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Ancient DNA reveals a hidden history of human adaptation

Humans may be just as vulnerable to environmental change as other animals, according to our new research analysing genetic data from more than a thousand people who lived across Europe and Asia over the past 45,000 years. We found traces of more than 50 “hard sweeps” in which a rare genetic variant rapidly swept through […]

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Wildlife trade threatening unprotected animals

International trade in animals not regulated by multilateral agreements is putting them under increasing threat. More than three times the number of unregulated animal species are being imported into the United States compared to the number of regulated species. Closer monitoring of trade in these species is urgently required so that they may be protected. […]

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Tropical and desert grasses may migrate further south

The maximum summer temperature and the amount of rainfall in summer are the two climate factors that determine the type of native grass that grows in a region, Australian researchers have found in a recent study. A rise in global temperatures due to a change in climate may lead to tropical and desert grasses growing […]

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Housing design for older South Aussies under the spotlight

University of Adelaide researchers will investigate the quality of housing for older South Australians to improve their wellbeing and resilience to extreme weather. People at least 65 years old and who live independently in the Charles Sturt, Playford, Salisbury, Port Adelaide Enfield and Murray Bridge council areas are invited to take part in the study. […]

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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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Workshop: Time for Research

The work-life-research balance can be hard to strike, let alone maintain. This new workshop hopes to help researchers manage the many demanding tasks of academia. Title: Workshop: Time for Research When: 11:30am – 2:30pm, Friday, March 17, 2017 Where: 214, The Braggs Cost: Free, but bookings recommended. As a busy academic do you feel like you never have […]

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National SHaRED system to protect lifetime of research

Environmental scientists right across Australia will have access to a ground breaking system for storing and publishing all-important data collected in the field thanks to a new online tool being developed by University of Adelaide scientists. “This project is aimed at safeguarding many lifetimes of vital information collected about Australian ecosystems,” says Professor Andrew Lowe […]

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NCCARF – Research call

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) invites expressions of interest for a suite of up to 8 projects with a combined value of $600,000. These will synthesise the knowledge generated by NCCARF’s 140 research projects to provide targeted information for decision makers in each Australian state and territory. NCCARF seeks to fund a […]

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Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award – Applications now open

Applications for the Birds Australia ‘Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award’ are now open. The Award was established in 1997 by Mr Stuart Leslie, AM, who was one of Birds Australia’s long-time major donors and a keen bird watcher. Aware of the crucial importance of ongoing ornithological research and the financial challenges facing Australian students, Mr […]

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“Four in 40” Series – Wayne Meyer podcast now available

The podcast of Wayne Meyer’s 10 minute presentation for the “Four in 40” series is now available. “Four in 40” is a collaboration between The University of Adelaide and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC). Four speakers each speak for 10 minutes on their research and its implications for policy (and vice […]

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