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DNA helps solve riddle of how clever crows craft tools

A clever piece of detective work by an international team has helped solved the mystery of which plants a population of crows on New Caledonia use to craft tools.

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Close up of black crow in tree.

A clever piece of detective work by an international team has helped solved the mystery of which plants a population of crows on New Caledonia use to craft tools.


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Professor Barry Pogson is in agricultural field with rows of seedlings.

News | 22 Jul 2021

ANU centre to turbo-charge crop production

A new research centre based at ANU will train the next generation of scientists to develop more resilient crops and significantly grow Australia's agricultural sector.

Artist impression of spacecraft with thrusters moving towards Mars with Milky Way stars in background.

News | 20 Jul 2021

Thruster research to help propel spacecraft

Faster space manoeuvres and safer, more sustainable, propellants may soon be possible thanks to a new three-year partnership between The Australian National University and French propulsion company ThrustMe.

Analysis and opinion | 13 Jul 2021

We found a new type of stellar explosion that could explain a 13-billion-year-old mystery of the Milky Way’s elements

Until recently it was thought neutron star mergers were the only way heavy elements (heavier than Zinc) could be produced. These mergers involve the mashup of the remnants of two massive stars in a binary system.

Media release | 13 Jul 2021

Third-largest diamond found in June, then a bigger one days later. What’s behind the monster gem boom?

A mega diamond of a staggering 1,174 carats was recently recovered from the Karowe mine in Botswana, making it one of the largest natural diamonds ever recovered.

Research story | 13 Jul 2021

‘Environmental accounting’ could revolutionise nature conservation, but Australia has squandered its potential

Let’s say a new irrigation scheme is proposed and all the land it’ll take up needs to be cleared — trees felled, soil upturned, and habitats destroyed. Water will also have to be allocated. Would the economic gain of the scheme outweigh the damage to the environment?

Boardwalk path

News | 12 Jul 2021

Treaty offers solid ground for wetland protection

A 50-year-old treaty could hold the key to better protecting our wetland ecosystems, while offering scientists a "how-to guide" for turning their research into action, according to an expert from The Australian National University (ANU).

Phone in person's hand depicting holographic projections.

News | 12 Jul 2021

Student research program set to inspire holographic phones

Research students from The Australian National University (ANU) and the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Germany will collaborate to invent technology that could make smartphones thinner, lighter and able to produce holograms.

Professor Yun Liu, Professor Sharon Friel and Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths.

Media release, Research story | 8 Jul 2021

ANU researchers win nation’s most prestigious funding award

Galaxies, building health equity and “crystal chemistry” is the focus of three major research projects at The Australian National University (ANU) receiving more than $9.7 million in Government funding.

Telescope image of constellation Aquila close to border with Capricornus and Sagittarius.

News | 8 Jul 2021

Ancient star death unlocks 13-billion-year space mystery

In a world-first, astronomers from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered evidence of a massive explosion that led to the destruction of a rapidly spinning, strongly-magnetized star.

Computer generated illustration of neutron star and black hole merging.

News | 30 Jun 2021

Black holes swallow neutron stars like "Pac-Man"

Scientists have for the first time detected black holes eating neutron stars, "like Pac Man", in a discovery documenting the collision of the two most extreme and enigmatic objects in the Universe.

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