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Potential new biomarker for depression and bipolar disorder

University of South Australia (UniSA) scientists have developed the world’s first test to accurately predict mood disorders in people, based on the levels of a specific protein found in the brain. Links between low levels of mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor (mBDNF) and depression are well known but, until now, it hasn’t been possible to distinguish […]

‘Vaccine confusion: Here are the facts.’

Professor John Shine, world-renowned biochemist and President of the Australian Academy of Science, clears some of the confusion to do with Covid-19 vaccine: On the goal of the vaccines: “With these first-generation vaccines, the whole attempt was to provide reduction in the seriousness of the disease, to keep the hospital systems from being overloaded, to […]

Overseas-trained teachers offered track to accreditation

“It is harder to become a teacher than a doctor if you have overseas qualifications” Sydney Institute for Community Languages Education (SICLE) has developed and initiated programs for some 2,000 professionals with overseas qualifications to help them become accredited in Australian schools. Sixty have already begun Master of Teaching programs that will see them work […]

India’s 71-year Test – The journey to triumph in Australia – book review

Book Review by Kersi Meher-Homji India’s 71-year Test – The journey to triumph in Australia by R Kaushik. Foreword by Ravi Shastri. Churchill Press, Australia, 2020. 196 pages. Price: A$ 60.00. The coffee-table book is a magnificent presentation with eye-catching colour pictures, brilliant match reports and player profiles, memorable scoreboard photos and comprehensive statistics. The […]

Remembering the ‘Monkeygate’ Sydney Test

By Kersi Meher-Homji I have never missed a Sydney Test since 1970. I cannot wait to watch the current one about to start on Thursday. They have produced drama, controversies and brilliant batting especially by maestro Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The “monkeygate bollyline” Sydney Test involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds in January 2008 […]

Play cricket in your bckyard and support National Backyard Cricket Day

This January, Batting for Change will be calling on Australian families and cricket fans to play a game of backyard cricket and raise much-needed funds to support education projects in Australia and in cricket-playing nations overseas. The fun and games are all part of National Backyard Cricket Day, launching on Sunday 31 January 2021.   […]

For We Are One And Free…

The Governor-General Hon David Hurley has agreed to the Commonwealth Government’s recommendation to make an amendment to Australia’s National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair. The second line of Advance Australia Fair will change from ‘For we are young and free’ to ‘For we are one and free.” The new Anthem will take effect from 1 January […]

“I want to portray the feelings of as many women as I can through my acting” says actor Supriya Pathak

By Neeru Saluja Veteran actor Supriya Pathak is interested in telling influential stories of different women characters. The role maybe small or centric, it has to impact the audience and the story. And that is why we love her versatile characters. Be it the elegant ‘Shabnam’ in Bazaar, the hilarious Hansa in ‘Khichdi’, the egoistic […]

Where there is King Kohli, can miracles be far behind?

 By Kersi Meher-Homji I can hardly wait. Can you? The first ever day-night pink ball Test between India and Australia starts on Thursday. As the Australian team is weakened by the absence of experienced opening batsman David Warne with no in-form opener in sight, the Indian XI is almost at full strength with only Rohit […]

Wastewater flushes out Covid-19 cases weeks before people show symptoms

A new study from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the University of Queensland provides further evidence that wastewater (untreated sewage) testing can detect COVID-19 in communities weeks before people display symptoms, suggesting this testing could provide a targeted early detection system as economies re-open and people become more mobile. This retrospective study looked back at wastewater samples that had been collected in February and early March 2020, in Brisbane, Australia, which were preserved […]

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