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Kangaroo personality is a thing: here’s how to study it

How do wild kangaroos react to remote-controlled cars or instrumental music - and what does it mean?

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Group of eastern grey kangaroos surrounded by grass

How do wild kangaroos react to remote-controlled cars or instrumental music - and what does it mean?


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Two elk locking horns

Media release | 17 Dec 2021

Sexist "sexplanation" for men's brilliance debunked

Deeply entrenched scientific beliefs that for more than a century have explained why more men than women are high achievers because of biology are not backed up by evidence, according to new research.

Two people stand in front of a rocky wall, showing stripy layers

Media release | 14 Dec 2021

What can cake can tell us about the Earth's core?

How is our Earth's inner core like a cake? According to Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić and Sheng Wang, there are more similarities than you might think.

Parrot with a grey body and red head

Student profile | 10 Dec 2021

Get to know the gang-gang cockatoo

They are the faunal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, but enthusiasm for the gang-gang cockatoo stretches far beyond the Canberra bubble.

A person working with scientific equipment

Media release | 9 Dec 2021

Moth balls thrust satellites into space

The chemical in moth balls, naphthalene, will be tested in space in a new satellite rocket propulsion system, Bogong, developed at The Australian National University (ANU).

The Southern Cross star constellation

Media release | 7 Dec 2021

New technique reveals the age of massive Southern Cross star

An international team of astronomers from Australia, the United States and Europe has for the first time unlocked the interior structure of Beta Crucis - a bright blue giant star that features on the flags of Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

Media release | 1 Dec 2021

Mysterious clouds could offer new clues on dark matter

The hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time caused by major cosmic cataclysms, could help solve one of the Universe's other burning mysteries - boson clouds and whether they are a leading contender for dark matter.

Xia Hua

Academic profile | 30 Nov 2021

A ribbeting story: how a frog-loving maths-hater became a mathematician

“I am a good example of how mathematics can be fascinating to anyone once you see how useful it is,” Dr Xia Hua says.

Analysis and opinion | 29 Nov 2021

Yes, it’s rocket science: Australia needs eyes in space to monitor our tinderbox landscape

As climate change worsens, bushfires are likely to become more intense and frequent. We must find new ways of managing bushfires to prevent catastrophic events. Satellite data can help in this task.

Media release | 25 Nov 2021

ANU nanotech pioneer to lead Australian Academy of Science

A leading nanotechnology and physics researcher from The Australian National University (ANU), Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish, will be the next president of the Australian Academy of Science.

Media release | 22 Nov 2021

'Ground-breaking' voyage to unlock Earth's inner secrets

A significant mission to retrieve 27 seismometers from the rugged ocean floor near Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean will unlock the secrets of the Earth's inner layers.