Wave of the Century

Originally published in ANU Reporter: The discovery of gravitational waves is the culmination of a search by a generation of ANU physicists, reports DR PHIL DOOLEY, BSc (Hons) '90, PhD '99. An excited hush fell over the briefing room at Parliament House as Professor David McClelland stepped up to the microphone. "I'm pretty sure you all … Continue reading Wave of the Century

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Space technology for a world of problems

The benefits of satellites are far-reaching and versatile. They can improve productivity on farms, locate people stranded in disaster zones, and even track sports performance. Naohiko Kohtake’s research area of space once seemed among the least practical realms. But his work solves real-world problems for everyday people working on the land, looking for safety, or … Continue reading Space technology for a world of problems

A new spin on data storage

Seems physicists are inventing particles faster'n I can write about em. Who ever knew you could call a twisted magnetic field a particle? First published here: http://www.research.a-star.edu.sg/research/7691/a-new-spin-on-data-storage, 8 May 2017. -- Study into spirals of magnetic spin showcases potential of layered materials for future data storage Tiny spirals of magnetism called skyrmions could be used as … Continue reading A new spin on data storage

A magic cloak of earthquake protection

  The editor thought Harry Potter was so last decade, so this Cosmos article got majorly changed.  Thought the original wasn't bad though... ----------------------- Harry Potter’ invisibility cloak might just have been trumped by a French team, who aim to make entire buildings invisible. Scientists from the Institut Fresnel in Marseilles are teaming up with … Continue reading A magic cloak of earthquake protection

Silicon brings more colour to holograms

Silicon holograms harness the full visible spectrum to bring holographic projections one step closer We can’t yet send holographic videos to Obi-Wan Kenobi on our droid, but A*STAR researchers have got us a little bit closer by creating holograms from an array of silicon structures that work throughout the visible spectrum1. Many recent advances in … Continue reading Silicon brings more colour to holograms