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Getting to know you: the robot assistant who can second-guess your every need

It’s here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact. As sci-fi writer William Gibson has apparently noted: “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The demand for helper robots is booming, and academia, industry and ...

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How children’s brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favour one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorised as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life. We now know that a child’s ...

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The new breed of terrorists: criminals first, Islamists second

Media outlets were quick to note the criminal backgrounds of the perpetrators of last week’sBrussels terror attacks. Drawing comparisons with those who undertook the November 2015Paris attacks, this analysis suggested the rise of a new generation of terrorist recruits who are not “radical Islamists” but “Islamised radicals”. A closer analysis of the perpetrators of recent attacks suggests that Islamic State ...

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Universe: The Science V Religion Debate

My father has been pondering science for most of his life, but he is equally passionate about the existence of God. With the advent of new technology which highlights even moreso the wonders of our Universe today, than it has in the past, it is a wonder people’s faith have not be strengthened further. Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) ...

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Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia (UA) is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum. The peak body’s chair, Barney Glover, will warn in a speech on Wednesday: “Almost two years of policy insecurity and uncertainty is taking its toll on the ability of ...

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International Travel Tips: 7 Things to Know Before Visiting Australia

Australia has always been a mecca for all travelers – business, and leisure. Its natural beauty includes lush rainforests in the north, the remarkable Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef. I interviewed Australian Travel Specialist Alicia Saba of Departure Lounge for her advice before planning your trip to Australia to maximize your experience. Australia’s Landscapes Are Very DiverseAustralia is the ...

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Urban Purveyor Group to create ‘entertainment hub’ in Melbourne

Urban Purveyor Group will create an ‘entertainment precinct’ at The Alfred in Melbourne, with a variety of hospitality venues on site. This weekend, Urban Purveyor Group will take over the site of 7 Alfred Place, in Melbourne’s CBD, currently home to Stokehouse restaurant. The site was purchased from Stokehouse Restaurants for an undisclosed amount, and will be renamed The Alfred. ...

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People too scared to speak about issues: John Howard

John Howard has sounded an alarm about the culture war in Australia — warning that people are being “cowed” against stating their views on issues and that a dangerous anti-religious push has emerged — and branded as “pernicious­” the Victorian government’s hostility to religious connections in schools. Mr Howard said there was a “get Pell” mentality in “some sections of ...

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Defence white paper shows Australia’s ‘Cold War mentality’, says China

China has accused Australia of maintaining a “Cold War mentality” with its alliance with the United States, following the release of the Turnbull government’s defence white paper which criticised China’s role in rising tensions in the South China Sea. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said China was “seriously concerned” about the contents in the white paper, and ...

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First Seal returns in style with dominant win in Millie Fox Stakes

The clash of two of Sydney’s favourite race mares was as emotionally contrasting as the three lengths margin between them as First Seal swept home over the top of her rivals to win the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m). The ghostly grey Catkins was conspicuous trailing the six-horse field to the line — a rare failure for a mare ...

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