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Worried about Earth’s future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp

worried about earth’s future? well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp
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 Picture: Daniel Mariuz/AAP Anyone with even a passing interest in the global environment knows all is not well. But just how bad is the situation? Our new paper shows the outlook for life on Earth is more dire than is generally understood. The research published on January...

A second impeachment is just the start of Trump’s legal woes

a second impeachment is just the start of trump’s legal woes
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 U.S. President Donald Trump walks out after speaking in the Brady Briefing Room in the White House in November 2020, three weeks after he lost the election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) By becoming the first president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump’s controversial and divisive term...

Why the far-right and white supremecists have embraced the Middle Ages and their symbols

why the far-right and white supremecists have embraced the middle ages and their symbols
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 AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Medievalist references littered the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th. Rudy Giuliani called for a “trial by combat”; the “Q Shaman”, Jacob Chansley (also known as Jake Angeli), was covered in Norse tattoos; rioters brandished a flag with a Crusader cross and the Latin words Deus Vult:...

The Oxford vaccine has unique advantages, as does Pfizer’s. Using both is Australia’s best strategy

the oxford vaccine has unique advantages, as does pfizer’s. using both is australia’s best strategy
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 Image: Gareth Fuller/AP/AAP On Sunday, federal Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly said most Australians will be offered a vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca. Australia currently has agreements in place to receive 53.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot, and 10 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech. So how do these two vaccines...

No, Twitter is not censoring Donald Trump. Free speech is not guaranteed if it harms others

no, twitter is not censoring donald trump. free speech is not guaranteed if it harms others
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 Picture: Alex Brandon/AP The recent storming of the US Capitol has led a number of social media platforms to remove President Donald Trump’s account. In the case of Twitter, the ban is permanent. Others, like Facebook, have taken him offline until after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next...

Asking people to prepare for fire is pointless if they can’t afford to do it. It’s time we subsidised fire prevention

asking people to prepare for fire is pointless if they can’t afford to do it. it’s time we subsidised fire prevention
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  Image: Shuttlestock Once again, Australia is on fire. This year it’s the turn of Western Australia and South Australia, where bushfires are threatening homes and lives. In the south of Tasmania, conditions are dry and the region is entering a period of peak fire danger. In the lead...

The cicada’s deafening shriek is the sound of summer, and humans have been drawn to it for thousands of years

the cicada’s deafening shriek is the sound of summer, and humans have been drawn to it for thousands of years
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 Picture: Shuttlestock Around Australia, the buzz-saw siren of cicadas heralds the beginning of summer. With 237 recorded species of cicada in Australia, almost no area of the country is untouched by their song. Up to 800 species in Australia are still to be scientifically recognised. Cicadas, however, aren’t...

Impeaching Trump a second time is a complex and politically risky act. Here’s how it could work

impeaching trump a second time is a complex and politically risky act. here’s how it could work
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 Picture: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx/AP   President Donald Trump is extremely unlikely to capitulate to pressure to resign in the final days of his presidency. And his Cabinet is equally unlikely to force him out by invoking the 25th amendment of the Constitution, despite calls from the Democrats to do so. So, in the wake of...

Hit the road, Jack: 5 epic literary road trips that are not by Kerouac

hit the road, jack: 5 epic literary road trips that are not by kerouac
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 Picture: Unsplash/Juan Di Nella Summer is the time for holidays and travel. But as we weakly wave goodbye (we hope) to the horrors of 2020, international travel is off the table and even domestic travel is still restricted. A book is still your most faithful companion on...

Even with a vaccine, we need to adjust our mindset to playing the COVID-19 long game

even with a vaccine, we need to adjust our mindset to playing the covid-19 long game
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 Picture: Dean Lewins/AAP   Incredibly, a whole year has passed since the first emergence of COVID-19. What looked like a temporary inconvenience at first is turning into a permanent fixture that might forever change life as we knew it before 2020. But how long will people continue...