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One in four studies in top journal unreplicable

Front-line victims of the replication crisis have been identified by New Zealand and American scientists: studies themselves. Colin Camerer, Brian Nosek and their colleagues from Massey University, America’s Center for Open Science, and Caltech, attempted to reproduce the findings of 21 social science ...

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Introducing Simon Birmingham’s successor

The son of a former state Liberal MP (his mother) and a past party vice-president (his father), Dan Tehan has politics in his veins. His rapid ascent – from local federal MP in 2010 to government front bencher in 2016 – ...

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The cost of an NYU medical degree is now $0

NYU medical students – current and future – will obtain their degrees for free. Announced last Thursday, the measure is designed to relieve students of “rising”, burdensome study debt, and thereby, “attract the best and brightest students to careers in medicine”. The university cited another ...

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UniSA and UofA: a merger, a marriage, or both?

It could be the ‘super university’ that transforms the city of churches into the university city. Or, it could be a cost-cutting exercise. These are the headlines surrounding the potential University of South Australia-University of Adelaide merger. Yet, it is much more complicated than these extremes ...

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Shared university services ‘snake oil’: opinion

The fashion in universities and other public sector organisations for ‘shared services’ did not spring from nowhere. Yes Minister in the 1980s featured an episode about a hospital that had 500 administration staff, but could not afford to employ nurses ...

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