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Longest-lived animal survivor known to science now under threat

The Nautilus has long been prized for its unique shell, to be found in Renaissance Cabinets of curiosities and now sold on eBay for as much as AU$200. It isn’t hard to see why. Aside from the inherent beauty of the Nautilus, the shell has some enigmatic features that only add to the aesthetics. When […]

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Warming and ice melt on the Antarctic Peninsula – Dr Nerilie Abram

The Sprigg Geobiology Centre welcomes you to attend a seminar by Dr Nerilie Abram (ANU), entitled: “Warming and ice melt on the Antarctic Peninsula” Abstract: The Antarctic Peninsula has warmed faster than any other region of the southern hemisphere over the past 50 years. But the short observational records of Antarctic climate don’t allow for […]

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Water Wednesday: Unconventional Gas – where to from here?

The Water Research Centre in conjunction with SA Branch of the Australian Water Association would like to invite you to the next Water Wednesday entitled: Unconventional Gas- where to from here? The global demand for energy will drive the exploitation of numerous forms of fossil fuel. Australia is well placed to supply some of these […]

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eScience. Species for sale: Globalisation and the management of exotic imports

The work of Associate Professor Phill Cassey has been featured in the May 2014 eScience magazine. In the feature Phill Cassey explores how science is improving our biosurveillance efforts. “Biological invasions are one of the many negative consequences of human-caused global change. The introduction and establishment of invasive species (animal pests, weeds, and diseases) around […]

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New Zealand claims back the Kiwi after ancient DNA testing

Almost 20 years ago, Alan Cooper from the Australian Centre of Ancient DNA found that the Kiwi might actually originate from Australia. Given that the emu and cassowary are the Kiwis closest living relatives and that New Zealand split off from Australia when Gondwana broke up, this was a logical suggestion. Alan Cooper is from […]

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Professor Andrew Lowe leads new 2.5m DNA Barcoding Project

Did you know that over 400 new species were discovered in the Amazon between 2010-2013 alone? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Professor Andrew Lowe of the Environment Institute says: “Of the estimated 10 million species that exist on our planet, only just over a million have so far been identified and described”. […]

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International Day of Biological Diversity 2014

The United Nations have proclaimed May 22 as International Day of Biological Diversity, (IDBD) to help increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme this year is “islands”. Island comprise unique, irreplaceable ecosystems, often with many species found nowhere else on earth. One-tenth of the world’s population live on an island, comprising some 600 […]

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Giant Cuttlefish returns to the Spencer Gulf for Coitis

South Australian scientists are ecstatic to find that the Great Australian Cuttlefish has returned to the Spencer Gulf for breeding this year. Their numbers have been down over the last few years and scientists don’t know why, or where they went. The cuttlefish, with it’s blue blood pumped through three hearts, and the ability to […]

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Professor Graeme Dandy Wins AWA National Water Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Graeme Dandy who has been awarded the Australian Water Association Water Professional of the Year for 2014. The award recognises “individuals who have displayed a sustained passion and continued commitment to the water industry and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and influence in the water sector”. You can find out more about […]

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