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Healthy soil for healthy plants for healthy humans

The human gut microbiome is a complex system of gazillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protists and archaea that has an enormous effect on our metabolism, health and well‐being. The same holds true for the plant rhizosphere, where the roots are immersed in a soil microbiome that provides plants with important nutrients, protects them from disease and pathogens, and helps them …

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Universities have invested in online learning – and it can provide students with value for money

fizkes/Shutterstock Kyungmee Lee, Lancaster University As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does universities’ reliance on online teaching, prompting complaints from students that they are not getting full value from tuition fees. Students who have returned to campus fear that their university experience as a whole is being diminished. Manchester Metropolitan University has moved first-year teaching online as students self-isolate. The …

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KAUST Research: Potential to conserve reef shark populations

KAUST Research: Potential to conserve reef shark populations

Decades of overexploitation have devastated shark populations, leaving considerable doubt as to their ecological status. Yet much of what is known about sharks has been inferred from catch records in industrial fisheries, whereas far less information is available about sharks that live in coastal habitats3. Here we address this knowledge gap using data from more than 15,000 standardized baited remote …

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لماذا تقيم الشركات العالمية لموظفيها مبان ضخمة ومكلفة؟

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أوغستين تشافيز و دي.جيه هوباتس باحثان في مجال التصميم الهندسي صدر الصورة،GETTY IMAGES تشيد شركات التكنولوجيا العملاقة مثل “آبل” مقار كبيرة ومُكلفة بشكل هائل. لكن فكرة إقامة مثل هذه المقار، التي تُبنى على طراز الجامعات، ليست جديدة، وإنما تستخدمها الشركات منذ عقود. يتذكر كل من قرأ رواية “ذا سيركل” أو (الدائرة) للكاتب دايف ايغرز تلك اللحظة التي زارت فيها بطلتها …

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Lab experiments in the pandemic moved online or mailed home to uni students

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<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/338458/original/file-20200529-51449-15pz5hk.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&rect=29%2C29%2C4542%2C2807&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”>hxdbzxy/Shutterstock</span></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/brian-abbey-104998″>Brian Abbey</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em> and <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/david-hoxley-1083894″>David Hoxley</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em></span> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken university education, with most teaching moved off campus and students learning online at home.</p> <p>But a cornerstone of undergraduate science education has been a challenge: the laboratory class.</p> <p>The real …

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Universities and government need to rethink their relationship with each other before it’s too late

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Shutterstock Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic University I’m reading Thomas Carlyle’s poetic classic, The French Revolution, published in 1837. It occurred to me that the historical narrative of Australian universities and their relationship to government is like that revolution, but in reverse. Carlyle summarised the goal of the French Revolution with the refrain “victorious analysis”. This was the foundation of Australia’s …

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Universities are a juicy prize for cyber criminals. Here are 5 ways to improve their defences

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Universities worldwide are a growing target for hackers. A July 2020 report by cybersecurity company Redscan found more than 50% of UK universities recorded a data breach in the previous 12 months. More recently, a data breach has affected 444,000 users of ProctorU. Universities, including several Australian ones, use this online tool to supervise students sitting exams from home. Personal records from ProctorU …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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KAUST Research: Improving water security for food crops

KAUST Research: Improving water security for food crops

With groundwater resources depleting, and global food production increasing, KAUST scientists are using remote sensors to measure water use in agriculture. Shoe-box sized satellites called CubeSats capture daily images of agricultural fields in high-resolution detail. Applying advanced machine learning techniques and big-data analysis, the information is used to improve crop management—from water usage to plant and soil conditions. Efficient crop …

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