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Why hasn’t my parcel arrived yet? Delivery and supply chain problems are multiplying – and yes, it’ll probably affect Christmas

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why hasn’t my parcel arrived yet? delivery and supply chain problems are multiplying – and yes, it’ll probably affect christmas
  Image: Shutterstock Does it feel lately like your parcels are taking forever to arrive? You might have seen online retailers warning customers to expect delays, thanks to COVID-related pressures on the postal system and other delivery services. We are 18 months into the pandemic and, far from being solved, the cracks in the global logistics system are multiplying. E-commerce is...

5 Australian COVID experts on receiving abuse and trolling amid the pandemic

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5 australian covid experts on receiving abuse and trolling amid the pandemic
  Image: Shutterstock A survey by the Australian Science Media Centre, published yesterday, found around 20% of the 50 Australian scientists who responded have received threats of physical or sexual violence when speaking about COVID in the media. Around 62% said they’d been subjected to trolling. The Centre also worked with science journal Nature to survey scientists internationally, and found 15% said they’d...

Why do we wake around 3am and dwell on our fears and shortcomings?

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why do we wake around 3am and dwell on our fears and shortcomings?
  Image: Shutterstock When I wake at 3am or so, I’m prone to picking on myself. And I know I’m not the only one who does this. A friend of mine calls 3am thoughts “barbed-wire thinking”, because you can get caught in it. The thoughts are often distressing and punitive. Strikingly, these concerns vaporise in the daylight, proving that the 3am...

Voluntary assisted dying will be debated in NSW parliament this week. Here’s what to expect

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voluntary assisted dying will be debated in nsw parliament this week. here’s what to expect
  Picture: Shutterstock Voluntary assisted dying has been available to eligible Victorians for more than two years, and to Western Australians since July 2021. Laws also passed this year in Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland, with schemes to commence after an implementation period. On Thursday, New South Wales parliament will debate a bill drafted by independent MP Alex Greenwich. It’s still unclear...

Many e-cigarette vaping liquids contain toxic chemicals: new Australian research

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many e-cigarette vaping liquids contain toxic chemicals: new australian research
  Picture: Toan Nguyen/Unsplash From October 1, it’s been illegal to buy e-liquids containing nicotine without a prescription from a doctor everywhere in Australia, except South Australia. But vaping with nicotine-free e-liquids is not illegal in Australia (though in some jurisdictions the e-cigarette devices themselves are illegal). Vaping is increasing in popularity in Australia, particularly among young people. I co-led a research team that wanted to...

Lonely after lockdown? How COVID may leave us with fewer friends if we are not careful

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lonely after lockdown? how covid may leave us with fewer friends if we are not careful
  Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP Many of us have been struggling with isolation and loneliness during COVID lockdowns, despite the increase in online interactions. Amid concerns over lost friendships and social skills, people may be wondering if their social lives will “go back to normal” as restrictions begin to lift around the country. Our new study looks at what happened to Australians’ social lives during lockdown. The findings...

New Gold Mountain review: a compelling murder mystery shines light on early Australian multiculturalism

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new gold mountain review: a compelling murder mystery shines light on early australian multiculturalism
  Source: SBS Review: New Gold Mountain, directed by Corrie Chen. The beautifully shot and evenly paced New Gold Mountain, the new series from SBS, is an 1850s-era murder mystery set in the Ballarat goldfields during the gold rush heyday. In 1851, gold was discovered in Ballarat – a little known pastoral outpost of the British empire. News of the strike quickly...

Why you might feel anxious returning to ‘normal’ after lockdown – and how to cope

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why you might feel anxious returning to ‘normal’ after lockdown – and how to cope
  Picture: Joice Kelly/Unsplash As lockdown eases today in New South Wales, and will do so in Victoria later this month, many people will begin readjusting to “normal” life. Exiting lockdown after several months can lead to a range of feelings, from excitement and relief to stress and worry. While it may seem counter-intuitive to feel anxious about returning to past freedoms...

Artificial intelligence is now part of our everyday lives – and its growing power is a double-edged sword

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artificial intelligence is now part of our everyday lives – and its growing power is a double-edged sword
      AI-generated images of “a stained glass window with an image of a blue strawberry”. OpenAI   A major new report on the state of artificial intelligence (AI) has just been released. Think of it as the AI equivalent of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, in that it identifies where AI is at today, and the promise and perils in...

Listen To Older Voices: Chris Lamacroft – Part 2

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listen to older voices: chris lamacroft – part 2
Welcome to the second of a 3-part program featuring the Life & Times of Chris Lamacroft. In part 1 we learned that Chris was born in 1944 in South Australia but moved, while still as a young boy, to Fremantle in WA. At this time Fremantle was largely untouched by development and the young Chris appreciated the natural splendour of the...