Monthly Archives: May 2011

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

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?

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→

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→