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New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

We’ve heard that rising temperatures will lead to rising sea levels, but what many may not realise is that most of the increase in energy in the climate system is occurring in the ocean.   Now a study from UNSW Sydney and CSIRO researchers has shown that a relatively new ocean temperature measuring program – the Argo…

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Making waves: AI researchers answer the call to help develop intelligent radio system

Could artificial intelligence transform the battlefield? University of Southern Queensland (USQ) researchers have been called on to develop highly advanced artificial intelligence for a revolutionary radio system that will transform the way soldiers communicate on the battlefield. The University has partnered with Australian Department of Defence to build an intelligent tactical communication system that understands…

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Doing Poseidon’s work: How citizen scientists are helping to restore endangered seagrass

An endangered seagrass which supports seahorses, blue swimmer crabs and fish like snapper is being successfully rehabilitated thanks to the help of citizen scientists and UNSW scientists. A study led by UNSW Science PhD student Giulia Ferretto from UNSW’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and published in Biological Conservation, enlisted the help of 80 citizen…

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I’d prefer an ankle tag: why home quarantine apps are a bad idea

Home quarantine apps face serious privacy, security and bias issues. Home detention ankle tags might be a better option. Why are we developing such home-quarantine apps in the first place, when we already have a cheap technology to do this? If we want to monitor that people are at home (and that’s a big if), wouldn’t…

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Artificial intelligence update for your ears

Despite many other misgivings, 2021 is the perfect year to enjoy podcasts.  The 2021 Adelaide Festival of Ideas  provides plenty of fresh fodder, including a conversation The Art of Artificial Intelligence .  In this episode, Australian Institute for Machine Learning members share some insights about AI and how it’s changing our lives.  This isn’t a highly technical presentation –…

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AIML recruited two new PhD students to advance exciting possibilities in machine learning and healthcare

t seems hard to imagine that artificial intelligence (AI) could help patients with rheumatoid arthritis or lung disease.  However, a type of AI called machine learning offers doctors new ways to review patient scans and other types of clinical information. With careful development, this could open up options for faster, more accurate diagnosis and better…

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Math researchers find new ways to improve the science of ‘trade-offs’

QUT researchers working on complicated problems in agriculture, ecology and medicine have developed a mathematical model to enable faster solutions. Questions about intervention, how strong and how long, are just some of the judgment calls faced by doctors and scientists during everyday decision-making. From crop production to chemotherapy, new research published in Journal of the Royal…

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UNSW team of ecologists to develop ‘ecological balance sheet’ for Royal National Park

World-leading ecologist Professor Richard Kingsford and a team from the Centre for Ecosystem Science is helping the NSW government develop an ecological health monitoring plan for Royal National Park and adjacent Garrawarra State Conservation Area and Heathcote National Park, as part of NSW Parks & Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) “scorecards” project. They are collaborating with a team of…

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Swinburne researcher asks why more women don’t study computer science

Despite increasing awareness and efforts made to attract women in computing, they are still poorly represented in the information technology (IT) field.  According to the European Commission’s Women in Digital scoreboard only 17per cent of IT specialists are women, and only 34 per cent of STEM graduates are women. In 2020, about 25 per cent of Google, Apple,…

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Shifting focus on Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Australia’s vaccine rollout has been the topic of much criticism. Having one of the lowest coverages among high socio-economic countries, many have been asking when the marathon will end – although it’s “not a race”. Read more A matter of perspective: How to improve the vaccination uptake Today, the Commonwealth government unveiled the technical advice that…

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