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explainer: how much landfill does australia have?

Explainer: how much landfill does Australia have?

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A compactor at work on Australian landfill. Since Australia stopped incinerating rubbish in the middle of the 20th century, most of our solid waste has ended up in landfill. Some 20 million tonnes of...
grenfell tower disaster: how did the fire spread so quickly?

Grenfell Tower disaster: how did the fire spread so quickly?

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A disaster in the making? In the middle of the night, while most residents were sleeping, a devastating fire started at Grenfell Tower in London. The emergency response was rapid and robust: more than...
drop, bears: chronic stress and habitat loss are flooring koalas

Drop, bears: chronic stress and habitat loss are flooring koalas

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Koalas are stressed out by a range of pressures, from habitat loss to dog attacks. Edward Narayan Koalas are under a lot of stress. Heatwaves, land clearing and even noise pollution are all taking a toll. Each year, hundreds of koalas are...
northern nsw is no stranger to floods, but this one was different

Northern NSW is no stranger to floods, but this one was different

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 Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie The devastating flood damage wreaked by Tropical Cyclone Debbie has left many residents in northern New South Wales facing an enormous cleanup that...
Sexual subcultures are collateral damage in Tumblr’s ban  header

Sexual subcultures are collateral damage in Tumblr’s ban on adult content

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Private corporations have now become the arbiters of community standards, making decisions about what content is permissible to circulate. Author provided (No reuse) The social networking and microblogging site Tumblr announced on Monday that from December 17...
remembering bill tutte: another brilliant codebreaker from world war ii

Remembering Bill Tutte: another brilliant codebreaker from World War II

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Bill Tutte, the brilliant codebreaker. Newmarket Journal One of the greatest mathematicians and codebreakers of the 20th century, William (Bill) Tutte, was born a century ago this Sunday, May 14. His wartime work enabled the...
how to solve a rubik’s cube in five seconds

How to solve a Rubik’s cube in five seconds

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Unscrambling . . . how? In 2015, 14-year-old Lucas Etter set a new world record for solving the classic Rubik’s cube in Clarksville, Maryland, in the US, solving the scrambled cube in an astonishing 4.904...
12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Clean Your Air

12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Clean Your Air

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We need fresh air to live a healthy and full life, but it’s fast becoming a luxury. Residents of many major cities around the world are plagued with smog and poisonous gases from motor...
a venomous paradox: how deadly are australia’s snakes?

A venomous paradox: how deadly are Australia’s snakes?

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A pair of rare sea snakes, thought to be extinct, sighted off Western Australia’s mid-north coast in 2015. Our stunning range of vipers inspire fear, but is that fair? AAP Image/WA Parks and...
MUNGO MAN RETURNS HOME: THERE IS STILL MUCH HE CAN TEACH US ABOUT ANCIENT AUSTRALIA

Mungo Man returns home: there is still much he can teach us about ancient...

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Mungo Man finally returns to where he was found in the Mungo National Park. Office of Environment and Heritage/J Spencer The remains of the first known Australian, Mungo Man, today begin their return to the Willandra...