Rainbow fish

Dark-shaded body surface the key to animals avoiding predators

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Animals that have a darker pigmented surface on the upper side of their body compared to those that have the same shade all over can reduce the impact of their body shadows and remain hidden from predators, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Conspiracy graphic

UWA Expert Series - Why COVID-19 is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge and George Mason University have shed light on how to spot conspiracy theories arising from COVID-19.

Bird population on one of three islands in the Ashmore Reef Marine Park

Ashmore Reef: new insights into remote and fragile ecosystem

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

On a satellite photo, the Ashmore Reef Marine Park is no more than a tiny teal dot in the middle of the Timor Sea about 630 km north of Broome, perching on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. But this small and isolated tropical reef and its three islands form a sanctuary for an abundance of marine and terrestrial life within its boundaries.

Marsupites

Strange hollow ball-like structures found in 80-million-year-old fossils

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australian and University of Cambridge have made a chance discovery in UK museum collections, finding hollow ball-like structures in 80-million-year-old fossils from species believed to be related to starfish and sea urchins.

Professor Jon Watson

UWA Expert Series - Curb frustration and stick to government advice to ease restrictions: UWA expert

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

If we give in to our frustrations and ease up too quickly on COVID-19 restrictions - beyond what the Government advises is acceptable - then the highly infectious virus could get out of hand very quickly, warns Professor Jon Watson, Executive Dean of The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Joseph Tomkins

Older women more likely to conceive twins due to evolution

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Women are more likely to conceive fraternal twins once they reach their 30s as a result of an evolutionary response to combat declining embryo viability, according to a new international collaboration involving researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Social distancing

Every Australian needs to keep a lid on social distancing backlash

Monday, 11 May 2020

While each Australian is dealing with pandemic mental health stressors in their own way, COVID denial is an ineffective approach to dealing with anxiety that could prove dangerous to the country if it emerges as a social distancing backlash, according to psychology expert Professor Colin MacLeod.

Green Gravel - Seeding kelp

Help me kelp you, ARC grant supports kelp restoration project

Monday, 11 May 2020

Dr Thomas Wernberg (Associate Professor, UWA Oceans Institute), Dr Melinda Coleman (UWA adjunct from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment), and Dr Karen Filbee-Dexter (DECRA Fellow, UWA Oceans Institute) have been awarded a grant from the ARC for their project “Restoring Blue Forests with Green Gravel”.

Incel terrorist attacks pose an increasing threat

Friday, 8 May 2020

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that self-identified ‘Incels’ (involuntary celibates, young men who cannot find female sexual partners), present a national security issue.

Lady Justice statue

Pandemic pondering - 10 new ethical problems emerging from COVID-19

Thursday, 7 May 2020

As WA works out how to wind back some of its COVID restrictions without becoming complacent, there are still many important ethical issues that we are grappling with as a society.