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Parents Can Play Key Role Against Bullying
2014-07-01 03:49:50

University of Queensland A University of Queensland study has shown that families can be more effective in protecting children from bullying than school-based strategies alone. The findings, to be published in the journal Behavior Therapy, show that parents can actively help their children reduce the impact of bullying. The results of a randomized control trial of Resilience Triple P, a family-based variant of UQ’s Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, show the program is more...

2014-05-01 08:45:08

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For many parents it's a daunting experience. It's the first day of school for their young child and the parents are about to turn over the care of their son or daughter to a vast and unfamiliar institution. The teacher, of course, does not always have much more information on the background of the new student other than a name on an official form. But we know that every child is unique. That's why parents often fear that their child...

Seven Decade-Long Experiment Catches Tar Dripping For First Time
2013-07-19 13:03:08

[Watch Video: Pitch Drop Experiment Comes To An End] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Set up by Ireland's Trinity College in 1944 and Australia's University of Queensland in 1927 -- a very specific event had never been witnessed before. Even an attempt to catch it with a webcam in 2000 failed because of an equipment malfunction. It represents the world's longest running experiment. If you're thinking "get to the point!" then you might know the frustration of...

Study Explores Links Between Depression, Stroke And Age In Women
2013-05-17 14:41:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In yet another recent study highlighting the connection between mental and physical health, two researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia found that depressed women in their 40s and 50s are more than twice as likely to have a stroke as women who are not depressed. The team included 12 years worth of data in their study, which was recently published in“¯Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association....

Shorebirds Could Be Displaced Due To Rising Sea Levels
2013-05-06 15:32:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate scientists continue to sound warnings about how the impending sea level rise will impact coastal cities, a group of Australian researchers has found that shorebirds could be feeling squeezed even more than humans. According to the research team´s report in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B (RSPB), a 23 to 40 percent loss of shorebirds´ main feeding grounds could lead to a 70 percent decline in their...

European Settlement Caused Collapse Of Great Barrier Reef Coral
2012-11-07 10:07:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australia´s Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral system in the world, so big that it can be seen from space, is one of the planet´s most remarkable natural wonders. But researchers from University of Queensland have now revealed this precious ecosystem is not faring so well. The problem: European settlement and extensive degradation on mainland Australia. The expansion of European settlement in Australia has been...

Sawfish Behavior Leads To Species Own Decline
2012-03-06 05:58:15

[ Watch the Video ] A team of researchers led by Barbara Wueringer of the University of Queensland, Australia have been studying the feeding habits of the freshwater-dwelling sawfish Pristis microdon. The researchers found that when the sawfish feeds, it uses electrosensors in its long snout to detect the location of the prey in the water. The sawfish swipes, several times per second, at its prey with a side to side motion with enough force to saw the fish in half. The sawfish would...

Google Teaming Up With Scientific Survey To Show Off Great Barrier Reef
2012-02-23 14:10:01

Researchers have partnered with Google in an effort to allow anyone with Internet access to take a virtual tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Catlin Seaview Survey announced that it will carry out the first comprehensive study of the composition and health of reef coral to an unprecedented depth range. The project's chief scientists, Ove Hoegh Guldberg, a professor at the University of Queensland, said scientific data gathered would help strengthen the understanding about how...

Pot Use Highest In Australia, New Zealand
2012-01-08 06:18:43

Australia and New Zealand have the highest rate of marijuana and amphetamine use in the world, according to a new study published last week in the medical journal The Lancet. According to Matt Seigel of the New York Times, the study, which was co-authored by University of New South Wales professor Louisa Degenhardt and University of Queensland professor Wayne Hall, claims that nearly 15% of the combined 15- to 64-year-old population had used some form of marijuana in 2009. Those...

Australia Waters Harbor Hybrid Sharks
2012-01-03 08:09:49

Marine scientists from the University of Queensland have discovered hybridized sharks off Australia´s east coast, leading them to believe that some of these predatory beasts display a tendency to interbreed, challenging long-standing scientific theories regarding shark behavior. This is the first time scientists have confirmed a substantial number of hybrid sharks off Australia´s coast, speculating that it may be an adaptation or reaction to climate change; and scientists now...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'