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Media reports of natural disasters may reduce our perception of risk, writes Ben Newell.


Lead author Menno Veldhorst (left) and project leader Andrew Dzurak (right) in the UNSW laboratory where the experiments were performed.

A team of Australian engineers has built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time, making calculations between two qubits of information possible – and thereby clearing the final hurdle to making silicon quantum computers a reality.  

Andrew Dzurak

The world’s first calculation using two quantum bits in silicon has been demonstrated by a team of engineers at UNSW Australia. The manufacturing techniques used are the same as those employed in today’s silicon chip industry, opening the way to ultra-powerful quantum computers. 


A NDARC study has found codeine-related deaths in Australia are increasing as the consumption of codeine-based products increases (iStock).

Codeine-related deaths in Australia more than doubled between 2000 and 2009, largely due to accidental overdoses, new research from UNSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has found.


Things are about to get spicy...Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee star in unINDIAN. Photo: supplied

UNSW will play a starring role at the Australian premiere of unINDIAN, a major feature film directed by alumnus Anupam Sharma and starring former cricketer Brett Lee.


Have you ever wondered why we have an appendix? Or why some of us can wiggle our ears? And just why are we so hairy? Find out in the latest episode of our series on human evolution, "How Did We Get Here?"

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A scene from "Lucy Goes to Scotland", 1956.

Academics were interested in television long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men, writes Jessica Ford.


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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. Their concern is misplaced and misleading, write Rosie Cooney, John Woinarski and Christopher Johnson.


UNSW has reinforced its reputation as one of the fastest movers in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, jumping 27 places to be 82 in the world.


A team of UNSW design and engineering graduates inspired by cult figure Robocop have turned to American crowd-funding platform Kickstarter to deliver the world’s first intelligent ski helmets. 

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Warragamba Dam NSW. Photo: Jonathan Pope. CC BY 2.0

New technology is providing important insights into how groundwater connects with surface water, which will help protect our water supply, write Katarina David, Andy Baker and Wendy Timms.


UNSW and China’s prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University have increased the size of a joint investment fund designed to mobilise industry investment in research and tap into China’s rapidly rising demand for advanced technology.


Katarina David (left) of the UNSW Connected Waters Initiative preserves samples of moist rock at a drilling site near Sydney for later testing in the laboratory.

UNSW researchers have used a new water-tracing technology in the Sydney Basin for the first time to determine how groundwater moves in the different layers of rock below the surface.


Are you an effective healthcare leader? Take the test in UNSW’s new MOOC (Istock)

A tool that allows healthcare workers to self-assess their leadership competencies is just one of the elements of the world’s first Massive Open Online Course in health leadership starting soon at UNSW.