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Melbourne Uni offers free online courses

The University of Melbourne has joined the free online education revolution that is transforming higher education around the world. It has announced that it has partnered with Coursera, a US for-profit company started by two professors at Stanford University, to ...

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Bend and stretch: robot feels the pressure

A robot that simulates complex joint motion has been developed to enhance understanding of the 3D performance of normal and diseased joints and their artificial replacements. Called the Six Degree of Freedom Hexapod Robot, its real life applications for biomedical ...

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Spiders on the march

Researchers on Guam, a US island east of the Philippines, have found that the island’s jungle spider population is more than 40 times larger than that of nearby islands. In one of the first studies to examine how the loss ...

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Catching up with the students

Teacher development in ICT in the ever-changing modern classroom is important. With the increasing amount of digital technology in our day-to-day lives, and policies such as the Digital Education Revolution in full swing in our schools, it is no wonder ...

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Green gold

Researchers strive to turn algae into oil Universities and private organisations are working closely together to turn algae into a source of renewable fuel. The University of Adelaide, Murdoch University, University of Sydney and James Cook University are all researching ...

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New scanner speeds up brain research

Melbourne researchers have taken delivery of an improved brain scanner that will allow them to fast-track the detection and treatment of neurological disorders. The positron emission tomography – computed tomography (PET-CT) scanner has been installed at the Melbourne Brain Centre ...

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Boiling water minus the bubbles

University of Melbourne researchers have found a way to stop liquid from bubbling when heated. They have engineered a textured steel surface which produces no bubbles when water is boiled, reducing damage to surfaces and preventing explosions. “This would be ...

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Frozen mammoth found

Scientists have discovered frozen woolly mammoth fragments deep in Siberian permafrost that may contain living cells, raising hopes of cloning the prehistoric animal. Russia’s North Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had found rich research material during ...

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Mad cow blood test a step closer

Researchers have discovered that a simple test could detect mad cow disease, and other brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. At the moment the only way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (abnormalities in brain tissue) and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, ...

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