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…


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


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


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


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…


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


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


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


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


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…


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…


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


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…


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


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


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


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…


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


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


Conspiracy theories – not so crazy

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


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


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…


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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