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We may never be able to predict earthquakes – but we can already know enough to be prepared

Even though earthquakes happen all the time, we still can’t predict when the next one will strike, or where, or how big it will be. Unfortunately, we may never be able to make that kind of prediction.

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Even though earthquakes happen all the time, we still can’t predict when the next one will strike, or where, or how big it will be. Unfortunately, we may never be able to make that kind of prediction.

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A researcher in a lab with a plastic bottle.

Media release, News | 21 Sep 2021

Start-up to tackle plastic crisis with "infinite recycling"

A new Australian enviro-tech start-up backed by ANU will "infinitely" recycle plastic to help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.

A bird on a tree branch

Analysis and opinion | 17 Sep 2021

Destroying vegetation along fences and roads could worsen our extinction crisis, yet the NSW government just allowed it

Many native species can all be found in vegetation along fences and roadsides outside formal conservation areas. And yet, the NSW government last week made it legal for rural landholders to clear vegetation on their properties, up to 25 metres from their property boundaries, without approval.

Media release, News | 16 Sep 2021

Astrophysicists solve 'empty sky' gamma-ray mystery

Star-forming galaxies are responsible for creating gamma-rays that until now had not been associated with a known origin.

A submarine surfacing in the ocean

Analysis and opinion | 16 Sep 2021

How do nuclear-powered submarines work? A nuclear scientist explains

The Australian government has just declared an historic defence agreement with the United States and United Kingdom that will see a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines patrol our shores and surrounding waters.

Media release, News | 16 Sep 2021

ANU to advance Australia’s sovereign nuclear capabilities

The Australian National University (ANU) stands ready to train the next generation of nuclear scientists and practitioners and fill the gap in our existing nuclear workforce.

Research story | 13 Sep 2021

Move over magpies: are cuckoos the meanest bird?

Since it’s Bad Bird Season, we ask cuckoo apologist - sorry, cuckoo expert - Professor Naomi Langmore to explain how it could possibly be that the cuckoo doesn’t mean to be mean, when it sure looks like it does.

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Media release, News | 13 Sep 2021

Ultra-efficient tech to forge sustainable energy future

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have developed a system to transport data using atomically-thin semiconductors in an extremely energy efficient way.

Media release, News | 13 Sep 2021

New laser captures energy like noise-cancelling headphones

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed extremely powerful microscopic lasers that are even smaller than the wavelength of the light they produce.

Landscape in the sunset, with wind turbines visible

Analysis and opinion | 10 Sep 2021

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking, so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground

How do we advance Australia’s economic future outside high-emissions industries? And how can we seize the opportunities presented by the declines of coal, and then gas, rather than watching the economy go underwater as we try to stem an unstoppable tide?

Fallen trees on a forest floor.

Analysis and opinion | 3 Sep 2021

Decaying forest wood releases a whopping 10.9 billion tonnes of carbon each year. This will increase under climate change

As deadwood decomposes it contributes to the ecosystem’s cycle of nutrients, which is important for plant growth. It also releases carbon: what are the implications for climate change?

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