Adélie penguin numbers at Cape Denison in Antarctica have crashed from more than 160,000 birds in 2011 to just a few thousand following the grounding of a giant iceberg in Commonwealth Bay. 


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Can you identify a criminal by looking at their brain? Should head scans be admissible in a defence case? Can, and should, neuroscience help predict criminal behaviour?


There is little locking of horns on the bench of Australia's highest court. Image iStock

Dissent on the bench of Australia's highest court was at a record low in 2015, according to an annual study of the High Court's decisions. 

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Given the Joint Strike Fighter's litany of delays and technical problems and suggestions its superiority has already been superceded by autonomous aircraft, it would be prudent for Defence to reduce the number it plans to procure, writes Jai Galliott.


Stephanie Bishop (left) and Charlotte Wood. Photos: supplied

A dystopian tale of misogyny and abuse, and an exposition on motherhood, belonging and nostalgia have won two UNSW novelists a place on the 2016 Stella Prize longlist of the best writing by Australian women.

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Team 360Thrive: Tom Perfrement, Nancy Xie and Shawn Price

Two UNSW teams are bound for Boston and London after reaching the regional finals of the Hult Prize – the world’s largest social enterprise competition offering a prize of $US1 million.


UNSW will provide annual scholarships funded from investment returns on a $500,000 contribution to the Refugee Scholarship Fund.

UNSW has partnered with universities across the state to offer scholarships for refugees who will be resettled in NSW over the next 18 months.


UNSW Law's triumphant ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition world champions

A UNSW Law team has claimed victory at the world’s top mediation challenge in Paris, beating 65 teams from more than 50 countries to take out first prize.

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There's danger in linking your national identity too closely to your military history, write Peter Stanley and James McConnel.

The presidents of UNSW, King’s College London and Arizona State University have told the launch of the PLuS Alliance in London that universities have a responsibility to work together to help solve global challenges.


Announcing an exciting partnership between UNSW Australia, Arizona State University and King's College London that will enable students from all over the world to study with each of these top-tier universities while completing part of their degree online at home.


The US state of Michigan is in the grip of a lead poisoning crisis that may be felt for decades, and Australia should be taking note, writes Leila Morsy.


Study co-author Associate Professor Claire Wakefield from UNSW's School of Women's and Children's Health (Photo: Peter Morris)

Genetic testing for children should only be considered where there are clear medical benefits, say UNSW researchers, who've found the potential harmful effects of testing on children’s mental health remains largely unknown.

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Workplaces need to move beyond promoting mental health awareness and start changing the way work is designed to prevent psychological harm, writes Carlo Caponecchia.


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Termites might be known for their destructive powers, but new research shows they have innate restraint and an understanding of engineering that would make a master builder weep.


Thermal design is a black art … space systems engineer Sean Tuttle. Photo: Sean Davey

It took 10 years and several billion kilometres for space systems engineer Sean Tuttle to learn that his ingenuity had paid off. 


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Larry Marshall may be right when he says the question of global warming has been answered. But there are many more climate questions to ask, writes Andy Pitman.


By taking the dominant language and making it work for you, you create a form of resistance, says Professor Bill Ashcroft.

It's a quarter century since Bill Ashcroft published The Empire Writes Back, a wryly named text that launched the field of postcolonial literary studies. But in an era of refugees, race tensions and cultural conflict, the work is as relevant as ever.

Even the most stable moral compass can be damaged by war. UNSW Canberra researcher Tom Frame explains the inner injury that arises when good people witness terrible things.


Journalist Peter Greste.

Award-winning journalist Peter Greste warns of the dangers of adopting the language of war in this excerpt from 'Journalism in the Age of Terror', the title of the UNSW 2016 Gandhi Oration.

UNSW psychology graduate and former ASPIRE ambassador Ayesha Nazir is heading to Pakistan to fulfil her passion to help disadvantaged children, particularly girls, gain access to education.


Visitors to one of India’s most iconic museums are lying down and looking up to experience high-resolution images of Mumbai’s spectacular heritage ceilings, as part of an immersive, 3D exhibition.

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Complex human brain activity is governed by the same simple universal rule of nature that explains other phenomena such as the beautiful sound of a finely crafted violin or the spots on a leopard, UNSW scientists have found.

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An emergency helicopter lands at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Photo: Scott Ashby

While most Australians were enjoying their Christmas lunch, medical student Scott Ashby was finishing a 26-hour shift at one of the world’s busiest trauma centres.

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Two boys stand in front of tents at a camp for displaced persons in northern Syria. Image: iStock

Any end to the fighting in Syria will have to be politically driven and it must be the Syrians themselves who decide the outcome, writes Anthony Billingsley.


Carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater could reach levels high enough to make fish “intoxicated” many decades earlier than previously thought, with serious implications for the world’s fisheries.


Around 40% of those suffering insomnia may also have undiagnosed and clinically significant depressive symptoms (Photo: iStock).

An online program used to treat insomnia can also significantly reduce anxiety and depression with improvements persisting for at least six months, new research shows.