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Female shop mannequins are 'medically unhealthy'

Researchers looked at the displays in female fashion shops in two UK cities.

They concluded that if people were the same size as the mannequins they would be "considered medically unhealthy".

"There is clear evidence showing that the ultra-thin ideal is contributing to the development of mental health problems and eating disorders," writes Dr Eric Robinson, the study's author.

Singers wanted for choir to beat Parkinson's

The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre is going to put this question to the test as part of its Sing to Beat Parkinson's program.

The Australian-first study encourages program participants diagnosed with Parkinson's to sing on a weekly basis as part of a group.

Irene Bartlett from Griffith University said they would study each of the participants' lives closely to see what benefits came from singing.

"We're wanting to get empirical evidence that singing is helpful and useful for quality of life," Dr Bartlett said.

Self-repairing heart tissue breakthrough brings hope for cardiac patients

Doctors James Hudson and Enzo Porello from the University of Queensland worked with German researchers to create the samples in a laboratory, and will use them to study cardiac biology and diseases.

"The patented technology enables us to now perform experiments on human heart tissue," Dr Hudson said.

Up until now researchers have had no "living" tissue to study, but now scientists have a viable, functioning heart muscle to work on.

Dr Hudson said it would help them model the cardiovascular disease, screen new drugs and investigate heart repair.

Too much exercise could do more harm than good, Queensland researchers find

New research by a team at University of Queensland (UQ), led by muscle physiologist Dr Bradely Launikonis, found it was part of a protective mechanism stopping people from damaging themselves in the days following exercise.

In the world-first study, Dr Launikonis's team have mapped muscle fibres from thigh biopsies at three points in the exercise cycle.

"This is the first time this type of imaging has been done in human muscles, everything before that been done in mice and rats," Dr Launikonis said.

Business College boasts new Infrastructure

The K2 million government funded infrastructure is one of the many developments undertaken by the school to cope with increasing enrollments.

The hall was formally opened by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Francis Marus and witnessed by the school board & management, teachers and students.

School Principal, John August, said several other projects were financed by the college itself through fundraising as a communal effort to develop the institution. 

“I believe in doing first before asking.”

K1 million to be given to Oro learning centre

The centre which is a former campus of the University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) will receive the funding promised to it.

Minister for Higher Education, Research and Technology, Malakai Tabar, said this to Ijivitari MP, David Arore, when queried about the funds and if the institution would be ready by next year.

“My Secretary has given instruction to the Vice Chancellor of UNRE to return the funds that were parked under UNRE to transfer it to the department then the department will look at allocating that K1 million to Oro Campus,” said Tabar.

Higher education department creates new board

 This board is tasked to ensure quality assurance and regulation of the higher and technical education sector.

The pioneering seven-member board is a combination of high-level representation of academia, industry and research institutions.

They will play a critical role in ensuring that higher education programs and institutions in the country are of high quality and in compliance with international best practices.

Intellectual property in research and development policy forum underway

The two-day event, from September 1-2, was launched today in Port Moresby at the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Francis Marus.

The forum is jointly supported by PNG Science & Technology Secretariat, the Constitutional Law Reform Commission and the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA).

These are the peak times for divorce

But passive-aggressive Facebook drama isn't exactly quantifiable data, so a new study from the University of Washington has provided some actual numbers to support the trend.

Mellam: Transformation critical for State-owned universities

UPNG vice chancellor Professor Albert Mellam called on Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Francis Marus, to work together with the universities for better results.

Mellam said the universities and institutions of higher education in this country are at the crossroads of their existence to secure a place in a highly competitive higher education sector globally.

Mellam highlighted a number of critical challenges that must be addressed in collaboration with all the stakeholders that make up the higher education sector in PNG.