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13 Jul 2021

‘Environmental accounting’ could revolutionise nature conservation, but Australia has squandered its potential

Let’s say a new irrigation scheme is proposed and all the land it’ll take up needs to be cleared — trees felled, soil upturned, and habitats destroyed. Water will also have to be allocated. Would the economic gain of the scheme outweigh the damage to the environment?

Professor Yun Liu, Professor Sharon Friel and Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths.

8 Jul 2021

ANU researchers win nation’s most prestigious funding award

Galaxies, building health equity and “crystal chemistry” is the focus of three major research projects at The Australian National University (ANU) receiving more than $9.7 million in Government funding.

22 Jun 2021

Dust from exploding stars is raining down on Earth. I hunt it to learn how the elements were made

It is all around us. Every day in our lives we are in contact with it. In fact, we are made from it: ancient stardust.

18 Jun 2021

Seeing the invisible: tiny crystal films could make night vision an everyday reality

Night vision goggles, infrared cameras and other similar devices detect infrared light reflected from objects or rather detect infrared light emitted from objects in the form of heat.

Dr Lara Malins in chemistry laboratory.

3 May 2021

Fighting antibiotic resistance takes guts

As a kid, Dr Lara Malins loved playing with Lego. Now she is using those same skills to build new drug leads in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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.

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.

8 Apr 2021

Climate change in the Australian Alps

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