Killer robots, disaster recovery, youth depression, climate change and rising inequality were among the pressing global issues tackled at UNSOMNIA, UNSW’s Grand Challenges launch event.

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Dr Anita Ho-Baillie with perovskite cell.

They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make – which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, UNSW engineers have smashed the world efficiency record.

Evidence that populations of the platypus are in decline across Australia – to extinction in some locations – has sparked a UNSW-led research project to assess the iconic animal's conservation status.

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Why does disaster recovery expert David Sanderson have UNSOMNIA?

Join UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs and 12 UNSW experts as they share what keeps them up at night. UNSOMNIA - Thursday December 1st, Leighton Hall UNSW.

On World AIDS Day, UNSW’s Kirby Institute has been awarded a $12 million grant to conduct a clinical trial to improve treatment options for people with HIV who have failed first-line antiretroviral therapy.

Melbourne's recent thunderstorm asthma event caught services by surprise. So, is it time for a national agency to coordinate our public health response, asks Guy Marks.

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Brexit, the US election and the parlous state of public leadership in Australia are not anomalies. They represent a dire crisis of public confidence in expertise, knowledge and evidence, writes Rob Brooks.

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Light pollution is changing the day-night cycle of some fish, dramatically affecting their feeding behaviour, write UNSW's marine scientists.

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UNSW Scientia Professor David Cooper. Photo Maja Baska

As it marks its 30th anniversary, the groundbreaking HIV research of UNSW’s Kirby Institute and its pioneering leader David Cooper has been acknowledged by the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.

The stereotype of a dependent generation who won’t leave home ignores the many reasons adult family members choose to live together in the one house, write Edgar Liu and Hazel Easthope.

They might be strays but the dogs of Athens represent hope, dignity and the human capacity for kindness in a new film by UNSW's Mary Zournazi. 

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To invest in start-ups or risky ventures there's a requirement that you be a "sophisticated investor". This discriminatory, arbitary distinction is holding us back, writes Jason Zein.

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Headlines screaming that aged cheese could be an aid to better ageing were based on a paper that didn't test the effects of cheese on ageing, writes Clare Collins.

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Untangling the history of the Milky Way. Image: Shutterstock

A huge galactic archaeology project called Galah is catching starlight to paint a picture of the galaxy's past, present and future, write Jonti Horner, Jonathan P. Marshall and Sarah Martell.

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Much that has been thought in the fields of law and policy seems to need rethinking. But what is to take its place? asks Fleur Johns.