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Reef still robust, say scientists

There is growing evidence that the Great Barrier Reef is more resilient than previously thought The spotlight has been focused recently on one of Australia’s greatest natural treasures, the Great Barrier Reef, with UNESCO considering whether to place it on ...

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Cloud learning’s 12 key features

Deakin University is exploring the internet’s power to deliver learning in new ways Students today are the connected generation; they routinely use mobile devices to socialise, to access information and to actively engage with content anywhere, anytime. Through the internet, ...

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Drones to the rescue

Pilotless aircraft may be feared in war zones but they also have the potential to save lives at sea and boost biosecurity.  Unmanned aircraft have been deployed by the US military in combat zones for many years. Now the pilotless ...

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Stand up for a longer life

Limiting the time you spend seated could add years to your life, new research claims Scientists from Louisiana University in the US have discovered that adults who are seated for a maximum of three hours a day could add an ...

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Think big: turning ideas into business reality

The University of Adelaide is launching a program to help its students turn their innovative business ideas into reality. The ThincLab Online Commercialisation Accelerator is being developed by the university’s Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), and will be run ...

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A smile a day keeps the doctor away

University of Queensland academics say that a cheeky grin can improve your level of happiness and those of the people around you – and improve people’s health and wellbeing.   Professor Ottmar Lipp, a senior research fellow in psychology who studies ...

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Pee-powered spaceships?

Astronauts could soon be swapping traditional energy sources for urine, as Australian researchers discover that urine could soon propel people to Mars.   A new type of plasma thruster currently in development at the Australian National University (ANU) could reduce ...

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Existence of ‘God particle’ confirmed

Scientists gathered in Melbourne have emerged from celebrating the discovery of a new subatomic particle to compare their elation with the moon landing. “We were all excited then about space exploration and science was thrilling,” recalled Steven Goldfarb, who now ...

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Cane toad terminator

Professor Rick Shine on using localised ‘guerrilla warfare’ to control one of the most pervasive biodiversity threats in Australia.   Rick Shine is an unlikely guerrilla warrior. He’s too avuncular and displays far too much affection for the enemy. Yet, ...

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Monash to lead new synchrotron program

The Australian Synchrotron in Victoria will continue to conduct important research thanks to a new program led by Monash University to control research access to the facility. Professor Andrew Peele, head of science at the facility, said it is a ...

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