Science & Technology

05 February 2013
Speaking at an exclusive UNSW event, the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, urged students to play a role in developing the web's next big idea.
05 February 2013
UNSW researchers have found that cyclists who do not wear helmets are more likely to engage in risky riding behaviours and be involved in more severe crashes than those who wear protective headgear.
04 February 2013
The factors involved in the historical decline of contemporary mammals need to be identified to guard against future biodiversity loss, argues Marie Attard.
01 February 2013
The formation of the Antarctic ozone hole has caused changes in the way waters in the southern oceans mix, with possible impacts on climate change, a new study suggests.
An artist's depiction of NASA's Curiosity rover on the Martian surface (Image Credit: NASA)
01 February 2013
If humans hope to return to space for mining or to further explore the solar system, robots will inevitably play a major role, writes Gordon Roesler.
31 January 2013
UNSW and Parks Australia researchers were surprised to come across a very rare piebald fairy penguin chick during field research on the NSW South Coast.
30 January 2013
UNSW's Dr Ravindra Rajarao will be among young leaders from India and Australia gathering this week for a three day conference aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.
24 January 2013
While their friends at home have been sweltering, UNSW scientists, including PhD student Geoff Sims, have just spent five nights camping out in Antarctica in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees.
23 January 2013
Beyond science fiction, future space colonies will be driven by the prospect of off-Earth mining, but for this to happen there needs to be a solid business model, writes Professor Andrew Dempster.
16 January 2013
Dr Lisa Alexander, a UNSW expert in climate extremes, has been honoured by the Australian Academy of Science in its awards for scientific excellence.
brain blue
10 January 2013
So far there is no simple explanation for déjà vu, but advances in neuroimaging techniques may aid our understanding of memory and the tricks our minds play, writes Amy Reichelt.
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09 January 2013
The giant garbage patches in our oceans will continue to grow for hundreds of years even if no more is added - and our garbage has made its way into every ocean in the world, according to startling new research.
merlin op ed
22 December 2012
The city is teeming with wildlife, so look and listen, urges Merlin Crossley.
NASA water crop
21 December 2012
Not only is water associated with the formation of life, but extraterrestrial water can help us better understand the origin of water on Earth and its distribution within our planetary system, writes Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.
20 December 2012
One of the closest stars to Earth, Tau Ceti, may host five planets, an international team of astronomers has discovered.
19 December 2012
For her patented technology using waste plastic and recycled tyres to make 'green steel', Professor Veena Sahajwalla has won the top prize in the Innovation Challenge awards.
Scientia Professor Aibing Yu
18 December 2012
UNSW has secured funding for one of six new Australia-China Joint Research Centres, designed to meet the many challenges facing the minerals, metallurgy and materials industries in both countries.
18 December 2012
Researchers and firefighters have long speculated that fire tornadoes might exist. Now we know they do, write Jason Sharples and Rick McRae.
13 December 2012
A new Australian–US research institute led by UNSW will foster rapid development of “over the horizon” photovoltaic technology and establish Australia as the solar cell research hub of the Asia-Pacific.
13 December 2012
The idea that homosexuality arises not out of traditional genetics but out of epigenetics might, in time, shake up the science of sex differences and our understanding of how gender arises, writes Rob Brooks.
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12 December 2012
The model for assessing research excellence in Australia unfairly favours smaller players and fails to recognise larger universities' genuine strengths, argues Merlin Crossley.
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10 December 2012
UNSW has hosted its inaugural Postdoctoral Academy Awards for researchers in Medicine, Science and Engineering whose names don’t often get up in lights.
07 December 2012
A UNSW laser invention that detects explosive vapour 100 times faster than any existing device could revolutionise airport security and put bomb sniffer dogs out of a job.
05 December 2012
We're due to endure months of chatter about Royal babies and morning sickness. But there is an evolutionary tale to tell, writes Rob Brooks.
Angry woman
30 November 2012
With intense positive and negative emotions intrinsically linked by overlapping brain systems, it may be that these emotions are more difficult to discriminate than originally thought, writes Amy Reichelt.