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

Research into loneliness

Study reveals relationship between loneliness and psychotic disorders

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A recent study led by The University of Western Australia and published in the Schizophrenia Research Journal has found that rates of loneliness are higher among people with a psychotic illness (such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder and depressive psychosis) than those who do not have the illness.

Protein research

$2 million boost for cancer research

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Research across Australia into how cancers begin and spread will be supported through a $2 million grant provided by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) to the Australian Synchrotron.

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.

Andrew and Nicola Forrest with Marisa Duong

2016 Forrest Research Scholars Announced

Monday, 7 December 2015

A karate-loving biochemistry honours student from The University of Western Australia who hopes to work towards a cure for the devastating progressive disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of three recipients of the 2016 Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships.

Afira Zulkifli and Madison Roberts

Students awarded scholarships for environmental achievements

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A scholarship that commemorates the achievements of Paul Turner in the contaminated lands consultancy community has been awarded to two science students from The University of Western Australia.

Orbicella faveolata coral

Research uncovers how some coral can survive annual bleaching events

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A study has found that coral with high levels of fat or other energy reserves can withstand the impact of annual coral bleaching events, compared to coral with lower levels of fat reserves.

Bruce Robinson

Funding for promising vaccine to shrink tumours

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

World-leading Perth cancer researcher Professor Bruce Robinson believes his team is close to developing a vaccine to try and shrink cancerous tumours.

Colour blindness

Could colour blindness in men be an advantage?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A new Western Australian study aims to find out whether colour blindness in men can actually be an advantage.

Professor Peter Eastwood

$3m in health research grants may mean better sleep for all

Monday, 9 November 2015

A study which may lead to sleep apnoea being diagnosed through a simple photograph is one of three National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants worth nearly $3 million awarded to The University of Western Australia.

Yanchep coastline

Modelling provides ways to better manage the coastline

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

An international team of scientists which included 10 researchers from The University of Western Australia has found that by using  ‘space and time scales’ in coastal modelling, authorities may be able to predict the future of our coastline and better manage it.  

Dust detector equipment

Research uncovers 'horizon glow' mystery of the moon

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have uncovered answers to a mystery that has puzzled scientists for half a century.

astronomy

Supermoon puts spotlight on new astronomy facility

Thursday, 22 October 2015

A rare astronomical event will mark the launch of Australia’s biggest astronomy education facility at Gingin next Tuesday night.

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.