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  • Generous gift supports the promise of quantum computing[11 July 2014]

    Engineered Quantum Systems

    A belief in the need for business to reach out to the sciences is only one of the motives for Anne and Hugh Harley to donate half a million dollars to the University of Sydney's Quantum Control Laboratory More

  • Sydney University Astronomer awarded obserbing time on Hubble Space Telescope[10 July 2014]

    Hubble space telescope

    Professor Geraint Lewis from the Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) at the School of Physics University of Sydney, has been awarded observing time on one of the world's premier observing facilities, the Hubble Space Telescope. More

  • Kickstart on the road 2014[9 July 2014]

    Kickstart Physics

    High school students in regional NSW will have the chance to Kickstart their science studies when the outreach team from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science visit. More

  • Interaction between light and sound waves in a photonic chip [24 June 2014]


    School of Physics researchers have exploited the interaction between light and sound waves in the photonics chip and optical fibers to generate interference that produce short optical pulses. More

  • Catching Particle Fever: the Sydney scientists who helped track down the Higgs boson[16 June 2014]

    ATLAS Particle Fever

    As Particle Fever premieres at the Sydney Film Festival this weekend, Australian audiences have an opportunity to watch the story of the groundbreaking search for the Higgs boson. More

  • Accelerating NSW's position in the space race[13 May 2014]


    The chances of NSW companies being able to compete in the highly specialised global space industry have been strengthened with the creation of delta-V, Australia's first space startup accelerator. More

  • Probing the sound of a quantum dot[24 April 2014]

    Quantum dot

    Physicists at the University of Sydney have discovered a method of using microwaves to probe the sounds of a quantum dot, a promising platform for building a quantum computer. More

  • Computers beat brainpower when it comes to counting stars[22 April 2014]

    Computer stars

    A team of astronomers has developed a new way to automatically classify huge numbers of astronomical objects, and to discover new, exotic ones almost as soon as they happen. More

  • The Professor Walter Stibbs Lecture - Cracking the Einstein Code[14 April 2014]

    Harry Messel

    Einstein's theory of general relativity describes the effect of gravitation on the shape of space and the flow of time. But for more than four decades after its publication, the theory remained largely a curiosity for scientists; however accurate it seemed, Einstein's mathematical code was one of the most difficult to crack in all of science. That is, until a twenty-nine-year-old Cambridge graduate from New Zealand solved the great riddle in 1963. Roy Kerr's solution emerged coincidentally with the discovery of black holes that same year and provided fertile testing ground, at long last, for general relativity. More

  • Top physicist Harry Messel recognised with prestigious Academy Medal[2 April 2014]

    Harry Messel

    The creator of one of Australia's best-remembered high school text books, Professor Harry Messel AC CBE, has been awarded one of the Australian Academy of Science's highest honours, the Academy Medal. More

  • CiSRA Extreme Images Runner-up[31 March 2014]

    Images in the Extreme

    Paul Stewart has been awarded the runner-up in the 2014 CiSRA/Canon extreme imaging awards, announced at a gala event at the Powerhouse Museum in February More

  • Origin of the mysterious cosmic dance of satellites eludes our cosmological theories[26 March 2014]


    Given the complexity of the physics, and immense range of distances, density and temperatures, it's not easy to recreate the Universe in a laboratory. But in recent years astronomers have called on the power of supercomputers to build synthetic universes, using the super-fast calculations to solve the physical equations and reveal how the stars and galaxies formed. More