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22 January 2021

What you need to know about hydrogen energy

Australia is well-placed to develop a booming hydrogen economy and export market. But experts say there are several challenges that must be met in order for a wide-scale uptake and national rollout to happen.
21 January 2021

Chemical researchers develop "green" ammonia

Ammonia has sustained humanity since the early 20th century, but its production leaves a huge carbon footprint. Now researchers have found a way to make it 100 per cent renewable.
19 January 2021

New method to assist fast-tracking of vaccines for pre-clinical tests

With COVID-19 dominating medical science and human concern, our chemists have developed a method to quickly and safely synthesise protein vaccines for respiratory diseases for pre-clinical tests.
19 January 2021

Why you should desex your cat before puberty

New research finds Australia is doing well in the desexing arena. But the age of desexing needs to be brought forward from six months to four months to close a "pregnancy gap" and prevent unwanted litters of kittens.
15 January 2021

Plastics recycling goes global with KBR-MURA commercial partnership

Removing plastic from oceans and landfill is a major environmental and social problem. Technology jointly developed by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is making solutions to this problem possible. Today it goes global with a major commercial partnership.
14 January 2021

Sea lion diagnosed with tuberculosis triggers public health concerns

Australian sea lions are an endangered species. New research suggests endemic tuberculosis might be another health threat facing the pinnipeds. Dr Rachael Gray is working to help save our sea lions.
12 January 2021

Where does untreated wastewater go in developing countries?

14 billion litres of untreated wastewater is created each day in developing countries, but we don't know where it all goes. Humanitarian engineer, Dr Jacqueline Thomas explains.
11 January 2021

World-first echidna, improved platypus genomes mapped

An international team of scientists, including from the University of Sydney, have sequenced monotreme genomes, leading to evolutionary and future medical discoveries.
17 December 2020

Truth can be obscured by bodycam footage: research

A study on how viewing footage may affect a police officer's statement about an event shows that footage does not always replicate what an officer experienced.
17 December 2020

Secret of Australia's volcanoes revealed

Geoscientists at the University of Sydney can now provide a clear reason why Australia's east coast has been peppered with volcanoes from North Queensland to Tasmania.