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

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. The breakthrough builds on previous work by the researchers who developed a similar test for women who presented to hospital with early contractions.

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.

Students during last year's Brain Bee

Western Australia's best young brains to battle it out

Monday, 20 June 2016

Western Australia’s brainiest Year 10 students are preparing for the competition of their young lives to determine who will represent the State at the Australian Brain Bee National Challenge.

WA Governor Kerry Sanderson

Graduates and staff earn Queen's Birthday Honours

Monday, 13 June 2016

Western Australia’s Governor, a Supreme Court judge, an Australian hockey legend and one of Perth’s leading businessmen are among 18 graduates and a staff member of The University of Western Australia who have been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Aman, Graham and May

Seaweed extract to reduce chemicals in gas and oil production

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are aiming to prevent calcium scale in oil and gas pipelines through the innovative use of an environmentally friendly seaweed extract.

Hydrogen gas cloud

Astronomers smash cosmic records to see hydrogen in distant galaxy

Thursday, 2 June 2016

An international team of scientists has pushed the limits of radio astronomy to detect a faint signal emitted by hydrogen gas in a galaxy more than five billion light years away—almost double the previous record.

Professor Varshney

Researchers one step closer to developing non-allergenic 'super' peanuts

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have joined a global research team that have identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans.

Complex root tips could be the key to helping crops grow

Friday, 27 May 2016

A new study into the seemingly simple tip of a plant root may ultimately decrease our dependence on crop fertilisers to help grow food, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Water droplets on plants

Plants are 'in touch' with the world around them

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The simple act of water droplets landing on a leaf causes an elaborate response inside of plants, scientists at The University of Western Australia have found.

Suburban Sexscapes book cover

Suburban Sexscapes book wins national planning award

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Australia’s first edited book about urban planning and the sex industry has received national recognition from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Andrew Guzzomi

New seed ‘flaming’ technique to help with minesite rehab

Monday, 23 May 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have invented a new technique for ‘flaming’ wild seeds that could allow them to be used more easily in replanting large tracts of land such as reclaimed mine sites.  

Sea turtle hatchling

Scientists measure impact of artificial light on sea turtles

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Parks and Wildlife has found new evidence that there is an impact from artificial light on the survival of wild sea turtle hatchlings.

Bristol PhD student Xiaogang Qiang

Researchers test drive a new wave of supercomputers

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have made an exciting breakthrough in advancing a new wave of ‘supercomputers’ by testing an early prototype of a quantum computer.

Placenta

New study pinpoints placenta as treatment target

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A new study from The University of Western Australia has found the placenta may play a more crucial role than previously thought in influencing babies’ health throughout pregnancy and that the organ could be individually targeted for treatment.

Professor Tim St Pierre

Top honour for scientist's contribution to blood disorders

Monday, 16 May 2016

A scientist from The University of Western Australia has won a prestigious new international award for his outstanding contribution to the management of and improvement in quality of life for patients with red blood cell disorders.

Mountain gorilla

Homosexual activity documented in female gorillas for the first time

Thursday, 12 May 2016

As part of a study facilitated through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a researcher from The University of Western Australia has documented the first detailed evidence of homosexual behaviour in female gorillas.

Crocodile

New look at crocodile eyes

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Macquarie University have discovered that the visual systems in crocodiles are more cleverly designed than previously thought, allowing them to quickly adapt to their environment and facilitating their ‘ambush’ hunting techniques and semi-aquatic lifestyles. 

Harry Perkins

UWA wins big share of grants to boost science research

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A new high-resolution imaging technique to enable more accurate detection of tumours during breast surgery and how allergies in children form while in the womb and after birth are among 15 projects at The University of Western Australia to be awarded funding through round three of the State Government’s Merit Award program.

Swan Valley Honey Festival

Swan Valley Honey Fest, the place to bee this Sunday

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Right now, thousands of workers live outdoors in tiny wooden sheds in Australia, even though their labour is valued at $6 billion in this country alone. They are vegetarians who neither eat fruit, nor veggies, but help produce the meat we eat.

Coral reef

New coral reef research targets information gap

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A new study by The University of Western Australia aims to bridge the gap in understanding the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs – one of the biggest worldwide threats to their future.