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Eel biodiversity region discovered

Analysis of specimens collected in the North West Coral Sea has shown that the area has many marine eel species and some are new to science.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2009

157 years of Australian Museum science at your fingertips

Researchers around the world will soon have full online access to 157 years of scientific knowledge published in the Records of the Australian Museum.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2009

Cracking the'genetic code' of gem stones

A research team led by Dr Lin Sutherland, a Senior Fellow in Geoscience at the Australian Museum, has completed a major study on 'genetic' signatures in Australian sapphires and rubies. The study combines precise trace element and oxygen isotope analyses on samples from a range of gem deposits, for geographic typing of local characteristics.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2009

Taxonomists share their expertise for biosecurity

Quarantine scientists recently attended an Australian Museum workshop to improve their skills at identifying invasive Diptera, a large order of insects, many of which pose a threat to Australia's biosecurity.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2009

Swimming with the big fish, studying the small

Imagine trying to track in the open seas the migration of fishes that are only a few millimetres to a centimetre long.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 04 Jun 2009

X-ray specs: viewing artefacts in a new light

Using the latest technologies, archaeologists are digging for new insights into Indigenous trading routes.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 04 Jun 2009

Amphibian Conservation in South-East Asia

Dr Jodi Rowley has been recording midnight frog calls in Vietnam, Cambodia and southern China to inform future conservation programs.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 04 Jun 2009

Deep-sea mystery solved as three become one

So dramatic is the metamorphosis of whalefishes that until now scientists thought the larva, adult male and adult female specimens in collections were from three separate families of fishes.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 04 Jun 2009

Helping hand for a vulnerable little chat


Australian Museum researchers are set to begin a new study on the conservation ecology of an iconic inhabitant of coastal saltmarshes, the White-fronted Chat, with funding from Lake Macquarie City Council and the Herman Slade Foundation.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 03 Jun 2009

Public Response to Taxidermy Mounts

Becky Hitchens, a student at Durham University, Museum and Artefact Studies program asks if we have any information about the public's reaction to taxidermy mounts.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 01 May 2009