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A collapsing star in a distant galaxy fired out some of the most energetic gamma rays ever seen

HESS telescopes in Namibia are on the alert for high-energy gamma rays. HESS Collaboration / Clementina Medina

New research shows we still have much to learn about gamma-ray bursts; but gives us confidence that our methods to detect them are improving.

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Local geoscientist the first Australian student to win award

Simon Holford Natalie Debenham Ros King

Geoscientist Natalie Debenham has been awarded the Journal of Structural Geology’s 'Student Author of the Year Award'.

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Local boost for AgTech, food and wine start-ups

Hon David Pisoni at the launch of ThincLab Waite

Start-up companies in agricultural technology, food and wine are being given a guiding hand with a new business incubator launched at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

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Shedding new light in many directions

IPAS - Professor Nigel Spooner

In a unique initiative, Defence Science and Technology and the University of Adelaide are conducting dual-use research that has found applications in defence, mining, medicine, soil forensics and archaeology.

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Trapping atoms to protect Australia’s groundwater

Researcher Dr Rohan Glover, with the Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA) facility at The University of Adelaide

A unique new facility at the University of Adelaide will help protect Australia’s precious groundwater from overuse and contamination.

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Spaghetti and mud pies scoop 3-Minute Thesis final

Sciences 3 minute thesis finals 2019 winners

The depth and diversity of research student projects in the Faculty of Sciences was once again on display at this week's final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

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Adelaide scientist wins ‘bronze’ at global neurophotonics event

Mengke Han - IPAS

A project to map the hearing capability of zebrafish has won Mengke Han third prize at the global Frontiers in Neurophotonics’ summer school.

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$35.6 million boost for sciences' research infrastructure

Plant Accelerator, Waite campus

Research for a range of industrial sectors including scientific, advanced manufacturing, defence, resources, biomedical and agriculture has received a major boost.

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New model suggests lost continents for early Earth

Models for the distribution of crustal thickness in early Earth. The crust in the prevailing paradigm is mostly oceanic, with some thin continental crust.  The new model predicts a thicker and greater continental portion that was not preserved.

Earth scientists suggest that continents may have risen out of the sea much earlier than previously thought but were destroyed, leaving little trace.

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Where do rocks come from?

Rocks contain a layer-by-layer record of the history of our planet. Fred Moore/flickr, CC BY-NC

Five-year-old Claire from Perth asks Professor Alan Collins, "where do rocks come from?"

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