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Kurdish refugee wins Fields Medal

Kurdistan is normally in the news for negative, war-related reasons. Not this time. A Kurdish refugee has been award the ‘Nobel prize of mathematics’: a Fields Medal. Caucher Birkar was granted asylum in the UK after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Iran. ...

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Top journal suspends submissions after influx

What’s the opposite of a predatory journal? A dismissive one? The Review of Higher Education (RHE) falls into the latter category. The top-in-field journal, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, recently suspended submissions after reporting a more than two-year backlog. While that’s newsworthy ...

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ACU first Aussie uni to go hard on soft drinks

ACU has included a ‘no added sugar’ policy in its rule book, becoming the first Australian university to do so. After analysing vending machine offerings across its campuses and discovering that over half of beverages contained extra sweet stuff, they removed soft drinks, ...

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Relief for uni applicants from drought-stricken regions

The NSW countryside is bone dry. Once verdant towns like Bowral in the Southern Highlands and Muswellbrook in the Hunter are now whitish-yellow – and classified as areas of ‘intense drought’. Indeed, the whole state has been designated as ‘in drought’. With ...

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