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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Jimi Hendrix: November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

jimi hendrix: november 27, 1942 – september 18, 1970
 The debate on whether Jimi Hendrix was the greatest electric guitarist ever, is a debate that will see no end! On this, the fiftieth anniversary of his death it is in fact, a monumental sign of respect that that issue is still discussed. In some ways, it really doesn't matter, because his all too short legacy of authorised releases speak for...

Environment Minister Sussan Ley faces a critical test: will she let a mine destroy koala breeding grounds?

environment minister sussan ley faces a critical test: will she let a mine destroy koala breeding grounds?
Picture: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas In the next few weeks, federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will decide whether to approve a New South Wales quarry expansion that will destroy critical koala breeding grounds. The case, involving the Brandy Hill Quarry at Port Stephens, is emblematic of how NSW environment laws are failing wildlife — particularly koalas. Efforts to erode koala protections hit...

On the road to COVID normal: the easing of regional Victoria’s restrictions signals hope for Melbourne too

on the road to covid normal: the easing of regional victoria’s restrictions signals hope for melbourne too
Image: Shuttlestock As of 11.59pm yesterday (September 16), regional Victoria took the third step out of COVID-19 restrictions, Premier Daniel Andrews announced today. According to the roadmap revealed last weekend, the move to step 3 in regional Victoria could happen when the daily average number of cases for the previous 14 days was less than five, and there were zero community cases without...

No, Prime Minister, gas doesn’t ‘work for all Australians’ and your scare tactics ignore modern energy problems

no, prime minister, gas doesn’t ‘work for all australians’ and your scare tactics ignore modern energy problems
Image: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas The federal government today Monday it will build a new gas power plant in the Hunter Valley, NSW, if electricity generators don’t fill the energy gap left by the Liddell coal-fired station when it retires in 2023. The government says it’s concerned that when the coal plant closes, there’ll be insufficient dispatchable power (that can be used on...

New coins celebrate Indigenous astronomy, the stars, and the dark spaces between them

new coins celebrate indigenous astronomy, the stars, and the dark spaces between them
The Seven Sisters Uncirculated Coin. Royal Australian Mint Two new coins have been released by the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate the astronomical knowledge and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They feature artworks from Wiradjuri (NSW) and Yamaji (WA) artists that represent two of the most famous features in Aboriginal astronomy: the great Emu in the Sky and...

The rise of ultra-processed foods and why they’re really bad for our health

Picture: Shuttlestock Humans (and our ancestors) have been processing food for at least 1.8 million years. Roasting, drying, grinding and other techniques made food more nutritious, durable and tasty. This helped our ancestors to colonise diverse habitats, and then develop settlements and civilisations. Many traditional foods used in cooking today are processed in some way, such as grains, cheeses, dried fish...

Now everyone’s a statistician. Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong

now everyone’s a statistician. here’s what armchair covid experts are getting wrong
Image: Shutterstock If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on social media, especially if we don’t have the right context. For instance, we may cherry pick statistics supporting our viewpoint and ignore statistics showing we are wrong. We also still need to correctly interpret these statistics. It’s easy for...

In gold we trust: why bullion is still a safe haven in times of crisis

in gold we trust: why bullion is still a safe haven in times of crisis
Picture: Shuttlestock “Gold” said famed investor Warren Buffett in 1998, “gets dug out of the ground in Africa or someplace, then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.” Yet for all that, we remain in love with...

5 Hacks To Build Muscle Quickly

Most people burn out to the fullest while trying to make muscle, but the results don't show up as likely as they want them. Have you also hit a dead end? Or are you thinking about building up your muscle mass without putting in the "real extensive" hard work into it? If you are either of the above, then...

Eat Out to Help Out: crowded restaurants may have driven UK coronavirus spike – new findings

eat out to help out: crowded restaurants may have driven uk coronavirus spike – new findings
Busy August, quiet September. EPA England is about to re-impose nationwide restrictions on gatherings to control the spread of COVID-19. This comes less than two weeks after the end of the government’s half-a-billion-pound scheme to get people to eat out in restaurants. Depending on how things go, we may look back on this scheme as the first step towards a second...