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03 July 2020

Compulsive internet use by teens linked to emotional issues: study

A new study has found internet addiction in teenagers leads to difficulty regulating emotions. However there was no evidence that pre-existing emotional issues are a predictor of obsessive internet use.
30 June 2020

Native Grains: Narrabri researchers meet with Aboriginal community

Indigenous knowledge and agricultural science are uniting to help support a renaissance in Aboriginal agriculture in western NSW. The winners will include farmers looking for additional income streams.
30 June 2020

Dogs, thunderstorms and fireworks: the fear is real

Dogs with noise phobias show symptoms including panting, pacing and hiding. They are often so frightened they try and escape and can sustain injuries in the process. Because of this, fearful dogs can be a danger to themselves.
26 June 2020

Did COVID-19 models get it wrong? Professor Sally Cripps explains

Renowned University of Sydney statistician, Professor Sally Cripps, examines the efficacy of COVID-19 modelling as part of an online analysis with colleagues from Stanford University and North-Western University.
25 June 2020

The latest Scientists' Warning (on affluence)

This Scientists' Warning, pre-COVID-19, prompts a re-think of affluence and growth. The explainer below pairs the new Nature Communications review that highlights the impacts of society's overconsumption.

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.
24 June 2020

Measles origin finding could inform COVID-19 research

New research shows that measles likely emerged in humans about 6000 BCE. Professor Simon Ho has written a companion article in Science on what we can learn from this research about the emergence of other zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.
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.
22 June 2020

Meet the students who are engineering with impact

Bushfire sensing drones, lightning fast computations and hydrogen technology: meet the Sydney students who are responding to modern issues with skill and ingenuity.
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.