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The dating lives of sea snakes

New research shows male sea snakes can locate and mate with a female mate, through touch receptors. After decades of research, the remarkable morphological adaptations of sea snakes to aquatic life, which include paddle-shaped tails, salt-excreting glands, and the ability to breathe through their skin have been revealed. In a new study published in Biological […]

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Adelaide rallies to become the world’s second National Park City

A courageous bid has been launched for Adelaide to become Australia’s first National Park City, as South Australians show overwhelming support for urgent action on climate change. In doing so, Adelaide will boost its global recognition, funding, migration and action against climate change. Green Adelaide is overseeing the campaign to have Greater Adelaide awarded National […]

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Mission to discover Australia’s unknown species

Insect expert Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, has thrown her support behind a new mission launched by Taxonomy Australia, a new program of the Australian Academy of Science, to discover and document all unknown Australian species by 2050. The 25-year mission follows the release of a report by Deloitte Access Economics, which has […]

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As climate change worsens Adelaide will become a 50 degree city

Climate change means Adelaide is already on a path towards unavoidable destruction. But if we act now, we can avoid the worst, says environmental expert Robert Hill. Professor Robert Hill doesn’t paint a pretty picture. But then again, he doesn’t want to. Too much time has already been wasted – and the time for patience […]

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Satellite Imaging Offers New Insights of Western Desert Ecology and Precontact Aboriginal Land Use

The ‘Western Desert’, as it is commonly known, is one of the most arid and geographically remote regions of Australia. It expands across roughly 14.0% of the continent, encapsulating nearly 1.1 million km2 in total. Rainfall, which averages less than 250 mm annually, is seasonally unreliable and ambient temperatures exceed 35°C more than 114 days out […]

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Megaproject threaten water justice for local communities

Urban megaprojects tend to be the antithesis of good urban planning. They have a negative impact on local water systems, deprive local communities of water-related human rights, and their funders and sponsors have little accountability for their impact. These are the findings of the Environment Institute’s Dr Scott Hawken from the School of Architecture and […]

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Is YouTube promoting the exotic pet trade?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are concerned video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade. In a study, published in PLOS One , researchers analysed the reactions of people to videos on YouTube involving human interactions with exotic animals and found those reactions […]

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Grant success for life saving research into engineered stone associated silicosis

The emergence of engineered stone associated silicosis in Australia is an occupational health disaster with widespread impact on workers and the industry. The Australian Government committed to provide funding as a research investment into silicosis through the Medical Research Future Fund and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant opportunity – Emerging Priorities […]

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Project Coorong’s World Wetlands Day Science Forum

Environment Institute members joined the Goyder Institute’s for Water Research Project ‘Coorong’s World Wetlands Day Science Forum’ held in Goolwa earlier this year. The Science Forum gave members of the local community the opportunity to hear about the research underway in the Coorong. Goyder Institute researchers’ shared their findings to date across the different components […]

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Researcher receives Oceanic-Region recognition at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards

Dr. W. Boone Law, has been internationally recognised as a joint recipient of the Oceanic-region Postgraduate Student Award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA). The APSEA awards are the only professional awards for the Asia-Pacific region that recognise the excellent achievement of individuals and organisations engaged in the surveying and spatial information industry. This […]

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