News: School of Physical Sciences

Scientists on a mission from moon to mars

IPAS - Professor Nigel Spooner

New projects will contribute to investigating the feasibility of deep space exploration to destinations such as Mars.

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Insights into continuous waves from neutron stars

Artist’s impression of continuous gravitational waves generated by a spinning asymmetric neutron star. Image: Mark Myers, OzGrav-Swinburne University.

Using data from the LIGO and VIGO detectors, scientists are on the cusp of hearing what they call a continuous gravitational wave or the murmuring of a neutron star.

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60-year anniversary of Douglas Mawson Antarctic Collection

Mawson collection opening 1961

April 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the University of Adelaide’s collection of geological and historical artefacts from Sir Douglas Mawson’s expeditions.

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Uni of Adelaide on the hunt for emerging scientific leaders

Plant scientist Waite campus

The University of Adelaide is searching for two emerging scientific leaders for its prestigious Ramsay Fellowships.

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Pathways clear for decarbonising heavy industry

CET HiTeMP Outlook cover image

Green energy: Experts have identified some of the most prospective pathways for heavy industry to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.

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They're strange, alien-like creatures from the Flinders Ranges - but how do they eat?

Ediacara Biota P Trusler

University of Adelaide scientists have discovered the feeding mode of Pentaradial Arkarua, a strange, alien-like creature that once roamed the Flinders Ranges.

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Success for sciences in industry-linked ARC grants

Associate Professor Rachel Burton and PhD Student Kendall Corbin visiting the Agave plantation in Queensland

The University of Adelaide has been awarded more than $3.6 million in industry-linked grants by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for important research that will attract a further $1.8 million in support from industry.

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New research centre with a critical mass of talent and expertise

Carl Spandler looking at a minerals display at SA Museum

The new Australian Critical Minerals Research Centre will conduct comprehensive critical minerals research, from exploration to resource definition and mineral processing.

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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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