Science & Technology

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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.
Masters_Apr4
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.
solar
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.
sun
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.
DNA2
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.
teacupnews
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.
seafood
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.
DNA2
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
Gabrielle McGill
12 March 2013
Floating communities in Cambodia now have access to clean water thanks to sustainable sanitation systems developed by two UNSW engineering alumni.
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08 March 2013
Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has found the third and final missing piece in the genetic puzzle of an unusual form of haemophilia, more than 20 years after his original discovery.
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07 March 2013
With Australia lagging behind Europe and the US in research output, and with Asia catching up, urgent policy action is needed, writes Professor Merlin Crossley.
Professor Malcolm Walter
05 March 2013
Tourist "astronaut" millionaire Dennis Tito's quest to send an older couple to Mars could be a catalyst for further human exploration in space, writes Malcolm Walter.
Emily Shaw
05 March 2013
Ocean acidification has been described as the evil twin of global warming and is becoming widely recognised as one of the top threats to coral reefs, explains Emily Shaw.
Cattai Creek draining into the Manning
28 February 2013
In the wake of heavy flooding, poisonous acid plumes are beginning to form in coastal rivers across New South Wales causing severe environmental damage, UNSW researchers warn.
corals
27 February 2013
Shallow coral reefs may be even more susceptible to increasing acidity caused by heightened levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans than previously recognised.
Keith Leggett tagging one of his research subjects
27 February 2013
Australia’s only African elephant ecologist Keith Leggett is leading the charge in elephant sustainability studies, along with UNSW's first group of PhD students studying African ecology.
Kevin_cropped
25 February 2013
Research revealing that genetic sequences once considered as "junk DNA" can regulate cancer genes could lead to the development of new cancer drugs to re-activate tumour suppressor genes.
goldenorb
21 February 2013
Big is often better, but when spiders are of a similar size, a male's success can depend on whether he is a sprinter or a marathon runner, explains Dr Michael Kasumovic.
blueloep
20 February 2013
From new ways to protect snow leopards in the Himalaya to keeping native Australian mammals as pets, Asia-Pacific communities are rising to the challenge of reconciling conservation with development.
Asteroid mining_NASA
19 February 2013
While mining in space is still confined to science fiction, a growing number of engineers, entrepreneurs and explorers are looking skyward and pondering the prospect of extracting valuable off-Earth minerals.

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