Study Success Pt 1: Facebook Motivation or Procrastination?

It’s now officially over. This year, over 70,000 students sat the NSW Higher School Certificate. Around the country, high school students are on the brink of finishing their last ever exams for high school. Throughout their journey, they’ve had to endure hours of studying, constant testing and general cramming for exams that would decide their future at university. It’s not surprising that for some people, motivation was just a little bit lacking.

But how do we best get people motivated through all that work? In this two-part special, Razors Edge will be looking at two ways school and university students rely on to get through the hectic exam period and to get through it well.

Today, we look at the Facebook pages dedicated to feel-good motivational messages. They’re adored by thousands of students who feel like they just need that bit of a lift or a bit of a different perspective to get through the drudgery of work. But are they just fooling themselves on the real work that needs to be done in order to ace their exams?

Rachel Worsley has the report.

Bee-ing Uncertain

Everyone knows what it’s like to be uncertain – at least, humans do. But are non-human animals ever uncertain?

In ground-breaking research, Macquarie University professor Andrew Barron and his American colleague, Professorial Fellow Clint Perry, discovered that yes, bees can feel uncertainty too. Through experiments at Macquarie University, they were able to show that rather than risking the consequences of a bad decision, bees would choose to seek more information or opt out entirely.

Rachel Worsley reports.

Infrared lasers one step away from super-computer dream

Do you always complain about slow internet? Maybe you’ve got a billion tabs open on your browser and the whole computer freezes up?

That may not be the case in the future. New nanotechnology research published today shows how Australian National University scientists have managed to produce lasers from infrared light using ultra-thin wires called nanowires.

These scientists say that the research will be a step closer to producing super-fast computers in the near future.

Aired 18th November 2013 for The Wire.

Poetry and Story Bordello and ‘In the Praise of Ageing’

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Rachel Worsley brings us an interview with Patricia Edgar, the author of ‘In Praise of Ageing’.

We hear so much about the “ageing population”, so much that even the word “ageing” may induce collective groans from politicians and policy-makers who think that the aged will be placing unprecedented pressure on the health system. However, Patricia Edgar’s latest book, “In Praise of Ageing”, presents a feisty riposte to this alarmism, pointing out that our long life expectancy should be considered one of the great achievements of the modern world.

We also visit the Word Travels Festival where Rachel Worsley got a poetry lap dance as part of the Poetry & Story Bordello. Held inside the historical rooms of a 19th century mansion in The Rocks, poets and storytellers such as Ursula Rucker and Edwina Blush entertained audiences late into the night in a smorgasbord of live literary adventures and intimate unplugged shows.

Run, sweat, inspire: indigenous runners storm home in the New York Marathon

Run, sweat, inspire: indigenous runners storm in the New York Marathon


Eleven indigenous runners from Australia have just crossed the finishing line at the 2013 New York Marathon has just been completed, and they couldn’t be happier from themselves.
Coming from diverse backgrounds all over the country, the eleven runners have often overcome personal obstacles and challenges to compete in the marathon. Set up over three years ago by former Olympian long-distance runner, Robert de Castella, it aimed to promote healthy lifestyles in indigenous committees. But it’s also become an inspiration to those who support the runners, such as their mentors. Photo credit: Indigenous Marathon Project (
Broadcast on The Wire on 4th November 2013

City Centre Access Strategy

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City Centre Access Strategy

Photo: Derek Law/flickr

Bike riders, pedestrians and light rail advocates rejoice- Sydney will soon become a paradise for your traveling needs. This week, the NSW Government released the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy, which will map out how people will travel around the CBD in the next twenty years.

Key features of this plan will include light rail in the CBD, more connected cycleways and improved access for pedestrians.

But while the reception has been mostly positive, critics question the need to remove popular cycleways, such as the College Street cycleway, as well as the plan’s incompatibility with the WestConnex project which will be bringing more cars into the CBD at a time where fewer cars are needed.

Rachel Worsley reports.

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