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Visual feast to deter taggers

A mural “with the lot” is now in South Melbourne as part of Port Phillip Council’s war on graffiti. The street art, which features burger lovers Elvis Presley and supermodel Gigi Hadid, and recent royal visitors to South Melbourne Beach, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was completed on the weekend by local artist Liam Vear. Council provided $2000 towards the...

Logging must stop in Melbourne’s biggest water supply catchment

Clearfell logging in the Thomson Catchment with the Thomson Reservoir in the background. Chris Taylor Continued logging in Melbourne’s water catchments could reduce the city’s water supply by the equivalent of 600,000 people’s annual water use every year by 2050, according to our analysis. We calculated water lost due to logging in the Thomson Catchment, which is the city’s largest and...

Listen To Older Voices : Bill Day – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Sunday essay: turning up the level of civilisation

Donald and Melania Trump in Paris last week. According to the Washington Post, the president has made 6,420 false or misleading comments in 649 days. Ian Langsdon/EPA In October 2005 Stephen Colbert was just starting his eponymous show. It is somewhat chilling to realise that this was when he came up with the word truthiness: it seems so now. It has taken...

Evidence of aliens? What to make of research and reporting on ‘Oumuamua, our visitor from space

An artist’s impression of `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System.  ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornmesser As an astrophysicist, probably the most common question I get asked is: “Are we alone in the universe and do aliens exist?” There is no doubt: people love to think and talk about aliens. Hence, stories about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence...

How Australia’s NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected. Dean Lewins/AAP One of the more noticeable ad campaigns in the upcoming Victoria state election comes from a seemingly unlikely source. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) seeks to unwind Australia’s gun regulations, and knows that state governments are as...

How I made musical instruments from lab equipment to create empathy with the Arctic

Picture by Kat Austen The global crisis of climate change is one of the most complex and wicked of problems we currently face. It is a physical, technological and economic challenge, and one that raises questions right at the heart of our relationship with the environment in which we live. In the light of the IPCC’s most recent report, we face difficult decisions...

Hot Topics – Are Electric Heaters More Eco-Friendly?

There is never a bad time to buy a heater. Sure, when winter is over you may not need it. But with a cold snap around every corner, and the temperature of some mornings climbing right down - you won’t ever regret having a heater on hand. But how do you know which one to buy? As a society...

Why you like coffee, and I choose tea – it’s in the genes

Why does it cost so much to put a tea in a pot of hot water, anyway? from www.shutterstock.com Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a cup of English breakfast tea a better option for you? Your choice could be a result of your genes, and how they affect your experience of bitter...

Despite new findings, the jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements reduce heart attacks

Omega-3s reduce the risk of blood clots and are anti-inflammatory. from shutterstock.com A recent widely-reported study has reignited debate around whether omega-3 supplements reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study showed a particular form of omega-3 oil lowered the risk of people with heart disease experiencing a major “end point” event by 25%. This end point is one or a combination...