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  • “Hidden” thoughts in visual part of brain

    Thoughts may be hide in the visual part of the brain.

    How much control do you have over your thoughts? What if you were specifically told not to think of something – like ...

    September 22, 2020
  • The myth of ‘living with’ a level of COVID-19

    Experts explain the epidemiology definitions you should know.

    Disease management terms like ‘elimination’ and ‘eradication’ have been used in press conferences and media coverage ...

    September 4, 2020
  • Why people get sick in virtual reality

    ‘Cybersickness’ is an illness impacting people.

    Virtual reality (VR) technology – which can immerse people in real or imagined environments via a head-mounted displa...

    August 25, 2020
  • The zoonotic diseases closer to home

    Diseases can jump from animals to humans in our own backyard.

    With genetic analysis suggesting COVID-19 originated in animals before it spread to humans, now is a good time to bea...

    August 21, 2020
  • Why the brain can see faces in everyday objects

    The phenomenon of seeing faces in everyday objects.

    If you tend to notice faces in inanimate objects around you, you're not alone. It could be the Virgin Mary in a toast...

    August 14, 2020
  • Paint eyes on a cow’s butt to stop lion attacks

    It appears to prevent lion attacks in landscapes where they coexist.

    One might be forgiven for mistaking a field full of livestock with eyes painted on them as some kind of Illuminati pe...

    August 10, 2020
  • Pesticides to blame for bigger dingoes?

    Link between average size of a dingo and poison-baits.

    Dingoes have gotten around 6-9 per cent bigger over the past 80 years, new research from UNSW and the University of S...

    August 6, 2020
  • Antarctica is the perfect place for stargazing

    Dome A is officially the best place for astronomy.

    Have you ever wondered why stars twinkle? It’s because turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere makes light emitted from ...

    August 4, 2020
  • Migration: impact on whales’ health

    It’s depleted on their return from annual migration.

    Whale-watching season is usually a delight for scores of whale watchers along the east coast of Australia. For scient...

    August 3, 2020
  • Super-Earths discovered orbiting a red dwarf star

    And in the habitable zone where water could exist.

    Astronomers have discovered two super-Earth exoplanets orbiting a red dwarf star 11 light years away from Earth, with...

    June 29, 2020
  • Extinct giant wombat relatives discovered

    A new family is created for ‘weird’ giant marsupial.

    The unique remains of a prehistoric, giant wombat-like marsupial – Mukupirna nambensis – that was unearthed in centra...

    June 26, 2020
  • Some people’s minds are blind

    Aphantasia: the lack of all mental visual imagery.

    Picture the sun setting over the ocean. It’s large above the horizon, spreading an orange-pink glow across the sky. ...

    June 26, 2020
  • We can all be stargazers- now is the perfect time

    Kirsten Banks on how to make the most of the Winter Solstice.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to put their day-to-day lives on pause, whether this meant cancelling tr...

    June 19, 2020
  • Lessons from climbing the highest mountains

    Mountaineering helps think laterally in the lab.

    Climbing the world's highest mountains may seem worlds away from a lab, but not for cardiologist Dr Nikki Bart. The ...

    June 17, 2020
  • Australian space industry satellite launch

    M2 Pathfinder supports development of AI in space.

    The Australian space agency has hit another milestone with the successful launch of the M2 Pathfinder satellite. The...

    June 16, 2020
  • New device targeting feral cats

    A key in rebuilding decimated native animal populations.

    A new device that uses poison and lasers to kill feral cats and control their devastating impacts on population numbe...

    May 29, 2020
  • The mystique of mathematics

    There’s beauty to find in maths, and maths in beauty.

    Mathematics is visible everywhere in nature, even where we are not expecting it. It can help explain the way galaxies...

    May 21, 2020
  • The heartbeats of pulsing stars

    Inner workings of young stars have been disentangled.

    By listening to the beating hearts of stars, astronomers have for the first time identified a rhythm of life for a cl...

    May 15, 2020
  • The origins of life in hot springs

    Hot springs that helped organic matter turn into life.

    50 years ago, a meteorite landed in Victoria carrying many of the building blocks for life, including amino acids, nu...

    May 7, 2020
  • Mars rovers tested in Flinders Ranges

    Scientists are hunting for Earth’s earliest life forms.

    A UNSW astrobiologist has put the technology of NASA’s soon-to-be-launched Perseverance Rover to the test to find out...

    May 5, 2020
  • One of the universe’s constants is weird

    Inconsistencies at the outer fringes of the cosmos.

    New measurements of a quasar 13 billion light-years away have found that one of the cosmological constants used in ph...

    April 29, 2020
  • Hungry galaxies grow fat on their neighbours

    A constant case of the cosmic munchies.

    Galaxies grow large by eating their smaller neighbours, new research reveals.Exactly how massive galaxies grow so big...

    April 27, 2020
  • Why bad smells stick around

    Minimising odour depends on the stage you choose to target.

    Ever wondered why something smells the way it does – good or bad – and why some odours just hang around no matter wha...

    April 10, 2020
  • Teaching AI to second-guess

    Teaching AI systems the subtleties of human behaviour.

    One of the holy grails in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) is giving machines the ability to predict i...

    March 25, 2020
  • Drinking water quality under threat

    The impact of climate change and urbanisation.

    More than half of the world’s population faces a looming threat to the quality and availability of their drinking wat...

    March 13, 2020
  • Life on Earth later than we thought

    Billion-year-old rocks reveal the evolution of life on Earth.

    A large proportion of the elements essential to the formation of oceans and life – such as water, carbon and nitrogen...

    March 12, 2020
  • A ‘pre-teen’ Hot Neptune with two suns

    Studying a planetary system in development.

    A young planet located 150 light-years away has given astrophysicists a rare chance to study a planetary system in th...

    March 2, 2020
  • Most GHB deaths could be preventable

    Knowledge about overdoses and first aid is the answer.

    Despite a notorious reputation, illicit recreational drug GHB is increasing in popularity in Australia. But knowing t...

    February 21, 2020
  • Ice sheet melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres

    Future ice melt is heading far beyond anything we’ve seen.

    Mass ice melt of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was a major cause of high sea levels during a period Last Interglacial ...

    February 12, 2020
  • Want to help with bushfire recovery?

    Photographing bushfire-affected areas helps track recovery.

    Forget Instagram – citizen scientists are being urged to use their mobile phones for a good cause: to monitor the rec...

    January 31, 2020
  • A looming water supply disaster

    Climate and population ramp up the pressure on water supplies.

    The frequency of water restrictions in Australia is set to treble by the end of the century after modelling showed cl...

    January 28, 2020
  • The platypus is in big trouble

    Development and drought are causing a path to extinction.

    Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus, a globally unique mammal, with in...

    January 23, 2020
  • Whooping cough is evolving into a superbug

    Future-proofing our vaccines against evolving strains.

    Australia needs a new whooping cough vaccine to ensure our most vulnerable are protected from the emergence of superb...

    January 17, 2020
  • Bushfires threatening our drinking water

    Bushfires pose a serious risk to the quality of our drinking water.

    Regional and metropolitan areas around NSW are facing water quality concerns in the face of the bushfire crisis. In ...

    January 8, 2020
  • Splitting hydrogen just got cheaper

    Creating hydrogen using only water, iron, nickel and electricity.

    Hydrogen-powered cars may soon become more than just a novelty after a UNSW-led team of scientists demonstrated a muc...

    December 16, 2019
  • Alcohol tax doesn’t only punish the poor

    It’s a myth and the effect is negligible.

    There is no evidence that introducing a minimum unit price on alcohol as a deterrent against binge drinking would eff...

    December 11, 2019
  • 1987 decision slowed global warming

    We have to take action on climate change now as we see the effects.

    In 1987 the world signed the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to protect the ozone layer. The purpose of...

    December 10, 2019
  • Would you trade privacy for security?

    Tracking information is closer than we realise.

    Imagine a world where your every move is captured on camera – where your name is shamefully announced on billboards t...

    November 8, 2019
  • It’s not ‘wild dog management’

    A new study finds several ‘dingo hotspots’.

    Almost all wild dogs in NSW are dingoes or dingo-dominant hybrids, a study from UNSW Sydney and collaborators has fou...

    November 4, 2019
  • Low indigenous vaccination rates

    Vaccination rates are still low, and declining in some areas.

    We need urgent action to reverse declining targeted flu and pneumococcal vaccination rates among adult Indigenous Aus...

    October 22, 2019
  • Half of regular ecstasy users are pill testing

    The habits of illicit drug users nationally are revealed.

    More than four in 10 people who regularly use ecstasy and one in 10 people who regularly inject drugs have ever teste...

    October 17, 2019
  • Do you know where your online data is?

    Our online data is taken freely and willingly.

    With our personal data constantly gathered and analysed, it’s the grim reality that the internet knows you better tha...

    October 9, 2019
  • Using nanotechnology to mend broken hearts

    Hossein Tavassoli is working to mend broken hearts.

    When Hossein Tavassoli first told his mother that he was researching heart disease, she responded with “But, you’re a...

    October 7, 2019
  • Disrespectful health care for trans people

    Gaps in policy and practice for trans and gender diverse people.

    There is an urgent need to prioritise health resources and services to support the sexual health and wellbeing of tra...

    September 19, 2019
  • People with an ability we don’t understand

    So-called “super recognisers” are being recruited for security roles.

    Super recognisers – or people with uncanny abilities to match images of unknown faces with their real-life owners – a...

    September 10, 2019
  • Pilbara rocks hold clues to life on Mars

    Learning the secrets of our ancient rocks.

    NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) scientists have spent a week in the remote outback of Australia for specialist t...

    September 2, 2019
  • Australian invention to fix recycling crisis

    Solution that recycles waste into clothing and building products .

    According to a UNSW researcher, a ready-made answer to our waste and recycling crisis is available in the form of her...

    August 16, 2019
  • Marine heatwaves bigger threat than thought

    It’s not just bleaching but the breakdown of coral skeletons.

    Marine heatwaves are a much bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought, research revealing a previously unr...

    August 14, 2019
  • Whooping cough is evolving

    Antibiotics and vaccines may become less effective.

    A new strain of Bordetella pertussis – the bacterium that causes whooping cough – has become resistant to antibiotic ...

    May 6, 2019
  • Multiplication problem solved

    Will allow multiplication of huge numbers much faster.

    A Sydney mathematician has cracked a maths problem that has stood for almost half a century which will enable compute...

    April 23, 2019
  • Semi-identical twins identified in pregnancy

    Australian researchers make discovery using genetic testing.

    Young Queensland twins, a boy and a girl, have been identified as only the second set of semi-identical twins in the ...

    February 28, 2019
  • Preventing cancer with neuroblastoma

    New drug combination may prevent cancer in children.

    A team including UNSW Sydney researchers has discovered the link between a cancer-causing gene and a group of molecul...

    February 6, 2019

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