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25 March 2019

Plastic pollution and the technology to beat it

As environmental emergencies go, the explosion of plastic waste is right up there. Professor Thomas Maschmeyer wanted to make plastic valuable enough for people to collect it. What he created might just clean up the planet.
25 March 2019

Is time-out damaging your child?

Time-out as a method of discipline for toddlers and young children is a hot topic among parents and educators. Is it harmful? Does it damage the attachment bond between parent and child? New research says no. It is still one of the most effective discipline strategies.
25 March 2019

More efficient satellite launch platform on the horizon

An efficient and cost-effective satellite launch platform could soon be a reality in Australia thanks to a world first engine that's being developed by University of Sydney combustion experts.
22 March 2019

Passing of eminent scientist Professor Noel Hush

Emeritus Professor Noel Hush AO FRS FNAS FAA, a major force in chemistry research and Head of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sydney for almost 20 years, passed away on 20 March 2019 at the age of 94.
21 March 2019

Data sharing by popular health apps is "routine", research finds

Researchers call for greater regulation and transparency as analysis of medicines-related apps found most directly shared user data - including sensitive health data - with third parties, posing an unprecedented privacy risk.
19 March 2019

Novel form of graphene-based optical material developed

The graphene-based material is 1000 times thinner than a human hair and can be tuned for use in solar cells, solar desalination, infrared lights and optical components.
18 March 2019

World's oldest semen still viable

Artificial insemination using the world's oldest known viable semen has a successful impregnation rate in sheep equivalent to recently frozen samples, in research from Associate Professor Simon de Graaf and Dr Jessica Rickard.
15 March 2019

University community booked for 2019 Sydney Writers' Festival

More than 30 University of Sydney academics, students and graduates will join a powerhouse line-up of speakers at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.
14 March 2019

Why the perfect office temperature is a myth

Air conditioning industries claim 22 degrees Celsius as the uniform temperature for offices to ensure peak performance by workers. Research suggests that it's not quite that simple write Professor Richard de Dear, Fan Zhang and Professor Peter Hancock.
14 March 2019

Prestigious title awarded for marine robotics

Professor Stefan Williams has been recognised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for research excellence in the field of oceanographic survey and marine robotics.