Nature

Humpback whale breaks the water's surface

UNSW researchers have linked the burden of humpback whales’ annual migration to depleted microbial diversity in their airways – an indicator of overall health.

A flowering plant

New research shows, in a world first, a recreation of the evolution of flowering plants through time - a complete angiosperm 'time-tree'.

Climate change threat to tropical plants

Half of the world’s tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new UNSW study predicts.

Platypus has final health check at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

UNSW scientists expect more platypus rescues in future as climate change takes a stranglehold on their natural habitat.

Ferns sprouting after bushfire

Citizen scientists are being encouraged to photograph bushfire-affected areas to help UNSW Sydney researchers track the recovery of flora and fauna after the fires.

Summer experts

UNSW has a team of experts available for media interviews who can comment on the hottest topics this summer – from bushfires, climate change and wage theft scandals to the spike in domestic violence, pitfalls with technology and making New Year’s resolutions.

Sea ice

This year's most popular science stories took readers from melting Antarctic ice sounding the alarm on microbes and climate change, to a pest-proof fence to protect native wildlife in far western NSW, and early signs of life in ancient rocks in the Pilbara, WA.

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