Research & development

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.

Giant galaxies may grow from cold gas

02 December, 2016 | Supplied by: CSIRO Head Office

Giant galaxies may grow from cold gas that condenses as stars, contradicting the theory that they are formed by smaller galaxies falling together in a hot, violent merger.

Hydrogen-eating bacteria and the truth about baleen whales

01 December, 2016

Researchers from Monash University have wasted no time getting into the spirit of summer, releasing two separate stories with a distinctly sea-flavoured theme to them.

The biggest exposed fault on Earth

30 November, 2016 by Lauren Davis | Supplied by: Australian National University

Geologists conducting research off the coast of eastern Indonesia have identified what they claim to be the biggest exposed fault on Earth — a find that will help researchers assess dangers of future tsunamis in the area.

From bread to beer — the gene mutation in barley

24 November, 2016 by Lauren Davis

A research team led by Okayama University has discovered the gene mutation and enzyme that determine whether the dormancy of barley is long (better for food crops) or short (better for beer-making).

Bushfires decrease genetic diversity in frog populations

17 November, 2016 by Lauren Davis

The increasing intensity and frequency of bushfires in Victoria is having a significant impact on the genetic diversity of the state's frog populations.

Extreme temperatures at risk of becoming the new normal

07 November, 2016 | Supplied by: Australian National University

Australian researchers have found that the year 2015, currently listed as the hottest year on record, could be an average year by 2040 if carbon emissions continue to rise at the same rate.

Laser radar to protect communities from contaminated dust

03 November, 2016 by Adam Florance

A new 'laser radar' system that allows real-time monitoring of potentially hazardous dust emissions has been successfully trialled in the industrial centre of Port Hedland.

State of the Climate 2016 — hotter days, warmer oceans, greater fire risk

28 October, 2016 | Supplied by: CSIRO

Australia has warmed by around 1°C since 1910, according to State of the Climate 2016.

Mapping the Milky Way

21 October, 2016

Australian and German scientists have used the world's largest steerable radio telescopes to create the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way.

Newly discovered microorganisms contributing to climate change

18 October, 2016

Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a major group of microorganisms contributing to climate change.

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