• Black hole gulps down neutron star

    Gravitational-wave astronomers finally spot a black hole consuming a neutron star.

    For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves from a black hole swallowing a neutron star – and no...

    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • Awards

    Physics and chemistry in PM’s Prize limelight

    Australian awards recognise discovery, ideas and teaching.

    Four physicists and a chemist have taken out the top awards in this year’s Australian Prime Minister’s Prizes for Sci...

    Features October 28, 2020
  • Black holes merge to create something huge

    The most massive ever observed with gravitational waves.

    Astronomers from the international LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration have reported their biggest catch yet – a ...

    Astronomy September 3, 2020
  • Focus

    The supersizing of quantum physics

    Smashing noise limits by squeezing light.

    Quantum physics is the realm of tiny particles no longer. Scientists at the giant gravitational wave detector LIGO in...

    Core Sciences July 3, 2020
  • Unleash the quantum vacuum squeezer

    New instrument extends LIGO’s already significant reach.

    The US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) used to pick up whispers of gravitational wav...

    Space December 8, 2019
  • We are stardust. And Big Bang dust.

    Neutron star collisions are essential to our origin story.

    When, in 2017, the LIGO experiment detected gravitational waves from two neutron stars colliding, it sent electromagn...

    Astrophysics July 5, 2019
  • Breakthrough in hunt for gravitational waves

    Hearing quantum noise at room temperature.

    A new physical device makes it possible to observe – and hear – quantum effects at room temperature, a breakthrough t...

    Physics April 2, 2019
  • Spacetime from Euclid to LIGO

    Tracing the discovery of gravitational waves from neutron stars.

    In 2015 we first heard the whooping sound made by a pair of colliding black holes.  Two years later it was the unique...

    Space October 16, 2018
  • Neutron star upper limit found

    German astrophysicists use LIGO data to reveal the maximum size a neutron star can grow. Andrew M...

    Data obtained from the breakthrough observation last year of two neutron stars colliding continues to drive new resea...

    Space January 21, 2018
  • Journal tips neutron star merger as “Breakthrough of the Year”

    One of the world’s leading science publications rates the LIGO-based discovery as the big story o...

    Science has chosen as its 2017 Breakthrough of the Year the first observations of a neutron-star merger, a violent ce...

    Space December 21, 2017
  • Cosmic fireball sheds light

    Insight into on source of gravitational waves.

    “I can’t think of a similar situation in the field of science in my lifetime where a single event provides so many st...

    Physics October 16, 2017
  • Trio of gravitational wave detectors homes

    Astronomers pinned down the location of black hole collision.

    Over the past two years, gravitational wave detectors have let us eavesdrop on the universe-shaking booms of black ho...

    Physics September 28, 2017
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