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What does Einstein have to do with space travel?

11 August, 2015

One hundred years after Albert Einstein first penned his theory of general relativity, Professor Geraint Lewis says we're only now starting to scratch the surface of what the theory predicts.

Two giant leaps for mankind

17 July, 2015

It's been an exciting couple of weeks in the field of astronomy, with scientists both discovering new worlds and finding out more about old ones.

The sky's the limit: construction approved for the Giant Magellan Telescope

24 June, 2015 by Lauren Davis

June 2015 marked a major milestone in the field of astronomy, with construction approval announced for the highly anticipated Giant Magellan Telescope — the biggest optical telescope in the world.

Quantum tunnelling is an instantaneous process

01 June, 2015

An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics has solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, finding that quantum tunnelling is an instantaneous process.

Reality does not exist until it is measured

29 May, 2015

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have performed a famous experiment in quantum theory, created by the late theoretical physicist John Wheeler, which suggests that reality does not exist until it is measured.

How we found the source of the mystery signals at The Dish

27 May, 2015 by Emily Petroff, Swinburne University of Technology

Everyone likes solving a mystery, and the hunt for the source of strange signals detected by Australia's Parkes radio telescope is a classic. Although how "aliens" became involved in the story is more of a media mystery.

The hunt for gravitational waves begins

25 May, 2015

The Advanced LIGO project has been officially opened in the United States. The project aims to complete the search for the last missing piece of Einstein's general theory of relativity - gravitational waves.

The first experimental exploration of quantum phase transitions

18 May, 2015

Chinese and Australians scientists have published research experimentally exploring how quantum matter changes when it makes a 'quantum phase transition'.

UV light separates rare-earth elements

18 May, 2015

Researchers from KU Leuven have discovered a method to separate the rare-earth elements europium and yttrium with UV light instead of traditional solvents. Their findings offer new opportunities for the recycling of fluorescent lamps and low-energy light bulbs.

Cosmic radio waves caught in real time

22 January, 2015 by Lauren Davis

Swinburne University of Technology PhD student Emily Petroff has become the first person to observe a 'fast radio burst' - a short, bright flash of radio waves from an unknown source - happening live.

Simulating the power of bubbles

07 January, 2015

Researchers have used the most powerful computer in Japan to explore a process observed in both bubbly beverages as well as scientific systems including spin systems, foams and metallic alloys.

The constants are still constant

01 December, 2014

Researchers have improved the constraints on time-variation of fundamental constants by making measurements of two optical clock transitions in the same atom (ytterbium). Their experiments have shown that one essential fundamental constant - the mass ratio of protons to electrons - can have changed only by a maximum of one part in a million over the age of our solar system.

Coin-sized device could detect gravitational waves

01 December, 2014

Physicists from The University of Western Australia have invented a tiny detector, about the size of a coin, which they claim could observe gravitational waves - ripples in space-time generated by accelerating massive objects.

Did gravity save the universe after the Big Bang?

19 November, 2014

European physicists have put forward an explanation as to why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Their theory follows studies which suggest that the production of Higgs particles during the accelerating expansion of the very early universe (inflation) should have led to instability and collapse.

Slipstreaming reduces drag for horses, too

31 October, 2014

In the lead-up to the 2014 Melbourne Cup, RMIT researchers have revealed a tip for those jockeys looking to reduce drag on a horse during a race.

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