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.

Professor Carola Vinuesa, with a bust of Howard Florey, at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Image Stuart Hay, ANU

Immunology researcher wins $25,000 Young Florey Medal

Professor Carola Vinuesa from the John Curtin School of Medical Research has been awarded the inaugural CSL Young Florey Medal for her research into how the immune system produces antibodies to fight disease

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The fine balancing act of global food security

As the global population continues to rise, the challenges of giving people access to healthy and nutritious food grow by the day. Food security is an essential part of the future of the human population. To meet demand, food production will need to double by 2050. ANU PhD candidate JOHN RIVERS, Research Fellow DR NORMAN […]

Dr Anneke Blackburn. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU

Non-toxic drug to target cancer’s sweet spot

A new drug trial on a rare type of blood cancer is due to start early next year and could help in the broader fight against other forms of cancer.

Dr Vladlen Shvedov (L) and Dr Cyril Hnatovsky adjusting the hollow laser beam in their lab at RSPE. Image Stuart Hay, ANU

Physicists build reversible tractor beam

Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre.

The Blue Lake in the dormant volcano at Mount Gambier. Image courtesy of Bjorn Hornemann on flickr

Australian volcanic mystery explained

Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia’s only active volcanic area, in the country’s southeast.

Professor Carola Vinuesa, chief investigator from the Centre for Personalised Immunology.

NHMRC funds to boost medical research

ANU medical researchers have won more than $10 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

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Sea level changes from glacial to recent times

Scientists have mapped changes in global sea level and ice volumes, through the last ice age into recent times, in the most comprehensive study of its kind.

Professor Joerg Hermann (L) and Professor Daniela Rubatto in the Research School of Earth Sciences

The ancient mountains that fed early life

Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago.


Exploring the violent universe

The University has launched its third free on-line astronomy course which explores the deadliest and most mysterious parts of the universe.

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