The Australian National University (ANU) is a public university located in the Australian capital, Canberra. Established by a Federal Act of Parliament in 1946, it is the nation's seventh-oldest university and the only Australian public university to be established by the Commonwealth, as opposed to a State or Territory, legislature. Centered at the Acton, Canberra campus, the university comprises seven teaching and research colleges, three focused postgraduate research centres and three non-tertiary educational entities, and hosts the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the National Computational Infrastructure facility. In 2011 ANU was separately ranked 26th and 38th among the world's universities and 1st and 2nd among Australian universities by the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, respectively.
Tasmania's swift parrot now facing population collapse
The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found.
Building shape inspires new material discovery
Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light.
World's largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia
A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia.
New study to examine Aussie English
A new study of Australian English is trying to find out if Australians all sound the same, or if people speak differently in the country compared to cities or across the states.
UN urged to ensure open access to plant genomes
A plant scientist from The Australian National University (ANU) has called for the United Nations to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue work to sustainably intensify world ...
Scientists unknowingly tweak experiments
A new study has found some scientists are unknowingly tweaking experiments and analysis methods to increase their chances of getting results that are easily published.
Assisted regeneration could make farmers money
Researchers have found that assisting vegetation to grow back naturally could be a far more profitable way for farmers to lock in carbon than the more commonly considered method of planting trees and shrubs.
Get the science right to value nature
An international group of scientists, industry representatives and policymakers wants to set guidelines for the science behind valuing nature.
Spurring production of a sluggish enzyme for crop yields
Australian scientists have found a way to improve production of an enzyme essential to plant growth.
Cash could be phased out within a decade, says expert
The rise of electronic currency will lead to the phasing out of physical cash in Australia within a decade, according to Professor Rabee Tourky, Director of the Australian National University (ANU) Research ...
Scientists predict earth-like planets around most stars
Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life.
Ocean floor dust gives new insight into supernovae
Scientists plumbing the depths of the ocean have made a surprise finding that could change the way we understand supernovae, exploding stars way beyond our solar system.
Quantum hard drive breakthrough
Physicists developing a prototype quantum hard drive have improved storage time by a factor of more than 100.
Kangaroos eating reptiles out of house and home
Large numbers of kangaroos are threatening an endangered species and are eating some lizards out of house and home, new research has found.
Unlocking the secrets of stem cell generation
International scientists have carried out the most detailed study of how specialised body cells can be reprogrammed to be like cells from the early embryo.