Research & development

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.


A new way to find weakness in the Earth's crust

05 October, 2016

US and Australian scientists have developed a new method to estimate weakness in the Earth's outer layers. Their work will help explain and predict volcanic activity and earthquakes at a much smaller scale than previously possible.


To Mars and back on one tank of fuel

30 September, 2016

University of Sydney researchers have announced world-record results in rocket efficiency following the invention of new thruster technology.


CCS laboratories opened in Victoria

30 September, 2016

CO2CRC, The University of Melbourne and Federation University Australia have opened emissions reduction laboratories aimed at providing clean, efficient energy for Australia.


World's largest radio telescope completed

26 September, 2016

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has completed construction on the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) — the world's largest radio telescope.


We could grow jet fuel on gum trees — if there's anywhere left to plant them

21 September, 2016 by Lauren Davis

Scientists are one step closer to using Australia's iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel.


The mystery of the dimming galaxy and the starving black hole

16 September, 2016

An international team of astronomers has discovered the secret behind a change in the behaviour of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy.


3.7-billion-year-old fossils discovered

01 September, 2016

Australian researchers have uncovered the world's oldest fossils in a remote area of Greenland, pushing back the fossil record to near the start of the Earth's geological record and pointing to evidence of life on Earth very early in its history.


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