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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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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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Research story | 8 Apr 2021

Climate change in the Australian Alps

We met Professor Nicotra in the Snowy Mountains and asked what she learned from 2020.

Research story | 18 Mar 2021

Only the lonely: an endangered bird is forgetting its song as the species dies out

In healthy populations, the song of regent honeyeaters is complex and long. But where the population is very small, the song is sadly diminished.

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News | 16 Mar 2021

Scientists show drought-tolerant crops need skin in the game

ANU experts have found a way to precisely measure a crop’s water loss through its skin, not just the pores on their leaves.

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News | 11 Mar 2021

Shining stars of science honoured with Academy awards

Three researchers from ANU who've changed the way we see the world have been recognised for their ground-breaking work with prestigious awards from The Australian Academy of Science.

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News | 4 Mar 2021

The fatal chink in malaria parasite’s armour

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have exposed a fatal flaw in the deadly parasite that causes malaria - one of the world's biggest killers.

Komodo dragon

News | 2 Mar 2021

Study reveals surprising history of world’s largest lizard

The unusual breeding history of the Earth's largest living lizard - the Komodo dragon - has been laid bare in a new study from The Australian National University.

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Analysis and opinion | 10 Feb 2021

Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough

Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and threaten at least 120 species with extinction. Five experts analyse a parliamentary report on the problem.

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News | 5 Feb 2021

Turbocharging photosynthesis the key to a food secure world

Australian agriculture plays a key role towards providing food for the planet but it is also expected to be one of the world's most impacted areas from climate change.

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News | 5 Feb 2021

Spicy perfection isn’t to prevent infection

The next time you tuck in to a tikka masala you might find yourself asking a burning question: are spices used in dishes to help stop infection?

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News | 28 Jan 2021

$3 million boost to protect our biodiversity

Threatened Australian animal and plant species have been given a major lifeline, thanks to new funding for a new database that contains 100-years of flora and fauna DNA.

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