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Catherine Armitage

Catherine Armitage is a senior writer at The Sydney Morning Herald. In a long career in journalism she has covered a wide range of topics including business, science, social issues, education, higher education, legal affairs, ideas and the future. She is a former higher education editor and China correspondent and has received numerous awards and scholarships for her work. She is currently writing about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. 9282 3330.

Darby Cisneros outs herself, then quits the internet, just like Essena O'Neill

Catherine Armitage Is the internet having an authenticity crisis? Two young women with almost 2 million followers have grabbed headlines by quitting social media in a week.

Science gets rare look at the world's biggest heart, belonging to a blue whale

A blue whale's heart has been examined by scientists in a new documentary series.

Catherine Armitage The blue whale's heart is the stuff of legend, with claims that it is the size of a car. Now for the first time, scientists have managed to examine one.


Companies to get scientific with hiring

Rorschach test ink blot. SOURCE: Internet

The first of the ten cards in the Rorschach test. Variously described by test subjects as: a bat, butterfly or moth.

Catherine Armitage Current hiring methods are susceptible to snap judgments and hidden biases, writes Catherine Armitage.

The BIG idea

Memory breakthrough likely in the short term

Catherine Armitage Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always. Attributed to Dante, this is surely among the most romantic quotes in history.

The BIG idea

With knowledge comes some age-old questions

Catherine Armitage It's a paradox of progress that the more we know, the less we know.

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Dream time could hold key to future greatness

Catherine Armitage At Google, employees are encouraged to spend a day a week on projects not necessarily within their job descriptions.

The BIG idea

Death recedes as science charges in on longevity

Marie Eberhardt helps her husband George Eberhardt

Catherine Armitage Scientists reckon we're on the cusp of a ''longevity revolution''.

The BIG idea

Corporate mindset might profit from free exchanges


Catherine Armitage The corporation is a dangerously psychopathic institution. That's because it has a legally defined mandate to pursue its own self-interest no matter what harm it might cause to others, according to...


Talk about changing the world, here's to great ideas

David Sinclair is a scientist who's discovered a key to long life from a chemical compound found in red wine.

Catherine Armitage What if Sydney is not all harbourside and hedonistic airheads but instead a hotbed of intellectual curiosity?

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Journal research not purely black and white

Usain Bolt

Catherine Armitage What if the person who truly deserves the distinction has not come to the record keepers' notice?


Space junk could be next property boom

This computer generated graphic provided by NASA shows images of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked.

Catherine Armitage Is it time to junk the term ''space junk''?

The big idea

Fresh byte: planets align for data storage to change


Catherine Armitage It is a toss-up who has more fun: the dudes who get to name the planets or the ones who dream up labels for ultra-mega data quantities.

Facebook can't fight our wars


Catherine Armitage The notion that Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube can create regime-changing movements is under fire.

New path to deep thoughts


Catherine Armitage The collective efforts of humans and their computers are enabling solutions for problems which until recently were unthinkably difficult.

Ignorant and loving it

Dumb ways to die

Catherine Armitage Dumb Ways to Die, a message about safety on Melbourne's Metro trains, was the surprise viral video of 2012.

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A regular love machine


Catherine Armitage IF A man can love a car beyond the point of reason, how much more can he love a robot?

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Grading the online courses


Catherine Armitage Massive Open Online Courses seem to be the perfect model of efficient education delivery.

How the heavens rocked our world

This is an artist's depiction of a huge meteorite striking Earth 65 million years ago

Catherine Armitage The larger impact of meteorites might have been to give life rather than take it.

The big idea


Catherine Armitage There can't be too many Nobel winners, surely, who set out to win it?

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The history of hearsay


Catherine Armitage You can only have so many friends, right?