Science

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Science has largely flown under the radar in a restrained Federal Budget, with no big spending measures and no major cuts apart from the university funding changes announced last week, writes Les Field.

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The new minister for science Arthur Sinodinos has some challenges ahead, but there is an opportunity to build on the foundations laid by his predcessors, writes Les Field.

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New Dean of Science Emma Johnston is excited by the unprecedented opportunities that lie ahead for the faculty she dubs a “living treasure”. 

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UNSW research has overturned previously held ideas of how Alzheimer’s disease develops, opening the door to new treatment options that could halt or slow the progression of the disease. 

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Bring on the Ideas Boom that recognises and rewards science and technology innovators for working hand-in-hand with business, write Emma Johnston and Kylie Walker.  

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Work by UNSW researchers on everything from the effects of estrogen on anxiety to the impact of development on marine life has been recognised in the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

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Researchers have created a new optical illusion that helps reveal how our brains determine the material properties of objects – such as whether they are transparent, shiny, matte or translucent – just by looking at them.

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To have their greatest impact on society and truly advance their field of study, scientists must be willing to engage the public in open discussions about the good and the bad, including fraud, writes Darren Curnoe. 

Some of the most pressing environmental concerns of our times will be explored in a suite of exhibitions opening at UNSW Galleries this week.

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In fields ranging from infectious diseases and palaeontology, to solar and chemical engineering, ten UNSW researchers and a research institute are finalists in six prestigious Eureka Prizes.

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