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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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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 | 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.

1829 painting of Swan River, showing European settlers and First Nation people amongst a lush green landscape with swans.

News | 20 Apr 2021

Scientists look to “hot spot” for longest weather record

Scientists from ANU are looking for volunteers to help create Australia's longest daily weather record from a globally recognised climate change "hot spot".

Two wallabies sitting on rocks in rain

News | 31 Mar 2021

A new hope for the environment after Black Summer fires

A new report on Australia's environment has found the country's landscapes and waterways are making a slow recovery from one of the grimmest periods on record.

Analysis and opinion | 26 Mar 2021

Yes, Australia is a land of flooding rains. But climate change could be making it worse

The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.

Analysis and opinion | 26 Mar 2021

Managed retreat of settlements remains a tough call even as homes flood and coasts erode

Today's risks will be tomorrow's normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.

News | 17 Mar 2021

Lost song spells trouble for endangered songbird

The critically endangered regent honeyeater is losing its "song culture" due to the bird's rapidly declining population.

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Analysis and opinion | 5 Mar 2021

Fires bring home climate-driven urgency of rethinking where we live – and how

The unprecedented intensity of two summers of bushfires, first in the east and then in the west, offered harsh lessons for Australians. One is that some settlements must retreat from high-risk areas.

News | 26 Feb 2021

Lyrebirds use siren song to lure sexual partners

Biologists think they've discovered what drives lyrebirds' ability to mimic complex sounds.

Research story | 19 Feb 2021

Fighting future fires

Associate Professor Marta Yebra is using data models to better predict future bushfire behaviour.

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