Defining Quantum Computing ,

The next big thing in computing is very small. Professor Michelle Simmons explains quantum computing, afield so complex that one pundit says you never fully understand -  you just learn to live with it.  

Down to the Wire

The tiniest silicon conducting wire ever made takes us a step closer to the creation of a practical quantum computer. Developed by UNSW PhD student Bent Weber, the wire is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.  

Tiny Transistor

In a remarkable feat of micro-engineering, UNSW physicists have created a working transistor consisting of a single atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal.  

The View From The Top ,

Despite its humble beginnings, where equipment had to be begged or borrowed, the UNSW/ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence now leads the world in photovoltaic cell efficiency.  

Our Energy Future

The UNSW Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB) accommodates and showcases state-of-the-art and leading edge research in clean energy including photovoltaics, carbon capture and storage.  The building houses the Australian Energy Research Institute, a sustainable energy think tank that focuses on transforming energy research into practical applications. The Institute builds upon 30 years of energy research leadership at UNSW.The TETB Project is an initiative of the Australian Government conducted as part of the Education Investment Fund, and has received Government funding of $75 million.The building is named after Sir William Tyree, a UNSW alumnus, successful innovator and businessman, and a major philanthropic supporter of Australian engineering and educational research. Sir William has generously donated $1 million towards the new centre and pledged a further bequest of $10 million.Situated on the corner of Anzac Parade and the University Mall, the TETB  provides a gateway to the Faculty of Engineering, the Lower Campus, and the University as a whole.  

Bionic Eye by 2020

A working bionic eye could be an Australian world first by 2020 if action is taken quickly, leading researchers at the University of New South Wales say. Featuring Professor Nigel Lovell from UNSW's Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering.Read the full article:"Australian bionic eye can be reality by 2020" more info, visit  

Living Longer: The Power of Regenerative Medicine

Scientists at UNSW's School of Biomedical Engineering have discovered what speeds up the healing process.  Professor John Whitelock, Head of School at UNSW's Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, and Research Fellow Dr Megan Lord reveal that in studying white blood cells, a short form of the molecule perlecan was discovered which not only promotes healing, but could promote bone growth.  

Robots To The Rescue ,

UNSW PhD student Raymond Sheh talks about his rescue robots project. Sheh is part of a UNSW robotics team preparing for the 2009 World Robocup Challenge.  

Talking Point - Our waterways under threat? ,

Plans for coal seam gas mining across Australia are expanding rapidly, yet there are no national regulations in place and a lack of information as to the possible environmental impacts.Dr Stuart Khan, from UNSW's Water Research Centre, outlines the processes involved in coal seam gas mining and the subsequent implications for our groundwater. He also discusses ways that urban water supplies can be more sustainably managed through water recycling.  

Getting the Measure of Floods

The suburb of Merewether in Newcastle is providing engineers with critical data that will inform emergency personnel on how to plan better for the floods which have wreaked havoc across Australia in the past few years. A model of the suburb has been created in Sydney's Water Research Lab.  

Big Engine: Oceans and Weather

August 21, 2008   Federation Fellow and 2008 Eureka Prize winner, Professor Matthew England, on the latest research into the role oceans play on weather.Professor England is co-director of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre and is one of the world's leading climate change scientists. Media:Mary O'Malley | +61 2 9385 2873 | Category:  Science & Technology  

Shifting storms ,

Less rainfall in the south of the country, and in key agricultural areas; more rainfall in the north. UNSW's climate scientists can say with near certainty this will be the weather pattern in coming years.Having trouble watching this video? Click on the link at right to watch it on YouTube.  

The Big Engine: part two

January 12, 2009 Part two of Federation Fellow and 2008 Eureka Prize winner, Professor Matthew England, on the latest research into the role oceans play on weather. Professor England is co-director of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre and is one of the world's leading climate change scientists. UNSW Media:Mary O'Malley | +61 2 9385 2873 |      

Talking Point - Incredible Shrinking Seals ,

Why are the leopard seals on the WEstern Antarctic Coast shrinking?Using data recovered through the whiskers of leopard seals over generations, UNSW's Dr Tracey Rogers has found that seals on the Western Antarctic coast are now significantly smaller than their counterparts on the Eastern Coast. Is this due to changes in climactic conditions on the Western side of the continent?Dr Rogers' work in Antarctica has won her a People's Choice Award nomination in the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.  

Antarctica 1912 - Discovering Science On Ice ,

Professor Chris Turney, from UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre, takes us to Antarctica to investigate changes in the Antarctic ice sheet.  

Life Cycle

The NSW Cancer Survivors Centre will benefit from the Ride for Life fundraising cycling event in Sydney for the next five years. Based at UNSW, the Cancer Survivors Centre is dedicated to cancer survivors and is the first of its kind in Australia to provide clinical services and conduct research for both adults and children. Rick Christie, the founder of Ride for Life, is a cancer survivor himself and has committed to giving the centre around $50,000 per year for five years. Rick and his wife Vicki survived cancer together, both being diagnosed in 2002.  

"Curating Cities" Gets a Royal Launch

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the official opening of the Curating Cities project, led by UNSW, in Sydney on Sunday.Curating Cities is an Australian Research Council ARC funded Linkage project led by Professors Jill Bennett and Richard Goodwin, and Chief Curator Felicity Fenner of the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at the University of New South Wales' College of Fine Arts.It is a 5-year research project that examines how the arts can generate environmentally beneficial behaviour change and influence the development of green infrastructure in urban environments. Founded on the principle of using art and design to curate--literally, to care for--public space, the project places creative disciplines at the heart of the sustainability agenda. In doing so it advances an ambitious research plan for aesthetic practice, proposing 'curating' as a method for working through the practical concerns of sustainable living.Sunday's official launch was the culmination of several sustainable art and design events, curated by the National Institute of Experimental Arts, which have been running in Sydney over the past two months.For more information on Curating Cities, please go to the Related Link at right.  

Strata title living - how much do you know?

One in ten Australians live in strata titled homes such as apartments or townhouses; in Sydney it's closer to one in four. But how much do we know about strata title living and what it involves?The University of New South Wales has completed a major study of strata titled homes in NSW, finding a surprising 85 per cent of strata owners in the survey reporting defects in new buildings, and that three in four of these said the defects had not been fixed.The study, headed by Dr Hazel Easthope,  research fellow at the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment,  is the first to look into the experiences of Australia’s three million people who live in the fast growing number of strata title dwellings and found there are major problems with strata living. NSW Fair Trading is conducting its own review of strata law with results due next year and the UNSW study will be a valuable source.The study will be released at a forum on strata titles being held at The Mint in Macquarie Street, Sydney, 9 to 12am on Monday May 21. NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts will launch the study and a panel discussion on the report will be held by Dr Hazel Easthope, Prof. Bill Randolph( UNSW City Futures Research Centre), Mr Roberts, Stephen Goddard (president of the Owners Corporation Network Australia) and David Ferguson (President Strata Community Australia - NSW).  

Confronting Refugee Myths (Long Version)

With a Federal election looming, Associate Professor Jane McAdam from the Faculty of Law's International Refugee and Migration Law Project dispels some common misconceptions about asylum seekers.  

Easy Access IP ,

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Les Field and NewSouth Innovations CEO Dr Kevin Cullen talk about Easy Access IP.  

From Shopping Bags to Steel

November 13, 2007   UNSW's commercialisation arm, NewSouth Innovations (NSi) has signed a deal with Australia's largest manufacturer of steel long products, OneSteel, that gives the steel-maker exclusive rights to sub-license unique technology to reduce reliance on coke and coal in electric arc furnace (EAF) steel-making.   Invented and developed by materials scientist Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the technology substitutes up to 30 percent of coke and coal with polyethylene waste plastic, thereby reducing land?lls and producing a win for the environment.   Read the full article: "World first "Green" steel a commercial reality"   For information on Materials Science and Engineering, go to   Contact: Veena Sahajwalla | +61 2 9385 4426 |   UNSW Media: Dan Gaffney | +61 411 156 015 | Louise Williams | + 61 9385 6986 | +61 407 061 209 |  

Surgery without Stitches

January 23, 2008 A thin polymer film that seals surgicalwounds could make sutures a relic of medical history. Measuring just 50 microns, the film isplaced on a surgical wound and exposed to an infrared laser, which heats thefilm just enough to meld it and the tissue, thus perfectly sealing the wound.Known as Surgilux, the device's raw material is extracted from crab shells andhas Food and Drug Administration approval in the US. Read the full article:"Surgery without stitches" Dr. John Foster | +61 2 9385 2054 | UNSW Media: Dan Gaffney | +61 411 156 015 |