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Vitamin D: supplement veto?

New research warns that too much of the sunshine vitamin may cause more harm than good to an individual’s health.  A new study from Copenhagen found rates of death were 40 per cent higher in people with excess levels of ...

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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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Vaccine could reduce risk from cats

Cairns molecular biologist Dr Rob Walker is working with an international research team to develop a vaccine to prevent cats from infecting humans with dangerous parasites.   The James Cook University scientist is focusing his research on Toxoplasma gondii, a ...

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Scientists kick a robot goal

Could robots be the football champions of the future? Forget Rooney, Ronaldo and Pirlo, a new breed of champion “footballers” has arrived and, who knows, it could be just the thing for Australia’s A-league. Bolts, Nuts and Sparksy from Plymouth ...

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Trying to outsmart Google

Developers working on an advanced search engine want to employ public security cameras but there are concerns about privacy. University of Glasgow researchers are developing a new kind of web search engine to solve more complex queries. The computer scientists ...

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A picture worth a million words

Photographic technology is zooming ahead, with US researchers developing a camera with a resolution thousands of times greater than standard SLRs. Scientists at Duke University have built a prototype camera that can capture images with resolutions of up to 50 ...

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Room for improvement in management

Respondents to an ATEM study have called for a “good practice” site to be used for the development of leadership in higher education. By Geoff Scott and Linda McKellar. In 2010, the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) proposed a ...

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