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

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.

Greenland ice folds

High tech mapping of Greenland's ice sheet reveals new secrets

Thursday, 5 May 2016

An international leader in 3D geoscience from The University of Western Australia is among a team of scientists using high-tech, ice-penetrating radar data to successfully map the architecture of the Greenland ice sheet.

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.

ARC hubs

New training and research hubs officially launched at UWA

Monday, 18 April 2016

Two new $20 million hubs to be used for international research and training in offshore oil and gas have been officially launched at The University of Western Australia.

Jacob Hawkins

China's changing diet linked to higher emissions

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

China’s rapidly changing diet has ramifications not only for the supply of land and water, but also for energy supplies and greenhouse gas emissions, according to research at The University of Western Australia.

UWA PhD student Jiayi Qin and Professor David Blair

New method of detecting gravitational waves will bring them closer

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered new technology which could mean that instead of being detected a billion light years away, gravitational waves may be identified throughout ‘the observable universe’.

Ian Murray demonstrates equipment used in Parkinson's sleep studies

Helping people with Parkinson's get a better night's sleep

Monday, 11 April 2016

A new study at The University of Western Australia may offer hope in alleviating some of the memory and thinking skills problems associated with the debilitating movement disorder, Parkinson’s. 

Rowan Lymbery

Scientists discover new way of testing reproductive compatibility

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered a new way of measuring the effectiveness of different sperm competing to fertilise eggs in blue mussels.

Whale sharks

Where have the largest whale sharks gone?

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have raised concerns about the whereabouts of the world’s biggest whale sharks after finding that the largest sharks observed in recent years were smaller than those recorded more than a decade ago.