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14 May 2020

Astronomers find regular rhythms among pulsating stars

An Australian-led team has solved the mystery of how some rapidly rotating young stars pulsate. Delta Scuti stars can now be studied in more detail thanks to the work of Professor Tim Bedding and colleagues.
13 May 2020

Modelling shows path to suicide prevention in covid-recovery

New modelling released today by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre combines productivity and suicide data, demonstrating the benefits of acting urgently and effectively to flatten the mental health 'curve'.

11 May 2020

Professor Holmes "driven by the pursuit of scientific truth"

Following a report in the Daily Telegraph, the University of Sydney has defended global collaboration on research and the work of renowned scientist Professor Edward Holmes.
08 May 2020

Virgin birth has scientists buzzing

Reversions to asexual reproduction are rare in nature. Asexual birth, in the Cape honey bee, may be the first time that the genetic basis of such a phenomenon has been discovered.
07 May 2020

Light, sound, action: extending the life of acoustic waves on microchips

Microchips without electrons will allow for the invention of data processing systems that don't overheat, have low energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This foundational work will help scientists invent systems to achieve those aims.
06 May 2020

Do we all have access to essential medicines?

Members of the public can help our scientists discover the pricing and availability of drugs on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines.
06 May 2020

How to eat like the animals for good health

From jungle to laboratory and back to our own kitchens, David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson's new book explores how and why we eat, how appetites are fed and regulated - and how, in the end, it all comes back to five appetites.
05 May 2020

University of Sydney builds ventilator to fight COVID-19

The University of Sydney and NSW Health Infrastructure have partnered to develop a simple, low-cost ventilator solution using modern design tools and 3-D printing technology.
03 May 2020

Tree trunks take a licking as koalas source water

Scientists and citizen scientists have observed and documented the natural drinking behaviour of wild koalas for the first time. The marsupial's survival may depend on this new information.
30 April 2020

How to control an influenza outbreak without a specific vaccine

A group of pandemic modelling experts from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering have published new research that simulated viral influenza outbreaks to examine the efficacy of pandemic interventions in the absence of a tailored vaccine.