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17 July 2019

It could pay to get personal at work - here's why

Faculty of Engineering academics, Associate Professor Julien Pollack and Dr Petr Matous, have conducted research that suggests sharing a bit more in the workplace can be both personally rewarding and beneficial.
16 July 2019

Cannabis treatment counters addiction: first study of its kind

A Sydney-led study published in a JAMA journal provides the first strong evidence that medicinal cannabis could reduce the rate of relapse for users of cannabis - a leading cause of drug treatment episodes in Australia.
15 July 2019

Making deer fair game for unlicensed hunting in NSW

The NSW government last week revealed plans to ease shooting restrictions on feral deer. If the plans go ahead, deer will be stripped of their status as a game animal, writes Dr Thomas Newsome and PhD candidate Emma Spencer.
12 July 2019

A fish called Wakanda a new species of fairy wrasse

Inspired by the Marvel film Black Panther, Yi-Kai Tea has named a new species of fairy wrasse after the fictional country Wakanda. Mr Tea believes taxonomy is a vital component in conservation science.
11 July 2019

The Sydney astronomer tackling the mysteries of the universe

For nearly six decades, Professor Richard Hunstead has looked for answers in the heavens, and for better ways of doing things on Earth.
11 July 2019

Thwack! Insects feel chronic pain after injury

Associate Professor Greg Neely and his team of pain researchers in the Charles Perkins Centre have found compelling evidence that insects feel persistent pain after injury.

10 July 2019

Goal! University of Sydney named world champion in robot soccer

Not just fancy footwork - two sport savvy researchers from the University of Sydney and CSIRO Data61 with expertise spanning coding, data and complex systems have scored first place at one of the world's most prestigious robotics competitions.
09 July 2019

How electronic skinĀ could help people with disabilities

A University researcher is developing wearable technology that could be used to control devices, receive information and even register sensation.

04 July 2019

'Tsunami' on a silicon chip: a world first for light waves

A collaboration between the Sydney Nano Institute and Singapore University of Technology and Design has for the first time manipulated a light wave, or photonic information, on a silicon chip that retains its overall 'shape'.
02 July 2019

NASA selects Sydney expert to study the Sun and space weather

Professor Iver Cairns from the University of Sydney has been selected by NASA for two satellite missions to study our Sun and its effects on space weather.