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  • Valiant effort for the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence[11 April 2017]

    Sydney team awarded for FRESH approach to testing ripeness

    Valiant effort for the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence More

  • Sydney team awarded for FRESH approach to testing ripeness [2 December 2016]

    Sydney team awarded for FRESH approach to testing ripeness

    A team of undergraduate students from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences has excelled in the 2016 iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Boston. More

  • Feedback loop behind spiral patterns in plants uncovered[8 November 2016]

    Feedback loop behind spiral patterns in plants uncovered

    Artists, biologists and mathematicians have long been inspired by the exquisite symmetry of flowers and the sweeping spirals of seeds, spines and leaves - and now scientists have discovered how leaves spiral around a stem. More

  • Sydney Ideas - The Secret Life of Air[12 October 2016]

    The Secret Life of Air

    The Secret Life of Air: why our ignorance of biodiversity poses both enormous opportunities for discovery & threats to the persistence of civilisation. More

  • Sex in dragons: a complicated affair[9 August 2016]

    A bearded dragon

    The large, spectacular Australian desert Bearded Dragon is under scrutiny because of the prospensity for genetically male lizards to develop into females. New research spearheaded by the University of Sydney shows the sex-reversed 'females' display more male characteristics than even the male-bodied lizards. More

  • Why artificial sweeteners can increase appetite[9 August 2016]

    Sugar on a teaspoon

    Studies in both animals and humans have suggested that consuming artificial sweeteners can make you feel hungry and actually eat more. A comprehensive new study co-led by the University of Sydney has revealed for the first time why this response occurs. More

  • Cross-eyed tiger undergoes CAT scan[9 August 2016]

    Indira the cross-eyed tiger

    Indira the cross-eyed tiger visited the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for diagnostic imaging ahead of surgery to save its eyesight. The famous tiger - which has appeared in a number of television shows and films - is being cared for in retirement by Zambi Wildlife Retreat. More

  • Robotics for farms of the future[9 August 2016]

    An agricultural robot in a field

    With Australia's farming future looking increasingly reliant on automated technologies, such as low-cost robotics, the industry's vision should include more support for agri-technology start-ups, retraining growers and agronomists for a digital age, and introducing rural kids to hands-on robotics. More