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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.

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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.

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Two side by side photos. One is a head shot of Dorrit Jacob, the other is Barry Pogson standing with plants.

News | 25 May 2021

World leading ANU scientists recognised among nation's best

A plant biologist and geochemist from The Australian National University have both been recognised for their outstanding contributions to their fields of science.

Two pink cancer cells on teal green background.

News | 24 May 2021

Ancestral dormant genes could be driving cancer

In a new paper published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from The Australian National University and Arizona State University challenge the conventional model that cancer is driven by random mutations.

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.

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.

Earth from space, showing Africa and Europe.

News | 3 Mar 2021

Scientists dig deep to reveal Earth’s hidden layer

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) have confirmed the existence of the Earth's "innermost inner core".

Woman holding a large jaw bone up to the camera.

News | 3 Feb 2021

New software allows scientists to “walk inside” samples

New software will allow scientists to see data in 3D and create life-like models of objects like fossils and mummies, making it possible to "zoom in" on smaller details without damaging the original.

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.