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Alan Duffy

Alan Duffy

Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

I'm a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, investigating how galaxies form, the nature of dark matter and the large scale properties of the Universe.

To study the evolution of galaxies and their interaction with dark matter, I create billion-particle model universes on supercomputers around the world.

This has resulted in numerous refereed research articles, public interviews and presentations at both Universities/Conferences and public outreach events ranging from planetarium shows to pubs.

I am particularly excited by spreading the latest discoveries to as wide an audience as possible.

Outreach - why reach out?

Apr 04, 2017 09:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

As I write this on-site at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, home for the next three nights to the BBC/ABC Stargazing Live show, Im struck by the number of scientists working hard to explain their science to the...

Space Science Series

video 2016: the year in space and astronomy

Dec 28, 2016 15:36 pm UTC| Science

The achievements of astrophysicists this year were as groundbreaking as they were varied. From reuniting a lander with a mothership on a comet, to seeing the most extreme cosmic events with gravitational waves, 2016 was...

Space Science Series

8 space reasons to look up in 2017

Dec 25, 2016 04:02 am UTC| Science

Its been a rough 2016 on Earth so I wanted to share (just some of) my reasons why I think we should celebrate New Years as 2017 is looking incredibly exciting. Everything from meteor showers and eclipses to epic space...

Here's what happened in space this week

May 30, 2016 02:41 am UTC| Insights & Views Science Technology

From inflatable space stations to space sweeteners, its been an amazing week in space but none so visually astounding as the video from SpaceX of their 3rd successful landing at sea. The astounding landing at sea by...

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