Can we judge merit without gender bias? And is merit really the right measure for ability anyway, asks Lisa A Williams.

Are people with shorter, wider faces really more dangerous? The short answer is yes, but only for men.

Baby rats whose mothers were fed a high-fat diet had larger than normal hearts with fewer taste receptors for bitter flavours, according to new UNSW research.

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Dorjee Sun (left) with student in the Unswot program.

You’ve heard of swotting – locking yourself away to cram before an exam. Now a group of 100 UNSW students are perfecting the art of un-swotting – learning through connecting and conversing. 

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Professor Brien Holden

UNSW is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Brien Holden, Professor of Optometry. A global leader in research and innovation, Brien has been described as “the most influential optometrist of our generation”.

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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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.