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Megavolts Ep 10: Cygnus and the search for dark matter

Is there dark matter all around us, is there a dark matter wind passing through us as the earth travels through space? Victoria Uttaree Bashu is part of the Cygnus-Oz collaboration,...

19 April 2024

Nanoscale tent makes diabetes breath test a reality

The accidental creation of a tent mere microns in area has enabled a breath test for diabetes, which could change the lives of millions of people with the disease. The new device,...

11 April 2024

Using a dynamic metasurface for amplification of free space radiation

Physicists have devised an ultra-thin dynamic amplifier for electromagnetic radiation using a parametric metasurface. A parametric metasurface is a thin composite material with small-scale...

14 March 2024

Advice to postdocs: Surf the waves!

Dr Maryna Bilokur took out the prize at the inaugural Life as Postdoc in STEM competition, with a talk journaling her postdoc journey with the metaphor of surfing waves of enormous...

12 March 2024

Digging a tunnel in a quantum field

When Rosemary Zielinski was offered an honours project to develop a theory of quantum tunnelling, her first thought was, 'but that’s already done – I studied that in second...

7 March 2024

Quantum dot glowsticks could light up future technology

The heart of future quantum devices could be lit up by arrays of tiny glow-sticks, developed by ANU physicists. A group from the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)...

27 February 2024

Megavolts Episode 9: When fusion almost works

In the latest episode of MegaVolts we talk about fusion and when it fails. It’s a grey area – sometimes colliding nuclei miss, sometimes they bounce and sometimes they...

9 February 2024

A solar car you could take to Mars

Living on Mars you’re a good distance from a mechanic. So, any technology you use there would need to be robust.  These are the kind of thoughts Professor Rod Boswell has been...

6 February 2024

To prove gravity is quantum, use a laser, not a mass

The mystery of the possible quantum nature of gravity could be solved with lasers – a major contrast with the conventional approach of using masses, say ANU physicists. Quantum...

1 February 2024

Seeing into the ground with gravity

It’s a challenge to see into the ground, but high resolution gravity measurements could be a way to reveal underground structures – caves, tunnels or even water bodies. Physicists...

25 January 2024

Even when nuclei don’t touch, there’s give and take

When nuclei collide, protons and neutrons zip back and forth between them, even if they stay a significant distance apart and don’t touch. Physicists measured nuclei bouncing...

15 January 2024

Nanoflowers help to grow the hydrogen economy.

In the search for optimum hydrogen production researchers have found decorating their electrodes with tiny metal flowers boosts the process significantly. Dr Asim Riaz said the structures...

22 December 2023

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