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25 February 2020

University of Sydney sociologist bound for the IAS in Princeton

Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen has been invited to join the prestigious Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton (IAS), which counts Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer among its past members.
17 February 2020

Scientists unlock low-cost material to shape light for industry

Crystal materials used in solar cells have been discovered to be cheaper alternatives to manipulate laser light with potential application in telecommunications, medical diagnostics and consumer electronics.
11 February 2020

Too cute to cull? When public opinion and scientific advice clash

Controlling feral animals and their impact on our environment and native animals can hit a snag when the public regard them as 'loveable'. How can governments get people on board with the science?
11 February 2020

'Rule breaking' plants may be climate change survivors

Plants that break some of the 'rules' of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways may have a higher chance of surviving climate change, according to new research.
10 February 2020

New material created to clean up fossil fuel industry

Researchers at the University of Sydney have created a new material that has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions released during the refinement process of crude oil by up to 28 percent.
07 February 2020

Should Australia ban petrol cars?

Britain has announced it will ban petrol and hybrid cars by 2035. University of Sydney experts comment on whether Australia can and should adopt a similar policy.
06 February 2020

8 things we do that really confuse our dogs

Dogs really don't want to be hugged or left alone. And they can't understand why we don't eat from the bin. Professor Paul McGreevy and Dr Melissa Starling explain why human behaviour can be confusing.
03 February 2020

Vale Professor Richard Hunstead

Professor Richard Hunstead will be remembered as an excellent researcher and teacher, but more importantly as a generous, caring scientist who has left an enduring legacy for staff and students.
03 February 2020

Student-engineered solutions at the nexus of law and science

An idea to label food to indicate the use of antibiotics to prevent the emergence of superbugs has seen a multidisciplinary team of students named the inaugural winners of the Summer Innovation Program (SIP) challenge.
03 February 2020

Students with high emotional intelligence get better grades

As students head back to school and university, a new study has found it may not be enough to be smart, persistent and hard-working.