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Did Plate Tectonics Set the Stage for Life on Earth?

A new study suggests that rapid cooling within the Earth’s mantle through plate tectonics played a major role in the development of the first life forms, which in turn led to the oxygenation of the Earth’s atmosphere. The study was published in the March 2018 issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters - read more

Unveiling the Secrets of our Milky Way Galaxy

A multinational team of astronomers involving the University of Adelaide has catalogued over 70 sources of very high energy gamma rays, including 16 previously undiscovered ones, in a survey of the Milky Way using gamma ray telescopes - read more

National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS)

The University of Adelaide to host the inaugural National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS) - read more in the article 'Future leaders to mine industry', Adelaide Advertiser. Also see the article 'Gold standard summer school for mining industry's future 'superstars'' on The Lead Link to external website website.

Six Tips for Studying Abroad

After spending three months in Adelaide and collaborating with researchers within the Department of Chemistry, Canadian PhD student Kelly Summers provides an insight to her visit and regales us with the "lessons of life" that she learned throughout her experience - read more Link to external website.

Dr Derrick Hasterok

New technique for finding weakness in Earth's crust

Scientists have developed a method to estimate weakness in the Earth's outer layers which will help explain and predict volcanic activity and earthquakes.

Published in the journal Science today, the research describes a new model of the Earth's movement in the upper crust through to upper mantle (400km below the surface), allowing predictions at a much smaller scale than previously possible. The research is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Illinois in the US and University of Adelaide in Australia – read more.

Perseid Meteor Shower to put on special show up north

Dr Padric McGee, gives an insight into the recent Perseid Meteor Show in the Australian Geographic Article on 2 August 2016. The full article is available on the Australian Geographic Link to external website website.

Lenovo case study on the University of Adelaide

The new Lenovo cluster supports the computational workloads of researchers across the university's research institutes and centers.

The Lenovo case study on the University of Adelaide is now live on the Lenovo website Link to external website.

40-year Adelaide search for Einstein's gravitational waves

A global team of researchers, including at the University of Adelaide, have for the first time detected gravitational waves─ripples in space and time caused by cataclysmic events in the distant universe that were predicted by Einstein in his general theory of relativity 100 years ago.

The gravitational waves detected were produced during the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole over one billion years ago. Scientists say this opens an unprecedented new window into the cosmos and will create a new field of astronomy - read more.

Dr James Anstie

Breath test analysed by laser might detect cancer and other disease, Adelaide researchers hope

A laser device as sensitive as a dog's nose might be able to detect disease, including cancer, from a simple breath test in the future - read more.

Advanced LIGO Project:
New era of astronomy as gravitational wave hunt begins

Australian scientists are in the hunt for the last missing piece of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, gravitational waves, as the Advanced LIGO Project in the United States comes on line.

LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories) aims to find gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time caused by the most violent events in the universe such as supernovae or collisions between black holes - read more.


Doorway to the sun and stars

The observatory at the University of Adelaide is part of the old astronomy building. While many think it stands noble, but idle, the reality is that it places a valuable role in teaching and research at the School of Physical Sciences - read more.

A perfect measure of success

The University's new chair of experimental physics has moved to Adelaide with his research team to pursue atomtronics - cutting-edge new technology to make super sensitive instruments – read more.

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