• An ancient red rodent

    X-rays reveal pelt colour in three-million-year-old fossil

    This is a very colourful, three-million-year-old mouse.The exceptionally well-preserved animal, complete with remnant...

    Animals May 22, 2019
  • Facility ups top X-ray pulse rate by orders of magnitude

    First results shed light on antibiotic resistance. Andrew Masterson reports.

    X-ray flashes generated every 0.000,000,220 seconds that vapourise tiny crystals grown from a molecule extracted from...

    Physics October 7, 2018
  • German science facility is very flash

    Laser helping researchers see things on atomic scale.

    One is linear and the other circular, one underground and the other outside, one opened just 12 months ago, the other...

    Physics June 28, 2018
  • Super-hot water in less than a second

    Use of X-rays to snap-change water from liquid to plasma.

    If you are sick of waiting for the kettle to boil for your morning coffee then a new technique to heat water with a p...

    Physics May 14, 2018
  • Science’s war on art fraud 

    High-tech methods such as X-ray fluorescence are revolutionising art conservation and authenticat...

    In 2016 a team of scientists led by David Thurrowgood of the National Gallery of Victoria took a painting by French i...

    Technology April 26, 2017
  • Cosmic rays reveal thunderstorm secrets

    Clues come from particles floating around the cosmos.

    Ever since Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm and extracted a spark from the other end we’ve known tha...

    Physics May 11, 2015
  • Radio interference wreaks havoc with telescopes

    Technology makes life easier for most – but not so much for radio astronomers. Belinda Smith expl...

    The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia is the largest steerable radio telescope in the world. To protect the obser...

    Technology May 4, 2015
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