Science

October 2018

 Scientists enlist public to help restore vital sea grasses
19 October 2018
Scientists are asking local communities to help restore endangered Posidonia seagrass meadows by collecting shoots that naturally become detached after large storms.A team led by UNSW and the Sydney...
 Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion
19 October 2018
The extinction of one of Australia’s top predators, Thylacoleo carnifex – aka the marsupial lion – was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat rather than human impacts, new...
Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries
17 October 2018
A database of larval fish collected over the last three decades and analysed by UNSW researchers will help scientists assess the effects of climate change on the health of Australian fisheries.In a...
Symposium brings together best of Science, Engineering and Medicine
16 October 2018
The work of early career biomedical researchers was showcased at the 2018 Cross-Faculty Biomedical Symposium held at Wallace Wurth late last month.The event, which was jointly run by the School of...
First year physics students exploring future electronics
16 October 2018
UNSW first year physics students have been measuring the quantum Hall effect (QHE), a relatively new piece of physics recognised by the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics, which requires precision...
Scientists shine light on protein linked to fat storage
12 October 2018
UNSW scientists have uncovered the structure of little-understood protein and reveal its potential role in obesity and diabetes.In new research that may have implications for strategies fighting...

September 2018

It’s a wrap: PhD student dons rapper persona to compose song about plastic pollution
28 September 2018
A music video raising awareness about plastic pollution demonstrates that effective science communication comes in many forms. It was a flash of inspiration during a conference that became a...
 UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons to participate in 100 Years of Mateship initiative in Washington DC
26 September 2018
The program celebrates the breadth and depth of the relationship between Australia and the UnitedStates.Professor Michelle Simmons, 2018 Australian of the Year, will participate in the mateship...
 Study reveals patterns in STEM grades of girls versus boys
26 September 2018
A landmark study of academic grades of 1.6 million students has shown that girls and boys perform very similarly in STEM – including at the top of the class.A new study, led by UNSW Sydney PhD...
Preventing serious eye infection in contact lens wearers
25 September 2018
A rare eye infection that can cause blindness – predominantly affecting contact lens wearers – is increasing, according to a new study led by UNSW Sydney's Dr Nicole Carnt.The preventable infection,...
 Opinion: the backflip over Sydney’s marine park is a defiance of science
21 September 2018
The New South Wales government’s decision to back away from establishing no-fishing zones in waters around Sydney leaves significant question marks over the plan, which is open for public...
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2018 Shortlist Announced
20 September 2018
Jo Chandler   Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge (Undark)Richard Guilliatt   Star of the sub-atomic (The Weekend Australian Magazine)Andrew Leigh   From bloodletting to placebo surgery (...
World-first major desalination field study finds minimal marine impact
20 September 2018
The results of a world-first major study into the marine ecological impacts of a large-scale water desalination plant have been publicly released.The six-year study on the Sydney Desalination Plant...
Scientists crack genetic code of cane toad
20 September 2018
A group of scientists from UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney, Deakin University, Portugal and Brazil have unlocked the DNA of the cane toad, a poisonous amphibian that is a threat to many native...
 Scientists discover new function of heat-shock protein
7 September 2018
An international research team has identified a new function of Hsp90, one of the most common and studied proteins in the human body. The study has implications for the development of new drugs.New...

August 2018

Blood-borne cancer detection receives gold-plated boost
28 August 2018
UNSW researchers have discovered a new way to detect ultralow levels of microRNA in a blood sample which could make diagnosis of cancer and other illnesses quicker and more efficient.The research...
New study reveals why women take sexy selfies
27 August 2018
A new UNSW study has revealed the science behind sexy selfies, showing that women tend to sexualise themselves in environments with greater economic inequality, rather than where they might be...
Far fewer students believe God created humans, 32-year study reveals
22 August 2018
In an overview of 32 years of annually-assessed student opinions, belief among students that a god is the ultimate or contributing cause of human origins has steeply declined from being a majority...
In search of the best telescope location, UNSW team heads to high places
21 August 2018
It is a tale of North and South with an astronomical twist, with a UNSW astronomer and a UNSW PhD alumnus heading from Antarctica to the Tibetan Plateau to help find the best site for a new, 12-metre...
 Building artificial atoms using holes
15 August 2018
A UNSW study published this week resolves key challenges in creation of hole-based artificial atoms, with excellent potential for more-stable, faster, more scalable quantum computing.Artificial atoms...
School students get exclusive insights into the world of quantum
10 August 2018
When Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons became Australian of the Year 2018, her acceptance speech touched on themes that resonated with many school students and teachers: her encouragement of all...
New intervention for children with severe conduct problems shows promise in open trial
7 August 2018
A targeted intervention could successfully decrease severe conduct problems and callous traits in young children and help correct their developmental trajectory, a new UNSW study has shown. The work...
UNSW scientists secure $4m for five projects in latest ARC funding
2 August 2018
UNSW scientists have received almost $4m from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for 5 projects in key research areas.The grants are part of the $180.4m in 2018 ARC program funding announced on...
Prehistoric mass graves may be linked to tsunamis, new research reveals
1 August 2018
UNSW scientists have shown – for the first time – that a series of high-profile burial sites in the Pacific, Mediterranean and northern Scotland were likely related to catastrophic tsunamis. The work...
UNSW scientists showcase their work at National Science Week
1 August 2018
A talk by Australia’s quantum computing pioneer, tours of electronic waste microfactories, a workshop about seaweed restoration along Sydney’s coastline and debate about the challenges of our robotic...
UNSW Science Postgraduate Research students shine in communication competition
1 August 2018
Three research students studying crayweed on Sydney’s coastline, the effects of diet on sperm and semen traits, and the objectification of women, have each won $3000 prizes in the 2018 UNSW Science...

July 2018

 App helps ecologists map vulnerable ecosystems within minutes
27 July 2018
A mapmaking app created by UNSW scientists harnesses the power of Google and NASA to empower ecologists to create a view on ecosystems without any specialist equipment.UNSW scientists have created a...
UNSW’s Fiona Stapleton receives prestigious vision medal
26 July 2018
UNSW Sydney’s Professor Fiona Stapleton has been named the 2018 recipient of Optometry Australia’s prestigious H Barry Collin Research Medal.Professor Stapleton is the first woman to receive the peer...
Five members of UNSW Science in the running for the 'Oscars' of Australian science
25 July 2018
The genetic rescue of one our tiniest possums, wearable sunburn sensors and leading climate science are among the projects headed by members of UNSW Science that have been named finalists in the...