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21 October 2020

Australian invention to make it easier to find 'new Earths'

University of Sydney scientists have developed a sensor that will help decipher the 'twinkle' of stars and allow for ground-based exploration of exoplanets. Their invention will be deployed in one of the world's largest telescopes at Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
20 October 2020

Polycystic ovary syndrome treatment may hinge on diet

Sydney researchers have found diet could be a potential intervention for polycystic ovary syndrome after a mouse study showed promising results.
19 October 2020

Sydney research could lead to customised cochlear implants

A School of Biomedical Engineering researcher has analysed the accuracy of predictions for cochlear implant outcomes, with a view to further improve their performance in noisy environments.
19 October 2020

Protect Antarctica Now

A team of female scientists, led by Australians, are urgently calling for a Marine Protected Area around the Antarctic Peninsula. One of the most diverse and wildlife-rich areas on the planet, the fate of the Peninsula's waters will be decided by a multinational government group today.
19 October 2020

University technology spin-off Gelion delivers smart solar benches

Safe, inexpensive and scalable: Gelion's new battery technology has been tested and installed on campus and is now ready for the commercial market in industry, agriculture and residential.
15 October 2020

Human activity has made Murray estuary more vulnerable to drought

The acidification of the lower Murray River is a known problem. For the first time a study has married geomorphology and environmental chemistry to gain a better understanding of how the lakes formed - and how they should be managed.
13 October 2020

Tweed Valley a 'natural laboratory' to test carbon sequestration theory

An idea to enhance natural carbon capture from olivine weathering has never been tested at scale. University of Sydney geoscientists have proposed the Tweed Valley as a laboratory and gained some interesting initial results.
12 October 2020

Scholarships for India's next generation of leaders

Ava Khan and Adhip Tanwar both have ideas that could change the lives of millions of Indians living in poverty. It's these big ideas that have led to both being selected as recipients of the two major scholarships offered under the Sydney Scholars India Scholarship program, valued at up to $200,000 (INR 10,000,000) each.
12 October 2020

In the eye of a stellar cyclone

Wolf-Rayet stars are one in a hundred million in our Galaxy. When paired in a binary system they can make among the most stunning ribbon structures known to astronomy. While on COVID lockdown, student Yinuo Han precisely modelled the Apep system.
07 October 2020

Do Twitter bots spread vaccine misinformation? It's not that simple

The key to dealing with misinformation is to refocus research and attention to communities, not bots, writes Associate Professor Adam Dunn.