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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How China used the media to spread its COVID narrative — and win friends around the world

Wed, 19 May 2021 05:40:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-china-used-the-media-to-spread-its-covid-narrative-and-win-friends-around-the-world-160694>

"At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed
prime real estate in the centre of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade: his face
plastered across a billboard with the words “Thank you brother Xi”.

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The 50 beautiful Australian plants at greatest risk of extinction — and how to save them

Wed, 19 May 2021 05:41:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-50-beautiful-australian-plants-at-greatest-risk-of-extinction-and-how-to-save-them-160362>

"As far as odds go, things don’t look promising for the slender-nerved acacia
(Acacia leptoneura), a spiky plant with classic yellow-ball wattle flowers.
With most of its habitat in Western Australia’s wheat belt cleared for

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The New Yorker: The Climate Crisis

Wed, 19 May 2021 05:43:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://link.newyorker.com/view/6042be57bb98dd38336d34aae6ojt.1dr8/9ea1ef5c>

"A report from Australia’s Climate Council, released last week, finds that the
health impact of having a gas cooktop in your home is roughly equivalent to
having a cigarette smoker puffing away in the corner, and accounts for about

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Friday essay: searching for sanity in a world hell-bent on destruction

Wed, 19 May 2021 05:44:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-searching-for-sanity-in-a-world-hell-bent-on-destruction-160447>

"One does not need to be a conspiracy theorist to recognise, with Foucault,
that power shapes knowledge. If profits and economic growth are the benchmarks
of success in a society, it simply may not be profitable to expose a society as

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有馬温泉の起源 | The origin of Arima Onsen (spa)

Thu, 20 May 2021 05:56:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WydgTCa2fHw

"有馬カラクリ劇場シリーズの第1作目となる「有馬温泉の起源」が完成しまし た。有馬温泉は、大已貴命と少彦名命の二神が有馬に訪れたとき、3羽のカラス
が水たまりで傷を癒していたのを見たのがきっかけで誕生したと言い伝えられて います。この作品では3羽のカラスが二神を有馬へと導いている様子を表現しま
した。作品は有馬玩具博物館のエントランスに展示されます。"

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The budget should have been a road to Australia’s low-emissions future. Instead, it’s a flight of fancy

Thu, 20 May 2021 05:57:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-budget-should-have-been-a-road-to-australias-low-emissions-future-instead-its-a-flight-of-fancy-160775>

"Looking at other nations around the world, the path to cutting greenhouse gas
emissions seems clear.

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With diplomacy all but abandoned, Israel and the Palestinians are teetering on another war

Thu, 20 May 2021 05:58:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/with-diplomacy-all-but-abandoned-israel-and-the-palestinians-are-teetering-on-another-war-160863>

"The latest violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces should come as no
surprise. The issue of Palestinian statehood has been off the international
agenda since US President Barack Obama effectively washed his hands of the

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In 1930 the Indiana Bell Building was Rotated 90° While Everyone Inside Still Worked

Fri, 21 May 2021 05:18:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://twistedsifter.com/2021/03/1930-indiana-bell-building-move/

"In 1930, engineers accomplished something remarkable: they rotated an 8-story,
11,000 ton building a full 90 degrees, in order to allow the construction of a
second building on the site (the company needed more office space).

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The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill

Fri, 21 May 2021 05:20:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/the-teeny-tiny-scientific-screwup-that-helped-covid-kill/>

"All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets!
No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge
consequences."

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ESA partners with startup to launch first debris removal mission in 2025

Fri, 21 May 2021 05:21:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.space.com/esa-startup-clearspace-debris-removal-2025

"The recent fall to Earth of a massive Chinese rocket has renewed concerns
about the perils of space junk and one project from the European Space Agency
might be able to help.

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Ghost fish: after 420 million years in the deeps, modern gillnets from shark fin trade drag coelacanths into the light

Sat, 22 May 2021 06:08:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2021/05/ghost-fish-after-420-million-years-in-the-deeps-modern-gillnets-from-shark-fin-trade-drag-coelacanths-into-the-light/>

* Undersea canyons off Madagascar may turn out to be the Indian Ocean
epicentre for coelacanths, the remarkable “fossil fish” which re-surfaced
from apparent extinction in 1938.

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Nature-based solutions can help cool the planet — if we act now

Sat, 22 May 2021 06:10:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01241-2

"To ensure long-term resilience, projects involving nature-based solutions
should adhere to four high-level principles (see nbsguidelines.info). First,
nature-based solutions are not an alternative to decarbonization; second, they

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Who owns Australia?

Sat, 22 May 2021 06:12:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2021/may/17/who-owns-australia>

"Who owns the Australian outback is a vexed question. The true answer is First
Nations peoples, whose ownership stems back 60,000 years. The legal answer is
more complex. It’s a mess of titles – freehold, pastoral leases, crown leases,

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The Treasurer says his ‘patent box’ will boost innovation. The evidence says it won’t

Sun, 23 May 2021 09:31:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-treasurer-says-his-patent-box-will-boost-innovation-the-evidence-says-it-wont-160861>

"IP Australia, the federal agency administering intellectual property rights,
detailed the poor record of patent boxes in its submission to the federal
parliament’s Inquiry into Australia’s Future in Research and Innovation in

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Arctic land and water is ours, Russia warns West ahead of international meeting on region

Sun, 23 May 2021 09:32:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://ottawacitizen.com/news/world/arctic-land-and-water-is-ours-russia-warns-west-ahead-of-international-meeting-on-region>

"MOSCOW — Russia has warned the West against staking claims in the Arctic,
ahead of an international meeting on the future of the region, where strategic
competition has reached levels not seen since the end of the Cold War.

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Securing a swift return: how a simple brick can help migratory birds

Sun, 23 May 2021 09:33:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/securing-their-swift-return-how-a-simple-brick-can-help-migratory-birds-aoe>

"Common swifts are in perilous decline in the UK. For 23 years the British
Trust for Ornithology has recorded a relentless, downward trajectory, with
numbers falling by 57% in 22 years. Insect decline is almost certainly a

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Nasa leads push for electric planes in next frontier of cutting emissions

Sun, 23 May 2021 09:35:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/18/electric-planes-nasa-carbon-emissions>

"Over the next year, at a research site on the fringes of the Mojave desert in
California, Nasa will hunt for a breakthrough against one of the climate
crisis’s most stubborn challenges – how to eliminate carbon pollution from

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NOT SHINY, NOT NORMAL: Chevron Allowed To Literally Prosecute Lawyer For Winning Judgment Against It

Mon, 24 May 2021 06:41:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wonkette.com/donziger-trial

"Yesterday, the final day of his criminal trial, was Steven Donziger's 650th
day under house arrest.

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‘One sip can kill’: why a highly toxic herbicide should be banned in Australia

Mon, 24 May 2021 06:44:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/one-sip-can-kill-why-a-highly-toxic-herbicide-should-be-banned-in-australia-159333>

"There’s a weedkiller used in Australia that’s so toxic, one sip could kill
you. It’s called paraquat and debate is brewing over whether it should be
banned.

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Happy 160th birthday Dame Nellie Melba: 5 surprising facts about the canny songstress

Mon, 24 May 2021 06:46:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/happy-160th-birthday-dame-nellie-melba-5-surprising-facts-about-the-canny-songstress-160993>

"Dame Nellie Melba, who appears on our $100 note, was born Helen Porter
Mitchell in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond on May 19, 1861.

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Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World

Mon, 24 May 2021 06:51:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deadly-fungi-are-the-newest-emerging-microbe-threat-all-over-the-world/>

"We are likely to think of fungi, if we think of them at all, as minor
nuisances: mold on cheese, mildew on shoes shoved to the back of the closet,
mushrooms springing up in the garden after hard rains. We notice them, and then

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New ‘Oregon Trail’ Game Revisits Westward Expansion From Native Perspective

Tue, 25 May 2021 05:30:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-oregon-trail-game-features-playable-native-american-characters-180977744/>

"The iconic video game “The Oregon Trail” is back with a new version—and a more
nuanced approach to the story of white settlers traveling across the American
West in 1848.

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Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly

Tue, 25 May 2021 05:31:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/antarctica-is-headed-for-a-climate-tipping-point-by-2060-with-catastrophic-melting-if-carbon-emissions-arent-cut-quickly-160978>

"While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken draws attention to climate change
in the Arctic at meetings with other national officials this week in Iceland,
an even greater threat looms on the other side of the planet.

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The story of Rum Jungle: a Cold War-era uranium mine that’s spewed acid into the environment for decades

Tue, 25 May 2021 05:32:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-story-of-rum-jungle-a-cold-war-era-uranium-mine-thats-spewed-acid-into-the-environment-for-decades-160871>

"Buried in last week’s budget was money for rehabilitating the Rum Jungle
uranium mine near Darwin. The exact sum was not disclosed.

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World’s worst pandemic leaders: 5 presidents and prime ministers who badly mishandled COVID-19

Tue, 25 May 2021 05:33:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/worlds-worst-pandemic-leaders-5-presidents-and-prime-ministers-who-badly-mishandled-covid-19-159787>

"COVID-19 is notoriously hard to control, and political leaders are only part
of the calculus when it comes to pandemic management. But some current and
former world leaders have made little effort to combat outbreaks in their

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CAPTAIN YAJIMA

Wed, 26 May 2021 06:30:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-TJm7HkzkQ

"Independent artist Worthikids has released a short animation inspired by retro
Japanese stop-motion animation, complete with Japanese voiceovers. But while it
looks like stop-motion animation, it’s actually 3D CG created in a program

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'Revolutionary' funding to support gender diverse Victorians

Wed, 26 May 2021 06:34:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.9news.com.au/national/victorian-government-spending-up-on-gender-equality-support/ece8d1b8-ce79-4489-acdf-47e282a4048b?ocid=Social-9News>

"Bolstering services and slashing treatment wait times for transgender
Victorians will be the focus of a $45 million funding packa­­­ge to be included
in Thursday's state budget.

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NASA’s New Hubble Focus E-Book Provides a Front Row Seat to a Sky Full of Stars

Wed, 26 May 2021 06:37:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/nasa-s-new-hubble-focus-e-book-provides-a-front-row-seat-to-a-sky-full-of-stars>

"NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope team has released a new edition in the Hubble
Focus e-book series called “Hubble Focus: The Lives of Stars.” This e-book
highlights the mission’s recent discoveries and observations related to the

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International Energy Agency warns against new fossil fuel projects. Guess what Australia did next?

Wed, 26 May 2021 06:38:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/international-energy-agency-warns-against-new-fossil-fuel-projects-guess-what-australia-did-next-161178>

"Even if every country meets its current climate targets, Earth’s temperature
will still rise by a dangerous 2.1℃ this century, according to sobering
findings from a new International Energy Agency report.

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Witness in Derek Chauvin trial gets vacation, and new friendship, from California man

Thu, 27 May 2021 06:10:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.twincities.com/2021/05/19/george-floyd-witness-derek-chauvin-trial-gets-vacation-california-man/>

"Richard Glassman was so moved when he saw Charles McMillian on the stand that
he wanted to reach out. The two men, from different worlds, now have a story to
share."

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Lego launches first LGBTQ set

Thu, 27 May 2021 06:11:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://mashable.com/article/lego-lgbtq-set-pride/

"Lego is launching its first ever LGTBQ set called "Everyone is Awesome".

Inspired by the rainbow flag, the buildable model contains 11 figures each with

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Book review: Geoffrey Robertson makes the case for naming and shaming human rights abusers

Thu, 27 May 2021 06:12:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/book-review-geoffrey-robertson-makes-the-case-for-naming-and-shaming-human-rights-abusers-160985>

"Geoffrey Robertson is one of Australia’s most acclaimed international jurists
and human rights advocates. His latest book, Bad People – and How to Be Rid of
Them, explains the history of international human rights law and acknowledges

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Slaves to speed, we’d all benefit from ‘slow cities’

Thu, 27 May 2021 06:14:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/slaves-to-speed-wed-all-benefit-from-slow-cities-152756>

"Slowing transport in cities provides immense benefits for the health of
people, economies and the planet, so why are we still obsessed with speed?

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Repair Manifesto

Fri, 28 May 2021 05:42:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ifixit.com/Manifesto

"If you can't fix it, you don't own it"

"We are building a free repair manual for every device. That's a monumental

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The 15 Most Peaceful Countries in the World

Fri, 28 May 2021 05:43:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.globalcitizen.org/es/content/peaceful-most-countries-international-peace-day/>

"Each year, countries are ranked on the Global Peace Index (GPI), a composite
measure of peacefulness according to the levels of safety and security in their
society, involvement in conflict at home and abroad, and their degree of

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The miracle of the commons

Fri, 28 May 2021 05:44:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://aeon.co/essays/the-tragedy-of-the-commons-is-a-false-and-dangerous-myth>

"Far from being profoundly destructive, we humans have deep capacities for
sharing resources with generosity and foresight"

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A new replication crisis: Research that is less likely to be true is cited more

Sat, 29 May 2021 06:09:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/uoc--anr051921.php

"Papers in leading psychology, economic and science journals that fail to
replicate and therefore are less likely to be true are often the most cited
papers in academic research, according to a new study by the University of

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Chia Is a New Way to Waste Resources for Cryptocurrency

Sat, 29 May 2021 06:11:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/23/cryptocurrency-chia-waste-resources-bitcoin/>

"Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, has a problem: It uses ghastly quantities
of electricity and thus generates as much carbon emissions as a medium-sized
country. This is by design. A new cryptocurrency, Chia, avoids this problem—in

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A Ryanair Flight Carrying An Opposition Journalist Is Forced To Land In Belarus

Sat, 29 May 2021 06:13:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2021/05/23/999603575/ryanair-flight-carrying-opposition-journalist-forced-to-land-in-belarus>

"Authorities in Belarus ordered a Ryanair flight to make an emergency landing
in the capital city of Minsk, after reports that a bomb was on board the
aircraft. Officials then boarded the plane and arrested Roman Protasevich, the

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COVID is surging in unvaccinated Taiwan. Australia should take heed

Sat, 29 May 2021 06:14:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/covid-is-surging-in-unvaccinated-taiwan-australia-should-take-heed-161341>

"Alarm bells rang internationally last week when Taiwan announced it was moving
to its second highest COVID alert level after a recent surge of cases.

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How much do we really care about nature? A new report reveals all

Sun, 30 May 2021 06:11:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/nature-conservation-care-awareness-online/>

"Humans have caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants.
It is a loss of biodiversity so profound that some scientists are likening it
to a “biological annihilation”.

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Australia vs New Zealand. You can tell a lot about a country by the way it budgets

Sun, 30 May 2021 06:12:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australia-vs-new-zealand-you-can-tell-a-lot-about-a-country-by-the-way-it-budgets-160766>

"This is New Zealand’s third “Wellbeing Budget”, explicitly framed around
improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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Sunday Sweets: 80s Movie Night

Sun, 30 May 2021 06:13:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2021/5/23/sunday-sweets-80s-movie-night

"What's that you say? You want a Sunday Sweets post based on the greatest
movies of all time
? Or at least, the greatest movies of the '80s?"

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How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life

Sun, 30 May 2021 06:27:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/magazine/global-life-span.html

"Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it?
Science mattered — but so did activism."

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Michelle Telfer has been a lifesaving advocate for hundreds of trans children. But her work doesn't come without controversy

Sun, 30 May 2021 06:29:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-24/michelle-telfer-trans-children-health/100137192>

"Dr Telfer is credited with helping to save many children's lives without
pulling out a single scalpel or tending to any life-threatening diseases. But
the job is also one of the most controversial in Australian medicine, with

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International aviation industry roiled by Belarus jet diversion

Mon, 31 May 2021 06:02:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/5/24/international-aviation-industry-roiled-by-belarus-jet-diversion>

"Global aviation faces its biggest political crisis in years after Belarus
scrambled a fighter jet and flagged what turned out to be a false bomb alert to
detain a dissident journalist, prompting outrage from the United States and

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China finances most coal plants built today – it’s a climate problem and why US-China talks are essential

Mon, 31 May 2021 06:02:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/china-finances-most-coal-plants-built-today-its-a-climate-problem-and-why-us-china-talks-are-essential-161332>

"As nations gear up for a critical year for climate negotiations, it’s become
increasingly clear that success may hinge on one question: How soon will China
end its reliance on coal and its financing of overseas coal-fired power plants?

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Fly infertility shows we’re underestimating how badly climate change harms animals

Mon, 31 May 2021 06:03:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fly-infertility-shows-were-underestimating-how-badly-climate-change-harms-animals-161410>

"Evidence of declining fertility in humans and wildlife is growing. While
chemicals in our environment have been identified as a major cause, our new
research shows there’s another looming threat to animal fertility: climate

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We could be a superpower: 3 ways Australia can take advantage of the changing geopolitics of energy

Mon, 31 May 2021 06:04:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-could-be-a-superpower-3-ways-australia-can-take-advantage-of-the-changing-geopolitics-of-energy-161343>

"The International Energy Agency confirmed last week what many already knew:
the world is undergoing a huge transformation in global energy markets. Fossil
fuels are dying and renewables are on the rise.

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A dossier of lies and falsehoods: How Scott Morrison manipulates the truth

Mon, 31 May 2021 06:07:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.crikey.com.au/dossier-of-lies-and-falsehoods/

"Today Crikey publishes A Dossier of Lies and Falsehoods — an uncomfortable
but, we believe, important news investigation that forensically exposes the
Australian prime minister as a systemic, consistent and unremitting public

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Mirume: A New Eco-Friendly Green Tea Cafe in Nagoya

Tue, 1 Jun 2021 05:15:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.spoon-tamago.com/2021/05/18/mirume-eco-friendly-green-tea-cafe-nagoya/>

"Mirume is a new green tea cafe and shop that opened this month in Nagoya. The
cafe has in-store offerings but what makes them unique is their morning bottle
(朝ボトル) service. For 300 yen, you get a cold-brewed bottle of green tea that can

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Incredible wildlife photography exhibition showcases the beauty of big cats

Tue, 1 Jun 2021 05:17:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/incredible-wildlife-photography-exhibition-showcases-the-beauty-of-big-cats>

"The Siena Awards Festival is set to return from 23 October and one of the
festival highlights will be US photojournalist Steve Winter's solo exhibition
'Big Cats'. Running until 5 December, 'Big Cats' will showcase the powerful and

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Samoan democracy hangs in the balance as a constitutional arm wrestle plays out — with the world watching

Tue, 1 Jun 2021 05:18:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/samoan-democracy-hangs-in-the-balance-as-a-constitutional-arm-wrestle-plays-out-with-the-world-watching-161490>

"The makeshift swearing-in ceremony gave Fiame’s government legitimacy. The
presence of the revered former head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi
Efi, aided the optics. The current head of state, who has shocked many with his

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A new flagship coal plant failed spectacularly – but it won’t be the last time

Tue, 1 Jun 2021 05:19:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/a-new-flagship-coal-plant-failed-spectacularly-but-it-wont-be-the-last-time/>

"This blackout – caused by a single, clear failure point – makes the rising
problems with Australia’s coal industry incredibly clear. This has been
happening for some time, and it is likely to get worse."

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