As 300 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders gather at Uluru, Harry Hobbs explains the role of this First Nations Convention in the process of constitutional reform.

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UNSW New Generation Network Scholar Vaibhav Gaikwad is helping to tackle India's massive e-waste problem.

UNSW New Generation Network Scholar Vaibhav Gaikwad is reframing Australia-India relations while turning mountains of e-waste into valuable products - including a set of Gandhi spectacles that symbolise India's bid to clean up its environment.

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A symposium at UNSW on 26 May will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report.

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The 1967 referendum fell far short in giving people what they thought they were voting for, and in giving Aboriginal people what they wanted from it, write Gabrielle Appleby and Gemma McKinnon. 

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If there is one thing our politicians agree on, it is that Australia's federal system is broken, writes George Williams.

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UNSW is calling on the world’s best and brightest researchers and PhD scholars to join the University as it continues to invest more than $500 million in recruiting 1,000 of the world’s most talented early and mid-career researchers.

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A sophisticated tool that can generate early outbreak signals using data from Google Trends, Wikipedia and Twitter has won the UNSW ZikaHACK competition.

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An artist's impression of Mars 4 billion years ago: Image: European Southern Observatory

As part of National Science Week, a panel of leading scientists including Paul Davies and UNSW's Martin Van Kranendonk will address some of space exploration's biggest questions at the Sydney Opera House.

New findings by UNSW neuroscientists represent a whole new way of looking at how our brains make judgements about the environment, and could have applications in telesurgery, prostheses and robotics.

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Australia must commit to new “highly secure” systems instead of using inherently vulnerable software and machines, writes Greg Austin.

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In cancer, immune cells infiltrate tumours – but it hasn’t been known which immune cells exit the tumour or where they go next.

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More of us are labelled as sick with the constantly changing diagnostic cut-offs for diseases. Now an international expert panel has drafted a list of things to consider before setting new thresholds, write Ray Moynihan and Rita Horvath.

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Jose Ramos-Horta AC: What role should countries like Australia play in providing for those currently fleeing the catastrophes of the Middle East and Africa?

José Ramos Horta has called on Australia's politicians to consider welcoming more refugees.
In a sold out public lecture at UNSW, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste asked MPs to consider the contributions made by generations of migrants to Australian life.
“Rethink all fears and prejudice,” he said.
“I'm sure you've had a good look at the record of generations of migrants and refugees in this country and you have seen how they have contributed to the prosperity and safety of today's Australia.”
Australia had an opportunity to educate and train refugees and migrants in skills to build the nation, Dr Ramos-Horta said.
“You live … in a privileged, affluent county, an increasingly more open and tolerant one,” he said.
“Australia has changed for the better. Much better.
“Much has to change further to be a boat of safety and peace for all these people, for the poor and unwanted.”
The internationally renowned peacemaker was key to establishing the UNSW Diplomacy Training Program, of which he continues to be a patron.

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A comparison of conditions on either side of Australia’s dingo fence has revealed that extermination of these apex predators affects not only the abundance of other animals and plants, but also the quality of the soil.

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The unrelenting pursuit of happiness may be self-defeating. Joseph Paul Forgas argues we've much to gain from being sad and mad now and again.