A study of the care of elderly patients hospitalised at the end of their life has found more than a third received invasive and potentially harmful medical treatments.

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Syrian asylum seekers arrive on Lesvos island, Greece, in October 2015: Photo: Nicolas Economou / Shutterstock.com

The Australian system's lack of transparency is helping perpetuate ongoing human rights abuses and what amounts to torture in remote offshore detention centres, write ethicists including UNSW's John-Paul Saggaran in a special issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

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Niah Cave in Sarawak where the 37,000 year old Deep Skull was found in 1958. Image credit: Curnoe.

A study of the oldest modern human remains discovered in island South-East Asia has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous Australians, as originally thought. 

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UNSW has dominated the field of finalists in the 2016 NSW Fresh Science awards, designed to help early career researchers share their stories of discovery.

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If neither side reaches 76 seats, Australia could be faced with weeks of uncertainty, writes George Williams.

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Stan Grant. Photo: Kathy Luu.

UNSW is delighted to announce that award-winning journalist and author Stan Grant will deliver a major public lecture at the University in July.

Australia's reigning robot soccer world champions are on their way to Germany to face their arch-nemeses in what is expected to be a tough battle to retain the coveted crown in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Intimate video portraits of people interacting with alpha brainwave-controlled art forms the basis of George Khut's residency at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

UNSW’s Football United is using the World Game to help heal social wounds in Myanmar, which is slowly recovering from six decades of conflict.

UNSW engineers have demonstrated just how easily cars can be washed away by even the smallest currents – reinforcing warnings that crossing floodwaters is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening thing to do.​

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Professor Bill Rawlinson from UNSW's School of Medical Sciences explains what the Zika virus is, and the particular concerns for pregnant women contracting Zika virus disease. 

 

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If we are to have a mature and sensible debate on Indigenous recognition, we must be more willing to embrace difficult issues and diverse perspectives, writes Paul Kildea.

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A healthy coral reef.

For the first time, researchers have uncovered the mechanism that explains why some reefs are able to withstand high ocean temperatures and avoid destructive coral bleaching.

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Research shows that having experienced shareholders that use swing trading on boards is better for business than the independent directors required by the ASX, writes Peter Swan.

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Moves toward gender equity in opportunity, including the dismantling of patriarchal power structures, might, paradoxically, also widen sex differences, writes Rob Brooks.

There is a compelling argument for NSW (and Queensland) to come into line with the rest of the country on the matter of decriminalising abortion, writes Nicholas Cowdery.

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Deep learning, which uses a “deep” neural networks, loosely modelled on the human brain, looks set to be an important component in the AI toolbox, writes Toby Walsh. 

Orange is the New Black

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Since it was released in 2013, Orange is the New Black has redefined images of femininity on screen and paved the way for a host of new woman-centred TV shows, writes Jessica Ford.