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29 September 2020

Stephen Bartlett elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

For his contribution to quantum information theory, APS Physics, the de facto professional organisation for the world's physicists, has elected Stephen Bartlett to become one of its fellows.
24 September 2020

University of Sydney to advance COVID-19 DNA vaccine to human trials

The University of Sydney is testing a novel DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine with the goal of being administered using a needle-free system.
23 September 2020

When does a second COVID surge end? Look at the maths

Mathematicians have analysed COVID-19 infection rates from all US states. The results suggest public health officials shouldn't relax restrictions until surge periods are demonstrably over. They also used the method to look at Australian infection rates.
16 September 2020

Australia unprepared for over-the-counter medical cannabis sales

Professor Iain McGregor from the Lambert Initiative says it is time for Australia to have a mature approach to consumer access to safe and effective cannabinoid products without a prescription.
10 September 2020

How the Milky Way stole an enormous gas halo from our dwarf neighbours

A stream of gas from the Magellanic Clouds the mass of more than a billion Suns fills our skies in UV and x-ray light. But why does it remain so massive and not evaporate into its enormous neighbour, the Milky Way? Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn was part of the team that found out.
09 September 2020

University and Health Infrastructure unveil emergency ventilator

The University of Sydney has joined with Health Infrastructure and Vestech Medical to celebrate the success of the NSW government's Ventilator Innovation Project and unveil the completed "CoVida", an emergency ventilator.
08 September 2020

Gen Z not ready to eat lab-grown meat, survey reveals

New research by the University of Sydney and Curtin University has found that, despite having a great concern for the environment and animal welfare, Generation Z is not ready to eat lab-grown meat.
08 September 2020

Medical cannabis study for spinal injury pain wins NSW Health funding

Treatments for chronic pain caused by spinal injury can cause side effects almost as difficult as the pain it is treating. Experts at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and Brain and Mind Centre will see if cannabidiol is an effective alternative.
07 September 2020

Our 3 Minute Thesis and Visualise Your Thesis winners

Using synthetically made spider venom to potentially create a life-changing drug to finding out how far stingless bees travel during their search for queens are among the winning presentations of the 3 Minute Thesis and Visualise Your Thesis competitions.

04 September 2020

A reason to track your backyard snails

Snails' small presence - physically and in our consciousness - belies their outsized predicament and significance to ecosystems. Associate Professor Thom van Dooren and his colleagues want to highlight this through an inclusive, interactive citizen science project.