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18 June 2024

Tight-knit communities can prevent environmental progress

New research indicates that strong community bonds could hinder rather than help environmental initiatives.
18 June 2024

Koalas can predict and prepare for the hottest days of summer

The iconic marsupial can regulate its temperature to a greater degree than previously thought - but this could prove troublesome as global warming bites.
10 June 2024

Celebrating alumni and staff recognised with 2024 King's Birthday Honours

The University of Sydney congratulates all members of its community recognised in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours List, including Professor Karen Canfell AC, Professor Thomas Maschmeyer AO, Professor Don Nutbeam AO, and Professor Helen Reddel AM.
05 June 2024

Slow-spinning radio neutron star breaks all the rules

Australian scientists from the University of Sydney and Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, have detected what is likely a neutron star spinning slower than any other ever measured.
04 June 2024

Black drivers in Chicago more likely to be stopped by police than ticketed by a camera

Researchers from the University of Sydney, Cornell University, Rutgers and the University of Illinois, Chicago has found Black drivers in Chicago have a disproportionately higher likelihood of being stopped by police than being ticketed by a traffic camera.
03 June 2024

The joke's on us - how AI is replicating our laughter online

In an era in which we are increasingly reliant on digital devices and services, laughter can be a potent form of stress and frustration relief, and the tech industry knows it. But can AI genuinely emote a sense of humour, asks Dr Benjamin Nickl from the School of Languages and Cultures.
23 May 2024

Three Sydney researchers elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

Three University of Sydney scientists are among 24 researchers newly elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.
21 May 2024

How three tenacious reefs can help restore global oyster populations

Researchers at the University of Sydney have revealed how our oyster reefs can provide lessons on reef restoration projects.
20 May 2024

ChatGPT is now better than ever at faking human emotion and behaviour

As AI becomes more adept at mimicking human emotion, the risk of users forming deep emotional attachments could lead to over-reliance, manipulation and even harm, writes Dr Marcel Scharth for The Conversation.
20 May 2024

The tentacles of retracted science reach deep into social media. A simple button could change that.

On social media, health myths based on debunked science abound. A new tool could be social media's best defence against misinformation.