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Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’

Australia’s cultural institutions risk losing their relevance if they don’t increase their use of digital technologies and services, new research has shown. Released today by CSIRO, an analysis of Australia’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums (or GLAM industry) has revealed […]

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New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever

New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is […]

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Plastic on the coasts is ours

The world’s largest collection of marine debris information has identified Australia’s coastal rubbish is mainly plastic from Australian sources. In a report released today, CSIRO scientist Denise Hardesty says her team surveyed sites approximately every 100 km along the Australian […]

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William Gibson Reads Neuromancer, His Cyberpunk-Defining Novel

With 1984′s Neuromancer, William Gibson may not have invented cyberpunk, but he certainly crystallized it. The novel exemplifies the tradition’s mandate to bring together “high tech and low life,” or, in the words of Gibson himself, to explore what “any […]

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Weekly Science Picks

Here we are at the end of one more amazing week. It’s Sunday again and we are supposed to review what happened during the last 7 days. For example, have you ever wondered how night shifts could affect you? This […]

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Montaigne and the Double Meaning of Meditation

“There is no exercise that is either feeble or more strenuous … than that of conversing with one’s own thoughts.” “We all have the same inner life,” beloved artist Agnes Martin said in a wonderful lost interview. “The difference lies […]

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Reshaping philanthropy with major gift to ANU

Entrepreneurs Michelle Melbourne and Phillip Williamson are redefining the shape of modern philanthropy with a major new donation to the University. The couple, both ANU graduates, have given a gift in kind by donating high-technology software to help the University […]

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How Languages Evolve: Explained in a Winning TED-Ed Animation

Language. It’s as adaptable as Darwin’s finches. It’d be interesting to know how the Internet changes the game. Seems like it would go a long way toward democratizing the process by which lingo gets mingled. Alex Gendler’s TED-Ed lesson, winningly […]

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Weakness in malaria parasite fats could see new treatments

A new study has revealed a weak spot in the complex life cycle of malaria, which could be exploited to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. It found female malaria parasites put on fat differently to male ones. “The […]

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Three Essential Qualities For All Serious Novelists (And Runners)

We’ve brought you a wealth of Haruki Murakami lately, and for good reason. Not only does the wildly popular Japanese novelist have a new novel out, he also has an upcoming novella, The Strange Library, a 96-page story about, well, […]

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Weekly Science Picks

It seems this first week in September brings us very interesting stories. The Northern Hemisphere is going to autumn and the Southern Hemisphere is going to spring, so let us see what we can offer for this editor’s choice. Quite […]

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First WHO report on suicide prevention

More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO’s first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Pesticide poisoning, […]

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Somebody, the New App That Connects Strangers in the Real World

Having owned an iPhone for all of one month, I’m still a bit leery of all it can purportedly do for me. Convenience is great, but I’m not sure I’m ready to cede control of all the little tasks, challenges, […]

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New funds to bolster ANU clean energy research

The ANU will enhance its position as a leader in clean energy research after receiving $9 million in new funding for five major research and development projects. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced details of the research funding, […]

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