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11 February 2022

Endangered delicacy: tropical sea cucumbers in trouble

Researchers are calling for better protection of tropical sea cucumbers in the Great Barrier Reef whose numbers are dwindling due to persistent and increasing overharvesting.

03 February 2022

Using radar to monitor burn victims and babies? It's now possible

University of Sydney scientists have achieved a technology breakthrough with potentially life-saving applications - all using an improved version of radar.
27 January 2022

Rise of termite clone queendoms offers clue to curb invasions

The University of Sydney scientists who discovered all-female termite colonies have now ascertained how they came to exist. In doing so, they revealed how these powerful females potentially threaten other termites, as well as homeowners.
25 January 2022

Kirsten Andrews appointed Vice-Principal (External Relations)

Today Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Mark Scott announced Kirsten Andrews has been appointed to the role of Vice-Principal (External Relations).

24 January 2022

IT students help train custodial staff using virtual reality

A group of international students at the University of Sydney have developed virtual reality materials for the training and recruitment of NSW Youth Justice offers - those who supervise young people in custody. The virtual element is crucial; privacy and logistical concerns prevent face-to-face training.
22 January 2022

$13m for national eating disorder research centre

The Australian Government Department of Health has awarded the University of Sydney a $13 million four-year grant, which will fund the establishment of the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre.
21 January 2022

Should Indonesia relocate its capital?

Sydney experts comment on Indonesia's rapid-fire plan to move its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, Borneo by 2024.
21 January 2022

Escalation of eating disorders during COVID-19, research finds

A major study by InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney reveals a widespread escalation of eating disorder symptoms during COVID-19 lockdown in Australia, with 40 percent going undiagnosed.

21 January 2022

Nanobubbles a pathway to better medical devices

Tiny gas bubbles could help reduce drag in small medical devices, university scientists have found. Drag can lead to clogging and damage biological samples, so this discovery could pave the way to more robust devices.
17 January 2022

Innovative mental health grants awarded to Sydney Researchers

Two Sydney research teams were awarded over $3 million by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) under the Australian Government's Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness Grant.