Up to two million hepatitis C infections could be averted worldwide in the next ten years if opioid substitution therapy was more readily available to injecting drug users, a study from UNSW’s Kirby Institute has found.

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A detail of Harald Kleine's "Imperfect Focus"; a sequence of interferograms, which was highly commended in the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography

In fields as diverse as quantum computing, human evolution, water use and solar power, nine UNSW researchers and a collaborative research team are finalists in this year’s prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. Winners will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner at Sydney Town Hall on 26 August 2015.

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Professor Gregory Dore

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Despite readily available treatment and knowledge about prevention, more than 5,000 people in Australia are newly infected with hepatitis C every year. UNSW's Professor Carla Treloar is working to understand why.

Abrupt warming that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in the Earth’s past, new research shows.

 

“Even without the presence of humans we saw mass extinctions. When you add the modern addition of human pressures and fragmenting of the environment to the rapid changes brought by global warming, it raises serious concerns about the future of our environment.”

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Grant Turner's photo of one of UNSW's soccer playing robots is a runner-up in the Scimex multimedia competition. The team recently defended its World Championship title at RoboCup 2015 in China. Scimex, the Science Media Exchange, was created by the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) to help reporters cover science, medical and technology stories.

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Solar panels used for lighting village homes in Sri Lanka. Image: DSA0020SLA World Bank / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Disruptive finance tools such as crowdfunding are capable of accelerating the deployment of off-grid solar where traditional finance mechanisms have failed, writes Andrew Blyth.

Univative 2015

White Ribbon Winning Team: Aninda Mukhopadhyay, Asri Wijayanti, Hugh Vidler, Tina Liu, Peterson Opio (White Ribbon), Delia Donovan

Working on real-life projects for high profile organisations such as The Salvation Army, White Ribbon and Accor, UNSW student teams have won three of nine projects at Univative 2015.

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We may need to rethink the nature and purpose of a law degree, write Richard Holden and Rosalind Dixon.

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The asylum-seeker debate is simplistically and erroneously framed as a humanitarian or national security issue when in fact it is both, writes Alan Dupont.

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Scientia Professor Martin Green and Dr Mark Keevers, from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, are among nine UNSW researchers and one collaborative research team, shortlisted for this year's Australian Museum Eureka Prize. Their work was selected for delivering the highest efficiency ever reported for converting sunlight into electricity.

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Should the push for a republic wait until the death or abdication of Queen Elizabeth II? Image: PolizeiBerlin/Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0

A significant shift has occurred in the ALP on the idea of Australia becoming a republic, writes George Williams.

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Parental fear has shifted from diseases such as measles to the vaccines themselves.

Making mandatory vaccination truly compulsory may result in more harm than good, and drive hesitant parents to become anti-vaccination, warn Daniel Salmon, Raina MacIntyre and Saad Omer.

Nigel Milsom’s gothic portrait of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet has won the 2015 Archibald prize, the third consecutive year of success for UNSW Art & Design in one of Australia’s most prestigious portrait competitions.

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Dr Alex Donald

UNSW chemist Alex Donald has won the inaugural Michael Guilhaus Research Award – a national prize for research in mass spectrometry that honours the memory of the late UNSW instrument designer.