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

Smart plants learn new habits

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A new study led by The University of Western Australia has demonstrated for the first time that plants can learn about their environment by making links between events, an ability thought to be exclusive to animals.

Pole dancing

Pole dancers wanted for world first study

Thursday, 24 November 2016

A world first study conducted at The University of Western Australia is looking to uncover the physical and mental benefits of pole dancing.

Indigenous students

UWA congratulates graduating Indigenous students

Monday, 21 November 2016

The University of Western Australia congratulates a record number of Indigenous students who received their degrees at UWA’s Winthrop Hall at the weekend.

Whale shark

Teenage male whale sharks don't want to leave home

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Australian Institute of Marine Science, (AIMS) and collaborators across the Indian Ocean have completed a huge photo-identification study to assess the seasonal habits of whale sharks in the tropics. They were surprised to discover that the male juveniles didn’t seem to venture too far from home.  

Bee

Concern over parasites affecting honey bees

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) tagged 200 honey bee workers to find out how a highly-contagious fungal parasite (Nosema apis) impacts their ability to pollinate crops. 

Kelp

Health report reveals world’s kelp forests declining

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

A new marine study bringing together half a century of data from around the globe indicates that almost 40 per cent of the world’s vital kelp forests are in decline.

Professor Ryan Lister

UWA awarded $17.8 million in national research funding

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The University of Western Australia has received $17.8 million for 42 new research projects as part of the Australian Research Council’s major grants announcement.

Dinosaur brain

Fossilised dinosaur brain tissue identified for the first time

Friday, 28 October 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have helped British scientists confirm that an unassuming brown pebble, found more than a decade ago by a fossil hunter in Sussex, is the first example of fossilised brain tissue from a dinosaur.

Dr Cyril Grueter

Would you return a lost letter?

Friday, 28 October 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a social experiment to discover if the socioeconomic status of a suburb has an effect on altruistic behavior – in this case returning a lost letter. 

Ian Constable

New Chair to pioneer next generation treatments for eye disease

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Professor Ian Constable’s landmark contribution to saving sight will be recognised with the creation of new senior academic roles at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Parasite eggs

New invention aids detection of prevalent parasitic disease

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have invented a device that can detect very small quantities of the parasite eggs that cause schistosomiasis in humans which are currently difficult to detect.

Dr Vanessa Bowden

Stricter speed enforcement can impair driver safety

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New research from The University of Western Australia has found strictly enforced speed limits could have a detrimental impact on road safety.

Frog

Hopping genes provide clue to frog's origin

Monday, 24 October 2016

An international team of researchers have decoded the genetic sequence of the African clawed frog, an important model system for cell and developmental biology, and immunology.

Astrophysicists map the Milky Way

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Scientists have created a detailed map of the Milky Way using two of the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescopes in Germany and Australia.

Breastfeeding baby

Study finds pesticide levels in WA breast milk lowest in world

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University have found that levels of pesticides in breast milk have dropped significantly during the past 40 years.

Premature baby

Pre-term babies to learn night from day

Monday, 17 October 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia aim to improve health outcomes for pre-term babies by restoring the infants’ natural sleep-wake cycle. The cycle, commonly known as the circadian rhythm, is vital to healthy growth and development.

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren

Ten years on - the impact of WA's only Nobel Prize

Monday, 10 October 2016

Hot on the heels of the 2016 Nobel Prize announcements in Sweden this week, a new report shows that Western Australia’s first Nobel Prize is still having a big impact a decade later.

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.