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Social media, activism, trucker caps: the fascinating story behind long COVID

social media, activism, trucker caps: the fascinating story behind long covid
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  Picture: Shutterstock Today, we use the term “long COVID” to describe the lingering symptoms some people have many weeks or months after infection. But how long COVID came to be recognised by doctors and the wider community shows us the power of patient activism, networking, research skills and persistence. Using...

The sun’s shining and snakes are emerging, but they’re not out to get you. Here’s what they’re really up to

the sun’s shining and snakes are emerging, but they’re not out to get you. here’s what they’re really up to
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  Picture: Shuttlestock It’s early spring in southern Australia and the sun is, gloriously, out. You decide to head to your local patch of greenery – by the creek, lake, or foreshore – with the sun on your face, the breeze in your hair, and...

Why the Australia-France submarine deal collapse was predictable

why the australia-france submarine deal collapse was predictable
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  Aerial-motion/Shutterstock Australia’s unilateral cancellation of its contract to purchase French submarines and sign up for the AUKUS security pact constitutes a slap in the face for French diplomacy – variously described as a “stab in the back” and a “betrayal” by French diplomats. Though Paris may be...

Hidden women of history: Annie Lock was a bolshie, outspoken Australian missionary, full of contradictions

hidden women of history: annie lock was a bolshie, outspoken australian missionary, full of contradictions
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      Missionary Annie Lock with Enbarda (Betsy) left, and Dolly Cumming, both children from the Alice Springs area in Central Australia. Photo taken in Darwin. National Archives of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander readers are advised this story contains images of people who have...

Why Beethoven wasn’t the original punk rocker of classical music

why beethoven wasn’t the original punk rocker of classical music
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      Comparing Beethoven to punk rockers is based on the composer’s attitude to tradition, but is it an accurate categorization? (Shutterstock) Last summer, the meme “Beethoven was Black” was trending online, a trope that drew the iconic composer into a 21st century discussion about race and...

Grattan on Saturday: After the deal on security, Scott Morrison turns to the shift on climate

grattan on saturday: after the deal on security, scott morrison turns to the shift on climate
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  Picture: Evan Vucci/AAP One is tempted to think Scott Morrison’s hero must be Harry Houdini, the great escape artist. Put our prime minister in a corner, and he will talk his way out, or try to. After President Biden rang President Macron this week to...

New preliminary evidence suggests coronavirus jumped from animals to humans multiple times

new preliminary evidence suggests coronavirus jumped from animals to humans multiple times
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  Marco Ugarte/AP/AAP The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, has been hotly debated. This debate has caused substantial difficulties in the Australia-China relationship, with a call by Foreign Minister Marise Payne for another inquiry into its origin being considered by China as...

What are the protests against Victoria’s construction union all about? An expert explains

what are the protests against victoria’s construction union all about? an expert explains
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  Picture:James Ross/AAP After violence on Monday outside the Melbourne offices of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy union, the Victorian government ordered a snap two-week shutdown of the construction industry. Yesterday these protests continued, with up to 2,000 demonstrators holding up traffic around...

Soon you’ll need to be vaccinated to enjoy shops, cafes and events — but what about the staff there?

soon you’ll need to be vaccinated to enjoy shops, cafes and events — but what about the staff there?
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  Picture: Seth Wenig/AP/AAP The New South Wales and Victorian governments have released detailed roadmaps outlining how they’ll ease restrictions across Sydney and Melbourne. A feature of both roadmaps will be the requirement to be fully vaccinated to do certain things like gather with larger groups...

Being bombarded with delivery and post office text scams? Here’s why — and what can be done

being bombarded with delivery and post office text scams? here’s why — and what can be done
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  Scamwatch For most people, the ping of an incoming SMS will induce some level of excitement — or mild intrigue at least. But with SMS scams on the rise, many may now be meeting this same sound with trepidation. According to the Australian Competition and...