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18 February 2021

What experts think of Facebook's news ban

Facebook has banned the sharing of news content in Australia. University of Sydney experts in computer science, media, business and health comment on the implications of the decision.  
18 February 2021

Banning news links just days before Australia's COVID vaccine rollout? Facebook, that's just dangerous

The combined effect of Facebook's ban could be damaging to public health messaging, right before Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, writes misinformation researcher, Maryke Steffens.
18 February 2021

Wide-ranging medical cannabis quality-of-life study launches

Major longitudinal study launched to assess changes in quality-of-life outcomes for patients prescribed medicinal cannabis

18 February 2021

Hyper-intense white matter in brain found in frontotemporal dementia

A University of Sydney study has found the amount of white matter hyperintensities in the brain is associated with severity of frontotemporal dementia.

18 February 2021

A 'twisted elevator' could be key to understanding neurological diseases

For the first time, researchers have found one of the most important molecular machines in our cells uses a 'twisting elevator' mechanism, solving a mystery of how it transports crucial chemical signals from one cell to another.
17 February 2021

Can bots influence elections with the 'megaphone effect'?

With speculation increasing of an election in Australia later this year, a new study has found Twitter bots can amplify tweets from candidates. But is anyone listening?

17 February 2021

How icebergs really melt - and what it could mean for climate change

Iceberg melt is responsible for about half the fresh water entering the ocean from the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Accurately modelling this is important for understanding the potential impact on ocean circulation.
17 February 2021

A geological postcard from Australia to Mars on NASA Perseverance

A small piece of the Pilbara holds the secret to an ancient geological environment that was common to Earth and Mars 3.5 billion years ago. Find out how Patrice Rey from the School of Geosciences played a pivotal role in unearthing it.
16 February 2021

Lynette Riley for NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year

Associate Professor Lynette Riley, an Indigenous education expert, is on the shortlist for an award that recognises a role model who promotes economic, cultural and/or social wellbeing of Aboriginal people in NSW.
16 February 2021

How will we know COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

The potential benefits to us all from a mass vaccination program against COVID-19 far outweigh the potential side-effects, based on data from millions of people who have already been vaccinated around the world.