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Monash University was established in 1958 and welcomed its first intake of students in 1961. In its fifty year history, the university has established itself as one of Australia’s finest tertiary institutions, building an enviable reputation for both its outstanding teaching and its transformative research. Today, Monash is Australia’s largest university, boasting a global network of more than 250,000 alumni.

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When politicians use selected modelling results to justify their decisions on contentious projects like Melbourne’s North East Link, the credibility of transport models suffers by association. Vic Govt/AAP

The problem with transport models is political abuse, not their use in planning

Transport modelling has been tarnished by its use to justify the predetermined projects politicians favour. But, if used more transparently, it's a valuable tool for planning our future cities.
Neurostimulation is rife with potential and pitfalls. Metamorworks/Shutterstock

Stimulus package: brain stimulation holds huge promise, but is critically under-regulated

From dementia to depression to drug addiction, artificial brain stimulation has been hailed as a landmark medical technology for the future. But safeguards are needed if we want the benefits without the risks.
Antibiotics can be a wonder for treating bacterial infections – but we need to be cautious in how we use them. From shutterstock.com

Antibiotic resistant superbugs kill 32 plane-loads of people a week. We can all help fight back

Antibiotic resistant superbugs kill 32 plane-loads of people a week. We can all help fight back. The Conversation, CC BY48 MB (download)
Antibiotic resistant infections already kill about 700,000 people globally every year. While scientists are racing to find new ways to fight superbugs, there's one thing you can do, too.
The Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute offers a new way of considering the shape of First Nations museums in Australia. Cox Architecture/QYAC

Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

As musuems are forced to face their colonial past, could a radically re-imagined museum become a place for genuine exchange, reconciliation and restitution?
DNA database giant Ancestry lets members access international records including the convict and free settler lists, passenger lists, Australian and New Zealand electoral rolls and military records. Patrick Alexander/Flickr

If you’ve given your DNA to a DNA database, US police may now have access to it

A US judge has allowed police access to the major DNA database without users' consent (including Australian users). It's a timely reminder that we urgently need genetic privacy legislation.
Queensland Health’s current electronic medical records system is what you could call a “monolithic” system, meaning it’s an all-in-one system designed by one company. Such systems may not be the best option for the health sector’s future. SHUTTERSTOCK

Queensland Health’s history of software mishaps is proof of how hard e-health can be

Past upgrades to the state's medical record system have cost tremendous amounts of money, and on at least one occasion, forced clinicians to revert to paper-based methods.
Robots like AIBO can provide companionship to humans, and in some instances humans may even develop a strong emotional attachment to them. SHUTTERSTOCK

Abusing a robot won’t hurt it, but it could make you a crueller person

Robots are becoming more common in our lives. And while they may not have "feelings", perhaps the way we treat them reflects more on our character than we previously thought.

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