A Madagascar river discharges into coral reefs. Photo: Xavier Vincke

Human deforestation outweighs climate change for coral reefs

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Better land use is the key to preventing further damage to the world's coral reefs, according to a study published this week in the online science journal Nature Communications.

Dr Yinglong Chen

Getting to the root of better crops

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The more crop scientists know about how plant roots take up water and nutrients, the better able they will be to develop crop plants with roots that can cope with challenging soil and environmental conditions.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Shragge

UWA and Woodside to invest in global computational geoscience

Friday, 10 May 2013

A leading early career scientist from The University of Western Australia has been appointed to a new Woodside Professorship in Computational Geoscience at UWA as part of a five-year program to establish the State as a world centre of excellence in geoscience.

CSIRO Captain Stelios Kondylas and Winthrop Professor Anya Waite sampling at sea

UWA scientist to head Indian Ocean study in new research ship

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A senior marine scientist from The University of Western Australia has been appointed to lead a milestone expedition to the Indian Ocean next year on board Australia's newest marine research vessel, RV Investigator.

PhD student Gar-Wing Truong

High-speed discovery helps measure greenhouse gases from space

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Scientists have discovered how to measure greenhouse gases 200,000 times faster as the result research by an award-winning PhD student from The University of Western Australia and a US team.

An artist’s impression of a gamma ray burst. Credit : CNRS Céline Lavalande

Giant stars cause monster cosmic explosion before dying

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Evidence of an extreme cosmic event involving the death of super-giant stars hundreds of times bigger than the Sun has been discovered by an international research team, including astronomers from The University of Western Australia.

Supernova 1987A and radio emissions. Credit: ICRAR & Hubble

Giant death star continues to reveal secrets

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A team of astronomers led by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has succeeded in observing the death throes of a giant star in unprecedented detail.

Dr Jens Zinke samples East Madagascar coral

Jekyll and Hyde corals tell different warming story

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Like the rings of a tree trunk, Strontium-to-calcium ratios (Sr/Ca) in coral skeletons have been widely used to determine past ocean temperatures from yearly banded corals.  However, scientists have now found that biological (growth) effects can overpower the climate information locked in the coral skeletons.

Former State Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan to speak on high density planning

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Former State Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan will deliver the UWA Stephenson-Hepburn Oration next Wednesday, March 27 on the topic of "Being Hot but Staying Cool: Complexities in Delivering the Dream of Density".

Dark matter movie finds worldwide audience

Friday, 15 March 2013

Digital planetariums worldwide have snapped up a fulldome movie produced by The University of Western Australia which uses stunning simulations made inside supercomputers to explain the science around Dark Matter - the missing 80 per cent of the Universe's mass.

Photo by Joan Costa

Arctic ecosystem about to tip over on climate change

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mounting evidence confirming the carbon dioxide effects of a 5º C increase in the Arctic Ocean temperature has led an international team of researchers to issue a stark warning about the perils the world faces in the near future.

Impact craters may have been cradles of life

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Even comparatively small meteorite impact craters may have played a key role in the origin and evolution of early life on Earth, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia.

Carbon cluster map

$3M project to map Australia's 'blue carbon' potential

Friday, 22 February 2013

Understanding the important role of Australia's coastal and marine wetlands in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide will be the focus of a new $3 million collaborative research project headed by the CSIRO and eight tertiary institutions, including The University of Western Australia.

Winthrop Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb

Geothermal energy may make Perth world-first zero-emissions city

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Perth could become the world's first geothermally cooled city with the goal of achieving zero emissions under a new $20 million Australian Government-funded CSIRO Geothermal project involving The University of Western Australia.

Associate Professor Louise Barton

Soil carbon study to test nitrogen gas risk

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A study led by The University of Western Australia is investigating whether increasing soil carbon in grain production to offset greenhouse gas emissions may also increase nitrous oxide emissions, which are nearly 300 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.