University of New South Wales

Sydney river an 'open sewer'

One of Sydney’s major urban waterways – the Cooks River – is at times an "open sewer" carrying effluent containing pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, researchers have found, sparking calls ...

Oct 24, 2011 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

Beer-barrel bacteria breathe toxic brew

University of New South Wales researchers have shown that they can safely destroy hazardous industrial toxins in groundwater arising from PVC plastic production by injecting naturally occurring bacteria into a contaminated ...

Aug 01, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

Riding the design wave

Chris Fox’s first-hand experience of the risks associated with water sports led him to design a self-inflating life jacket, which has just won a coveted James Dyson Award.

Jul 28, 2011 2 / 5 (2) 0

Double solar world record

(PhysOrg.com) -- A world record double by UNSW solar cell researchers promises to make solar power more affordable, with world-beating new technology delivering substantial efficiency gains at minimal extra ...

Jul 07, 2011 4.2 / 5 (15) 24 | with audio podcast

How to discover a new element

(PhysOrg.com) -- It is not the same as it used to be, the element finding business. We have discovered and named all the elements from hydrogen (element 1) up to element 112 (copernicium)[1], and last week ...

Jun 15, 2011 4 / 5 (4) 0

Are humans extinction-proof?

Does climate change seriously threaten to wipe out the human species if left unchecked? Examining our evolutionary past suggests it might once have been the perfect catalyst for our extinction. But now?

Jun 09, 2011 4.1 / 5 (8) 18