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QCAA - Markers for the Writing Task (WT) and the Short Response (SR) subtests

27 November 2017

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Markers for the Writing Task (WT) and the Short Response (SR) subtests are selected from a marker pool, which consists of teachers or former teachers from across Queensland.  Each year, the QCAA recruits markers to add to the pool.  The primary objective of the marking operation is to grade student ...

MantaDroid - an aquatic robot

27 November 2017

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Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created MantaDroid, an aquatic robot that emulates the swimming locomotion of manta rays. The robotic manta ray, which swims at the speed of twice its body length per second and can operate for up to 10 hours, could potentially be employed ...

Interview with an Octopus Researcher

27 November 2017

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Octopuses, with their amazing intelligence, incredible flexibility and ability to fit through openings many times smaller than their body as well as their ability to artfully camouflage themselves against varied backgrounds have fascinated humans for centuries. Divers report encounters with these crafty creatures and come away amazed, with stories of ...

The giant mass of plastic waste taking over the Caribbean

27 November 2017

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A colossal ‘sea of plastic’ which stretches for miles has been found floating in the Caribbean. So is it time to change our plastic behaviour? Much of the plastic is one use plastics such as straws, cutlery and plates. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-41866046/the-giant-mass-of-plastic-waste-taking-over-the-caribbean  

Underwater drone for Marine Education

27 November 2017

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The BlueROV2 is a high-powered, easy-to-operate, low-cost vehicle.  It is one-of-a-kind because it is sold as a kit and because it is easily expandable to suit various commercial applications.  The BlueROV2 is controlled from the surface via a tether using an Xbox-style controller and laptop, uses open-source software for the ...