2009 News archive

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December 2009
Australia and Germany collaborate in space   View Summary
1 December 2009
jossA University of Sydney astrophysicist whose research has the potential to revolutionise the way we view and understand the universe has attracted the interest of German researchers.
November 2009
Book launch: Under the Radar   View Summary
25 November 2009
The official book launch of Under the Radar, the biography of Ruby Payne-Scott (1912-1981), graduate of the School of Physics and the world's first female radio astronomer.
Book launch: Under the Radar   View Summary
25 November 2009
under the radarThe official book launch of Under the Radar, the biography of Ruby Payne-Scott (1912-1981), graduate of the School of Physics and the world's first female radio astronomer.
The space boffins have a plan   View Summary
12 November 2009
Professor Iver Cairns was recently interviewed by ABC Radio National on the Decadal Plan and the Federal Government's new Space Policy Unit.
The space boffins have a plan   View Summary
12 November 2009
Professor Iver Cairns was recently interviewed by ABC Radio National on the Decadal Plan and the Federal Government's new Space Policy Unit.
Public talk: Evidence for Murder - How physics convicted a killer   View Summary
3 November 2009
rod crossHear Associate Professor Rod Cross, from the School of Physics, talk about his forensic physics work which provided crucial evidence for the murder conviction of Gordon Wood, at his public talk 'Evidence for Murder: How physics convicted a killer' on 19 November 2009.
September 2009
Wriggle-proof scans   View Summary
27 September 2009
ratAdjunct Associate Professor Roger Fulton and his team have been awarded the Siemens High Performance Pre-clinical Image of the Year at the 2009 World Molecular Imaging Congress in Montreal.
Travel at nearly the speed of light   View Summary
23 September 2009
Juliana Kwan re-thinks how far could you travel in a spaceship travelling at nearly the speed of light.
Fusion Propulsion talk   View Summary
16 September 2009
Join Dr Joe Khachan and learn about the Charge Exchange Thruster (CXT), a new type of electric propulsion system for spacecraft.
Boris Kuhlmey wins Future Fellowship   View Summary
9 September 2009
boris kuhlmeyBoris is a Senior Lecturer in optics and photonics within the Institute of Photonics and Optics (IPOS). Kuhlmey was recently awarded a Future Fellowship for his research into photonic crystal fibres.
August 2009
New neutron star discovered in The Frying Pan   View Summary
26 August 2009
frying panNeutron stars are almost the proverbial diamond in the sky. To date, less than 2 000 have been detected in our galaxy, which is filled with billions of 'normal' stars.
Ultrasound to make dental patients smile   View Summary
24 August 2009
When David Hsiao-Chuan Wang accepted the challenge of a University of Sydney scholarship proposal of 'using optics for dental health' he had no idea he would make a pioneering breakthrough in the area of painless analysis of tooth density.
CUDOS Bandwidth Solution: The Glass Switch   View Summary
18 August 2009
Channel 9 reports on CUDOS' breakthrough 640Gb/s technology which is at the forefront to increase the speed of the internet.
"Frontiers of Science"   View Summary
10 August 2009
The 'Frontiers of Science' exhibition features a science comic series that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1962 to 1987. One of the originators was Professor Stuart Butler, a theoretical physicist at the University of Sydney.
Science Professor of the Month   View Summary
1 August 2009
Science Professor of the Month for the Canberra Science Calendar is Professor Marcela Bilek.
May 2009
Federal budget winners: marine science, space science and astronomy   View Summary
13 May 2009
The federal budget announcement made on 12 May 2009, includes $19.5 million for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and $160.5 million for space and astronomy research and infrastructure.
Music and the Cosmos   View Summary
7 May 2009
It was a magic night when science and music met at Music and the Cosmos - an event to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. The Sydney Science Forum and Sydney Conservatorium of Music presented the special event, featuring leading astronomers from the University of Sydney's School of Physics and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Brass Ensemble.
April 2009
The Universe from Beginning to End   View Summary
24 April 2009
Astronomers believe our Universe began in a Big Bang, and is expanding around us. Professor Brian Schmidt, from the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory, will describe the life of the Universe that we live in and how astronomers have used observations to trace our Universe's history back more than 13 billion years at the free Pollock Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on 30 April 2009.
The Photonic Universe - faster, further, smarter   View Summary
23 April 2009
The Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS), the newest institute in the University of Sydney and the only one of its kind in Australia, was launched on 23 April 2009 with a one-day symposium 'The Photonic Universe - Faster, Further, Smarter'.
MOST on the web   View Summary
4 April 2009
100HA bannerAround the World in 80 Telescopes features the School's own MOST telescope.
Learning English through science   View Summary
1 April 2009
Ten Japanese students from Tohoku University have taken part in an innovative new program to learn English through Physics and Mathematics lectures at the University of Sydney.
March 2009
WHAM comes down south   View Summary
30 March 2009
No, George Michael is not planning a reunion tour in the southern hemisphere of 1980s iconic band WHAM! Instead, a telescope called WHAM - the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper - has just been moved to Chile from the USA, with the help of University of Sydney physicist, Dr Greg Madsen.