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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. 

01 February 2017

Elite scholarships help alumni thrive

Sydney has a proud history of support of top scholarship organisations as well as a strong prevalence of graduate recipients across a number of prestigious programs. 

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.

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.

01 February 2017

Liza Lim joins the University to nurture women composers

Highly-acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim, a leading figure of her generation internationally, joins the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to mentor and grow the reputation of women composers.

01 February 2017

Indigenous Mythematics – Aboriginal People Don’t Count?

When it comes to prejudices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mathematics is no exception. Indigenous knowledge keeper Shannon Foster looks into the myths and misunderstandings about how people count.

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.

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.

01 February 2017

Sound killed hard drive

In today's world we rely on data storage more than ever. Dr Karl reveals the amazing engineering beneath the surface of modern hard drives and why data centres are going to extraordinary lengths to keep quiet in an emergency.

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.