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Teaching is complex: Don't try to simplify what teachers do
Prominent educator Stephen Dinham recently made some criticisms of primary teaching, some of which I support, but some were too simplistic. His views on educational research and his criticisms of "proces ...
EU case against Google shows need for new publishing models in the information age
When Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation launched a broadside at Google, claiming the company abuses its overwhelming market position in Europe, it looked a lot like a clash between web and print – the Information ...
Clearing up confusion between correlation and causation
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Today we look at the dangers of making a link between unrelated results.
Artificial materials are revealing how living things work
Theoretical physicists are caricatured in the popular imagination as only involved in abstruse and difficult-to-imagine topics. But some of these theoretical physicists are involved in something closer to ...
Apple and Google make changes in the battle for new markets
Has Google finally decided to take total control of its Android destiny with the release of its Android One operating system?
Small, not big data key to working out what consumers want
Corporations everywhere are hoovering up petabytes of data in a bid to understand and predict consumer preferences. But what if they're missing the point, and should instead focus on "small data"?
Sustainability reporting falling short
Once on the fringe of institutional investors' considerations, reporting on environmental, social and governance related issues is now common practice among major listed companies.
Explainer: What makes the spring equinox?
It's the time of the equinox or more specifically the spring equinox for us in the southern hemisphere.
Why research beats anecdote in our search for knowledge
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? We begin today by looking at the origins of research.
It's no bubble: Insane dotcom valuations reveal how integral tech is to our lives
A recent flurry of business mergers and acquisitions and stock market flotations in the US has prompted some financial commentators to predict a new tech bubble. ...
When does Google hand over your data to governments?
Governments around the world want to know a lot about who we are and what we're doing online and they want communications companies to help them find it. We don't know a lot about when companies hand over ...
Mice nest together to confuse paternity and reduce infanticide
It is a cruel world out there, particularly for young animals born into social groups where infanticide occurs. This dark side of evolution is revealed when adults – often males – kill offspring to promote ...
Transmedia storytelling with apps could expand but also exploit children's stories
The app market is estimated to generate US$77 billion (£47.2 billion) in revenue each year – and the segment of children's apps has grown particularly strongly. However, given that developing an app cos ...
Connected computing offers a new life for blind people, and job opportunities too
There are many examples of individuals with different disabilities who excel and accomplish much in their lifetime, rendering physical or mental attributes meaningless – consider Stephen Hawking, Stevie Wonder and Helen Kel ...
Sweeping security law would have computer users surrender privacy
Parliament is about to consider a range of changes to Australia's security laws introduced by the Abbott government during its last sitting. The most controversial measures in the National Security Legis ...