Research & development

ESA to build second deep space dish in WA

06 May, 2021

The European Space Agency will collaborate with the Australian Space Agency on the construction of a deep space antenna at New Norcia, 140 km north of Perth.

Corals go hungry before they bleach

04 May, 2021

Long before signs of bleaching appear, prolonged spells of warm water cause heat stress that disrupts the nutrient cycling of the coral and its symbiotic algae.

Perovskite catalyst for CO2 conversion

29 April, 2021

TU Wien scientists have produced a special perovskite that is suitable as a catalyst for converting CO2 into other useful substances, such as synthetic fuels.

Prostate cancer urine test indicates disease aggression

28 April, 2021

An experimental new urine test for prostate cancer has the potential to revolutionise how patients with suspected prostate cancer are risk-assessed prior to an invasive biopsy.

New catalyst enables sustainable hydrocarbon synthesis

23 April, 2021

Researchers have used platinum and aluminium compounds to create a catalyst which enables certain chemical reactions to occur more efficiently than ever before.

Aus invests $387m in the world's largest radio telescope

20 April, 2021

The Australian Government is investing $387 million to co-host the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Methane-eating microbes found living in paperbark trees

14 April, 2021

Australian scientists have uncovered an unlikely microscopic ally in the battle to reduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere.

Beneficial bacteria can boost heat tolerance in wheat

09 April, 2021

Bacteria plucked from a desert plant could help crops survive heatwaves and protect the future of food, according to new research.

X-rays detected from Uranus for the first time

07 April, 2021

Scientists saw a clear detection of X-rays from their first observation, just analysed recently, and a possible flare of X-rays in those obtained 15 years later.

eDNA could be used to measure pollen levels

06 April, 2021

Autonomous airborne pollen samplers might help to provide a breath of fresh air for asthma and hay fever sufferers, according to researchers.

'The Dish' set to support more Moon landings

06 April, 2021

CSIRO has signed a new five-year agreement with aerospace company Intuitive Machines to support multiple lunar missions.

Mapping Zealandia: the 'hidden' eighth continent

31 March, 2021

The mostly submerged continent has New Zealand and New Caledonia rising from its depths and was only put on the map by geologists in 2014.

Photocatalyst can turn carbon dioxide into methane fuel

19 March, 2021

A new photocatalyst can produce methane fuel selectively and effectively from carbon dioxide using sunlight.

Northern summers may last nearly half the year by 2100

16 March, 2021

Without efforts to mitigate climate change, summers spanning nearly six months may become the new normal by 2100 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Black hole is even more massive than we thought

26 February, 2021

New observations of the first black hole ever detected have revealed that it is in fact the most massive stellar-mass black hole ever detected without the use of gravitational waves.

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