Asteroid’s rugged surface complicates Osiris-REx mission

The near-Earth asteroid, Bennu, has thrown NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission a curve ball as its rough surface littered with boulders had not been anticipated, making the collection of samples to analyse much more complicated

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After the quake: ANU research helps build better buildings

In this video, find out how ANU research is helping mitigate damage from future earthquakes.

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ANU researchers unravel mysteries of Earth’s inner core

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) are unlocking some of the secrets of the Earth's inner core by adapting and further developing a technique used in hospitals around the world.

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Inge Lehmann, the Woman Who Discovered Earth's Inner Core

In celebrating International Women and Girls in Science, AGU has just released a short film on Inge Lehmann celebrating AGU100. The video fetures Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić who led a group of international scientists fe

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Lane in the new Union Court named after our first academic and first female researcher

Dr Germaine Joplin was the first researcher appointed to the newly formed Geophysics Department at ANU in 1952.

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ANU researchers solve the riddle of our most unique fish

Scientists knew Lungfish shared some traits with humans – such as the ability to breathe air through lungs – but a new study proves they also have a similar life span, potentially up to 80 years.

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Earth's Oldest Rock Found on the Moon

Scientists may have discovered the oldest Earth rock ever—on the Moon. A lunar sample returned by the Apollo 14 astronauts may contain a bit of Earth from about 4 billion years ago.

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Space technology predicts droughts several months in advance

Scientists from ANU have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance.

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Welcome to the Research School of Earth Sciences

The study of Earth and marine sciences is fundamental to our understanding of the precious balance of life on Earth and how the Solar System in which we live was formed. Our focus is on both Earth processes and environmental science. The Research School of Earth Sciences has many world leading researchers and offers undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as Higher Degree Research opportunities.

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Research stories

Dickinsonia

Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

Scientists from ANU, PhD student Ilya Bobrovskiy and Assoc. Prof.

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Strengthening Ties between Industry and the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

In Australia, geologists are posed with increasing challenges in exploring for mineral resources under deeper and deeper soil cover.

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ANU-led study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

ANU-led study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by RSES has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.

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Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

Dr Jennie Mallela and Dr Sophie Lewis have combined biological data with climate data to provide a clearer understanding of what has coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

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Quakes illuminate Earth’s inner core

The Earth’s Inner Core: Revealed by Observational Seismology

State of the art 3D visualisations provide insight into images of the Earth's inner core.

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Coral Reef Field Studies

Research-led education on One Tree Island

As we welcome students back for the start of semester, take a look at our students participating in the Coral Reef Field Studies course that we run each summer on One Tree Island.

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