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Hipster beards as evolutionary trend

The popularity of Ned Kelly beards, and tattoos, within the hipster community may simply be down to the evolution of primates towards ornamental and even aggressive displays of flamboyance, a University of Western Australia researcher reports. A paper by Dr Cyril Grueter, ...

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Outdoors is optimal for learning, new research finds

Learning outside the classroom has the educational and emotional benefits conducive for optimal learning, new La Trobe research shows. Professor Margaret Robertson, lead editor of the new book Experiencing the Outdoors: Enhancing Strategies for Wellbeing, said the findings showed students ...

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NHMRC to demand gender policy for funding

Universities seeking National Health and Medical Research Council grant funding will now need to provide evidence that they have adequate gender equity staffing policies in place. Under the new measure, announced in late March, research institutions will have until the ...

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ATEM’s Weller reflects on a dynamic six years

In an exclusive interview, education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke with Dr Stephen Weller, who will step down as president of the Association for Tertiary Education Management in May. Maiolo asked Weller to describe some of the biggest changes he’s seen in the ...

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Research impact under the microscope

Momentum behind efforts to develop a more refined model for measuring research impact is being fuelled by growing acknowledgement that the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) model is limited in its capacity to encourage research translation, a leading expert ...

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Uni Melb launches classroom for observing students

A new classroom fitted with high-tech cameras to track students’ every move is opening at the University of Melbourne. The Science of Learning classroom, officially launching today, is part of a nationwide $16 million project to help researchers better understand how learning ...

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Glover: embrace online learning

Universities should embrace the way technology disrupts what we’re doing and take from it the best elements to improve the quality of teaching and learning, University of Western Sydney vice-chancellor Barney Glover said. In an extended interview, education editor Antonia ...

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Coming soon: vision-enabled robots

It's only a matter of time before vision-enabled robots work side by side with humans, according to world-leading researchers at Queensland University of Technology. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at QUT and Rethink Robotics has built a machine, dubbed ...

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