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Further action on cadmium needed for global food safety

Tractor spreading fertiliser - by Mark Robinson (CC BY 2.0)

Soil experts warn of increasing human intake of cadmium due to changes in soil conditions.

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Uni of Adelaide experts recognised for science excellence

SA Science Awards - Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

University of Adelaide scientists recognised at the SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards.

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Tectonic time-lapse: One billion years of Earth’s history in 40 seconds

Distribution of continental crust, ocean basins and plate boundaries in the plate model at 0 Ma (current day). Credit: Merdith et al. 2021 (Earth Science Reviews).

Adelaide scientists are part of an international research team that has published the first full tectonic plate reconstruction of the last billion years.

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High CO2 to slow tropical fish move to cooler waters

Moorish idol - a coral reef species extending its ranges into temperate Australia under climate change. Image credit: Ericka Coni

Ocean acidification predicted under continuing high CO2 emissions may make cooler, temperate waters less welcoming to tropical fish.

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Science awards celebrate academic, student and staff success

Science awards 2020 Linda Armbrecht

The recent Faculty of Sciences’ awards showcase celebrated research, teaching, leadership, professional staff and student success.

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Fish have bigger sex organs and more reproductive success in acidic oceans

The common triplefin

Some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future.

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Ancient DNA research reveals evolutionary secrets of Game of Thrones dire wolves

Artwork credit: Mauricio Antón/Nature. Caption: Somewhere in Southwestern North America during the late Pleistocene, a pack of dire wolves (Canis dirus) are feeding on their bison kill, while a pair of grey wolves (Canis lupus) approach in the hopes of scavenging. One of the dire wolves rushes in to confront the grey wolves, and their confrontation allows a comparison of the bigger, larger-headed and reddish-brown dire wolf with its smaller, grey relative.

University of Adelaide scientists have sequenced the ancient DNA of dire wolf fossils for the first time and uncovered new secrets of the animal made famous by the TV show Game of Thrones.

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Genomics milestone: Scientists uncover genomes of platypus and echidna

Echidna CSI

University of Adelaide scientists have produced the first ever echidna genome and a greatly improved, high-quality platypus genome sequence.

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