Core Sciences

  • Next Big Thing: Catalysts can change the world

    It is possible to step towards a sustainable world – you just have to be clever with the chemistr...

    We now have more cars in Sydney’s CBD then we had in the 1970s, yet our air quality is radically better. Why? Because...

    Chemistry May 7, 2021
  • Mathematical modelling: A dark art comes to light

    When there’s no time to waste and the stakes are high, a computer model can be just what you need...

    You could say that mathematical modelling’s moment had arrived. The coronavirus had reached Australia, state health o...

    Mathematics May 7, 2021
  • Highest intensity laser ever

    Physicists demonstrate record-breaking laser pulse.

    After a decade of work, researchers at the Center for Relativistic Laser Science (CoReLS) at the Institute for Basic ...

    Physics May 7, 2021
  • 5 quirky study areas of maths

    Our favourite ‘ologies’ for World Maths day.

    Mathematics is massive area of study – from statistics, to probability, to chaos. It’s a wide world, which means ther...

    Mathematics May 5, 2021
  • Welcome to my world: the real right stuff

    Test pilot Aaron How troubleshoots and simplifies planes, making them safer for all.

    Any time a plane flies, silently assisting with the craft’s lift and trim is the huge group of people that made sure ...

    Engineering April 30, 2021
  • Tiny parasite could solve wastewater problem

    A new organism may prevent costly foaming in water treatment plants.

    Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsib...

    Biology April 30, 2021
  • Molecules brought into a single quantum state

    Breakthrough in quantum chemistry has implications for quantum technology.

    Quantum technology has a lot of promise, but several research barriers need to be overcome before it can be widely us...

    Chemistry April 29, 2021
  • Measuring lead nucleus tells of neutron stars

    A neutron skin behaviour that affects atoms and stars.

    Physicists have just collected the most accurate measurement of the thickness of the neutron ‘skin’ of a lead (Pb) nu...

    Physics April 28, 2021
  • Explainer

    What is PCR?

    The standard technique for detecting SARS-CoV-2 is incredibly useful in other places too.

    PCR was an acronym that dominated the news in 2020. What is the technique, how useful is it, and what does it tell us...

    Biology April 27, 2021
  • Why antibiotics shouldn’t be in soap

    It’s the “soap” in antibacterial soap that’s protecting your hands – not the “antibacterial”.

    You might assume that a soap or a cleaning product labelled as “antimicrobial” or “antibacterial” is a safer, more hy...

    Core Sciences April 26, 2021
  • The road ahead for driverless cars in Australia

    Seemingly only just over the horizon, autonomous vehicle trials in Australia seem stuck in first ...

    The phrase “driverless cars” likely conjures up images of sleek vehicles cruising city streets, ferrying passengers a...

    Engineering April 23, 2021
  • Y2Q: quantum computing and the end of internet security

    Will quantum computing pick the digital lock of all our most precious secrets?

    What if you woke up one morning to find all locks had disappeared? Not just the one on your front door, or the lock o...

    Computing April 23, 2021
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