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14 October 2021

Lone changer: fish camouflage better without friends nearby

While gobies aren't the only fish with camouflage abilities, new research shows that their colour change is influenced by their social context: they transform faster and better when alone. This is likely an adaptive, stress response to perceived threat from predators.
30 September 2021

Koala genome data released in push to protect vulnerable species

With support from federal and state governments, releasing the genomic data will help NSW in its steps to double the koala population by 2050.
24 September 2021

NSW boosts research funding to manage scarce water resources

Associate Professor Willem Vervoort is helping to coordinate new research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW.
23 September 2021

New variety of faba bean released by scientists

University of Sydney scientists have released a new faba bean variety called FBA Ayla, providing an improved faba bean for growers in the northern New South Wales and southern Queensland region.
20 September 2021

Male seahorses develop placentas to support their growing babies

Male seahorses incubate their embryos inside a pouch and, until now, it was unclear how embryos breathed inside this closed structure. A new study examines how pregnant male seahorses provide oxygen to, and remove carbon dioxide from, their embryos.
09 September 2021

Butterflies feed on live young to steal chemicals for 'wedding gifts'

For the first time, milkweed butterflies have been sighted feeding on live caterpillars - their own species' young. Researchers suggest they do this to increase their supply of mating pheromones.
08 September 2021

Science student’s opportunity to walk with the animals

Volunteer opportunities and a unique student experience at Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo have fueled the dreams for one University of Sydney conservation student.
28 July 2021

Earth's vital signs worsen amid 'business as usual' climate policy

Since a global declaration of a climate emergency by more than 11,000 scientists, our planet's health hasn't improved. Dr Thomas Newsome says Australia's megafires are just one feature of a problem that hasn't gone away.
08 July 2021

Leading biologists publish review of SARS-CoV-2 origin evidence

Amid debate around the origins of SARS-CoV-2, leading global biologists have reviewed the scientific evidence to help clarify the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
02 July 2021

Soil, carbon sequestration and the fight against climate change

The fight against climate change has never been more important. Professor Budiman Minasny is exploring how soil can be a sustainable and potentially powerful tool to combat the effects of global warming.