Great Rift Valley of East Africa

Crucible of humanity older than thought

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The stage was set for the emergence of hominids - the ancestors of humans and great apes - 14 million years earlier than previously thought, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Monica Gagliano

Talking plants

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

When South African botanist Lyall Watson claimed in his 1973 best-seller "Supernature" that plants had emotions that could register on a lie detector, scientists scoffed and branded it hippie nonsense.

With permission of Elder Wilfred Hicks

UWA and Rio Tinto to establish Chair in Pilbara Rock Art

Monday, 2 April 2012

Tens of thousands of Indigenous rock art treasures in Western Australia's remote Pilbara region will be researched, catalogued and promoted under a six-year, $1.08 million agreement with leading international mining group Rio Tinto.

Photo by Sergio Silenzi

Corals 'could survive a more acidic ocean'

Monday, 2 April 2012

Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world's oceans than previously thought - giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation.

The Clarence

UWA leads Port Phillip Bay colonial shipwreck excavation

Friday, 30 March 2012

A leading archaeologist from The University of Western Australia will head a team of 60 people excavating a significant colonial shipwreck in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay next month.

Memories are made of this

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The belief that people with Alzheimer's can't learn is being challenged by music therapists and community musicians who successfully teach sufferers the words and music to new songs.

Dr Cornelia Bertram

Tea tree oil and prostate research tops Cancer Council list

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

An early career researcher and an Honours student from The University of Western Australia are among the winners in this year's annual Cancer Council Western Australia research grants.

Student doctors need model patients

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The University of Western Australia is seeking volunteers to act as patients to enable medical students to practise their skills.

Volunteers needed for Parkinson's sleep study

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are seeking volunteers for a study looking at the relationship between sleep and cognition in people with Parkinson's disease.

Winthrop Professor Stephen Powles

UWA trio shine in Academy of Science

Monday, 26 March 2012

Three out of 21 national new Fellows elected to the Australian Academy of Science today are from The University of Western Australia.