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Mangroves remember droughts — this could be bad news for our coastlines

For many Australians, memories of the disastrous 2019 and 2020 Black Summer bushfires are front of mind as…


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The Matildas waltz in as Australia’s Word of the Year

The soaring popularity of the Australian women’s soccer team after their semi-final run at this year’s FIFA Women’s…

15 November 2023



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AI faces look more real than actual human faces

White faces generated by artificial intelligence (AI) now appear more real than human faces, according to new research…

14 November 2023



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Top honour for trail-blazing public health expert

ANU Associate Professor Aparna Lal’s love for science didn’t begin in a lab, or with hours spent out…

15 August 2023



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RNA takes centre stage as ANU researchers translate life’s deepest secrets

A close relative of DNA, ribonucleic acid (RNA) plays a critical role in making the proteins that are…


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What’s in a name? Why the words we use for family members tell a much bigger story

If all families are quirky, so is the language we use to talk about them.   The terms for…

30 May 2023



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Measuring the quantum: new techniques for accurate measurements of tiny objects

New research led by a team of scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) has outlined a way…

13 January 2023



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G’day mate! How ANU is helping Hollywood actors perfect the Aussie accent

Hollywood actors have found the Australian accent a notoriously tough nut to crack. Megastars including Elizabeth Moss, Benedict…

7 December 2022



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What are the odds? From coin tosses to card shuffles

If you’re playing a game of cards, Associate Professor Dale Roberts is a handy person to have around.…

7 December 2022



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What are ‘rare earth’ elements and why are they important?

They are in your smartphone, electric vehicles and used widely in renewable energy technology. But what exactly are…


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How ocean currents helped Dr Adele Morrison find her own path

Oceanographer Dr Adele Morrison is working on the frontline of the climate crisis. Her research is crucial to…


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Top gong for young ANU composer

An aspiring music composer from The Australian National University (ANU) has won a major international prize for his piece for…

6 October 2022



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How is sport grappling with gender and trans inclusion?  

Sport is contending with issues of gender and inclusion globally. But it’s time to challenge basic assumptions, such…


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Come in Spinner: two-up’s unusual language explained

Why is the wooden paddle used to toss the coins in two-up called a kip?  Why should you be…

22 April 2022



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Garang Dut’s journey from a refugee camp to health policy expert

Dr Garang Dut understands better than most the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on Australia’s refugee community.  …

15 December 2021



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What the Taliban takeover means for Afghanistan

The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan comes after 20 years of a Unites States-led military presence in…

15 December 2021



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The legend of Zorro and the masked owls

Spending hours on end sniffing out stinky owl vomit and dead bats might not be everyone’s idea of a dream…


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Connecting to Country and culture

Minda Murray has always been a wearer of many hats — Aboriginal ranger, firefighter, elite cyclist, environmental scientist,…

4 August 2021



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Why chart toppers aren’t heart stoppers

We all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to the music we listen to – but could…

22 December 2020



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Conspiracy theories – not so crazy

From UFOs to what really happened to America’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy, a lot of conspiracy theories…


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Consumption-driven climate change leaves the poor worse off

Climate change is disproportionately impacting the poor, elderly and people with a disability , according to an expert…

24 February 2020



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Bushfire crisis spells trouble for Aussie insects

Australia’s current bushfire crisis could wipe out some of our rarer insect species, according to a group of…


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Local birds are expert eavesdroppers

Most humans are well versed in the art of eavesdropping. We learn it at an early age by…

31 October 2018



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