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21 June 2022

Fifth of global food-related emissions due to transport

Food transport constitutes 19 percent of food emissions, equivalent to 6 percent of emissions from all sources, new University of Sydney research finds.
20 June 2022

The Sydney student helping others reach university

A scholarship to the University of Sydney changed Kawana Crowe's life. Now the 20-year-old Wiradjuri woman from Macksville wants to help other rural, regional and Indigenous students find a pathway to university.
20 June 2022

Endangered Tasmanian devils insured against future threats

The largest ever analysis of Tasmanian devil genetics has found protected populations are as robust as wild ones, raising hopes for the endangered species' survival.
14 June 2022

How should an Australian 'centre for disease control' prepare us for the next pandemic?

What should an Australian Centre for Disease Control look like? And how can it improve our response to future infectious disease outbreaks?
09 June 2022

Prehistoric Swiss Army knife indicates early humans communicated

Archaeologists have found that a tool, dubbed the "stone Swiss Army knife" of prehistory, was made to look the same in enormous numbers across great distances and multiple biomes in southern Africa. This indicates early humans were sharing information and communicating with one another.
08 June 2022

International scholarship student leads barley rust breakthrough

An international scholarship student has found and defined the sequence of an important gene underlying leaf rust resistance in barley. The finding could have great implications in the fight against rust disease, which decreases global food production by at least 10 percent.
02 June 2022

Screen time, alcohol & poor sleep for girls: how the pandemic impacts teens

The first study to comprehensively examine how young people's health behaviours changed over a two-year period encompassing the COVID-19 pandemic finds both pros and cons.
01 June 2022

Fatal attraction: when animals' mating signals beckon predators

Enticing sex is a risky business for animals - but to differing degrees. Those that use calls or pheromones to attract mates are in far greater danger from predators than those using visual displays.
31 May 2022

Very high doses of cannabis component CBD don't affect driving

University of Sydney-led research finds that 1500mg, the highest daily medicinal dose of cannabidiol (CBD), has no impact on people's driving or cognitive abilities.
31 May 2022

How COVID-19 created dramatic changes in a 'winter virus'

A University of Sydney-led study reveals how the pandemic has changed the normal patterns of winter viruses in Australia, with new strains emerging and leaving most others 'extinct'. Researchers are warning of unexpected rebounds in the future.