University of New South Wales

'Robots are not taking over,' says head of UN body on autonomous weapons

Campaigners warn that a ‘killer robots’ arms race is already under way Amandeep Gill warns against ‘emotionalising or dramatising this issue’<p>“Robots are not taking over the world”, the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to head off criticism …

Robots

Step up Australia, we need a traffic cop in space

Right now there are around 21,000 artificial objects being tracked in Earth orbit (and many millions too small to be tracked). Only about 1,750 of …

Space

Humans have dumped tons of plastic into oceans. Now it’s reached the deepest depths, study finds

The crustaceans crawling through the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean are almost like aliens: We know little about them, they’re …

Oceans

There's iron in them thar toner cartridges

According to the European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association, approximately 500 million printer cartridges end up in landfills each year, …

Australian Universities

Cambodia PM calls on Trump to warn diplomats about interference

In recent weeks, Hun Sen and other top government officials have repeatedly accused the US of colluding with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue …

Asia

We finally figured out why this mysterious patch of water hasn't moved in 1,000 years

One patch of water in the center of the Pacific Ocean has remained virtually motionless for the past 1,000 years. Now, a recent study published …

Climate Change

UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons named NSW Australian of the Year

UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons has been named 2018 NSW Australian of the Year.<p>Scientia Professor Simmons, Director of the Australian Research …

Australian Universities

Smokers should switch to vaping: experts

Australian lives could be saved if smokers are encouraged to switch to vapes or e-cigarettes, leading health experts say.<p>Health professionals …

Australian Universities

UNSW joins university-led network providing innovations in defence technology

UNSW has joined six other universities across NSW to undertake collaborative research to help find solutions to some of Australia’s biggest defence …

Australian Universities

What could sustainable Australian cities look like in 2040?

Share selection to:<p>It’s 2040.<p>As you wake and look outside, things might not look hugely different to 2017 – there aren’t any hoverboards or sky …

Sustainability

Can Artificial Intelligence Really Identify Suicidal Thoughts? Experts Aren't Convinced

Image: iStock<p>Australian experts have spoken out about a recent US study that claimed to show artificial intelligence can identify people with …

Research

Trump in Asia: They love him in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY — President Trump arrived in Vietnam on Friday for an economic summit where he can indulge one of his greatest passions: boasting of his commanding lead in the polls.<p>The president is far more popular here than at home.<p>"He’s quite different from the past presidents," said Tran …

News (U.S.)

Dingoes May Have Actually Migrated to Australia Twice

The genes don't lie.<p>Dingoes face quite a few threats across Australia, including habitat loss, lethal control and interbreeding with domestic dogs – …

Science

More than 50% of those on secretive NSW police blacklist are Aboriginal

Police commissioner concedes Suspect Target Management Plan has problems, but defends its objectives<p>More than half the people on a secretive New South Wales police blacklist are Aboriginal, the state’s top law enforcement officer has revealed.<p>The NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, says about 55% …

Australian Universities

ANU Philosophers Awarded Over AU$1.5 Million

Faculty at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University (ANU) have recently received multiple grants totaling over AU$1.5 million …

Philosophy

UNSW tops ARC Discovery Projects for second year

Research into driver training, Indigenous access to justice, the Internet of Things and the origins of Australia’s modern fauna are among 83 UNSW …

Australian Universities

Staging Bird Murders to Save a Species

A contentious way to teach captive animals what to fear in the wild<p>The chatty green parrots had a front-row seat to a spine-chilling show. Tethered to a tree branch not far from their cage, another parrot, similar in appearance but of a different species, was armored in a small leather vest. As the …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Australian companies should cultivate local tech workers not play the 457 visa game

There is a degree of mythology in the tech world surrounding people who have worked in Silicon Valley.<p>As the birthplace of computing and tech giants …

Australian Universities

The Communist Party is reasserting control in Vietnam

NGUYEN CHI TUYEN, a human-rights activist, is used to government repression. Since 2011, when he took part in protests against Chinese military …

News

Stressed and scared: Calls for more support in WA schools for senior students

West Australian schools have been urged to provide greater support for year 12's sitting WACE exams, after the number of students experiencing …

Education

Australian and Canadian AI experts call for autonomous weapons ban

Terminating Terminators<p>In two letters addressed to the heads of state in Australia and Canada, hundreds of experts in the field of artificial …

Was Trump’s fiery Apec speech a response to waning US influence in Asia-Pacific?

After an uncharacteristic show of diplomacy during his three days in Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s return to form at the Asia-Pacific Economic …

China

Vale Emeritus Professor Ian Zimmer

Emeritus Professor Ian Zimmer was a key leader at The University of Queensland in the years leading up to his retirement in 2013.

University of Queensland

Asia-Pacific? Think Indo-Pacific, says US

US President Donald Trump is just a few days into his first trip to Asia, but is already making waves with his administration's wide use of the term …

Philippines

Advances in HIV Prevention, Treatment and Cure: a special issue of PLOS Medicine

This week, publication of a special issue on Advances in HIV Prevention, Treatment and Cure begins in <i>PLOS Medicine</i>, advised by guest editors …

Research

Science with Matt Baker: can we reverse a vegetative state? - Nightlife - ABC Radio

<b>Audio Player failed to load.</b><p>Try to Download directly (6.24 MB)<p>Play<p>Press play then disable your screen reader. Use space bar to pause or play, and up …

Nightlife

5 discoveries we can thank twins for

Share selection to:<p>Twins have long held a fascination in our popular imagination.<p>And while stories about telepathy are intriguing, says Director of …

Research

Mandatory Detention, Turn-Backs, and Australia's Complicated History With Refugees

The Australian government has been dealing with a refugee crisis that is the product of decades of complex social and political …

Refugees

Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63%

<b>The number of cases of gonorrhoea in Australia has soared by 63% in the past five years, a new study has found.</b><p>Australian researchers say the rise in gonorrhoea diagnoses was led by an increase in infection in young heterosexual city dwellers.<p>However the reasons for the dramatic increase are …

Australian News

Rise in people getting gonorrhoea blamed on dating apps like Tinder

<b>Experts have blamed a shocking rise in people getting gonorrhoea on dating apps like Tinder.</b><p>Australia has seen a huge leap in the number of cases …

Boris Johnson