Science & Technology

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23 April 2013
The real and direct impact of ocean-going plastic is not where it ends up, but the route it takes from our beaches to the great ocean garbage patches, writes Erik Van Sebille.
22 April 2013
The first continental-scale reconstruction of temperatures over the past 2000 years highlights the unusual nature of the 20th century warming.
“Artist’s impression of a single phosphorus atom, placed in the vicinity of a silicon transistor. The atom is irradiated by microwaves to write quantum information on the spin of its nucleus, indicated by the arrow. The actual size of the nucleus is only one-millionth of the size of the atom.” Credit: Tony Melov
18 April 2013
In a world-first result, engineers from UNSW have demonstrated a quantum bit based on the nucleus of a single atom in silicon.
17 April 2013
People given large servings of food eat more than those given smaller servings, even after they have been taught about the impact, UNSW research shows
17 April 2013
It's impolite to draw attention to a comb-over, but the time has to come to speak about the cleverly disguised shortages affecting research funding, writes Merlin Crossley.
15 April 2013
Genes aren’t the be-all-and-end-all – there are other factors that influence you, writes Merlin Crossley.
12 April 2013
A linkage project between UNSW and Boeing will offer new insight into the durability of composite materials used in modern aircraft.
12 April 2013
Discoveries in human evolution, such as the Australopithecus sediba remains, get a disproportionate amount of attention in science journals and the media, writes Associate Professor Darren Curnoe.
12 April 2013
A UNSW research centre investigating three high-value industries was launched in Beijing this week by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
10 April 2013
It's an old myth that renewable energy is unreliable in supplying base-load demand, or that it is unaffordable. All we need are effective policies to drive the transition, writes Mark Diesendorf.
Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece: David
09 April 2013
Genitalia tend to vary more dramatically than other physical traits and evolutionary biology has made stunning progress in resolving why, writes Professor Rob Brooks
08 April 2013
Following the release of the federal government's space policy, Professor Andrew Dempster warns that Australia's lack of a space agency and earth observation satellites could leave us vulnerable.
05 April 2013
Wearing overnight specially designed rigid contact lenses that reshape the eye could remove the need for reading glasses in middle age, a UNSW study shows.
04 April 2013
A new Masters program in Satellite Systems Engineering is the first of its kind in Australia and will help keep talented students in the country to bolster the space industry.
03 April 2013
A carbon price of between $50 and $100 per tonne would make coal-fired and gas-fired power less economical than renewable electricity, a UNSW study shows.
02 April 2013
Australia's summer heatwaves are lasting longer and have been increasing in number over the past 60 years, a UNSW study shows.
Minister Greg Combet & China's Vice-Chairman Xie Zhenhua
27 March 2013
China has detailed an ambitious road map to reduce emissions, including the world’s largest carbon trading scheme, at a high level bi-lateral climate change conference at UNSW.
Prof Veena Sahajwalla _cropped
27 March 2013
Sourcing raw materials from waste can cut costs, which means we need to look at our rubbish for its "beauty within," writes Veena Sahajwalla.
25 March 2013
The definition of a gene has evolved since the term was first coined in 1909 and needs updating again in the light of recent findings, writes Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley.
25 March 2013
Taking their inspiration from Nature, UNSW scientists have developed a new method for carrying out chemical reduction – an industrial process used to produce fuels and chemicals that are vital for modern society.
Zhao and Aihua
22 March 2013
Two solar energy innovators who trained at UNSW have been honoured with an award recognising visionary Australian citizens living and working abroad.
ANFF labs
21 March 2013
Australia ranks third overall in the Asia-Pacific in scientific research with UNSW improving its national standing, according to the Nature Publishing Index.
16 March 2013
Consumers must acknowledge that a constant supply of wild-caught fish is not sustainable and curb demand, writes Dr James Smith.
An artist’s impression of the gastric-brooding frog. Artwork: Peter Schouten
15 March 2013
A UNSW-led research team has succeeded in producing early stage cloned embryos containing the DNA of the Australian gastric-brooding frog, which died out 30 years ago.
15 March 2013
Up to 90 per cent of the human genome really is junk DNA, contrary to recent headlines, writes Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley