Science Matters is the Faculty of Science's Newsroom

We hope that through this medium alumni, staff, students and supporters will be able to keep in touch with what is happening in the Faculty Science at UWA.

These are exciting times for the Faculty of Science and we hope you will be able to share in this excitement and that you will be able to follow where we go over the next few years.

Professor Tony O'Donnell, Dean

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.

Forrest Fellowship recipients

Young scientists receive Forrest Research Foundation fellowships

Monday, 9 October 2017

An evolutionary biologist fascinated with animal behaviour who hopes to help tackle global problems such as climate change and a psychologist who is working towards advancing our understanding of depression and anxiety have been named recipients of the 2017 Forrest Research Foundation Fellowships at The University of Western Australia.

Waves at Torbay in Albany

New UWA-led wave energy centre to be established in Albany

Friday, 6 October 2017

WA’s renewable energy future has received a boost with the State Government awarding $3.75 million to The University of Western Australia to establish a new wave energy centre in Albany.

David Blair

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The University of Western Australia is part of an international team that includes the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration that have reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.

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.

Professor Matt Sanders

Can positive parenting really transform lives of children?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Internationally recognised parenting expert Professor Matthew Sanders will focus on the role of evidence-based parenting programs in preventing serious problems in children when he delivers the inaugural Robin Winkler lecture at The University of Western Australia on Wednesday night.

Blue sharks have made underwater canyons their home

Researchers discover Australian canyons are hotspots for fish life

Friday, 25 August 2017

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia has found that underwater canyons may be critical and overlooked habitats for many commercially valuable species of fish such as tuna, swordfish and mackerel.

Autism study

Computer algorithm links facial masculinity to autism

Friday, 25 August 2017

A link between masculine facial features and autism has been discovered by researchers from The University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Jo McDonald

Ancient Australia in the spotlight at UWA Research Week

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Find out about the global significance of WA’s unique rock art, experience the wonders of the night sky, learn about ancient Indigenous songs from the Pilbara or help choose the winner as students are challenged to outline their research in only three minutes during The University of Western Australia’s Research Week.

Fitbit for the brain

Getting the best out of our brains

Monday, 21 August 2017

Student innovators and graduates from The University of Western Australia are developing a headset that can monitor human brain waves and stimulate the brain to improve concentration and boost the brain’s performance.

Professor Aleksandra Filipovska

Faulty gene linked to obesity in adults

Friday, 18 August 2017

Groundbreaking new research linking obesity and metabolic dysfunction to a problem in the energy generators in cells has been published by researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia.

Starfish

275 million-year-old starfish fossil found in Western Australia

Monday, 14 August 2017

A research team led by The University of Western Australia has discovered a 275 million-year-old fossilised starfish-like creature in the north-west town of Gascoyne Junction.

Could too much sitting be bad for our brains

Could too much sitting be bad for our brain?

Friday, 28 July 2017

In many aspects of our life when we need to use our brain power, we tend to sit down: at school, at work, reading, using our mobile phones or watching television.

Brain Bee finalists

Brainy WA students set for national Brain Bee championships

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

More than 90 of WA’s brightest Year 10 students have competed in the WA Brain Bee championships at The University of Western Australia, with one student and one team to go on to compete in the national finals.

Sharks

Healthy sharks sustain healthy oceans

Monday, 24 July 2017

A team from The University of Western Australia has completed a four month research expedition looking for signs of healthy coral reefs in the remote Kimberley. They observed an unexpectedly high number of sharks in the region, suggesting sharks play a key role in regulating the health of coral reefs.

Test tubes

UWA finalists announced in Premier's Science Awards

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ten academics from The University of Western Australia have been announced as finalists in the 2017 Premier’s Science Awards.

Wheelchair basketball

Indigenous high school students shoot for the stars

Monday, 17 July 2017

Thirty-four Year 10 Indigenous students from around the State spent their school holidays learning a raft of new skills from wheelchair basketball to building a strong bridge and making moulds of teeth.

Geckos and skinks

Geckos and skinks back from the brink

Friday, 30 June 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are supporting a new project to trial the release of critically endangered blue-tailed skinks into a wild enclosure.

Alaska pollock

Ten million tonnes of fish dumped every year

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new joint research by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia.