Richard Morris, of the school of accounting at the University of NSW, which requires an entrance score in the top 5 percent of students, says attendance has been a problem since the late 1990s.
“Sometimes in the lectures we’ve only got about one third of students enrolled attending,” he said.
“It definitely is a problem. If you don’t turn up to class you’re mission out on the whole richness of the ****experience****: you don’t think a whole lot, you don’t engage in debates with other students - or with your teachers.”
It is not all gloom, said Professor John Dearn, a Province-Chancellor at the University of Canberra, who said the interest was ****transforming**** the way student’s access and use information.
“It is strange that despite all the evidence as to their ineffectiveness, ****traditional**** lecture seem to persist in our universities.”
Enigma: aliens, enigma, opus
Nature is no longer an alien ****enigma****, but something immediately beautiful, an ****exuberant opus**** with space for us to join in. bird melodies has always been called songs for a ****reason****.
Away from the rumble of Shanghai's highways and cacophony of the shopping districts, stroll down side streets filled with rows of tall ****brick****houses. In the early evening or on a weekend morning, you'll hear the sound of classical music drifting from a piano, played by a 10-year old or a grandmother in her seventies. ****Wander**** down another alley toward drab skyscraper and you'll hear Beethoven or Mozart flowing from a violin, or perhaps a cello, accordion or flute.
In China, classical music is ****booming****as mightily as the 1812 Overture. It's fortissimo in Shanghai, home to China's oldest orchestra, forte in Beijing and other lively cities, and on a crescendo in farther-flung areas. Commanding 100-200 ($12.50- $25) per hour, private music teachers in Shanghai can readily earn more than five times the average per capita monthly income
The horned desert viper
The horned desert viper's ability to hunt at night has always puzzled biologists. Though it lies with its ****head**** buried in the sand, it can strike with great precision as soon as prey appears. Now, Young and physicists Leo van Hemmen and Paul Friedel at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have developed a computer model of the snake's auditory ****system**** to explain how the snake "hears" its prey without really having the ears for it. Although the vipers have internal ears that can hear frequencies between 200 and 1000 hertz, it is not the sound of the mouse scurrying about that they are detecting. "The snakes don't have external ****eardrums****," says van Hemmen. "So unless the mouse wears boots and starts stamping, the snake won't hear it."