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Tobias Stierli / NCCR PlanetS

Analysis and opinion | 1 Dec 2020

Ancient Earth had a thick, toxic atmosphere like Venus – until it cooled off and became liveable

Unlike our hellish neighbour Venus, Earth was far enough from the Sun for liquid water to form and create a more hospitable environment for life.

Analysis and opinion | 24 Nov 2020

Ancient sponges or just algae? New research overturns chemical evidence for the earliest animals

Ancient fatty molecules, once believed to be traces of some of the first animals to live on Earth, may have been produced by algae instead.

RV Investigator. Image credit: CSIRO

News | 7 Oct 2020

Landmark voyage to help uncover Earth’s deep secrets

A team of Australian researchers are about to set off on a landmark voyage to discover more about the Earth beneath our oceans.

Analysis and opinion | 27 Aug 2020

Need a mood lift? We’ve tracked 4 ways Australia’s environment has repaired itself in 2020

Researchers have collated measurements made by satellites, field sensors and people, to get a picture of the nature's recovery while we've been in lockdown.

News | 30 Jul 2020

New study unravels secret to subduction

A new study by an international team of researchers offers new clues about where and how subduction starts on Earth.

Graph of the world showing seismic noise after social distancing

News | 24 Jul 2020

COVID-19 lockdown leads to huge drop in seismic noise

A new study by an international team of scientists has found lockdown measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 led to a 50 per cent reduction in seismic noise observed around the world.

Small icebergs

News | 24 Jul 2020

Historic CO2 decline could hold clues for future climate

A new study provides a clearer snapshot of conditions during the last ice age, when global ice sheets were at their peak, and could even lead to better models for future climate projections. 

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

Analysis and opinion | 23 Jul 2020

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

We know the climate changes as greenhouse gas concentrations rise, but the exact amount of expected warming remains uncertain.

Analysis and opinion | 17 Jul 2020

Australian cities are quiet during lockdown. Earthquake scientists are making the most of it

Our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically changed human activity all over the world. People are working from home, schools are closed in many places, travel is restricted, and in some cases only essential shops and businesses are open.

Prof Nerilie Abram holds up a coral core in the lab.

News | 1 May 2020

ANU and ABC partner to promote science for the public good

Scientists across Australia will get the chance to show the nation how their work is for the public good, under a new partnership between ANU and the ABC.

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