Current stories


Clinical trial to test potential new combination therapy for aggressive breast cancer – Researchers are recruiting volunteers for a clinical trial they hope will improve survival rates for an aggressive form of breast cancer that affects about 1,500 women each year in New South Wales.

Massive X-ray blasts, thousands of black holes revealed; a universe in a computer and more – A Sydney student, early-career researchers from Perth and Melbourne, and a fast telescope have received awards for changing our view of our galaxy and the Universe.

DeadlyScience and Merck to bring physics, chemistry, and biology experiments to young Indigenous scientists – The kits will explore chemistry, physics, and biology with experiments based in Indigenous science.

Sharkskin’ makes planes faster, smoother, cheaper – A sharkskin-inspired coating on planes will save thousands of dollars per flight and slash carbon emissions.

Stem-cell models reveal glaucoma secrets – Australian researchers uncover hidden genetic markers of glaucoma.

Rocks smashing into planets give clues about planetary evolution – Planetary scientist Katarina Miljkovic is discussing how she uses “space rocks” to understand how planets form on Women in Physics lecture tour.

Backyard astronomers win recognition from the professionals – Two amateur astronomy projects were awarded the 2022 Page Medal on Saturday 16 April at the National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers held online.

An immune ‘fingerprint’ reveals path for better treatment of autoimmune diseases – using your unique immune cell fingerprint to rapidly identify which treatments will work for your autoimmune disease.

Smart glove to train young surgeons – A glove designed at Western Sydney University gives surgical trainees instant and accurate feedback.

Work, housing, friendship – New tool from Orygen measures social inclusion to prevent more serious mental illness and ultimately save lives.

Ancient campfires reveal a 50,000 year old grocer and pharmacy – Archaeology in the Western Desert shows how wattle has defined culture and been important to Australians for millennia.

Cutting surgery time in half with digital ‘twins’ – A speedier recovery after children’s hip deformity surgery as computerised models help surgeons virtually plan complex operations.