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Principals directly affect exam results: study

University of Melbourne economists have determined that school principals have a direct impact on students’ scores in standardised testing such as NAPLAN. Using Victorian Education Department public school data, economist Dr Mick Coelli and colleagues found that principals who set clear ...

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Nanoparticle sunscreens are safe, study reports

Public concerns about nanoparticle sunscreens are misplaced, according to a review that found them safe and effective. The available evidence indicates that nano-materials don't penetrate the skin's surface and, in fact, decrease the levels of harmful free radicals in the skin, said associate ...

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Scientists’ new finding is super nuts

Peanut butter may soon once again be stocked in preschool pantries. An international research team, including scientists from the University of Western Australia (UWA), have discovered the peanut genes that cause allergic reactions. By decoding peanuts’ DNA, the group, including ...

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Gene-based medicine centre to open at ANU

A centre dedicated to using a person’s own genes to cure their illness will soon be set up at the Australian National University. ANU has received $7.3 million from Australian Capital Territory Health to set up Canberra Clinical Genomics. This centre will work ...

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Blubbing good for bubs’ sleep: study

Having a literal ‘cry baby’ may be favourable when it comes to sleep, Flinders University research has found. The study, published in the American journal Pediatrics, showed that infants who wailed themselves to sleep generally slept better than those who ...

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Finkel joins Australian Academy of Science

Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has jokingly cited his having “being born with the science gene” as a key factor behind his election as a fellow by the Australian Academy of Science. AAS’s election citation – released with a list ...

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Mumpreneur’s the word

The term ‘mumprenuer’ is trending, but research suggests it may have a dark side. Dr Meraiah Foley from the University of Sydney Business School surveyed 60 mothers who run their own businesses and found that, for the majority, being self-employed wasn’t a willing choice. ...

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