• Far out! New map of Mars’ surface
    Posted in: 2016, SA

    An Adelaide researcher has created the most detailed, most accurate map of the surface of Mars ever produced, providing an accurate geographical assessment of Martian surface dust, sand, pebbles, bedrock, and ice. The map is an important development for ensuring the safety of future robotic and human landings on the Red Planet. It could also […]

  • To be is not enough: for mass, it’s interactions that count
    Posted in: 2015, SA

    Adelaide’s Daniel Trewartha has worked out how to make atoms massless. The finding is thrilling, as even though protons and neutrons were discovered around 100 years ago, exactly how these particles and their component quarks generate the mass of atoms had remained a mystery. Daniel now believes it’s particles called gluons that play the critical role.

  • Baby fish lost in an acidified ocean
    Posted in: 2015, SA

    What difference can carbon dioxide make to fish? A huge one as it turns out. New research from the University of Adelaide suggests that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide will reduce the number of baby fish that make it to adulthood.

  • Red to yellow, and toxic mercury is gone
    Posted in: 2015, SA

    Mercury that hangs around after mining and coal production spells bad news for the environment and can retard brain development in children.  Now a team of chemists lead by Justin Chalker at Flinders University has developed a new material to permanently remove mercury from soil and water. It’s called Sulfur-Limonene Polysulfide, or SLP for short.