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Australia expands its role in the hunt for gravitational waves

21 January, 2014

Physicists from around Australia today met at the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre (AIGCRC), in Gingin, WA, to launch a nationwide project that expands our participation in the hunt for elusive gravitational waves.

Gravitational waves provide new way of studying the universe

29 November, 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that it will create an observatory in space to detect ripples in the fabric of space-time, known as gravitational waves, which are created by celestial objects with very strong gravity, such as the merging of black holes. Researchers say this will expand the way in which they can observe the universe.

Preparing for the world's largest radio telescope

07 November, 2013

The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) office has awarded contracts to prepare for the world's largest radio telescope, marking the start of the return on Australia and WA's investment in the SKA.

Delboeuf illusion causes dentists to drill bigger holes

04 November, 2013

The Delboeuf illusion is an optical illusion whereby a large context makes a small, enclosed area appear smaller than it really is. Researchers have found that this illusion is having an impact in the field of dentistry, with some dentists making larger holes in teeth than they really need to.

Heisenberg's error-disturbance relation proved correct

22 October, 2013

One of the basic concepts in quantum mechanics is that it is impossible to observe physical objects without affecting them in a significant way; there can be no measurement without disturbance. In 1927, theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg claimed that this fact could be expressed as an uncertainty relation, describing a reciprocal relation between the accuracy in position and the disturbance in momentum.

Beaming up information with quantum teleportation

10 September, 2013

University of Queensland (UQ) physicists have successfully 'teleported' an atom, transmitting it from one location to another inside an electronic chip. This marks the first time quantum teleportation has been achieved in a solid-state system.

WA govt funds five more years of radioastronomy

19 August, 2013

WA Premier Colin Barnett has announced a $26m investment in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth. The commitment is part of the state’s wider $96m investment in radio astronomy.

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).

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