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

Daniel Murphy, Frances Hoyle and Chris Gazey

UWA and DAFWA dig deep for soil science alliance

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Soil science researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) have combined their scientific and research capabilities to develop the long-term future of soil science in Western Australia.

Aperture Spherical Telescope

Australian technology installed on world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

Monday, 26 September 2016

The world’s largest filled single-dish radio telescope was launched yesterday, and relies on a piece of Western Australian innovation.

Anglo-Australian Telescope

Astronomers shed light on different galaxy types

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

In research published today, Australian scientists have taken a critical step towards understanding why different types of galaxies exist throughout the Universe.

Katie Meehan

Simple blood test could be used to detect breast cancer

Friday, 9 September 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are working on a quick, simple and less invasive blood-based test that can detect breast cancer progression or relapse much earlier than current methods such as mammogram, MRI or biopsy.

Researchers excavating the Dampier Archipelago

People inhabited Dampier Archipelago before last ice age

Monday, 5 September 2016

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia which is exploring the mysteries of the National Heritage listed Dampier Archipelago in north west WA has uncovered evidence of one of Australia’s most ancient settlements.

Professor Alistair Forrest

Innovation in science recognised at 2016 Eureka Awards

Thursday, 1 September 2016

A major international project, led by Alistair Forrest from The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has been announced a winner in the 2016 Eureka Awards.

Decoding clover DNA

Decoding clover DNA leads to better livestock productivity

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Western Australian and Japanese scientists have together cracked the genome sequence of the subterranean (sub) clover.

Natural disaster

Embrace the power of "Natural Experiments"

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are urging ecologists to increase the use of large-scale natural and manmade disasters as experiments to help solve the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet. 

Professor David Blair

Discover something new at UWA Research Week

Monday, 29 August 2016

Find out more about what makes us happy, how poor mental health can affect children’s development and how much of the universe we can reproduce using computer simulation during The University of Western Australia’s Research Week.

Antennas for Square Kilometre Array project

World's biggest telescope meets world's second fastest supercomputer

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A prototype part of the software system to manage data from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope has run on the world’s second fastest supercomputer in China.

Jane Pillow

Research to help premature babies recognised in national awards

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A study at The University of Western Australia that looked into ways of preventing respiratory health problems in premature babies has been listed in the top 10 projects for 2015 at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Awards.

Devices recording ocean and atmospheric conditions over a Kimberley reef at high

Rising sea levels could benefit some reef systems

Friday, 19 August 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found rising sea levels can significantly reduce daily water temperature extremes in many reefs worldwide that experience strong tidal conditions. The research was published in the international journal Science Advances.

soil

Carbon levels in soil affected by climatic conditions

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia have discovered that hot and dry climatic conditions can limit the organic carbon build up in soil, which can decrease crop productivity and limit measures to offset greenhouse emissions.

DNA

Science event brings to life the fascinating world of biology

Friday, 12 August 2016

The weird and wonderful world of biology will be on display at a series of free workshops and events open to the public at The University of Western Australia on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, as part of National Science Week.

Australia home to some of the most ancient soils in the world

Lack of copper in ancient soil regulates nitrification

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Newcastle University (UK) have discovered copper levels in the soil affect the delicate balance of microbes responsible for soil nitrification, which affects how well crops grow.

Gallium nanoparticles

Perpetual 'ice-water' solid-liquid state revealed in gallium nanoparticles

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Imagine placing ice cubes into a glass of water and having the ice cubes remain unchanged and in the same state for hours, even under intense heat or freezing conditions.

Bee

Male bees fight back against STDs

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Scientists at The University of Western Australia are a step closer to protecting honey bees from a widespread disease that causes dysentery and weakens hives considerably.

Students from China and Vietnam

UWA welcomes Chinese and Vietnamese students

Monday, 1 August 2016

More than 130 medical and health science students from China and Vietnam are spending a month at The University of Western Australia participating in a research training program.

Professor David Sampson

Leading researchers named finalists in Premier's Science Awards

Monday, 25 July 2016

A public health researcher whose groundbreaking work has helped prevent birth defects and a biomedical scientist who helped pioneer a microscope-in-a-needle to detect cancer cells are two of eight leading academics from The University of Western Australia among 15 finalists in this year’s Premier’s Science Awards.

3D-printing used to explore superconductivity of materials

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have revealed that 3D-printing can be used to create a resonant microwave cavity via an aluminium-silicon alloy that shows superconductivity when cooled below the critical temperature of aluminium.