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How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains

People travelling into Australia will now have to self-isolate for 14 days – one of a range of measures announced at the weekend by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with the aim of slowing the spread of the coronavirus and easing the stress on hospital beds.

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Debunking the myths and moving mens health forward

Our research is informing new approaches to preventative health strategies, delivery of health services and management of common health conditions in men.

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Practise makes perfect: 3D-printed brains could revolutionise neurosurgery

An Adelaide-based company, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Adelaide, is hoping to revolutionise neurosurgery techniques, following their ‘world-first operation’ in November. 

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We forget the lessons of past disasters at our own peril

In the context of the terrible fires facing the nation, the telling reflection that “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” has salience.

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Agriculture, food and wine

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Farmer to pharma? Creating new products from agricultural waste

A Research Consortium Program (RCP) led by the University of Adelaide is supporting South Australia’s primary producers by turning their waste into high-value products. The result could be new industries worth over $100m per annum.

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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

Our researchers have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates.

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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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Harnessing low cost, sustainable, activated carbon from waste

In what is believed to be a world-first, an Adelaide-based start-up has developed a new, low cost, sustainable method of producing activated carbon.

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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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Environment, sustainability and climate change

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Bushfire and the challenge to respond to new levels of environmental risk

There have been terrible bushfires this summer across southern Australia – and they are still going. Part of the reason for this disaster is the unprecedented climatic conditions that the country has been facing, including record hot and dry conditions.

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Buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

Among the vast number of native species damaged by the recent bushfire crisis, we must not forget native pollinators. These animals, mainly insects such as native bees, help sustain ecosystems by pollinating native plants.

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I made bushfire maps from satellite data, and found a glaring gap in Australia’s preparedness

On the night of January 9 2020, my wife and I secured our Kangaroo Island home and anxiously monitored the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) website for bushfire advice.

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Australian sea lions are declining. Using drones to check their health can help us understand why

Australian sea lions are in trouble. Their population has never recovered from the impact of the commercial sealing that occurred mainly in the 19th century.

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We forget the lessons of past disasters at our own peril

In the context of the terrible fires facing the nation, the telling reflection that “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” has salience.

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Health and biotech

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Let’s ‘declare war on type 2 diabetes’ – Australian of the year James Muecke on why we need to cut back on sugar

Humans are physiologically hardwired to love and seek out sweet things. It’s an ancient survival mechanism that evolved to prepare our bodies for periods of fasting when food supplies were scarce.

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Debunking the myths and moving mens health forward

Our research is informing new approaches to preventative health strategies, delivery of health services and management of common health conditions in men.

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Practise makes perfect: 3D-printed brains could revolutionise neurosurgery

An Adelaide-based company, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Adelaide, is hoping to revolutionise neurosurgery techniques, following their ‘world-first operation’ in November. 

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Intelligent machines to support, not replace, doctors

AI and medical machine learning are constantly evolving, however don’t expect these technologies to replace doctors.

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Coping with loss

Improved quality of care for parents of stillborn babies Australia-wide.

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Societal wellbeing

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The many faces of social housing in Australia

Social housing has been home to many Australians over its 80+ year history. 

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How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains

People travelling into Australia will now have to self-isolate for 14 days – one of a range of measures announced at the weekend by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with the aim of slowing the spread of the coronavirus and easing the stress on hospital beds.

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Newstart debate must focus on people, not politics

Economics researchers at the University of Adelaide are urging politicians to address the issue of the Newstart Allowance with maturity and consider increasing it by as much as $120 per week.

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Emergency communication in a digital world

Enhancing information flows and strengthening communication systems for use during emergencies can save lives, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide.

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