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Rea: funding cuts force researchers overseas

The Abbott Government’s cuts to research and plans to deregulate university fees are already forcing our best and brightest overseas, the NTEU said today. Speaking in response to ABC reports that researchers are being forced to look overseas for work, ...

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Dam fences could stop cane toad spread

Toad-proof fences around man-made dams could stop the spread of the toxic pests in some arid parts of Australia, scientists say. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of NSW examined the long-term control of cane ...

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Australia gets cutting-edge microscope

The secrets of life could be revealed by a powerful new microscope, the only one of its kind in Australia. The $5 million, 3-metre-tall microscope, unveiled at Monash University in Melbourne, allows researchers to see molecular structures at very high ...

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Breaking down the sex-ed awkwardness

A La Trobe University-backed DVD featuring a series of light-hearted vignettes is poised to help high-school teachers reduce the awkwardness of sex education lessons this year. The DVD, Ask Grandad, is being rolled out as part of the ongoing partnership between ...

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Ethical overhaul for school immunisations

Inadequate levels of privacy afforded to South Australian children taking part in school-based immunisation programs has been highlighted as an ethical failing in new research released by the University of Adelaide. By observing immunisation days held at nine schools chosen ...

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Texting can boost child literacy

New research shows texting can help not hinder the reading and comprehension ability of school children. The Curtin University research study involving junior school children has concluded that better interpretation of digital textisms can improve their reading and language skills. ...

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Online forums winning trust over doctors

A leading computational bioinformatics researcher has warned about the risks of online health information forums, saying many users are endangering their health by trusting potentially ill-informed and misleading advice. A study of online, patient-driven health forums by Dr Reeva Lederman ...

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Good things come in threes, researcher says

Focusing on three good things could lead to higher levels of wellbeing and job satisfaction for teachers and lecturers, a Central Queensland University student has said. With this belief and a passion for positive psychology, graduate diploma of psychology honours ...

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Peer reviewers want recognition

In an extended interview, education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Paul Jensen, professor of economics at the Melbourne Institute, about the need for universities to recognise the role academics play in the editorship of journals. In a letter sent to ...

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Video gives valuable feedback

Giving students feedback on assignments via video could be more helpful than the common practice of writing comments in red pen, new research shows. In an extended interview education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Monash University information communication technologies expert ...

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