Science & Tech

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A UNSW-led team has uncovered the genetic secrets of extremophile microbes that can survive in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees in the saltiest lake in Antarctica.

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The challenges posed by global environmental issues are very great indeed, but if all voices are heard and respected one can continue to hope that we may find the right way forward, writes Merlin Crossley. 

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There is still scientific work to do on attributing specific events to climate change, but we know enough to make policy decisions, write Steve Sherwood and Lisa Alexander.  

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UNSW Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has become patron of the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales. 

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UNSW scientists have played a key role in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which is officially released in Sweden on Friday.  

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In a hard-hitting public lecture at UNSW, Dr David Suzuki has criticised the government’s policy on climate change and exhorted Australians to embrace renewable energy.

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The global warming trend in surface air temperature has slowed, but low solar activity, a double-dip La Nina and more aerosol pollution means the Earth should be much colder than it is, writes Andy Pitman.

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By collecting water samples up to six kilometres deep, UNSW researchers have shown for the first time the impact of ocean currents on the distribution and abundance of marine micro-organisms. 

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Due to overwhelming public interest in hearing Dr David Suzuki deliver the Jack Beale Lecture at UNSW on Saturday, his talk will be streamed live to an adjoining room.

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Sir Michael Hintze has honoured his father with the unveiling of a new lecture theatre at UNSW made possible by a $1 million donation.

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