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Why don’t horses sit or lie down even while sleeping?

Horses can rest standing up or lying down. Flickr/Cowboy Dave, CC BY-ND 2.0

Horses have a amazing ability to be able to sleep standing up. But they do also sleep lying down. If you’re a horse, you need to be able to do both.

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New leadership for food sciences research

SARDI - Waite campus

South Australia’s multi-billion-dollar food industries will benefit from new scientific leadership in the state.

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Wild barley reveals drought tolerant traits that could improve elite cultivars

barley

Scientists discover wild barley genes that could be used to improve drought tolerance in barley, the second most important cereal crop in Australia.

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Uncovering long-term growth histories in fishery species

Fishery growth research by Jasmin Martino

Jasmin Martino investigates the use of ear stone chronologies for understanding long-term trends and drivers of growth in fisheries.

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Australia’s epic story: a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures & rising seas

News Australia’s epic story. Shutterstock/Lev Savitskiy

The Australian continent has a remarkable history - a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the world.

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Lifting spirits: How you can get involved in the South Australian gin spike

Adelaide Gin - Michael Hickinbotham and Associate Professor Graham Jones

The craft spirit scene in South Australia is booming. Here's how you can get involved in the art of spirit production and winemaking.

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Who, where, when, why, wasp? New wasps named after biscuits & Doctor Who aliens

New wasp species Sathon oreo – inspired by the dark brown antennae with a thick white stripe in the middle

Researchers inspired by chocolate biscuits and Doctor Who aliens when choosing names for 10 new species of wasps.

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Underground beetle breathing brainteaser solved

Breathing beetles - P. macrosturtensis on the rock

Scientists have uncovered how aquatic beetles breathe in underground water.

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Quantum sensors to make Australia safer

Professor Andrew Luiten

Researchers to work with the Defence Science and Technology Group on four ambitious quantum technology projects.

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Sea snakes set record for deep dives

Sea snake dive record 2017

Sea snakes discovered swimming almost 250 metres deep.

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition