Research & development

World's oldest fossils uncovered

07 March, 2017

An international research team has discovered the remains of microorganisms at least 3.77 billion years old, making them the oldest fossils ever found.


Telescope captures the birth of a black hole

02 March, 2017

UWA's Zadko Telescope has captured the explosion that gave birth to a black hole 12 billion light years away, which took place before the Earth and Sun existed.


Metal-contaminated soil leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

28 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Edith Cowan University

Australian and Scottish researchers have found that soils containing lead, manganese or aluminium — even in small amounts — contain bacteria with antibiotic resistance.


The crystals that power Earth's magnetic field

24 February, 2017

Japanese researchers have been investigating the source of energy driving the Earth's magnetic field, hidden deep within its core.


In the red corner: the world's first middleweight black hole

14 February, 2017

Astronomers have announced evidence for the existence of a 'middleweight' black hole — otherwise known as the missing link between relatively small, stellar-mass black holes and the supermassive black holes that lie at the centre of some galaxies.


Baleen whales have always been good listeners

13 February, 2017

Victorians scientists have discovered the point at which baleen whales acquired the ability to make and hear the lowest frequency sounds of any mammal, which they use to send whale songs across tens and even hundreds of kilometres.


Solar glass for self-sustaining greenhouses

10 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Edith Cowan University

Researchers are building a 300 m2 greenhouse using transparent glass that can generate 50 W/m2 of surface area.


What's killing our galaxies?

08 February, 2017

Across the universe, galaxies are being killed, and scientists want to know whodunnit.


The ancient star that faked its age

02 February, 2017

German scientists have been investigating the true age of 49 Lib, a relatively bright star in the southern sky, which was until recently believed to be 2.3 billion years old.


Grant to improve sorghum breeding programs

30 January, 2017

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced a three-year, $6.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and accelerate the development of advanced sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies.


Quantum object created in space

27 January, 2017

German researchers have successfully created a cloud of ultracold atoms in space — and begun testing a theory of Albert Einstein's in the process.


Input sought on future CRCs

16 January, 2017

The Turnbull government is seeking input from the industry, science and research communities on priority research themes for upcoming selection rounds of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.


As temperatures go up, insect populations go down

12 January, 2017

Scientists have discovered that rising temperatures are damaging insects' ability to reproduce.


One giant leap (second) for 2016

11 January, 2017

If you can't shake the feeling that 2016 went on for longer than a typical calendar year, you're not actually far from the truth.


Blasting cancer cells with plasma

09 December, 2016 | Supplied by: University of South Australia

Scientists have discovered that cool jets of plasma stimulate cells in the bodies of mice, helping to close wounds or kill tumours.


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