Using antimatter to find weirdo supernovae

Fiona Panther is searching out galaxy for antimatter - no it's not science fiction, she's after anti - electrons, called positrons. It'll help her to study supernovae - exploding stars. https://youtu.be/qDCMuhTXo_Y Fi is a PhD student at ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt Stromlo. Filmed at Physics in the Pub, 2016, Smith's Alternative. … Continue reading Using antimatter to find weirdo supernovae

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How to study Astronomy with a balloon

We know PhD students like to do things on the cheap... well Ryan Ridden-Harper is doing high altitude astronomy - like the Hubble space telescope - but with no expensive satellite, just a weather balloon. He hopes it will give nice cheap insights into dark energy! https://youtu.be/EUCSk5-7Rbw

Gravitational Waves – behind the scenes

I had the honour to interview David Reitze, one of the leaders in gravitational wave physics, when he visited Canberra earlier this year. Bit surprised he wasn't one of the Nobel laureates... but anyway, ahead of the exciting announcement tomorrow, (what have they found this time?!),  here's the interview. https://youtu.be/AYcH-qtKxuo   And for those who … Continue reading Gravitational Waves – behind the scenes

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