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Fossils under a new light

Fossil front visible image Georgios Tsiminis

Honours projects: Use new fluorescence imaging techniques to analyse fossils that range in age from half-a-billion to some tens of thousands of years old.

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Saving megafauna from bacteria

A skeleton of a Marsupial Lion (Thylacoleo carnifex) in the Victoria Fossil Cave, Naracoorte Caves National Park Karora, Public domain

Honours projects: Identify and image biofilms that threaten the Naracoorte Caves National Park fossils.

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It’s space water, but not as we know it

Full moon. Image: Gregory H. Revera, CC BY-SA 3.0

Honours projects: Explore laser-induced fluorescence of water and aqueous minerals for space applications.

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Spacecraft radiation environment modelling

Honours projects: Modelling the near Earth radiation environment to establish particle energies, fluxes and fluences to test spacecraft components.

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Sounding the ionosphere using software define radio (SDR)

Honours project:  Evaluate the utility of software defined radio (SDR) for providing low-cost ionospheric sounder receivers.

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Rare metal ore potential of the Tertiary Peak Ranges volcanics, Central QLD

Peak Ranges

Honours project: Unravel the geological origins of unusual volcanic systems and their associated rare metal mineralisation in central QLD.

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Origin of Koppamurra: Australia’s first ionic clay hosted rare earth element prospect

Koppamurra

Honours project: Discover the origins and distribution of a unique style of rare earth element mineralisation in south-east SA.

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Albitite metasomatism and links to copper mineralisation: A case study from the Mt Lofty Ranges

Landscape Paleogeography

Honours project: Work with industry to help understand the link between metasomatism, intrusive magmatism and copper mineralisation in the Adelaide Hills.

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Unravelling metal source and transport in the Cu-Mo prospects of Delamerian Orogen using iron isotopic systematics

Murray Basin

Honours project: A geological project investigating metal source and migration in porphyry copper-molybdenum prospects using novel iron isotopic compositions.

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Fault stability and sustainable fluid pressures for CO2 storage in the Cooper Basin

Visualisation

Honours project: Fault stability require the determination of fault orientations, pore pressures and in-situ stresses to assess potential CO2 storage.

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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