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Two new University of Adelaide fellows

Helen Marshall

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences welcomed 19 women and 10 men to its Fellowship recognising the brightest minds in health and medical sciences across a range of fields, including research, industry and more.

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The history of one of the most influential schools of Western Desert painting

Sunfly Tjamptitjin, untitled, 1982

The history of the Balgo art movement, one of the most vibrant and influential schools of Western Desert painting, has now been told in a new book, Balgo: Creating Country, by Professor John Carty, Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum and Director of the University of Adelaide’s National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies (NCALMS).

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Industry lead appointed HILT CRC CEO

HILT CEO Ms Felicity Lloyd

Ms Felicity Lloyd has been appointed as the new CEO of the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HiLT CRC).

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Honeyeater evolution for high sucrose diet

Honeyeater bird on a Banksia plant

Scientists have long suspected the digestive systems of nectar-eating birds, such as honeyeaters, co-evolved with the nectar-composition in flowers. To document whether this theory is accurate, in a paper published in iScience, researchers at the University of Adelaide studied the ability of birds to digest different sugars, and looked at whether they matched the nectar sugars found in plants used by families of birds in different parts of the world.

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Building more drought-resilient crops through science

Dry wheat in field.

In a review paper published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, researchers at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine have summarised seven years of research published in more than 20 international journals, on the effect of drought on cereal plants such as wheat and barley.

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Regional opportunities spark interest from legal minds

Law students in Port Pirie

Students from Adelaide Law School recently visited regional South Australia to find out about career opportunities that are sometimes overlooked by law graduates.

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Flinders Ranges rocks reveal Earth’s secrets

Flinders Ranges

The first virtual plate reconstruction of the Earth’s last billion years of geological history is providing deeper insight into what formed our planet and made it into how it is today.

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Combatting child sex abuse: Research Tuesdays

Hand

Disturbingly, there is considerable evidence to suggest global demand for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is growing.

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On a mission to discover unknown Australian species

Insects image by Gordan Johnson from Pixabay.

Insect expert Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, has thrown her support behind a new mission launched by the Australian Academy of Science’s Taxonomy Australia, to discover and document all unknown Australian species by 2050.

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Insights into continuous waves from neutron stars

Neutron star

Australian Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) team, which includes scientists from the University of Adelaide, are close to detecting a new type of gravitational wave, which could provide insights into one of the strangest things in the Universe.

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