Science

June 2019

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...
UNSW community recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours
11 June 2019
After being named Australian of the Year in 2018, UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has become an Officer of the Order of Australia.  The professor of physics and Director of the UNSW-based...
1 in 2 people in NSW’s coastal community don’t think sea level rise will impact them directly
7 June 2019
Half of NSW’s coastal community thinks rising sea levels will not impact them directly, new data released today by UNSW scientists has shown – and 25% of surveyed accommodation businesses situated...
Celebrating World Oceans Day
7 June 2019
World Oceans Day is a global awareness day on the United Nations' calendar, with hundreds of events around the world celebrating oceans on June 8.This year, the theme for World Oceans Day is “Gender...
UNSW and public schools help children with severe behavioural problems
6 June 2019
UNSW Sydney has partnered with a network of public primary schools and preschools in south-western Sydney to establish one of the world's first school-based clinics to provide evidence-based early...

May 2019

Call to consider raising minimum legal length of tailor in NSW
30 May 2019
Size limits of the key fishing species tailor in NSW waters may need to be reconsidered after researchers noted that its biology has changed over the last few decades.In a paper published recently in...
UNSW scientist selected as Australia’s APEC Science Prize nominee
29 May 2019
Dr Nicholas Murray from UNSW Sydney's Centre for Ecosystem Science in the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) has been selected as Australia’s nominee for the US$25,000 APEC...
From honours degree to a deep dive into the abalone industry
29 May 2019
Five years ago, Mathew Skye was scuba diving among giant kelp along Australia’s eastern coastline, researching how rising sea temperatures affected the kelp forest ecosystem. Today, the UNSW Sydney...
Finding the perfect recipe for space: HUMMUS1 takes off
27 May 2019
A rocket has carried a bacterial experiment – and the aspirations of UNSW Science students – to new heights during the inaugural Australian Universities Rocket Competition. Inside the rocket was an...
UNSW and ABC reveal Australia’s Top 5 science scholars
24 May 2019
UNSW Sydney and the ABC are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Top 5 media residencies for emerging science scholars, which will enable some of Australia’s brightest minds to share their...
Putting the spotlight on the environment: celebrating International Biodiversity Day
22 May 2019
International Day of Biodiversity on May 22 – a part of the United Nations’ awareness day calendar – is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. UNSW...
Birdwatchers boost NSW economy
21 May 2019
A group of birds that are not usually found in Australia attracted hundreds of birders to a relatively remote town on the north coast of NSW, resulting in a significant boost to the Australian...
Scientists find ‘molecular destruction code’ for enzyme involved in cholesterol production
17 May 2019
A team of UNSW scientists at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences led by Professor Andrew Brown have shown how a key enzyme that contributes to cholesterol production can be...
Predator exposure can help vulnerable species survive in the wild
15 May 2019
Exposing vulnerable species like the bilby to an environment with predators before releasing them into the wild could help improve the species’ ultimate survival, new research by UNSW ecologists has...
How does Shorten's electric vehicle sales target stack up?
13 May 2019
Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten last month revealed his party’s plan to have half of new cars sold in 2030 be electric vehicles (EVs). But is this realistic?The answer is yes, and ultimately it...
Labor commits $15m for National Health and Climate Centre at UNSW
9 May 2019
A new UNSW Sydney centre that will investigate the major health risks Australians face from climate change will receive $15 million in funding under a Labor government.Matt Thistlethwaite, MP for...
UNSW rocketry team over the moon about successful launch
2 May 2019
A group of UNSW Science and Engineering students celebrated its highest achievement after competing in the inaugural Australian Universities Rocket Competition (AURC) over the Easter weekend.As part...

April 2019

Don’t even think about it: why thought control is so difficult
30 April 2019
Whatever you do, don’t think about a red apple.Chances are, when you read the sentence above, that’s exactly what you did do. But not to worry, that’s quite a normal reaction for our chattering human...
Mentoring and allowing serendipity is the key to great science: Sir Fraser Stoddart
26 April 2019
Sir Fraser Stoddart – Scottish chemist, 2016 Nobel Laureate and UNSW Sydney SHARP Hire – does not want to be remembered just for his research.“In the fullness of time, I don’t want to be remembered...
Taking sustainability to the next level
23 April 2019
The size and complexity of the waste challenge facing society dominated discussion at the first stakeholders’ meeting of the newly announced Circular Economy Innovation Network (CEIN).The CEIN is an...
Huge feral-free safe haven ready for return of missing desert mammals
22 April 2019
One of the largest rabbit-free areas in Australia has been created in Sturt National Park in far western NSW in a major project preparing to reintroduce locally extinct mammals like the bilby to...
UNSW alumnae off to Antarctica with women leadership program
15 April 2019
A STEMM education advocate and a biophysical chemist are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that will place them in the company of future female leaders … and penguins.Dr Jeanette McConnell...
Project to bring Sydney Rock Oyster reefs back from extinction receives ARC funding
12 April 2019
Projects working with marine scientists and experts to bring the Sydney Rock Oyster reefs back from extinction, redefining the static museum visit into an interactive experience and building more...
STEM is worth investing in, but Australia’s major parties offer scant details on policy and funding
12 April 2019
This article is part of a series examining the Coalition government’s record on key issues while in power and what Labor is promising if it wins the 2019 federal election.Evidence from around the...
Dogged researchers show that dingoes keep feral cats in check
8 April 2019
A UNSW Sydney study has ended an argument about whether or not dingoes have an effect on feral cat populations in the outback, finding that the wild dogs do indeed keep the wild cat numbers down.In a...
Whooping cough evolving to beat antibiotics and possibly vaccine
5 April 2019
A new strain of Bordetella pertussis – the bacterium that causes whooping cough – has become resistant to antibiotic treatment and may also be resistant to the vaccine used in China. A UNSW Sydney...
Maths whiz solves 48-year-old multiplication problem
4 April 2019
A UNSW Sydney mathematician has helped solve a decades-old maths riddle that allows multiplication of huge numbers in a much faster time.Associate Professor David Harvey, from UNSW’s School of...
UNSW academics honoured in national awards for teaching excellence
2 April 2019
Academics from Science and Art & Design have taken out accolades in the 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching.Associate Professors Elizabeth Angstmann and Kim Snepvangers will be...
Scientists prove that binary stars reflect light from one another
2 April 2019
One of the first things we learn in astronomy is that some of the objects in the sky (the Sun and the stars) produce their own light, whereas others (the Moon and the planets) are only visible...

March 2019

UNSW research has the highest impact on society, new assessment shows
29 March 2019
Off the back of outstanding results in the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) analysis, UNSW Sydney has topped all Australian universities for...
Nothing compares to the humble frog
29 March 2019
Dr Jodi Rowley has dedicated much of her career to illuminating what she calls ‘the black hole’ in the world’s knowledge of amphibian life in South-East Asia. Her original impetus started following...
UNSW Science leads the way in research excellence, says ERA analysis
28 March 2019
Research from UNSW Sydney is among the best in the world with the University receiving more top ratings in broad fields of research than any other Australian university in the 2018 Excellence in...
When the student is the scientist: gaming brings STEMM to life
26 March 2019
The complex challenges of teaching evolutionary biology to students – from primary school to university level – propelled UNSW Sydney Associate Professor Michael Kasumovic to turn to gaming...