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12 November 2020

First conclusive evidence horses hurt by whips, whips don't aid jockeys

Two papes published in journal Animals lend support to a ban on whipping in horse racing. They respectively show that horses feel as much pain as humans would when whipped, and that the whip does not enhance race safety.
12 November 2020

Same storm, different boats: a reflection on COVID-19 models

In March, a group of researchers from the Centre for Complex Systems modelled how varying rates of social distancing could affect the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across a very diverse Australian population.
12 November 2020

Track cockatoos, 'bin chickens' and brush-turkeys for science

Research scientists from the University of Sydney and Taronga Zoo have teamed up to produce an app that allows people to record the locations and behaviours native birds. They will use the data generated to further their knowledge of these species.
10 November 2020

Peter Lay recognised by ANSTO for contributions to synchrotron research

Professor Peter Lay from the University of Sydney has been awarded the Australian Synchrotron Lifetime Contribution Award by ANSTO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
10 November 2020

Has legalising medicinal cannabis made a difference?

The University of Sydney is launching CAMS20 - an online survey of Australian medicinal cannabis use over the past 12 months. This survey will provide an updated snapshot on how Australians are currently using cannabis medicinally.
10 November 2020

Cleaner, cheaper, more efficient: the future of energy

The world is on the precipice of a cleaner, cheaper and more efficient energy future. Here's how Australia can capitalise on digital technologies and emerge as an energy leader.
09 November 2020

University study finds economic window for native grains production

At the start of NAIDOC Week 2020, Dr Angela Pattison and colleagues have launched the first report from a feasibility study into using native grass grains as a modern food product. Initial findings look promising.
05 November 2020

Bronze Age travel routes revealed using pioneering research method

Using satellite imagery and ethnographic research, University of Sydney archaeologists have reconstructed the ancient seasonal migration routes of Bronze Age herders in Xinjiang, north-western China.
04 November 2020

Modelling could help predict heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes

University of Sydney engineers have developed a model aimed to predict the risk of people living with type 2 diabetes developing cardiovascular disease.
02 November 2020

How pain changes your brain

Good pain arrives, raises the alarm, then quickly leaves. Bad pain stays. No-one is sure why. People with chronic pain often hear it's all in the mind. The truth is, it's in the brain and the spine, and Professors Greg Neely and Paul Glare are working to fix it.