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Kate at walking along a storm water drain in Canberra.

1 Jul 2020

This story will change how you feel about drains

“Imagine how different it could be?” Kate asks. “Even if you didn’t get rid of the concrete, if you could just get the channel looking attractive!”

26 Jun 2020

From spy thrillers to laser beams: quantum encryption is coming

In search of an unbreakable code, ANU researchers are looking to the realm of quantum physics. And: laser beams.

A longhorn beetle (Rhytiphora).

29 May 2020

Beetle mania! PhD student Lauren is reshaping the family tree of longhorn beetles

Why judging a book by its cover has led to a tangled family tree for the longhorn beetle.

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4 May 2020

Can’t go outside? Even seeing nature on a screen can improve your mood

Are you feeling anxious or irritated during the coronavirus lockdown? Do you constantly want to get up and move? Maybe you need a moment to engage with nature.

14 Apr 2020

ANU Science on Location: One Tree Island

When the boat finally passes into the One Tree Island lagoon, you breathe a sigh of relief. This tiny coral cay is where you will spend the next ten days.

Charred landscape by James Walsh

3 Apr 2020

A major scorecard gives the health of Australia's environment less than 1 out of 10

Immediate action is needed to put Australia’s environment on a course to recovery.

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.

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.