Research & development > Analytical

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.


Quantum threesomes

11 July, 2012

A quantum mechanics study has discovered a new bound state in atoms that may help scientists better understand matter and its composition.


CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson

05 July, 2012

At a seminar held at CERN yesterday as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, ATLAS and CMS experiments presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long-sought Higgs particle.


Automated system to detect infectious diseases for Olympics 2012

02 July, 2012

The world’s first comprehensive, automated outbreak detection system will monitor over 3000 infections and is ready to run during the 2012 Olympics.


Positive at last: a pure phosphorus cation

02 July, 2012

A research team led by Prof Dr Ingo Krossing from the Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Earth Sciences of the University of Freiburg has now succeeded in creating a positively charged pure phosphorus compound.


Dual SKA site welcomed by CSIRO

30 May, 2012

The international SKA Organisation in Manchester, UK, has announced that the AU$2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will be deployed in Australia-New Zealand, as well as South Africa.


The Hall effect: demonstrate relativistic effects on your mobile phone

21 May, 2012

The relativistic Hall effect, describing objects rotating at speeds comparable with the speed of light, has now been reported. The work sheds light on aspects of fundamental physics, and you can demonstrate some aspects of this with your mobile phone.


Researchers find new atomic structures in metallic glasses

17 May, 2012

Drawing on powerful computational tools and a state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Iowa State University materials science and engineering researchers has discovered a new nanometre-scale atomic structure in solid metallic materials known as metallic glasses.


Scientists develop better technique for creating self-cleaning fabrics

14 May, 2012

A new coating technique that can make fabrics ‘self-cleaning’ has been developed by Deakin University scientists. The technique creates a fabric coating that repels water, dirt, grease and other materials.


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