Science & Tech

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A new study appears to show plants can learn from experience, raising intriguing questions about the possibility of plant cognition, writes Prudence Gibson. 

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Extermination of dingoes and the consequent loss of small mammals – not just overgrazing by livestock – have led to a rapid spread of woody weed shrubs across semi-arid Australia, a new study shows. 

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They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make – which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, UNSW engineers have smashed the world efficiency record.

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Evidence that populations of the platypus are in decline across Australia – to extinction in some locations – has sparked a UNSW-led research project to assess the iconic animal's conservation status.

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Researchers have made a significant advance in heart attack research, with the development of a polymer patch that improves the conduction of electrical impulses across damaged heart tissue.

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Sunswift eVe – the world’s fastest long range electric car – is on a regional outreach tour across NSW this week.

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The big problem in advocating paleo pet food is that our pets are no longer wild animals, writes Darren Curnoe.

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A huge galactic archaeology project called Galah is catching starlight to paint a picture of the galaxy's past, present and future, write Jonti Horner, Jonathan P. Marshall and Sarah Martell.

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Light pollution is changing the day-night cycle of some fish, dramatically affecting their feeding behaviour, write UNSW's marine scientists.

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The ACT Government has awarded UNSW Canberra $750,000 to create a world-class Space Mission Design Facility and to jointly develop a ground station for quantum encrypted satellite communication.

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