Research & development > Analytical

New method for coating microscopic materials

19 July, 2013

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed a one-step method for coating microscopic materials, such as bacterial cells, with thin films that assemble themselves.


Fossilised amber proves that glass isn’t a liquid

31 May, 2013

A common myth which has persisted around medieval cathedrals is that the stained glass inside them becomes thicker at the bottom because it moves over time. But a team at Texas Tech University has shown that the glass is not going anywhere.


A temperature below absolute zero

09 January, 2013

Atoms at negative absolute temperature are the hottest systems in the world.


Four is the ‘magic’ number

29 November, 2012

According to psychological lore, when it comes to items of information the mind can cope with before confusion sets in, the ‘magic’ number is seven. But a new analysis by a leading Australian psychiatrist challenges this long-held view, suggesting the number might actually be four.


Demonstration of simple, robust fission reactor prototype

28 November, 2012

A team of researchers, including engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, has demonstrated a new concept for a reliable nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights.


Ions are cooled during collisions with cold atoms

28 November, 2012

Scientists have demonstrated in an experiment that captured ions can be cooled through contact with cold atoms and may thus be stored in so-called ion traps in a stable condition for longer periods of time.


Waters selects MTM Research Center at Örebro University for Center of Innovation Honors

21 November, 2012

At a ceremony at the School of Science and Technology at Örebro University, Sweden, Waters has announced the selection of the MTM Research Center for its Centers of Innovation Program for research in the field of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) now regulated under provisions of the Stockholm Convention.


New Australian telescope set to find 700,000 galaxies

12 November, 2012

Australia’s newest radio telescope is predicted to find an unprecedented 700,000 new galaxies, say scientists planning for CSIRO’s next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).


Space rocks reveal secrets of the solar system

31 October, 2012 by Lauren Davis

The history of our solar system is being uncovered using Australia’s only nuclear reactor. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has partnered with Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in order to analyse chondrules - multibillion-year-old particles from outer space.


Beautiful physics: tying knots in light

29 October, 2012

Dr Anton Desyatnikov from the Nonlinear Physics Centre at The Australian National University is part of an international team of scientists who are designing knots in light.


Search for element 113 concluded at last

08 October, 2012

The most unambiguous data to date on the elusive 113th atomic element has been obtained by researchers at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science (RNC).


Scientists’ gold discovery sheds light on catalysis

21 August, 2012

A physicist at the University of York has played a key role in international research which has made an important advance in establishing the catalytic properties of gold at a nano level.


Novel nanostructures to realise hydrogen’s energy potential

16 August, 2012

For the first time, engineers at the University of New South Wales have demonstrated that hydrogen can be released and reabsorbed from a promising storage material, overcoming a major hurdle to its use as an alternative fuel source.


$33 million supercomputer to support SKA science

23 July, 2012

A new $33 million supercomputer to be installed at the purpose-built Pawsey Centre in Perth will soon help scientists around Australia and the world to uncover the secrets of the universe.


Small ways to produce big bangs

12 July, 2012

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal have developed a method for safer production of nitroglycerine: a microreactor process, tailored to this specific reaction.


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