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Articles published in 2017

22 December 2017

Research finds most effective eHealth treatments for the workplace

Mindfulness identified as most effective eHealth treatment for mental health issues in the workplace, allowing employers to alter their approach to employee mental health.
22 December 2017

Wheat disease breakthrough to help feed the world

The re-emergence of a rust disease that can kill wheat is threatening food security. A breakthrough has been announced in the prestigious journal Science. Global collaborators include CSIRO, the US Department of Agriculture and Rothamsted Research.
21 December 2017

Statement on methodology of Broderick cultural renewal report

Following media coverage of the Broderick report on cultural renewal at residential colleges today, the University of Sydney issued the following information about the methodology.
21 December 2017

High school students name new fish species

A University of Sydney taxonomist has discovered a new species of fish called Navigobius kaguya, after examining two specimens from Japan and the Philippines, which high school students named during a workshop.
21 December 2017

Neutron-star merger creates new cosmic mysteries

An international team including Associate Professor Tara Murphy has been studying a neutron star collision and found an unusual cocoon of debris, raising doubts about the source of short gamma ray bursts.
21 December 2017

FightMND funds landmark medical study at University of Sydney

University of Sydney is leading a nationwide clinical trial to investigate a drug which could help stop the progression of motor neurone disease.
20 December 2017

Explainer: the federal Climate Policy Review

The federal government's new climate policy review proposes loosening the rules on Australia’s biggest-emitting companies, such as power generators. Dr Rebecca Pearse explains how it might be a sign of business as usual.
20 December 2017

How market forces and weakened institutions are keeping wages low

Since the mid 1970s and especially since the 1980s the job market changed and so did how our wages are set, writes Professor John Buchanan from the University of Sydney Business School.
20 December 2017

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal is a rare but very serious infection that can lead to blood poisoning and/or brain infection (meningitis), writes Associate Professor Nicholas Wood.
20 December 2017

Where to take refuge in your home during a bushfire

With the bushfire threat expected to be extreme this summer, Douglas Brown, PhD candidate with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning shares his recommendations for survival.

20 December 2017

New report reveals insights into clinical trials in Australia

A new report reveals Australia ranks in the top tier of national clinical trial activity with more than 10,000 clinical trials conducted between 2006-2015, with cancer the most frequently studied health issue.
20 December 2017

Top tips: How to stay cool in the heat

As temperatures start to soar in Australia, our people are leading research on how to protect the vulnerable during heatwaves.
20 December 2017

Are mosquito coils good or bad for our health?

How do mosquito coils work? Are they dangerous for your health? Medical entomologist Dr Cameron Webb explains.
19 December 2017

New scholarships to support Indigenous and refugee students

Thanks to a $125,000 donation, new scholarships are available to help students in need make their mark on the world.
19 December 2017

Professor Jennifer Byrne named in Nature journal’s top 10

Professor Byrne is the only Australian researcher named in international journal Nature’s Top 10 academics of 2017 for her work identifying research papers that could mislead researchers working on cancer treatments.
18 December 2017

How Christmas traditions evolved around the world

Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion explores the distinct variations of Christmas, including the Dutch Sinterklaaas and the European Krampus.
18 December 2017

Surveys show the public has lost its appetite for shark culls

A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks, write Drs Chris Pepin-Neff and Thomas Wynter.
18 December 2017

5 steps Australia can take to build an effective space agency

Establishing a space agency in Australia is a sensible decision with bipartisan support, writes Anthony Wicht from the US Studies Centre. So how do we get there?
15 December 2017

Sydney academics selected to teach and research at Harvard

Twenty-seven Sydney academics have been selected to receive mobility funding to carry out teaching and research projects at Harvard University.
15 December 2017

10 best Sydney science discoveries 2017

From squirtable surgical glue to gravitational waves, University of Sydney scientists have been hitting the headlines in 2017.