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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
‘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
Research 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
Emma 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
Associate 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
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
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
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
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
Lateline 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
An 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
UTS 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
Featuring 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
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
'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
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
'...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
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
Residents 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
Touted 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
Photos, 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
Aussie 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
A 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
Manuka 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
Research 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
A "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
Read the full story.
John Kennerley speaks for the first time about injury
13 November | By Melissa Doyle, Sunday Night
Read the full story on John Kennerley
Australia's young climate scientists
7 November | By Kathy McLeish, ABC News
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
Listen to the interview with David Booth.
Shark detection buoys set for trial in New South Wales
30 October | The Guardian
Read the full story on shark detection buoys
An exclusive look inside Australia's human body farm
18 October | By Matt Wordsworth, Lateline
Watch the full report on the Australia's human body farm
Does coral create rain?
14 October | By Kathy McLeish, ABC News
Climate 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
11 October | Catalyst
Watch the coral bleaching story
4 October | Catalyst
Catalyst 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
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
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
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
Australia'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
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
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".
Sydney scientists accidentally discover antibiotic to treat koalas with chlamydia
26 August | By Matt Wordsworth, ABC News
A team of scientists have accidentally made a breakthrough in the treatment of koalas with chlamydia.
The accidental cure for a disease that's threatening the koala population
26 August | By Matt Wordsworth, Lateline
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
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
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
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
Read the full doping scandal story
Tiny mirrors enable MEANS microscopy
24 June | By Adam Florance, Lab+Life Scientist
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
Penelope 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
Meet the fish that's taken control of a jellyfish in Byron waters
8 June | By Esther Han, Sydney Morning Herald
Read the full Fish in jellyfish story
Fighting superbugs: Scientists use worms to help find cure to antibiotic resistance
21 April | ABC News
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
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
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
Sydney's corals now bleaching in 'pretty shocking' sign of warming waters
18 April 2016 | By Peter Hannam, Sydney Morning Herald
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
Read the full Exploding bacteria story
Aggressive infectious bacteria species found in Sydney Harbour
13 April 2016 | By Daisy Dumasn, Sydney Morning Herald
An 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.
How visualising data helped UTS microbiologist Cynthia Whitchurch in her attempt to defeat a superbug
12 April 2016 | By Harriet Alexander, Sydney Morning Herald
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
It 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
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.
Honey a secret weapon in battle against antibiotic resistance
22 March 2016 | By Kerrie Armstrong, SBS
If 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.
Need to reduce indoor pollution? House plants will help you with that
9 March 2016 | By Karen Burge, ABC
When 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
Global satellite map highlights sensitivity of Australia's plants to changes in rainfall and temperature
18 February 2016 | By Dani Cooper, ABC
The 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
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
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
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, 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
Listen to the full Manuka honey replaces antibiotics story
6 February 2016 | By Sean Murphy, Landline
Read the transcript or listen to the Jellybush story
Sydney loves summer and so do cockroaches
13 January 2016 | NEWSLOCAL
For 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
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 - 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.
First ‘body farm’ in southern hemisphere to open in the Hawkesbury region, outer Sydney
17 November 2015 | By Marnie O'Neill, news.com.au
University 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
16 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
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
6 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
It 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
Read the full A happier environment for fish story
Fishing for early cancer diagnosis
18 August 2015 | By Dr Fiona McGill, Sydney Morning Herald
Nanoscale 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
Watch the new world through technology video
Growing corpses for forensic science
4 August 2015 | By Barbara Heggen, RN
Listen to the Growing corpses for forensic science interview
Rock theft destroying snake habitat
21 July 2015 | By Serge Negus, Sydney Morning Herald
Warming waters endanger fish health
21 Juy 2015 | By Saffron Howden
12 April 2015 | By Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald
11 April 2015 | By Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald
Powering people: On the job
24 November 2014 | By Guardian Labs, The Guardian
Providing 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
Bodies 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
It will be the first of its kind outside the United States.
Listen to the decomposing bodies interview
11 September 2014 | By Graham Phillips, Catalyst
Watch the mystery mummy video
Australia's chief scientist makes pitch for science
5 September 2014 | By Ned Stafford, Chemmistry World
The future of antibiotics
11 December 2013 | By Tony Delroy, ABC
There 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
Watch the motor neurone disease interview
Attenborough’s top 10 animals
21 March 2013 | By Wendy Frew, UTS for ABC
He 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.
Manuka the bees' knees at fighting infection
14 February 2013 | By Anna Salleh, ABC
Manuka 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.
'Blinkered' approach on cholera questioned
13 February 2013 | By Anna Salleh, ABC
More 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.
Read the full cholera story
Pesticide regulations failing to protect river biopersity
19 June 2013 | By Lexi Metherell, ABC
ELEANOR 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.
Read the transcript or listen to the pesticide regulations interview
New study queries pesticide safety levels
5 June 2012 | By Anna Salleh, ABC
Pesticides 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.
Read the full pesticide safety levels story