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

Zebrafish

Research offers new insight into light detection in vertebrates

Friday, 16 October 2015

Research carried out by scientists from The University of Western Australia, the University of Oxford and University College London will help better understand how light detection works in vertebrates.

Spearhead

Rare spearheads uncovered on Rottnest Island

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.

Coral

Self-regulating coral protect themselves against ocean acidification

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A new study carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland has found that the Porites cylindrica variety of coral have an in-built mechanism that protects them in environments where there is a high fluctuation in ocean pH.

Nick Eyers, Luke Edwards, Jaxon Carter, Grace Williams and Danelle Manning

UWA students shine at Australian crops competition

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Five agricultural science undergraduate students at The University of Western Australia have excelled in the 2015 Australian Universities Crop Competition held in New South Wales last week.

Third-year students Mr Jaxon Carter, Mr Luke Edwards, Ms Grace Williams, Ms Danelle Manning and Mr Nick Eyres represented UWA at the three-day competition, and placed third amongst university teams from across Australia and the United States.

Ig Nobel Prize winners

Egg research cracks top prize

Friday, 25 September 2015

Researcher and chemistry student Callum Ormonde from The University of Western Australia is part of a team that has won an Ig Nobel Prize for working out how to unboil an egg.

Professor Pattiaratchi

Fremantle found to be a 'global hot spot' for meteotsunamis

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Oceanographers from The University of Western Australia have discovered Fremantle has one of the highest occurrences of meteorological tsunamis (meteotsunamis) in the world.

Osteoporotic hip fracture

Research identifies new gene that causes osteoporosis

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and a number of other leading international research organisations have used one of the world’s most extensive genetics data sets to uncover a new gene associated with osteoporosis.

Fat cells in a rat

New research reveals obese individuals can't switch off from food

Thursday, 17 September 2015

A new study has revealed what many health care professionals have long suspected, that obese individuals have a specific difficulty in directing their own attention away from unhealthy foods, when compared to the rest of the population.

Dr Lucas retieving traces of gold

Perth’s a river of gold and other valuable metals

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A world first study into concentrations of gold in urban waterways, and how these change at different locations along the river and over time, has revealed the City of Perth is contributing valuable metals into the Swan River.

Dr Stephen Parker

Researchers test speed of light with greater precision than before

Monday, 14 September 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Humboldt University of Berlin have completed testing that has effectively measured the spatial consistency of the speed of light with a precision ten times greater than ever before.

Three minute thesis

Young scientist wins UWA's three minute thesis competition

Friday, 11 September 2015

Imagine trying to explain in just three minutes a complicated thesis that would normally take about nine hours to read.

Aurora Milroy

UWA student awarded prestigious scholarship

Friday, 11 September 2015

Graduate Aurora Milroy, from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies, is one of three Australians to receive a prestigious 2015 UK Chevening/Charlie Perkins Scholarship, to complete a Masters degree at Oxford University.

Barry J Marshall Science Library

UWA Science Library renamed in Nobel Laureate's honour

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Ten years after Professor Barry Marshall’s Nobel Prize, The University of Western Australia has renamed its Science Library in his honour.

Boris Baer

Discover UWA's best ideas at Research Week

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Find out how sleep disorders are related to the shape of your face, whether plant biology and advances in genomics could alleviate the growing global food crisis, and what our homes and communities will look like when living to over 100 is the norm.


Cheryl Praeger

Leading researchers recognised in Premier's Science Awards

Friday, 21 August 2015

The University of Western Australia’s reputation for producing leaders in science research and teaching was recognised tonight when three staff members were recognised in the 2015 Premier’s Science Awards.

Australia's $10 billion 'other reef'

Monday, 17 August 2015

For the first time scientists have put a dollar value on Australia’s little talked about ‘other reef’, the Great Southern Reef, finding it contributes more than $10 billion to the Australian economy each year.

Galaxy

Scientists measure slow death of the Universe

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

An international team of astronomers studying 200,000 galaxies has measured the energy generated within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before, discovering that it’s only half what it was 2 billion years ago and fading – the Universe is slowly dying.

UWA computer modelling on MH370 crash site

UWA expert says MH370 search area is consistent with research findings

Friday, 31 July 2015

Scientists at The University of Western Australia say there is a consistency between the current search area at Reunion Island and where debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 could have drifted to, based on their research.

Alistair Forrest

Research into human body cell behaviour reveals interesting results

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Researchers from Western Australia, Japan and Germany have collaborated to create the first map of cell-to-cell communication between the hundreds of cell types which make up our bodies.

The work which was published today in Nature communications has revealed for the first time that there are literally hundreds of messages passed between any two cell types.

Science

UWA finalists at Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The University of Western Australia congratulates seven of its academics who are among 13 finalists announced at the Premier’s Science Awards.