Glass Wings Blog: April 2021

Realistic miniature model house with electricity is a marvel

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 05:52:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article249991449.html

"Leawood couple Annie Kampfe, a retired interior designer and needlepointer,
and Cliff Donnelly began building their mid-century modern style “mini model
house” in 2018 but added the lower level and completed it during the pandemic."

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This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 05:53:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/high-schooler-invented-color-changing-sutures-detect-infection-180977345/>

"Dasia Taylor has juiced about three dozen beets in the last 18 months. The
root vegetables, she’s found, provide the perfect dye for her invention: suture
thread that changes color, from bright red to dark purple, when a surgical

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Lasso: The power to change recycling for good

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 05:55:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.lassoloop.com/

"The Lasso story began with a need. Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic,
glass and other useful materials are sent to landfill or dumped into rivers and
oceans. Co-founders Aldous Hicks and Alison Richardson thought there was a

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The ‘Green Energy’ That Might Be Ruining the Planet

Fri, 2 Apr 2021 05:56:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/03/26/biomass-carbon-climate-politics-477620>

"NORTHAMPTON, N.C. — Here’s a multibillion-dollar question that could help
determine the fate of the global climate: If a tree falls in a forest—and then
it’s driven to a mill, where it’s chopped and chipped and compressed into wood

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Don't believe hydrogen and nuclear hype – they can’t get us to net zero carbon by 2050

Sat, 3 Apr 2021 05:41:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/16/hydrogen-nuclear-net-zero-carbon-renewables>

"Now that the whole world seems to be aligned behind the goal of net zero
carbon emissions by 2050, the nuclear industry is straining every sinew to
present itself as an invaluable ally in the ambitious aim. Energy experts

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"The Last Unicorn" Returns Home: Renowned Fantasy Author & Screenwriter Peter S. Beagle Prevails After Multi-Year Legal Battles Against Elder Abuse and to Regain Control of His Literary Legacy

Sat, 3 Apr 2021 05:43:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-last-unicorn-returns-home-renowned-fantasy-author--screenwriter-peter-s-beagle-prevails-after-multi-year-legal-battles-against-elder-abuse-and-to-regain-control-of-his-literary-legacy-301254107.html>

"LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2021 PRNewswire – Following a lengthy bankruptcy
court and California state court battle, Peter Beagle has finally reclaimed
rights with respect to the vast majority of his Intellectual Property (IP) for

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After the Ever Given: what the ship wedged in the Suez Canal means for global trade

Sat, 3 Apr 2021 05:44:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/after-the-ever-given-what-the-ship-wedged-in-the-suez-canal-means-for-global-trade-157865>

"Around 50 ships a day pass through the canal under normal circumstances, split
almost equally between dry bulk carriers, container carriers (like the Ever
Given) and tankers. As the blockage continues, some shipping lines are

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Hidden women of history: Hélisenne de Crenne, the first French novelist to tell her own story

Sat, 3 Apr 2021 05:45:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-helisenne-de-crenne-the-first-french-novelist-to-tell-her-own-story-108249>

"Hélisenne de Crenne was the pen name of Marguerite Briet, the daughter of a
legal family from Abbeville. Few details of her life are certain, but we know
that she obtained a legal separation from her husband, Philippe Fournel, Lord

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The truth about lying

Sun, 4 Apr 2021 05:23:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2021/the-truth-about-lying

"Across cultures, people believe that behaviors such as averted gaze, fidgeting
and stuttering betray deceivers.

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The secret life of puddles: their value to nature is subtle, but hugely important

Sun, 4 Apr 2021 05:24:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-secret-life-of-puddles-their-value-to-nature-is-subtle-but-hugely-important-154561>

"It’s official: Australians endured the coldest, wettest summer in at least
five years thanks to La Niña, a climate phenomenon over the Pacific Ocean.

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Daði Freyr (Daði & Gagnamagnið) – 10 Years (Official Video)

Sun, 4 Apr 2021 05:31:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zTbVRPh5EI

The new music video is finally out with Iceland’s entry to this year’s
Eurovision Song Contest and it’s everything I’d hoped for (they even snuck in a
shot of the volcano at the last minute). I love it!

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"It's the Biggest Genocide in Our History"

Sun, 4 Apr 2021 05:41:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/ex-president-lula-on-brazil-s-corona-disaster-it-s-the-biggest-genocide-in-our-history-a-ada6e391-14a5-4231-9d9f-212194ecf914>

"In an interview, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says the
country's current leader, Jair Bolsonaro, shares blame for the country's
300,000 coronavirus deaths in one year. He is calling on German Chancellor

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Bitcoin is a mouth hungry for fossil fuels

Mon, 5 Apr 2021 05:40:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reneweconomy.com.au/bitcoin-is-a-mouth-hungry-for-fossil-fuels/

"This is an awful idea, but I’m writing about bloody Bitcoin again. I recently
published a long thread about it, in which I tried to debunk the claim that the
process of generating new bits of this digital currency is environmentally

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Clean air is possible without lockdowns, new study shows

Mon, 5 Apr 2021 05:41:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.transportenvironment.org/news/clean-air-possible-without-lockdowns-new-study-shows>

"In the throes of an ever worsening pandemic, the residents of Milan, forced
into lockdown in March 2020, found solace from an unlikely occurrence. Where
pollution had once hindered the view of the Alps, residents could now clearly

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Labor proposes discounts for electric cars and ‘community batteries’ to store solar power

Mon, 5 Apr 2021 05:43:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/labor-proposes-discounts-for-electric-cars-and-community-batteries-to-store-solar-power-158146>

"Anthony Albanese will promise a Labor government would deliver a discount to
cut the cost of electric cars and install community batteries, in modest
initiatives costing $400 million over several years.

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SWINGROWERS - HYBRID (Official Animation Video) 2021

Mon, 5 Apr 2021 05:44:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH2V9RkEjAk

"SWINGROWERS return with their 4th full album HYBRID from which this, the title
track, is taken. Originally pioneers of #electroswing​​ and a constantly
evolving live act who have toured almost continuously since their debut album

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Good Idea: As Video Game Preservation Often Falls To Fan Groups, Release Every Game's Source Code

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 05:46:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210326/09345546495/good-idea-as-video-game-preservation-often-falls-to-fan-groups-release-every-games-source-code.shtml>

"When it comes to the video game industry, there has been some recent
recognition that copyright laws and the ways that publishers utilize them have
hampered the ability to preserve this sort of art. In the olden days of a

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The true cost of the government’s changes to JobSeeker is incalculable. It’s as if it didn’t learn from Robodebt

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 05:47:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-true-cost-of-the-governments-changes-to-jobseeker-is-incalculable-its-as-if-it-didnt-learn-from-robodebt-158059>

"Poor people are different to rich people, and not only in the amount of money
they’ve got. They are also different in something that flows from it.

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Even after the rains, Australia’s environment scores a 3 out of 10. These regions are struggling the most

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 05:48:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/even-after-the-rains-australias-environment-scores-a-3-out-of-10-these-regions-are-struggling-the-most-157590>

"Improved weather conditions have pulled Australia’s environment out of its
worst state on record, but recovery remains partial and precarious, new
research reveals.

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Seriously ugly: here’s how Australia will look if the world heats by 3°C this century

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 05:48:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/seriously-ugly-heres-how-australia-will-look-if-the-world-heats-by-3-c-this-century-157875>

"Imagine, for a moment, a different kind of Australia. One where bushfires on
the catastrophic scale of Black Summer happen almost every year. One where 50℃
days in Sydney and Melbourne are common. Where storms and flooding have

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Climate crisis: keeping hope of 1.5°C limit alive is vital to spurring global action

Wed, 7 Apr 2021 05:57:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-crisis-keeping-hope-of-1-5-c-limit-alive-is-vital-to-spurring-global-action-158109>

"Ever since governments at the 2015 Paris climate summit set 1.5°C as the
desired limit for global warming, scientists and journalists alike have
regularly asked whether it is achievable. The question arose again recently

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'A Most Remarkable Creature' Introduces The Little-Known, Charismatic Caracara

Wed, 7 Apr 2021 05:59:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/31/982631076/-a-most-remarkable-creature

"A handful of animals are so woven into the fabric of human existence that they
are part of how we think about ourselves.

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Biden plan eliminates billions in fossil fuel subsidies

Wed, 7 Apr 2021 06:00:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/03/biden-plan-eliminates-billions-in-fossil-fuel-subsidies/>

"Biden’s proposal includes the usual planned investments in roads and bridges,
but it also calls for $85 billion to revamp existing mass transit systems,
which are in dire straits across the US as ridership has plummeted during the

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The Infinite Drum Machine

Wed, 7 Apr 2021 06:02:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://experiments.withgoogle.com/ai/drum-machine/view/

"Create beats using sounds from the everyday world."

Via Esther Schindler.

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Democracy has always been fragile in Southeast Asia. Now, it may be sliding backwards

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 06:00:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/democracy-has-always-been-fragile-in-southeast-asia-now-it-may-be-sliding-backwards-157510>

"Just five years ago, many people were optimistic that Southeast Asia had
finally turned the corner when it comes to democracy.

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Linux Foundation and OpenTreatments Foundation team up to fight rare genetic diseases

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 06:02:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-foundation-and-opentreatments-foundation-team-up-to-fight-rare-genetic-diseases/>

"About a decade ago, I lost my lovely, barely teenage niece Sarah to a rare
childhood brain cancer. When I first found out, I'd assumed there was surely
some treatment that would give her a chance. There wasn't then, and there isn't

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Humpback whales may have bounced back from near-extinction, but it’s too soon to declare them safe

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 06:03:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/humpback-whales-may-have-bounced-back-from-near-extinction-but-its-too-soon-to-declare-them-safe-157232>

"The resurgence in humpback whale populations over the past five decades is
hailed as one of the great success stories of global conservation. And right
now, the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is

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Chronicles of Galdurvale - Legend of the Dragon Rider

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 06:04:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luminous-games/chronicles-of-galdurvale-0/description>

"Chronicles of Galdurvale (COG) follows the exploits of a young hunter named
Amelia, destined to harness the powers of the Dragon Riders of Old. Upon
discovering her mother's secret diary, she uncovers ancestral powers,

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Venetian Blue Beads Found in Alaska Predate Arrival of Columbus

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 05:19:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/venetian-blue-beads-found-in-alaska-predate-arrival-of-columbus>

"Venetian glass beads from Italy archeologists uncovered along an old trading
route in the Alaskan Arctic indicate what the Alaska Native Iñupiat, who have
occupied the land since time immemorial, have always known: their existence

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NASA Astronaut Is Sharing Amazing Photos From His Spacecraft Window Seat

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 05:20:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/dragon-spacecraft-window-photos/

"Those with a fascination for space exploration probably wonder what life is
like for astronauts at the International Space Station. Even though they’re 250
miles (408 km) from Earth, the crew on Resilience—a SpaceX Crew Dragon

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Why combining farms and solar panels could transform how we produce both food and energy

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 05:21:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thecounter.org/agrivoltaics-farmland-solar-panels-clean-energy-crops/>

"On the outskirts of the famed research facility Biosphere 2, away from the
futuristic glass pyramid and tiered trapezoids alive with self-contained
habitats, University of Arizona biogeographer Greg Barron-Gafford oversees a

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Sydney factory to share excess rooftop solar power with employees

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 05:21:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/sydney-factory-to-share-rooftop-generated-solar-power-with-employees/>

"An 800kW solar system installed on the industrial rooftop of a window
furnishing company in Sydney will soon supply power to that company’s
employees, by offering the PV generated power that is unused by the Sydney

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New decisions by global conservation group bolster efforts to save Africa’s elephants

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 05:54:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-decisions-by-global-conservation-group-bolster-efforts-to-save-africas-elephants-158157>

"Two big decisions have been made in the last few weeks in relation to African
elephants that will have major implications for the survival of the giant
mammals.

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We know how to cut off the financial valve to Myanmar’s military. The world just needs the resolve to act

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 05:56:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-know-how-to-cut-off-the-financial-valve-to-myanmars-military-the-world-just-needs-the-resolve-to-act-158220>

"Since the coup in Myanmar on February 1, the international community has
struggled to agree on coherent action against the military (also known as the
Tatmadaw).

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Fire and flood: 'Whole areas of Australia will be uninsurable'

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 05:57:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/02/fire-and-flood-whole-areas-of-australia-will-be-uninsurable>

"After the events of the past two years, that question – what is going to
happen with insurance? – is proving increasingly significant for entire
communities and the insurance industry as they confront a climate-shocked

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Finding Infinity develops $100 billion zero-carbon strategy for Melbourne "that would pay for itself in less than 10 years"

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 05:59:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dezeen.com/2021/04/02/melbourne-zero-carbon-a-new-normal-finding-infinity/>

"Eco research lab Finding Infinity has been working with architects, investors,
developers and councils on a concept to transform Melbourne into a zero-carbon
city by 2030, and has unveiled 15 prototypes that could make the plans a

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How Close Is Humanity to the Edge?

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 06:11:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/how-close-is-humanity-to-the-edge>

"For someone with Ord’s interests, living through a pandemic is an opportunity
to contemplate alternate histories. What might have happened in a world in
which COVID-19 didn’t exist, or was handled differently? What if the virus had

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China launches musical in bid to counter Uyghur abuse allegations

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 06:12:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/03/china-launches-musical-in-bid-to-counter-uyghur-abuse-allegations>

"A new state-produced musical set in Xinjiang inspired by the Hollywood
blockbuster “La La Land” has hit China’s cinemas, portraying a rural idyll of
ethnic cohesion devoid of repression, mass surveillance and even the Islam of

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The Powerful New Financial Argument for Fossil-Fuel Divestment

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 06:14:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-powerful-new-financial-argument-for-fossil-fuel-divestment>

"In a few months, a small British financial think tank will mark the tenth
anniversary of the publication of a landmark research report that helped launch
the global fossil-fuel-divestment movement. As that celebration takes place,

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China is betting that the West is in irreversible decline

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 06:15:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.economist.com/china/2021/04/03/china-is-betting-that-the-west-is-in-irreversible-decline>

"China’s foreign ministry declares that horrors such as the Atlantic slave
trade, colonialism and the Holocaust, as well as the deaths of so many
Americans and Europeans from covid-19, should make Western governments ashamed

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Consumer Technology vs. 5G

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:02:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://rmf.vc/IEEE5GPast

"Today, we have generic computing platforms and generic connectivity (The
Internet). This has made it possible for anyone to write a telephony
application and share it with others. The nature of consumer technology has

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Scottish Castles are Rare, Huge and Very Expensive

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:04:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/scottish-castles-are-rare-huge-and-very-expensive-147396>

"A Scottish castle is, perhaps, the ultimate trophy property. They are rare;
according to the conservation organization Historic UK, there are just over 100
in Scotland. They are also very expensive.

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New COVID variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:04:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-covid-variants-have-changed-the-game-and-vaccines-will-not-be-enough-we-need-global-maximum-suppression-157870>

"At the end of 2020, there was a strong hope that high levels of vaccination
would see humanity finally gain the upper hand over SARS-CoV-2, the virus that
causes COVID-19. In an ideal scenario, the virus would then be contained at

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Half of global methane emissions come from aquatic ecosystems – much of this is human-made

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:05:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/half-of-global-methane-emissions-come-from-aquatic-ecosystems-much-of-this-is-human-made-156960>

"Methane — a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide — plays a major
role in controlling the Earth’s climate. But methane concentrations in the
atmosphere today are 150% higher than before the industrial revolution.

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Techno solutionism—very few things actually need to be an app.

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 05:15:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://digitalrightswatch.org.au/2021/03/25/technosolutionism/

"Techno solutionism is problematic because its roots run deep and it’s
incredibly hard to weed from public discourse once it has been introduced. It’s
often politically appealing to solve issues an electorate is buzzing about by

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A wood automata submarine bustling with busy animals

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 05:16:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/wooden-automata-submarine-chi-chun-yin-video>

"Powered by a hand crank that doubles as a propeller, this wood automata
submarine is bustling with activity, including workouts, naps, medical
checkups, and even a monkey reading a newspaper on the toilet. Tiny bell sounds

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Please, no more questions about how we are going to pay off the COVID debt

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 05:19:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/please-no-more-questions-about-how-we-are-going-to-pay-off-the-covid-debt-158056>

"The federal government’s finances have nothing in common with those of a
household, however wealthy that household might be, and nothing in common with
any business, big or small, or even state and territory governments.

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‘It’s not about you’: how to be a male ally

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 05:20:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-not-about-you-how-to-be-a-male-ally-158134>

"As women take to the streets and make their claims of abuse and harassment
public, this could be a watershed moment for Australian society and gender
equality.

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Australian Government Proposes Stripping Internet Users Of Their Anonymity

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:08:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210405/23025046557/australian-government-proposes-stripping-internet-users-their-anonymity.shtml>

"Surely, we've seen the folly of demanding ID to use the internet, what with
the serious complications it can cause for plenty of people who aren't engaged
in criminal activity. Anonymity protects more than just the worst internet

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For hydrogen to dominate the low-carbon world, batteries must fail

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:09:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/for-hydrogen-to-dominate-the-low-carbon-world-batteries-must-fail/>

"Hydrogen has the potential to help bring more than half of the world’s
emissions down to zero, but to reach that potential it requires aggressive
government support, a dramatically improved value chain – and it needs

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EV policy and Australia's "Future Fuels Strategy"

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:13:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Angus Taylor accused of promoting “misleading” EV emissions modelling
<https://thedriven.io/2021/04/05/angus-taylor-accused-of-promoting-misleading-ev-emissions-modelling/>

"The federal government’s “Future Fuels Strategy” discussion paper, which
claims hybrid electric vehicles are greener than full battery EVs, is based on

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Clean energy? The world’s demand for copper could be catastrophic for communities and environments

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:14:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/clean-energy-the-worlds-demand-for-copper-could-be-catastrophic-for-communities-and-environments-157872>

"The benefits of switching to clean energy are huge. As with any industrial
activity, the transition has potential environmental and social impacts.

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Official World Record! Fantastic Classical Music Medley played by a Train

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 04:57:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNHmUT3GPg

"These greatest classical music pieces are famous all over the world. So lay
back, relax and enjoy this crazy video with one of the most special classical
music compilation."

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Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 04:59:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://variety.com/2021/music/news/dirty-business-hit-songwriting-1234946090/>

"Ghost credits and royalties probably date back to the dawn of copyright if not
the dawn of creativity. As depicted in the recent film “Ma Rainey’s Black
Bottom,” for decades they have been particularly rife in the music business,

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Marine life is fleeing the equator to cooler waters. History tells us this could trigger a mass extinction event

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 05:00:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/marine-life-is-fleeing-the-equator-to-cooler-waters-history-tells-us-this-could-trigger-a-mass-extinction-event-158424>

"The tropical water at the equator is renowned for having the richest diversity
of marine life on Earth, with vibrant coral reefs and large aggregations of
tunas, sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. The number of marine species

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Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 05:01:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theregister.com/2021/04/08/tui_software_mistake/

"A programming error in the software used by UK airline TUI to check-in
passengers led to miscalculated flight loads on three flights last July, a
potentially serious safety issue.

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'Sisters With Transistors': Pioneers Of Electronic Music

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 05:36:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2021/02/09/963206642/sisters-with-transistors-pioneers-of-electronic-music>

"In the 1920s, the Russian physicist Leon Theremin debuted an electronic
instrument that could be played without any physical contact. Players stood in
front of a box and waved their hands over antennas, summoning otherworldly

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Climate change: Electric trucks 'can compete with diesel ones'

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 05:38:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56678669

"The view that battery-powered heavy goods lorries can't compete with diesel is
being challenged by new research.

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TWRP - Inspector Gadget

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 05:38:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYC3pRs0bfw

"Go go gadget band!"

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A Billionaire-Funded Website With Ties to the Far Right Is Trying to “Cancel” University Professors

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 05:39:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theintercept.com/2021/04/10/campus-reform-koch-young-americans-for-freedom-leadership-institute/>

"Campus Reform is published by the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit that has
trained conservative activists for four decades through the generous funding of
billionaire donors like the Koch family. The institute reported more than $16

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A Dictionary of Science Fiction Runs From Afrofuturism to Zero-G

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 06:08:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dictionary-science-fiction-runs-afrofuturism-zero-g-180977224/>

"In the summer of 1987, movie audiences first met Robocop in the science
fiction classic about violence and corrupt corporate power in a future,
dystopian Detroit. But the title word is much older than that, going back at

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Researchers Develop Free Software That Can Create Japanese Wood Joinery

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 06:10:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.spoon-tamago.com/2021/04/08/tsugite-wood-joinery-software/

"Japanese wood joinery dates back to the seventh century and is a craftsmanship
technique that involves complicated, interlocking wooden joints that form bonds
without the use of nails, screws or adhesives. Practical use of these

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The 100 Best, Worst, and Strangest Sherlock Holmes Portrayals of All-Time, Ranked

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 06:11:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://crimereads.com/100-sherlock-holmes-ranked/

"We’re ranking Sherlock Holmes performances. One hundred of them. Not Sherlock
Holmes adaptations, but the representations within them of Sherlock Holmes
himself. Now, you might think that you know the best Sherlock Holmes, but as

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If I could go anywhere: Japanese art island Chichu, a meditation and an education

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 06:12:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/if-i-could-go-anywhere-japanese-art-island-chichu-a-meditation-and-an-education-133439>

"The Chichu Art Museum is located on the tiny island of Naoshima, off the
southern coast of Japan, in the Kagawa district, reachable only by ferry.

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Netflix’s big bet on foreign content and international viewers could upend the global mediascape – and change how people see the world

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 05:52:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/netflixs-big-bet-on-foreign-content-and-international-viewers-could-upend-the-global-mediascape-and-change-how-people-see-the-world-156629>

"I have explored the global media landscape from the privileged vantage point
of Los Angeles for the past 15 years.

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Oracle's Projection: As It Accuses Google Of Snooping On You, It Has Built A Huge Data Operation That It Doesn't Want Regulated

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 05:53:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210404/18245546550/oracles-projection-as-it-accuses-google-snooping-you-it-has-built-huge-data-operation-that-it-doesnt-want-regulated.shtml>

"Over the last decade or so, the fight between Oracle and Google has seemed
incredibly personal -- at least on the Oracle side. Of course, many have argued
the main reason for Oracle's attacks on Google were to pressure the company

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New research shows South Africa’s levy on sugar-sweetened drinks is having an impact

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 05:54:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-research-shows-south-africas-levy-on-sugar-sweetened-drinks-is-having-an-impact-158320>

"Research shows that excess sugar, particularly in liquid form, is a major
cause of obesity and is a risk factor for diseases like type 2 diabetes,
hypertension, heart disease, many common cancers and tooth decay. Recognising

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WHO says Covid pandemic is growing ‘exponentially’ at more than 4.4 million new cases a week

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 05:55:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/12/who-says-covid-pandemic-is-growing-exponentially-at-more-than-4point4-million-new-cases-a-week.html>

"The World Health Organization said Monday the trajectory of the coronavirus
pandemic is now “growing exponentially,” with more than 4.4 million new
Covid-19 cases reported over the last week.

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The lost apps of the 80s

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 05:20:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://scripting.com/2021/04/04/174604.html?title=theLostAppsOfThe80s

"As you know I've been asking a question pretty persistently -- where did the
apps go? Specifically where did the writing tools go? Before the web, there was
a deep market for software writing tools, all kinds of word processors, text

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We found methane-eating bacteria living in a common Australian tree. It could be a game changer for curbing greenhouse gases

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 05:21:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-found-methane-eating-bacteria-living-in-a-common-australian-tree-it-could-be-a-game-changer-for-curbing-greenhouse-gases-158430>

"Trees are the Earth’s lungs – it’s well understood they drawdown and lock up
vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But emerging research is
showing trees can also emit methane, and it’s currently unknown just how much.

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Media Coalition Declares That Journalism Should Reflect 'Climate Emergency Is Here'

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 05:24:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/04/12/media-coalition-declares-journalism-should-reflect-climate-emergency-here>

"Lead partners of a global consortium of news outlets that aims to improve
reporting on the climate emergency released a statement on Monday urging
journalists everywhere to treat their coverage of the rapidly heating planet

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The best hope for fairly distributing COVID-19 vaccines globally is at risk of failing. Here’s how to save it

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 05:29:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-best-hope-for-fairly-distributing-covid-19-vaccines-globally-is-at-risk-of-failing-heres-how-to-save-it-158779>

"COVAX, the global initiative to coordinate the distribution of COVID-19
vaccines in an equitable way, is crucial for bringing the pandemic under
control.

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Africa’s Wikipedia Editors Are Changing How the World Sees Their Continent

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 06:01:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/africa-wikipedia-editors-write-their-continents-story/>

"Wikipedia’s English website attracts an average of around seven billion page
views monthly, making it one of the most visited websites in the world.

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Climate change is a security threat the government keeps ignoring. We’ll show up empty handed to yet another global summit

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 06:02:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-a-security-threat-the-government-keeps-ignoring-well-show-up-empty-handed-to-yet-another-global-summit-158702>

"Climate change is a hot topic in Australian security circles, as it poses an
emerging threat to our national resilience and way of life. As a new report
from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) last week warned, the

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Why China’s attempts to stifle foreign media criticism are likely to fail

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 06:05:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-chinas-attempts-to-stifle-foreign-media-criticism-are-likely-to-fail-158785>

"Scarcely a day passes without criticism of foreign media in Chinese
state-controlled outlets. These attacks underscore the gap that exists between
Western perceptions of the role of journalists in democratic societies and

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Shoeshops, tailors, TV repairs: a photographic homage to Melbourne’s vanishing small businesses is a form of time travel

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 06:06:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/shoeshops-tailors-tv-repairs-a-photographic-homage-to-melbournes-vanishing-small-businesses-is-a-form-of-time-travel-158612>

"Small Business apparently started with the decline of local fish and chip
shops in Northcote. Over the course of the past decade, Wadelton photographed
more than 600 small businesses, with over 140 featured in the book. The

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Floating solar farms could cool down lakes threatened by climate change

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 05:23:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/floating-solar-farms-could-cool-down-lakes-threatened-by-climate-change-157987>

"Solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history, according to
a 2020 report by the International Energy Agency. But there’s something holding
this clean energy powerhouse back: space. Unlike fossil fuel power stations,

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Donald Trump Caused The Techlash

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 05:24:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210408/22371246579/donald-trump-caused-techlash.shtml>

"After the U.K.’s Brexit referendum in June 2016, and specifically, after
Donald Trump became the president at the end of 2016, the media blamed the tech
platforms for widespread misinformation and disinformation. The most

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‘Failure is not an option’: after a lost decade on climate action, the 2020s offer one last chance

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 05:25:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/failure-is-not-an-option-after-a-lost-decade-on-climate-action-the-2020s-offer-one-last-chance-158913>

"In May 2011, almost precisely a decade ago, the government-appointed Climate
Commission released its inaugural report. Titled The Critical Decade, the
report’s final section warned that to keep global temperature rises to 2℃ this

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Yes, the Atrocities in Xinjiang Constitute a Genocide

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 05:27:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/04/15/xinjiang-uyghurs-intentional-genocide-china/>

"Beijing has provided both direct and circumstantial evidence of the intent to
destroy the Uyghur people. A Chinese government document cited by the New
Yorker speaks directly to this. That document on reeducation stated, “break

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DIGIC Services - Cat Reel

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 06:21:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyq_LQrHpoo

Via Muse, who wrote "Mocapping very patient cats!"

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Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 06:23:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/15/whitest-ever-paint-could-help-cool-heating-earth-study-shows>

"The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim
of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis.

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These animals went extinct in the wild. Scientists brought them back

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 06:25:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/16/world/animal-reintroduction-extinct-wild-c2e-hnk-spc-intl-scn/index.html>

"What do North Carolina's red wolves, the Eurasian beaver and Przewalski's
horse have in common?

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The small Melbourne company doing incredibly unique electric car conversions

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 06:26:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.caradvice.com.au/935600/evolution-electric-car-conversions-melbourne/>

"Tucked away in a small industrial park in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton
South is EVolution. A five-person team is working away at several top-secret
automotive projects, unbeknownst to most of the country.

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What the Museum of 2020 May Look Like

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:10:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.curbed.com/2021/04/museums-collecting-covid-19-pandemic.html

"We wanted to know what has been filed away in the hard drives and archival
storage units of our cultural institutions for the past year. In the following
selection of artifacts and mementos, what starts to come into focus is a

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Wanderhome is a Redwall-inspired RPG that arms players with dialogue, not daggers

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:12:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.polygon.com/reviews/22387450/wanderhome-rpg-tabletop-game-review>

"In Wanderhome, players take on the role of sentient animal folk traveling
between the villages of Hæth, a world now free from its history of war and
oppression. Sessions emphasize true collaborative storytelling, an orientation

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Next month’s federal budget is the time to stop talking about aged care and start fixing it

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:13:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/next-months-federal-budget-is-the-time-to-stop-talking-about-aged-care-and-start-fixing-it-158951>

"Australia’s aged-care system is in a state of a disaster. The aged care royal
commission’s final report, released last month, is just the latest in a
decades-long string of depressing reports and inquiries exposing horrific

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Cracker Brand “Triscuit” Rewarded Man For Explaining The Real Meaning Of Its Name

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:14:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/triscuit-biscuits-name-meaning-sage-boggs/

"There are a lot of things that humanity probably won’t ever know for sure,
like why are we here, is there a life after death, and what’s the origin of the
famous brand name of snack crackers—Triscuit?

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‘Like hunting for unicorns’: Australians on the search for adequate, affordable mental healthcare

Sat, 24 Apr 2021 06:03:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/19/like-hunting-for-unicorns-australians-on-the-search-for-adequate-affordable-mental-healthcare>

"Many Australians experience the country’s mental health system as inadequate,
dangerous and financially punishing, saying they often feel unsafe in
hospitals, are dismissed by health professionals and are hit with prohibitive

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To abandon vaccination targets is to abandon the mantle of leadership

Sat, 24 Apr 2021 06:03:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-abandon-vaccination-targets-is-to-abandon-the-mantle-of-leadership-159123>

"The Australian government has abandoned its ambitious targets to have the
adult population vaccinated by the end of October. It has, in fact, abandoned
having any target.

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Heroes, villains … biology: 3 reasons comic books are great science teachers

Sat, 24 Apr 2021 06:05:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/heroes-villains-biology-3-reasons-comic-books-are-great-science-teachers-143251>

"People may think of comics and science as worlds apart, but they have been
cross-pollinating each other in more than ways than one.

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How identical twins Paula and Bridgette Powers save Australia's seabirds with 'Twinnies magic'

Sat, 24 Apr 2021 06:06:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-19/twinnies-wildlife-rescue-twins-paula-and-bridgette-powers/100041948>

"When Steve Irwin came to the rescue, he was in a troop carrier with a camera
crew and a flurry of people. He had been called from nearby Australia Zoo to
help a sick green sea turtle that had been found floating in the Pumicestone

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How to Save Planet Earth

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 06:39:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-to-save-planet-earth

"Wildcat says this is not a new idea, but one that many people have forgotten.
His book Red Alert! shares how Indigenous knowledge could inform how we save
the planet today, on both a personal and systemic level. He proposes that the

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Demand for rare-earth metals is skyrocketing, so we’re creating a safer, cleaner way to recover them from old phones and laptops

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 06:40:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/demand-for-rare-earth-metals-is-skyrocketing-so-were-creating-a-safer-cleaner-way-to-recover-them-from-old-phones-and-laptops-141360>

"Rare-earth metals are critical to the high-tech society we live in as an
essential component of mobile phones, computers and many other everyday
devices. But increasing demand and limited global supply means we must urgently

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Photos: The Culture Of Whales

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 06:42:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/04/19/988028339/photos-the-culture-of-whales>

"In the photographs, Skerry assembles examples of whale behavior that seem
almost human: belugas play in the shallows, orcas teach their pups to hunt,
sperm whales nurse and babysit."

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Australia has coped fairly well with the pandemic. With climate change? It’s a different story

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 06:43:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/apr/20/australia-has-coped-fairly-well-with-the-pandemic-with-climate-change-its-a-different-story>

"Now all these economic aspects are worthy of attention, but what also sticks
out in the OECD’s note, and which mostly gets lost across coverage that pure
economic aspects, is the damning assessment of Australia’s position on climate

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Renting Is Terrible. Owning Is Worse.

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 05:35:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/03/why-its-better-to-rent-than-to-own/618254/>

"The housing situation is only getting worse—more expensive, more inequitable,
more precarious. As prices have continued their climb in the country’s most
economically dynamic regions, it’s no longer feasible for working-class

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The Kafkaesque Nightmare of Attorney Steven Donziger, a Literal Prisoner of the Chevron Corporation

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 05:37:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jacobinmag.com/2021/04/attorney-steven-donziger-chevron-ecuador-prosecution-corruption-trial>

"When human rights lawyer Steven Donziger won a multibillion-dollar lawsuit
against the oil giant Chevron, the company retaliated by setting out to destroy
Donziger’s life. Now in his twentieth month of house arrest on the orders of a

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Is herd immunity to COVID-19 possible? Experts increasingly say no.

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 05:38:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/04/19/herd-immunity-us-likely-impossible-but-vaccines-can-control-covid/7139419002/>

"For almost a year, Americans have been looking forward to herd immunity, when
enough people are protected through vaccination or past infection to stop the
spread of COVID-19.

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Michael Pascoe: The $2 trillion question hanging over the economic recovery

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 05:39:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/04/20/big-business-free-money-pascoe/>

"Money is now free for big business, but that’s still not enough to entice the
big end of town to increase investment in Australia.

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Humans Have Altered 97 Percent of Earth’s Land Through Habitat and Species Loss

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:00:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-have-altered-97-percent-earths-land-through-habitat-and-species-loss-180977542/>

"A study published on April 15 in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global
Change
 presents evidence that only about three percent of Earth’s land
ecosystems remain untouched by human activity.

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So a helicopter flew on Mars for the first time. A space physicist explains why that’s such a big deal

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:01:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/so-a-helicopter-flew-on-mars-for-the-first-time-a-space-physicist-explains-why-thats-such-a-big-deal-159334>

"Yesterday at 9pm Australian Eastern standard time, the Ingenuity helicopter —
which landed on Mars with the Perseverance rover in February — took off from
the Martian surface. More importantly, it hovered for about 30 seconds, three

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On Human Rights and the Environment

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:03:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://katherinephelps.com/2021/04/on-human-rights-and-the-environment/>

"We have many pressing issues that require international cooperation. Issues to
do with the environment, pandemics, refugees, and more need to be addressed
collectively by humanity. Having a body such as the United Nations is important

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European Commission's Attempt To Backtrack On Its Promise To Defend Fundamental Rights In Upload Filter Implementations May Backfire Badly

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:04:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210421/11175446653/european-commissions-attempt-to-backtrack-promise-to-defend-fundamental-rights-upload-filter-implementations-may-backfire-badly.shtml>

"One of the most disgraceful aspects of the EU Copyright Directive saga was the
shameless way its supporters swore that upload filters would not be required --
despite the evident fact that there was no other way to implement the new law's

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Welcome to the YOLO Economy

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:06:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/technology/welcome-to-the-yolo-economy.html>

"Something strange is happening to the exhausted, type-A millennial workers of
America. After a year spent hunched over their MacBooks, enduring back-to-back
Zooms in between sourdough loaves and Peloton rides, they are flipping the

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Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:07:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-scientists-concept-of-net-zero-is-a-dangerous-trap-157368>

"Sometimes realisation comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap into
shape and suddenly it all makes sense. Underneath such revelations is typically
a much slower-dawning process. Doubts at the back of the mind grow. The sense

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8 years after the Rana Plaza tragedy, Bangladesh’s garment workers are still bottom of the pile

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:08:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/8-years-after-the-rana-plaza-tragedy-bangladeshs-garment-workers-are-still-bottom-of-the-pile-159224>

"Things have improved. But not enough. Eight years on, the fundamental problems
in global supply chains – the disconnect between profits, accountability and
responsibility – remains."

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Ohmie Go! Car sharing EVs about to “ruin” working week, as well as weekend

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:09:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2021/04/22/ohmie-go-car-sharing-evs-about-to-ruin-working-week-as-well-as-weekend/>

"Electric vehicles are not only out to ruin the weekend, they are now out to
ruin the working week too. Or so it seems.

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The 'good luck' snack that makes Taiwan's technology behave

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 05:40:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210414-the-good-luck-snack-that-makes-taiwans-technology-behave>

"Crisps have a sacred role in office culture. They are the perfect mid-morning
pick-me-up, the moreish side to a light sandwich lunch, or the fuel that keeps
us going when meetings run past mealtimes.

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Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 05:41:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/04/22/earth-day-biodiversity/>

"Humans have put our planet on a path toward disaster. If people keep polluting
at the current rate, scientists say, climate change will cause prolonged
droughts, devastating storms, collapsing ecosystems and vanishing species.

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Jury acquits Extinction Rebellion protesters despite ‘no defence in law’

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 05:42:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/23/jury-acquits-extinction-rebellion-protesters-despite-no-defence-in-law>

"All those who stood trial explained they had targeted the Shell building
because the oil giant was directly contributing to the climate crisis, thereby
causing serious injury and death, and argued that it was a “necessary” and

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Climate Fiction for Young Writers

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 05:43:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://ax.livinglearningnillumbik.vic.gov.au/course-details/?course_id=90327&course_type=w>

"Climate Fiction or CliFi is an exciting new genre of storytelling!

CliFi grapples with the outcomes of climate change as we are experiencing it

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For 50 Years, Tech Companies Have Tried to Increase Diversity by Fixing People Instead of the System

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:26:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://slate.com/technology/2021/03/google-acm-digital-skills-training-diversity-history.html>

"In short, just because Black men and women receive digital skills
training—whether in the 1960s or the 2020s—it provides no guarantee of
employment, compensation, health insurance, job stability, job mobility, and

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Morrison finds shameless new way to fake climate action as world steps up

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:28:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/morrison-finds-shameless-new-way-to-fake-climate-action-as-world-steps-up/>

"Australia’s current state of climate action falls within two categories. The
first is thimbles of cash poured into whichever technology has a zero percent
probability of impacting the revenue streams of fossil fuel operations, at

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Honest Government Ad | Electric Vehicles

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:01:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLflYkgnNBY

"The Australien Government has made an ad about its Electric Vehicle policy,
and it's surprisingly honest and informative."

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Cutting animal-based foods in US diet by half could prevent 1.6 billion tons of GHG emissions by 2030

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:03:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.umich.edu/cutting-animal-based-foods-in-us-diet-by-half-could-prevent-1-6-billion-tons-of-ghg-emissions-by-2030/>

"ANN ARBOR—Replacing half of all animal-based foods in the U.S. diet with
plant-based alternatives could reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions
1.6 billion metric tons by 2030, according to a new study by researchers at the

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Spot the difference: as world leaders rose to the occasion at the Biden climate summit, Morrison faltered

Sat, 1 May 2021 05:36:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/spot-the-difference-as-world-leaders-rose-to-the-occasion-at-the-biden-climate-summit-morrison-faltered-159295>

"Expectations of Australia heading into the summit were low – a fact perhaps
reflected in the summit’s agenda. Morrison’s address was way down in the
running order – he was 21st of 27 speakers. Biden was reportedly not in the

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Wind and solar could replace fossil fuels 100 times over, says new report

Sat, 1 May 2021 05:39:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/wind-and-solar-could-replace-fossil-fuels-100-times-over-says-new-report/>

"A new report released by climate and energy think tanks Carbon Tracker and
Ember Climate shows that the technical potential of wind and solar to power the
world is around 100 times greater than total electricity demand, with rapidly

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‘An indescribable moment’: Indigenous nation in US has right to lands in Canada, court rules

Sat, 1 May 2021 05:40:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/25/indigenous-people-canada-sinixt-us-border-hunting-rights>

"For decades the Rick Desautel had been told by courts and governments that his
people no longer exist in Canada.

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Scott Morrison's climate change policy is being left behind by corporate action

Sat, 1 May 2021 05:42:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/business-climate-change-action-leaves-morrison-behind/100094616>

"It's no easy task, attempting to make a virtue out of inaction.

So spare a thought for Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his address to US

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