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Professors not immune from ‘hotness’ bias

Are students sexist against female lecturers? New York University researchers Pascal Wallisch, a clinical assistant professor of psychology and Julie Cachia, an adjunct instructor in advanced psychological statistics sought to analyse this claim, made by various academics, who based them on ...

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Nearly 80 genes linked to depression

Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas ...

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How confusion can aid learning

“I think a lot of people just assume confusion is absolutely a bad thing as a part of a learning process.” “Huh?,” one might reply to Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Jason Lodge. Along with his colleagues at his ...

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The complexities of bin chickens

The bin chicken, or Australian white ibis, as it’s less commonly known, isn’t only hungering for your spare fries. Researchers from the University of Wollongong, the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and the Australian Museum have found that their migratory patterns are ...

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Academics to regulate star wars

The force will apparently soon awaken – for real. “Conflict in outer space is not a case of ‘if’ but ‘when’,” warned Professor Melissa de Zwart, Dean of the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. That’s why a team of global legal ...

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Are there too many Daves in research?

As Professor Deb Verhoeven spoke at Universities Australia’s 2018 Higher Education Conference, some men shuffled out of the vast auditorium. Although she wasn’t sure if it was because of her speech or the need for the bathroom or a snack, it was ...

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Academics hunt for the wilderwomen

Adventurer Bear Grylls, of Man vs. Wild fame, was first praised, then scorned for his ‘tough guy’ persona. All the while, most people hadn’t heard of Megan Hine. The fair-skinned, doe-eyed fellow Brit was once described by Grylls as “stronger than 99 per ...

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‘Diet genes’ not a thing: Stanford University

In 2007 (not 1986, as the cover would have you believe), Pamela McDonald and Wayne Dyer’s book, The Gene Diet, was first published. Despite its sensational-sounding subtitle – Use Your Body’s Own APO E Gene to Treat High Cholesterol, Weight Problems, ...

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