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Dr Kastoori Hingorani in her lab at the research School of Biology. Image: Stuart Hay
21
Aug

Water and sunlight the formula for sustainable fuel

An ANU team has successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, opening the way for biological systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel.

Image by DIBP images on flickr
21
Aug

Indigenous languages won’t survive if kids are learning only English

The question of what language(s) to teach Indigenous students, what languages to teach them in, and how to go about it has been generating a little political heat (but not quite so much light) of late.

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Photo by Stuart Hay, ANU
21
Aug

Early humans lived with Neanderthal neighbours

A new study has dated the final days of the Neanderthals and found they lived at the same time as the earliest modern humans in Europe. Rather than seeing Neanderthals suddenly vanish at the time modern humans appeared in Europe, we see a patchwork of the two species living side by side for several millennia.

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Dr Rachel Wood with a 40,000 year old bone of a red deer, showing human cut marks. Image Stuart Hay
21
Aug

Neanderthals and Modern Humans coexisted

For several thousand years Neanderthals and modern humans lived alongside one another in Europe, a new study has found.

Image by Ed Schipul on flickr
19
Aug

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

Dr Julia Ellyard
19
Aug

Genetic key to lupus shows potential of personalised medicine

DNA sequencing of a lupus patient has identified a specific genetic mutation that is causing the disease, opening the way for personalised treatments.

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Former Treasurer Wayne Swan launches his book The Good Fight at the ANU. Photo by Stuart Hay
18
Aug

Swan launches book on Labor years at ANU

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan has visited the Australian National University to launch his book on the turbulent years of the Rudd and Gillard Governments.

Giant Magellan Telescope
18
Aug

Giant Magellan Telescope

Did you know that Mount Stromlo Observatory is playing a major part in the construction of the world’s largest telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope?

PhD students Giovanni Guccione (L) and Harry Slatyer examine their gold coated silver gallium nanowire in the Quantum Optics labs
15
Aug

Laser makes microscopes way cooler

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus

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Image by The US Army on flickr.
15
Aug

This time things won’t be different in Iraq

US president Barack Obama in his televised speech regarding the military strike against the Islamic State (IS) last week spoke repeatedly not only of the humanitarian reasons for the precision strikes against the IS military forces, but also of strengthening Iraq as a vehicle for stability.

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