Faculty of Science

Dragon inside

The Komodo dragon is deadlier than previously thought, with new research revealing the giant lizards immobilize their prey with a venomous bite before killing their victims.

Bmcneil bookcover inside

The decline of the Hummer sends an ominous economic warning to Australian leaders if they want to rely on relics of the past to grow our economy in the future, writes Dr Ben McNeil.

Badmood inside

There's an upside to feeling down when the weather is gloomy: your memory is far more accurate than it is on bright and sunny days, a UNSW study suggests.

Macq river inside

UNSW will take a major role in the new $60 million National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, announced this week by the Federal Government.

Headbanger inside

Rock fans who risk injuries when headbanging to heavy-metal music could reduce harm by wearing a protective brace or changing their musical taste.

Redback spider

While large males outperform smaller spiders in head-to-head mating contests, the faster-maturing smaller ones make more successful lovers, a new study reveals.

Fiddler crab

Dishonesty may be more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought with new research showing that male fiddler crabs "lie" about their fighting ability.

Wetlands inside

The largest ever survey of the health of Australia's vital wetlands is underway, with a team of UNSW environmental researchers conducting a special aerial survey of waterbirds across the entire continent.

Barack Obama inside

If Barack Obama had taken his mother's surname and kept his childhood nickname, American voters might literally see "Barry Dunham" as a quite different presidential candidate, according to a new study on racial perception.

Angela Moles inside

A study by a UNSW evolutionary biologist comparing 75 different ecosystems across the planet is revealing new facts about the secret lives of plants and what eats them - and some important lessons about how they will fare with climate change.

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