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Seal returned to natural habitat after rescue from Sydeny storm

Less than two weeks after being rescued when much of the NSW east coast was hit by wild storms last month, an 18-month-old long-nosed fur seal has been released back into the wild outside Sydney heads. The young seal, named ‘Elvis’, was found June 17 exhuasted and malnourished on South Curl Curl Beach in Sydney’s north before being taken to ...

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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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Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding

We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to global problems. Just a few of the many considerable challenges we face include the urgent need to transition to a carbon-free economy, the need for new drugs to combat disease and improved agricultural yields to meet the needs of a growing world population. But in parallel ...

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Getting the right treatment can prevent heart attacks – here’s how

Every year, more than 40,000 Australians die from heart disease. That’s almost a third of all deaths in Australia. Many more have a heart attack or stroke. A study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia shows that we could be doing much more to prevent this from happening. Patients who have already had a heart attack Around 1.1 ...

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Virgin Australia to reduce capacity by 5%

Edited by Nelly Tawil The March quarter brought an $18.6 million underlying loss before tax for Virgin Australia who said it remained on track to post a profit for the full year. However Virgin now expects to report a total underlying profit before tax of $30 million to $60 million this financial year, after reporting an underlying profit before tax ...

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Australian Children rank low in Health and Education

Edited by Nelly T. A new UNICEF report titled the ‘Fairness of Children’ was released in Thursday revealing Australia ranked 27th out of 35 in health equality outcomes among OECD countries and 24th our of 37th in education equality results. Australia is failing to give all children the best start in life said Mega Mitchell National Children’s Commissioner. “UNICEF’s report ...

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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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World Health Day: WHO releases global report on diabetes

Edited by Nelly T. The World Health Organization has released its first ever-global report on diabetes to mark the occasion of World Health Day. The results were alarming. There has been a nearly four-fold increase in diabetes cases over the last quarter-century, excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth being the chief reasons for this spike the World Health Organization ...

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University Entrance scores to be reviewed

Edited by Nelly T. Experts are discussing the possibility of the minimum, median and top marks being revealed for all students accepted into university courses. The Federal Government’s reason for attempting to overhaul university test scores is to improve transparency in the system. Efforts to ensure students are better prepared for higher education are underway as the Higher Education Standards ...

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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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