Australia hopes a pilot program for international students can restart its crucial education sector.

A cohort of 63 international students on Monday arrived in Australia under a pilot program that allows them to resume their studies, even as the country’s borders remain closed because of the pandemic.

The students, the first group of international students allowed in since March, arrived at Darwin International Airport in the Northern Territory from Singapore. They are from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

All of them tested negative for the coronavirus 72 hours before boarding the charter flight. They will be required to quarantine at a former workers’ camp outside the city of Darwin for 14 days before being allowed to re-enter the campus at Charles Darwin University.

The education sector, crucial to the Australian economy, is set to lose billions of dollars if the country’s borders do not reopen before the end of 2021. According to research from Victoria University, the loss of international students

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Australia: Sorry student pays $36,000 for lack of dedication to role

  • A student at the University of Sydney pledged to make a personal donation of around $36,000 to the student council after being criticized for slacking in her elected job.
  • Abbey Shi, an art and law student, had not performed her duties as co-general secretary in the last three months and had been ordered to pay back $2,000 of her annual $8,700 pay, which is student-funded.
  • The council meeting descended into “chaos” after Shi announced that she would pay the money with an additional $34,000 as a charitable donation. 
  • The student later claimed she had made money from “the stock surge” in the last year.
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A student at the University of Sydney made a personal donated $36,000 (AUS $50,000) to the student council after she faced criticism for slacking in her elected job as General Secretary.

Abbey Shi, one of the council’s two elected

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The strange and ethereal bigfin squid just showed up off the coast of Australia

Bigfin squid sightings are incredibly rare—the creatures live thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean, and only about a dozen sightings have ever been reported. In a study published Wednesday in Plos One, researchers captured the creatures on video off the coast of Australia, floating eerily through the blue. The footage is creating a stir among squid researchers, as it provides clues to a better understanding of mysterious, largely undiscovered life that lurks deep beneath the ocean’s surface.

a fish swimming under water: Five bigfin squids were documented off the coast of Australia.

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Five bigfin squids were documented off the coast of Australia.

The videos were taken in a bay called the Great Australian Bight using a combination of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and towed cameras. The towed cameras floated about two miles underwater, keeping a distance of between six and 14 feet from the seafloor. The cameras took constant video and a still photo was taken

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Australia Forecasts Prolonged Wildfire Seasons, More Droughts From Climate Change | World News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s climate will continue to warm, resulting in prolonged wildfire seasons and less rain in the southeast and southwest that will lead to more frequent droughts, the country’s weather bureau said on Friday.

Australia’s changing climate patterns can be attributed to an increase in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere triggering more extreme weather events, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said in its biennial climate report.

Australia’s climate has warmed on average by 1.44 degrees Celsius since 1910 and this will result in more wild fires, droughts, and marine heat waves, the report said.

“Climate change is influencing these trends through its impact on temperature, rainfall, and relative humidity, and the resulting change to the fuel moisture content,” BoM scientist Karl Braganza said.

Fires razed more than 11 million hectares (37 million acres) of bushland across the southeast early this year, killing at least

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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley pledges $1 million to Tuskegee University | Australia

Charles Barkley, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and current analyst with Turner Sports, has pledged $1 million to Tuskegee University, the school announced recently.

Tuskegee University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Tuskegee, AL, is Barkley’s fifth major donation to an HBCU, following $1 million pledges to Miles College, Alabama A&M-Huntsville, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College.

Barkley’s pledge is through Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Change, which is a golf event that features prominent athletes and seeks to raise awareness of HBCUs. 

A native of Leeds, AL, Barkley spent his collegiate career at Auburn University, located less than 30 minutes away from Tuskegee University, meaning there was plenty of preexisting familiarity. Barkley told “I’ve been there a million times.”

While the gift is unrestricted, Barkley added that the hope is for the money to go towards academic scholarships (per


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Discovery triples greater glider species in Australia

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A team of researchers from James Cook University (JCU), The Australian National University (ANU), the University of Canberra and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, analyzed the genetic make-up of the greater glider—a possum-sized marsupial that can glide up to 100 meters.

JCU’s Ph.D. student Denise McGregor and Professor Andrew Krockenberger were part of a team that confirmed a long-held theory that the greater glider is actually multiple species.

As a part of her Ph.D. project to understand why greater gliders varied so much across their range, Ms McGregor discovered that the genetic differences between the populations she was looking at were profound.

“There has been speculation for a while that there was more than one species of greater glider, but now we have proof from the DNA. It changes the whole way we think about them,” she said.

“Australia’s biodiversity just got a lot richer. It’s

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Scientists discover two new mammals in Australia


Australia’s three greater gliders (clockwise from top left) Petauroides minor, Petauroides volans, and Petauroides armillatus.

Denise McGregor and Jasmine Vink

Two new species of greater glider, a cat-size marsupial that lives in the forests of Australia, have been discovered Down Under after scientists ran DNA tests on new tissue samples of the animals. A new study published in Nature’s public access Scientific Reports journal details the findings. 

The discovery is significant because it means gliders are more diverse than previously thought, adding to the biodiversity of animals found in Australia. 

“It’s really exciting to find this biodiversity under our noses,” study researcher Kara Youngentob told The West Australian. “The division of the greater glider into multiple species reduces the previous widespread distribution of the original species, further increasing conservation concern for that animal and highlighting

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Deregulating childcare in Australia won’t make it better. Education will | Wendy McCarthy | Opinion

The public conversation around Australia’s need to pursue universal access to high-quality early learning and care has grown exponentially in 2020. It’s been a rare bright spot in a terribly bleak year. The federal government’s decision in early April to make childcare free for parents for three months as the nation grappled with Covid-19 thrust the possibility of radical change into the spotlight.

As an educator and feminist who has been arguing for quality early childhood education and care for more than 40 years, witnessing the momentum gathering around this reform is heartening.

Unsurprisingly it has attracted a few familiar arguments. The Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald published op-eds in October arguing that childcare deregulation would help bring down costs and facilitate women returning to work.

The idea that parents want to work so badly that they would be prepared to settle for an open market

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The Swedish battery technology company TEXEL signs agreement with Curtin University in Australia to develop next generation battery

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Supported by the Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Curtin University has developed a new battery technology, not only to bring down the cost of energy storage, but also to ensure the technolgy to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The technology does not include any rare earth elements and does not consume any of our planet’s resources.

The Swedish origin battery technology development company, TEXEL Energy Storage AB (TEXEL), and Curtin University in Perth, has now signed an agreemnt to develop the new thermochemical energy storage / battery technolgy, with focus on commercialisation.

The energy storage market is one of the fastest growing, and a low cost storage technology, in combination with renewable energy like wind and solar, is the key to to turn away from fossile fuels and to create a renewable and sustainable future. 

“The collaboration with

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Marcus Harris hopes small tweaks will revive his Australia Test career

Victoria opener Marcus Harris is hopeful a set-up adjustment he has made with new state coach Chris Rogers will help propel him back into Test calculations.

Harris hasn’t played Test cricket since the 2019 Ashes where he made just 58 runs in six innings. Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer dismissed Harris five times between them, all from around the wicket and all where he was squared up.

Harris identified that he needed to make a technical adjustment but found it difficult to do last season with less than a month between the Ashes and the start of the domestic summer.

“Pretty much since the end of the Ashes almost I’ve been trying to work on how I can stay a little bit more side-on and some stuff like that,” Harris told ESPNcricinfo. “It was hard to try and work at it in season, so I never did much of it

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