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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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18 Sep 2017

ANU scientists produce best estimate of Earth’s composition

Scientists at ANU have produced the best estimate of Earth’s elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago.

16 Sep 2017

ANU research to help boost food production to feed the world

ANU will help to boost food production to feed a rapidly growing world population as part of a major international research collaboration.

12 Sep 2017

Quantum internet a step closer with data storage breakthrough

Scientists at ANU have found a new way to store quantum data long enough to share the information around a next-generation internet, impervious to hacking.

8 Sep 2017

Secret life may thrive in warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that animals and plants may live in warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers.

30 Aug 2017

Healthy glucose levels the key to a healthy ageing brain

New research has found blood glucose levels even at the normal range can have a significant impact on brain atrophy in ageing.

23 Aug 2017

Upgrading the world’s most important protein

Despite being the most abundant protein in the world, we are still getting to the roots of how Rubisco, the protein at the heart of photosynthesis, works.

18 Aug 2017

Scientists help solve mystery of what causes exploding stars

Scientists from ANU have helped to solve the mystery of what causes exploding stars, which are used to measure the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

17 Aug 2017

ANU-led study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by ANU has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.

16 Aug 2017

400 million year old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

A new study from ANU on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary lineage linked to humans.

9 Aug 2017

Microcephaly brain size linked to mutation in stem cell micro environment

New research highlights the significant role the surrounding environment of stem cells might play in the brain size of babies with microcephaly.