Science

March 2017

Video: Farming fish for change in PNG
27 March 2017
A UNSW-led fish farming research project in the remote PNG highlands not only provides a valuable source of protein and income for local people, as highlighted in a new video, it also helps reduce...
Prizegiving: Paris celebrates leading women in science
24 March 2017
UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has received a €100,000 international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award at a ceremony in France, in recognition of her pioneering research in quantum...
Analysis: How Sustainable Development Goals can be integrated into policy
22 March 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals outline an ambitious vision for 2030, clearly articulating that sustainable economic development is not possible without protecting the environment and ensuring...
Study: Surprising results reveal how liver cancer cells can adapt
21 March 2017
Targeting the ‘Achilles’ heel’ of liver cancer could have unintended consequences, encouraging rather than preventing tumour growth, UNSW researchers warn.Liver cancer is the third leading cause of...
Competition: Sandy the pure desert dingo takes on the world
16 March 2017
A proposal by UNSW scientist Bill Ballard to study the DNA of a two year old Australian dingo called Sandy Maliki has been announced as one of five finalists in the World’s Most Interesting Genome...
Study: Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten
15 March 2017
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-...
Study: Starquakes reveal surprises about birth of stars in our galaxy
14 March 2017
A study of the internal sound waves created by starquakes, which make stars ring like a bell, has provided unprecedented insights into conditions in the turbulent gas clouds where stars were born as...
Competition: UNSW and ABC RN give science communicators a voice
10 March 2017
Are you an early-career STEMM researcher with a flair and passion for communicating your work? Apply for Top 5 under 40, a partnership that gives a voice to a new generation of science thinkers.UNSW...
Rankings: Science shines in world subject rankings
9 March 2017
UNSW Science has performed strongly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Psychology and Materials Science both placed first in Australia.Environmental Sciences moved up nine places...
Documentary: De-extinction research to feature on ABC TV
3 March 2017
A TV documentary about a UNSW-led project aimed at bringing the Australian Gastric-brooding Frog back to life will air on ABC TV next week.The hour-long program, Project Lazarus, produced by...

February 2017

Honour: Veena Sahajwalla first woman to be awarded India’s Jubilee Chair
23 February 2017
UNSW’s internationally renowned waste innovator, Veena Sahajwalla, is the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Jubilee Chair and Professorship by the Indian Academy of Sciences.ARC Laureate...
Analysis: Human genome editing report strikes the right balance between risks and benefits
22 February 2017
Be alert but not alarmed about the issues surrounding gene therapy, writes Merlin Crossley.OPINION: If you recognise the words “CRISPR-mediated gene editing”, then you’ll know that our ability to...
Analysis: Climate change doubled the likelihood of the NSW heatwave
21 February 2017
Australia's recent heatwave is a taste of what our future will bring unless humans can rapidly and deeply cut our greenhouse emissions, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Andrew King and Matthew Hale....
Events: Apes, life on Mars and the brain - bringing science to the people
15 February 2017
Renowned British primatologist Dr Jane Goodall and American physicist Dr Brian Greene are among leading international scientists who will give talks in Sydney this year in a partnership between UNSW...
Comment: Industrial chemicals in underwater wilderness a cause for concern
14 February 2017
The discovery of extremely high levels of pollution at the bottom of two of the Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches is a disturbing development that highlights the far-reaching impact of human...
Opinion: Scientists must speak out in the ‘post-truth’ world
14 February 2017
Unprecedented "marches for science" through major cities across the globe in April will bring leading scientists, including Nobel Laureates, together around  a political, and a more fundamental,...
Video: Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science
10 February 2017
As part of its commitment to encouraging more girls to study STEM subjects, UNSW Science is host of Curious Minds – a six month program of hands-on extension and mentoring for year 8, 9 and 10...
Study: Deadly disease outbreak linked to commercial breeding of piglets
9 February 2017
In a case of sophisticated scientific sleuthing, a UNSW researcher has helped pin down the source of an unprecedented outbreak of streptococcal disease in China.More than 200 people became ill and...
Profile: New Head of the School of Aviation
9 February 2017
Gabriel Lodewijks brings extensive expertise in transport engineering and logistics, big ideas about the aviation industry, and a love of Sydney to his new role in the Faculty.Professor Lodewijks, a...
Scholarship: Science student wins future leader award
3 February 2017
PhD candidate Gurinder Nagra has been named as one of 22 young Australians to receive a prestigious 2017 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship from the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.The $22 million...
Study: Research funding neglects health impacts of climate change
3 February 2017
Leading scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty, are calling on the Australian government to urgently fund research into the impact of climate change on human health.This...
Launch: Smart sensing network probes pollution, blood and koalas
3 February 2017
Futuristic sensing technologies to tackle major challenges in agriculture, health, security, the environment and industry were showcased this week at the official launch of the NSW Smart Sensing...

January 2017

Study: Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia
27 January 2017
A study of the fossil teeth of megafauna from Cuddie Springs in NSW suggests that climate change had a significant impact on the diets of these giant animals and may well have been a primary factor...
Address: We need to challenge students to 'be the best they can be'
24 January 2017
UNSW quantum physicist Michelle Simmons has delivered the 2017 Australia Day address for NSW, urging young people to tackle life's hardest tasks and to strive to be the best they can be.Scientia...
Speech: UNSW quantum physicist to deliver Australia Day address
20 January 2017
UNSW Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons will deliver this year’s Australia Day address in New South Wales, the first female scientist to be given the honour since the tradition began 20 years ago....
Study: A hard rain to fall in Australia with climate change
17 January 2017
A rise in global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius is likely to bring more extreme rainstorms to many parts of Australia even as other areas experience severe droughts, new research suggests.New...
Video: Lisa Randall on the strange nature of the universe
17 January 2017
Did dark matter trigger the demise of the dinosaurs? Do extra dimensions exist? And what comes next, after the discovery of the Higgs boson? Listen to Harvard University’s Professor Lisa...
Study: Genetic diversity in Wollemi pine discovered for first time
16 January 2017
Scientists at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and UNSW have discovered genetic differences between individual specimens of the ancient Wollemi pine using the latest and most advanced genomic...
Analysis: Why elephants bellow but whales squeak like a mouse
11 January 2017
Size doesn't always matter when it comes to the pitch of your voice, especially if you're an aquatic mammal, write Kobe Martin and Tracey Rogers.ANALYSIS: Have you ever met a really tall man who has...
Study: Treating generational stress: are probiotics the answer?
11 January 2017
For the first time, Australian researchers have found a link between a father's stress levels and learning and memory ability in his offspring, and that these negative effects can be reversed by...
Study: Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels
11 January 2017
Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea...