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A cosmic event captured by NASA.

New infrared telescope to help find Universe’s “hidden treasures” in real time

A new infrared telescope built by ANU will monitor the entire southern sky in search of new cosmic events as they take place.

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News | 25 Mar 2020

ANU campuses move to remote work and study

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt today announced The Australian National University (ANU) will move to remote work and study from tomorrow.

Scientist in the lab.

Analysis and opinion | 24 Mar 2020

Why our unis are essential to beating COVID-19

Society is relying on its universities and medical research institutes to develop vaccines, tests and public health measures to combat COVID-19.

Matthew Spence and Vanessa Vongsouthi stand behind a sheet of PET plastic film, the breakdown target of their PETase enzyme.

Student profile | 21 Mar 2020

Breakin’ it down with plastic-degrading enzymes

Two PhD students are harnessing the power of an enzyme to break down plastic.

Student with laptop

News | 19 Mar 2020

ANU to pause coursework teaching for one week

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt announced ANU will pause coursework teaching for one week from Monday 23 March.


News | 16 Mar 2020

Statement on precautionary measures for COVID-19 on ANU campuses

ANU will cancel public events and social gatherings to minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 among our community and more widely.

Spotted Pardalote by Patrick Kavanagh

News | 16 Mar 2020

Birds are the “canaries in the climate-change coal mine”

A bird study led by ANU provides new understanding of the ways birds and mammals respond to a rapidly warming world.

Researchers collecting coral core samples.

News | 12 Mar 2020

Indian Ocean phenomenon spells climate trouble for Australia

The Indian Ocean's surface temperatures are changing, putting southeast Australia on course for increasingly hot and dry conditions.

Analysis and opinion | 10 Mar 2020

Sure, save furry animals after the bushfires – but our river creatures are suffering too

After the bushfires, donations flooded in for our iconic mammals. But there’s a risk the government and public responses will not see the fish for the koalas.

Research story | 10 Mar 2020

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common

Climate drivers, such as the Indian Ocean Dipole, are an entirely natural phenomenon, but climate change is modifying the behaviour of these climate modes.

Research story | 6 Mar 2020

Why aren’t women in science applying for grants?

If you look at the list of ANU College of Science research projects receiving funding in the 2020 round of ARC Discovery Grants, something stands out.