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#STEMSelfie celebrates women in science

Who run the world? Women in STEM! And now social media is behind a push to celebrate the amazing women contributing to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The #STEMSelfies campaign challenges stereotypes of what it means to be a scientist. The campaign encourages women in STEM to take selfies promoting their great work.The […]

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Plight of the bandicoot in prime-time spotlight

Channel 9’s Saturday night news featured the plight of the southern brown bandicoot, an endangered species with populations across the Adelaide Hils and Mount Lofty Ranges. Habitat preservation is key to the survival of the bandicoot. But the habitat of this native marsupial poses a problem to both residents of the Adelaide Hills and conservationists. Bandicoots thrive around private […]

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Gillanders takes out Winnovation SA award!

WinnovationSA Award in the Regional, Rural and Remote category. The Winnovation Awards celebrate the successes of female innovators in South Australia. Professor Gillanders has been recognised for her work with the Spencer Gulf Ecosystem & Development Initiative (SGEDI). The Initiative, which is led by the Environment Institute, aims to preserve the environmental brilliance of the Spencer […]

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Ingenuity- celebrating tomorrow’s tech leaders

Human ingenuity has been responsible for some of humanity’s greatest achievements from deep space exploration to clean drinking water. The University of Adelaide is keen to find the next big technological breakthrough at Ingenuity, an annual showcase of student projects exploring the dynamic world and applications of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences The environment will feature heavily […]

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Seminar: New methods to assess ocean oxygenation

The next Sprigg Seminar will be presented by Dr Babette Hoogakker from the University of Oxford with her talk entitled “New methods to assess ocean oxygenation in the past; examples from the Atlantic and Southern oceans.” Title: New methods to assess ocean oxygenation in the past; examples from the Atlantic and Southern oceans When: 4pm, Thursday 27 October, […]

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Media release: The Higgs Bison – mystery species hidden in cave art

Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ago. The mystery species, known affectionately by the researchers as the Higgs Bison* because of its elusive nature, originated over 120,000 years ago through the […]

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Media release: Temporary extinction reprieve for some frogs

Australian scientists have good news for frog conservation ─ there may be longer than expected time to intervene before climate change causes extinction of some species. The scientists used new methods for modelling the threat of climate change on frogs in tropical north-eastern Australia and showed that, at least for some species, there is likely […]

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eScience. Left vs Right Handedness in Crustaceans

For us humans, some people are right-handed and some people are left-handed, although you’d never be able to tell just by looking at them. Not so for the tiny crustacean known as the amphipod, where the right or left claws can grow substantially larger than the other. Dr Pablo Munguia and PhD student Katherine Heldt explore […]

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eScience. Snotty Gobbling Weeds

We live in a time of rapid change. The biodiversity in Australia is declining and many plants and animals are in danger of being lost forever. One pernicious threat to Australian biodiversity are weeds, which hog space, light, water and nutrients, leaving none for neighbouring plants. Finding ways to cheaply and efficiently control weeds is […]

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Seminar: What do Australian coasts tell us about past climate and Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability?

The next Sprigg Symposium will be presented by Associate Professor Ian Goodwin from Macquarie University. He will present a seminar entitled “What do Australian coasts tell us about past climate and Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability?” Title: What do Australian coasts tell us about past climate and Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability? When: 12:10pm, Friday 21 October, 2016 […]

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