Science & Tech

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UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is in the running to be named Australian of the Year this week for her pioneering physics research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.

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Despite persistent buzz, the falling cost of electric cars isn't enough to guarantee sales in Australia, write Graciela Metternicht and Gail Broadbent.

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Subsidies would encourage the uptake of electric vehicles but they would need to be tailored and temporary, writes S Travis Waller.

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As part of its aim for 30% female enrolments in engineering by 2020, UNSW is bringing Year 11 and 12 girls to campus for a week of hands-on activities that offer a taste of the booming profession.

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With global sea levels set to rise by up to a metre by 2100, there is much to be learnt from past changes to the coastline and how humans responded to dramatic increases in sea level.

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The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW-led international team of scientists.

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UNSW's Professor Toby Walsh has been named runner-up for a global award for his work alerting the world to the dangers of robotic weapons.

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Digitial imaging has become an essential part of medical practice but we still don't have the right legislation to ensure legal and ethical protections, write Adrian Dyer, Jair Garcia and Ted Rohr.

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Increased knowledge, education and resources are needed to address the ongoing problem of rip current drownings on Australian beaches, writes Rob Brander.

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The long-distrance transport industry's productivity-based remuneration and the high number of permitted driving hours are a formula for death on our roads, writes Ann Williamson.

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