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I’ve always wondered: Why don’t hippos get cholera?

Why don’t hippopotamuses get cholera? Why are some animals resistant to waterborne disease? – Phil Morey The short answer is that cholera has evolved to infect humans, not hippos.


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In historic cases, punishment alone is not always the best response to violent crime

Sentencing offenders for crimes committed many years earlier raises important questions about what purpose sentences in such cases are expected to achieve.


Rendering of a Supermassive Black Hole - Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

New technology is now gathering data on objects in our universe faster than astronomers can analyse.


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When girls are in the audience, choir boys sing for attention

Singing in the choir is a selfless pursuit requiring artistry and discipline.Or is it? New research suggests all it takes to elicit surreptitious attention-seeking vocal behaviour among the boys is to place a few teenage girls in the audience.


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We Live Here: how do residents feel about public housing redevelopment?

The #WeLiveHere2017 project attempts to capture residents’ concerns about changing neighbourhoods and homes.


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Technology in the classroom can improve primary mathematics

Can technology in the classroom help or hinder learning? And should it be used to teach maths?


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Virtual child pornography could both help and hinder law enforcement

What are the implications of technological advances on law enforcement agencies combating child abuse material?


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Hypocrisy reigns on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate

The same-sex marriage debate, like all public debates, is messy. However, more than most, it has become a proxy for something else. It has become a culture war, ugly and unproductive.



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