Federal Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer launches the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, to be based at ANU.

New research centre to investigate how language works

A new national research centre will investigate how language works and how it makes us who we are.

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Long players: secrets of the Rolling Stones longevity

The Rolling Stones are currently nearing the end of their seventh (and quite possibly last) tour of Australia and – despite cancelling the Hanging Rock gig due to Mick Jagger’s throat infection – are still going strong, as is their fan base. So what’s the secret?

Professor Mick Dodson will lead new research into deficit discourse after winning an ARC Indigenous Discovery grant.

ANU to lead new Indigenous research projects

The ANU will lead new research to improve the public discourse on Indigenous issues, and to safeguard the cultural language of the people of the Western Desert, under new Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.

Image Debbie Argue.

Hobbit-like cousins came from Africa, were not sick

On the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Homo floresiensis, an ANU archaeologist has dismissed suggestions our ancient hobbit-like cousins were really modern humans who suffered from medical syndromes.

New map sheds light on Ludwig Leichhardt’s 1844 expedition of northern Australia.

Shedding new light on Leichhardt’s expedition

A project by The Australian National University has shed new light on Ludwig Leichhardt’s landmark expedition to explore northern Australia 170 years ago.

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Symposium looks at art, mortality and fascination with death

People are fascinated by death and mortality because we want to know we can die the best way we can, the Director of the Centre for Art History and Theory, Helen Ennis says.

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Flickr.

Australians see Indonesia as a friend, but no ally

A majority of Australians regard Indonesia as a friend of Australia but not an ally, the latest Australian National University (ANU) snapshot of the nation’s views on foreign policy has found.

Image by Ed Schipul on flickr

Ugly Mugs: ‘an unacceptable breach of sex workers’ privacy’

Peta Brady’s Ugly Mugs, which I saw in Sydney last week, opens with a gurney being wheeled onto the stage – on it, a sex worker who has died at the hands of a client and who, like the phoenix tattooed on her chest, rises from the ashes to tell her story

Exploring the Milky Way. Photo by James Gilbert

ANU wins funding for Future Fellowships

The ANU has won funding for 16 major research projects under the Australian Research Council’s Future Fellowships program.

Photo by Stuart Hay, ANU

Writer off to Sci-Fi convention

53-year-old academic, writer and Sci-Fi fan Gillian Polack is off to the World Science Fiction Convention in London on 14-18, as the Australasian delegate.

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