University of New South Wales

Why U.S. Companies May Lose the AI Race

Last fall, a U.S. intelligence-community contest sought algorithms that could identify surveillance images of people out of a database of millions of photos. The dark-horse victor was Shanghai-based artificial-intelligence startup Yitu Tech.<p>The five-year-old company beat out 15 rivals for a $25,000 …

Business

Young Australians Want Pill Testing At Music Fests And Would Heed The Results

The push to legalize drug checking at music festivals in Australia is gathering momentum, with a new study reporting nearly 90 percent of participants said they would use such a service, if it were available, before taking illicit drugs.<p>Drug checking at music festivals has long been called for by …

Health Care (Australia)

Australian Scientists Just Discovered The Royal Family Aren't The Only Fossils In Buckingham Palace

Rogenstein oolite from Germany. Image: Lannon Harley, ANU.<p>Turns out building blocks of Buckingham Palace (and a whole bunch of other buildings around …

Technology (Australia)

Universities warn federal funding freeze leaves shortfall of 9,500 places

Two-year freeze on commonwealth grants could force universities to offer fewer places, lobby group warns<p>The federal government’s two-year freeze on commonwealth grants funding will mean the equivalent of almost 10,000 student places go unfunded in 2018, the university sector’s chief lobby group has …

Education

University of New South Wales to go 100% solar powered

Students have long been at the forefront of pushing their institutions to divest from fossil fuels. As part of that push, they've also encouraged …

Sustainability

Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests.<p>It was previously suggested that rodents, whose fleas can also transmit the …

Public Health

Stifling a sneeze ruptured this man's throat, prompting a warning from doctors - Health - ABC News

The next time you feel your nose start to tickle, don't hold back. That's the advice from doctors after a British man ripped a hole in his throat …

Medicine

Is Chinese investment taking over the Mekong?

China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can …

China

NSW government-funded initiative sees students receive Ether as 'loyalty' reward

Participating staff and students from the University of New South Wales received Ether for every 10 digital 'stamps' their loyalty card …

Bitcoin

Early periods linked to heart risks

Women who begin getting their periods early appear to have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke later in life, a new study suggests.

Health

How Australia's extreme heat might be here to stay

<b>A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. Bats fell dead from the trees, struck down by the heat.</b><p>On the northern Great Barrier Reef, 99% of baby green sea turtles, a species whose sex is determined by temperature, were found to be female.<p>In outer suburban Sydney, the …

Climate Change

Property guardianship and the 21st century city

Dr Cathy Smith, Senior Lecturer in UON’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, is among six winners from across the globe who will embark on …

Australian Universities

Giant Extinct Bat Walked On Four Legs Through New Zealand's Prehistoric Forests Millions Of Years Ago

A massive bat was discovered near a historic mining town called St. Bathans in New Zealand’s South Island. The 16- to 19-million-year-old bat's body …

New Zealand

An ancient oversized burrowing bat was just discovered, and it’s here to fuel your nightmares

Generally speaking there are lots and lots of people who find bats to be pretty creepy little creatures. It makes sense, of course, because bats are …

Biology

Found: A Giant Extinct Burrowing Bat

It used to scurry about on all fours on New Zealand’s forest floor.<p>Bats are famous for a few things. They go out at night, they sleep upside down, …

Culture

Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international …

New Zealand

Mighty microbes' survival superpowers

There are so many ways we can die. There’s the rule of three: three minutes without air, three days without water, three weeks without food. We’ll …

Yellowstone National Park

First in Family

Being the first in your family to go to university means carrying the dreams of your parents with you.<p>By Fran Strachan, Leilah Schubert, Gabrielle …

Education

Here’s What Really Happens When You Hear That Voice in Your Head

Hearing voices in your head isn’t necessarily a bad thing, despite the taboo social connotation. In fact, we hear voices every day when we read …

The Brain

International Summer at GW 2018

International Summer is an opportunity for visiting undergraduate and graduate students to engage in coursework at The George Washington University …

Australian Universities

Series of Satellite Launches Will Bolster Chinese Control of Disputed Sea

A Chinese province’s plan to launch 10 satellites over a widely disputed sea starting next year will help guide China to prime natural resources and …

South China Sea

New calculations may finally make fusion energy a reality

It’s well established that nuclear fusion — the reaction that powers our Sun — could be the key to unlocking clean, limitless energy here on …

Energy

This map shows how uninformed Trump's global warming tweet is

If it’s cold outside, it proves global warming is false, right? That seems to be President Donald Trump’s logic, according to his tweet last night. …

Climate Change

Physicists Test a Strange Nuclear Sphere That Could Revolutionise Fusion Energy

Like nothing we've seen.<p>It's well established that nuclear fusion - the reaction that powers our Sun - could be the key to unlocking clean, limitless …

Physics

Pioneering solar engineer Stuart Wenham dies, aged 60

<b>UNSW is mourning the passing of</b> <b>Professor Stuart Wenham</b><b>, director of the Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, and a pioneering researcher and inventor</b> …

Clean Energy

Native crest-tailed mulgara returns to NSW outback after 100-year absence

A small carnivorous marsupial long thought extinct in New South Wales has been discovered in the far north-west corner of the state.<p>The crest-tailed …

Australian National Parks

This is the first Christmas without my mother. But I'll always know where to find her

A woman who lived most of her life in chronic pain, my mother said she felt weightless and free in the ocean. She spent the last weeks of her life there<p>If you’ve never scattered someone’s ashes before you might think they’re just that – ashes. Like the fine powdery residue you find at the bottom of …

Nature

Australian accountant arrested in Bali has history of depression: lawyers

"He bought it for his personal use. (He admits) ‎that he's a user," Joni Lay, third division narcotics chief with Bali police told Fairfax Media.<p>He …

Brisbane

The Mighty Antarctic Microbes That Survive on Air Alone

It turns out the “minimal nutritional requirements for life” are quite minimal indeed.<p>In July 1952, a Florida newspaper columnist recounted a chance …

Culture

Researchers thought this creature was extinct for 100 years

It’s obviously not often that scientists get good news regarding regionally extinct creatures. Once an animal has been seemingly wiped from its …

Lifestyle