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August 2012

TrainingSpitz

Photo by Hannele Tervola InsectIntelligence (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Common


By Desiree Conceicao

In World War 2 dolphins were trained to place explosives on the hulls of ships, dogs were used as antitank operatives, and pigeons were trained to guide missiles − although the birds’ skills ultimately were never called upon. Examples abound throughout history of animals doing weird and wonderful things that we would never expect or imagine. Ancient Egyptian paintings show hyenas (which we know from Lion King are not easily submissive) on their backs, being hand fed by humans. Animals as unexpected as guinea pigs and geese have been used as guards to warn of intruders. Dogs working with anti-terrorism forces are sent case samples to be scrutinised for their expert opinion.

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The End Book
By EWikist at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


An index and a bibliography have been integral components of scholarly monographs, and academics remain some of the most dedicated and appreciative users of indexes. This is where they tend to start reading a new book – from the back – first checking the list of references and then the index. The bibliography provides the all important context to the work and its author, revealing the breadth and depth of prior research and the influences that had shaped the work. 

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Mandawuy Yunupingu, photo by Scott H. Welsh


By Desiree Conceicao

I remember as a child, that I once flicked on the television to see a group of men performing what looked like a traditional Aboriginal dance, to what sounded like non-traditional Aboriginal dance music.

As I realised later, this wasn’t a new song. Released in 1991, ‘Treaty’ was the first big hit for the legendary Australian band Yothu Yindi, and while it only peaked at no. 11 on the ARIA charts, it climbed to no. 6 on the international Billboard charts and has been both an anthem and requiem for the Aboriginal rights movement.

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