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

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.

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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.

Year 10 Indigenous students from around the State

Holiday science fun for Indigenous school students

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Twenty seven Year 10 Indigenous students from around the State will have a different kind of fun this week as they learn about surviving the slums, testing how high water rockets will go, learning about the Noongar 6 seasons, experimenting with liquid nitrogen, making moulds of teeth and challenging their sporting abilities.

Southern Ocean Reef

Kelp forests in the Great Southern Reef wiped out by marine heatwave

Friday, 8 July 2016

A team of marine scientists led by The University of Western Australia have uncovered the extinction of a kelp forest ecosystem along 100 kilometres of Western Australia’s coastline, following a heatwave that occurred in 2011.

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Anxious Western Australians less prepared for bushfires

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found that people who are anxious are worse off when it comes to being prepared for bushfires.

Great white shark

Shark Shield proves effective in deterring white sharks

Monday, 4 July 2016

Shark researchers at The University of Western Australia have released the final test results of a study that examined the effectiveness of the Shark ShieldTM shark deterrent.

Dr Louise Barton receives 2016 PLA research award_Photo Credit PLAWA

UWA Turf Water Allocation Project scores outstanding research award

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Pioneering research into understanding how to best manage green spaces using limited water allocations has been acknowledged for outstanding research achievement at the 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards.

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Strong preference for local foods

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Western Australian consumers have a strong preference and willingness to pay for local foods according to a study published by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Brain Bee finalists

St Hilda's student wins WA's Brain Bee Challenge

Monday, 27 June 2016

Mosman Park student Tatiana Kurniawan will represent Western Australia at the Australian Brain Bee Challenge national final to be held in Hobart in December after outsmarting 82 fellow Year 10 students in today’s State final held at The University of Western Australia.

Associate Professor Craig Pennell

Breakthrough in predicting premature birth

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A blood test developed by a team of scientists, including researchers from The University of Western Australia, can identify women who are at risk of having a premature birth but are not displaying symptoms, as early as 18 weeks as into their pregnancy.

UWA's Ian Dunican helps Perth Lynx Perth Lynx with their sleep

Perth Lynx study finds pre-bed routine vital for a good night's sleep

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The science of sleep is the latest weapon being used by Perth’s top women’s basketball team with research carried out with The University of Western Australia offering hope to anyone who struggles to sleep through the night.