June 2013

  • 28 June 2013

    International Artists Dive Headfirst into Science

    The South Australian Museum is set to be the hot source of discussion and debate about art and science as it unravels the latest selection of artworks chosen as finalists in the 2013 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

    Judges’ votes are in and more than 100 superb finalist artworks chosen. They explore themes across all scientific disciplines and the natural world.

    The works will be on display at the South Australian Museum from 20 July — 8 September, before going on tour to the National Archives in Canberra.

    Now in its 11th year, the name of the prize has been changed from the ‘Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize’ to the ‘Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize’ to better reflect its mission to encourage artists and audiences to engage with science and the global issues that face us.

  • 20 June 2013

    Experts: Meet our Bat Man

    There are many instances in which the services of the South Australian Museum’s resident “bat man” are called upon.

    Technical officer Terry Reardon has been studying the nocturnal creatures for many years, in habitats from local parklands to the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

    When heading out of the Science Centre in the “batmobile”, Mr Reardon takes with him sophisticated technology like ultrasonic bat detectors, thermal cameras and marine radar to research bats.

  • 14 June 2013

    Catch of the day in Borneo uncovers new species

    In their hunt for the right specimens to study, our scientists venture far from our Adelaide laboratories and collaborate with people from all walks of life.

    An ongoing project investigating the biodiversity of parasites on sharks and stingrays has seen two talented researchers travel as far as Borneo to work with local fishermen in finding the freshest and most accurate samples. Our researchers — Parasitology Collection Manager Dr Leslie Chisholm and Head of Biological Sciences Associate Professor Ian Whittington — were invited to be a part of the study because of their specialist knowledge in monogenean parasites. 

    New species of both the host animals and the parasites have been discovered during the project and the data have been useful for services such as helping public aquaria control worm infections, improving the health of animals on display.