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Australian satellites join global research project

10 August, 2016

Three Australian research satellites will be deployed to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year, marking the first time an Australian-made satellite has gone into space since 2002.

Cygnus spacecraft returns to Earth

29 July, 2016

The Cygnus CRS OA-6 spacecraft has returned to Earth after supplying 3.5 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

The da Vinci code: notes of the laws of friction uncovered

27 July, 2016

Scribbled notes and sketches on a page in a notebook by Leonardo da Vinci, previously dismissed as irrelevant, have been identified as the place where he first recorded his understanding of the laws of friction.

France partners with CSIRO on space science project

21 July, 2016

The president of the French Government's space agency has signed a cooperation agreement with the CSIRO covering the 2017 launch of a stratospheric scientific balloon research program from the NASA/CSIRO base in Alice Springs.

A violin made from spider silk

24 June, 2016

Luca Alessandrini has developed a prototype violin made from a composite material that includes, among other things, spider silk.

A giant galaxy cluster, more gravitational waves and life outside the solar system

16 June, 2016

It's been a busy couple of days for astronomers, with announcements of three significant discoveries taking place in the past 48 hours.

Motors on a mission for NASA

06 June, 2016

As part of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) research project, motors from FAULHABER are helping to examine the Earth's magnetic field.

US govt invests in Sydney quantum research

04 May, 2016

An international consortium has been awarded a multimillion-dollar research grant from the US government agency Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity for research into quantum technology.

Sydney Nanoscience Hub officially opens

20 April, 2016

The $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub was officially opened as part of a two-day conference on the theme of nanoscale science and technology.

Chemical design without metals

08 December, 2015

Rice University scientists have synthesised dozens of small-molecule catalysts — tools that promise to speed the making of novel chemicals, including drugs — without the use of transition metals.

Giant Magellan Telescope ready for construction

24 November, 2015

Atop a remote mountain in the Chilean Andes, construction on the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is about to begin.

The mystery of organic matter in lunar samples

30 October, 2015

Scientists have solved a mystery which has plagued NASA since the Apollo missions to the moon — the fact that samples of lunar soil brought back to Earth contained low levels of organic matter in the form of amino acids.

No sign of advanced alien civilisations

18 September, 2015

Professor Michael Garrett has used radio observations of candidate galaxies to show that advanced civilisations are very rare or entirely absent from the local universe.

Precisely testing the speed of light

15 September, 2015

Australian and German researchers have completed testing that has effectively measured the spatial consistency of the speed of light with a precision 10 times greater than ever before.

A re-usable system for launching satellites

11 August, 2015

The University of Queensland is developing a re-usable system that would make it cheaper and easier to launch satellites into space.

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