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2008-06-25 14:05:00

A major review by University of Adelaide researchers shows that the world is losing the battle over tropical habitat loss with potentially disastrous implications for biodiversity and human well-being. Published online today in the Ecological Society of America's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the review concludes we are "on a trajectory towards disaster" and calls for an immediate global, multi-pronged conservation approach to avert the worst outcomes. Lead author...

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2008-06-18 10:10:00

One of Australia's leading environmentalists will spearhead a world-class project to help revegetate the Mount Lofty Ranges, to stave off the effects of climate change and halt the loss of bird, animal and plant species. Associate Professor David Paton AM from the University of Adelaide will lead a multi-million-dollar program that aims to: help re-establish native vegetation to 30% of the Mt Lofty region "“ an unprecedented scale globally; prevent the loss of native flora and fauna;...

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2008-06-13 09:55:00

A new ecological study led by a University of Adelaide researcher should help identify species prone to extinction under environmental change, and species that are likely to become a pest.The study, the first of its kind, was published this week online in the British Ecological Society's prestigious Journal of Ecology."This study provides good evidence that we can take any group of species and predict how individual species will respond to changes in the environment through events such as...

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2008-05-12 14:15:00

Why women only? The mystery deepensA mutated gene has been discovered as the key behind epilepsy and mental retardation specific to women, thanks to new research at Adelaide's Women's & Children's Hospital and the University of Adelaide, Australia.The world-first discovery, published today in Nature Genetics, shows that although men carry the "Ëœbad' gene, only women are affected.The research has been led by Dr Leanne Dibbens and Associate Professor Jozef Gecz from the...

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2008-04-04 07:55:00

New studies at the University of Adelaide will delve into some of the crucial issues surrounding death by brain tumors and stroke.The research, to be conducted in the joint University of Adelaide/IMVS Centre for Neurological Diseases, will aim to find links between chemical signals in the brain and the reasons why brain tumors or strokes become fatal."There are still many mysteries around how the brain works, and this new research will help to unlock key elements we believe are involved in...

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2008-02-18 09:04:58

Researchers at Adelaide's Women's & Children's Hospital and the University of Adelaide, Australia, have made a world-first discovery that links viral infection with high blood pressure during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The research findings, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, are a major step forward in unravelling the mystery of the cause of high blood pressure in pregnancy. The research has been conducted by the South Australian Cerebral Palsy Research...

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2008-02-07 11:10:00

Adelaide scientists will lead a $2 million five-year project to develop new vaccines and explore better treatment options for hepatitis C sufferers.University of Adelaide virologists Dr Michael Beard and Dr Karla Helbig will work with colleagues from the University of NSW to develop new strategies to treat and prevent hepatitis C, which infects more than 170 million people around the world.The scientists, who are also attached to the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science and Royal...

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2007-02-28 07:25:00

Scientists were startled when they discovered in 2004 that the center of our galaxy is emitting gamma rays with energies in the tens of trillions of electronvolts. Now astrophysicists at The University of Arizona, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Adelaide (Australia) have discovered a mechanism that might produce these high-energy gamma rays. The black hole at the center of our Milky Way could be working like a cosmic particle accelerator, revving up protons that smash at...