University News


'Hobbit' ancestors and art evolution under spotlight

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A member of the Australian-Indonesian research team who announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis - known as the ‘hobbit' - will give a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia about the current research on their remarkable find.

Focus on fish vision in year of biodiversity

Monday, 4 October 2010

A seminar to be held next week at The University of Western Australia will take the audience on a 'swim-through' with some of Australia's most interesting fish including sharks, which were  around before dinosaurs.

Senator Kim Carr

"Emotional" celebrations for humanities coup

Friday, 1 October 2010

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr today visited The University of Western Australia to celebrate the awarding of one of the largest grants ever made to a centre in the area of humanities.

Lisa Carrie Goldberg

Creating art of sleep

Friday, 1 October 2010

Have you ever wonder what you look like when you sleep?  How about what your brain and body are doing while you're unconscious?  Ever imagine that you could produce artwork while you are sleeping?

Professor Peter Davies

World's rivers in crisis

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The world's rivers - the single largest renewable water resource for humans and a crucible of aquatic biodiversity - are in a crisis of ominous proportions, according to a new global analysis co-authored by a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Emeritus Professor Charles Oxnard

Maths implies 'hobbit' an iodine-deficient human

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A paper published today is set to re-ignite debate over the origins of so-called Homo floresiensis - the ‘hobbit' that some scientists have claimed as a new species of human.

Dr Ela Eroglu

Renewable bio-based energy processes - international researcher joins UWA Centre for Energy

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Centre for Energy is proud to announce the arrival of Dr Ela Eroglu, a specialist in the field of energy technologies with an emphasis in renewable bio-based energy processes.

New telescope helps high schools aim for the stars

Monday, 27 September 2010

A new internet telescope based at The University of Western Australia will give high school students the opportunity to discover new planets and exploding stars in distant galaxies.

Image: Chris Brown, Eyecue Design and Shutterstock

Scientist-detectives find clue to toughening vital plants

Friday, 24 September 2010

Drought, salinity, flooding and extreme temperatures threaten many plants essential to humankind - and scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered how they respond to these challenges.

Hossein Saberi

Ioning out soils to lift wheat yields

Friday, 24 September 2010

Researchers at The University of Western Australia (UWA) Institute of Agriculture have confirmed that wheat varieties tolerant to iron, manganese and aluminium perform better in acidic, waterlogged soils, while varieties intolerant to such ion toxicities grow poorly and yield considerably less.

Lead researcher Dr Hossein Saberi explained that waterlogged soils were oxygen deprived, which increased iron and manganese concentrations to toxic levels, while acidic soils had increased concentrations of aluminium ions that were also toxic to plants.