Science & Technology

31 October 2013
An increase in aridity due to global warming will disturb the balance of nutrients in the soil and reduce productivity of the world’s drylands, which support millions of people, a landmark study predicts.
31 October 2013
Progress in the research to build the components of quantum computers allows us to teach the discipline in a more hands-on style. This couldn't have been done 15 years ago, writes Andrea Morello. 
31 October 2013
 It's time for us to roll up our sleeves, establish collaborations between researchers with different areas of expertise, and use our data and theory to do something big, says Angela Moles. 
31 October 2013
It was a night to celebrate the visionary thinkers shaping our future. But there was one key person missing at the PM's Science Prizes – a Minister for Science. It's a glaring omission from the government's line-up that needs to be rectified, writes Les Field.
Associate Professor Angela Moles, winner of the 2013 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year for her study of ecology at a global level.
30 October 2013
UNSW researchers Angela Moles and Andrea Morello have won two of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science – the nation’s most prestigious awards for excellence in science and science teaching.
30 October 2013
The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been awarded to a leading astronomer, Professor Fred Watson, for Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague.
29 October 2013
Chemical engineers have synthesised a new nanoparticle that delivers cancer drugs to cells while simultaneously monitoring the drug release in real time.
Dr Richard Corkish, Head of the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
25 October 2013
Solar engineers from UNSW are partnering with a consortium of top US and European universities on next-generation silicon solar cells with targeted efficiencies of 29%.
23 October 2013
A UNSW psychologist has been awarded an international fellowship to carry out the first study of whether psychological treatment for anxiety disorders in women is more effective if administered at the optimum time during their menstrual cycle.
21 October 2013
With almost 40 million tonnes of e-waste created worldwide each year, toxic lead contamination has become a research priority for Professor Mark Hoffman.
18 October 2013
The claim that a newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe overturns a decades-old paradigm in human evolution is wildly premature, writes Darren Curnoe.
17 October 2013
Former Australian of the Year and Professor of Youth Mental Health, Patrick McGorry, will speak about the role of personalised medicine in potentially serious mental disorders at a UNSW neuroscience conference this week.
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17 October 2013
Dean of Engineering Graham Davies and Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos have been elected fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
16 October 2013
Direct water recycling systems could have major economic and environmental benefits for Australian cities, a new ATSE report by environmental engineer Dr Stuart Khan has found.
15 October 2013
With their beady eyes peering through the murky harbour water, the squid swim in close formation towards the camera – creating an eerie prize-winning image in the UNSW Science and Engineering Photo Competition. 
14 October 2013
Online learning can and should be a much richer, interactive and adaptive experience than it is now, argues Dror Ben Naim. 
11 October 2013
It won't be easy, but in future astro-archaeologists may be able to glean that life once existed on Earth from the stellar remnants of our sun, writes Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.
09 October 2013
The founder of the international RoboCup soccer tournament will deliver a public lecture at UNSW on Thursday 10 October.
09 October 2013
The quest to find innovative recycling methods to tackle growing amounts of waste across the globe has attracted researchers and industry delegates to UNSW for the International Sustainability Symposium.
08 October 2013
Space engineer Scott Hensley from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been appointed an adjunct professor at UNSW. 
04 October 2013
The UNSW solar racing car will begin its 3000-kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide on Sunday 6 October, marking the start of the 2013 World Solar Challenge. 
02 October 2013
Consumers expect products, including cars, to be recyclable, but there's no easy way to weigh up the green credentials of the materials being used, writes Veena Sahajwalla.
02 October 2013
Professor Martina Stenzel, who is developing intelligent plastic nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery, has won the 2013 ExxonMobil Award.
01 October 2013
A UNSW-led team has uncovered the genetic secrets of extremophile microbes that can survive in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees in the saltiest lake in Antarctica.
27 September 2013
The challenges posed by global environmental issues are very great indeed, but if all voices are heard and respected one can continue to hope that we may find the right way forward, writes Merlin Crossley.