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.
Water and sunlight the formula for sustainable fuel
An Australian National University (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 ...
Physicists create water tractor beam
Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at ...
New material puts a twist in light
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry ...
Fusion energy facility promises clean energy
The search for star power – fusion – has received a major boost with the launch of the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility (APFRF) at The Australian National University.
Bush Capital could lose its old trees
(Phys.org) —The bush capital is losing its large old native trees so fast it may have none left within 120 years, an ANU study has found.
How the Great Barrier Reef survived colder temperatures
The Great Barrier Reef grew during the last ice age, even though the water temperatures were four to five degrees colder than today, a team of international scientists has found.
New book charts human-orangutan encounters
The first comprehensive history of the orangutan-human encounter and the thin line that separates the two beings has been launched in Canberra.
Finding the lost art of Angkor Wat
(Phys.org) —Long-lost paintings have been discovered on the walls of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple, thanks to the keen observations of an ANU researcher.
Australians respect science but don't know the details
A new report has found Australians have extremely positive attitudes about science and technology, although they're not always clear about the details.
Putting a value on environmental change
The value of the global environment to human well-being, health and livelihoods fell by around US$20 trillion (A$21.5 trillion) a year between 1997 and 2011 due to loss of wetlands, coral reefs and tropical ...
Counting species an inaccurate science
Species could be going extinct right under the noses of scientists without them realising, researchers have found.
Possum poo study sheds light on human epidemics
A new study of the way bacteria spread amongst possums could shed light on the spread of human epidemics.
Martian mineral could be linked to microbes
(Phys.org) —Scientists have discovered that the earliest living organisms on Earth were capable of making a mineral that may be found on Mars.
Ocean winds keep Antarctica cold, Australia dry
New Australian National University-led research has explained why Antarctica is not warming as much as other continents, and why southern Australia is recording more droughts.
Forest loss linked to swift parrot mortality
(Phys.org) —New research has found the endangered swift parrot is more likely to be killed and eaten by sugar gliders in Tasmania in areas where forests are disturbed or lost compared to areas of intact ...