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05 August 2020

"I'm not addicted!" Kids have a right to play - even digitally

Children adopt the word "addicted" to describe a game as fun or to say how long they played it. But adults use it as a pathology - and that can harm kids.
03 August 2020

Where's Woodhouse?

A project calling on members of the public to shed light on photos taken in Greece by a renowned classicist more than a century ago has yielded more than 600 responses from around the world.
15 July 2020

International travel guides of the ancient Greeks

International travel in the ancient world didn't include too many buffet breakfasts. Yet some ancient travellers still had the urge to write travel guides, and Daniel Hanigan couldn't be happier.
09 July 2020

Learning languages opens our minds

Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, recently graduated with a Diploma of Languages (Korean Studies) at the very university he leads.
02 July 2020

New early offers for talented students in music and visual arts

The new Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme offers talented Year 12 students a chance to enter music and visual arts degrees based on audition and portfolio prior to getting their ATAR.
26 June 2020

7 reasons why hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup is awesome

Expect a surge in interest in soccer from Soccer Mums and their kids around Australia. The government will need to urgently invest in facilities.
26 June 2020

10 ways an arts degree can change the world

Passion, new perspectives, and an understanding of the past and the future are some of the best ways to make a difference to our world, writes Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison.  

22 June 2020

From HAL 9000 to Westworld’s Dolores: the pop culture robots that influenced smart voice assistants

Two media scholars analysed how Siri, Alexa and other smart voice assistants got their distinctive voices. Their work reveals the consequences of this on consumers, and ultimately, society at large.
19 June 2020

Popular doesn't mean influential among Cambodian farmers

Does being popular make a person influential? Not always. A social network analysis by Sydney researchers found that less popular farmers in Cambodia were in fact more influential than their more popular peers.
16 June 2020

India's leadership for good starts here

The University of Sydney's scholarship program to discover India's future visionary leaders, is one of the most generous scholarship programs available to Indian students offered by an Australian university.
27 May 2020

Repatriating unexpected treasures in Arnhem Land

To mark National Reconciliation Week, we explore the unusual, fascinating career of University of Sydney archaeologist Professor Annie Clarke.
19 May 2020

Vale, Emeritus Professor Gerald Wilkes (1927-2020)

Emeritus Professor Gerald Wilkes, best known for establishing a basis for Australian literature scholarship, passed away on May 15, 2020.
14 May 2020

The future of recycling: 4 experts explain

The NSW Government recently conducted a survey on recycling and plastic waste. Ahead of its findings, to be released later this year, four academics comment on research into recycling and the development of advanced waste conversion technologies.
14 May 2020

Chau Chak Wing Museum announces opening exhibitions

The University of Sydney has released details of seven exhibitions that will launch when Australia's newest museum opens its doors in November.
05 May 2020

The Last Man by Mary Shelley is a prophecy of life in a global pandemic

Of Shelley's works, The Last Man (1826) has the most to say to us in our present moment of crisis and global pandemic, writes Dr Olivia Murphy for The Conversation.
22 April 2020

Sydney leads in world university Impact Rankings

Sydney has placed first in Australia and second globally in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which focus on the twin issues of protecting the environment while addressing inequality through sustainable development.
20 April 2020

ARC Linkage Projects success for Sydney researchers

University of Sydney projects have been awarded more than $2 million in funding in the latest rounds of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects outcomes.
17 April 2020

Breaking news and political precedent in Malaysia

As Australia grapples with issues around freedom of the press, Malaysia has made real progress. It is now rated as the most journalistically free nation in the Southeast Asian region. Premesh Chandran helped power that liberation and is using it as a tool for change.
15 April 2020

Bringing back the colour to ancient Egyptian coffins

Uncovering the secrets of ancient Egypt used to involve a shovel, a gentle brush, and endless patience. Things have changed. Now archaeologists are using some of the most advanced technologies available.
08 April 2020

Uncovering the secrets of ancient Egypt

The modest Egyptian coffin sat quietly for decades with no-one guessing its mystery. When the mummy within was finally discovered, it offered an opportunity to gain new insights into the glories of that ancient civilisation. The question was, how to start?