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We need to act now to reduce future bushfire risk in the Australian Summer

When managing bushfire risk, prevention is better than cure. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the Research Institute for Knowledge Systems have together developed an integrated decision support system – the Unified Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation Exploratory Decision support system (UNHaRMED) – designed to enable the benefit-cost ratios of different risk reduction strategies to be quantified including planned burns, improving building codes and land use planning.

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Amazon fires a call to action

Fires raging through the Amazon rainforest are the latest and most visible manifestation of the urgent need to conserve and protect the natural world and address climate change.

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Surviving and thriving in the sea

Sixty years of global cephalopod success provides clues to better management of marine ecology.

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Tackling traffic congestion on the final frontier

To prevent damage and loss of valuable space assets it is critical that we develop space situational awareness.

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Agriculture, food and wine

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Farmer to pharma? Creating new products from agriculture waste

Agriculture is a key engine of South Australia’s bioeconomy, and according to researchers at the University of Adelaide, the high volume of waste product has hidden value for other industries.

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A little water can go a long way when battling heatwaves

It appears that how you use water is more important than how much you use when trying to protect vines from the impact of heatwaves.

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Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the use of these ‘natural’ or ‘wild’ yeasts during the production process has mostly been discouraged by wine makers.

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Cover crops – get it right, and reap the benefits

The correct type of cover crop does not adversely affect vine yield and performance, a current research project has found. 

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Creativity and culture

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The people behind the cars

History will not forget the people and places that made Holden cars an icon of Australia.

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City nightlife takes on a new dimension

The growth of small venues has changed the face of Adelaide’s social scene, adding life and livelihood.

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Macau shown in three dimensions

An immersive multimedia experience has brought to life the diverse cultural history of a former colonial enclave.

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Curious Kids: why do we cry?

Most people cry when they’re feeling sad, or when they are having big feelings.

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Defence, cyber and space

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Youth online safety and cybercrime prevention

Knowing how young people operate in the digital world is the key to keeping them safe.

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Many countries join The US, Russia and China in creating space agencies

Civilian and Military use of space has been dramatically increasing in recent years thus leading many States, including Australia, to create National Space Agencies.

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Tackling traffic congestion on the final frontier

To prevent damage and loss of valuable space assets it is critical that we develop space situational awareness.

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Avoiding technology meltdown

Can we prevent cyber-attacks that result in the leak of secret information?

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Protecting people in the front-line

Developing technology to support people in high stress situations boosts their effectiveness and reduces potential harm.

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Energy, mining and resources

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What's really going on during fracking

How do fluids such as water, gas and petroleum move in the earth?

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Solar thermal for mineral processing

It is a fact that in a country like Australia, dominated by the primary production of commodities such as iron ore, copper and alumina, the industrial processes that produce these for export account for around half of our energy consumption.

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Solar for hydrogen production

Imagine 10 years from today, an underground mine, where waste water is continuously pumped out to keep it dry. University of Adelaide researchers are looking into ways to build a better world, and turn this nuisance into a fuel source through hydrogen fuelled vehicles!  

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Taking charge

New energy sources and a growing demand for electric vehicles are driving demand for energy storage.

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Extracting more value from mining

Smart integration of technology across the industry to increase value and sustainability.

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Fuelling the future with food waste

Solar technology turning food waste into low-emission liquid fuel.

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Environment, sustainability and climate change

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We need to act now to reduce future bushfire risk in the Australian Summer

When managing bushfire risk, prevention is better than cure. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the Research Institute for Knowledge Systems have together developed an integrated decision support system – the Unified Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation Exploratory Decision support system (UNHaRMED) – designed to enable the benefit-cost ratios of different risk reduction strategies to be quantified including planned burns, improving building codes and land use planning.

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A little water can go a long way when battling heatwaves

It appears that how you use water is more important than how much you use when trying to protect vines from the impact of heatwaves.

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Amazon fires a call to action

Fires raging through the Amazon rainforest are the latest and most visible manifestation of the urgent need to conserve and protect the natural world and address climate change.

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Exploring the past to conserve the future

Conserving global biodiversity and preventing extinction is as much about digging into the past as it is about finding the new.

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Surviving and thriving in the sea

Sixty years of global cephalopod success provides clues to better management of marine ecology.

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Knowing where the wild things are

Technology improving species distribution modelling supports evidence-based decision making for natural resources management.

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Health and biotech

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Societal wellbeing