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University education a waste of time and money: economics prof

Though the government’s university funding freeze attracted sector-wide scorn, at least it relieved universities from having to relentlessly justify graduating increasing numbers of students amidst a tepid job market.  But what if, demand-driven byproducts aside, the teaching element of universities remains ...

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Gaming or gambling? Often, they coalesce

Legendary: Game of Heroes is a free “intense and strategic puzzle role-playing game,” its developer, N3twork, provides. “Build a team of legendary heroes, go on quests and defeat monsters. Your Legendary adventure begins today!” Although aimed at players aged 12 ...

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Sexual harassment in STEM: Will time ever be up?

Since the Harvey Weinstein allegations were publicised in October last year, it seems the world has shifted. For the first time, women appear to be asserting their power over sexual harassers and abusers, and are being validated for doing so. Among the swathe ...

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Cats guzzling over one million reptiles a day: study

Feral cats are raising a skink with the discovery that they’re mass reptile killers. Researchers from the government’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub, which comprises 10 universities and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, analysed around 10,000 cat dietary samples. What they found shocked them. ...

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New Zealand cuts funding to free degrees

Storm clouds have brewed in the land of the long white cloud. After the much-heralded announcement of ‘free‘, that is, taxpayer-funded university in October last year, in its May budget, the Labour government froze funding. Perhaps following Australia’s lead, the ...

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