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sunday essay: how can the dead send us emails? the ethical dilemma of digital soul

Sunday essay: How can the dead send us emails? The ethical dilemma of digital...

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 Picture: Denys Nevozhai/Unsplash Tim Hart was sitting on his couch one evening in November 2011 when he got an email with the subject line: “I’m watching”. The message that followed was short and to the...
i spoke to ‘minimalists’ to find out why they are giving up their personal possessions

I spoke to ‘minimalists’ to find out why they are giving up their personal...

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 NaksomritStudio / shutterstock I recently spoke to a man named Adam who told me that every object he owns could fit in one of Ikea’s famous shelving units. He owns two pairs of jeans and...
‘existential threat to our survival’: see the 19 australian ecosystems already collapsing

‘Existential threat to our survival’: see the 19 Australian ecosystems already collapsing

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 Picture: Shuttlestock In 1992, 1,700 scientists warned that human beings and the natural world were “on a collision course”. Seventeen years later, scientists described planetary boundaries within which humans and other life could have a “safe space to operate”....
against the odds, south australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. how on earth did they do it?

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How on Earth did...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was...
when vaccinating 26 million australians, expect a mistake or two. but we can minimise the risk of repeating queensland’s overdose incident

When vaccinating 26 million Australians, expect a mistake or two. But we can minimise...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock It emerged two days ago that two aged-care residents in Brisbane were given an incorrect dose of the Pfizer vaccine — more than the amount recommended. The 88-year-old man and 94-year-old woman were receiving their...
‘destruction by a thousand cuts’: the relentless threat mining poses to the pilbara cultural landscape

‘Destruction by a thousand cuts’: the relentless threat mining poses to the Pilbara cultural...

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 Picture: Alan Porritt/AAP Just as the parliamentary inquiry into Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters was reconvening in Canberra, another culturally significant site was damaged at one of BHP’s iron ore mines in the Pilbara. This latest...
how do we know the covid vaccine won’t have long-term side-effects?

How do we know the COVID vaccine won’t have long-term side-effects?

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 Picture: Shuttlestock As Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins this week, many people still have questions about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, both in the short and long term. As vaccine experts, we hear these concerns all the...
one of these things is not like the others: why facebook is beyond our control

One of these things is not like the others: why Facebook is beyond our...

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 Image: Pixabay/Pexels What’s the difference between Google and Facebook? One difference is that last week Google agreed to pay Australian news outlets for their content in the face of a threat of government action to force it to. Facebook did...
i was the australian doctor on the who’s covid-19 mission to china. here’s what we found about the origins of the coronavirus

I was the Australian doctor on the WHO’s COVID-19 mission to China. Here’s what...

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Header picture; Dake Kang/AP Doctor Dominic Dwyer: pic courtesy ABC As I write, I am in hotel quarantine in Sydney, after returning from Wuhan, China. There, I was the Australian representative on the international World...
can i have a pet and be housed, too? it all depends…

Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

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 Darren Fisher, Author provided Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent. A systematic national...