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the queens(land) gambit: a brief history of chess in australia

The Queens(land) gambit: a brief history of chess in Australia

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PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX The new Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit has received rave reviews around the world. Surprisingly for a chess-themed show, it received a warm reception by the global chess community, which is usually highly critical of portrayals of tournament...
saturday science sessions – facts aren’t political (or religious)

Saturday Science Sessions – Facts aren’t political (or religious)

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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.In this article, I try very hard to stick to scientific facts and avoid...
shutterstock drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct australia’s great koala count?

Shutterstock Drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great...

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Picture: Shuttlestock Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species. The funding might seem like a...
from ‘common scolds’ to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in australia

From ‘common scolds’ to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in...

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Kath and Kim (aka Jane Turner and Gina Riley): the suburban hornbags used swearing in clever ways in their 2002-2007 TV series.  Riley Turner Productions Women have had a fraught historical relationship to swearing. Long...
is trump’s truculence an attempted coup or the last-ditch efforts of a man whose star is fading?

Is Trump’s truculence an attempted coup or the last-ditch efforts of a man whose...

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Picture: Susan Walsh/AP/AAP US President Donald Trump’s time in the White House is coming to an end. But, as has become obvious over the past few weeks, he is unlikely to deliver a gracious...
i studied 5,000 phone images: objects were more popular than people, but women took way more selfies

I studied 5,000 phone images: objects were more popular than people, but women took...

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T. J. Thomson, Author provided Though we take a staggering number of photos each year (an estimated 1.43 trillion in 2020), we share relatively few of these and are using our cameras in different ways compared to...
why the oxford astrazeneca vaccine is a global game changer

Why the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is a global game changer

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Image: Oxford University/EPA In the long dark tunnel that has been 2020, November stands out as the month that light appeared. Some might see it as a bright light, others as a faint light...
10 ‘lost’ australian literary treasures you should read – and can soon borrow from any library

10 ‘lost’ Australian literary treasures you should read – and can soon borrow from...

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Picture:Perfecto Capucine/Unsplash Many culturally important books by Australian authors are out of print, hard to find as secondhand copies, and confined to the physical shelves of a limited number of libraries. Effectively, they have...
daniel andrews plans pilot for casual workers’ sick pay but morrison government critical

Daniel Andrews plans pilot for casual workers’ sick pay but Morrison government critical

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Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP The Victorian government plans a pilot scheme for up to five days sick and carer’s pay, at the national minimum wage, for casuals or insecure workers in priority industries. Even though the...
my favourite detective: kurt wallander — too grumpy to like, relatable enough to get under your skin

My favourite detective: Kurt Wallander — too grumpy to like, relatable enough to get...

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Image: IMDB In a new series, writers pay tribute to fictional detectives on page and on screen. As a detective’s apprentice for over 60 years now, I’ve had work-experience stretches in the offices of Conan...