A UNSW scientist has revealed that an ancient clay tablet could be the oldest and most complete example of applied geometry, showing that ancient mathematics was more advanced than previously thought.

The findings come as welcome news as NSW lockdowns continue – but future cancer treatment patterns will depend on how current infection rates develop.

a woman in a city at night waves to her ride share vehicle

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Uber’s downsides are well publicised, but it may have a big social benefit in helping to reduce the incidence of drunk driving.

Professor Raina MacIntyre Medconnect

"When people try to communicate uncertainty as certainty, that's when you get into trouble," said Professor Raina MacIntyre.

Truthfulness, acknowledging uncertainty and understanding the workforce are key leadership elements, say senior health leaders.

a man stares at a gambling game on a screen in a dark room

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How to inject more reality into gamblers’ overestimation of their chances of winning? One simple tool is feedback.

Close-up of newborn baby's feet poking out of blanket

By the time an infant with SMA starts showing symptoms, they've already lost 90 per cent of their nerves – which is why early detection and treatment is so important. Photo: Unsplash.

Gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy might have a high up-front price tag. But by screening and treating infants early, the therapy can save both lives and money in the long term.

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The project will support those living with a rare disease, focusing on mental health, and social and emotional wellbeing. Photo: Shutterstock.

UNSW Sydney researchers have been awarded $1.9 million for a project that will develop and deliver rare disease resources, education and training.

Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QC, founding Dean of UNSW Law & Justice

Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten AC QC, founding Dean of UNSW Law & Justice. Photo: Supplied.

Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten passed away during the night of 27 July, leaving behind a world where the law can finally meet justice.

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Herd immunity is when immunity in a population is high enough to block the pathway for the ongoing transmission of the disease. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Once we achieve herd immunity, people who are not vaccinated benefit indirectly from the immunity of those around them. But it’s not easy to say exactly when we’ll reach this threshold for COVID-19.

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The Indian Ocean Dipole, or IOD, is a natural climate phenomenon that influences rainfall patterns around the Indian Ocean, including Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology declared a negative Indian Ocean Dipole — a natural climate phenomenon set to bring wet weather. Let’s look at what you can expect, and the role of climate change.

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In this video, watch how the SARS-CoV-2 virus takes over cells by ‘melting’ them into each other.

Researchers at UNSW Sydney’s Kirby Institute have developed cells that allow them to test the effect of SARS-CoV-2 faster than anywhere else in the world. 

The team, led by Associate Professor Stuart Turville, use these genetically “supercharged” cells to quickly understand the dynamics of different variants of the virus, to test their ability to evade vaccines, and to inform the public health response in real time.

The scientists have now shared microscopic footage of the process – in their incredible video, you can see the healthy supercharged cells being taken over by the SARS-CoV-2 virus over a 20-hour period.

People waiting at a COVID-19 Vaccine Centre

Global vaccine inequity is a “catastrophic moral failure”. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP

If Australians won’t take the AstraZeneca vaccine, we must donate it to save lives elsewhere, especially while we queue-jump for more Pfizer doses.

Woman sitting on bed pressing her head in pain

Regulating emotions might be harder for people with chronic pain, the study finds. Photo: Shutterstock.

Chemical ‘messengers’ called neurotransmitters help regulate our emotions – but scientists have noticed a disruption to their levels in people with chronic pain.

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In Australia, more than two million rooftops have solar panels - the most per capita in the world. Photo: Shutterstock

The process of manufacturing gallium-doped solar panels was under a patent until last year. It's only now that this method has started to pick up steam.

NSW's successful test and trace strategy controlled the Crossroads Hotel outbreak a year ago without needing a stringent lockdown. But this has not worked as well against Delta.

Tim Putt, Amy Ridge and Nathan Power at the UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre

Eight UNSW students, including water polo players (L-R) Tim Putt, Amy Ridge and Nathan Power, and four alumni will compete at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Arc UNSW

With athletes training in quarantine, taking regular COVID tests and competing in empty stadiums, Tokyo 2021 will be an Olympics like we have never seen before.

Engineering researchers

The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program supports collaborative research activity between industry and the Australian higher education sector. Photo: Shutterstock.

More than $9 million in ARC grants have been awarded to two UNSW Sydney projects providing research into sensors for the health sector and new technologies for Australia’s infrastructure needs.

variant of SARS-CoV-2

Associate Professor Stuart Turville from UNSW Sydney and the Kirby Institute's Immunovirology and Pathogenesis Program explains how variants emerge, how they are detected and what we know about the B.1617 variant.

JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement ended earlier this year. But the last few months in have shown the COVID crisis is far from over in Australia.

Covid 19 and dementia

Dr Katya Numbers from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique risks to people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Dr Numbers' research has revealed people living with dementia have a relatively high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and are also at risk of neuropsychiatric disturbances as a result of lockdown measures and social isolation.