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

Slate pencil urchin

Study finds remote climate 'events' can drive marine heatwaves

Monday, 17 June 2019

A new international study involving The University of Western Australia has found marine heatwaves can be influenced by climate ‘events’ that take place thousands of kilometres away.

Sheep and lambs

Stressed sheep fleeced by their genes

Monday, 17 June 2019

Genetics play a large factor in determining the temperament of sheep and how they react to stress, a study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found.

WA technology

Funding boost for world-class research

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The University of Western Australia and partner organisations will benefit from $67.5 million in overall funding to provide world-class equipment to advance scientific research in Western Australia and support WA jobs in STEM industries.

Shark Bay dolphin with sponge

Male dolphins like sponging for mates

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

When it comes to making friends, it appears dolphins are just like us and form close friendships with other dolphins that have a common interest, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia.

Sue Murphy

Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

One of The University of Western Australia’s first female engineering graduates who went on to become CEO of the Water Corporation, a former Supreme Court Justice and one of Australia’s most powerful women who used to lead Westpac are among 22 graduates and five staff members who have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Hockeyroos goalkeeper Aleisha Power

Ironing out your exercise routine

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Female athletes may be comfortable pumping iron but they’re also alarmingly deficient in the vital mineral.

Sleep

Shift and FIFO workers at high risk of fatigue

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Almost all (97 per cent) shift workers are unable to adjust their body clocks between day and night shifts and are missing out on quality sleep, it was reported at the Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation’s Pilbara Sleep Health Summit last week.

coral reef

Study finds ocean acidification threatens coral reef systems

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

A new study led by The University of Western Australia has found the future of the world’s coral reefs is under threat from ocean acidification with many corals unable to adapt to the conditions.

Turtle hatchling

New threat revealed for baby turtles

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

New research has revealed that marine turtle hatchlings entering the ocean close to jetties have a high likelihood of being eaten.

Gravitational waves

Scientists help detect black hole eating neutron star

Friday, 3 May 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are at the centre of new discoveries where gravitational waves have been detected.

Rajeev Varshney in chickpea field

Breakthrough in high-yield drought-resilient chickpeas

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A global study led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and involving scientists from The University of Western Australia has identified genes that can be used to develop drought and heat tolerant chickpeas.

Ocean rubbish

What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that although the Indian Ocean is the world’s biggest dumping ground for plastic waste, nobody seems to know where it goes.

Australian ocean research

UWA part of a new era of Australian ocean research

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The University of Western Australia will be at the forefront of a new era of research into the ‘blue economy’, following the announcement of Australia’s biggest Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

Jason D'Silva UWA student with Paul Shanahan and Albert Raso

Work placement student inspires the next generation of scientists

Monday, 15 April 2019

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities provide students with the chance to gain industry knowledge, develop work-ready skills and create lasting networks with industry professionals. Jason D'Silva, who is currently completing an Honours degree in Medical Research at UWA, recently undertook a placement at Chisholm Catholic College as part of the Science Consultancy Project.

Diseased knee

New therapy needed for two forms of painful joint condition

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

A new collaborative study led by The University of Western Australia has found that a painful joint condition called arthrofibrosis that can result from traumatic injury or surgery may come in two forms which should be treated separately.

Chimpanzee with large gonads

Showy male primates have smaller testicles

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Male primates equipped with all the bells and whistles to attract a female mate tend to have smaller gonads, according to a study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and University of Zurich.

Sea urchin

Fearless sea urchins stripping underwater forests

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

A new study led by The University of Western Australia and the Centre of Advanced Studies of Blanes in Spain has found that sea urchins’ fear of predators plays a key role in the health of underwater forests, which are declining globally.

Shark Bay dolphin

Marine heatwave proves devastating to Shark Bay dolphins

Monday, 8 April 2019

A study by an international team of marine researchers, including The University of Western Australia, has found dolphin survival and reproductive rates suffered a significant decline following a 2011 marine heatwave affecting around 1,000km of Western Australia’s coastline.

Hayley Biddle

UWA students awarded Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Five students from The University of Western Australia are among 38 young Australians to be awarded a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship.

Male cricket tasting the chemicals on a female

Male crickets use female scent to rate fertility prospects

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

A new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia has found that male insects are able to use female scent to assess not only how many eggs she will produce but also the egg-laying potential of their daughters.