Future bushfires will be worse: we need to adapt now
The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
How we helped reinvent the wheel
The new Ford Mustang is sporting the world's first mass-produced carbon fibre wheels - and we steered them to safety.
How do we sleep while the kitchen’s burning?
With the first day of winter comes a heightened risk of house fires. We look at a kitchen fire in action, plus we share our top tips to prevent house fires.
Bright Spark saves lives: finding order in the chaos of bushfires
Australians are all-too-familiar with the tragedy that a bushfire can cause - the destruction of homes and the loss of lives. We've been studying bushfire behaviour for many decades and have developed a piece of software that simulates fire spread - Spark.
Bushfires kill, but knowledge might make them less deadly
Our researchers have compiled 100 years of bushfire statistics to better understand the characteristics of Australia's summer bane.
Catching fire in a (big) bottle
Summer starts today – and it’s predicted to be a hot, dry one. Unfortunately, we all know what that means […]
The science of living with fire
The bushfire season isn’t wasting any time this year. There are already large fires in South Australia and NSW, and […]
Answering the burning questions
This week’s heatwave across southern Australia has reminded us of the serious dangers posed by grassfires. They might not sound […]
Here be 3D printed dragons
When 7-year-old Sophie wrote to us earlier this week asking for a dragon, what else could we do but use our high-tech facilities to 3D print one?
Accelerating our dragon R&D program
When 7-year-old Sophie wrote to Australia's leading science agency and asked for a dragon, we knew it was time to step up our dragon R&D program.
How oceans help predict extreme weather
Imagine if we could better predict when Australia could be hit by that awful dry hot weather that makes us […]