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Gold in Pieces

Research from the EI has a huge international impact, as shown in a special episode of a German TV show featuring our very own Dr Frank Reith.

Dr Frank Reith, aka the Man with the Gold Bug, has been featured in a TV special for German station ZDF. Reith was featured on Leschs Kosmos, a science program hosted by Professor Harald Lesch, the German version of Dr Karl.

In an episode titled Mythical Gold, Lesch explores how gold is produced in times of declining exploration success and grades. The program shows how large and small-scale gold mining affects the planet and how the ‘value and price’ of gold are determined. Reith acted as a scientific advisor for the episode, providing expertise, video footage, photographs and of course, his own internationally-renowned research.

Reith has recently published in the prestigious journal Chemical Geology on gold’s geological cycle. Using advanced analytical techniques, Reith and his team discovered that gold transformed into the natural world within tens of years, incredibly rapid in geological terms.

Leschs Kosmos: Mythical Gold was broadcast Germany-wide on the 7th of March at 23.00 local time. Unfortunately, no subtitles are available at this time but if you can understand German, you can catch the episode below.


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Bee pollination!

What’s all the buzz about? Researchers from the University of Adelaide are mapping the activity of honeybees and native pollinators in areas of revegetation and native vegetation around different crops in South Australia. They will create a short-list of the most useful pollinating species and identify the plants used by the pollinators as sources of […]

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Its awards season! Yes, even the science community has an awards season which includes some very prestigious honours to some very deserving scientists. Here are four awards that you should apply or nominate someone for. SA Science Excellence Awards The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry […]

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Microbes measure ecological restoration success

The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. Published in the journal Molecular Ecology, University of Adelaide researchers have shown how the community of bacteria present in the soil of land that had been cleared and grazed for 100 years was returned […]

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australian rangelands society conference

Rangelands of Australia will be under investigation at the Australian Rangelands Society 19th Biennial Conference. The conference will be held in Port August, South Australia from 25 – 28 September, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Transition to Transformation” and will examine the sustainable use of rangelands. The program has been released, which includes […]

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Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness. Published today in the journal Nature, an international team led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre […]

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aboriginal hair

DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years – soon after the peopling of Australia. Published today in the journal Nature, the findings reinforce Aboriginal communities’ strong connection to country and […]

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The Sprigg Geobiology Centre is hosting an exciting seminar series with presentations from distinguished speakers followed by open discussion and audience participation. Make sure you don’t miss out! Seminars start at 12.10pm on Fridays in the Mawson Lecture Theatre* – Mawson Building Date Presenter Affiliation/Title Organiser 3/03/2017 Martin Dietzel Graz Uni (Austria): Fractionation of Trace Elements […]

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Benny Freeman

Professor Benny Freeman from the University of Texas will present a seminar. Professor Freeman is a Fulbright Fellow and while the abstract sounds tech-heavy, it will be catered towards a general audience. Title: Ion Sorption, Diffusion and Transport in Charged Polymer Membranes When: 4:00pm, Monday, April 24, 2017 Where: Rennie Lecture Theatre Cost: Free Abstract Charged […]

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The work-life-research balance can be hard to strike, let alone maintain. This new workshop hopes to help researchers manage the many demanding tasks of academia. Title: Workshop: Time for Research When: 11:30am – 2:30pm, Friday, March 17, 2017 Where: 214, The Braggs Cost: Free, but bookings recommended. As a busy academic do you feel like you never have […]

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