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Australia’s soils are notoriously poor. Here’s how scientists are working to improve them

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:28:12 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-soils-are-notoriously-poor-heres-how-scientists-are-working-to-improve-them-216640>

"Most things you eat grew in soil or ate plants growing in soil. We don’t think
much about it, but soil is essential to life.

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Penn Jillette Wants to Talk It All Out

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:27:01 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cracked.com/article_40871_penn-jillette-wants-to-talk-it-all-out.html>

"Penn Jillette has a large, framed French-language poster of Renaldo and
Clara
 behind him. Most people wouldn’t know what that is, but as a Bob Dylan
fan, I do — it’s his largely forgotten, widely panned 1978 film that he wrote,

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I'm Very Worried About the 2024 Presidential Election

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:24:32 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://aninjusticemag.com/im-very-worried-about-the-2024-presidential-election-3f10e985277e>

'Those who have experienced an earthquake know the queasy feeling you get after
even a minor tremor. Your senses don't quite know how to handle it when the
world itself begins to buck and roll. You enter into a holding pattern of

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Sediment runoff from the land is killing NZ’s seas – it’s time to take action

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:23:29 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sediment-runoff-from-the-land-is-killing-nzs-seas-its-time-to-take-action-221966>

"The fishers at Separation Point, between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay in New
Zealand’s northwest South Island, used to be cautious. Something they called
“hard coral” would tear their nets. If you dived down about 30 metres, you

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Move to sustainable food systems could bring $10tn benefits a year, study finds

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:22:20 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/29/sustainable-food-production-economic-benefits-study>

"A shift towards a more sustainable global food system could create up to $10tn
(£7.9tn) of benefits a year, improve human health and ease the climate crisis,
according to the most comprehensive economic study of its type.

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Who we care about is limited – but our research shows how humans can expand their ‘moral circle’

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 05:21:22 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/who-we-care-about-is-limited-but-our-research-shows-how-humans-can-expand-their-moral-circle-221605>

"A cost-of-living crisis, the ongoing impact of COVID, climate change, and
numerous global conflicts and refugee crises. When it feels like so many people
are doing it tough, how do we decide where to direct our compassion?

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$10 for a table and eight chairs: why tip shops are Australia’s DIY treasure troves

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:37:11 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/28/10-for-a-table-and-eight-chairs-why-tip-shops-are-australias-diy-treasure-troves>

"Ellie Auskelis’s kitchen table came from the tip shop. So did her bicycle, and
her children’s bicycles. And the kayak strapped to the roof of her car.

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The race to build climate-resilient coral reefs

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:36:12 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240123-the-race-to-build-climate-resilient-coral-reefs>

'A new ally may help speed up the race to restore devastated coral reefs in
Australia: robots, combined with mass-manufacturing techniques. Around the
world, scientists are also working on other methods to help reefs recover

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REDcycle’s collapse and the hard truths on recycling soft plastics in Australia

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:35:13 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/30/redcycles-collapse-and-the-hard-truths-on-recycling-soft-plastics-in-australia>

"More than a year after the demise of REDcycle, Coles and Woolworths customers
are still incorrectly being told they can return soft plastic food packaging to
stores, where they will be handled by the now-defunct recycling program. So

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I assure you, an AI didn't write a terrible "George Carlin" routine

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:29:41 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/29/pay-no-attention/#to-the-little-man-behind-the-curtain>

'On Hallowe'en 1974, Ronald Clark O'Bryan murdered his son with poisoned candy.
He needed the insurance money, and he knew that Halloween poisonings were
rampant, so he figured he'd get away with it. He was wrong:

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