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New "James Burke's Connections"

Wed, 12 May 2021 05:50:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/1390119570829189123

"I've been saying for DECADES we need another "Connections". One of the
greatest science show of all time, and a big influence on me when I was young."

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Wetter the better: Gothenburg’s bold plan to be world’s best rainy city

Wed, 12 May 2021 05:48:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/06/wetter-the-better-gothenburgs-bold-plan-to-be-worlds-best-rainy-city>

"It rains nearly 40% of the time in the Swedish city – so why not try to make
the most of it?"

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Global heating pace risks ‘unstoppable’ sea level rise as Antarctic ice sheet melts

Wed, 12 May 2021 05:44:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/05/antarctica-ice-sheet-melting-global-heating-sea-level-rise-study>

"The current pace of global heating risks unleashing “rapid and unstoppable”
sea level rise from the melting of Antarctica’s vast ice sheet, a new research
paper has warned.

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Japan should cut its losses and tell the IOC to take its Olympic pillage somewhere else

Wed, 12 May 2021 05:43:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/05/05/japan-ioc-olympic-contract/>

"Somewhere along the line Baron Von Ripper-off and the other gold-plated
pretenders at the International Olympic Committee decided to treat Japan as
their footstool. But Japan didn’t surrender its sovereignty when it agreed to

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Male voices dominate the news. Here’s how journalists and female experts can turn this around

Tue, 11 May 2021 06:04:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/male-voices-dominate-the-news-heres-how-journalists-and-female-experts-can-turn-this-around-160209>

"Last week, the ABC announced it had achieved a milestone it had been trying to
reach for more than two years. For the first time, in the previous month of
March, it had equal numbers of women and men appearing in its news coverage.

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Woolaroo: a new tool for exploring indigenous languages

Tue, 11 May 2021 06:03:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/arts-culture/woolaroo-new-tool-exploring-indigenous-languages/>

"Woolaroo is open source and allows language communities like ours to preserve
and expand their language word lists and add audio recordings to help with
pronunciation. Today it supports 10 global languages including Louisiana

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100 Best Sitcoms of All Time

Tue, 11 May 2021 06:01:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-lists/best-tv-sitcoms-1162237/

"From family stories to band-of-misfits hangouts, classic rom-coms to workplace
mockumentaries, cringe comedies to antihero showcases, and some shows that defy
definition, these are the hundred series that have made us laugh, think,

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If I fits I sits: A citizen science investigation into illusory contour susceptibility in domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus)

Mon, 10 May 2021 04:59:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159121001258

"Highlights

• Domestic cats treat the Kanizsa contour illusion as they do real square

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Opinion: Russia just took a big step back toward the Soviet Union

Mon, 10 May 2021 04:55:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/04/russia-just-took-big-step-back-toward-soviet-union/>

"Last week, for the first time since the Soviet era, the Kremlin officially
classified opposition to its rule as a criminal offense. In a decision harking
back to the infamous Article 70 of Soviet Russia’s criminal code that penalized

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CEOs are hugely expensive – why not automate them?

Mon, 10 May 2021 04:55:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newstatesman.com/business/companies/2021/04/ceos-are-hugely-expensive-why-not-automate-them>

"If a single role is as expensive as thousands of workers, it is surely the
prime candidate for robot-induced redundancy."

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