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Careers experts don’t fear rise of robots

What will a reliable career look like in 2022? According to the Good Education Group’s 2017 Good Careers Guide, it will be in early education, special education, social work, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology. Though 30,000 positions will be ...

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Poo Tube creator gets science communication gong

Honey and poo are an unlikely combination, but it was these substances, together with her communication skills, that won Dr Nural Cokcetin best young Australian science communicator. Cokcetin, a microbiologist and honey expert, clinched first prize at the national round ...

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Experiments in STEM engagement

A new program being carried out by Deakin University will take a fresh look at the university curriculum and how it prepares education students to teach science in an engaging way. The initiative comes in response to a continuing decline ...

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Time to STEM the tide

Australia’s shrinking investment in science is jeopardising the nation’s future, academy tells Audit Commission. By Dallas Bastian. The nation’s investment in science is moving backwards and will drive researchers overseas. That’s the warning from the Australian Academy of Science’s submission ...

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The march of the stupid

Academics and experts must go on the offensive when spin and vested interests threaten to rule the day. Science is under attack and research is easily mocked – and a large proportion of our population are easily persuaded to believe ...

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SPIN doctor

Spintronics is one of the newest branches of science – a multi-disciplinary field combining materials science, engineering and microscopy – offering “spectacular” potential for computer processors and data storage. The ideas discussed during the Worldwide Universities Network Spintronics Consortium could ...

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Existence of ‘God particle’ confirmed

Scientists gathered in Melbourne have emerged from celebrating the discovery of a new subatomic particle to compare their elation with the moon landing. “We were all excited then about space exploration and science was thrilling,” recalled Steven Goldfarb, who now ...

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Cane toad terminator

Professor Rick Shine on using localised ‘guerrilla warfare’ to control one of the most pervasive biodiversity threats in Australia.   Rick Shine is an unlikely guerrilla warrior. He’s too avuncular and displays far too much affection for the enemy. Yet, ...

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The danger of losing scientists and historians

Something has gone wrong when, on present trends, we face a future with few graduates in some of the essential disciplines. Australia faces a national skills crisis as students abandon unpopular subjects such as maths, science and humanities in response ...

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