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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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eScience. Fuelling the Future

Carbon dioxide has an unquestionable role in climate change and yet, quantities of this greenhouse gas are steadily increasing. Humans emit more carbon dioxide than plants can absorb and therefore, finding new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere remains an important goal. Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a new type of material with […]

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eScience. Arise Squid Overlords!

Climate change often means doom and gloom for most species on the planet, but thankfully, the cephalopods are different. Squids, octopus and cuttlefish are increasing in population around the world, even as oceans warm and become more acidic. The secret to their success may come down to their evolutionary adaptability, which enables them to cope with […]

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eScience. Seasnakes sensitive to underwater vibrations

Snakes scare the bejeezus out of many people and seasnakes even more so. It’s therefore no surprise that conservation efforts so often neglect our underwater serpent friends. It turns out though that seasnakes are far more impressive than we thought and are basically Jedi of the ocean. Seasnakes have a sensory organ on their head which […]

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eScience. Going with the genetic flow

The sustainable harvest of sharks requires and understanding of population structure and connectivity in order to define fisheries stocks. Learn about how collaborative research by Claudia Junge, Bronwyn Gillanders and Corey Bradshaw are using DNA sequencing to provide fisheries advice, to ensure the nation’s shark populations are managed sustainably in the future. Read more in […]

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eScience. Bite force

New research by Marc Jones is looking at new ways to measure the bit force of lizards. Bite force performance in animals is important, because it can allow or limit dietary options. Read more in the latest issue of eScience mag.

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eScience. The Life On Us

  New DNA sequencing technologies have allowed researchers to identify the thousands of bacteria making up the microbiota. This information is crucial to identifying how we can manipulate our microbiota towards a healthy state. Andrew Farrer, who recently won the national 3MT (Three minute thesis) competition, gives us the lowdown on how our microbiota might […]

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eScience. Caterpillar Killers

A parasitoid wasp procreates by laying it’s eggs inside a caterpillar. The larvae then eat the caterpillar from the inside out, taking care not to eat the caterpillars vital body parts too soon. Erin Fagan-Jeffries, a PhD student who recently won the FameLab competition for her presentation about her research, gives us all the gory details of […]

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e-Science. You need a hole in your head

Research undertaken by Associate Professor Phillip Cassey, Professor Roger Seymour, Dr Edward Snelling and Sophie Angove from the University of Adelaide was highlighted in the latest e-Science Magazine. It is not known how humans evolved to the state of being able to think and reason because brain metabolic rates have not been able to be measured in […]

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