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Professor Martin Van Kranendonk

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Soft marine coral Xenia cf crassa (blue) among the branches of an Acropora hard coral (green). Photo: Rosie Steinberg.

A technique developed by UNSW Sydney marine biologists promises to efficiently identify which of Australia’s soft coral species are most vulnerable to global warming.

Burnt tress after bushfires

One year following the 2019/20 fires, this forest has been slow to recover. Photo: Rachael Nolan CC BY-NC-ND

Many plants are really good at withstanding bushfires, but the combination of drought, heatwaves and pest insects under climate change may push them to the brink.

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You can measure the speed of your broadband connection, but that’s not the whole story. Your network provider also has to manage factors such as data loss and latency to ensure a smooth connection.


The improved success rates are due to many factors. Photo: Shutterstock

UNSW’s annual IVF report has revealed the latest numbers and trends in assisted reproductive technology.

So many climate models, so little time … A new way of measuring ocean temperatures helps scientists sort the likely from unlikely scenarios of global warming.

Dr Mandy Hagstrom

Dr Mandy Hagstrom, an exercise physiologist at the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW takes you through five exercises you can do at home without needing any gym equipment.

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Strip away the sexy marketing and what you have is just another digital platform shifting legal responsibilities and risks.

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Most kids will be unvaccinated if schools in the two largest states re-open in term 4. There may still be community transmission, but there are measures we can take to shield kids from the virus.

Peter Gunning

A career-long focus on childhood and adult cancers has been a driving force for Professor Peter Gunning’s research. Photo: UNSW Sydney.

Professor Peter Gunning has been recognised by the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology for his research which potentially impacts a broad range of diseases including childhood and adult cancers.

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Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP

An ‘orderly departure program’ similar to the one set up after the Vietnam War could offer a vital pathway out of Afghanistan for refugees over the next several years.

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The ultimate aim of the project is to release a smarter generation of bandicoots and other locally extinct mammals back into the wild. Photo: UNSW Sydney.

After more than a century, locally extinct bandicoots have returned to Sturt National Park. The nationally threatened species – known by local Aboriginal people as ‘talpero’ – once ranged across inland Australia. Now, a founding population of talpero have been reintroduced to the area by the team at Wild Deserts, a collaboration led by UNSW Sydney ecologists and Ecological Horizons with the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Read the full story

kirby cells

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.

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Professor Richard Bryant says people get anxious at the start of lockdowns, then their coping resources get eroded over time. Photo: Shutterstock.

A UNSW expert on post-traumatic stress and anxiety explains why this year’s lockdown is affecting everyone – and especially vulnerable groups – differently.