The drilling project at New Zealand’s Alpine Fault is the first to investigate a major fault that is due to rupture in a big earthquake in coming decades.
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An international team discovers extreme underground conditions at New Zealand's Alpine Fault, which is due to rupture in a major earthquake in the next few decades.
Hi Juno, welcome to Jupiter.
From the discovery of gravitational waves, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon to the Census debacle, it's been a big year in science and technology.
Rick Shine aims to save Australia’s reptiles.
University of Sydney
University of Sydney conservation scientist Rick Shine has won a top science honour, for work that uses evolutionary theory to try and keep cane toads from killing Australia's native wildlife.
Melissa Little (right) and Minoru Takasato (centre) from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute won the 2016 UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for work on growing kidney tissue from stem cells.
The pioneers of Australian scientific research, education and communication have been recognised in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Microbes living on corals are instrumental in keeping coral reefs healthy.
A new study provides insight into coral-dwelling microbial communities and how they react to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. What does it mean for the Great Barrier Reef?
Research shows people generally approve of cars programmed to sacrifice their passengers to save others, but aren’t so keen on riding in such vehicles themselves.
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Although they think it’s 'more moral,’ most people would not buy a driverless car programmed to make choices for the greater good.
Jason Clare says the government’s ‘second-rate copper NBN’ will not meet the needs of Australians in the future.
Under the Labor NBN plan up to two million extra homes will get fibre-to-the-premise without additional cost to the government.
Latent fingermarks dusted with micronised Egyptian blue on a $20 note, viewed in the Near Infrared.
The ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about how to produce a vibrant blue pigment for their tombs and coffins. Now it's being used to help find fingerprints.
A study has shown that turtle hatchlings lend each other a flipper digging out of the sand to save energy.
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New research suggests turtle hatchlings work together with clutch mates to escape their underground nests.
A butterfly’s wing viewed through an optical microscope (left) and the scanning helium microscope (right).
University of Newcastle
A new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.
Glass sculpture representation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus structure.
A new animal study has shown injections of antibodies might protect against HIV infection, albeit for only a limited time.
A burst of ghostly neutrinos may have been generated by a quasar like this.
A burst of neutrinos detected deep under the Antarctic ice may have originated from a distant quasar on the edge of the visible universe.
Malcolm Turnbull says businesses and governments must better educate and empower employees to use sound practices online.
Australian public and private sector organisations and individuals are facing malicious cyber activity that is unprecedented in scale and reach, Malcolm Turnbull warns.
Artists’s impression of a Monkey-faced Bat (Genus Pteralopex)
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An expedition to the Solomon Islands to investigate rare monkey-faced bats and giant rats will help preserve these remarkable species.
The steering committee of Indonesia Science Funds (ISF) at the launch of the multi-year research funding organisation.
Indonesia Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia)
Indonesia finally has a multi-year funding scheme to finance long-term world-class scientific research.
This attractive specimen, collected from a doorknob in New York, loved being in space.
Alex Alexiev/UC Davis
One common terrestrial bacterium has been found to grow in the microgravity of the International Space Station than on Earth, although it remains a mystery why.
The High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) was instrumental in determining the origin of cosmic rays.
A new study suggests that mysterious high energy cosmic rays might originate from the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
Dr Alan Finkel will bring his perspective as an engineer to the role of Chief Scientist.
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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia's Chief Scientist in January this year. In this exclusive interview, he describes his approach to science, and to issues such as renewable energy and STEM jobs.
Australia’s chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb, at the National Press Club in Canberra, in 2013.
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After almost five years, Ian Chubb today ends his role Australia's Chief Scientist. He's seen some challenging times with changing leadership and ministers but he believes Australia is in a better place.
Alan Finkel participates in a debate with Nobel Laureate, Brian Schmidt.
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Australia's new Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is a passionate advocate for science and technology, and has argued that Australia should consider nuclear power.
Photosynthesis is crucial to the ability of plants to convert sunlight into energy.
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Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has received this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Science for his pioneering research into photosynthesis.
Bubbles can be worth a lot of money.
The bubbles generated by Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson have been worth over $36 billion to the Australian economy. He has just received the 2015 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation.
Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells.
The ability to grow new kidneys from stem cells might transform our treatment for kidney disease.
The 1000 Genome Project is comparing the genomes of thousands of people from around the world.
The 1000 Genome Project has revealed the genetic variations that exist among people around the world, and discovered that some people are missing many genes.
Could creativity and worry be linked?
Psychologists have advanced a new theory linking neurotic unhappiness and creativity, arguing that natural worriers may have highly active imaginations and be more creative problem-solvers.