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If anecdotes are evidence, why aren’t you drinking paint thinner?

if anecdotes are evidence, why aren’t you drinking paint thinner?
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Presents a series of grounded science based articles covering Evolution, Global Warming, Genetic Modified Organisms (GM's), Logic, Nature of Science, Vaccines/Alt.Medicines. I want to begin this post by doing something atypical for me. I want to tell you about an amazing cure-all that I that...

Renaming of Red Skins and Chicos is a shaky step towards leaving discriminatory ideas in the past

renaming of red skins and chicos is a shaky step towards leaving discriminatory ideas in the past
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Nestle This week, it was announced two types of Allen’s lollies, Red Skins and Chicos, will be known from January 2021 as Red Ripper and Cheekies. The Swiss-headquartered Nestle Corporation decided the original names did not express their brand values, presumably because of the racist...

Renters in Victoria soon won’t have to deal with dodgy heaters and insulation. Now other states must get energy-efficient

renters in victoria soon won’t have to deal with dodgy heaters and insulation. now other states must get energy-efficient
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Shuttlestock Renters will no longer have to contend with poorly insulated homes and Victoria will move closer towards 7-star home efficiency standards under a A$797 million plan announced this week. It’s purportedly the biggest energy efficiency scheme in any Australian state’s history. Energy efficiency essentially means using less...

You may be able to buy a COVID vaccine ahead of the government rollout. But jumping the queue comes at a price

you may be able to buy a covid vaccine ahead of the government rollout. but jumping the queue comes at a price
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Image: Shuttlestock As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the prospect of a vaccine gives us hope of returning to some kind of “normal” in the not too distant future. The Australian government has signed supply agreements with manufacturers of four COVID vaccines currently in clinical trials. Assuming one...

Moderna’s COVID vaccine reports 95% efficacy. It means we might have multiple successful vaccines

moderna’s covid vaccine reports 95% efficacy. it means we might have multiple successful vaccines
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Picture: CJ GUNTHER/EPA/AAP American biotech firm Moderna has released early results from its phase 3 clinical trials, announcing in a press release on Monday (US time) that its COVID vaccine has an efficacy of 94.5%, according to an “interim analysis” by an independent data and safety...

Beauty and audacity: Know My Name presents a new, female story of Australian art

beauty and audacity: know my name presents a new, female story of australian art
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Tjungkara Ken, Sandra Ken, Yaritji Young, Freda Brady and Maringka Tunkin, Seven Sisters, 2018. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2020 Review: Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to now, National Gallery of Australia Know My Name is more than an art exhibition, although the...

Robodebt was a policy fiasco with a human cost we have yet to fully appreciate

robodebt was a policy fiasco with a human cost we have yet to fully appreciate
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DAVID MARIUZ/AAP The Robodebt class action bought by Gordon Legal has been settled at a cost to the government of around $1.2 billion. According to federal Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten, this is the biggest class action in Australian legal history. This comprised refunds of $721 million to 373,000 people,...

Why we should prioritise older people when we get a COVID vaccine

courting the chameleon: how the us election reveals rupert murdoch’s political colours
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Shuttlestock While we wait for further results from phase 3 trials, it’s clear that supply of any potential COVID vaccine would initially be limited. Local authorities will need to prioritise distribution to specific groups, at least at first. So how might they make these decisions? The general consensus...

Courting the chameleon: how the US election reveals Rupert Murdoch’s political colours

courting the chameleon: how the us election reveals rupert murdoch’s political colours
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Josh Reynolds/AAP Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election raises a perennial question about what Rupert Murdoch does when the candidate he has opposed wins. Answer: He adapts and he waits. Electoral cycles last three, four or five years. Murdoch has been wielding power...

No, a hug isn’t COVID-safe. But if you have to do it, here’s what to keep in mind

no, a hug isn’t covid-safe. but if you have to do it, here’s what to keep in mind
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Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash In the time of COVID, greetings are no longer by handshakes, hugs or kisses on the cheek. An “elbow bump” is the preferred pandemic greeting. Although COVID transmission in Australia is now minimal and restrictions are easing, keeping 1.5 metres apart from people outside...