Research & development

Aus invests $387m in the world's largest radio telescope

20 April, 2021

The Australian Government is investing $387 million to co-host the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).


Methane-eating microbes found living in paperbark trees

14 April, 2021

Australian scientists have uncovered an unlikely microscopic ally in the battle to reduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere.


Beneficial bacteria can boost heat tolerance in wheat

09 April, 2021

Bacteria plucked from a desert plant could help crops survive heatwaves and protect the future of food, according to new research.


X-rays detected from Uranus for the first time

07 April, 2021

Scientists saw a clear detection of X-rays from their first observation, just analysed recently, and a possible flare of X-rays in those obtained 15 years later.


eDNA could be used to measure pollen levels

06 April, 2021

Autonomous airborne pollen samplers might help to provide a breath of fresh air for asthma and hay fever sufferers, according to researchers.


'The Dish' set to support more Moon landings

06 April, 2021

CSIRO has signed a new five-year agreement with aerospace company Intuitive Machines to support multiple lunar missions.


Mapping Zealandia: the 'hidden' eighth continent

31 March, 2021

The mostly submerged continent has New Zealand and New Caledonia rising from its depths and was only put on the map by geologists in 2014.


Photocatalyst can turn carbon dioxide into methane fuel

19 March, 2021

A new photocatalyst can produce methane fuel selectively and effectively from carbon dioxide using sunlight.


Northern summers may last nearly half the year by 2100

16 March, 2021

Without efforts to mitigate climate change, summers spanning nearly six months may become the new normal by 2100 in the Northern Hemisphere.


Black hole is even more massive than we thought

26 February, 2021

New observations of the first black hole ever detected have revealed that it is in fact the most massive stellar-mass black hole ever detected without the use of gravitational waves.


Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars

19 February, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover — the largest, most advanced rover the agency has ever sent to another world — touched down on Mars after a 203-day journey.


Assay enables fast diagnosis of liposarcomas

11 February, 2021

Researchers have developed a gene panel test that allows for highly accurate diagnosis of the most common types of liposarcoma.


Sea level predicted to rise faster than previously thought

08 February, 2021

Researchers have constructed a new method of quantifying just how fast the sea will react to warming, finding that former predictions have been too conservative.


Aus biotech company supplies at-home COVID-19 tests to US

03 February, 2021 by Lauren Davis

Queensland-based company Ellume has announced a US$231.8 million (AU$302.7 million) agreement to accelerate domestic US production of its COVID-19 home tests.


Mitigating climate change: it starts with better ocean data

21 January, 2021 by Ayesha Renyard | Supplied by: Sofar Ocean

Climate change is accelerating at an alarming pace — and the impacts are hard to ignore. Let's take a look at some changes to our ocean.


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