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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Cool discovery: new studies confirm Moon has icy poles

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Picture: NASA Water is more abundant on the Moon than we might have suspected, according to two papers published today in Nature Astronomy that confirm the presence of ice on and near the lunar surface. It’s a boost for the prospect of extracting water from the Moon, which can help support humans, or be converted to rocket fuel, although the...

Today marks the official end of the second wave in Victoria, as old freedoms return

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today marks the official end of the second wave in victoria, as old freedoms return
James Ross/AAP Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced the most significant easing of Melbourne’s coronavirus restrictions since the state went into “stage 3” lockdown on July 9. From 11.59pm on Tuesday night, retail, restaurants, cafes and bars will finally be able to open up in Melbourne. Gatherings of up to ten people outdoors are now allowed from any number of...

Of all the places that have seen off a second coronavirus wave, only Vietnam and Hong Kong have done as well as Victorians

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of all the places that have seen off a second coronavirus wave, only vietnam and hong kong have done as well as victorians
Picture: Shuttlestock Of the 215 nations and territories that have reported COVID-19 cases, 120 have experienced clear second waves or late first waves that began in July or later. That’s according to the Worldometer global database, which sources data from national ministries of health and the World Health Organisation. Of these 120, only six have definitively emerged from their second wave:...

My best worst film: Pink Flamingos – ‘one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made’?

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my best worst film: pink flamingos – ‘one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made’?
New Line Cinemas  While some may know John Waters through his family friendly Hairspray (1988) – adapted into a stage musical in 2002 and back to the screen in 2007 – many know him as the Prince of Puke, the King of Bad Taste or the Pope of Trash. Perhaps his most notorious film is the exploitation comedy Pink Flamingos (1972), the first in his “Trash Trilogy”, which also...

MELBURNIANS CONTINUE LOCKDOWN but how is it affecting your well being?

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melburnians continue lockdown but how is it affecting your well being?
The Covid 19 pandemic is having a detrimental effect on the mental health of not only Melbournians, but the general population worldwide. UNDERSTANDING THE SYMPTOMS The experts insist that the only way to contain the virus and stop it from spreading is social distancing, lockdown, isolation, basically, to cut yourself off from everyday life as we all once knew it. According to...

Children may need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 too. Here’s what we need to consider

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children may need to be vaccinated against covid-19 too. here’s what we need to consider
Image: Shuttlestock An ideal COVID-19 vaccine would not only protect people from becoming ill, it would also stop the virus spreading through the population. The best way to do this is to vaccinate as many people as possible. If the best available vaccine is only moderately protective — for example, if it only prevents 50% of infections — we might...

Listen To Older Voices: Pasquale Colodonato – Part 2

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listen to older voices: pasquale colodonato – part 1
This is second part of the 3-part Life & Times story of Pasquale Colodanato. In Part 1 we learned he was born in 1935 and at the age of 6 was sleeping in the hills outside his rural Italian village, looking after sheep. Not only did Pasquale lose his father during the war, his family home was destroyed and at...

Review: Taman Shud – Eight Years Of Moonlight

review: taman shud – eight years of moonlight
Tamam Shud are an Australian psychedelic, progressive rock and surf rock band who have survived 5 decades. Eight Years of Moonlight is the fifth album from the iconic Australian group - Taman Shud.   Their history can be traced back to 1964 when this Newcastle based group, then called Four Strangers. were formed. They trimmed their name to the Strangers at the...

Sunday essay: why we need children’s life stories like I Am Greta

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sunday essay: why we need children’s life stories like i am greta
Picture: EPA/MANUEL DE ALMEIDA When a young celebrity writes a memoir or has a biography written about them, a common response is: they are too young. This child or adolescent cannot possibly have lived enough of a life, or have a useful perspective. Their story cannot be instructive enough to be valuable to others. This point of view reveals the weight...

An expert in nonverbal communication watched the Trump-Biden debate with the sound turned down – here’s what he saw

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an expert in nonverbal communication watched the trump-biden debate with the sound turned down – here’s what he saw
Candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump at the final presidential debate. AP/Julio Cortez President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met on Oct. 22 for the final debate in the 2020 election and, like the first debate, it was unusual. COVID-19 forced social distancing and largely took the studio audience, with their laughter, cheering and booing out of the...