UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is in the running to be named Australian of the Year this week for her pioneering physics research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.

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Subsidies would encourage the uptake of electric vehicles but they would need to be tailored and temporary, writes S Travis Waller.

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A major review by UNSW researchers has identified strong evidence that a virus called Enterovirus D68 is the cause of a mystery polio-like illness that has paralysed children in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Professor Helen Lochhead will lead the new Sydney South Planning Panel. Photo: Jessica Lindsay

UNSW's Dean of Built Environment Helen Lochhead will review major development proposals in south-western Sydney after her appointment as Chair of one of five Sydney Planning Panels.

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The legal profession is one of many being disrupted by new technologies. Photo: Shutterstock

A review of UNSW's Law curriculum aims to prepare students for the changes to the law and the legal profession caused by digital disruption.

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Ground-breaking virtual reality technology from UNSW Sydney is allowing multiple scientists to see inside a human cell at the same time.

Ground-breaking virtual reality technology is allowing multiple scientists to see inside a human cell at the same time, giving researchers a three-dimensional tool to improve doctor interaction and help analyse how cancer drugs work.

Issue 3 2017

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The launch of the national payments platform means that Australia could realistically be cash free by 2020 if it wanted to be, writes Richard Holden.

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Professor Sisi Zlatanova is joining the Faculty of Built Environment. Photo: Supplied

Leading geospatial scientist Sisi Zlatanova is joining UNSW to head a research centre that will produce 3D digital maps of Sydney's buildings and infrastructure.

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We have the power to use AI weapons for good or ill, says Walsh. Photo: Supplied

UNSW's Professor Toby Walsh has been named runner-up for a global award for his work alerting the world to the dangers of robotic weapons.

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A string of high-profile incidents suggest music festivals are hotspots for sexual assault. Photo: Shutterstock

Sexual harassment and assault are common experiences in general. Bianca Fileborn and Phillip Wadds suggest there is no reason to assume this is any different at music festivals.

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The long-distrance transport industry's productivity-based remuneration and the high number of permitted driving hours are a formula for death on our roads, writes Ann Williamson.

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Prototype for the anti-smog scarf. Photo: Supplied

A team of UNSW students visited Beijing, Hong Kong and Shenzhen to design a range of wearable technology prototypes in collaboration with Chinese students and manufacturers.

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Increased knowledge, education and resources are needed to address the ongoing problem of rip current drownings on Australian beaches, writes Rob Brander.