Monthly Archives: May 2011

Just food now; public opportunities and responsibilities

Just food now; public opportunities and responsibilities

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Macquarie ranked in top spot for research in environmental sciences and ecology.

Macquarie ranked in top spot for research in environmental sciences and ecology.

A listing of the top-ranked institutions in Australia and New Zealand just published on the UK site Times Higher Education placed Macquarie University in the top spot for environmental sciences and ecology research. The list, which was put together using the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters, ranked institutions based on the citation impact […] … learn more→

Digital ants protect computer networks

Digital ants protect computer networks

As the nation’s electrical power grid becomes more interconnected through the Internet — from the nuclear power plant in California to transmission lines in Texas to the microwave in your kitchen — the chances of cyber attacks increase as well. Errin Fulp, a professor of computer science at Wake Forest University, is training an army […] … learn more→

UQ researcher teaches robots to invent their own language

UQ researcher teaches robots to invent their own language

University of Queensland (UQ) postdoctoral research fellow Dr Ruth Schulz and her colleagues have created a pair of robots that have their own language. The ‘Lingodroids’ are a pair of mobile robots that communicate by developing their own words for places, and relationships between places based on distance and direction. The language sounds like a […] … learn more→

Can social networking save the world’s amphibians?

Can social networking save the world’s amphibians?

Any adventurer, hiker or backyard naturalist with a camera can help scientists survey and hopefully save the world’s amphibians thanks to a new social networking site that links “citizen scientists” with researchers tracking the decline of amphibians around the globe. The Global Amphibian Blitz is a new partnership between the University of California, Berkeley’s AmphibiaWeb, […] … learn more→

Experts create first legal roadmap to tackle ocean acidification 'hotspots'

Experts create first legal roadmap to tackle ocean acidification ‘hotspots’

Ocean acidification, a problem usually associated with global greenhouse gas emissions, is also caused by coastal pollution and other local sources that can be managed under existing laws, according to a research team led by the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University. In a report published in the May 27 edition of the journal […] … learn more→

Fund and games: loosening Europe’s grip on the IMF

Fund and games: loosening Europe’s grip on the IMF

Speculation last week that Paul Keating and Peter Costello could nominate for the top job at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was a mere distraction, but the hoopla did manage to highlight a crucial issue: the need for reform at the top of the world’s economic institutions. Since Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s dramatic exit from his post […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things

Banned Books Awareness: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things

I touched on some issues involving physical characteristics with last week’s banned book, James and the Giant Peach. The conversations that resulted on several Facebook pages were still fresh in my mind when I sat down to write the next installment of my series; so when I came across a title like The Earth, My […] … learn more→

Older people not as good at lying or detecting lies: Otago research

Older people not as good at lying or detecting lies: Otago research

Older people cannot lie as convincingly as younger people, are worse at detecting when others are lying, and the latter is linked to age-related decline in emotion recognition, new University of Otago research suggests. Department of Psychology researchers Ted Ruffman, Janice Murray and Jamin Halberstadt compared young and older adults’ skills at deception as judged […] … learn more→

New research shows a visit to a zoo boosts science and environment knowledge

New research shows a visit to a zoo boosts science and environment knowledge

Research from the University of Warwick shows a trip to the zoo can boost your child’s science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone. In research conducted at ZSL London Zoo, more than 3,000 school children aged between seven and 14 were asked about their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation and […] … learn more→