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Life and environmental sciences

11 January 2021

World-first echidna, improved platypus genomes mapped

An international team of scientists, including from the University of Sydney, have sequenced monotreme genomes, leading to evolutionary and future medical discoveries.
16 December 2020

Why unis must prepare students to secure our food and the planet

Universities have an obligation to make the learning of agriculture as varied, dynamic, interesting and modern as the industry is itself. Our academic leaders put out a call for a new visionary curriculum.
16 December 2020

What's up Skip? Kangaroos really can 'talk' to us

New research shows that non-domesticated animals such as the iconic Australian marsupial can seek to engage with humans to help them solve problems.
14 December 2020

What’s the difference between the animal health, biology and conservation degrees?

There are a number of ways to study animal health, biology and conservation, so we step through what each of our animal-related science degrees offers you, to help make choosing easier.
07 December 2020

3 billion animals impacted by fires including 60,000 koalas: report

Estimates some 3 billion animals were killed or misplaced by the 2019-20 mega-fires in Australia have been confirmed - with a breakdown by animal type for the first time - in a conclusive Sydney-led report commissioned by WWF.

02 December 2020

Why study microbiology at Sydney

Microbiology is the study of organisms too small to see with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses. There are many branches of microbiology, including ecology, evolution, genetics, industrial, agricultural and medical.
02 December 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows

Scientists from the Lambert Initiative have shown that a medically active component of cannabis does not impact driving ability and moderate THC intoxication lasts a few hours, with implications for drug-driving laws and managing medical cannabis.
25 November 2020

Sydney wins five Eureka Prizes for 2020

Five University of Sydney finalists have been named as Eureka Prize winners in recognition of their excellent scientific research, leadership and engagement.
20 November 2020

Fast weight loss and healthy lifestyle provides diabetes hope

A new global study combining fast weight loss, healthy eating and physical activity has been more successful than any previous diabetes prevention study.
20 November 2020

The untapped potential of soil carbon

For National Agriculture Day this year we are highlighting the work of our world-class soil scientists who are rethinking how the Earth's skin - our living soil - can be used in the fight to control climate change.