The STEM stories creating headlines


In celebration of Science Week, we take a look at some of The Lighthouse’s biggest stories in STEM that have been hitting the news recently.

Ancient stars break the rules of how suns are made

daniel_zucker-_400x400jpgAssociate Professor Daniel Zucker from the Department of Physics and Astronomy is part of a team that has found something very unusual. The discovery of a star cluster that shouldn’t exist raises intriguing new questions about how our galaxy formed.


Please explain: why are we sending missions to Mars?

craig-oneill_400x400Associate Professor Craig O’Neill from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences explains why we’re sending missions to the red planet, with a simple four-letter word answer.

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Humpbacks are making a comeback

pe0h6ppq_400x400Dr Vanessa Pirotta from the Department of Biological Sciences discusses how one of Australia’s longest running volunteer science projects has uncovered a remarkable good news story about humpback whales.


Smart UV sensor a world first to alert users to over-exposure

noushin-400x400Dr Noushin Nasiri from the School of Engineering discusses the tiny wearable device created in the University’s Nanotechnology Laboratory, which could help millions avoid skin cancer.

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