Rainbow fish

Dark-shaded body surface the key to animals avoiding predators

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Animals that have a darker pigmented surface on the upper side of their body compared to those that have the same shade all over can reduce the impact of their body shadows and remain hidden from predators, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Conspiracy graphic

UWA Expert Series - Why COVID-19 is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge and George Mason University have shed light on how to spot conspiracy theories arising from COVID-19.

Autonomous SAE vehicle driving

Renewable Energy Project’s autonomous vehicle wins federal funding

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) at The University of Western Australia has teamed up with local start-up company Stealth Technologies to develop a new versatile autonomous electric vehicle platform. 

Marsupites

Strange hollow ball-like structures found in 80-million-year-old fossils

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australian and University of Cambridge have made a chance discovery in UK museum collections, finding hollow ball-like structures in 80-million-year-old fossils from species believed to be related to starfish and sea urchins.

Professor Joseph Tomkins

Older women more likely to conceive twins due to evolution

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Women are more likely to conceive fraternal twins once they reach their 30s as a result of an evolutionary response to combat declining embryo viability, according to a new international collaboration involving researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Social distancing

Every Australian needs to keep a lid on social distancing backlash

Monday, 11 May 2020

While each Australian is dealing with pandemic mental health stressors in their own way, COVID denial is an ineffective approach to dealing with anxiety that could prove dangerous to the country if it emerges as a social distancing backlash, according to psychology expert Professor Colin MacLeod.

Incel terrorist attacks pose an increasing threat

Friday, 8 May 2020

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that self-identified ‘Incels’ (involuntary celibates, young men who cannot find female sexual partners), present a national security issue.

ocean gliders

Ocean gliders to examine impact of heatwave affecting northern Australia

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Ocean gliders operated by The University of Western Australia from The Australian Integrated Marine Observing System’s (IMOS) facility have been deployed off the coast of Broome this week to collect ocean temperature data vital for understanding the marine and land heatwave affecting northern Australia.

Markus

New guidelines highlight importance of managing high blood pressure

Thursday, 7 May 2020

A new global set of guidelines released today (International Society of Hypertension 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines) will help countries across the world manage hypertension, which is particularly critical in the current COVID-19 environment.

Professor Colin MacLeod

UWA Expert Series - Changes to COVID restrictions likely to trigger more anxiety

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The winding back of a limited number of COVID restrictions is likely to trigger a new wave of anxiety among Western Australians and it’s crucial that support is tailored to suit everyone’s needs across the entire community, says Professor Colin MacLeod of The University of Western Australia’s School of Psychological Science.