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Herbicide hunt

Common antibiotic inspires hunt for new herbicide

Friday, 12 February 2016

Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have discovered that the commonly used antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which kills bacteria, also kills plants by blocking the DNA copying machinery of the plants.

Valentines Day

Valentines should give thanks to Chaucer on Sunday says UWA

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Valentine’s Day enthusiasts should take a moment on 14 February to give credit to English poet Geoffrey Chaucer according to The University of Western Australia, with the famous writer believed to be the first person to associate the day with romantic love.

PIAF 2016

PIAF opens today with new hub at Elizabeth Quay

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Perth International Arts Festival 2016 kicks off today with the unveiling of the gorgeous new Festival home at Elizabeth Quay and a spectacular opening weekend featuring a stellar cast of Western Australian artists.

Magic Lantern Slides

'Magic lantern slides' research to turn lens on Australian culture

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The University of Western Australia is part of a research team that plans to unearth and analyse the large number of ‘glass magic lantern slides’ held in public collections across the world in a bid to better understand the effect of this early modern media on Australian cultural history.

David Blair

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction

Thursday, 11 February 2016

In a world first, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.

Hidden galaxies

Scientists discover hidden galaxies behind the Milky Way

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the Great Attractor.

Kelly Neill

WA's gas reservation policy a drag on State economy

Monday, 8 February 2016

Western Australia’s gas reservation policy is costing the State economy up to $1.1 billion each year, according to a UWA researcher. 

Christopher Etherton-Beer

New trial to help stroke rehabilitation

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Health and Ageing will use a grant from the National Stroke Foundation to fund new rehabilitation therapy for stroke survivors.

The study will explore the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation to help improve attention and reduce fatigue.

UWA’s Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer, who will lead it, said the work is a vital part of recovery.

Shark acoustic system

New underwater acoustic system searching for sharks

Friday, 29 January 2016

A researcher from the School of Physics at The University of Western Australia has kicked off a project to test a cutting-edge acoustic system to detect sharks as they approach Perth beaches.

James Bradbury

Schenberg Fellowship for UWA composer James Bradbury

Friday, 29 January 2016

University of Western Australia student James Bradbury has been announced as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Schenberg Music Fellowship in Composition.

Dr Sue Jenkins

Outstanding achievers honoured on Australia Day

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The University of Western Australia congratulates the outstanding members of its community for being recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours.

Professor Harry Blagg

Calls for justice for young FASD offenders

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia Law School concerned about juvenile offenders battling foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are working with communities in Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing on law reforms that will benefit offenders, the courts and government agencies delivering services.

UWA medical students

Rural students find commitment pays off as med offers come through

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Forty-five students from across rural Western Australia have received first round offers to study medicine at The University of Western Australia through the Rural School Leaver Assured Entry Pathway.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Study shows genes may help reptile embryos cope with climate change

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have discovered that the ability of sea turtles to respond to heat stress varies with their genes and is inherited.

UWA microspectrometer on its way to creating major impact

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New miniature sensor technology capable of analysing anything from crop quality to the freshness of fruit and vegetables in the supermarket could soon be made available to consumers after a licencing deal between The University of Western Australia and private firm Panorama Synergy (ASX:PSY).

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).

Kent Anderson and Lindsay O'Sullivan

UWA teaming with CCI to help make bright ideas reality

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The University of Western Australia has announced a new partnership with peak industry body the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA in a bid to create new commercial opportunities for its research staff and provide local businesses with better access to its scientific expertise.

Convocation cultural excellence awards

Joint winners for cultural excellence awards

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A PhD psychology candidate who is passionate about mental health and education and a law graduate who runs the WA Debating League have taken out this year’s Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence at The University of Western Australia.

Canola

WA agricultural research shines on world stage

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has released a report showing West Australian universities are among the best in the world in research allied to Agriculture and Environmental Science.

Innovation

UWA welcomes Prime Minister's innovation statement

Monday, 7 December 2015

The University of Western Australian congratulates the Prime Minister on today’s announcement of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and is committed to working with the Federal Government to turn the plan into reality.