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.
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.
The ancient mountains that fed early life
Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago.
New tool for galactic archaeology
(Phys.org) —Reconstructing the history of our Galaxy has just become a whole lot easier, thanks to a team of international astronomers led by Dr Luca Casagrande from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Math model reveals insight into how first life forms were 'born'
An international team of physicists have revealed insights into how the very first life-forms made the jump from the non-living to the living world, by mathematically modelling biological states using energy waves called ...
Time to dethrone GDP as a measure of national success, researcher says
(Phys.org) —Gross Domestic Product is a misleading measure of national success, say ANU experts.
Student creates world's largest quantum cluster
(Phys.org) —Australian National University PhD student Seiji Armstrong has made a quantum leap towards next-generation computing.
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.