Science & Tech

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The development of agriculture marked the greatest shift in human history, but it came with consequences, writes Darren Curnoe.

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Two UNSW Canberra astrophysicists have played a role in helping scientists witness a cataclysmic event for the first time – the merging of two neutron stars, resulting in a kilonova explosion.

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A global tracker for gas cylinders, developed in just seven weeks by UNSW engineering students, has won the inaugural Maker Games and an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley.

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Increased use of state-of-the art eye-imaging technologies could improve healthcare for patients with age-related macular degeneration, but only if professionals receive advanced training on how to interpret the results.

 

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When UNSW's Jes Sammut helped to start a fish farming research project in the remote PNG highlands, the hope was to improve the nutrition of the locals. As it turns out, the rewards are far greater, and provide a template for the greater undeveloped world.

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Industry giants submit their wicked problems, and engineering students solve them – with the winners going to Silicon Valley: that’s the premise of the Maker Games, a rapid prototyping competition headed for the finals this weekend. 

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A review of geological evidence for tsunamis during the past 4500 years in the Mediterranean Sea has revealed that up to 90 per cent of these inundation events may have been due to storm activity instead.

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Two UNSW leaders in STEM are among 25 Fellows elected to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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A rear suspension failure has forced Sunswift Violet, designed and built by UNSW engineering students, to withdraw from the 2017 World Solar Challenge.

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Only 9.6% of new drugs in development in the years 2006-2015 successfully made it to the market to be used by patients.

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