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Languages falling silent

Languages falling silent

Kelly Mari Smith, ECU Daily Reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

By the turn of the next century more than half of the known 7,000 languages spoken on earth may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about culture, history, the environment and the human brain, according to linguist Anthony Woodbury. Many of these are spoken by small groups of Indige...

Africa’s Democratic Dogs

Africa’s Democratic Dogs

Andrew Fewster, ECU Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under Health and Science

The idea might sound howling mad, but African wild dogs in Botswana are using a majority style voting system to decide when the pack will start their hunt, according to a recent international study. The study showed that dogs need to reach what is called a “quorum threshold” before they start t...

Sea Shepherd ends Southern Ocean Mission

Sea Shepherd ends Southern Ocean Mission

Jackson Lavell-Lee, Ecu Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under News

Anti-whaling and marine environment conservation organization Sea Shepherd has announced it will no longer fight Japanese whaling fleets in the Southern Ocean. Founder Captain Paul Watson has accused the US, Australian and New Zealand governments of being “hostile” towards the environmentalists...

Love your body

Love your body

Mari Spanja, ECU Reporter

September 4, 2017


Filed under Sport and Lifestyle

Butterfly Foundation's Love Your Body Week from 3-9 September focuses on celebrating all forms of body positivity by actively challenging negative conversations. It does this by being active on social media, getting involved in community events and urging people to display printable online flyers at work, school and in public areas. Everyone is encouraged to post activity tha...

‘Yes’ events are happening

‘Yes’ events are happening

Danielle Blanch, Reporter

September 4, 2017


Filed under News

The High Court is expected to make an announcement on Thursday about the success of legal challenge to the marriage equality postal vote. In the meantime the campaigns are running full steam ahead, as the current plan has the first postal vote letters scheduled be sent out on September 12. For people...

Perth Liberal state conference: GST and Secession

Perth Liberal state conference: GST and Secession

September 3, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

The Perth annual Liberal Party state conference has yielded interesting results, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promising GST reform and a motion for WA to secede and establish financial independence. Turnbull promised reform of the GST system, moving towards establishing a 70% floor on...

Time to dump male stereotypes

Time to dump male stereotypes

Vesh Arumugam, Reporter

September 3, 2017


Filed under News

A study by Murdoch Children's Research Institute shows that one in five grade three boys in Australia have common emotional and behavioural problems and lag one year behind their female classmates. The study examined the behaviour and emotional status of about 1200 children in schools across Melbourne....

Moods and the microbiome

Moods and the microbiome

Oliver Pomeroy

September 3, 2017


Filed under Health and Science, Showcase

A new paper shows that there may be a link between the bacteria in the stomach and anxious and depressive behaviours. The research was conducted at the University College Cork, a leading research institution in Ireland and it focused on the bacteria in the stomach microbiome of rats. Microbiome is...

Is Perth vulnerable to terrorist attack?

Is Perth vulnerable to terrorist attack?

Andrew Fewster, ECU Daily Reporter

August 28, 2017


Filed under News

Barcelona, Manchester, Turku, it seems like every week there is another terrorist attack claiming more innocent lives. Even Australia has experienced the horror, with the Lindt Café siege in Sydney in 2014 and the shooting of Curtis Cheng in 2015. Unlike the spectacular Twin Towers attack on 11 September,...

Facebook, Google face senate committee into journalism

Facebook, Google face senate committee into journalism

Vanessa Vlajkovic

August 28, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

It’s no secret that a great deal of the information we read on the internet and elsewhere is fake – the question is, how much fake can we tolerate and how do we distinguish between what’s true and not? The Senate Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism has been tasked with...

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