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25 November 2015

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis

A tsunami has been found to have occurred up to 20,000 years ago, which could have impacted Aboriginal people living on the then fringe reef. Now the Great Barrier Reef provides a barrier to potential wave energy from submarine landslide-induced tsunamis. Details of the findings were published this week in the international journal Marine Geology.

25 November 2015

Solidarity after Paris means treating all suffering the same

It is right that Australia, and the world, stand with France against terrorism. But it is also right that we stand with terrorism's other victims, writes Professor Ben Saul. 

25 November 2015

Dancing to academic victory

Pearl Lee has won the biology category of the 2015 Dance your PhD competition with an interpretive dance on tropoelastin.

24 November 2015

Ants filmed building moving bridges from their live bodies

An international team of researchers has discovered bridges built by ants with their bodies can move from the building point, changing position as required. Applications could include the development of swarm robots for use in areas such as disaster relief and deep sea exploration.

24 November 2015

Steve Vucic wins Gottschalk Medal at Australian Academy of Science awards

Neurologist Dr Steve Vucic has been awarded the Gottschalk Medal at 2016 Australian Academy of Science awards for his pioneering research revealing processes that can trigger the motor neurone disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

23 November 2015

Exploring new frontiers in time and materiality

Scholars from the humanities and social sciences will share multidisciplinary ideas at the Australian Academy of Humanities' 46th Annual Symposium, hosted by the University of Sydney.

23 November 2015

Sharing the real stories of people with disability

She doesn't like being called 'an inspiration', but it's hard not to be impressed by the determination of Jo Ragen who has been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 National Disability Awards.

20 November 2015

An honorary fellow

Professor Archie Johnston has been recognised for his leadership in engineering with the highest membership ranking bestowed by Engineers Australia's National Council.

20 November 2015

Koala genome reveals its secrets

A groundbreaking study of the koala genome has revealed koalas are genetically diverse, indicating declining populations are the result of human-related activity rather than mating with kin. The work across a number of organisations also questioned the current recognition of the existence of three sub-species in southern and northern Australia, finding there was little evidence that there were different species.

20 November 2015

School water program to brighten smiles in remote NSW

A new pilot project aimed at improving the oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in three remote NSW communities is set to launch in February 2016, led by the University of Sydney's Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.