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Dr Archala

Proteins hiding in proteins take an evolutionary shortcut

Monday, 27 March 2017

How a drug-like protein ring evolved in sunflowers has been pieced together by Australian and US scientists in a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Although the evolutionary process took some 45 million years, the researchers are still calling it a shortcut.

Coral bleaching

Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off

Friday, 24 March 2017

An international team of researchers, including a scientist from The University of Western Australia, has warned of the devastating consequences for shallow reef ecosystems when global warming combines with local weather anomalies.

public speaking

Helping ease public speaking anxiety

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that a simple and reassuring message can help reduce people’s anxiety about speaking in public as well as make them feel positive about their nerves before the talk.

Honey bees

New honey bee research centre to create a buzz

Friday, 17 March 2017

A new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) led by The University of Western Australia will provide a much-needed boost to Australia’s valuable, but largely untapped honey bee products, by bringing together both industry and academic expertise from across Australia.

Amy James

Protein doppelgangers are long-lost cousins

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A 60-year-old mystery has been solved by biochemists at The University of Western Australia investigating the origin of a type of digestion-inhibiting proteins thought only to exist in two plant families that contain the important legume and cereal crops.

Students in classroom

Research shows equity students need more support

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A new study, led by Dr Ian Li from The University of Western Australia, has confirmed that equity students are generally well-supported in their university study, although challenges remain, in particular for students with disability and from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Indigenous Law graduates

Record number of Indigenous Law students graduate from UWA

Monday, 13 March 2017

A record number of Indigenous students from The University of Western Australia have graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree this year, the highest number of Indigenous Law graduates in UWA's history.

Mother and baby

Cervical length the key to preventing premature birth

Friday, 10 March 2017

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia says that measuring the length of a woman’s cervix at mid-pregnancy can help decrease the chance of preterm birth.  

Dr Andrew Pomeroy and Simon Jankowski

Fulbright scholars to advance coral reef and groundwater studies

Friday, 10 March 2017

A postgraduate hydrogeology student and a postdoctoral coral reef researcher from The University of Western Australia have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for 2017.

40under40 award recipients

UWA business leaders shine in the 2017 40under40 Awards

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The University of Western Australia congratulates five staff members who have been named in this year's 40under40 Awards. The recipients were recognised in an awards ceremony held at Crown Perth.

Pheromones

Do pheromones exist in humans?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study to test if the chemicals androstadienone (AND) and estratetraenol (EST) (commonly thought to be pheromones in humans) are pheromones and have found no evidence that they are.

UWA

UWA ranked in top 50 for seven subjects in QS rankings

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The University of Western Australia has had seven subjects ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, up from six subjects last year.

UWA’s subjects ranked in the top 50 were Mineral & Mining Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology, Agriculture & Forestry, Performing Arts, Psychology, Earth & Marine Science and Civil & Structural Engineering.

Winthrop Hall

UWA awards and achievements - February 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Star Cluster

Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The discovery of young stars in old star clusters could send scientists back to the drawing board for one of the Universe’s most common objects.

Fossil

UWA geologist helps unearth world's oldest fossil

Friday, 3 March 2017

Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered by an international team of scientists including a researcher from The University of Western Australia, providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth. 

Vote card

Trump and the truth: A study of political misinformation

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A study led by researchers at The University of Western Australia has found that people who supported Donald Trump were more likely to believe information if they were told President Trump said it, and if it was later proved to be false, that didn’t affect their intention to vote for him.

Satellite

Telescope records massive explosion 12 billion years ago

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The University of Western Australia's Zadko Telescope has captured the explosive birth of a blackole 12 billion light years away that took place before the Earth and Sun existed.

Baby

Improving mental health screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women and new mums

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A unique study is about to take place to improve the mental health of expectant and new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums living in remote communities.

Fogarty Foundation Scholars

WA's brightest awarded Fogarty Foundation Scholarships

Friday, 24 February 2017

Eleven of the State's highest-achieving students have accepted UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia.

Katharina Belt

Tiny mutation makes plants less resistant to stressful conditions

Friday, 24 February 2017

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified a tiny mutation in plants that can influence how well a plant recovers from stressful conditions, and ultimately impact a plant’s survival.