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Staff at UTS: Science are continuously researching with some of their work making it into the media. Below is a list of news coverage of the research and discoveries made by our researchers at UTS: Science.


Gecko youngsters more at risk after incubating during a heat wave

16 June | By Kathryn Knight, Journal of Experimental Biology

gecko cartoon ‘Developing lizard embryos cannot thermoregulate and may experience thermally stressful temperatures in natural nests during summer’ - Dr Jonathan Webb, Wildlife Ecologist and Associate Professor of the School of Life Sciences.

Read the full story about using gecko incubation during a heat wave.


Honey to treat skin infections in remote communities

9 June | By Amanda Copp, SBS

medicinal honeyResearch by Daniel Bouzo suggests using antibacterial honey, like Manuka honey, for wound care in remote Indigenous communities can reduce the rate of hospitalisation for skin related diseases.

Read the full story about using honey to treat skin infections in remote communities.


Natural laboratory shows how corals may be able to adapt to climate change

29 May | By Angela Heathcote, Australian Geographic

coral closeupEmma Camp, a marine biochemist from the University of Technology Sydney is part of a research team that have discovered a lagoon system in New Caledonia which has provided a window into how corals may adapt to climate change.

Read the full story about how corals may be able to adapt to climate change.


New hope for Barrier Reef follows Red Sea coral discovery

18 May | SBS News

large coralAssociate Professor David Suggett leads the Future Reefs Program at UTS - "All these kind of discoveries are really exciting. What we're starting to learn is that corals are surviving in waters that are really hot, really acidic, have very little oxygen and these are the conditions we've predicted under climate change."

Read the full story about the Red Sea coral discovery.


Scientists track threatened weedy seadragon population using marine 'facial recognition'

14 May | By Nicole Chettle, ABC News

weedy seadragon Selma Klanten, a marine biologist at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), is conducting a two-year study into the species.

Read the full story about the weedy seadragon study.


One maths lecturer on whether you should enter Powerball

12 May | By Jackson Gothe-Snape, SBS

powerball money   Dr Stephen Woodcock - Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney breaks down the numbers behind Australia’s lotteries.

Read the full story about the mathematics of powerball.


The Lungs of the Earth

12 May | By Dr Emma Camp, Asian Geographic

ocean diver  Dr Emma Camp outlines the crucial role the earth's oceans play in regulating climate and acting as “the lungs of the Earth”.

Read the full story about the lungs of the earth.


Bitter is better for asthma patients

5 May | By Chloe Warren, SBS

asthma  Dr Pawan Sharma, Respiratory Research Group Leader at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and his team have published researched on a compound that can more effectively treat severe asthma.

Read the full story about the bitter asthma treatment.


Medical research community pushes back at Government migration crackdown

21 April | By Matt Wordsworth, Lateline

algae productionLateline interviews Professor Peter Ralph about the government migration crackdown's effect on industry leading research in algae production.

Read the full story about how the migration crackdown.


Great Barrier Reef at 'terminal stage': scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

10 April | By Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed, The Guardian

Great Barrier Reef from aboveAn indepth article on the Barrier Reef bleaching issue featuring UTS lead reef researcher, marine biologist David Suggett - "to properly recover, affected reefs needed to be connected to those left untouched by bleaching."

Read the full story about the Barrier Reef terminal stage.


Plan to stop Barrier Reef bleaching labelled 'band-aid'

7 April | By Christopher Knaus, The Guardian

great barrier reefUTS lead reef researcher, marine biologist David Suggett, said the proposal would probably be ineffective without strong action on climate change.

Read the full story about the Barrier Reef bleaching.


Outcast: the plight of the dingo

20 March | By Amanda Burdon, Australian Geographic

'The dingo, Australia’s ‘native’ dog, often finds itself in no-man’s land.'

Read the full story about the dingoe's plight.


Neuroscientists shed light on how memories are formed after traumatic events

16 March | By Zoe Ferguson, ABC PM

Audio iconFeaturing Professor of Neuroscience Bryce Vissel, University of Technology, Sydney.

Read the full story about memory research.

Scientists hoping microbes key to fighting global warming

2 March | By Mark Horstman, ABC 7:30

Still image from video.  Small boat on the ocean with icecaps in background.Scientists in Antarctica are hoping that tiny algae that produce sulphur could be the key to fighting global warming, thanks to their ability to create cloud cover.

Read the full story about the tiny algae.

OPINION: A Castrol scientist tells her story

28 February | Claudia Sclosa, The Morning Bulletin

Claudia Sclosa standing next to metal barrel. Thumbnail of image from The Daily Bulletin.'From the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be a scientist.'

Read the full story about this scientist's experience.

Luminescent nanoparticles and a low-power laser for super-resolution microscopy

24 February | By LabOnline Staff

Illustration: Nanoparticle giving off blue luminescence, whereas the blue luminescence of other excited nanoparticles is being switched off by the low-power infrared laser. This allows us to see images at super resolution. Image courtesy of Xianlin Zheng Australian and Chinese researchers have used a low-power laser beam to switch luminescent nanoparticles on and off.

Read the full story about super-resolution microscopy.

The Oscars might be more predictable than you may think

22 February | Stephen Woodcock, UTS

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land. Photo: La La Land/Facebook'...despite the occasional curve ball, the Oscars are actually remarkably predictable – if you look in the right place for information.'

Read the full story about predicting the Oscars.

Scientists agree: It’s time to end the war on wildlife

20 February (Updated) | Collette Adkins, The Huffington Post

Thumbnail image Coyote pouncing. A growing body of scientific literature criticizes the widespread practice of killing large predators to reduce livestock conflicts or benefit game populations.

Read the full story about the lethal control of predators.

Residents should avoid mysterious brown sludge

17 February | Bill North, The Daily Examiner

Close up of brown sludge on Turners Beach at Yamba on Friday, 17th February, 2017Residents should steer clear of a mysterious brown sludge which has appeared along the Clarence Coast.

Read the full story about the brown sludge.

The Alzheimer’s problem: Why we are struggling to find a cure

31 January | By Andy Coghlan, SBS News

Hands of old personTouted breakthroughs keep coming to nothing. Are we close to a cure, or have we got the disease all wrong?

Read the full story on the Alzheimer's problem.

Cockroaches most active in summer with houses roach infested

16 January | By Dominica Sanda

CockroachPhotos, videos, polls.


Read the full story on cockroaches

Australian honey can fight superbugs just like NZ's manuka

4 January | By Signe Dean, National Geographic

Bees and honeycombAussie researchers have discovered potent antibacterial activity in locally harvested honey, making it comparable to New Zealand’s manuka.

Read the full story on Australian honey.

New study reveals Australian honey just as beneficial as New Zealand manuka honey

2 January | A Current Affair

Bee swarm on a boxA new study has found Australian honey has just as many antibiotic properties as New Zealand-produced manuka honey.

Read the full story on manuka honey


Australian Manuka honey as powerful against superbugs as NZ variety, researchers say

29 December | By Sarah Dingle, ABC News

Honey in containersManuka honey made by bees foraging on Australian native plants has antibacterial properties at least as powerful as the famous New Zealand variety, according to new research, but New Zealand producers are trying to trademark the name.

Read the full story on Australian manuka honey.

Australian honey is at least as potent as New Zealand manuka, study finds

29 December | By Marcus Strom, Sydney Morning Herald

Bottles of honeyResearch by Nural Cokcetin at the University of Technology, Sydney, shows that more than 16 per cent of Australian manuka-style honeys she tested were actually more potent than the Kiwi product.

Read the full story on Australian honey

'Virtual shark net' called Clever Buoy undergoes further testing at Sydney aquarium

30 November | By Nick Dole, ABC News

SharkA "virtual shark net" that detects potential predators by recognising the way they swim is being tested at Sydney's aquarium, following trials at sea.

Read the full story on the virtual shark net.

Alzheimer's drug trial fail dashes hopes

24 November | SBS News

An experimental drug that many hoped would treat Alzheimer's disease has failed in a major clinical trial.

Read the full story on the Alzheimer's drug trail.

Antibacterial soap in spotlight as companies clamber to remove ineffective chemicals after US ban

20 November | By Nicole Chettle, ABC News

Antibacterial soups - ABC news pictureAustralian manufacturers are following the US lead in removing some chemicals from antibacterial soaps, over concerns they could be doing more harm than good.

Read the full story

John Kennerley speaks for the first time about injury

13 November | By Melissa Doyle, Sunday Night

John Kennerley - Channel 7 news photoIn April John Kennerley had just been woken from a coma, his neck was broken and he could not speak, move or even breathe unaided.

Read the full story on John Kennerley

Australia's young climate scientists

7 November | By Kathy McLeish, ABC News

Bonnie Laverock - ABC news pictureMeet the scientists on board the CSIRO research ship the RV Investigator. The scientists reveal their passions, fears, and all you need to know about climate science.

Read the full story on our young climate scientists

Proposal to wind back marine parks could devastate marine life: scientists

31 October | AM with Michael Brissenden

Audio iconA group of scientists is urging the government NOT to wind back the scale of the nation's 40 marine reserves. Featuring David Booth, professor of marine ecology, University of Technology Sydney.

Listen to the interview with David Booth.

Shark detection buoys set for trial in New South Wales

30 October | The Guardian

Shark - The Guardian News photoSonar equipment to be positioned off Port Stephens in ‘nursery for juvenile great whites’ will be able to send information to lifesavers via SMS messages.

Read the full story on shark detection buoys

An exclusive look inside Australia's human body farm

18 October | By Matt Wordsworth, Lateline

Shari Forbes and ABC reporter at body farmAt a secret bushland location, just outside Sydney, a team of world class researchers is studying decomposing bodies and helping police investigate real life crimes.

Watch the full report on the Australia's human body farm


Does coral create rain?

14 October | By Kathy McLeish, ABC News

Snippet from ABC news of ctd rosette collecting water samplesClimate scientists aboard the CSIRO's research vessel are leading a world-first study to understand how the Great Barrier Reef influences rainfall. The team of international scientists will also examine whether a dying reef will affect weather in north Queensland.

Read the coral creating rain report

Coral bleaching

11 October | Catalyst

Snippet from ABC website of healthy coralCatalyst explores the lethal threat of bleaching to the Great Barrier Reef, and the challenges we all face to protect this global treasure.

Watch the coral bleaching story

Forensic future

4 October | Catalyst

Snippet from ABC website of forensics mappingCatalyst investigates a real life unsolved mystery of a man who’s body has been exhumed from the grave whilst revealing how cutting edge forensics, together with developments in DNA testing are working towards, quite literally, putting a face to the nameless.

Watch the forensic future story

Forensic Scientist Shari Forbes

28 September | ABC Classic FM

Audio iconInterview with Professor Shari Forbes who has established Australia's first body farm to study the decomposition of human corpses.

Listen to the interview with Shari Forbes

Hope for the paralysed: UTS to establish Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

16 September | By Marcus Storm, Sydney Morning Herald

Image from SMH of Emily JamesA treatment program that allows paralysed patients to feel, stand and voluntarily move their legs is coming to Australia.

Read the full story on hope for the paralysed

Technology that improves movement for paralysis patients coming to Australia

14 September | By Mark Colvin, ABC News

Audio iconPioneering science and medical technology is giving paralysed patients the unprecedented ability to move their own limbs.

Listen to the full report of technology improving movement for paralysis patients

Turning up the heat to push many Australian plants to the brink, new study finds

13 September | By Peter Hannam, The Border Mail

Trees start to lose leaf function and can die if exposed to prolonged excessive heatAustralia's inland plants are among those most likely to be affected by rising temperatures, challenging the concept the country's weather extremes would make them less susceptible to global warming, a new study has found.

Read the full story on heat pushing Australia's plants to the brink


The Deep Green Biotech Hub will program algae to grow new drugs

24 August | By Kayla Dengate, The Huffington Post

A person holding algae water in their handsThe hub will pioneer Australia's contribution to the algae-based 'bio-economy'.

Read the Deep Green Biotech Hub full story

Sydney Harbour reefs showing 'signs of recovery' following coral bleaching event, researcher says

30 August | By Liv Kasben, ABC News

Coral bleaching is now turning up in Sydney Harbour for the first time, researchers say

Marine scientists say coral that was damaged by a bleaching event in Sydney Harbour earlier this year are "starting to show good signs of recovery".

Read the coral showing signs of recovery full story

Sydney scientists accidentally discover antibiotic to treat koalas with chlamydia

26 August | By Matt Wordsworth, ABC News

Barnacles the koala has been diagnosed with lymphoid cancer.

A team of scientists have accidentally made a breakthrough in the treatment of koalas with chlamydia.

Read the accidental koala chlamydia cure full story

The accidental cure for a disease that's threatening the koala population

26 August | By Matt Wordsworth, Lateline

A sedated koala being bandagedThe koala population is a threatened species, in part because of the disease Chlamydia, but a microbiologist has devised a molecule which could lead to a major breakthrough in treating the animals.

Watch the koala chlaymdia cure video

He sold wotif, now Graeme Wood is putting money into biotech

22 August | By Brian Robbins, Sydney Morning Herald

Graeme Wood, the founder of Wotif.com. Photo: Peter RaeUTS is finalising a $9 million investment to develop a facility at the university to produce algal products.

Read the full story on algae funding

Death of one of Mount Panorama's 'iconic' albino wallaroos

9 August | By Melanie Pearce and Julie Clift, ABC News

Two white and one black wallarooStress is believed to be a factor in the death of one of Mount Panorama's rare albino wallaroo.

Read the full story on the albino death

Tomorrow's jobs: what to study today at uni

1 August | By Amanda Phelan, Sydney Morning Herald

StudentsGraduates in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles generally earn higher salaries in their first jobs than grads who choose other professions.

Read the full story on what to study at uni today

Russian doping scandal 'equivalent to East Germany in the 1980s'

25 July | By Peter Theodosiou, SBS News

Russian and Olympic flagSimilarities can be drawn between the Russian doping scandal and the systematic state-sponsored drug programs seen in East Germany during the 1980s.

Read the full doping scandal story

Tiny mirrors enable MEANS microscopy

24 June | By Adam Florance, Lab+Life Scientist

Tiny mirrorAn international team of researchers has developed a unique new way of looking inside cells using tiny mirrors.

Read the full tiny mirrors story

Collecting data to help protect Australia’s waters from toxic algal blooms

22 June | By Penelope Ajani, The Conversation

Toxic algae bloom. Picture by Gurjeet KohliPenelope Ajani, a Chancellors Post Doctoral Fellow with the Climate Change Cluster at UTS talks about the establishment of the Australian Phytoplankton database which may help us understand the dynamics of harmful species so that we can help to inform local and regional aquaculture, fisheries and tourism.

Read the full toxic algal bloom story

We know why bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, but how does this actually happen?

10 June | By Laura Christine McCaughey, The Conversation

Cartoon of bacteria chasing a pillLaura Christine McCaughey, a Research Fellow in Microbiology at UTS explains how and where antibiotic resistance occurs.

Read the full story on how we become resistant to antibiotics

Meet the fish that's taken control of a jellyfish in Byron waters

8 June | By Esther Han, Sydney Morning Herald

Fish inside a jellyfishUnderwater photographer Tim Samuel was searching for sea turtles when he encountered the most bizarre pairing he'd ever seen - a fish stuck inside the bell of a long-tentacled jellyfish.

Read the full Fish in jellyfish story

Fighting superbugs: Scientists use worms to help find cure to antibiotic resistance

21 April | ABC News

Jana SoaresResearchers at the University of Technology Sydney are on a mission to find a way to beat the increasing prevalence of superbugs around the world.

Read the full Fighting superbugs story

The Drum interviews David Booth, Director, Centre for Environmental Sustainability UTS on coral bleaching

20 April | The Drum TV, ABC

David BoothOnly 7% of the Great Barrier Reef has found to be untouched by coral bleaching.

Watch the interview with David Booth

Coral bleaching found in Sydney Harbour, rising sea temperature may be cause, scientists say

19 April 2016 | ABC News

A coral bed in Sydney Harbour in the process of bleachingCoral bleaching has been discovered in Sydney Harbour for what is believed to be the first time.

Read the full Coral bleaching story

Coral bleaching found in Sydney Harbour, rising sea temperature may be cause, scientists say - video

19 April 2016 | ABC News

Coral bleaching link to videoCoral bleaching has been discovered in Sydney Harbour for what is believed to be the first time.

Watch the Coral bleaching found in Sydney Harbour video

Sydney's corals now bleaching in 'pretty shocking' sign of warming waters

18 April 2016 | By Peter Hannam, Sydney Morning Herald

Coral bleaching is now turning up in Sydney Harbour for the first time, researchers sayThe giant coral bleaching event that is devastating wide swaths of the Great Barrier Reef has extended all the way south to Sydney Harbour, researchers say.

Read the full Sydney's corals bleaching story

Exploding bacteria could help in our battle against superbugs

18 April 2016 | By Signe Dean, SBS News

Extracellular DNA (yellow) is released by exploding bacteria in biofilms of the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa (blue)Aussie researchers have discovered that some bacteria explode to share useful resources with others, causing the whole group to become nastier.

Read the full Exploding bacteria story

Aggressive infectious bacteria species found in Sydney Harbour

13 April 2016 | By Daisy Dumasn, Sydney Morning Herald

Vibrio bacteriaAn aggressive species of marine bacteria responsible for many more deaths than sharks worldwide each year has been found in Sydney Harbour, with experts predicting outbreaks in spots along the city's waterfront as water temperatures rise with global warming.

Read the full Aggressive infectious bacteria species found in Sydney Harbour story

How visualising data helped UTS microbiologist Cynthia Whitchurch in her attempt to defeat a superbug

12 April 2016 | By Harriet Alexander, Sydney Morning Herald

Cynthia Whitchurch If you want to outwit bacteria, first you have to think like bacteria. Microbiologist Cynthia Whitchurch has become so familiar with the habits of one superbug that her next trick is to exert "mind control" over it.

Read the full Visualising data to defeat a superbug story

Ocean cycles drive carbon cycles

1 April 2016 | Matthew Cawood, The Land

James CleverlyIt rained so hard across the Southern Hemisphere in 2011 that ocean levels fell by six millimetres, temporarily reversing a long-term rising trend. The burst of growth across Australia’s ‘dead heart’ sucked up more than a fifth of the carbon produced globally by the annual burning of fossil fuels.

Read the full Ocean cycles drive carbon cycles story

Forensic scientists inundated with interest to donate bodies

26 March 2016 | Thomas Oriti, ABC

Audio icon

Forensic scientists have been inundated with interest from members of the public, who want to donate their bodies to the southern hemisphere's first "body farm". The new facility in Sydney allows scientists to study the decomposition of human cadavers.

Listen to the interview with Shari Forbes on the interest from the public to donate their bodies

Honey a secret weapon in battle against antibiotic resistance

22 March 2016 | By Kerrie Armstrong, SBS

Honey dressing on legIf you had told Professor Liz Harry she would one day be researching honey as an antibiotic alternative she would have laughed. But in the battle against increasing antibiotic resistance in Australia and around the world, honey could be the new secret weapon. The medicinal use of honey has gone from a quirky alternative medicine to a serious research project – and Professor Harry is at its forefront.

Read the full Honey a secret weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistance story

Need to reduce indoor pollution? House plants will help you with that

9 March 2016 | By Karen Burge, ABC

Researchers have found that plants can help to reduce the amount of sick leave people takeWhen you think of indoor health hazards, exposure to air pollution is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, Dr Fraser Torpy, director of the UTS Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group, says the air circulating inside our buildings is often more polluted than the air outside, and this can have a very real impact on our health.

Read the full Need to reduce indoor pollution? story

Illawarra seniors to meet scientist behind 'body farm' and learn about cadaver donation

7 March 2016 | By Melinda James, ABC

Scientist Shari Forbes spoke with Kiama residents about the study of donated human cadaversHave you ever imagined what happens to your body in the days, weeks and months after death as it slowly rots and is consumed by maggots and beetles?

Read the full Illawarra seniors to meet scientist behind 'body farm' story

Global satellite map highlights sensitivity of Australia's plants to changes in rainfall and temperature

18 February 2016 | By Dani Cooper, ABC

A global snapshot of the Vegetation Sensitivity IndexThe plant life of Australia's outback may have "given up", according to satellite-based maps tracking the impact of changing climatic conditions, such as rainfall and temperature, on the world's ecosystems.

Read the full Sensitivity of Australia's plants story

South-east Australia highlighted in global map of vegetation sensitive to climate change

17 February 2016 | By Peter Spinks, Sydney Morning Herald

The hills around Mansfield in North Victoria. How might they be affected by some of the ravages of climate change?Our crop lands, grasslands and woodlands, especially on the Great piding Range's inland slopes, are in for tough times.

Read the full Vegetation sensitive to climate change story

Rising extreme weather warns of ecosystem collapse: study

12 February 2016 | By Alfredo Huete, The Conversation

Australia’s dry ecosystems show dramatic changes between wet and dry. This is spinifex grassland during the dry. Spinifex covers around 20% of Australia’s land area.The world’s climate is already changing. While we are starting to learn how these changes will affect people and inpidual species, we don’t yet know how ecosystems are likely to change.

Read the full Rising extreme weather story

Mass graves to be studied at new Sydney body farm

10 February 2016 | By Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian forensic anthropologist Dr Soren Blau examines a skull in the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine mortuaryAustralian forensic scientists will simulate the mass war graves of Iraq, Syria and the Balkans at Australia's new body farm, which began operating last week at a highly secure site west of Sydney.

Read the full Sydney body farm story

Johnson & Johnson and Big Pharma could find a Diabetes "cure" with PharmaCyte Biotech's Type 1 Diabetes treatment

8 February 2016 | Marketwire

Johnson & Johnson logoJohnson & Johnson, like much of the biopharmaceutical industry worldwide, is aware of the desperate necessity for a Type 1 diabetes treatment. Its deal with ViaCyte, Inc. is an effort to speed up the development of ViaCyte's stem cell treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

Read the full Diabetes "cure" story

Manuka honey replaces antibiotics in hospitals

8 February 2016 | By Michael Mackenzie, RN Afternoons

Three Australian universities have teamed up to explore the eighty species of Manuka that could transform the local honey industry from just food to medical savioursThree Australian universities have teamed up to explore the eighty species of Manuka that could transform the local honey industry from just food to medical saviours.

Listen to the full Manuka honey replaces antibiotics story


6 February 2016 | By Sean Murphy, Landline

Jellybush, or manuka honey, could be the saviour of Australia's honey industryIn Australia, it was once fed to cattle because of its bitter taste. But jellybush, or manuka honey, could be the saviour of Australia's honey industry.

Read the transcript or listen to the Jellybush story

Sydney loves summer and so do cockroaches

13 January 2016 | NEWSLOCAL

Warmer temperatures and more humid climates give insects more energy to breed and be activeFor those who have noticed an increase in creepy crawlies around their homes and workplaces, you’re not alone. While many Sydneysiders are making the most of the warm weather after the showers of last week, heat-loving insects are too.

Read the full Sydney loves summer and so do cockroaches story

Nanotechnology offering cancer treatment, diagnosis and surgery solutions

11 January 2016 | By Stephanie Corsetti, ABC

Professor Jin says one significant impact the use of nanotechnology could produce clearer imaging in surgery to allow greater accuracy on the operating table.A team of Australian and international researchers have discovered how the use of nanomedicine could make it easier to detect cancer, deliver drugs to tumours and arm surgeons with greater accuracy when operating.

Read the full Nanotechnology offering cancer treatment story


The suburbs with the cleanest air in the city of Sydney

Residents of Centennial Park, Rushcutters Bay and Glebe can breathe easy. That's because researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, have found the three areas have the lowest levels airborne particulate matter in inner Sydney17 November 2015 | By Lucy Cormack, Sydney Morning Herald

Residents of Centennial Park, Rushcutters Bay and Glebe can breathe easy - in every sense of the word. That's because researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, have found the three areas have the lowest levels airborne particulate matter in inner Sydney.


Read the full Suburbs with the cleanest air in the city of Sydney story

First ‘body farm’ in southern hemisphere to open in the Hawkesbury region, outer Sydney

17 November 2015 | By Marnie O'Neill, news.com.au

Australia’s very own queen of the dead, Professor Shari Forbes, at the Forensic Science faculty at UTS. Picture: Toby ZernaUniversity of Technology Sydney, forensic chemist Shari Forbes has confirmed the country’s first so-called “body farm”, a 48-hectare bush site in the Hawkesbury region on the outskirts of Sydney, will be ready in January 2016.

Read the full First 'body farm' in southern hemisphere story

Why we need to talk about mangroves

Trees in mangrove16 November 2015 | Wendy Frew, Sydney Morning Herald

When thousands of scientists and government advisers converge on Paris later in November for the latest round of international climate change negotiations there could be a gaping hole in their calculations: blue carbon.


Read the full Why we need to talk about mangroves story

Quantum computing revolution

Quantum theory 10 November 2015 | By Carl Williams, Science Meets Business

Technology that encodes information in photons (particles of light) could lead to vastly increased speeds of telecommunications and computing and significantly enhanced levels of cybersecurity – and a quantum computing revolution.

Read the full Quantum computing revolution story

NT scientists trial innovative approach to saving endangered quolls

Quoll6 November 2015 | By Fran Kelly, RN Breakfast

Scientists in the Northern Territory are trialling a creative new approach to saving our endangered native wildlife.

Listen to the full Saving endangered quolls story

Humans, not sharks, are the problem

15 September 2015 | By Melinda Ham, Sydney Morning Herald

A juvenile white shark swims in the Port Stephens regionIt is a fact – there have been 25 shark attacks in the past eight months in Australia, compared with 23 in all of 2014. However, scientists dispute this nominal increase is cause for a shark cull in northern NSW.

Read the full Humans, not sharks, are the problem story

A happier environment for fish

15 September 2015 | By Fran Molloy, Sydney Morning Herald

A thermal curtain directs warmer surface water to the tower outlet.Just below the sun-warmed surface of a dam, the water temperature can be breath-catchingly cold. So imagine how chilly the water gets when you descend another 20, 30 or even 50 metres to the dam bed.

Read the full A happier environment for fish story

Fishing for early cancer diagnosis

18 August 2015 | By Dr Fiona McGill, Sydney Morning Herald

Nanocrystals known as Super Dots can identify one diseased cell in millionsNanoscale photonics technology that can help to diagnose cancer, detect infection and secure passports and bank notes against fraud is in the running for a Eureka Prize for science, to be announced next week by the Australian Museum.

Read the full Fishing for early cancer diagnosis story

A new world through technology

13 August 2015 | By Dr Andrew Rochford, 7 News Sydney

Dr. Andrew Rochford looking at bacteria projected on large screenCome face to face with microorganism and even hold a bacteria in your hand!

Watch the new world through technology video

Growing corpses for forensic science

4 August 2015 | By Barbara Heggen, RN

Person looking at deceased body covered by clothThere are many things about decomposing human bodies that forensic experts still don't know. Body farms aim to fill in the gaps.

Listen to the Growing corpses for forensic science interview

Rock theft destroying snake habitat

21 July 2015 | By Serge Negus, Sydney Morning Herald

The broad-headed snake, once common in Sydney’s suburbs, is now endangeredOne of the oldest and most spectacular animals found in the Sydney basin has become a casualty of the city's love for bush gardens.

Read the full Rock theft destroying snake habitat story

Warming waters endanger fish health

21 Juy 2015 | By Saffron Howden

Seafood consumption is rising but domestic supply is not coping with demandNew evidence is emerging that climate change could join overfishing as a major threat to the world's seafood supplies.

Read the full warming waters endanger fish health story

Australia's first body farm: More than 30 people offer to donate their corpses

12 April 2015 | By Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald

Near the new UTS body farm site at YarramundiMore than 30 people have offered to donate their cadavers to Australia's first body farm since it was announced four months ago.

Read the full Australia's first body farm story

Lunch with new body farm queen, Shari Forbes

11 April 2015 | By Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald

Shari Forbes, the woman behind UTS' new body farm. Photo: Nick Moir The woman who will preside over Australia's first body farm could not be more normal, writes Julie Power.

Read the full Lunch with new body farm queen story


Powering people: On the job

24 November 2014 | By Guardian Labs, The Guardian

A magnified stained bone cellProviding revelations is the reason for being of the latest super-resolution microscope, now used by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney’s ithree Institute to investigate the biology of infection and immunity.

Read the full on the job story

Time to meet the body farmers: Sydney scientists will research human decomposition

20 November 2014 | By Ian Walker, The Daily Telegraph

Professor Shari Forbes holding the remains of a decomposing human skeletonBodies donated to science will be buried or dumped at a secret site for forensic researchers to study, in a bid to help police solve murders or missing persons cases using data gathered under Australian conditions.

Read the full Sydney body farmers story

Australia gets new facility to study decomposing bodies

19 November 2014 | By Mark Colvin, PM

Audio iconFor the first time, Australian forensic scientists are getting their own research facility to study decomposing human bodies.

It will be the first of its kind outside the United States.

Listen to the decomposing bodies interview

Mystery mummy

11 September 2014 | By Graham Phillips, Catalyst

A bandaged mummy bodyA team of science students led by Dr Meiya Sutisno have spent much of this year forensically examining a mummy held at the Australian Museum, using traditional and high-tech techniques.

Watch the mystery mummy video

Australia's chief scientist makes pitch for science

5 September 2014 | By Ned Stafford, Chemmistry World

Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb notes that the Australian government is the only OECD country without a science strategyProfessor Anthony Baker is quoted in a Chemistry World article, published on-line by the Royal Society of Chemistry, about a recent report released by Australia's Chief Scientist.

Read Chubb's pitch for science


The future of antibiotics

11 December 2013 | By Tony Delroy, ABC

Audio iconThere is increasing concern about the overuse of antibiotics creating a class of superbugs. Tony Delroy from the ABC discussed the future of antibiotics and disease treatment with Professor Liz Harry from the ithree institute and Professor Jon Iredell from the University of Sydney.

Listen to the future of antibiotics interview

Scientists discover potential cause of motor neurone disease

26 September 2013 | By Virginia Trioli, ABC

Screencap of lead author Dr Rachel Dunlop talking to ABC News host, Virginia TrioliA team from the University of Technology in Sydney has discovered how a compound from blue green algae damages the central nervous system by leading to the production of defective proteins.

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Attenborough’s top 10 animals

21 March 2013 | By Wendy Frew, UTS for ABC

The Sumatran rhino is the largest animal in Sir David Attenborough's arkHe could have chosen the famed Bengal tiger, the much-loved polar bear or the legendary snow leopard. Instead, veteran natural history broadcaster Sir David Attenborough chose 10 of the world’s lesser known but equally at risk creatures for a list of animals he’d most like to save from extinction.

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Manuka the bees' knees at fighting infection

14 February 2013 | By Anna Salleh, ABC

Bees feeding on a New Zealand manuka bushManuka is the best honey for stopping bacterial infections in wounds but not all honeys labelled manuka are the real thing, say researchers. Microbiologist Professor Elizabeth Harry, from UTS, and colleagues, report their findings today in the journal PLOS ONE.

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'Blinkered' approach on cholera questioned

13 February 2013 | By Anna Salleh, ABC

A child undergoing treatment for cholera in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince during the 2011 outbreakMore strains of cholera bacteria, than currently believed, could cause disease, suggests new research. Microbiologist Professor Hatch Stokes, from UTS, and colleagues, report their findings today in the journal Open Biology.

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Pesticide regulations failing to protect river biopersity

19 June 2013 | By Lexi Metherell, ABC

Audio iconELEANOR HALL: Australian scientists are calling for tighter regulation of pesticides, citing a study showing the current regime is failing to prevent the loss of water insects and other river life. Lexi Metherell has been speaking to one of the study's authors, Dr Ben Kefford, from the UTS Centre for Environmental Sustainability.

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New study queries pesticide safety levels

5 June 2012 | By Anna Salleh, ABC

Pesticide run off from farms can affect the ecology of riversPesticides could be damaging river biopersity at levels that have been traditionally regarded as environmentally safe by authorities, suggests a new study. Ecotoxicologist Dr Ben Kefford, of UTS, and colleagues, report their findings online in Environmental Science & Technology.

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