The President of Ireland His Excellency Michael Higgins has been awarded an honorary doctorate at The University of Western Australia, in recognition of his contribution to global affairs and long-term advocacy on behalf of minority groups including the poor, marginalised and underprivileged.
Fifteen year old Shuan Hern Lee has once again made the AMEB proud, this time winning
first prize in the Palmadoro International Piano Competition for Age 35 and Under, in Finale Ligure, Italy. He was also awarded the gold medal for the youngest finalist in this competition, where he competed against other concert pianists and professional musicians from Poland, Italy, Russia and Japan, all aged in their 20s and 30s.
In a typical year, there are predicted to be around 50 novae—nuclear explosions on the surface of white dwarf stars—in our galaxy. Only a dozen or so are actually discovered each year, and some of these are so bright and powerful, they exceed the scale of scientific explanation.
Australia’s housing affordability crisis has been likened to the board game Monopoly, with a researcher from The University of Western Australia demonstrating striking comparisons between current trends in house prices and disposable income with the game’s probable outcomes.