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12 March 2020

Novel error-correction scheme developed for quantum computers

Experimental quantum computers are plagued with errors. Here Dr Arne Grimsmo from the School of Physics and colleagues from RMIT and the University of Queensland offer a new way to reduce errors across different types of quantum hardware.
11 March 2020

How intermittent fasting changes liver enzymes and helps prevent disease

Scientists hope to unlock the mechanisms by which intermittent fasting improves health outcomes to support treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
10 March 2020

Start your engines! Formula 1's engineering influence

This weekend the Formula 1 will celebrate 25 years of racing in Australia. Sydney Motorsport supervisor and motor research engineer Dr Andrei Lozzi explains the history, engineering and influence of race cars.
10 March 2020

Is your coffee contributing to malaria risk?

Global demand for products such as coffee, tobacco, cocoa, timber and cotton is depleting the rainforests and creating conditions where mosquitoes thrive.
10 March 2020

New type of pulsating star discovered

A star that pulses on just one side has been predicted in theory. But it took two simultaneous discoveries on opposite sides of our planet to uncover the first such example of a 'one-sided pulsator'.
05 March 2020

World's smelliest fruit could charge your mobile phone

A University of Sydney researcher has developed a new method using the world's most repulsive smelling fruit. Turning durian waste into super-capacitors could "substantially reduce" the cost of energy storage and charge devices very quickly.
03 March 2020

Three Australian Academy of Science award winners

The outstanding contributions to science of three of our researchers have been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science.
27 February 2020

To save these seahorses, we built them 5-star underwater hotels

Endangered Australian seahorses are thriving in new habitats that act like underwater hotels. International species may also be saved by trial "seahorse hotels" in Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia.
25 February 2020

University of Sydney sociologist bound for the IAS in Princeton

Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen has been invited to join the prestigious Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton (IAS), which counts Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer among its past members.
17 February 2020

Scientists unlock low-cost material to shape light for industry

Crystal materials used in solar cells have been discovered to be cheaper alternatives to manipulate laser light with potential application in telecommunications, medical diagnostics and consumer electronics.