European students by businessman Pietro Bergamaschi to repay the generosity he...
Campaign: Myopia Awareness Week launched to encourage eye tests for children
14 May 2018
With 36% of Australians projected to have myopia, or short-sightedness, by 2020, a new pilot campaign has been launched by optometrists to encourage early treatment.Myopia (short- or near-sightedness...
Study: Satellite imaging techniques may help reduce preventable vision loss
14 May 2018
Researchers at the UNSW Centre for Eye Health have devised a novel approach to classify and diagnose blinding eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, by adapting pattern recognition...
French innovation minister strengthens bonds during UNSW campus visit
4 May 2018
UNSW Sydney has hosted the French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and her senior research delegation, to strengthen collaboration in solar and space.The...

April 2018

Study: Researchers improve diagnosis of blinding eye disease
30 April 2018
UNSW scientists have bridged a key knowledge gap in the diagnosis of glaucoma, allowing observable damage to the optic nerve caused by the condition to be accurately and directly linked to vision...
Profile: Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall
19 April 2018
Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall, who was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia this year, shares his personal journey that led to this most recent recognition.Early InfluencesI began...
Launch: NASA's new satellite a boost for UNSW starquake research
19 April 2018
The successful launch today of NASA’s planet-hunting satellite will allow UNSW scientists to study the properties of nearby stars from their internal ringing sounds.    Associate Professor Dennis...
Finding our Sun’s lost siblings
19 April 2018
In a huge galactic archaeology project, astronomers have revealed the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the...
Hotter, longer, more frequent - marine heatwaves on the rise
11 April 2018
Marine heatwaves have increased over the past century as a direct result of warming oceans, with significant impacts on biodiversity, fisheries, tourism and aquaculture.An international study by...
Launch: Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
10 April 2018
A new Centre of Excellence focusing on extreme weather and climate events and headquartered at UNSW has been launched by the Federal Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and...
Top 5 program gives voice to science and humanities thinkers
10 April 2018
Are you a dynamic early career researcher with a passion for communicating your work to a wider audience? The ABC has today opened applications for its popular media residency scheme, calling for...
Launch: World-first e-waste microfactory at UNSW
4 April 2018
The world’s first microfactory that can transform the components from electronic waste (e-waste) items such as discarded smart phones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use has been launched...
App: App for crime victims and witnesses
3 April 2018
A unique app, iWitnessed, has been launched today by leading Australian cognitive scientists, lawyers and police to assist victims and witnesses record information in a way that can help with...
Study: Solution to 50-year-old mystery could lead to gene therapy for common blood disorders
3 April 2018
In a landmark study that could lead to new therapies for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders, UNSW Sydney-led scientists have used CRISPR gene editing to introduce beneficial natural...
Study: UNSW joins new international groundwater research project
2 April 2018
Scientists from UNSW and Germany are conducting research this week at Wellington Caves in NSW as part of an international project to better understand how changes in climate and land use will impact...

March 2018

Communication: UNSW Science represented at Famelab
28 March 2018
Dr Khandis Blake, of the School of Biological, Earth and Biological Sciences, will represent UNSW at the NSW State Finals of FameLab, the world’s largest science communication competition.FameLab...