UNSW Science


Old race categories like ‘pygmy’ or ‘Negrito’ are simply incapable of doing our evolutionary history justice, writes Darren Curnoe.

Thug face

Are people with shorter, wider faces really more dangerous? The short answer is yes, but only for men.

Abbott government

Can we judge merit without gender bias? And is merit really the right measure for ability anyway, asks Lisa A Williams.


I don’t see the point of doing research if nobody knows about it. And it’s pretty hard to talk about sperm without cracking a joke or two, writes Angela Crean.


The science of our senses – vision, smell, hearing and taste – offers fascinating and unique perspectives on our evolution, writes Darren Curnoe.

Research vessel: Investigator

UNSW researchers discover extinct volcanoes about 250 km off the NSW coast.


When UNSW scientists James Goff and Catherine Chague-Goff studied the effects of the 2011 Japan tsunami, they made a discovery that will save lives in future disasters. And it all came down to a handful of soil.


Our ability to visually interpret the environment around us is easily taken for granted. But what about when we start to see things that aren’t there?

Darren Curnoe

Who dunnit? What led to the extinction of our megafauna? Find out who the suspects are in this latest episode of How Did We Get Here, the series that takes a sometimes irreverent look at human evolution.

Refugee PTSD

Two innovative UNSW programs designed to help men overcome the stigma associated with mental health disorders have been recognised, receiving $900,000 in funding from beyondblue today.