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07 September 2021

Putting more Australian pulses into the plant protein market

Australian pulses will help meet the growing demand for alternative meats and dairy, and other plant protein foods, under newly funded research from the University of Sydney.
02 September 2021

Civic engagement strongest in young from culturally diverse families

Civic engagement - one of the Sydney Policy Lab's guiding principles - is higher in people from younger, multicultural backgrounds, a new poll shows.
26 August 2021

Pandemic peak in sight - but we must brace for an infection surge

National modelling led by Centre for Complex Systems researchers shows that a pandemic peak is in sight, but we must brace for a surge of infections upon reopening when 80 percent of the adult population is vaccinated and restrictions are lifted.
05 August 2021

How to predict a stock market bubble in real-time

A new method for identifying financial bubbles could help policymakers avert catastrophes like the burst of the 2007 housing bubble in the US. It is also applicable to traders, as it garners over 3 percent extra profit compared to a 'buy and hold' share investment strategy.
30 July 2021

Social distancing up but still inadequate to control outbreak

University of Sydney model released today finds if even 40 percent of the Greater Sydney population is vaccinated by mid-September, a stricter lockdown must continue until then.
30 July 2021

What psychology says about COVID non-compliers

People who purposefully breach COVID-19 regulations tend to share certain characteristics, finds a study of attitudes and behaviours in Australia, the UK, the US and Canada.
26 July 2021

Over 150 computers donated for Aboriginal children’s home learning

It's hard enough for school students to learn from home during Greater Sydney's ongoing lockdown. But what if you don't even have a computer? A University staff member has organised a donation drive to rectify this issue for Aboriginal children in need.
16 July 2021

Chinese investment in Australia consolidates to pre-mining boom levels

Chinese investment in Australia fell in value and number for the calendar year 2020 from the previous year. Investment value was down 26.8 percent to $2.5 billion from $3.4 billion in 2019, the lowest level since 2007, according to a new report by the University of Sydney and KPMG.
15 July 2021

Far more social distancing needed to control Sydney outbreak

For Sydney to see a sufficient drop in COVID-19 case numbers after one month, social distancing must be observed by over 80 percent of people, a model published today by Professor Mikhail Prokopenko reveals.
14 July 2021

Defence awards engineers $2m extension funding

Thanks to $2million in funding awarded by the Department of Defence, Sydney researchers will co-lead a truly global R&D collaboration, involving nine universities, on frontier materials science challenges in advanced manufacturing.
08 July 2021

How children can help Aboriginal Elders during lockdown

Mutual caring between Kinship and foster carers and the children in their custody emerged as a silver lining during last year's lockdown, a new report finds.
07 July 2021

Voluntary betting controls are a bad gamble

Voluntary gambling harm-reduction tools generally don't work as people don't use them, a new study finds. Though mandating that people set deposit limits - or opt-out of setting them - is a promising mechanism to curb problem gambling.
28 June 2021

Airline policies mandating vaccines will test workplace rights

Airlines want you vaccinated. They want as many people as possible vaccinated. The sooner that happens, the sooner borders open and they can get back to profitability, writes Dr Giuseppe Carabetta.
23 June 2021

Sydney academics and alumni named 2021 Fulbright Scholars

From biomedical engineering to river science, academics and alumni of the University of Sydney have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships.
23 June 2021

Is the bench spying on you? 'Smart' street furniture, analysed

WiFi-enabled furniture - like benches, kiosks, and bus stops - that collects and generates data, is arriving in Australia. Three University of Sydney researchers analysed the risks and rewards this development entails.
23 June 2021

Recycling robot could help solve soft plastic waste crisis

Engineering researchers are developing a unique method to increase the recycling of soft plastics by creating a smart robot that can identify, sort and separate different types of recyclable waste.
09 June 2021

How Australians' commutes compare with cities overseas

Transport engineers, Professor David Levinson and Dr Hao Wu, compared the commutes of Australians against those living in Europe, China and the United States. This is what they found.
26 May 2021

Uluru Statement from the Heart wins 2021 Sydney Peace Prize

A push for First Nations recognition in the Constitution has been awarded Australia's only international prize for peace - the Sydney Peace Prize.
21 May 2021

University launches ARC DARE Centre

Bringing together industry and government, as well as data scientists, geoscientists, hydrologists, and ecologists from across Australia, DARE is the first cohort-based data science PhD training program in Australia.
19 May 2021

Why benchmark human rights in financial services?

The link between financial services' business activities and their human rights impacts are not well understood. Publicly benchmarking performance can create pressure to improve: our benchmark offers a snapshot of FSE performance and a way toward better outcomes.