Renowned professor of marine ecology and TV presenter Emma Johnston is adding Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) to her impressive list of achievements.

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Looking for expert analysis on the 2016 Federal Budget? UNSW academics in areas such as taxation, health and economics are available for comment. 

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There is indisputable evidence that climate change is harming the reef, write Andrew King, David Karoly, Mitchell Black, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick.

Two of Sydney’s iconic educational institutions, UNSW and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), are strengthening ties to boost artistic collaborations and joint research projects.

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Australia's "deflation" shock makes for higher expectations of a budget day rate cut, writes Richard Holden. 


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Simone Li, the first UNSW student accepted into a prestigious joint PhD program at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, has made a game-changing discovery about what is going on in our gut.

With over half the world’s population now living in urban areas, how will cities manage potential over-crowding, poverty and natural disasters resulting from climate change?

UNSW is hosting the Leadership Forum on Energy Transition for Australia, an initiative of the ACF that brings together leaders from business, academia and the community to develop a clean energy blueprint for the nation.

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Research expeditions shouldn't need to rely on governments for funding, write Chris Turney and Christopher Fogwill.


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If a High Court challenge to Australia's new rules for electing senators succeeds, it will have the impact of a sledgehammer on the 2016 election, writes George Williams.


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In ten or 20 years there will be inquiries into the serious harms inflicted by immigration detention. We will listen and ask ourselves why “good people stood by”, write Karen Zwi and Nicholas Talley.


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Gun violence has halved in Australia since laws were changed in the wake of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. We must jealously guard our success if we are to prevent future deaths and trauma caused by these lethal implements, write Rebecca Peters and Chris Cuneen.


Dr Xiaojing Hao of UNSW's Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics holding the new CZTS solar cells.

‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer after a UNSW team achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described UNSW research into quantum computing as 'the best work in the world'. He was opening UNSW's new quantum laboratory complex with the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne.

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Malcolm Turnbull’s cyber security strategy will foster a new era of cyber research and innovation, writes Alan Dupont.

There is no bolder idea than quantum computing, said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, hailing UNSW's research in the transformative technology as the “best work in the world".

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Department of Immigration photograph of the Manus Regional Processing Centre in 2012.

This week's PNG court judgment on the illegality of Manus Island is a scathing indictment on how the Australian and PNG governments have conducted themselves since 2012, writes Madeline Gleeson.

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We need to look beyond the statistics, slogans, and spin to uncover the real impact of the upcoming federal budget, writes Richard Holden.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is aware of the cybercrime threat, but our allies are further ahead, writes Greg Austin.


Coinciding with the opening of a new quantum computing laboratory at UNSW by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, UNSW researchers have made another advance towards the development of a silicon-based quantum computer.

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UNSW researchers are concerned about the paltry size of the new climate science research centre announced by the CSIRO.

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RBA Governor Glenn Stevens isn’t buying the secular stagnation theory, lending weight to the deficit hawks, writes Richard Holden.

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Fixing hospital equipment in Cambodia. Image: Ojasvi Chavali

Engineering student Ojasvi Chavali reports from rural Cambodia where he and 16 fellow UNSW students volunteered at local hospitals to help bring ailing medical machines back to life. 

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Attempts to define and prohibit autonomous weapon systems may hold back weaponry of significant value in improving international security, warns Jai Galliott.