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  • Peeling back the layers

    Peeling back the layers

    ANU PhD student Erica Seccombe has been working with the NCI VizLab to reveal the unexpectedly beautiful insides of the humble garden slater. “I wanted to explore the slater with x-ray to get a new view of the creepy crawlies under our feet in the garden,” says Ms Seccombe. With the help of Professor Tim Senden, Head the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, and the NCI VizLab’s Dr Ajay Limaye, who developed the Drishti visualisation software, Seccombe used the 3D Micro X-ray Tomography unit ... Read More

  • What lies beneath

    What lies beneath

    We can now explore the mysterious insides of ancient fossils and the human body without leaving a mark, thanks to software developed at NCI, writes LUCY GUEST. In a dark room flooded with black water in Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art stands a central dais with two cabinets that glow from within. On the left lies the mummy of Pausiris, dating to 100BC. On the right, an animation peels away the casket and wrappings, revealing the skeleton of the ... Read More

  • Flying colours

    Flying colours

    How could Swiss cheese found in a butterfly wing affect the colour of your car? Butterflies are pretty unassuming. They flit about, discreetly sipping nectar and quietly soaking up some sun. So who knew that they could be harbouring the blueprint for next-generation supercomputers or slow-release cancer drugs? It turns out these kaleidoscopic critters are the owners of some pretty far-out geometrical structures that could prove useful in all sorts of areas. In fact, car companies are already using metallic iridescent ... Read More

  • Fossil fish sport world’s oldest six packs

    Fossil fish sport world’s oldest six packs

    Among the National CT-Lab Tomography Collection, housed at NCI, is the first visualisation of the world’s oldest fossilised abdominal muscles.These ancient abs belong to a fish that lived approximately 380 million years ago in what is now Western Australia.“These fossils are enclosed in limestone, and are normally extracted using weak acid,” explains Dr Gavin Young from ANU.“Numerous beautiful skeletons of extinct fishes have been prepared using this method, but it was not realised that preserved soft tissues were being destroyed ... Read More

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