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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.

31 May 2022

Unusual neutron star discovered in stellar graveyard

A University of Sydney astronomer and her colleagues have discovered a new kind of neutron star in an unusual Galactic 'graveyard'. Unlike any of its stellar neighbours, the star pulses.
26 May 2022

How plate tectonics has maintained Earth's 'Goldilocks' climate

Not hothouse, nor icehouse: when tectonic plates move at a moderate speed - not too fast or slow - Earth remains habitable, new University of Sydney research finds.
10 May 2022

First comprehensive study reveals why Australians take medicinal cannabis

Of the 248,000 scripts approved for Australians since the inception of the national medicinal cannabis scheme in 2016, many related to conditions for which the drug has limited evidence of efficacy, a new University of Sydney study shows.
03 May 2022

Telescope dons 'sunglasses' to find brightest ever pulsar

A pulsar star, 10 times brighter than any other discovered outside our Galaxy, has been found by a University of Sydney-led team.
02 May 2022

Sensor bracelet designed to give back control to hand-impaired

Australian researchers are developing a 3D printed bracelet to allow people living with hand-impairment to easily use computers and play video games.
15 April 2022

Giant stars undergo dramatic weight loss program

A new, slimmer type of red giant star has been identified by astronomers, who liken their discovery to 'finding Wally'. Only around 40 of these stars exist amid a sea of thousands in the Milky Way.
13 April 2022

Your morning coffee could hasten species' extinction

Ahead of a global biodiversity convention, researchers find consumption in Europe, North America, and East Asia primarily drives species extinction risk in other countries.
11 April 2022

Using food, transport and energy technologies to fight climate change

University of Sydney scientists discuss how emerging technologies in the food, transport and energy sectors have great potential to address the climate challenge.
08 April 2022

Want to be sustainable and cool? Choose fans more and aircon less

A University of Sydney led study has found using indoor fans more often allows people to reduce their air conditioner use without changing how hot they feel, paving a way for reducing future energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.