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A collapsing star in a distant galaxy fired out some of the most energetic gamma rays ever seen

HESS telescopes in Namibia are on the alert for high-energy gamma rays. HESS Collaboration / Clementina Medina

New research shows we still have much to learn about gamma-ray bursts; but gives us confidence that our methods to detect them are improving.

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Creating resources on how to interact with sea snakes

Dr Kate Sanders during her field research. Inset: an olive sea snake (Aipysurus laevis) at Scott Reef in the Timor Sea

Honours project: Engage with government and industry to develop training and communication materials for commercial fishing crews that interact with sea snakes.

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Scientists discover enzyme structure: potential to manipulate wine acidity

Researchers and students wine tasting at Waite campus

Scientists have uncovered the structure of a grape enzyme that could lead to the manipulation of wine acidity without the costly addition of tartaric acid.

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Modern apes smarter than pre-humans

Modern apes smarter than pre-humans

Scientists suggest living great apes are smarter than our pre-human ancestor Australopithecus, a group that included the famous ‘Lucy’.

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Why do trees lose their leaves?

winter deciduousness - Nicholas A. Tonelli (CC BY 2.0)

Professor Andrew Lowe says it all comes down to water.

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Biodiverse soil dust linked to reduced anxiety

Naturally-diverse airborne environmental microbial exposures modulate the gut microbiome and may provide anxiolytic benefits in mice

Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with a range of health benefits, including for mental health.

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Gene scans provide deep insights into plant evolution

Gnetum gnemon (Nature)

The availability of high-quality plant genome sequences and advances in functional genomics is revolutionising our ability to understand plant evolution.

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Food scientist is new head of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Martin Cole has been appointed the new Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

An internationally recognised food scientist and leader of research organisations in Australia and the United States has been appointed the new Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

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Hot as shell: birds in cooler climates lay darker eggs to keep their embryos warm

Birds lay eggs with a huge variety of colours and patterns, from immaculate white to a range of blue-greens and reddish browns.

Research shows that climate is an important indicator of what colour and pattern bird eggs will be.

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New Ramsay Fellow in Applied Science

Ramsay Fellow Fiona Whelan

Fiona Whelan has been appointed as the newest Ramsay Fellow in Applied Science.

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