Science

August 2018

 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
Tries and tutes: Wallabies star mixes UNSW student life with international rugby
19 July 2018
UNSW student Ned Hanigan’s rugby career is going so well that he jokes he might still be in lectures when he is an old man.Hanigan, 23, started his Bachelor of Science degree back in 2014 as part of...
Strong performance by UNSW Science in world subject rankings
18 July 2018
UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Science performed strongly in the latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018. Five subjects ranked in the top 50, including Remote Sensing, which...
UNSW Professor Michelle Simmons formally admitted to Royal Society of London
16 July 2018
UNSW Sydney Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons was officially admitted to the Royal Society of London last week, joining nine other Australian scientists selected to the world’s oldest independent...
Tuning in to quantum: scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits
16 July 2018
Australian scientists have achieved a new milestone in their approach to creating a quantum computer chip in silicon, demonstrating the ability to tune the control frequency of a qubit by engineering...
Climate Change Research Centre scientists achieve Nature hattrick
13 July 2018
Scientists from the faculty’s Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) have been featured three times in Nature – a top scientific journal – in the past few weeks. Nature Geoscience paper: Global...
Scientia PhD scholarships recruit our next generation of researchers
6 July 2018
Expressions of interest are now open for the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme.The scheme is part of UNSW’s dedication to harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the...
 Irrigation and development pose threat to international status of Narran Lakes
4 July 2018
The periods of time when there is enough water in Narran Lakes for colonial waterbirds to breed has declined from one in four years in the 1970s to one in 11 years now, due to rapid development...
 How dingoes sculpt the shape of sand dunes in the Australian desert
4 July 2018
A new study by UNSW scientists has shown how the presence – and absence – of dingoes affects the desert landscape.Removing predators from an ecosystem can have a domino effect that impacts the...
Australian scientists crack the genetic code of koalas
3 July 2018
A team of Australian and international scientists – including UNSW Sydney Professor Marc Wilkins – have made a significant breakthrough, successfully sequencing the full koala genome.  The consortium...

June 2018

The Milky Way is not low-fat: new study reveals facts about grease in space
28 June 2018
The galaxy is rich in grease-like molecules, according to an Australian-Turkish team.Astronomers at UNSW Sydney and Ege University in Turkey used a laboratory to manufacture material with the same...
 World-first brain imaging study to understand mind blindness
26 June 2018
To determine why some people cannot create visual images of people, places and things in their mind’s eye, UNSW scientists are planning to conduct a world-first brain imaging study of people with...
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...