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    Precision planet detection

    New tool to search for worlds beyond our solar system.

    Macquarie University astronomer Christian Schwab has just helped develop one of the most precise tools ever built to ...

    Astronomy August 5, 2021
  • A quick way to weigh molecules

    Researchers have found a simpler way to identify chemicals.

    A mystery substance is analysed and found to contain, let’s say, five compounds. How is that analysis actually done? ...

    Australia July 26, 2021
  • Mercury: Rainbow planet

    Spectral analysis reveals Mercury’s mineral makeup.

    This false-colour image of Mercury was made using data collected by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which was designed t...

    Space May 2, 2018
  • A starlight rainbow

    A next-level planet hunter splits light from individual stars into its spectral components.

    The spectrum of light from a star from the ESPRESSO instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile.ESO/ESPRESSO team...

    Space December 6, 2017
  • The tricky science of tracking and predicting volcanic eruptions

    Sophisticated gas monitoring devices and satellite GPS data are starting to give scientists a fig...

    The Japanese city of Kagoshima sits near the base of the active volcano Sakurajima.Jim Holmes / Getty ImagesIt was ju...

    Earth Sciences February 7, 2017
  • Apollo 14 gems reveal moon is 4.51 billion years old

    Zircon crystals brought to Earth by NASA astronauts in 1971 suggest our satellite was born within...

    Rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 mission – with lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell pictured here – have helpe...

    Earth Sciences January 11, 2017
  • Device can tell if an apple's ripe from its 'glow'

    The unit, which weighs less than an apple, can tell if fruit is ripe while it’s still on the tree...

    Biting into an unripe apple is generally a bit of a disappointment. A hand-held device aims to do away with such sour...

    Technology September 8, 2016
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