UNSW Science

A person holds a mobile phone with Twitter app open

Researchers found the letters X, Y, and Z make tweets more shareable. The nonsensical result shows how easily statistics can be misused.

Platypus swimming

UNSW researchers have been involved in a platypus survey on Kangaroo Island which was severely affected by bushfires 18 months ago.

Crystal palace in Retiro Park, Madrid

An international study of parks and gardens finds even the humble roadside verge plays an important role in the environment and for our health.

Police looking at faces on a computer

A face matching test has been updated to find super-recognisers who can help prevent errors caused by face recognition software.

Male Carolina Anolis lizard displaying his dewlap

A surprising study on the behaviour of unrelated lizards demonstrates how evolution can lead to different species learning the same skills. 

Vaccinating children

Experts suggest vaccination of children must be part of Australia’s exit strategy, especially with the Delta variant of the virus.

Scientists have studied the impacts of a warmer, stronger East Australian Current on marine life during a voyage along the east coast.

Regent honeyeater

Raising young regent honeyeaters in aviaries with other species of birds as well as song tutoring increases their long-term chances in the wild.

2021 UNSW Alumni Award winners

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, a debut novelist, and the co-founders of Shippit, the fastest-growing shipping platform in Asia Pacific, are some of the UNSW alumni recognised this year.

A pair of handcuffed hands poking through bars of a jail cell

Why do some people make the same bad choices over and over? An inability to see how actions lead to outcomes, rather than recklessness, could be to blame.

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