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.
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.
Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages, research says
An international team of researchers has found evidence that the steam and heat from volcanoes and heated rocks allowed many species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, helping scientists understand how species ...
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 as a fuel.
Earth's center is out of sync
(Phys.org) —We all know that the Earth rotates beneath our feet, but new research from ANU has revealed that the center of the Earth is out of sync with the rest of the planet, frequently speeding up and slowing down.
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.