Latest Swinburne University of Technology Stories

Farthest Galaxy Cluster Discovered 10.5 Billion Light Years Away
2012-03-07 05:09:12

Astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy cluster every found, 10.5 billion light years away from the Milky Way galaxy. Galaxy clusters contain thousands of galaxies and are considered important building blocks with the power to help unravel the mysteries of the early universe. Texas A&M astronomer Dr. Kim-Vy Tran said the cluster is made up of a dense concentration of 30 galaxies that is the seed for a much bigger cluster. "Our galaxy cluster is observed when the...

2011-08-26 04:53:44

  An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic planet that appears to be made of diamond orbiting a tiny star in our galaxy. The new planet, which is far denser than any other previously known, consists primarily of carbon.  However, its high density has led scientists to calculate the carbon must be crystalline, meaning a large part of the planet would effectively be diamond. "The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is...

2011-05-19 11:55:00

According to NASA, dark energy is driving our universe apart at an accelerated rate. Scientists performed a five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies to help add more evidence to the favored theory of how dark energy works.  This theory says dark energy works as a constant force, uniformly affecting the universe and propelling its runaway expansion.  "The action of dark energy is as if you threw a ball up in the air, and it kept speeding upward into the sky faster and faster," Chris...

2011-04-18 08:00:00

MELBOURNE, Australia, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Certain brain processes happen in the blink of an eye - and even faster - which has made pinpointing these events virtually impossible. The advent of magnetoencephalography (MEG) changed all that, enabling researchers to capture brain electrical activity measured in milliseconds, and offering the potential to reveal the nature of innumerable brain disorders and diseases. Swinburne University of Technology is set to join the global MEG...

2011-03-25 06:15:00

An increase in average wind speeds blowing over the world's oceans over the past quarter-century have generated higher waves and rougher seas, and researchers said those increased wind speeds could lead to more water vapor in the air, providing added moisture for rain and potentially increasing rainfall. In a study published online in the journal Science on Thursday, researchers led by Ian Young of Swinburne University of Technology in Australia said the increased wind speed averages could...

2010-11-11 13:23:31

A huge new media power is arising, offering a perceived threat to established media but also opening up new ways for society to exchange ideas, opinions, news, cultural and creative products. Around the world, vast quantities of media now circulate in unregulated and unmeasured channels, out of sight of governments and mainstream industries, says Professor Julian Thomas of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at Swinburne University. Professor Thomas and...

2010-06-01 04:30:00

MELBOURNE, Australia and WUXI, China, June 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility (VSASF) was officially launched today in Melbourne, with the Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, and Innovation, Gavin Jennings MLC, on hand to commemorate the event. The facility, a collaborative venture between Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd (NYSE: STP), one of the world's leading producers of solar panels, has been...

2010-02-23 09:55:00

Around a quarter of the globular star clusters in our Milky Way galaxy are invaders from other galaxies, according to a team of scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. In a paper accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Swinburne astronomer Professor Duncan Forbes has shown that many of our galaxy's globular star clusters are actually foreigners - having been born elsewhere and then migrated to our Milky Way.  "It turns out...

2009-05-20 16:00:00

"Five-dimensional" discs with storage capacity 10,000 times that of current DVDs could be on the market within a decade, researchers said on Wednesday. A team from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia said by using nanoparticles and adding a "polarization" dimension to existing technology, storage capacity can be vastly increased without changing the size of a disc. The researchers reported that the technique has allowed them to store 1.6 terabytes of data on a single disc, with...

2009-04-06 05:30:00

Cheap and efficient solar energy on the horizon SAN FRANCISCO and WUXI, China, April 6 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Swinburne University of Technology has teamed up with Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, to create the next generation of solar cells. The Australian university and Suntech will collaborate to develop solar cells that are twice as efficient and run at half the cost of those currently available. Swinburne will...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.