Glass Wings Blog: May 2021

Climate Change Could Cut World Economy by $23 Trillion in 2050, Insurance Giant Warns

Sun, 2 May 2021 06:07:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/climate/climate-change-economy.html

"WASHINGTON — Rising temperatures are likely to reduce global wealth
significantly by 2050, as crop yields fall, disease spreads and rising seas
consume coastal cities, a major insurance company warned Thursday, highlighting

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Alan Kohler: Scott Morrison, the Murdochs and the crime of the century

Sun, 2 May 2021 06:09:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/04/26/crime-of-the-century-alan-kohler/>

"It’s not entirely Scott Morrison’s fault that he managed to look like a
dissembling idiot at President Joe Biden’s leader’s summit on climate change
last week.

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More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades: 2 climate experts explain

Sun, 2 May 2021 06:10:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/more-reasons-for-optimism-on-climate-change-than-weve-seen-for-decades-2-climate-experts-explain-159233>

"It’s unusual for researchers who study our catastrophically changing climate
to use the words “optimism” and “climate change” in the same sentence.

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LinkedIn to introduce 'stay-at-home' parenting option in profiles

Sun, 2 May 2021 06:11:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-26/linked-in-offers-stay-at-home-parenting-profile/100071274>

"LinkedIn says in response to feedback, particularly from women and mothers,
it's adding "stay-at-home mum", "stay-at-home dad" and "stay-at-home parent" to
its job options in the "coming weeks".

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The complete stories (103) and novels (35) of A. E. van Vogt: synopses, comments and ratings

Mon, 3 May 2021 05:08:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.prosperosisle.org/spip.php?article214

"A. E. van Vogt (1912-2000) was born on a farm in the vicinity of Winnipeg,
Manitoba (Canada) in a family of Dutch extraction. He spoke Frisian (a Germanic
language spoken in the north of Holland) at home until the age of four.

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In the no-go zone near a crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, one man chose to stay behind

Mon, 3 May 2021 05:09:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/3016093/

"Following the March 2011 accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power
Plant, everyone within a 20km area was ordered to evacuate. Matsumura Naoto
alone stayed put. For 10 years, he has taken care of animals abandoned by those

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There aren’t enough trees in the world to offset society’s carbon emissions – and there never will be

Mon, 3 May 2021 05:11:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/there-arent-enough-trees-in-the-world-to-offset-societys-carbon-emissions-and-there-never-will-be-158181>

"I recently conducted a review of the available scientific literature to assess
how much carbon forests could feasibly absorb. If we absolutely maximised the
amount of vegetation all land on Earth could hold, we’d sequester enough carbon

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For a fairer greener Melbourne, take a bite from the doughnut

Mon, 3 May 2021 05:12:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/for-a-fairer-greener-melbourne-take-a-bite-from-the-doughnut-20210423-p57lvx.html>

"Imagine Melbourne as a place where everybody had enough to live a “good life”
– but nobody had too much – a city that could thrive without damaging the
planet or exploiting its people.

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The Weekly Planet: An Outdated Idea Is Still Shaping Climate Policy

Tue, 4 May 2021 05:05:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/04/an-outdated-idea-is-still-shaping-climate-policy/618652/>

"Reading news of the China talks, I thought of a recent paper by the political
scientists Michaël Aklin and Matto Mildenberger. They argue that, since the
1990s, policy makers and academics have conceived of climate change in a mostly

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Patent Troll Sable Networks Apparently Needs To Learn A Lesson: Cloudflare Wants To Destroy Another Troll

Tue, 4 May 2021 05:07:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210426/09454946684/patent-troll-sable-networks-apparently-needs-to-learn-lesson-cloudflare-wants-to-destroy-another-troll.shtml>

"In The Princess Bride, the character of Vizzini famously says: "Ha ha, you
fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which
is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia,' but only slightly less

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Australia spends more propping up fossil fuels than it does on the Army

Tue, 4 May 2021 05:08:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-spends-more-propping-up-fossil-fuels-than-it-does-on-the-army/>

"Federal and state governments are spending more than $10 billion a year
propping up the fossil fuel industry, through a system of tax breaks and cash
handouts that encourage the entrenched use of oil, gas and coal by Australian

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Tree-Free Paper Is Saving Forests and Farmers in Washington State

Tue, 4 May 2021 05:09:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/wheat-pulp-paper-washington-columbia/

"One of the many challenges of profitable wheat production is that the stalk
closest to the ground is too dense for the combine to run through, so farmers
must figure out how to clear what’s left standing after the harvest. There are

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Cryptocurrency is an abject disaster

Wed, 5 May 2021 05:34:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://drewdevault.com/2021/04/26/Cryptocurrency-is-a-disaster.html

"Cryptocurrency problems are more subtle than outright abuse, too. The
integrity and trust of the entire software industry has sharply declined due to
cryptocurrency. It sets up perverse incentives for new projects, where

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Police killings of Black Americans amount to crimes against humanity, international inquiry finds

Wed, 5 May 2021 05:35:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/26/us-police-killings-black-americans-crimes-against-humanity>

"The systematic killing and maiming of unarmed African Americans by police
amount to crimes against humanity that should be investigated and prosecuted
under international law, an inquiry into US police brutality by leading human

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Meet 5 of Australia’s tiniest mammals, who tread a tightrope between life and death every night

Wed, 5 May 2021 05:37:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/meet-5-of-australias-tiniest-mammals-who-tread-a-tightrope-between-life-and-death-every-night-159239>

"Australia has a rich diversity of mammals, with around 320 native, land-based
species, 87% of which are found here and nowhere else. Many of these mammals
are secretive, only active at night, and small, weighing less than one

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Next time you see a butterfly, treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these 26 species

Wed, 5 May 2021 05:41:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/next-time-you-see-a-butterfly-treasure-the-memory-scientists-raise-alarm-on-these-26-species-159798>

"It might sound like an 18th century fashion statement, but the “pale imperial
hairstreak” is, actually, an extravagant butterfly. This pale blue (male) or
white (female) butterfly was once widespread, found in old growth brigalow

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Daði & Gagnamagnið: Think About Aliens - Official Gameplay Trailer

Thu, 6 May 2021 05:15:44 +1000

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

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

Free download:
Android: https://tinyurl.com/gagnamagnandroid
IOS: https://tinyurl.com/gagnamagnios

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India Is What Happens When Rich People Do Nothing

Thu, 6 May 2021 05:17:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/04/india-covid19-moral-failure/618702/>

"India may be classified as a developing or middle-income country, and by
international standards, it does not spend enough on the health of its people.
Yet this masks many of India’s strengths in the health-care sector: Our doctors

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recreating medieval illustrations...

Thu, 6 May 2021 05:19:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://telegra.ph/recreating-medieval-illustrations-04-28

Czech students demonstrating their cosplay skills.

Via @Om*.

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ANA Unveils ‘World’s First’ Hands-Free Lavatory Doors

Thu, 6 May 2021 05:21:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2021/04/ana-unveils-worlds-first-hands-free-lavatory-doors/>

"All Nippon Airways said it had developed and would install what it termed the
“world’s first” hands-free lavatory door system.

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Swap and go: electric trucks to run between Sydney and Brisbane using exchangeable batteries

Thu, 6 May 2021 05:22:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/29/swap-and-go-electric-trucks-to-run-between-sydney-and-brisbane-using-exchangeable-batteries>

"An Australian company is planning to trial electric trucks with swappable
batteries allowing almost non-stop travel for heavy vehicles between Sydney and
Brisbane.

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Meet the Kenguru, the world’s first EV made specifically for wheelchair users

Fri, 7 May 2021 04:54:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://thenextweb.com/news/closer-look-kenguru-ev-syndication

"The electric vehicle market has seen incredible growth in the past decade.
There were 7.2 million EVs on the road in 2019, despite there being less than
20,000 in use just nine years earlier. New models emerge all the time – and the

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Family-meal image wins international food photo contest

Fri, 7 May 2021 04:58:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-56820167

"A photo of a young family joyfully preparing a meal at home in China has won a
major food photography award.

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If I could go anywhere: German Modernism at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart — beauty, play and the horror of war

Fri, 7 May 2021 05:12:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/if-i-could-go-anywhere-german-modernism-at-the-staatsgalerie-in-stuttgart-beauty-play-and-the-horror-of-war-157594>

"The city of Stuttgart doesn’t generally come to mind when planning a jaunt to
Germany. Berlin’s edgy nightclubs and rich history make it a must-see
destination and of course, thousands travel to Munich for its famous annual

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We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking

Fri, 7 May 2021 05:13:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-spent-six-years-scouring-billions-of-links-and-found-the-web-is-both-expanding-and-shrinking-159215>

"The online world is continuously expanding — always aggregating more services,
more users and more activity. Last year, the number of websites registered on
the “.com” domain surpassed 150,000,000.

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Satellites show world's glaciers melting faster than ever

Fri, 7 May 2021 05:17:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-29/satellites-show-world-s-glaciers-melting-faster-than-ever/100103340>

"Glaciers are melting more quickly, losing 31 per cent more snow and ice per
year than they did 15 years ago, according to three-dimensional satellite
measurements of all the world's mountain glaciers.

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Tokyo Documentary Film Festival

Fri, 7 May 2021 12:33:03 +0900

yoshida yukihiko <yukihikoyo [at] gmail.com>

yoshida yukihiko
CFP Tokyo Documentary Film Festival 2021
application information
You can apply with GoogleTranslate!
https://tdff-neoneo.com/news/#news2045
We have dance film section.

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The end of the world's capital of brown coal

Sat, 8 May 2021 05:46:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210419-the-end-of-the-worlds-capital-of-brown-coal>

"Germany is the world's biggest producer of lignite, and the industry has
shaped both the landscape and the lives of communities here for generations. As
well as the destruction and reconstruction of villages, forests and farmland,

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Another Italian town is selling houses for one euro

Sat, 8 May 2021 05:47:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/castiglione-di-sicilia-one-euro-houses/index.html>

"(CNN) — The pandemic is raging, quarantine rules are changing by the day, and
there's still uncertainty over when we might vacation again, but one thing
remains constant in the travel world: the €1 houses of Italy.

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Blasting white noise could stop birds slamming into buildings

Sat, 8 May 2021 05:48:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-04-29/sound-waves-prevent-bird-collisions-with-buildings/100099300>

"Skyscrapers, communication towers and wind turbines are a regular sight in our
daily lives, but if you're a bird, they can be a dangerous obstacle course.

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Ultimate Guitar launches Muse Group and acquires Audacity

Sat, 8 May 2021 05:50:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://librearts.org/2021/05/ultimate-guitar-launches-muse-group-and-acquires-audacity/>

"This isn’t your average software company press release: Martin “Tantacrul”
Keary released a new video on his personal YouTube channel to announce that
Muse Group is now the owner of Audacity, and he is now the product owner of

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Watching a coral reef die as climate change devastates one of the most pristine tropical island areas on Earth

Sun, 9 May 2021 05:36:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/watching-a-coral-reef-die-as-climate-change-devastates-one-of-the-most-pristine-tropical-island-areas-on-earth-159792>

"The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on
Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical
islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below

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Oxford vaccine professor: rich countries have a moral duty to share their COVID-19 shots

Sun, 9 May 2021 05:38:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/oxford-vaccine-professor-rich-countries-have-a-moral-duty-to-share-their-covid-19-shots-160116>

"Usually, World Immunisation Week is a chance for those of us who research
vaccines to reinforce the message about their importance in saving lives. From
whooping cough to polio, measles to meningitis, vaccines have quietly been

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The 1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible – but without political action it soon will be

Sun, 9 May 2021 05:40:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-1-5-global-warming-limit-is-not-impossible-but-without-political-action-it-soon-will-be-159297>

"Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ this century is a central goal of the Paris
Agreement. In recent months, climate experts and others, including in
Australia, have suggested the target is now impossible.

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Earth Restored

Sun, 9 May 2021 05:41:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tobyord.com/earth

"Only 24 people have journeyed far enough to see the whole Earth against the
black of space.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp Found Dungeons & Dragons Again

Thu, 13 May 2021 05:40:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/how-star-trek-discoverys-anthony-rapp-found-dungeons-dragons-again/>

"During the pandemic, one thing has become clear: the need for play is great
and can’t be denied. The nerds of yesteryear who played Dungeons & Dragons,
grokked Spock, and looked for ways to express their geekiness, have found

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The gas war is heating up and it’s only just getting started

Thu, 13 May 2021 05:42:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-gas-war-is-heating-up-and-its-only-just-getting-started/>

"A decent proportion of Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions come not from power
or cars but from gas burned in homes, for cooking, water heating and space
heating. And a new report from The Age’s Tom Cowie and Nick O’Malley shows that

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India’s rich are not the only ones fleeing the Covid crisis on private jets, says CEO

Thu, 13 May 2021 05:46:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/07/jetsetgo-ceo-indias-rich-are-not-the-only-ones-fleeing-covid-crisis.html>

"The situation in India has become so dire that even upper-middle class
families are pooling their resources to make an escape, its co-founder and CEO
Kanika Tekriwal told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”

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By 2030, it won’t make sense to own a petrol or diesel car

Thu, 13 May 2021 05:47:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2021/05/06/by-2030-it-wont-make-sense-to-own-a-petrol-or-diesel-car/>

"Countries and states around the world are already mandating the ban of
internal combustion engine (ICE) cars within the next decade.

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John Gustafson presents: Beyond Floating Point – Next Generation Computer Arithmetic

Fri, 14 May 2021 06:27:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://insidehpc.com/2017/02/john-gustafson-presents-beyond-floating-point-next-generation-computer-arithmetic/>

“A new data type called a “posit” is designed for direct drop-in replacement
for IEEE Standard 754 floats. Unlike unum arithmetic, posits do not require
interval-type mathematics or variable size operands, and they round if an

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Have Australians in India been abandoned because people of colour are seen as ‘less’ Australian?

Fri, 14 May 2021 06:28:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/may/07/have-australians-in-india-been-abandoned-because-people-of-colour-are-seen-as-less-australian>

"Government ministers have insisted that protecting the public health of
Australians was the foremost consideration behind its decision. And perhaps
that is true, that consciously, our leaders made a snap decision in the best

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Context Clues in the Era of #MeToo

Fri, 14 May 2021 06:30:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://alexandraerin.substack.com/p/context-clues-in-the-era-of-metoo

"We heard so many times during the too-long reign of Donald Trump that it
wasn’t the business of straight news reporters to tell us who was lying, they
only reported who said what and trusted us to recognize the obvious, absurd,

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The Guardian: 1821 Mode

Fri, 14 May 2021 06:31:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://1821-mode.theguardian.com/

"Some agreeable sentiments from our friends and fellows

Leading newspaper editors and publishers from around the world have paid

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Japanese firm installs vending machine selling nothing but munchable insects

Sat, 15 May 2021 06:03:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210502/p2a/00m/0li/001000c

"SASEBO, Nagasaki -- A vending machine offering insects (and only insects) for
the public's snacking convenience was recently installed in Nagasaki
Prefecture.

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They Told Their Therapists Everything. Hackers Leaked It All

Sat, 15 May 2021 06:06:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/vastaamo-psychotherapy-patients-hack-data-breach/>

"A mental health startup built its business on easy-to-use technology. Patients
joined in droves. Then came a catastrophic data breach."

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Australia’s first solar panel recycling plant swings into action

Sat, 15 May 2021 06:10:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-first-solar-panel-recycling-plant-swings-into-action/>

"One of Australia’s first solar PV recycling facilities is up and running in
Melbourne’s north, with video footage posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday showing
the panel-crushing plant in action.

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Space junk removal is not going smoothly

Sun, 16 May 2021 06:44:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.space.com/space-junk-removal-is-not-going-smoothly

"A Space Age "tragedy of the commons" is unfolding right under our nose — or,
really, right over our head — and no consensus yet exists on how to stop it.
For more than a half-century, humans have been hurling objects into low Earth

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Hydrofoiling

Sun, 16 May 2021 06:46:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/202x/2021/05/10/Hydrofoiling

"I was standing on a floating dock on a Pacific-ocean inlet, a place where it’s
obvious why motorboats are such an environmental disaster. Fortunately lots of
other people have noticed too and it looks increasingly that more people will

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Can Wonky Cell Signals Help Track Wildfire Smoke?

Sun, 16 May 2021 06:47:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/wildfire-smoke-cell-phone-signal

"As massive bushfires raged across eastern Australia in January 2020, a deadly
haze settled over Melbourne, an obvious signal for residents to stay indoors.
Bouncing over their heads, though, was a less conspicuous signal: Cellular data

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The carbon footprint of Airbnb is likely bigger than you think

Sun, 16 May 2021 06:48:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-carbon-footprint-of-airbnb-is-likely-bigger-than-you-think-159544>

"In its 13 years of existence, Airbnb has grown from a minnow to a whale in
holiday accommodation. Today, it offers more than 5.6 million active listings
across 220 countries and regions. In Australia, Airbnb lists 346,581 spaces —

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The outlook for coral reefs remains grim unless we cut emissions fast — new research

Mon, 17 May 2021 05:01:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-outlook-for-coral-reefs-remains-grim-unless-we-cut-emissions-fast-new-research-160251>

"The twin stress factors of ocean warming and acidification increasingly
threaten coral reefs worldwide, but relatively little is known about how
various climate scenarios will affect coral reef growth rates.

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For Muslim refugees in immigration detention, another sombre, isolated Eid holiday

Mon, 17 May 2021 05:02:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/for-muslim-refugees-in-immigration-detention-another-sombre-isolated-eid-holiday-159994>

"Australia’s detention system has not always been this way. As recently as the
mid-2010s, communal celebrations were a regular occurrence in detention.
Visitors were permitted to bring fresh food to their visits and would often

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Animals to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law

Mon, 17 May 2021 05:04:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/12/animals-to-be-formally-recognised-as-sentient-beings-in-uk-law>

"Animals are to be formally recognised as sentient beings in UK law for the
first time, in a victory for animal welfare campaigners, as the government set
out a suite of animal welfare measures including halting most live animal

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This is what happens every time you try to take a break at our animal rescue centre. So much love.

Tue, 18 May 2021 06:16:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j-jNTrt2Vk

"This is what happens every time you try to take a break at our animal rescue
centre!"

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Philosophy with children

Tue, 18 May 2021 06:17:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://aeon.co/essays/how-to-do-philosophy-for-and-with-children

"Kids don’t just say ‘the darndest things’. Playful and probing, they can be
closer to the grain of life’s deepest questions"

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It’s oh so quiet: silent whale watching on Iceland’s first electric boat tour

Tue, 18 May 2021 06:19:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/may/12/husavik-iceland-silent-whale-watching-electric-boat-trip>

"A carbon-neutral tour off Húsavík, in north Iceland, makes for a greener, more
peaceful experience for visitors and sea creatures"

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Covid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned report

Tue, 18 May 2021 06:21:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/12/covid-pandemic-was-preventable-says-who-commissioned-report>

"The Covid pandemic was a preventable disaster that need not have cost millions
of lives if the world had reacted more quickly, according to an independent
high-level panel, which castigates global leaders and calls for major changes

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