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Green tea, mushrooms cut breast cancer risk Chinese women who ate mushrooms and drank green tea significantly cut their risk of breast cancer and the severity of the cancer in those who did develop it. Min Zhang, from the University ...

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Professor Punt

Welcome to the first round of Professor Punt for 2009. In reality, Professor Punt is Stephen Clarke, professor of sports statistics at Swinburne University. Due to our publishing deadlines, our tips are a week ahead.

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UCL sets up shop in Adelaide

Adelaide’s bid to become the “Boston of the southern hemisphere” took a big step forward last week with the official opening of University College London’s first offshore campus. The UCL School of Energy and Resources Australia will specialise in the ...

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Research funding: it’s still wait and see

Higher education administrators will have to wait for the May budget, compact negotiations and internal accounting exercises before they can expect a clear picture of where research funding is headed. Speaking at last week’s Australian Financial Review higher education conference, ...

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Merger or dressed-up national policy?

A $2 million feasibility study into the creation of a regional national university may simply be a merger dressed up as federal government policy, critics say. The proposed study by Charles Sturt University and Southern Cross University, both located in ...

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Running the gauntlet

Politics matters. In one corner is Kim Carr and Denise Bradley and in the other is Treasury. Julia Gillard is shuffling between the two. The decisions that get made in the next couple of months will resonate for decades, says ...

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Is there a crisis in international learning?

The higher education sector needs a new rankings system which is broad, ethical and global, says Adam Shoemaker. I believe that years of comparative university rankings will achieve something positive: they will act as a spur for improvement, an irritant ...

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Nine tenths of the way there

Education minister Julia Gillard’s vision for “cohesive” post-school education, outlined at this month’s Big Skills conference, goes most of the way towards realising the integrated tertiary education system recommended by Denise Bradley. Gillard said she’d work with the states and ...

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The big solutions to skill issues

What was the main message from the recent Big Skills Conference, asks John Mitchell. In inviting keynote speakers from around the globe to present their views about workforce development, the organisers of the recent Big Skills conference in Sydney expected ...

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