UNSW scientists have discovered how human immune receptors become activated in the presence of harmful substances, paving the way for new technologies to fight against deadly diseases.


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A new study shows two million Australians are experiencing high financial stress which prevents them from coping in difficult situations, write Rebecca Reeve and Kirsty Muir.

China cyber crime

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It's no surprise that China represents a cyber threat to Australia. The real issue is what are we doing about it, writes Greg Austin.


We need to convince voters and politicians to see research funding as an investment, not a cost, says Dr Darren Saunders. Photo: Flickr/National Cancer Institute

A medical researcher's career is one of frustration, melancholy, curiosity, hope and sacrifice. So what keeps them going when funding for science is scarce and the public rejects their expertise? Dr Darren Saunders reflects on his life's work. 


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A desire to ‘give back’ prompted muso and former UNSW Engineering academic Dr Richard Willgoss to fund three new choral prizes to the tune of $5000.


Reconstruction by palaeoartist Peter Schouten of Microleo attenboroughi prowling along the branches of rainforest trees in search of prey. Image: Peter Schouten

The fossil remains of a new species of tiny marsupial lion that prowled the lush rainforests of northern Australia about 18 million years ago have been unearthed in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area.

As scientists make a renewed push for greater action on climate change, a new installation at the Australian Museum brings home the fragility of our world, writes Prudence Gibson.


IVF is still an expensive, invasive process that can have significant side-effects (Photo: Shutterstock).

A simpler, cheaper infertility treatment that uses fewer drugs and potentially proviing an alternative to IVF is just over the horizon, writes Robert Gilchrist, William Ledger and Jeremy Thompson.


Gudaga Project Officer Natasha West with daughter Alyssa. Photo: Clare Morgan

Conversations that began almost 20 years ago have helped change the delivery of health services to Aboriginal children and their families in south-western Sydney.

A novel research solution that promises to dramatically increase gas yields from coal seams and biogas plants will be trialled for industrial application for the first time in India.


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Projects to mend damaged heart cells and to fix the gap in Indigenous healthcare are among the NHMRC's top 10 medical research projects of 2015.


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Few realise that in the 1960s the Australian government planned to relocate the entire population of Nauru to an island off the Queensland coast, writes Jane McAdam.