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The illegal wildlife trade has bigger ramifications than you might think

A vendor display featuring a sulcata tortoise, one of the largest tortoise species in the world, at a reptile trade convention in Florida, USA

Scientists have highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.

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Examining Earth’s oldest complex fossils using AI

Sedimentary layers in Mars photographed by Curiosity rover (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS).

University of Adelaide scientists will develop computer vision and machine-learning techniques to examine the fossil evidence of the Ediacara Biota – the earliest evidence of complex life.

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Can we extract ancient DNA from dinosaurs?

Tarbosaurus dinosaur by 5350755 from Pixabay

Delve into the science behind ancient DNA – what exactly is it, and how easy is it to extract from remains?

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Pollen home delivery sweet for honey bees

Honey bee visits potted polliniser plant on the back of a slow moving vehicle

Scientists have teamed up with Adelaide Hills growers to improve cross-pollination in netted apple orchards.

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Extinction risk of native bee populations increased by bushfires

The golden-green carpenter bee (Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus Female)-Xylocopa, is a species especially vulnerable to fire, with much of its habitat burnt during the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires. Image credit James Dorey.

The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly five-fold after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, according to new research.

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Buying bats on eBay? Your health could be at risk

Bat specimen preserved in a wooden box, sold on Ebay

New research on the trade of exotic animals explores the public health risks and the impact on animal populations and forest ecosystems.

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Can we use urine to power batteries?

toilet buttons

An international team of chemists have come a step closer with a new catalyst for urea reactions.

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DNA traceability tools to help determine timber 'roots'

Timber logs

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in partnership with InterpreData  and DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies, Singapore, have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Global Innovation Linkages Program to develop scientific origin verification tools for global timber supply chains.

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Researchers on the hunt for missing critical minerals

Cold eclogites in Norway

Researchers on the hunt for why cold eclogites mysteriously disappeared from geological records during the early stages of the Earth’s development may have found the answer, and with it clues that could help locate critical minerals today.

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Breakthrough AgTech to improve lamb meat quality

AgTech scanning intramuscular fat in lamb

In the sheep meat industry, the amount of intramuscular fat is a key indicator of eating quality, but can be particularly difficult to measure in lamb carcases, which are not individually graded.. until now.

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