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28 September 2018

Agriculture students make clean sweep at Crops Competition

Competitors from across Australia and the US have taken their lecture knowledge into the field in a hands-on test of their skills in agronomy, live crop-yield potential, and plant and disease identification.
27 September 2018

Six scholars recognised for social sciences leadership

Six University of Sydney social scientists have been elected to the prestigious Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia for their distinguished contributions to their disciplines and to society.
27 September 2018

Oyster research aims to clean the water of Sydney Harbour

The shells of Sydney's oysters once helped to build the city. Two centuries on, researchers look at using oysters to help clean up urban estuaries all over the world.
26 September 2018

Photonic chips harness sound waves to speed up local networks

Acoustic noise in chips used to be a nuisance. Now scientists at the University of Sydney Nano Institute have developed a technique to put it to use in receivers of information in fibre-optic networks.
25 September 2018

Sisters do it for themselves

Termite colonies have been found to thrive and reproduce without males, new research from the University of Sydney reveals.
21 September 2018

Transforming devastated landscapes with permaculture

The humanitarian crises that most of us only read about are often witnessed firsthand by alumna Rosemary Morrow, as she travels the world to help refugees and displaced people grow food.
20 September 2018

Cane toad genome sequenced for the first time

Emeritus Professor Rick Shine says deeper understanding of this introduced species will help develop improved methods for managing its impact on Australia's fauna and environment.
19 September 2018

Revealed: how to protect livestock from predators

Three nonlethal methods are effective for protecting livestock from wildlife predators, new research reveals.
13 September 2018

Freewheeling bush adventures in a wheelchair

Her studies were almost over and alumna, Helen Smith, had plans. Then a single event meant she had to reach her goals via a very different path. Now she's pushing against the barriers.
12 September 2018

Microscope that gets to the heart of matter

The transmission electron microscope (TEM) can explore matter at the scale of less than 0.06 billionths of a metre helping researchers design materials in renewable energy, medical science, engineering and geosciences.