How clever

Knowledge and ideas are now Australia’s most precious commodities. They save lives, generate new jobs and industries, help us compete with the rest of the world and set us on a path for a prosperous future.

Here are some of the latest examples of how our universities are keeping Australia clever.

Bees forage less in degraded environments

Bees in degraded landscapes have lower metabolic rates, forage less and have lower nectar intakes than those in pristine environments.

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Putting the brakes on FIFO

The availability of rental accommodation, quality education and medical services in local towns are key factors in persuading long-distance commuters to live closer to work.

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Dads not involved in childhood obesity programs

Failure to recognise the important role fathers play in influencing children’s physical activity and dietary habits.

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Social media may not be good for you

Patterns in the way we use social networks like Facebook and Twitter could prove a powerful tool in identifying mental illness, according to new research..

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‘Identifly’ app highlights dragonfly diversity

A new app will help identify some of the Northern Territory’s most spectacular flying insects.

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Lifting medicine ad ban could mean health-care system savings

Ending a bar on advertising some ‘pharmacy-only’ medicines could encourage consumers with minor ailments to seek advice from pharmacists rather than GPs

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We need to maintain funding

If we want to continue to support ideas that save lives, generate new jobs and industries and compete with the rest of the world; we need to continue to invest in research, innovation and higher education.

That’s exactly what other smart nations are doing. If we don’t make a similar investment, Australia will never reach its full potential.

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