Scientists' breakthrough in modelling universe
Jun 24, 2016
Research teams in Europe and the USA – including a cosmologist from the University of Portsmouth – have begun modelling the universe for the first time using Einstein's full general theory of relativity.
Computer models predict how the first clumps of matter formed – and what our universe's future holds
Jun 23, 2016
Our universe came to life nearly 14 billion years ago in the Big Bang—a tremendously energetic fireball from which the cosmos has been expanding ever since. Today, space is filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies, ...
Housing affordability crisis creates spiral of disadvantage
Jun 20, 2016
Millions of Australians move house each year, but new research has highlighted that while many are upgrading their homes and living standards, housing affordability problems are sorting many of the nation's most disadvantaged ...
Scientists detect most distant signs of oxygen in the universe
Jun 16, 2016
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) detected a clear signal from oxygen in a galaxy located 13.1 billion light-years away from us. This is the most distant oxygen ever detected. Oxygen ...
Universe's first life might have been born on carbon planets
Jun 07, 2016
Our Earth consists of silicate rocks and an iron core with a thin veneer of water and life. But the first potentially habitable worlds to form might have been very different. New research suggests that planet formation in ...
From dark gravity to phantom energy: what's driving the expansion of the universe?
Jun 07, 2016
There is something strange happening in the local universe, with galaxies moving away from each other faster than expected.
'More girls than boys think it is important to go to university'
Jun 06, 2016
Research by the University of Oxford's Education Department finds that more girls than boys think it is important to go to university by the age of 13, and this aspiration gap persists when the pupils reach 15 or 16.
Hubble finds universe may be expanding faster than expected
Jun 02, 2016
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that the universe is expanding 5 percent to 9 percent faster than expected.
Image: Hubble gets in on a galactic gathering
May 30, 2016
Nearly as deep as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, which contains approximately 10,000 galaxies, this incredible image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals thousands of colorful galaxies in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). ...
Next time you're late to work, blame dark energy
May 27, 2016
Ever since Lemaitre and Hubble's first proposed it in the 1920s, scientists and astronomers have been aware that the universe is expanding. And from these observations, cosmological theories like the Big Bang Theory and the ...