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WSU to be top of the crops

Sydney’s Hawkesbury region has been fertile since 1891. Now, its getting a new, agricultural lease on life, and making Australia’s food more secure in the process. WSU’s state-of-the-art National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre, located at its Hawkesbury campus, is the first of its ...

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Can AI really predict suicide?

Despite click-baiting headlines like How tech giants are using AI to prevent self-harm and suicide and Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with remarkable accuracy, some experts aren’t so sure that’s true. On the back of a further claim that AI uses brain imaging data to ‘identify suicidal youth’, this time, ...

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USYD calls out bullshit

The 2016 Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is getting a work out. ‘Post-truth’ is the subject of a new USYD research project. Simply named the Post-Truth Initiative, it pools together researchers from fields as diverse as physics, philosophy, data ...

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IT isn’t the most in-demand job: report

Contrary to popular thought, it’s construction, not coding, that’s most in-demand by employers. The 2017 Soft Skills in Demand Report, released last week, revealed this surprising fact.  Report issuer JobGetter analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching this ...

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Monash’s carbon-free pledge questioned

With much fanfare, Monash recently announced it’s going clean. The Group of Eight member vowed that by 2030, all its energy will be derived from renewable sources. Additionally, it has committed to being carbon neutral by this date. This means that ...

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Meet Australia’s highest-cited scholar

Professor Herb W. Marsh is in good company. The educational psychologist from ACU has joined Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky as one of the most-cited researchers in the world. According to a Spanish agency funded by the European ...

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Professor toughens up trainee teachers

Caroline Mansfield is teaching teachers resilience on a global scale. The Murdoch University Associate Professor’s program, the sunnily-named Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE), has 5,000 users and counting. Resilience – the capacity to quickly bounce back after setbacks – sounds ...

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