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Podcast: Flood Forecast

Climate change may have an impact on flooding and so there’s a new area of research aimed at developing faster, more effective tools for forecasting floods. Associate Professor Mark Thyer is one of the team at Adelaide University working in this area. He spoke to Radio Adelaide‘s Ewart Shaw. Listen to the interview..

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Obituary: Dr Keith Forbes Walker

Dr Keith Forbes Walker   Born: 20 June 1946, Aberdeen, Scotland Died: 27 February 2016, Parawa, South Australia Funeral held in Adelaide on 9 March 2016 Keith passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his property “Rivendel” at Parawa on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, aged 69 years. Keith Forbes Walker was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on […]

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Media Release: Biodiversity brings disease resistance: novel study

A novel study of a Tibetan alpine meadow has shown a clear link between higher biodiversity and greater infectious disease resistance. The researchers say it provides further strong evidence that maintaining biodiversity among the world’s species should be a high priority. Published in the journal Ecology, Australian and Chinese researchers from the University of Adelaide […]

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Media Release: Uncovering bacterial role in platinum formation

Australian scientists have uncovered the important role of specialist bacteria in the formation and movement of platinum and related metals in surface environments. Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the research has important implications for the future exploration of platinum group metals. “These platinum group elements are strategically important metals, but finding new deposits is […]

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World Water Day 2016: Maintaining our most precious resource

Tuesday March 22 is the United Nations World Water Day. Most people in the developed world take the ability to turn on the tap and access clean, safe drinking water for granted. However, a staggering 1 billion people still do not have access to potable water or improved sanitation. Even the word “access” is misleading, as […]

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Podcast: The silence of the shrimp

PhD candidate Tullio Rossi was interviewed by Radio Adelaide‘s Ewart Shaw. He discusses his research about the silencing of shrimps. Snapping Shrimps are the loudest invertebrate in the ocean, and their peculiar sound, itself a complex scientific phenomenon, is a vital indicator of ocean health and welfare. Tullio Rossi, is also the creator of an award-winning […]

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Podcast: DNA matching helps convict traders of illegal timber

Dr Eleanor Dormontt was recently part of a team to provide vital genetic information used in a successful prosecution of illegal timber traders in the US. Eleanor was recently interviewed by Robyn Williams for the ABC Radio National Science Show. As she explains, when the value of the products made from that single tree can be in excess […]

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COSMOS Feature: Snapping shrimps silenced

Research showing how shrimps are being silenced, was recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The research, led by Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken, PhD student Tullio Rossi and Professor Sean Connell has been featured in COSMOS Magazine. The researchers recorded the crackle of Alpheus shrimp near naturally acidic underwater vents and found fewer and quieter snaps. Not only does […]

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Media Release: Silent oceans: acidification stops shrimp chorus

Snapping shrimps, the loudest invertebrate in the ocean, may be silenced under increasing ocean acidification, a University of Adelaide study has found. Published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers report that under forecast levels of CO2 predicted to be found in oceans by the end of the century, the […]

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Naracoorte’s famous cave for hire: 150 years of weddings, parties and ping-pong tournaments

Naracoorte is home to a cave that has played host to hundreds of events, including jazz festivals, intimate family weddings, opera performances and in the year 2000 — even the Olympic Torch relay. Blanche cave is also home to significant fossil discoveries, including the remains of an indigenous man. His bones were stolen from the […]

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