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

Coral reef

New coral reef research targets information gap

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A new study by The University of Western Australia aims to bridge the gap in understanding the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs – one of the biggest worldwide threats to their future.

ARC hubs

New training and research hubs officially launched at UWA

Monday, 18 April 2016

Two new $20 million hubs to be used for international research and training in offshore oil and gas have been officially launched at The University of Western Australia.

Jacob Hawkins

China's changing diet linked to higher emissions

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

China’s rapidly changing diet has ramifications not only for the supply of land and water, but also for energy supplies and greenhouse gas emissions, according to research at The University of Western Australia.

UWA PhD student Jiayi Qin and Professor David Blair

New method of detecting gravitational waves will bring them closer

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered new technology which could mean that instead of being detected a billion light years away, gravitational waves may be identified throughout ‘the observable universe’.

Ian Murray demonstrates equipment used in Parkinson's sleep studies

Helping people with Parkinson's get a better night's sleep

Monday, 11 April 2016

A new study at The University of Western Australia may offer hope in alleviating some of the memory and thinking skills problems associated with the debilitating movement disorder, Parkinson’s. 

Rowan Lymbery

Scientists discover new way of testing reproductive compatibility

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered a new way of measuring the effectiveness of different sperm competing to fertilise eggs in blue mussels.

Whale sharks

Where have the largest whale sharks gone?

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have raised concerns about the whereabouts of the world’s biggest whale sharks after finding that the largest sharks observed in recent years were smaller than those recorded more than a decade ago.

Bees

UWA makes bee line for Parliament

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Hon Barry House, MLC, President of the Legislative Council and Hon Michael Sutherland, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, today announced that bees have taken up residence in the gardens of Parliament House.

Mangrove jack

Fish, corals and trees tell common story about climate change

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Research by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and partners from Australian and international institutions has shown that fish, corals and trees in north-west Australia respond to climate change with simultaneous growth patterns.

Zadko telescope support team

Zadko telescope and Parkes 'dish' join hunt for mystery radio flashes

Monday, 14 March 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope and the Parkes Radio Telescope have joined forces in a new mission involving an international team of radio astronomers to hunt for mystery radio bursts in the universe.

Athlete

Can beetroot juice give elite athletes an edge?

Monday, 7 March 2016

Nitrate-rich beetroot juice might enhance performance among top level athletes according to a joint study from The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.

UWA Campus

Ten of the West's best awarded UWA Fogarty Scholarships

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Ten of the State’s best and brightest have accepted UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships to study at the University of Western Australia.

Ozren Bogdanovic and Ryan Lister in a zebrafish research facility

Gene switch makes us look like our animal cousins

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

An international team of biologists has discovered how the same genes are turned on in mammals, fish and amphibians early in embryonic development, making them look incredibly similar for a brief period of time.

Adventurer Kate Leeming trains for her Antarctic expedition

Autumn graduations recognise outstanding West Australians

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

An adventurer preparing to tackle the Antarctic by bicycle, WA’s first Government marine research scientist and a former Lotterywest chief are among several distinguished Western Australians whose contributions will be recognised at The University of Western Australia during its autumn series of graduations.

Coral deformity

Ocean acidification causes deformities in young coral skeletons

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Ocean acidification could lead to smaller, more porous and malformed skeletons in young coral by 2100 according to a team of scientists from The University of Western Australia.

Seaweed farms

Seaweed farms an all-you-can-eat salad bar for Rabbitfish

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

New research by scientists at The University of Western Australia, has revealed that seaweed farms may have unexpected benefits for coral reef fish.

Louisa Lobigs

Third time lucky as UWA student wins prestigious cycling scholarship

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

A PhD student at The University of Western Australia with a passion for community health has been awarded this year’s Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship.

Marine ecosystem

Urgent changes needed to stem tide of damage to marine ecosystems

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Current approaches to managing marine ecosystems are failing to tackle their alarming degradation, according to an international research team that includes scientists from The University of Western Australia.

Galaxy tail

Galaxy trailed by stunning plume of gas

Monday, 22 February 2016

Astronomers have discovered a spectacular tail of gas more than 300,000 light years across coming from a nearby galaxy.

UWA students on a study tour in China

UWA and UTAS join forces in Sino-Australian college first

Monday, 22 February 2016

Two of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities, The University of Western Australia and the University of Tasmania, have joined forces with western China’s highly regarded Southwest University to form a Sino-Australian college.