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 Solutions for the future

Solutions for the future

With more than 85 per cent of Australians living in the coastal zone, ensuring that innovative solutions are developed to protect and enhance the coastal ecosystems on which we depend is vital. While coral reefs and polar ecosystems often grab the media attention, it is the temperate coastal ecosystems that are of greater ecological importance in terms of the services they provide – and th...

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 A shared wisdom

A shared wisdom

The Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri (meaning ‘we study the country’ in Kriol) research team is a unique collaboration between Ens, Ngandi Elder Cherry Wulumirr Daniels, the Yugul Mangi rangers, Ngukurr School and community members from the remote Aboriginal community of Ngukurr. The team is discovering new species; finding new populations of threatened species; preserving culturally signifi...

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 Power and the past

Power and the past

“Events from the distant past can still offer an insight into the modern world,” enthuses Dr Karin Sowada, an expert in the interaction between Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean during the Early Bronze Age (3100–2000 BC). Citing the economic development of five land and sea routes out of China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Department of Ancient History’s Sowada says, ...

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 It’s about time

It’s about time

Timing is everything, and nowhere is this more so than in the groundbreaking work of Dr Kira Westaway, Director of ‘Traps’ MQ Luminescence Dating Facility. “Dating has become a game changer. It goes from being a rock to something significant in our understanding of human history,” says Westaway. “There are no records for prehistory, but with the light-sensitive dating method opti...

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 On cue

On cue

What does learning to ride a bike have to do with aircraft near misses or saving international students from drowning? Quite a lot for industries and businesses where sound judgement is critical for ensuring safe outcomes, according to Professor Mark Wiggins from the Department of Psychology. “When we make judgements about situations, even complex ones, we rely on cues,” says Wiggins. ...

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 Your personal guide

Your personal guide

When up to a third of women post-mastectomy regret their decision to have or not to have breast reconstruction surgery, and many more feel they did not have adequate information to make the correct decision, something needs to be done. That something is BRECONDA (Breast RECONstruction Decision Aid). BRECONDA is an online intervention tool designed to help women with breast cancer – or wit...