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Victoria now has a good roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions. New South Wales should emulate it

victoria now has a good roadmap out of covid-19 restrictions. new south wales should emulate it
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Picture: Erik Anderson/AAP The COVID-19 roadmap for Victoria announced by Premier Daniel Andrews sets the state on the right path. Something like it should be emulated by New South Wales, which has not yet achieved zero new cases. Victoria’s roadmap towards what Andrews calls “COVID-normal” makes a clear...

‘Slow and steady’ exit from lockdown as Victorian government sets sights on ‘COVID-normal’ Christmas

‘slow and steady’ exit from lockdown as victorian government sets sights on ‘covid-normal’ christmas
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Erik Anderson/AAP The Victorian government today announced the eagerly anticipated roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. It features several steps that reflect a much slower relaxing of restrictions than last time around.   While the government has provided a provisional time frame for the various steps, it...

Patients with COVID-19 shouldn’t have to die alone. Here’s how a loved one could be there at the end

patients with covid-19 shouldn’t have to die alone. here’s how a loved one could be there at the end
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Image: Shuttlestock While the number of new COVID-19 cases in Victoria continues to trend downwards, we’re still seeing a significant number of deaths from the disease. The ongoing outbreaks in aged care, and the fact community transmission is continuing to occur, mean it’s likely there...

Predators, prey and moonlight singing: how phases of the Moon affect native wildlife

predators, prey and moonlight singing: how phases of the moon affect native wildlife
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Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Humans have long been inspired and transfixed by the Moon, and as we’re discovering, moonlight can also change the behaviour of Australian wildlife. A collection of recently published research has illuminated how certain behaviours of animals – including potoroos, wallabies and...

Measles infections weaken your immune system and increase your risk of other diseases. Vaccines prevent this

measles infections weaken your immune system and increase your risk of other diseases. vaccines prevent this
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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. Two of the most persistent anti-vaccine tropes are that unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children and that “natural” immunity is better than “artificial”...

Pain-sensing electronic silicone skin paves the way for smart prosthetics and skin grafts

pain-sensing electronic silicone skin paves the way for smart prosthetics and skin grafts
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Ella Maru Studio, Author provided Skin is our largest organ, made up of complex sensors constantly monitoring for anything that might cause us pain. Our new technology replicates that – electronically. The electronic artificial skin we’ve developed reacts to pain stimuli just like real skin, and...

If Facebook really pulls news from its Australian sites, we’ll have a much less compelling product

if facebook really pulls news from its australian sites, we’ll have a much less compelling product
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Picture: Shuttlestock Facebook has announced it will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law. The announcement follows the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer...

Banning mobile phones in immigration detention would make an inhumane system even crueler

banning mobile phones in immigration detention would make an inhumane system even crueler
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Picture: Michael Dodge/AAP Mobile phones are a lifeline for those in immigration detention. But if the government has its way, this thread will soon be cut. A proposed bill would allow the minister to deem mobile phones and other internet-capable devices “prohibited items”. It would also grant staff new...

Message from Daniel Andrews on the Extension to the State of Emergency

message from daniel andrews on the extension to the state of emergency
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 I know some people have strong feelings about the State of Emergency legislation that passed the Upper House last night.   Debate is healthy. Differing opinions are what our democracy is built on. But there's also been a lot of misinformation flying around – so I just...

What is the COVID ‘bubble’ concept, and could it work in Australia?

what is the covid ‘bubble’ concept, and could it work in australia?
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Picture: Shuttlestock The concept of a COVID-19 “germ bubble” refers to close contacts with whom we don’t practise mask use or keep physical distancing. In strict lockdown, this generally means just the members of your own household. But several countries, such as New Zealand...