Darren's diagnosis took two years, but a new Parkinson's disease detection method developed by UNSW researchers could enable an early and accurate diagnosis. In its current form, the new detection method takes five hours.   

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UNSW researchers have used mathematical simulations of waiting in line, known as stochastic queue network models, to model the process of running a vaccination clinic.

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A mass vaccination hub in Genoa, Italy. Photo: Luca Zennaro/EPA/AAP

We need to stop relying on small GP clinics and urgently move towards using mass vaccination hubs like stadiums, schools and parks.

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Researchers draw on complementary skills across all housing and urban research areas. Photo: Shutterstock.

Projects for 2021 funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute are timely, practical and policy relevant.

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The UNSW study is the first to use big data to predict domestic violence from misogynistic tweets across a two-year period. Image: Dave Akshar on Unsplash

Places where there is a lot of misogynistic tweeting going on are likely to have a lot of domestic violence as well, a study by UNSW has found.

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Dr Matthew Baker is the only Australian research lead to be awarded a 2021 Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant – Early Career. Photo: UNSW Sydney

A UNSW Sydney researcher has received a prestigious international grant to study the origins of movement in bacteria and its application to present-day biology.

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The grisly discovery of a disembodied foot on a NSW beach was a tragic twist in the mystery of missing woman Melissa Caddick. Such tragedies can also reveal hidden currents connecting the planet.

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The dark side of 'financialisation' is well-known. But it's not all bad news.

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FinTech is connecting underemployed Indonesian farmers with under-utilised land to produce high-quality organic food and sustainable incomes. Photo: Shutterstock

Fintech is playing an important role in helping digital entrepreneurs tap into growth opportunities in Indonesia's developing communities, shows UNSW Business School research.

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Merlin Crossley has been recognised for his contribution to our understanding of blood disorders. Photo: UNSW.

The UNSW Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic has been honoured with the Lemberg Medal for his excellence in biochemistry and molecular biology, and contributions to the scientific community.

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Andrew Laming (centre) with colleagues in the Coalition party room. Photo: Andrew Taylor/AAP

Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack have both called for empathy training for MPs. But it has all the hallmarks of a human resources fad.

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Research from a unique natural experiment shows how strict ideas about masculinity can emerge when men vastly outnumber women.

In any given year, there's a 1% chance of a 'once in a century' flood. But that doesn't mean they can't happen more than once in quick succession.


As NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars, UNSW is playing a key role in the search for life on the red planet. In July 2019, Professor Martin Van Kranendonk took a team of NASA and European Space Agency scientists to the Pilbara, in the Western Australian outback. The Pilbara is home to rocks that contain the oldest evidence of life on Earth, in layered reefs calls stromatolites, created by tiny microbes. At 3.5 billion years old, these rocks are a similar age to those that can be found on Mars, so these rocks will help the NASA team identify where to dig for samples on Mars, and what to look for in the samples.