In Australian Indigenous astronomical traditions the celestial lights of Aurora Australis are associated with fire, death, blood, and omens, writes Duane Hamacher.


The FoodRunna team (L-R) Charith Wijewardena, Eric Qiao, Hamza Muhammad Shoaib, Gilbert Wong, Ashi Bhat

Feeling hungry but don’t have time to leave your desk? Or maybe you just want to avoid the lunchtime queues? A new business by UNSW student entrepreneurs could have the solution.


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Politicians wishing to run down their opponents in the eyes of the public are quick to level accusations of dishonesty. But these 'lies' aren't always what they seem, writes Mark Rolfe.


Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died, aged 84. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Betty Churcher combined her love of art with an emotional intelligence and pragmatism that made her a rare creature indeed in the field of art administration, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


Forest canopy in Brazil. Photo: iStock

Global vegetation has increased by the equivalent of 4 billion tonnes of carbon – despite ongoing large-scale deforestation in the tropics.


UNSW Paul Trainor Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Professor Melissa Knothe Tate. Photo: Grant Turner/Mediakoo

UNSW biomedical engineer Melissa Knothe Tate is using previously top-secret semiconductor technology to zoom through organs of the human body, down to the level of a single cell.


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Only the most courageous and vulnerable people get on rickety boats in search of safety, yet we treat them like criminals, writes Julian Burnside.


Darren Curnoe

Take a wild guess what this episode's about. Does size matter? What can we learn from the animal kingdom? Find out in this latest episode with UNSW Australia's Darren Curnoe.


L-R: Ian Jacobs, Malcom Turnbull, Sam Mostyn, Herbert Huppert

We are living through "the most excitingly disruptive time", says Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and we must view it as an opportunity if the nation is to prosper.



Evie Wyld, author of All The Birds, Singing, is one of the guests at this year’s Sydney Writers' Festival. Sydney Writers' Festival

Don't miss Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing, speaking at UNSW as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival, writes Prudence Gibson.


UNSW’s Big Questions Institute is proud to partner with the Sydney Opera House and Cisco to present physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking in his first Australian talk live from Cambridge via the latest technology.



Grupo Arcano's Alberto Chang-Rajii and UNSW's Associate Professor Ashraf Uddin. Photo: Anthony Johnson/Fairfax

Venture capitalist Alberto Chang-Rajii has invested $1.5 million in a research partnership with UNSW engineers to commercialise a new generation of 'paint on' solar cells.