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MIT launches online learning initiative

MIT has announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will: organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication allow for the individual assessment […] … learn more→

YouTube for Schools

YouTube can be used as a valuable teaching tool in the classroom, but while it is chockfull of educational content and useful knowledge – it is also filled to the brim with distracting videos. Cute kittens, people “failing”, music videos, cartoon series, and more – content that distracts kids from using YouTube as a learning […] … learn more→

Dolomite discovery ends 100 year treasure hunt

The century-old mystery of a missing mineral in coral reefs has been solved by a team from The Australian National University. The team, led by Dr Bradley Opdyke of the Research School of Earth Sciences, has uncovered a hidden stash of the mineral dolomite in coral reefs around the globe, ending a search that has […] … learn more→

Taxing workload suits Kenyan student

For some, the mere sight of taxes, balance sheets and percentages is enough to send them running away screaming, but for Francisca Atonga her passion for numbers has seen her become an award-winning accountancy student. The 29-year-old, of Maylands, who left Africa for Australia just two years ago, was recently honoured with Challenger Institute of […] … learn more→

$7 million grant to help boost Uganda\’s banana production

Pests and diseases that attack the Matoke banana, one of Uganda\’s primary food staples, is the focus of a $7.07 million grant awarded to Cornell by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The grant, which is managed by the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Project (ABSPII) in Cornell\’s Office of International Programs, will run through October […] … learn more→

Packed to the rafters: $2 kit that saves mothers and babies

More than 200 volunteers are expected to fill the Great Hall at the University of Sydney to pack $2 birthing kits that can help save the lives of thousands of mothers and babies by reducing the risk of infection after birth. Sydney Nursing School is holding a Birthing Kit Assembly Day on Wednesday 7 December. […] … learn more→

Do we need a ‘science of evidence’?

Evidence is key to many topical debates such as global warming, evolution, the search for weapons of mass destruction, DNA profiling, and advances in science and medicine. A new book asks whether, considering the importance of evidence for so many disciplines, a general ‘science of evidence’ is possible – or even desirable. Evidence, Inference and […] … learn more→

University of Pennsylvania to launch new online web tool for K-16 Global Studies educators

Four centers at the University of Pennsylvania have joined to create the Greater Philadelphia Education Network Web site, a gateway to global resources for Delaware Valley K-16 educators. The new site,, is the work of the South Asia Center, African Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies and Middle East Center. A launch party […] … learn more→

Deakin University innovation lands the next generation of flight simulation

It might look like a state-of-the-art theme park ride, but the thrills with Deakin University’s latest innovation will only be experienced by the likes of future jet fighter pilots. Unveiled at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus today (Friday 18 November) by Federal Innovation Minister Kim Carr, Deakin’s Universal Motion Simulator (UMS) will take trainee pilots […] … learn more→

Book pays homage to Christchurch\’s lost chimneys

A tribute to Christchurch, New Zealand’s lost chimneys and a celebration of those that have survived the forces of nature has been compiled by UC historian Professor Geoff Rice. In his latest book All Fall Down: Christchurch’s Lost Chimneys, published this month by Canterbury University Press, Professor Rice looks at the chimneys that have adorned […] … learn more→