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Study: Gratitude can win you new friends
27 August 2014
Parents have long told their children to mind their Ps and Qs, and remember to say thank you. Now the evidence is in on why it matters.A UNSW-led study has shown for the first time that thanking a...
Analysis: Don't dismiss a 2014 super El Nino just yet
26 August 2014
It looks like it’s all over bar the shouting for the chance of this year bringing on a “super” El Niño. Or is it?The Bureau of Meteorology has brought the odds of an El Niño event down to 50%, from...
Analysis: Brain size matters when it comes to remembering
26 August 2014
Before we had mobile phones, people had to use their own memory to store long phone numbers (or write them down). But getting those numbers into long-term memory could be a real pain.People had to...
Award: Laureate Fellowship for Veena Sahajwalla
25 August 2014
Research to transform toxic electronic waste into high value products has won Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla a prestigious Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.Professor Sahajwalla,...
Research: Microplastic threat to Sydney Harbour
25 August 2014
The first survey of the presence of tiny fragments of plastic in the sediments has revealed concerning results that warrant more research to determine the severity of the problem.The research was...
Study: Vulnerability in photo-ID security checks revealed
19 August 2014
Security systems based on photo identification could be significantly improved by selecting staff who have an aptitude for this very difficult visual task, a study of Australian passport officers...
Opinion: Virtual worlds can be as fulfilling as real life
18 August 2014
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming. Electronic sports (or esports) are now mainstream, drawing more than a million viewers in large tournaments...
Analysis: Human races: biological reality or cultural delusion?
15 August 2014
The issue of race has been in the news a lot lately with the canning of proposed amendments to Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act, attempts by extremists to commit genocide on cultural minorities...