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Alien radioactive element prompts creation rethink

The first-ever discovery of an extraterrestrial radioactive isotope on Earth has scientists rethinking the origins of the elements on our planet.

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A false-colour composite of the remnant of N132D. Shows stars on blue, black, green and pink background.

The first-ever discovery of an extraterrestrial radioactive isotope on Earth has scientists rethinking the origins of the elements on our planet.

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Night sky showing meteor shooting through sky.

News | 6 May 2021

Meteor shower to light up the sky

Australians will be treated to a spectacular show of streaking lights with shooting stars on display from early morning this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Analysis and opinion | 4 May 2021

What are 'internal waves' that possibly sank the Indonesian sub? If you've ever suffered plane turbulence, you've been inside one

Internal waves can create pretty cloud shapes in the sky, as well as making life unpleasant for passengers on aeroplanes. And in the oceans they can be a deadly hazard to submarines.

Dr Lara Malins in chemistry laboratory.

Research story | 3 May 2021

Fighting antibiotic resistance takes guts

As a kid, Dr Lara Malins loved playing with Lego. Now she is using those same skills to build new drug leads in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Analysis and opinion | 29 Apr 2021

Next time you see a butterfly, treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these 26 species

Our team of 28 scientists identified the top 26 Australian butterfly species and subspecies at greatest risk of extinction. We also estimated the probability that they will be lost within 20-years.

Professor Lisa Kewley standing in front of telescopes.

News | 28 Apr 2021

Stellar researcher recognised with leading science honour

One of Australia's leading space experts and ANU astronomer, Professor Lisa Kewley, has been named a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Swift parrot

News | 28 Apr 2021

Sons favoured despite female shortage in endangered parrot

New research from ANU shows female swift parrots can determine the sex of their offspring, and they are favouring boys over girls as they face diminished survival prospects in the wild.

Research story | 27 Apr 2021

Satellites reveal ocean currents are getting stronger, with potentially significant implications for climate change

Scientists already know the oceans are rapidly warming and sea levels are rising. But that’s not all. Now, thanks to satellite observations, we have three decades’ worth of data on how the speeds of ocean surface currents are also changing over time.

Milky Way stars in the night sky.

News | 26 Apr 2021

ANU astronomers help Tassie kids reach for the stars

Tasmanian students will get a better view of the southern night sky, with astronomers from The Australian National University (ANU) delivering powerful telescopes as well as lessons on how to use them.

Research story | 23 Apr 2021

Optimism in the face of climate change

In this video we asked Professor Saul Cunningham for his take on 2020, when he saw much of the South Coast in flames, and a community changed by the pandemic.

Professor Yun Liu in chemistry laboratory.

News | 23 Apr 2021

Cash flow to help push clean hydrogen energy solutions

Researchers and industry experts are closer to safely storing and transporting vast quantities of hydrogen, with the cleaner technology offering a potential replacement for fossil fuels and a possible new export industry for Australia.

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