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Scientists in the news this week: May 29, 2020

Associate Professor Glenn McDonald

Your round-up of University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates in the news this week.

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Evolution of colour vision in sea snakes

Dr Bruno Simoes (right) with students examining a snake during foraging in Western Australia. Photo: Bruno Simoes, University of Plymouth

New research suggests sea snakes’ vision has been modifying genetically over millions of generations, enabling them to adapt to new environments and see prey – and predators – deep below the sea surface.

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A return to the wild for better immune health

Urban garden image by Jacob Mills

Revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity resulting in human health benefits, researchers say.

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Scientists in the news this week: May 22, 2020

The University of Adelaide's Associate Professor Stuart Roy and SARDI's Dr Rhiannon Schilling are looking for opportunities to better understand soil and crop variability in sodic and saline soils. Image: Katherine Hollaway, GRDC

Your round-up of University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates in the news this week.

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Humans coexisted with three-tonne marsupials and lizards as long as cars in ancient Australia

Life and death in tropical Australia, 40,000 years ago. Giant reptiles ruled northern Australia during the Pleistocene with mega-marsupials as their prey. Image Credit: R. Bargiel, V. Konstantinov, A. Atuchin & S. Hocknull (2020). Queensland Museum.

Palaeontologists have found fossils of a huge extinct animals that answer, but also pose new questions in the megafauna extinction debate.

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Disposing bad habits: New research aims to improve household bin behaviour

Compost image by Ben Kerckx from Pixabay

Researchers set to learn more about household behaviours around food waste in order to reduce the amount of food sent to landfill.

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Scientists in the news this week: May 15, 2020

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Your round-up of University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates in the news this week.

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Scientists use novel remote sensing techniques to map ancient Aboriginal ‘tool-stone’ resources

Boone Law remote sensing northern South Australia

University of Adelaide remote sensing research features on the cover of the journal Geoarchaeology.

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New research shows zoonotic virus prevalence in Adelaide's Grey-headed flying foxes

Grey-headed flying fox - Credit: Craig Greer

Scientists discover that the risk of lyssavirus transmission from South Australia's population of Grey-headed flying fox is lower than anticipated.

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Ancient DNA researchers surprised by genetic continuity of Andes civilisations

Andes mountains Peru

The first large-scale study of DNA belonging to ancient humans of the central Andes in South America has uncovered some surprising results.

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