• Platypus to return to Australia’s oldest national park

    Sherry Landow     |      September 6, 2021

    UNSW Sydney scientists are leading a project to bring the iconic mammal back to the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south 50 years after a chemical spill wiped out the local population.

  • Why uncertainty makes us change our behaviour

    Sherry Landow     |      August 1, 2021

    Uncertainty affects people’s behaviour in unpredictable ways. Stocking up on toilet paper – bizarre as it appeared, for example – helped many people regain a sense of control at the start of the pandemic.

  • 50 billion birds – and 7.7 billion humans

    Sherry Landow     |      May 20, 2021

    Wildlife numbers of all types have plummeted in recent years due to deforestation and environmental damage but a new big data study suggests there are still around 50 billion birds in the world – just 7 for every human.

  • Stampedes, sharks and cyclones

    Sherry Landow     |      November 28, 2020

    Swimming away from sharks, defending a tent during mini-cyclone and being threatened with a pet dingo are all in a day’s work for coastal researcher Professor Rob Brander.

  • Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey

    Sherry Landow     |      October 11, 2020

    It’s not rocket science – or is it? A UNSW Sydney astronomer explains how the right sci-fi watchlist can make physics easier to understand.

  • Taking child therapy online

    Sherry Landow     |      June 17, 2020

    A real-world trial has tested the effectiveness – and revealed the challenges – of adapting behavioural therapy to the online world.

  • Tough times teach us about resilience

    Sherry Landow     |      June 10, 2020

    Resilience is an adaptive process usually developed over a lifetime – but we’re taking a crash-course in it now.

  • The bushfire threat to drinking water

    Sherry Landow     |      January 12, 2020

    Regional and metropolitan areas around NSW are facing water quality concerns in the face of the bushfire crisis.

  • It’s not what you do, but how often you do it

    Sherry Landow     |      January 1, 2020

    It’s the new year, and many people’s resolution is to get fitter. New research shows that what you do to get stronger isn’t as important as how often you do it.

  • Eating right this Christmas

    Sherry Landow     |      December 23, 2019

    Food variety, food quantity, and added social pressure are the three main reasons we overeat during the holidays. A psychologist weighs in on why our brain tells us to overeat during the holidays – and how we can manage those signals.