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Academics hunt for the wilderwomen

Adventurer Bear Grylls, of Man vs. Wild fame, was first praised, then scorned for his ‘tough guy’ persona. All the while, most people hadn’t heard of Megan Hine. The fair-skinned, doe-eyed fellow Brit was once described by Grylls as “stronger than 99 per ...

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Gen-Zs not mini Gen-Ys: lessons from #UAConf18

Ben Pilkington wants you to know that although Z follows Y alphabetically, these human generations are vastly different. Generally, while Y values education, Z prefers experience. Y is optimistic, whereas Z prefers to be pragmatic. Y is rebellious, collaborative and searches ...

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A philosopher’s post-Barnaby guide to apologies

Before #Barnabye, there were two apologies from the man himself. In the first one, delivered in mid-February after his affair went public, Barnaby Joyce took “full responsibility” for the dissolution of his marriage. “I’d like to say to Natalie how deeply ...

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The silent epidemic in Australia’s universities

Unhealthy behaviour among university students, leading to poor mental health, shortens their life span and increases their chance of an untimely death. Of particular concern, during this period, is that data indicates university students are five times more likely to ...

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RMIT joins the blockchain ‘revolution’

‘Blockchain’ is the word on every technologist, investor and academic’s lips. Hence, RMIT has just introduced an eight-week, online short course on the digital technology – the first university in Australia to do so. But first, block what? Exactly; that’s why ...

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‘Diet genes’ not a thing: Stanford University

In 2007 (not 1986, as the cover would have you believe), Pamela McDonald and Wayne Dyer’s book, The Gene Diet, was first published. Despite its sensational-sounding subtitle – Use Your Body’s Own APO E Gene to Treat High Cholesterol, Weight Problems, ...

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