Our view from 2018 into the future

Revisiting some of the most popular UNSW Newsroom stories of 2018 reveals our appetite for information about our planet, our effect on it, and how we will live as the world changes.

Australian university students give far more credit than the previous generation to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance, according to a landmark new study. 

As Australia's waste crisis escalates, Professor Veena Sahajwalla today launched the world's first e-waste microfactory which has the potential to reduce the vast amount of electronic waste heading into landfill.

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey used a representative sample of 17,500 Australians.

Blue whales - among the loudest animals in the oceans - are singing a little flat, and there may now be more clues as to why.

The new Member for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, helped present the climate policy, which taxes carbon dioxide emissions and compensates all Australian households.

In 1988, UNSW became the first Australian university to offer sports scholarships. Thirty years on, the scholarships are shaping the lives of a new generation of student athletes.

Scientists are worried about the platypus, with a national risk assessment led by UNSW Professor Richard Kingsford suggesting declines of up to 30%.

Research from UNSW and NeuRA has revealed that nearly half of Australian parents using restraints are using them incorrectly, increasing the risk of serious injury to children by up to three times.

New study presents earliest evidence for hominins in ‘Green Arabia’ between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago – and shows the area was made up of humid grasslands, rather than arid desert

In an auditory tour through history and the animal kingdom, Associate Professor Darren Curnoe explored the relationship between human evolution and music.

Scientia Professor Toby Walsh tells the Festival of Dangerous Ideas that Artificial Intelligence is less than 50 years away from matching humans.

UNSW Professor Marc Wilkins is among a team whose unprecedented achievement provides new insights into koalas and their long-time survival. 

UNSW's participation in Sculpture by the Sea was a major step in improving understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, writes Lucy Carroll.

Many women do not feel safe at music festivals, citing the particular combination of big crowds and alcohol and drug intake making them particularly wary.

UNSW students, staff and alumni wanting to make a difference to sick kids have raised more than $270,000 in just three years.

A group led by UNSW's Peter White has unlocked the DNA of the cane toad. The world-first genome will help scientists understand how the toad spreads, how its toxin works, and provide new avenues to try to control its population. 

UNSW material scientists address the problem of lead leaching into the drinking water of Australian households by creating a new, lead-free brass alloy that will be used to make plumbing parts.

Hospital staff pay dramatically less attention to hand hygiene when they feel no one is watching, a new study reveals. The research suggests government reported compliance rates are overstated.