You can’t have an innovative nation without investing in science, writes Merlin Crossley.


Photovoltaic pioneers ... Professors Stuart Wenham and Martin Green on top of the University's Tyree Energy Technologies Building

The Prime Minister's recognition of UNSW as a world-record holder in solar cell research in his speech to the UN climate summit in Paris is shining a light on Australian innovation, says Ian Jacobs.


Seven UNSW students have been awarded prestigious New Colombo plan scholarships, worth up to $67,000 each, for study and internships in the Indo-Pacific region in 2016.


The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV (iStock).

Groundbreaking research from Australian scientists has prompted new international guidelines that will open up access to treatment and improve the health of millions of people living with HIV.

With existing EU laws struggling to deal with the challenges of the recent refugee influx, Jane McAdam argues that international cooperation – not unilateralism – is the only way forward.

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An international team of scientists has revealed the potential for runaway ice loss in Antarctica.


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What's missing from current climate change debates is a compelling, science-based national security narrative, writes Alan Dupont.


While the technology exists for zero emissions energy, we won’t achieve full sustainability without limiting growth and consumption. (iStock).

Sustainability will be almost impossible to achieve without changing our values and ending growth in population and consumption per person, writes Mark Diesendorf.

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Aerial view of the 2011 Brisbane river flood. Image: iStock

Long term warming of the Indian and Pacific oceans played an important role in making the Queensland floods far worse than they should have been, new research shows.

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“I give you this with a 100% guarantee; every one of you can achieve more than you think you can,” NSW Premier Mike Baird has told students taking part in UNSW’s ASPIRE program.


A detail from the cover of Christina Stead's novel 'The man who loved children'.

Delia Falconer, David Malouf and Gail Jones discuss why they love Christina Stead, while Michelle de Kretser, Fiona McFarlane and Ivor Indyk explore Elizabeth Harrower’s world.


One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of synapses. Photo: iStock

A team of researchers led by UNSW scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease – work that opens up new avenues for treatments for the degenerative brain condition.

How would you improve the lives of people in crowded cities if you had $1 million? Students will have the chance to answer to this question at the Hult Prize competition, hosted for the first time at UNSW.

A shark detecting "security guard in the sea" and a portable dialysis machine are just two potentially life-saving devices designed by UNSW Industrial Design graduates.


UNSW Scientia Professor Martin Green AM

Three UNSW scientists are among the winners of prestigious 2016 Australian Academy of Science’s awards, the most of any Australian institution.

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Runner-up in the Scimex photo comp: UNSW's Robocup robot. Photo by Grant Turner/Mediakoo

Australia faces an artificially intelligent invasion in 2019, when hundreds of robots descend on Sydney to battle for coveted RoboCup world titles. 

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If it hadn't been for Einstein's genius, it may have taken the discovery of the ‘twin quasar’ in 1979 before physicists linked mass/energy with the curvature of space, write Darren Dougan and John K. Webb.