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Call to shut killer robot Pandora’s Box

 Killer robots – including lethal microdrone swarms – should be urgently banned before a wave of weapons of mass destruction gets out of control, industry leaders say. Robotics and artificial intelligence experts such as Tesla founder Elon Musk and head ...

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Hope and ambition collide at STEM careers fair

Rihanna’s latest hit reverberated around the brick atrium of the National Innovation Centre, home to Cicada Innovations. The reason for the hip beats? ‘Emerge’: Cicada and government department UrbanGrowth NSW’s inaugural STEM careers expo. Backpack-clad students wandered from booth to ...

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USYD launches ‘policy powerhouse’

Black suit jackets were apparently de rigueur at the launch of the Sydney Policy Lab at its CBD campus. By combining multi-disciplinary researchers in what professor Duncan Ivison called a “slightly edgy environment”, the self-described ‘policy powerhouse’ aims to tackle some ...

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UniMelb leads Australian universities in world rankings

A leading international university rankings agency has rated six Australian universities in its top 100. Released yesterday, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) gave the University of Melbourne top Australian honours. It ranked 39th, one place better than ...

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British Council rates our higher education

Our international student credentials are stellar, a British organisation has determined. The British Council, a quasi-governmental organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities, ranked Australia equal best overall, alongside Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Malaysia and the UK. In their global education study, ...

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How humans are turning seasnakes black

Distinctive black and white striped seasnakes were once a common sight in the shallow reefs off Queensland and several Pacific islands. Now, these turtle-headed marine snakes are turning black, and its our fault. A team of international researchers, including the University of Sydney’s ...

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When scientists met policymakers

They’re often perceived as being at odds with each other, but this week, top scientists and bureaucrats happily commingled. In Canberra for Science meets Policymakers, they collaborated on a 10-year plan for our country’s scientific and technological future. Dr Charlie Day from ...

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Full-fee medical degree slammed by industry insiders

Although many argue there are already too many medical graduates in Australia, today another medical faculty was launched. Macquarie University unveiled its four-year, full-fee postgraduate Doctor of Medicine program, set to commence next year. “Building on the success and great reputation ...

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Universities “not rolling in gold”: IRU

Conor King, executive director of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU), wants the government to know that universities aren’t as cashed up as many assume. Also, he contends, the government’s other presumptions on which university funding plans are based are false. For example, although ...

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