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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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