Students during last year's Brain Bee

Western Australia's best young brains to battle it out

Monday, 20 June 2016

Western Australia’s brainiest Year 10 students are preparing for the competition of their young lives to determine who will represent the State at the Australian Brain Bee National Challenge.

Crocodile

New look at crocodile eyes

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Macquarie University have discovered that the visual systems in crocodiles are more cleverly designed than previously thought, allowing them to quickly adapt to their environment and facilitating their ‘ambush’ hunting techniques and semi-aquatic lifestyles. 

Rowan Lymbery

Scientists discover new way of testing reproductive compatibility

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered a new way of measuring the effectiveness of different sperm competing to fertilise eggs in blue mussels.

Ozren Bogdanovic and Ryan Lister in a zebrafish research facility

Gene switch makes us look like our animal cousins

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

An international team of biologists has discovered how the same genes are turned on in mammals, fish and amphibians early in embryonic development, making them look incredibly similar for a brief period of time.

Hot spots

UWA expert says more 'green' needed to cool Perth's suburban hotspots

Thursday, 4 February 2016

An environmental engineering expert at The University of Western Australia said ‘greening’ the suburbs of Perth will help reduce the emerging urban health crisis of heatwaves.

New monitoring technologies needed to let wildlife off the hook

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The creation of a new generation of major marine reserves will require innovative new monitoring techniques to understand the impact of these reserves on oceanic biodiversity, according to a new study led by The University of Western Australia.

Dr Mark Waters

Crop productivity and WA heritage winners in latest ARC funding

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A project led by Dr Mark Waters from UWA to find new ways to improve crop productivity and one by UWA’s Professor Alistair Paterson to help preserve the heritage of the state’s north-west are winners in the latest round of funding grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Zebrafish

Research offers new insight into light detection in vertebrates

Friday, 16 October 2015

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the University of Oxford and University College London will help better understand how light detection works in vertebrates.

Three minute thesis

Young scientist wins UWA's three minute thesis competition

Friday, 11 September 2015

Imagine trying to explain in just three minutes a complicated thesis that would normally take about nine hours to read.

Arctic expedition Lara Gracia-Corral

Arctic study finds CO2 helps plants grow but only at low temperatures

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A new international study involving researchers from The University of Western Australia has found that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a positive effect on producing organic material at low temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, but that this effect disappears once temperatures increase.

Science

UWA finalists at Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The University of Western Australia congratulates seven of its academics who are among 13 finalists announced at the Premier’s Science Awards.

Shark

Shark deterrent research reveals interesting results

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Shark researchers from the Neuroecology Group at The University of Western Australia have released the results of their WA State Government-funded research into the effectiveness of a range of novel and commercial shark deterrents.

Ants colour vision may help march towards robot technology

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered how ants see in colour, a breakthrough that one day could help scientists create more autonomous robots.

China-Australia joint Research Centre established

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sustainable livestock production will benefit from a new China-Australia Joint Research Centre for Ruminant Production between The University of Western Australia and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in China.

Dr Ryan Kempster wit5h Port Jackson shark

UWA shark researchers enlist the help of the public as citizen scientists

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Shark researchers from the Neuroecology Group at The University of Western Australia are asking for the public's help to identify and record shark sightings from around the world, using their new Citizen Science project, SharkBase (www.shark-base.org).

Golden snub-nosed monkey

Beards as badges of honour?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Are beards ‘in' again because guys are under pressure? Maybe.

Kids create brain-waves about sea-horses

Friday, 13 March 2015

The brains of a sea-horse, fat-tailed dunnart, lizard, goldfish, sheep, guinea pig, rat and mouse will be on show at Scitech - to prompt discussion about their evolutionary and ecological contexts.

Gabriella Flacke with pygmy hippo

A helping hand for Pygmy Hippos

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Nobody knows how many pygmy hippos remain in wild habitats in West Africa, but there are only about 350 in captivity world-wide and a researcher at The University of Western Australia is in a race against time to ensure the species' survival.

Jarrah forest resists changes in climate

Monday, 15 December 2014

A long-term study into jarrah forest (Eucalyptus marginata) establishment at restored mine sites has found that they are in fact resistant to climate variability.

Early sea urchin embryos

Female sea urchins hedge their bets in the mating game

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Sleeping around pays off for females, according to an international team of evolutionary biologists.