How will digital technology impact on future health care and universities? Two global leaders in their fields signal revolutionary changes are on the way.


Yonderup Cave in Western Australia. Photo: Andy Baker/IUNSW

UNSW-led scientists studying a cave in Western Australia have shown that stalagmites formed by mineral-rich water drips from the ceiling could help reveal past wildfires that burned above the cave.


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As technology rapidly changes the way we interact with products and environments, UNSW's Oya Demirbilek will use her Utzon lecture to discuss the impact of good design on our health and happiness.

The new home of Australia’s leading materials science and engineering research and innovation – the Hilmer building – has been officially opened by the NSW Premier Mike Baird.


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We all know that junk food is bad for our waistline. Now a new study has shown that a diet high in saturated fat begins to harm our immune system before the weight gain begins to show.


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Dean of Medicine Professor Rodney Phillips has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in recognition of his leadership and contribution to tropical medicine.


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Blockchain technology doesn’t do what most people seem to think it does, writes Stephen Wilson.

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Curing HIV – or at least achieving long-term remission – is possible, under the right circumstances, writes Bridget Haire.

Eight top universities – led by UNSW – have launched a music video by Australian twin-sister DJ duo NERVO to highlight engineering as an attractive career for young women.


In this latest Know Thy Selfie episode, Dr Tom Apperley asks what the Pokemon Go craze is all about – and most importantly what does it say about us? Pokemon Go has dominated headlines around the world recently as hordes of gamers take to the streets, chasing down pocket monsters at "pokestops" which can be any local landmark – even a police station or in one unfortunate case a Holocaust museum. 


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DJ duo NERVO – the 29-year-old singer-songwriters and sound engineers Miriam Nervo and Olivia Nervo – talk about their new music video and why women should love engineering.

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Men still outnumber women in senior positions in Australian universities and other workplaces. Women are pushing for change but it's men who can help redress the gender balance, writes Emma Johnston.


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A computerised system is being used for the first time in the 2016 election count for the Senate, and only part of its process is open to scrutiny, write Roland Wen and Richard Buckland.

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Associate Professor Kath Albury

How do you define sexting and when is uploading a sexy pic a possible crime? Kath Albury, Associate Professor in UNSW's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, explains.


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Cyber violence is a form of violence. This is because misogynist e-bile – alongside the racist and homophobic versions – can cause its targets actual harm and not mere offence, writes Emma Jane.

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A powerful new technology that maps the “social network” of proteins in breast cancer cells is providing detailed understanding of the disease at a molecular level and could eventually lead to new treatments.

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The eyes painted on the rumps of cattle in Botswana are designed to ward off marauding lions, helping to save the livestock and the lions from farmer retaliation. Photo: Ben Yexly/UNSW

UNSW conservationists are painting eyes on the rumps of cattle in Botswana as part of a study in "psychological trickery" to prevent lion attacks and the lethal retaliation that results.