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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.

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.

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.

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.

Things can be real, or certain, but not both

29 September, 2014

Experimenting within quantum theory is an extremely complex process, where common intuitions are regularly inverted within shifting reality. Over the years, several quantum features and methods of their study have been identified.

Brazuca soccer ball plays better at higher altitudes

30 June, 2014

A study into the 2014 World Cup soccer ball, the Brazuca, has found that the ball will play better at Brazil's higher altitude stadiums.

The physics behind a World Cup soccer ball

06 June, 2014

A new soccer ball, the Brazuca, has been created for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Physics experts from the University of Adelaide have described it is a 'keepers' ball', in contrast with the 2010 ball, the Jabulani.

Scientists create a superheavy element

06 May, 2014

An international research team has created and observed several atoms of the superheavy element with atomic number 117. The measured properties of the atoms strengthen the case for official recognition of 117 as a new element.

Aerodynamic characteristics of a supersonic car

16 April, 2014

An engineer working on the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) project has published a paper on the aerodynamic characteristics of travelling at 1000 mph (1609 km/h), increasing the current land speed record (LSR) by over 30%.

First evidence of cosmic inflation found

21 March, 2014

Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration have announced the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation - the rapid expansion of the universe which immediately followed the Big Bang. Until now, the idea of this exponential expansion was just a theory.

Strings of galaxies found in empty space

11 March, 2014

Australian astronomers have discovered short, delicate strings of faint galaxies in what were previously thought to be extremely empty parts of space.

Giant Magellan Telescope passes design and construction reviews

24 February, 2014

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project has passed two major expert reviews over its design and construction. This clears the way for the project to proceed towards construction approval.

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