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Newstart debate must focus on people not politics

A new report from University of Adelaide economists has added to the national debate about the Newstart Allowance, arguing that Newstart should be increased by as much as $120 a week and urging politicians to address the issue with maturity. The report, Newstart Allowance: is it time to raise it?, by the University’s South Australian ... 23-Oct-2019 more


Making high-value products from agricultural waste

Sunscreen from mushroom waste, healthy skincare products from apples and berries, and high-tech materials from Brussels sprout stalks – these are some high value products that could be first to market from a new $11 million research consortium led by the University of Adelaide. South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills the ... 23-Oct-2019 more


A rat race to investigate resilience

Could an animal’s personality and problem-solving skills help it to cope with environmental adversity? Cairns animal behaviourist, Dr Tasmin Rymer, is working with Australian native rats to identify the characteristics that make some individuals better able to cope and survive in damaged and changed environments than others. The ... 22-Oct-2019 more


ARC funds seven University of Adelaide projects

Seven University of Adelaide researchers have collectively been awarded more than $5.7 million from the Federal Government to advance their work in diverse areas including ice shelf disintegration, medical image datasets, organ donation, and the evolution of pest species. The 2019 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships have ... 22-Oct-2019 more


World’s top 100 for Computer Science at Uni of Adelaide

Computer science students at the University of Adelaide are now studying at one of the world’s top 100 universities in their field. The latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject for 2020 has named the University of Adelaide at 96 in the world for Computer Science. This is the first time Computer Science at ... 18-Oct-2019 more


Plastic waste may be headed for the microwave

Could microwaves be part of the answer to our planet’s plastic problems? A James Cook University scientist is building microwave heating technology to decompose plastic waste into by-products helpful to the environment. The head of Electrical Engineering at JCU’s Professor Mohan Jacob says the average person uses 130 kg of ... 18-Oct-2019 more


Heavier birth weight linked to childhood allergies

New research shows that the more a baby weighs at birth relative to its gestational age the higher the risk they will suffer from childhood food allergy or eczema, although not hay fever. Dr Kathy Gatford from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute led a team of scientists that carried out a systematic review ... 16-Oct-2019 more


University of Adelaide to widen scope of education

The University of Adelaide will educate thousands of additional students online over the next five years, thanks to a new partnership with the world’s leading learning company, Pearson. Officially launched in Adelaide today, the new partnership represents a major initiative in online education for the University of Adelaide. The ... 16-Oct-2019 more


Four decades of ocean records spark concern

A forty year-plus study has revealed worrying changes in the level of disease in marine animals. James Cook University’s Dr Scott Heron co-authored the study, led by Cornell University in the US and published today in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Dr Heron said the researchers examined oceanic ... 11-Oct-2019 more


Free flu vaccine offered mostly in wealthy suburbs

A University of Adelaide study into the impact of state-funded vaccination programs for Australian children under five years has found those attending medical practices in the wealthiest areas were more likely to receive the vaccine. The findings have implications for the awareness of free flu vaccine programs among both the public and ... 11-Oct-2019 more


Low cervical screening rates explained

New research reveals lack of time and embarrassment are among the main reasons Australian women have such a low rate of screening for cervical cancer and why screening levels are falling. The study was led by Archana Nagendiram, a 6th year medical student at James Cook University, under the supervision of Professor Clare Heal and Dr Jennifer ... 11-Oct-2019 more


Law students support appellants

Law students from the University of Adelaide are providing free advice to people who are appealing their case at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The AAT handles appeals against decisions made by government agencies such as Centrelink, the NDIS or the Child Support Agency. Legal clinics are held every Thursday at the AAT’s ... 08-Oct-2019 more