Science

April 2018

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...
Opinion: Promoting STEM isn't a fad - it's a necessity
23 March 2018
The promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is more than a fad: it is a much-needed movement to encourage a well-rounded education that is essential to Australian...
Centre: Two-dimensional materials key to solving computing energy challenge
19 March 2018
While a smartphone or home PC itself doesn't burn too much energy, a tremendous amount of electricity is consumed in the massive centres, or server farms, that keep us connected via the net.UNSW...
UNSW pays tribute to Stephen Hawking
14 March 2018
As well as his enormous impact on the public's understanding of physics, the late Stephen Hawking had a special connection with UNSW.UNSW Sydney has paid tribute to scientist and author Professor...
Revolutionary new filter can improve drinking water quality
14 March 2018
A world-first graphene-based filter that can remove more than 99% of the natural organic matter in treated drinking water is being scaled up for possible use in conventional plants.UNSW scientists...
Collaboration between eye care professionals improves glaucoma management
12 March 2018
Optometrists and ophthalmologists at UNSW’s Centre for Eye Health are taking a new approach to managing patients with glaucoma.A unique collaborative clinic at UNSW’s Centre for Eye Health, where...
Seeing is believing: precision atom qubits achieve milestone
7 March 2018
The unique Australian approach of creating quantum bits from precisely positioned individual atoms in silicon is reaping major rewards, with two of these atom qubits made to “talk” to each other for...
Rankings: Strong result for Science subjects
2 March 2018
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Materials Science placed first in Australia, and Environmental Sciences and Psychology second....

February 2018

Study: Miniscule flightless birds have lived in NZ’s wetlands for millions of years
28 February 2018
Fossilized bones of two new species of tiny, flightless extinct birds have been discovered by Australasian scientists in 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments of an ancient lake on the South Island of...
Competition: DNA of German shepherd could help reduce painful hip disease in dogs
22 February 2018
After winning an international competition to have the DNA of a dingo called Sandy sequenced, UNSW scientists have set their sights on sequencing the genome of a German shepherd called Kira.After...
Study: Loneliest tree in the world marks new age for our planet
20 February 2018
A radiocarbon 'golden spike' found in a tree on an island in the Southern Ocean marks a new geological epoch during which human activity has been a dominant influence on earth.When humans first set...
Speech: Dean of Science addresses National Press Club
20 February 2018
Speaking on behalf of 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists, Professor Emma Johnston delivers a message of hope about how scientists are working strategically towards solutions for major...
Scholarships: Science student leaders win Westpac awards
20 February 2018
Two exceptional UNSW Science students have been awarded Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships worth up to $120,000 each to undertake post-graduate studies.Joseph Rowlands and Grace Constable will also...
Study: Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two
13 February 2018
UNSW scientists measuring blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive after drinking alcohol have found that brain areas that temper aggression shut off when...
Grants: UNSW wins largest share of latest ARC funding
7 February 2018
UNSW Science research on marine pollution, ocean weather and cell culture has contributed to UNSW being awarded 43% of the overall funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage...
Conference: World’s top weather, climate and ocean experts meet at UNSW
7 February 2018
With this week marking 60 years of international collaboration in Antarctica, UNSW’s Matthew England has warned that melting of Antarctic ice poses one of the greatest threats to the world.“...
Study: All Sensation is Not Lost in Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries
2 February 2018
Half of all patients suffering from major spinal cord injuries still have surviving sensory nerve connections, new research shows.The breakthrough study, by researchers including Dr Sylvia Gustin of...
Launch: Robotic 'Starbugs' technology to survey millions of stars
1 February 2018
UNSW scientists will co-lead the fastest ever survey of stars in our galaxy, following the launch on thursday of a revolutionary new Australian instrument that can observe more than a million stars a...

January 2018

Awards: Australia Day honours for mathematicians
30 January 2018
UNSW Science congratulates Scientia Professor Trevor McDougall of the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics who has been appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service...
Study: World’s first soil atlas reveals most common bacteria in dirt
30 January 2018
The world’s first atlas that maps the most common types of soil bacteria in environments around the world has been compiled by an international team of scientists.The research narrows down the...
Speech: “Look into you own heart and to your own land”
29 January 2018
Australia is the best place for young people and researchers to pursue what they love and realise their dreams, UNSW scientist and 2018 Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons said in her award...
Award:UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is Australian of the Year
27 January 2018
UNSW Science congratulates Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, who has been named 2018 Australian of the Year in recognition of her pioneering research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing....
Opinion: Don't shoot the climate change messenger
24 January 2018
Today, when our weather forecasters tell us a heatwave is coming, we can be quietly confident of the time it will arrive and the temperatures that will be reached.When western Sydney broke records on...
Study: Pathway opens to minimize waste in solar energy capture
23 January 2018
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made an important discovery with significant implications for the future of solar cell material design.The team, led by UNSW...
Backgrounder: Quantum computing research at UNSW
23 January 2018
SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS:  The UNSW-based Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, CQC2T, is a globally unique facility dedicated to the...
Study: Possible links between viruses and breast cancer examined
23 January 2018
Evidence is growing that a small number of cancer-causing viruses could play a role in the development of breast cancer, although no direct causal links in people have been established.A REVIEW of...