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.
Tiny lasers light up future electronics
(Phys.org) —Faster, smaller electronics are one step closer with researchers from The Australian National University successfully making the first room temperature lasers from gallium arsenide nanowires.
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.
Cheap petrol fuels road deaths
Fuel subsidies in countries such as Venezuela and Indonesia are fuelling high road death rates, and around 35,000 road deaths could be avoided each year by the removal of global fuel subsidies, a new study from The Australian ...
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.
Protecting native forests more valuable than logging
New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged.
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.
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.
Counting species an inaccurate science
Species could be going extinct right under the noses of scientists without them realising, researchers have found.
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.