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Support for autism

Children with autism do best with intensive one-on-one teaching. A La Trobe University study led by researcher Giocomo Vivanti investigates how early childhood classes can deliver this kind of support … Continue reading

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The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Dryococelus australis) is one of Australia’s rare ecological success stories. Long thought to be extinct on Lord Howe Island following the introduction of rats, … Continue reading

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Flinders Street Station Ballroom

Flinders Street Station is an iconic structure in Melbourne, but not many know it has a ballroom. Built in the early 1900s, the ballroom has fallen into disrepair, and is … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Pentridge Prison airing yards

At Pentridge Prison in Melbourne an archaeological excavation has uncovered three airing yards. These were giant cartwheel shaped structures with open air ends that allowed prisoners to get some fresh … Continue reading

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A failure to communicate

Researchers at Facebook have released a study declaring they’ve discovered how to make its users feel happier or sadder. The results were published in a scientific paper which stated that … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nostalgia and old school technologies

We often have a powerful connection to items from the past, whether we enjoy the retro feel, or just think things worked better back in those days. One object that … Continue reading

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Pollination by bees valued at $5 billion

Australia gets about $5bn worth of free pollination from bees. They’re an integral part of our food chain, and are responsible for one in every three mouthfuls of food that … Continue reading

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