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As Harry Potter turns 20, let’s focus on reading pleasure rather than literary merit

It's 20 years on June 26 since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the seven-book series. The Philosopher's Stone has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 79 languages.



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What does DNA sound like? Using music to unlock the secrets of genetic code

There is strong interest to understand how DNA sequences determine our physical form. Hopefully, listening to audio from DNA may help scientists understand how cell biology works.



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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

To improve the attrition rates that remain all too high, we need to use emerging technology to promote proven pedagogical methods. The availability of free textbooks is one such strategy that is showing results.



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Western Sydney University wins national design award

The John Phillips Library at Western Sydney University's Penrith campus has placed first in the academic category of the inaugural Australian Library Design Awards, held in Melbourne.



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Blasphemy is still a crime in Australia – and it shouldn’t be

The crime of blasphemy has had a bit of publicity lately. You might also find yourself reported to police for blasphemy in Australia, where it is still a crime.



Waste products that the students will be investigating in Fiji

The war on waste takes Western Sydney’s WiSE women abroad

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program at Western Sydney University creates opportunities for women to explore where careers in science and engineering can take them. In June, it is taking them to Fiji.



 

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