Science & Technology

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12 February 2014
Charles Darwin was one of the greatest scientists of all time and his 205th birthday today is worth celebrating, but he should not be treated like a messiah or deity, writes Rob Brooks.  
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11 February 2014
PhD candidate Evelyn Linardy is working on a portable DNA testing device that will allow doctors, researchers and border security to identify samples within 10 minutes. VIDEO
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10 February 2014
A high-tech company set up by UNSW and the ANU that provides revolutionary 3D images and simulations to the oil and gas industries has been sold for $A76 million.
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10 February 2014
Heat stored in the western Pacific Ocean, due to an unprecedented strengthening of the equatorial trade winds, appears to be largely responsible for the hiatus in surface warming over the past 13 years.
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07 February 2014
UNSW child psychologist Mark Dadds features in a new documentary series on ABC TV that explores the controversial childhood condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
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07 February 2014
Why bother with emissions-intensive, expensive and dangerous nucelar energy when there is already a better alternative to fossil fuels: the efficient use of renewable energy, argues Mark Diesendorf. 
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06 February 2014
Researchers have identified a new species of mysterious beaked whale based on a study of seven animals stranded on remote tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
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05 February 2014
Oceanographic research at UNSW suggests the claimed lengthy voyage of a castaway fisherman could have occurred and he was lucky not to have ended up in the great garbage patch of the North Pacific.
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03 February 2014
Isha Deodhar is just about to start her first year of university, but she already has big plans to combine her love for maths, science and engineering to solve the big problems facing society.
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03 February 2014
Conflict between men and woman pervades every sphere of human life, but decisions about reproduction cause the most angst, writes Professor Rob Brooks. CONFERENCE
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30 January 2014
The tissue normally discarded during routine hip replacements could be a rich new source of adult stem cells for use in regenerative medicine, UNSW-led research has found.
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29 January 2014
Conflict and cooperation between the sexes will be discussed at an unprecedented gathering of economic experts and evolutionary biologists at UNSW next week.
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24 January 2014
With cycling deaths on the rise in Australia, a visiting expert from Sweden will discuss how the latest technology can help prevent bicycle accidents.
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23 January 2014
The recent Australian heatwave that saw some electricity consumers lose supply was a sobering reminder that we need to provide and use energy more sustainably, writes Hugh Outhred. 
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22 January 2014
Australian water utilities must adapt to extreme weather events if they are to protect vulnerable supplies and ensure clean drinking water into the future, an international report warns.
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21 January 2014
Two UNSW researchers have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science prizes for their work in statistical ecology and climate change science.
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20 January 2014
Professor Stuart Wenham and his team’s discovery of a technology to produce high efficiency, low cost silicon photovoltaic cells has won one of the world’s richest research prizes.
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16 January 2014
The Australian Open has shown the world there is a temperature at which tennis players start to hallucinate about Snoopy. In a warming world, Donna Green asks: how hot is too hot?  
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15 January 2014
The ARC's Future Fellowship scheme has been a well executed initiative to invest in and build the intellectual capital of our country, and its termination would be very damaging for Australia, writes Merlin Crossley.
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14 January 2014
Under the leadership of distinguished geneticist Professor Merlin Crossley, the Faculty of Science is one of the success stories of UNSW.
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14 January 2014
Marine ecologists in Sydney have restored a once thriving seaweed species, which vanished along a stretch of the city’s coastline during the 1970s and 80s.
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13 January 2014
UNSW experts are at the centre of a debate about whether the controversial practice of geo-engineering has a place in the fight against global warming.
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10 January 2014
Urgent action is needed to protect large carnivores, such as the Australian dingo, from the “unforseen” environmental consequences that will accompany further declines in their numbers, an international team of ecologists has warned. 
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08 January 2014
UNSW Professor Chris Turney and his team answer some commonly asked questions about the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, whose research vessel became trapped in ice in December.
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06 January 2014
It is not an inability to understand science that undermines its power: it is the ability to deny it whenever it involves inconvenient truths, writes Merlin Crossley. 

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