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Discover how science research at ANU is shaping our future.

‘Smart plants’ and water use research win ARC Fellowships

Professor Barry Pogson, from the Research School of Biology, was awarded $2.9 million to create higher-yielding and more resilient 'smart plants'.

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24 Jun 2019

First, we listen: Hearing directly from locals about the effects of PFAS

In three very different towns, hundreds to thousands of kilometres apart across three states, residents are united by a common experience.

13 Jun 2019

Breaking a golden rule

A researcher has made a remarkable discovery about a group of lizards living in the Andes. Jess Fagan reports.

13 Jun 2019

Looking down, not up, to predict drought

ANU scientists are working with space technology to predict droughts months in advance.

28 May 2019

Baby did a lab, lab thing: the families being studied for science

What’s it like to be studied by researchers for your entire life – including in your own home?

A Mossy Red-eyed Frog sits on a leaf in Honduras

29 Mar 2019

Mass amphibian extinctions globally caused by fungal disease

An international study led by ANU has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species.

Two kangaroos grazing on Kangaroo Island

21 Mar 2019

There's a better way to manage kangaroo populations - study

Landholders need to turn professional in controlling kangaroo populations on properties and regard the iconic Australian animals as assets rather than pests.

20 Mar 2019

Asteroid's rugged surface complicates OSIRIS-REx mission

The near-Earth asteroid, Bennu, has thrown NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission a curve ball as its rough surface littered with boulders had not been anticipated.

18 Mar 2019

Lactation after loss: overcoming a taboo for grieving mothers

An ANU team is researching how to help a woman after the death of a baby.

13 Mar 2019

ANU researchers unravel mysteries of Earth's inner core

Researchers from ANU are unlocking some of the secrets of the Earth's inner core by adapting and further developing a technique used in hospitals.

12 Mar 2019

After the quake: ANU research helps build better buildings

ANU research is providing policy-makers with the data they need to build earthquake resilient buildings.