Sunlight can make people sneeze. Sounds ludicrous? But it's true - it's called a photic sneeze reflex, and can occur in about one out of four people. Did you believe that fingerprints are unique to each individual? That, by contrast, is a myth - some fingerprints can be so similar that forensic experts assume they are a ‘match' when they actually belong to different individuals....[Read more]
We all know that Australians speak English differently from the way it's spoken in the UK or the US, and many of us are aware that Perth people have a slightly different version of the language from, say, Melbournians - but a young French linguist is hoping to recruit 120 Perthites to discover exactly how people in WA's capital use the Queen's English....[Read more]
The University of Western Australia will have one student and three graduates representing Australia when the 2014 Commonwealth Games starts in the Scottish city of Glasgow this Wednesday....[Read more]
Comparing climate model projections directly with observed global warming trends is comparing 'apples with oranges', according to scientists including The University of Western Australia's Stephan Lewandowsky....[Read more]
The University of Western Australia is supporting the WA Museum's A Day In Pompeii exhibition (May 21 - Sept 5) and will have four experts presenting insights into the ancient civilisation of Pompeii famously preserved in time by hot ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
WA growers are likely to face another late break this year. Whilst parts of the state received significant early rainfall, the majority of wheat belt farmers are anxious for a decent rainfall to enable crop seeding.
Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence will explore what we know - and need to know - about the human psyche to make any progress in crafting workable solutions to the problem of climate change when she presents The University of Western Australia's 2010 Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture.
Males from the house of Nassau-Orange, the dynastic family influential throughout Europe and the colonies from the 1580s to the late 18th century - and the ancestors of the present Dutch royal family - are well-known to historians.
The challenges faced by individuals and families around Australia who are struggling to integrate the demands of work with the needs of home and community life will be explored at the annual Grace Vaughan Memorial lecture held at The University of Western Australia.
Jane Elliott, the Iowa third-grade teacher who in 1968 gave her class a lesson in discrimination that changed education around the world, will visit Perth in May for the international Positive Schools2010 Mental Health and Wellbeing conference supported by The University of Western Australia.
Staff and students from The University of Western Australia's School of Animal Biology have made a rare sighting of the threatened chuditch, or western quoll, in Perth's southern suburbs, confirming their presence on the Swan Coastal Plain.
One of the world's most highly cited mathematicians, Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, will confront the crisis that faces us as the supply of maths graduates and teachers fails to meet the demand in a public lecture where she will address the question - What must Australia do to properly equip itself for the future?
Professor Diana Dwyre, 2009-2010 Fulbright ANU Distinguished Chair in American Political Science and Professor of Political Science at California State University-Chico will present a seminar on Elections, Money and Free Speech in the US at The University of Western Australia tomorrow.
International researchers hope to create a new wheat hybrid suited to waterlogged and saline conditions by identifying genes similar to those responsible for the ability of rice to survive in watery conditions.