July 2013

  • 26 July 2013

    South Australian Museum Launches New Website

    The South Australian Museum has undergone a digital makeover as it prepares to beam its research and collections to the world in clearer, more exciting and more engaging ways than ever.

    After months of detailed planning, the Museum has this week launched a new website showcasing the best of this North Terrace institution.

    Project Lead and Museum Branding & Digital Strategy Manager Angie Hua says the new site is easier to navigate and much more user-friendly.

    “The site was designed from a user experience perspective; we did some research and found out who was using our site, and what they were looking for. From there we simplified the navigation, introduced lots of beautiful imagery to illustrate the stories, and re-wrote almost the entire site.

  • 18 July 2013

    Art and Science go Head to Head in Waterhouse Wonderland

    It’s crunch time: top judges have gathered to carefully hand-pick the cream of the crop in this year’s Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

    Anxious finalists are hoping their paintings, sculptures and works on paper will be deemed worthy for the top $50,000 prize and Overall Winner title in the international competition, while South Australian Museum staff are preparing for a spectacular Gala Launch to celebrate the stunning gallery of thought-provoking finalist artworks.

    Entrants have gone to great lengths to get up close and personal with the natural environment, trekking through wilderness areas, studying tiny organisms or working alongside scientists to better understand their craft.

  • 11 July 2013

    The Last of the Gel Jockeys: A 'Dyeing' Art

    The South Australian Museum is internationally renowned for using the latest genetic science techniques, but is also home to what could be the last of the ‘gel jockeys’ — scientists using old-fashioned protein electrophoresis to create genetic profiles.

    It’s this hybrid of old and new science that allows our researchers to enjoy the advantages of each method, and propels them to success on the world's scientific stage.

    Discovering a new species from two animals that look exactly the same might seem a very complicated task, but it’s all in a day’s work for one South Australian Museum researcher.

    Mark Adams, the Evolutionary Biology Unit’s longest-serving research scientist, uses the process called protein electrophoresis to compare the genetic profiles of a wide range of Australian animals.