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11 August 2020

Feeling glum? 10 positive stories you may have missed

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still some good happening in the world. Here are ten of the University of Sydney's most promising and positive stories that you may have missed.
07 August 2020

Virgin Australia on life support

The private equity takeover of Virgin offers a lifeline to the struggling airline, but is unlikely to amount to more than that, writes Associate Professor of Economics, Mark Melatos, for The Conversation.
03 August 2020

What is a 'state of disaster' and what powers does it confer?

Constitutional law expert Professor Anne Twomey explains the legal mechanisms that underpin the 'state of disaster' in Victoria.
31 July 2020

Impact of obesity on COVID-19 symptoms

University of Sydney academics respond on the UK government's Better Health campaign to address obesity and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his own "wake up call" when told his weight may have impacted the severity of his COVID-19 symptoms.
28 July 2020

5 reasons why the age of criminal responsibility should be raised

Professor Judy Cashmore, from the University of Sydney Law School, outlines five urgent reasons why we must raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 now. "It's time to make the change," she says.
24 June 2020

How to make copper mines emission free

A world first study by the University of Sydney's Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Zero Emission Copper Mine of the Future, lays out how Australian copper mining can be cleaner and smarter using emerging technologies.
23 June 2020

Virtual and augmented realities: six thorny questions you need to ask

A vast literature review of the ethics of virtual and augmented reality technologies has revealed dilemmas across six key areas.
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.
15 June 2020

Why a pandemic response should include dentistry

As a frontline health service, dentistry is well-placed to triage patients - during a pandemic or otherwise. Adequate government funding could ensure this in the future, say dental practice and policy experts.
05 June 2020

Australia is not doing enough to preserve biodiversity

On World Environment Day, two environmental law researchers reflect on the reasons for our diminishing natural bounty, and offer a way to save it.
04 June 2020

Could manufacturing aid Australia's economic recovery?

Following a federal government call for the reignition of domestic industrial activity, University of Sydney experts comment on the role of advanced manufacturing and boosting the digital workforce in Australia's post-coronavirus economy.
25 May 2020

How universities came to rely on international students

International student fees have become part of the unofficial funding policy of consecutive federal governments, writes Associate Professor Julia Horne for The Conversation.
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.
11 May 2020

STEM classes taught by teachers outside of their field of expertise

A significant number of Year 10 students across Australia are taught science, technology, engineering or mathematics by an under-qualified teacher, groundbreaking research reveals.
07 May 2020

Life after lockdown: Policy for the next phase of COVID-19

Ahead of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coronavirus announcement tomorrow, academic experts offer advice on a post-virus policy framework.
01 May 2020

How will COVID-19 affect Australia-China business relations?

Four leading China experts agreed Australia's commercial ties with China are likely to remain strong after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, although they will remain intertwined to the sometimes fraught political and diplomatic relationship.
30 April 2020

The earth cannot wait

Drawing on an international grant, the Sydney Environment Institute will explore climate justice through Indigenous and multispecies lenses.
30 April 2020

How to control an influenza outbreak without a specific vaccine

A group of pandemic modelling experts from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering have published new research that simulated viral influenza outbreaks to examine the efficacy of pandemic interventions in the absence of a tailored vaccine.
29 April 2020

How behavioural economics insights can aid COVID-19 compliance

To avoid a second wave of the coronavirus, Australians must continue to comply with 'stay at home' and other health-related orders. Professor Robert Slonim and colleagues explain a way to help achieve this.
28 April 2020

Experts examine the COVID-19 tracing app

University of Sydney academics from the disciplines of cybersecurity, media, law and health comment on COVIDSafe, the COVID-19 contact tracing app released by the federal government.