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We are lucky to live in a universe made for us

To a human, the universe might seem like a very inhospitable place. In the vacuum of space, you would rapidly suffocate, while on the surface of a star you would be burnt to a crisp. As far as we know, all life is confined ...

dateSep 15, 2015 in Other
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The rise of the musical omnivore

Musical taste has traditionally been viewed as class-related: the elite attends classical music concerts, the middle classes prefer highbrow easy listening, while the lower classes enjoy pop and folk music. However, the accuracy ...

dateSep 16, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Languages less arbitrary than long assumed

It is a cornerstone of theoretical linguistics: the principle of arbitrariness, according to which the form of a word doesn't tell you anything about its meaning. Yet evidence is accumulating that natural languages do in ...

dateOct 01, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Are early childhood educators undervalued?

With the federal election around the corner, child care has become a major ballot issue. While every party has its own idea of how best to offset the costs of raising children, no one is looking at how we perceive and value ...

dateSep 15, 2015 in Social Sciences
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New finds of a living fossil

The coelacanth fish, found today in the Indian Ocean, is often called a 'living fossil' because its last ancestors existed about 70 million years ago and it has survived into the present - but without leaving any fossil remains ...

dateOct 02, 2015 in Archaeology & Fossils
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