Debra Mullan and Graeme Martin present the MOOC on the Coursera Platform

New MOOC on best practice farming for 2050

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture has launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), on discovering best practice farming for a sustainable 2050.

The MOOC, Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050, uses the foundations of UWA’s Future Farm 2050 Project to introduce online students to sustainable agriculture and the many different disciplines needed to tackle the issue of feeding and clothing the world while maintaining the natural resource base. 

David Coward

Major astronomical discovery sees neutron stars collide

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have helped usher in a new dawn of astronomy by assisting with the detection of one of the greatest phenomena ever witnessed in astronomy: the collision of two neutron stars 120 million light-years away.

Diabetes research

Recognising monogenic diabetes is vital for its management

Monday, 16 October 2017

Distinguishing monogenic diabetes in the young – that is, a rare type of diabetes caused by a single genetic mutation relatively early in life — from other types of diabetes, is crucial for appropriate therapies, prognosis and family screening, according to research that has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Chimpanzee in Rwanda

Chimps could hold key to good gut health

Friday, 13 October 2017

The gut health of our closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, will be examined in a study by The University of Western Australia.

Star image

Scientists discover more about the ingredients for star formation

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Astronomers have shed fresh light on the importance of hydrogen atoms in the birth of new stars.

Dr Bede Mickan

Compost and clay can ameliorate impact of water stress in agricultural soils

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Applying compost and clay to soil can improve constraints such as water stress in sandy agricultural soils, according to a study published by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

UWA Engineering students return from Professional Practicum in China

Friday, 29 September 2017

Seven student ambassadors from the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) have returned from a six week professional practicum, within the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE), at The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).

Laura Boykin with Cassava Virus Action Project team

Portable DNA sequencers help African farmers fight crop disease

Monday, 18 September 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia are using new portable DNA sequencing technology for the first time in East Africa to help farmers fight the devastating impact of crop disease.

Gavrielle Untracht

Biomedical engineering student wins UWA's Three Minute Thesis

Friday, 8 September 2017

PhD student Gavrielle Untracht who is studying optical and biomedical engineering at UWA will be competing in the national finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in Queensland in October after winning the competition at The University of Western Australia.

Paul Luckas with his telescope

Backyard astronomy helps explosive discovery

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

In a typical year, there are predicted to be around 50 novae—nuclear explosions on the surface of white dwarf stars—in our galaxy. Only a dozen or so are actually discovered each year, and some of these are so bright and powerful, they exceed the scale of scientific explanation.