THE GREAT AUSSIE MATHS FAIL – MAKING OUR FUTURE ADD UP
Some people may be stunned to know Maths is no longer compulsory in our senior high schools, despite it being central knowledge to the careers of the future. It underpins everything from weather reports and GPS to bridges, buildings, cars and planes, from the Internet and mobile phones to our supply chains, banking, medical techniques, and so much more. The numbers of students doing top level maths is disturbingly low. But, as COSMOS reveals, change could be on the way.
RESEARCH SHOWS AUSSIES ARE THE BEST SWEARERS – BLOOD OATH!
There’s always been an unspoken belief that Aussies are good at swearing, but new linguistic research shows that we’re at the top of the bloody world mate! In fact, we’ve turned it into something of an art form with specialist categories such as abusive swearing, stylistic swearing, humorous swearing and the ever-popular cathartic swearing (no sh*t!).
REVERSING HEARING LOSS
In what promises to be a stunning development for many millions of people around the world, new genetic research is raising hopes that certain types of hearing loss may be reversible. Until now, without the intervention of a mechanical hearing amplifier, most have resigned themselves to being on a steady downward path as they get older. As Australia’s leading science publication COSMOS explains, the research is at a very early stage but already has plenty of people excited.