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Science and Technology 15 min read

Projects to real world: The proof and possibilities of commercialised research

by Shahni Wellington

From leading sustainability technology, to treating cancer, and revolutionising education – the University of Newcastle is changing the game.

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Could freezing koala sperm save the species?
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Environment 13 min read

Could freezing koala sperm save the species?

by Penny Harnett

A team of conservation scientists are banking on IVF technology to protect Australia’s endangered koalas long-term and preserve precious genetics.

Painful departure for diabetes testing

Health and Wellbeing 14 min read

Painful departure for diabetes testing

by Sheena Martin

Professor Paul Dastoor is developing a saliva glucose biosensor that will see a fundamental shift in diabetes management, removing typical barriers to health testing such as pain, cost or availability, and empowering people to monitor their own health.

How two satellites packing lasers and microwaves are helping us predict floods

Science and Technology 13 min read

How two satellites packing lasers and microwaves are helping us predict floods

by Joe Frost

Using satellites, lasers and microwaves, Professor Shin-Chan Han is working with some of the most accurate measurements of gravity humankind has ever recorded. But while these instruments are hundreds of kilometres above our heads in space, their applications could change the way we prepare ourselves for flooding here on Earth.

The surprising new role power plants will have in our green energy future

Environment 9 min read

The surprising new role power plants will have in our green energy future

by Joe Frost

One of Australia’s oldest energy hubs, the Hunter Valley is approaching an uncertain future as the world's carbon crisis reaches a crescendo. But a company that has spun off from research done at the University of Newcastle is showing there is new life to be found in our old systems and infrastructure – and could see the region become a world-leader in clean, green power.

Net-zero, carbon-neutral, carbon-negative

Business, Law and Politics 8 min read

Net-zero, carbon-neutral, carbon-negative

by Dr Jessica Allen

Confused by all the carbon jargon? Then read this...

Let our powers combine! Art meets science to battle climate change in the South Pacific

Environment 8 min read

Let our powers combine! Art meets science to battle climate change in the South Pacific

by Joe Frost

When you think of a tropical island paradise, scenes of white sand beaches, lush, verdant jungle, colourful birds, and crystal-clear water spring to mind. But for Silvia Frisia, a trip to Atiu, in the tropical South Pacific, was all about the caves.

A leap of faith

Environment 13 min read

A leap of faith

by Rosemarie Milsom

Citizen scientists are teaming up with University of Newcastle researchers leading Australia’s effort to prevent the extinction of precious amphibians.

The science behind 'that feeling' when you stop spinning

Science and Technology 4 min read

The science behind 'that feeling' when you stop spinning

by Associate Professor Rebecca Lim

Want to know why you feel dizzy after you spin around? Lend us your ear...

The next big thing in energy that’s already here – Hydrogen

Science and Technology 10 min read

The next big thing in energy that’s already here – Hydrogen

by Sheena Martin

Greenest ride? Why this hydrogen fuel produced from thin air and sunshine is sure to rev you up.

Surviving cyclones: meet the team safeguarding our island nations

Science and Technology 13 min read

Surviving cyclones: meet the team safeguarding our island nations

by Anita Harvey

“It was really scary – anyone would feel the same, especially when you’re living on a small island in the middle of the Pacific.”