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

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Study compares mandatory vaccination across five countries

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A study led by The University of Western Australia has compared different mandatory vaccination policies across five countries – Australia, France, Germany, Italy, and the US (the states of California and Washington) – to better understand the conditions informing the adoption of the policies and how they motivate people to vaccinate.

Researcher Dr Jessica Terrill

UWA awarded $490,000 to research muscular dystrophy drug

Friday, 12 October 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded $490,000 by Duchenne UK to investigate the use of an amino acid commonly used in energy drinks as a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Common kelp

Great Southern Reef to lose huge seaweed habitat to ocean warming

Monday, 1 October 2018

Research into the future of Australia’s “other reef” – the Great Southern Reef – shows that even under the most optimistic carbon emission scenarios, ocean warming is likely to cause substantial loss of critical habitat-forming seaweeds by 2100.

Mountain gorilla

Why mountain gorillas take risks to raid eucalyptus plantations

Thursday, 20 September 2018

New research by scientists at The University of Western Australia has solved the mystery of why critically endangered mountain gorillas go to extremes to raid eucalyptus plantations.

White snub-nosed monkey in Yunan

New research warns of primate extinction in China

Monday, 17 September 2018

Up to 80 per cent of China’s primate species are at risk of extinction according to a new study by a group of international primatologists including The University of Western Australia.

Twins needed for study

Can you judge a book by its cover: twins needed for study

Monday, 3 September 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are recruiting twins for a study to determine whether genetics play a part in trusting someone based on first impressions.

Dr James Dimmock and Dr Ben Jackson

The league that helps men gain by losing weight

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

A new community weight loss initiative for overweight men has been established by a team of sports scientists from The University of Western Australia.

Angry people might not be as smart as they think they are

Angry people might not be as smart as they think they are

Monday, 13 August 2018

People who are quick to lose their temper are more likely to overestimate their own intelligence, a new study from The University of Western Australia and the University of Warsaw in Poland has found.

L-R Oliver Rackham, Aleksandra Filipovska and Richard Lee

Revolutionary new view of how living cells make energy

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have made a fundamental discovery about of the atomic structure and function of the biological ‘factories’ in cells that make energy, providing a new means to target the ‘machines’ within factories for drug treatments.

Software

Software gift to boost students in earth sciences

Monday, 6 August 2018

Students and staff from The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth Sciences will benefit from a donation of important research software, valued at $2.3 million.

Supertrawler - credit Greenpeace Pierre Gleizes

Expanded fisheries impact 90 per cent of the entire ocean

Thursday, 2 August 2018

A new study has found that since 1950 industrial fishing fleets have more than doubled the distance travelled to fishing grounds and spread so far that they now operate in more than 90 per cent of the global ocean.

$3 million federal grant to help combat drug-resistant bugs

$3m Federal grant to help combat drug-resistant bugs

Monday, 30 July 2018

A project involving UWA researchers to rediscover lost antibiotics and fight drug-resistant bugs has secured $3 million in Federal Government funding through the Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) Program announced today by Federal Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja. 

A bicinctus (G Rusconi)

Study finds Nemo's bright colours protect it from predators

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The colourful stripes of coral reef-dwelling clownfish may serve to warn predators about their poisonous anemone hosts, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality makes learning about plant science fun

Monday, 23 July 2018

A ground-breaking virtual reality program created by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) at The University of Western Australia takes students on an exciting immersive journey through the cells of plants normally too small to be seen and highlights plant research that is contributing to global food security.

Winthrop Hall

UWA scores highly in world university subject rankings

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The University of Western Australia has cemented its place among the world’s top universities with nine subject areas ranked in the top 50 globally, according to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

UWA Zadko telescope and David Coward

UWA telescope to help NASA explore Saturn's largest moon

Monday, 16 July 2018

The University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope will be used to capture a rare astronomical event: an “occultation” (eclipse), where Saturn’s largest moon Titan will pass in front of a star.

Virtual plant cell

UWA finalists announced in Premier's Science Awards

Monday, 16 July 2018

Seven academics from The University of Western Australia and one science education initiative have been announced as finalists in the 2018 Premier’s Science Awards.

Seabird credit Dan Bayley

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international research collaboration including The University of Western Australia.

Albany wave buoy

New wave energy technology creates a splash in Albany

Thursday, 12 July 2018

New technology to measure ocean waves and currents with greater accuracy than ever before is being deployed off the Albany coast this week, as part of the new Wave Energy Research Centre, an initiative led by The University of Western Australia.

Mouse penis

Study finds shape not size matters in male mice

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Male mice exposed to other male competitors have thicker penis bones according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.