Experimental physicist Dr Bram Slagmolen has created a tool that measures with unimaginable precision. But when it comes to his feelings on the recent success of his work, he’s anything but measured.
Among the tubes, wires and beeping machines of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Canberra Hospital, there’s a simple piece of technology that has changed the lives of thousands of families: webcams.
Five per cent of the Australian population suffer from autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus. These diseases are chronic, incurable and, being varied and complex, have not been well understood.
It took a mathematician to find an answer to how life on Earth actually began, and to discover the answer in the most surprising place: the hairdresser’s.
On James Ross Island, off the northern Antarctic Peninsula, Dr Nerilie Abram from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences stands in the path of the battering westerly gales, and collects an ice core.