Photo credit: Mates at RMIT By Jack Smith Peer-mentoring program ‘Mates at RMIT’ is as popular as ever with sign-ups rising significantly over the past few years, the program assists international students by helping them settle into Melbourne life. Participants, known as mentees, are partnered with team leaders and mentors who are responsible for making … Continue reading MATES AT RMIT: UNIVERSITY MENTORING PROGRAM SUCCESS STORY
By Jack Smith Most people will remember from high school biology that we receive half of our genetic material from our mother and the other half from our father. There are some exceptions to this rule, one being mitochondrial DNA, or ‘mtDNA’ for short, which is passed down almost exclusively through the maternal line. As … Continue reading FROM MITOCHONDRIA TO MOTORCYCLES: A PROFILE ON DR FLORENCIA CAMUS
By Jack Smith A study by Monash University has provided the first experimental evidence that shows some mutations in mitochondrial DNA are detrimental to one sex but beneficial to the other. Mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, is inherited through the maternal line and while most mitochondrial diseases affect both sexes, there are ‘sexually antagonistic’ mutations that … Continue reading STUDY REVEALS MUTATIONS IN MITOCHONDRIAL DNA TO BE ‘SEXUALLY ANTAGONISTIC’
By Jack Smith The values outlined by the BBC are to ‘inform, educate and entertain’, these goals neatly encapsulate the purpose of all journalism, depressingly it could be argued that science journalists are failing in this mission. The dissemination of scientific knowledge to the general public is a fundamental responsibility of news media. Apart from … Continue reading Science Communication Podcast
The McGowan Government has announced increases in representative household fees and tariffs for the 2017-2018 financial year, a move set to hit low-middle income households hardest. This Saturday, June 24th, marks 100 days of the McGowan Labor government in WA, having just scrapped 160 jobs from the Skilled Migration Occupation List, in a move which … Continue reading WA HOUSEHOLD BILLS TO RISE AS GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTS TO REPAIR BUDGET
Modafinil is the exemplar product to come out the recent fascination with nootropics or 'smart drugs'. But is there any real, hard evidence that Modafinil or any of these new fangled drugs increase the users' intelligence at all? Well, the answer is not really, there is some evidence to show that Modafinil increases cognitive performance … Continue reading DOES MODAFINIL MAKE YOU SMARTER?
Following the surprise Brexit vote in 2016, the UK has seen a surge in political interest among its youth. As leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has managed to galvanise the youth of Britain with his vision of free university, £10 minimum wage and pro-EU mentality. However, with under 33 year-olds having the lowest … Continue reading WILL LABOUR BEAT THE ODDS? GE2017 – UK
‘New media’ is a term which is often used interchangeably with ‘digital media’, and is defined by Terry Flew as “forms of media content that combine and integrate data, text, sound and images of all kinds, and are increasingly distributed through networks” (2014, 2). New media include all multimedia technologies which have emerged since the … Continue reading NEW MEDIA; A FORCE FOR INCLUSION OR DIVISION?
Growing numbers of Australians are packing up and heading over to Thailand in pursuit of a professional Muay Thai fighting career. The national sport, which has a rich history and is deeply respected in Thailand, is now attracting Australians eager to immerse themselves in the culture. Muay Thai has become popularised by organisations such as … Continue reading FIGHT AND FLIGHT: THAILAND ATTRACTING AUSTRALIAN MUAY THAI COMPETITORS
Updated 25.11.2016 Full Report: Click Here In today’s media-saturated society, we as users of modern technology are bombarded with information constantly. Social media has become a dominant source of information for many young people in Australia and may have even surpassed traditional news channels as a source for current affairs. Facebook is the flagship social network … Continue reading HAS SOCIAL MEDIA REPLACED TRADITIONAL NEWS?