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23 February 2017
Celebrating German-Australian connections

More than 50 German and Australian business leaders were introduced to ground-breaking research in nanoscale science and technology at an event held at the University of Sydney this week.

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22 February 2017
Looking to the stars: Data-driven Astronomy MOOC

The University of Sydney’s new MOOC centres on the development of practical skills and their application to real astronomy examples.

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22 February 2017
How cathedral termites arrived here to build their ‘sky-scrapers’

Before designing one of the animal kingdom’s tallest structures, common in Australia’s Top End, ancestors of these termite fortress builders rafted from Asia or South America about 10 million years ago, research has found.

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21 February 2017
Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dolphins

A world-first study testing new underwater cameras on wild dolphins has given researchers the best view yet into their hidden marine world.

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15 February 2017
Who 'Likes' social media gambling?

Problem gambling is set to get worse because of social media, writes Sally Gainsbury from the Gambling Treatment Clinic. Research shows gaming and gambling are converging and are being embraced by the smartphone generation.

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10 February 2017
Not Guilty? How direct gaze influences face recognition

Sydney researchers including from the Not Guilty project have confirmed direct eye contact may increase the perceived familiarity of a face and therefore the chances of a wrongful conviction.

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10 February 2017
International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The 11th of February is the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science. A day both recognising achievements of women in science and trying to inspire and engage women and girls in science.

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09 February 2017
The Great Invention Search

PhD candidate Jonathan Englert needs inventors to share tales of ingenuity, for a new study investigating Australia's strong track record of creation. 

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08 February 2017
Cats at risk from deadly virus outbreak

Pet owners and vets are being warned against complacency after the resurgence of a deadly feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) – almost eradicated 40 years ago by vaccinations – was confirmed by Australian tests recently.

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07 February 2017
Joss Bland-Hawthorn receives prestigious UC Berkeley Professorship

ARC Laureate Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn has been awarded a visiting Miller Professorship to work at the University of California Berkeley, United States.

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07 February 2017
Hissstory: how the science of snake bite treatments has changed

From ammonia and alcohol, to splints and antivenoms: Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History charts the evolution of Australia's snake bite treatments. 

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07 February 2017
Largest undersea landslide revealed on Great Barrier Reef

The largest underwater landslide along the slope bordering the famous reef has been discovered, about 30 times the volume of Uluru. Modelling shows such a failure could yield a wave of about 27m but more research is needed. 

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06 February 2017
University of Sydney and UC Davis sign partnership agreement

A new partnership agreement between the University of Sydney and the University of California, Davis will see academics benefit from new access to research collaborations and shared funding.  

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02 February 2017
Top 10 quirky facts about love, sex and romance

A collection of unexpected and obscure facts revealed by researchers at the University of Sydney and around the world.

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01 February 2017
Explainer: how does the Aboriginal numeric system work?

What are the common myths and misunderstandings about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people count? Indigenous knowledge keeper Shannon Foster explains in this opinion piece. 

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01 February 2017
Swarm relations

Dr Danya Rose from the School of Mathematics and Statistics looks at what we can learn from the decision-making processes found in bee hives.

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01 February 2017
Silver and bronze for school students in international space race

Australian high school students took control of NASA robots on the International Space Station last week, during the 2016/17 Zero Robotics Championship Final, run by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

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01 February 2017
Chemists tie the smallest ever knot

Dr Alice Williamson from the School of Chemistry looks at a recent breakthrough where scientists have used strings of molecules to form a chemical knot two hundred thousand times thinner than a human hair.

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01 February 2017
Hazed and confused - what gas tells us about galactic evolution

Thanks to new technologies developed at the University of Sydney we might be on the verge of a breakthrough in understanding how the universe evolved, PhD student and science communicator Jess Bloom writes.

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01 February 2017
Improving the world one wavelength at a time

Photonics is becoming more important in improving technologies, medicine and exploring the universe. The backbone of this research field is insights into the micro-structure of materials. PhD student Atiyeh Zarifi explains.

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