Science and Technology

Polye visits Queensland University

The recent visitation was engaged in discussions with the Minister for Education, Lucas Dekena and the UQ Community. Among the distinguished attendees was Ian Kemish, former Australian High Commissioner to PNG and Adjunct Professor of History at UQ, adding a significant diplomatic dimension to the gathering.

Calls to uphold quality education

The Minister made reference to the recent court-case with IBS as an example of the upholding of the education system.

He says that his department is calling on all intuitions to follow suit and ensure that they have proper accreditation.

The Minister made references to the Higher Education General Provisions Act of 2014 which captures steps that institutions can take to ensure that they are registered and recognized.

Universities given permission to increase tuition fees

These increments were subjected to scrutiny by the Higher Education Department late last year and implementation were pending discussions between DHERST and the universities.

The universities were granted permission to impose the new school fee structure after their justifications were viewed genuine.

Fr Jan explained the increase in school fees is caused by the increase in the price of food, electricity and overall standard of living.

New online selection process commended

Secretary Ninigi says that they aim to improve transparency, accountability, and most importantly increase the probability of capable and eligible school leavers

He encouraged all higher education institutions and important stakeholders to work as a team to prepare for the upcoming National Selections.

Meantime, Ninigi also commended the Secretary and his staff for this milestone initiative.

He adds that this initiative will change the face of National Selections of Grade 12 school leavers into our tertiary institutions in the country.

Online selections for HEI’s to cutback on cost

The current selection process is so costly, not transparent and at the same time very cumbersome resulting in many eligible students miss out in their once in a lifetime opportunity.

“We had also tackled the issue of cost-effectiveness, in saving the state K5 million that goes every year in the logistics and mobilization of selectors nationwide,” he said.

He said that the higher education sector has grown to such a stage in which the way students are selected must be improved to become honest and transparent.

How music gets you in the mood

"Like peacock feathers, music is used by humans to attract mates and we've been writing love songs for centuries," said music psychologist Dr Sandra Garrido of the University of Western Sydney.

Given these days we have access to such an unprecedented range of music styles, as part of ABC Classic FM's celebration of the music of passion and heartbreak, we're asking: can science help you decide what music will get you in the mood?

New study shows global sea turtle recovery

An analysis of 299 nesting sites of all seven sea-turtle species found turtle-nest numbers had significantly increased at 95 sites, versus 35 that showed a significant decrease.

The study by an international team of scientists and published today in Science Advances, analysed data taken over an average of 16.2 years, including from waters off Australia, Africa, North and South America, and Asia.

Imbongu DDA members sworn in

The MP for Imbongu and current Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi took his time to settle his district administration conducting the Commission of Oaths for his DDA Members.

The ceremony at Walume District Headquarters, was officiated by the Senior Magistrate, of Mendi District Court, Raymond Tupundu.

Study: You can't blame tooth decay on your genes

"I think there may be a perception in the community that bad teeth are inherited," said study co-author Associate Professor Jeff Craig, from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

"But this research is an important message because it means parents and children themselves can take control.

"We're not doomed by genetics in tooth decay."

First cancer 'living drug' gets go-ahead

The regulator - the US Food and Drug Administration - said its decision was a "historic" moment and medicine was now "entering a new frontier".

The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the "living drug" therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer.

Doctors in the UK said the announcement was an exciting step forward.

The living drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or chemotherapy.

It is called CAR-T and is made by extracting white blood cells from the patient's blood.