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Mysterious object found in black hole collision

30 June, 2020

The LIGO and Virgo observatories have detected gravitational waves caused by the collision of a black hole, accompanied by a mysterious astrophysical object.


Pulsar observed 'powering up'

03 June, 2020

Astronomers have observed the full process of material spiralling into a distant neutron star, triggering an X-ray outburst thousands of times brighter than our Sun.


Galaxies grow by 'eating' their smaller neighbours

29 April, 2020

Exactly how massive galaxies attain their size is poorly understood, but now a combination of observation and modelling has provided a vital clue.


Newly discovered star pulsates on just one side

13 March, 2020

A star that pulsates on just one side has been discovered in the Milky Way — and while such stars have been predicted in theory, this is the first of its kind to be recorded.


New estimate for the age of the Milky Way

13 December, 2019

Starquakes recorded by NASA's now-defunct Kepler space telescope have helped answer a longstanding question about the age of the 'thick disc' of the Milky Way.


Black holes can be much bigger than previously thought

04 December, 2019

Researchers were excited by the discovery of a stellar black hole with a mass 70 times that of the Sun, located 15,000 light years from Earth.


Under pressure: a new dimension for the periodic table

06 September, 2019

It is now possible for materials researchers to make quick predictions about how certain elements will behave at different pressures.


'Anaemic' star carries link to ancient ancestor

09 August, 2019

A newly discovered ancient star, containing what is said to be a record-low amount of iron, carries evidence of a class of even older stars.


Radio burst pinpointed 3.6bn light-years away

02 July, 2019

Astronomers have determined the precise location of a powerful one-off burst of cosmic radio waves, thanks to the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope.


Black hole observed spraying plasma into space

02 May, 2019

Astronomers have discovered rapidly swinging jets coming from a black hole almost 8000 light-years from Earth — behaviour that has never before been observed on such short timescales.


Budget 2019–20 — lacking 'clever country' ambition

03 April, 2019

How will the Morrison Government's pre-election 2019 Federal Budget impact science and research?


Physicists reverse time with a quantum computer

18 March, 2019

Russian physicists have found a way to wind back the clock, returning the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past.


Hydrogen loss hints at the impending death of a galaxy

12 February, 2019 by Lauren Davis

Using CSIRO's ASKAP radio telescope, researchers have witnessed what they claim is the beginning of the end for one of the Milky Way's neighbouring galaxies.


3D map of the Milky Way reveals its true shape

06 February, 2019

Astronomers have revealed that the Milky Way's disc of stars becomes increasingly 'warped' and twisted the further away the stars are from the galaxy's centre.


New RNA sequencing strategy to study gut microbiome activity

19 December, 2018

Researchers have developed a high-throughput RNA sequencing strategy to study the activity of the gut microbiome.


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