Glass Wings Blog: February 2024

Australia’s female First Nations rappers turn pain into power

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:23:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2023/dec/30/australia-female-first-nations-indigenous-rappers-rap-hip-hop-music?utm_source=press.coop>

"When the Indigenous hip-hop artist Charmaine Jasmine Armstrong – also known as
Dizzy Doolan – started spitting rhymes 22 years ago she was one of a handful of
women in Australia’s rap scene.

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The top 15 JWST images of 2023

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:25:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/the-top-15-jwst-images-of-2023-462791f4c34b>

"Although it might seem that the world changed long ago from the Hubble era to
the JWST era, the reality is that humanity's greatest space-based observatory
of all-time is less than two years old. It launched on Christmas Day, 2021, and

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Uruguay’s green power revolution: rapid shift to wind shows the world how it’s done

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:26:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/dec/27/uruguays-green-power-revolution-rapid-shift-to-wind-shows-the-world-how-its-done>

"It was the 2000s, and fossil fuel prices were rising worldwide. After a period
of volatility in the 1980s, the crude oil price per barrel had reached one of
its lowest points – $20 – at the end of 2001 but then, over the course of six

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Predicted risk of heart failure pandemic due to persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection using a three-dimensional cardiac model

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:27:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589004223027189

"Patients with chronic cardiomyopathy may have persistent viral infections in
their hearts, particularly with SARS-CoV-2, which targets the ACE2 receptor
highly expressed in human hearts. This raises concerns about a potential global

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year—From Covid

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:28:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year-from-covid/>

"I cannot believe I am writing another column on Covid. Covid is so last year,
the year before, and the year before that. The best and brightest—the noisiest
voices about getting back to normal from the past three years—have taken their

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How to Hide a Pandemic

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:29:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://howtohideapandemic.substack.com/p/how-to-hide-a-pandemic

"No one could have predicted this. No, really.

In the years before Covid, the word “pandemic” would have conjured visions of

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Revealed: the world’s ‘most liveable’ cities in 2023

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 23:10:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.positive.news/society/the-best-cities-to-live-in-2023/

"Life is broadly improving in most major cities, according to the latest Global
Liveability Index, which has just recorded its highest average score for 15
years.

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How the press manufactured consent for never-ending COVID reinfections

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 23:11:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegauntlet.news/p/how-the-press-manufactured-consent

"A little over two years ago, on November 16, 2021, CNBC reported on Dr.
Fauci’s assessment of what successfully ‘living with the virus’ would look
like: “Covid cases must fall below 10,000 a day for U.S. to get to 'degree of

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Austrian government launches repair scheme for electronic goods

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 23:12:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-67777814

'Has your washing machine broken down, or is your electric kettle, laptop or
mobile phone refusing to work?

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Does Germany Have A Fireworks Problem?

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 23:14:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://40percentgerman.com/home/2018/11/5/germany-and-fireworks-how-not-to-get-blown-up-jwzyn-rppfh>

Punchline:

"What concerns me more than anything is the growing evidence that Germany has a

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Pandemic Roundup: 2023 year in review

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 23:15:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.patreon.com/posts/pandemic-roundup-95546410

"The year began and ended with Covid-19 exploding in all four hemispheres
simultaneously, including North America, Central America, Europe, and Oceana.
This is not a post about 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022. It is about 2023 and the

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Salmon won't return to the Klamath River overnight, but tribes are ready for restoration work

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 23:16:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/12/30/klamath-river-dam-removal-first-step-fish-restoration/71938341007/>

"REQUA, Calif. — The last of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River is
expected to come down in 2024, restoring the river's full flow and the spawning
grounds for fish for the first time in more than 100 years.

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What went right in 2023? Here’s some good news

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 05:39:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2023/12/30/what-went-right-in-2023-heres-some-good-news>

"The past year was dominated by global conflicts that continue to cause
devastation, death and despair, deep political divisions and extreme climate
events, but it also had glimmers of positive and hopeful news. Here are some

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Birds, bugs, and beauty: The winners of Wiki Loves Earth 2023

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 05:40:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/freely-sharing-the-sum-of-all-knowledge/birds-bugs-and-beauty-the-winners-of-wiki-loves-earth-2023-633d4a4e261f>

"Much of the world’s natural beauty and animal species rest in places none of
us will ever visit. So why not let one of the world’s highest-quality photo
contests bring them to your virtual doorstep?

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A Nutritionist Reveals The Secret to Making Friends With Salad

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 05:41:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/a-nutritionist-reveals-the-secret-to-making-friends-with-salad>

"Do you hate salad? It's OK if you do, there are plenty of foods in the world,
and lots of different ways to prepare them.

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Russia Uses Every Missile in Arsenal in Largest Attack Since Start of Ukraine War

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 05:43:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://wesodonnell.medium.com/russia-uses-every-missile-in-arsenal-in-largest-attack-since-start-of-ukraine-war-791d834e1a74>

""A large European nation is being bombed into the stone age as bored,
high-minded pseudo-intellectuals keep playing Kissinger in what they imagine as
Realpolitik 5D chess in op-eds." -Illia Ponomarenko, December 29, 2023.

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Researchers Gave Homeless People $750 Per Month and the Results Were Incredible

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 05:44:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://futurism.com/homeless-750-basic-income

"The idea of giving homeless people money, no questions asked, is a perennially
controversial topic. The common argument against handing cash to the unhoused
is that they'll spend most of it on drugs, liquor, or cigarettes because of

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Electrify Everything Sure But What About Big Trucks?

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 05:46:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/the-future-is-electric/electrify-everything-sure-but-what-about-big-trucks-6e5583b9e24a>

'As we electrify everything everywhere all at once to deal with global warming,
one of the questions that comes up is: "What about trucks?" And the answer is
the same as for every other form of ground transportation: electricity via

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New malaria vaccine proves highly effective – and COVID shows how quickly it could be deployed

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:48:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-malaria-vaccine-proves-highly-effective-and-covid-shows-how-quickly-it-could-be-deployed-159585>

"Coronavirus vaccines have been developed and deployed in record time, but as
global rollout has progressed, too few doses have been made available in
low-income countries. It’s a stark reminder that when it comes to infectious

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Nintendo’s design guru Shigeru Miyamoto: ‘I wanted to make something weird’

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:51:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2023/dec/30/nintendo-shigeru-miyamoto-interview-mario-zelda-switch-pikmin-splatoon>

"You can tell a Nintendo game not just from its feel – the satisfying swish of
Link’s sword in the Zelda games, the weight of Mario’s jump – but by its
look. They are bright, energetic, characterful. In Splatoon, the game-maker’s

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The year the Australian Dream died

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:52:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-67723760

'At the age of 31, Justin Dowswell never imagined he'd be living in a shared
room in his childhood home.

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The designer bringing Italian furniture to one of Kenya’s oldest slums

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:53:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/style/designer-italian-furniture-nairobi-dfi/index.html>

"When Italian designer Giacomo Moor was tasked with creating furniture for a
school in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya last fall, he knew instantly what he wanted
to make: Pieces that were functional, straightforward and easy to assemble.

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History in Ink: Preserving the World’s Largest Cartoon and Comic Collection

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:55:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2023/10/history-in-ink-preserving-the-worlds-largest-cartoon-and-comic-collection/>

"A stop at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is like paying a visit
to old friends. Hanging on the museum walls are huge framed cartoons of Lucy
tormenting Charlie Brown, Beetle Bailey working his way under Sarge’s skin, and

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From Blue Pacific to Indo-Pacific: how politics and language define our ‘Indigenous ocean’

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 12:56:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-blue-pacific-to-indo-pacific-how-politics-and-language-define-our-indigenous-ocean-219483>

"In September 2017, at the 48th meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, the
political leaders of the Pacific agreed a new regional approach. They announced
the way forward as the “Blue Pacific – Our Sea of Islands, Our Livelihoods, Our

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A former White House scientist was scammed out of $655,000. Then came the IRS

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 19:21:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/12/14/cyber-crime-scams-irs-taxes/>

"Frances Sharples walked through the glass doors of her credit union, ready to
make the worst decision of her life.

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Lily Gladstone on How Using She/They Pronouns Is Connected to Indigenous Background, “A Way of Decolonizing Gender for Myself”

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 19:23:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/lily-gladstone-she-they-pronouns-decolonizing-gender-1235777244/>

"Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone has opened up about how using
she/they pronouns is connected to the performer’s Indigenous background and
“partly a way of decolonizing gender.”

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Is capitalism an efficient economic system?

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 19:25:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
"Is capitalism an efficient economic system? It depends on what you want to
optimise for: if the purpose of your economic system is to transfer wealth from
everyone else to a handful of billionaires, then capitalism is already very
efficient and becoming ever more efficient. If the purpose is the long term
thriving of the human race, then capitalism is a terrible system: the thing you

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Won’t my cat get bored if I keep it inside? Here’s how to ensure it’s happy

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 19:27:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/wont-my-cat-get-bored-if-i-keep-it-inside-heres-how-to-ensure-its-happy-214562>

"The Australian and American Veterinary Medical Associations recommend keeping
cats indoors because they, and wildlife, will be safer.

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Queensland woman uses electric car to run her son’s dialysis machine during power cut

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 19:28:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/01/amazing-queensland-mum-uses-electric-car-to-save-sons-life-with-dialysis-during-power-outage>

"An electric vehicle owner has used her car’s emergency power system to run her
11-year-old son’s life-saving dialysis machine and another has ridden to the
rescue of his neighbours after devastating storms cut power in south-east

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Forests with multiple tree species are 70% more effective as carbon sinks than monoculture forests, study finds

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 19:29:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://phys.org/news/2023-11-forests-multiple-tree-species-effective.html>

'To slow the effects of climate change, conserve biodiversity, and meet the
sustainable development goals, replanting trees is vital. Restored forests
store carbon within the forest's soil, shrubs, and trees. Mixed forests are

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Denver opens first “micro-community” to house homeless people

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 03:31:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://denvergazette.com/news/government/denver-first-homeless-micro-community/article_5be74810-a830-11ee-bf18-03f98721214e.html>

"Denver Mayor Mike Johnston's administration opened the city's first
“micro-community” on New Year’s Eve Sunday, a day after the mayor claimed the
city reached his promise of housing 1,000 homeless people by Dec. 31.

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Tech Billionaires Need to Stop Trying to Make the Science Fiction They Grew Up on Real

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 03:33:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tech-billionaires-need-to-stop-trying-to-make-the-science-fiction-they-grew-up-on-real/>

"Science fiction (SF) influences everything in this day and age, from the
design of everyday artifacts to how we—including the current crop of
50-something Silicon Valley billionaires—work. And that’s a bad thing: it

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Grand Canyon Uranium Mining

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 03:35:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/mining/Grand_Canyon_Uranium_Mining/>

"The public lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park contain high
concentrations of uranium ore. Mining bores deep into vertical rock formations
called “breccia pipes,” making uranium soluble to groundwater and risking

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The 150 Greatest Science Fiction Movies of All Time

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 03:37:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rollingstone.com/tv-movies/tv-movie-lists/best-sci-fi-movies-1234893930/>

"Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, Georges Méliès never sends a bunch of
folks on a trip to the moon. The adventures of space explorers and time
travelers, androids and alien races don’t thrill a generation of kids chomping

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Crocs love feral pigs and quolls have a taste for rabbit – but it doesn’t solve the invasive species problem

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 03:39:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/crocs-love-feral-pigs-and-quolls-have-a-taste-for-rabbit-but-it-doesnt-solve-the-invasive-species-problem-211904>

"Across the vast Australian continent, feral pigs, feral deer and European
rabbits roam in their millions. By different names – wild boar, venison and
lapin – these could all be served in a Michelin star restaurant.

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50 years after Evonne Goolagong’s Australian Open win, we should remember her achievements – and the racism she overcame

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 03:40:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/50-years-after-evonne-goolagongs-australian-open-win-we-should-remember-her-achievements-and-the-racism-she-overcame-217684>

"Fifty years ago, on New Year’s Day in 1974, Wiradjuri woman Evonne Goolagong
delighted spectators at Melbourne’s Kooyong Tennis Club by defeating American
Chris Evert to win the women’s singles Australian Open championship.

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Sustainability: 5 Practical Tips to Make Your Life Greener in 2024

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 13:47:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/sustainability-5-practical-tips-to-make-your-life-greener-in-2024>

"People all around the world traditionally use their new year to embark on a
change in lifestyle.

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From Austin to Anchorage, U.S. cities opt to ditch their off-street parking minimums

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 13:48:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/01/02/1221366173/u-s-cities-drop-parking-space-minimums-development>

'The city council in Austin, Texas recently proposed something that could seem
like political Kryptonite: getting rid of parking minimums.

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How Mexico City's biggest wholesale market is combating food waste

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 13:51:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/01/02/1221356114/mexico-city-food-waste-central-de-abastos>

'MEXICO CITY — The Central de Abastos, with more than half a million daily
visitors, feels more like a city than a market. Stretching across 800 acres on
the eastern side of the Mexican metropolis, this wholesale produce market is

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India targets Apple over its phone hacking notifications

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 13:53:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/12/27/india-apple-iphone-hacking/>

"NEW DELHI — A day after Apple warned independent Indian journalists and
opposition party politicians in October that government hackers may have tried
to break into their iPhones, officials under Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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My big move: I was a single mum living in a sharehouse. A commune gave us a stable place to call home

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 13:56:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/jan/01/my-big-move-communal-living-australia-melbourne>

"Some time ago I was a single mum living in a sharehouse in Melbourne’s inner
north. While not an ideal housing scenario, I couldn’t afford to live alone,
and I didn’t want to. Single parenting is isolating and about as far from “it

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Can an empty buildings network revamp communities?

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 13:57:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cevqy58nx8jo

'Life could be breathed back into empty buildings across Wales through a
"network of communities", according to a group of villagers.

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Our dogs can terrify (and even kill) wildlife. Here’s how to be a responsible owner this summer

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 19:16:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-dogs-can-terrify-and-even-kill-wildlife-heres-how-to-be-a-responsible-owner-this-summer-214722>

"In Australia, dog ownership often goes hand-in-hand with a love for the great
outdoors. Whether it’s walking on the beach, going camping, or having a
barbecue in the park, we tend to keep our canine companions close as we soak up

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The Year in Cheer 2023

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 19:17:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/the-year-in-cheer-2023/

"177 ways the world got better in 2023.

Happy New Year! And welcome to our annual look back at the brightest, boldest

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‘I’m in shock:’ Russia’s mass attack on Kyiv shatters lives and dreams

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 19:19:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://kyivindependent.com/im-in-shock-russias-renewed-mass-missile-shatters-kyivans-lives-and-dreams/>

"Semen Nedanov could hardly hold back his tears when he showed the Kyiv
Independent
 what was left of his flat in the central Solomiansky district
after a Russian attack on Kyiv early on Jan. 2.

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Meteors, supermoons, a comet and more: your guide to the southern sky in 2024

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 19:21:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/meteors-supermoons-a-comet-and-more-your-guide-to-the-southern-sky-in-2024-217927>

"What exciting events will we see in the southern sky in 2024? Meteor showers,
Saturn covered by the Moon, close approaches of bright planets to each other,
supermoons – and, if we’re lucky, a comet visible to the naked eye.

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Gems of the Rainforest

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 19:23:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://snailseyeview.medium.com/gems-of-the-rainforest-d47c61ce836b>

"Look at this handful of amethysts and lapiz lazuli! These jewels are fruit of
the Atherton Oak (Athertonia diversifolia, Proteaceae), a tree that grows
only in a few rainforest areas of Far North Queensland — the Atherton

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Steamboat Willie, reborn in peace

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 03:31:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lessig.medium.com/steamboat-willie-reborn-in-peace-c65924ed7908

"Today, Congress allowed Steamboat Willie — the origin cartoon for Mickey
Mouse — to pass into the public domain. Eric Eldred helped make this happen,
when, 25 years ago, he challenged Congress’s practice of extending the terms of

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Is cold water bad for you? What about drinking from the hose or tap? The facts behind 5 water myths

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 03:32:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/is-cold-water-bad-for-you-what-about-drinking-from-the-hose-or-tap-the-facts-behind-5-water-myths-215452>

"We know the importance of staying hydrated, especially in hot weather. But
even for something as simple as a drink of water, conflicting advice and urban
myths abound.

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How effective is fear as a teaching tool? How and what do we learn when we are scared?

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 03:33:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-effective-is-fear-as-a-teaching-tool-how-and-what-do-we-learn-when-we-are-scared-213540>

"Many of us remember vividly being yelled at or feeling threatened by a family
member, a teacher, or a boss.

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When you sit down to build a sandcastle, take a look around you: the beach is already sculpting

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 03:34:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/when-you-sit-down-to-build-a-sandcastle-take-a-look-around-you-the-beach-is-already-sculpting-215600>

"Arenicola, or lugworms, make some of the most beautiful structures on the
beach. Little piles of wet sand are cast in a swirl from their rear end as part
of their feeding cycle.

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COVID Is ‘Still a Pandemic,’ WHO Leader Says

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 03:36:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.md/cW1KZ

"The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, according to one of the World Health
Organization’s leading infectious disease experts.

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McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Wendy’s Rely on Alabama Prison “Slavery”

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 03:38:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://truthout.org/articles/mcdonalds-kfc-burger-king-and-wendys-rely-on-alabama-prison-slavery/>

"Incarcerated Alabamans and labor organizations have filed a federal class
action lawsuit to dismantle the forced prison labor system in the state, which
rakes in $450 million annually from leasing incarcerated people to companies

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Big oil ‘fully owned the villain role’ in 2023, the hottest year ever recorded

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 11:44:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/03/2023-hottest-year-on-record-fossil-fuel-climate-crisis>

"Throughout 2023, the hottest year in recorded history, fossil fuel giants
doubled down on their planet-heating business models.

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The Lotus Sutra − an ancient Buddhist scripture from the 3rd century − continues to have relevance today

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 11:45:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-lotus-sutra-an-ancient-buddhist-scripture-from-the-3rd-century-continues-to-have-relevance-today-216977>

"State legislatures across the United States have introduced over 400 bills to
limit transgender Americans’ rights. Many of these bills’ sponsors, such as the
Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, cite Christian values as well

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Cartoon: The Crypto con

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 11:47:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/1/1/2214867/-Cartoon-The-Crypto-con>

"How crypto miners raised Texans' electric bill"

Via Kevin O'Brien.

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My life as a ‘Jillposter’: the radical feminist poster group that pasted prints around Melbourne in the ‘80s

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 11:48:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/my-life-as-a-jillposter-the-radical-feminist-poster-group-that-pasted-prints-around-melbourne-in-the-80s-214959>

"Jillposters was a self-funded radical feminist poster group active in
Melbourne from 1983 until 1988. I was a founding member.

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The cost-of-living crisis is hitting hard. Here are 3 ways to soften the blow

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 11:49:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-cost-of-living-crisis-is-hitting-hard-here-are-3-ways-to-soften-the-blow-218118>

"As our wallets feel the strain from the cost-of-living crisis, many of us are
looking for ways to soften the blow.

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The Unperson Of 2023

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 11:50:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.techdirt.com/2024/01/02/the-unperson-of-2023/

"2023 is over. Taylor Swift was Time’s Person of the Year, beating out
candidates like Jerome Powell, who may have stuck the economic soft-landing,
but can’t hit the high notes. Only a fool would challenge the decision, but I

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What’s The Opposite Of “A Sad Sign Of The Times”?

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 19:35:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://notalwaysright.com/whats-the-opposite-of-a-sad-sign-of-the-times/315020/>

"I step into a local restaurant that recently opened up in the neighborhood.
The area where I live is a little run-down with a lot of people looking for
work, so having a new place open to eat, especially one that looks a little

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Computer science pioneer Niklaus Wirth passes away

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 19:37:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://itwire.com/it-people-news/people-moves/computer-science-pioneer-niklaus-wirth-passes-away.html>

"Niklaus Emil Wirth, the creator of Pascal, winner of a Turing award, and
fellow of the Computer History Museum, passed away on 1 January 2024 at the age
of 89.

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Analysis: UK electricity from fossil fuels drops to lowest level since 1957

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 19:38:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uk-electricity-from-fossil-fuels-drops-to-lowest-level-since-1957/>

"The amount of UK electricity generated from fossil fuels fell 22% year-on-year
in 2023 to the lowest level since 1957, Carbon Brief analysis reveals.

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Vaccination Dramatically Lowers Long COVID Risk

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 19:39:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/vaccination-dramatically-lowers-long-covid-risk/>

"At least 200 million people worldwide have struggled with long COVID: a slew
of symptoms that can persist for months or even years after an infection with
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. But research suggests that that number

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There was some good climate news in 2023. Really.

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 19:40:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/12/20/1085731/good-climate-change-news-2023/>

"Bad climate news was everywhere in 2023.

It’s been the hottest year on record, with January through November clocking in

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The World Of Web Browsers Is In A Bad Way

Sun, 4 Feb 2024 19:41:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hackaday.com/2024/01/04/the-world-of-web-browsers-is-in-a-bad-way/>

"There once was a man who invented a means for publishing scientific documents
using hypertext. He made his first documents available from his NeXT cube, and
a lot of the academics who saw them thought it was a great idea. They took the

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Bewitched' broke ground 55 years ago

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 04:23:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.facebook.com/lewis.mcfadden.37/posts/pfbid0LbqGSgiTkKBWy325TsR77DvH4ofd9GPQiVA3tVsWuCejTter4TgtRCVTk8FiHonal>

"To hardcore fans, ABC’s Bewitched had jumped the shark eight years before
the Happy Days expression was even coined when in 1969 actor Dick York was
swapped out with no explanation for Dick Sargent in the lead role of Darrin

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Until now, sellers have used AI to get the best deal for themselves – those tables are about to turn

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 04:24:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/until-now-sellers-have-used-ai-to-get-the-best-deal-for-themselves-those-tables-are-about-to-turn-216620>

"It’s no accident we are seeing record profits from some of our biggest
consumer-facing companies, among them Qantas andthe big four banks.

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Not the End of the World by Hannah Ritchie review – an optimist’s guide to the climate crisis

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 04:26:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/jan/04/not-the-end-of-the-world-by-hannah-ritchie-review-an-optimists-guide-to-the-climate-crisis>

"Data scientist Hannah Ritchie has written a good-hearted, generous book that
tries its very best to reassure us about the various environmental crises we
face. Which, obviously, is much appreciated: God knows we need all the optimism

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Vacuuming, moving house, unpacking are boring in real life – so why is doing them in a video game so fun?

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 04:29:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vacuuming-moving-house-unpacking-are-boring-in-real-life-so-why-is-doing-them-in-a-video-game-so-fun-214853>

"After an exhausting day, housework is often the last thing I feel like doing.
But I sometimes relax by playing video games where you tidy and arrange
household items in living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

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The ’90s Sci-Fi Series That Needs Help Being Saved

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 04:30:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/ent/reboot-90s-sci-fi-series.html

"Did you know that audiences were into cutting-edge computer animation long
before Toy Story was even a twinkle in Pixar’s eye? The CGI-animated show
ReBoot premiered way back in 1994, and it blazed the trail that some of the

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Become a beach scientist this summer and help monitor changing coastlines

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 12:02:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/become-a-beach-scientist-this-summer-and-help-monitor-changing-coastlines-214307>

"When you arrive at your favourite beach these summer holidays, you may notice
something different about the coast.

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A Postal Worker Begged for Stronger COVID-19 Protections. She Ended Up Spending Six Weeks in the Hospital.

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 12:03:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.propublica.org/article/a-postal-worker-begged-for-stronger-covid-19-protections-she-ended-up-spending-six-weeks-in-the-hospital>

"Last November, just as Minnesota was suffering through a punishing wave of
COVID-19, managers at a St. Paul U.S. Postal Service distribution center
allowed employees to hold a going-away party in the building.

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Australia is still reckoning with a shameful legacy: the resettlement of suspected war criminals after WWII

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 12:04:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australia-is-still-reckoning-with-a-shameful-legacy-the-resettlement-of-suspected-war-criminals-after-wwii-217378>

"In the Canadian parliament last year, an outcry erupted after 98-year-old
Ukrainian-Canadian Yaroslav Hunka was presented to Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelensky as a hero of the second world war.

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RIP: Software design pioneer and Pascal creator Niklaus Wirth

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 12:06:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theregister.com/2024/01/04/niklaus_wirth_obituary/

"Swiss computer scientist Professor Niklaus Wirth died on New Year's Day,
roughly six weeks before what would have been his 90th birthday.

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This new bladeless fan is the future of wind turbines

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 12:08:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/this-new-bladeless-fan-is-the-future-of-wind-turbines>

"The familiar sight of towering wind turbines with spinning blades dominating
landscapes could soon be a thing of the past.

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The Great Abdication: Why No One Can Be Bothered Anymore

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 12:09:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.okdoomer.io/the-great-abdication/

'"Do you want us to test you for HIV?"

I'd come in for severe strep throat, only to find out what I had was a fungal

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Africans discovered dinosaur fossils long before the term ‘palaeontology’ existed

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:20:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/africans-discovered-dinosaur-fossils-long-before-the-term-palaeontology-existed-218833>

"Credit for discovering the first dinosaur bones usually goes to British
gentlemen for their finds between the 17th and 19th centuries in England.
Robert Plot, an English natural history scholar, was the first of these to

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Cross-border rail in 2023

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:21:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://samthursfield.wordpress.com/2024/01/05/cross-border-rail-in-2023/>

"A new discovery of mine for 2023 was the #CrossBorderRail movement. It’s
mainly a project of Jon Worth who is investigating all current and former
border crossings in the EU by train and bike. His motivation, aside from the

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We used AI and satellite imagery to map ocean activities that take place out of sight, including fishing, shipping and energy development

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:23:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-used-ai-and-satellite-imagery-to-map-ocean-activities-that-take-place-out-of-sight-including-fishing-shipping-and-energy-development-219367>

"Humans are racing to harness the ocean’s vast potential to power global
economic growth. Worldwide, ocean-based industries such as fishing, shipping
and energy production generate at least US$1.5 trillion in economic activity

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Drugs of the future will be easier and faster to make, thanks to mRNA – after researchers work out a few remaining kinks

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:23:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/drugs-of-the-future-will-be-easier-and-faster-to-make-thanks-to-mrna-after-researchers-work-out-a-few-remaining-kinks-215199>

"Vaccines have been reliably and affordably protecting people from diseases
worldwide for centuries. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, however, vaccine
development was still a long and idiosyncratic process. Traditionally,

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Wolves return to Europe: what to do about them is a people problem

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:24:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/wolves-return-to-europe-what-to-do-about-them-is-a-people-problem-podcast-220480>

"Wolves are making a comeback across Europe. As their populations grow, 65,000
livestock are killed each year by wolves. Now, moves are underway to change the
protection status of the wolf in the European Union.

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Americans living in their cars are finding refuge in ‘safe parking lots’

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:25:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/05/safe-overnight-parking-lot-sleep-in-car-rv-homelessness-housing-shelter>

"Starting in October 2021, about 40 motorhomes or recreational vehicles (RVs)
parked in a lot on Grayson Street in Berkeley, California, as part of the
city’s first attempt at a “safe parking lot”.

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As Chinese dialects decline, Australia offers a safe haven for some endangered languages

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 03:59:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-06/takeover-melbourne-teen-and-the-cantonese-language/103069564>

'Take a walk through Chinatown in one of Australia's major capital cities, and
you're more than likely to hear the Chinese dialect of Cantonese being spoken.

(More...)

Sex, Lies and Offshore Vehicles: How Russia Became the Country It Is Today

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 04:08:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vice.com/en/article/j5w5j8/russia-fimaco-moneyland-corruption-offshore>

"As this extract from Oliver Bullough's book Moneyland makes clear, it is
remarkably easy to loot a country providing you are in charge of it."

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Earthquakes in Japan: We are Always Prepared

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 04:09:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/@yuriminamide0509/earthquakes-in-japan-we-are-always-prepared-0957c25ecf37>

"At around 4:10 pm on 1 January 2024, a major earthquake with a magnitude of
7.6 struck the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. A tsunami warning
was immediately issued. The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but at

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It’s time we learned to love the dark

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 04:11:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://imagine5.com/articles/its-time-we-learned-to-love-the-dark/

"Scrolling through social media or catching up on a Netflix show can seem like
a great way to unwind at the end of the day. But we are increasingly
understanding that the light emitted by phone and computer screens disrupts our

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Finding a fix: Nigerian women lead drive to upcycle plastics

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 04:12:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2023/12/13/finding-a-fix-nigerian-women-lead-drive-to-upcycle-plastics>

"Lagos, Nigeria — For years, Maryam Lawani was really pained when it rained.
She lived in the Oshodi Isolo area of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital,
where canals often overflow messily into the streets during downpours.

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Moments of hope and resilience from the climate frontlines

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 04:13:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20231221-how-climate-change-is-affecting-the-world>

'The change is happening so rapidly that even the time between major climate
reports can be measured in tenths of a degree of warming. Between one landmark
report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018 and another

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China wants to choose the next Dalai Lama. He has other plans

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 12:45:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.economist.com/1843/2023/07/27/china-wants-to-choose-the-next-dalai-lama-he-has-other-plans>

"The boy’s existence had been little more than a rumour. When he appeared
during a ceremony in March on a small throne below the Dalai Lama, the ageing
leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the monks and nuns in the audience didn’t seem to

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Experience: I own the world’s oldest living cat

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 12:46:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/jan/05/experience-i-own-the-worlds-oldest-living-cat>

"Growing up, my childhood cat Honeybun was a big part of my life. She was so
affectionate and always greeted me when I came home. Her loss affected me
massively when she passed away in February last year. I loved her throughout

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Warmer winters and more flooding will be the norm in the UK, scientists warn

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 12:48:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/06/warmer-winters-and-more-flooding-will-be-the-norm-in-the-uk-scientists-warn>

"Hydrologist Hannah Cloke has a straightforward description of the inundation
that has just struck Britain. “Our decorations may have come down but the flood
warning map is currently lit up like a Christmas tree.”

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Governments looked at the climate crisis – and decided to persecute the activists

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 12:49:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://volewica.blogspot.com/2024/01/governments-looked-at-climate-crisis.html>

"Injustice is easy to oppose after it has receded into the past, and there is
no cost to imagining yourself as a hero long after the event. Everyone
celebrates the suffragettes now, but at the time they were vilified as hateful

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This Quirky Medieval 'Manga' Is The Cutest Japanese History Lesson Ever

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 12:51:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/this-quirky-medieval-manga-is-the-cutest-japanese-history-lesson-ever>

'At first glance, it looks like a piece of historical whimsy: a sequential,
pictorial account of rats scurrying about in preparation for a wedding feast.

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The Day I Met Attenborough

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 12:52:45 +1100

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

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

"A piece I directed with Aardman and the BBC Natural History Unit, to celebrate
David Attenborough's 90th birthday.  Using voices of the Great British Public."

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The U.S. is facing the biggest COVID wave since Omicron. Why are we still playing make-believe?

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 20:22:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2024-01-04/covid-2024-flu-virus-vaccine>

"The pandemic is far from over, as evidenced by the rapid rise to global
dominance of the JN.1 variant of SARS-CoV-2. This variant is a derivative of
BA.2.86, the only other strain that has carried more than 30 new mutations in

(More...)

What’s the Value of 3 Million LPs in a Digital World?

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 20:24:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/archive-of-contemporary-music-save-3-million-records-digital-streaming/>

"Kindle libraries; troves of infinitely streamable songs on Spotify and Apple
Music; scores of shows and films on Netflix, Max, and Hulu. Even the Criterion
Collection is online now. Cultural archives now live on server farms, so much

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How fossil fuel companies won COP28

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 20:25:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://theconversation.com/how-fossil-fuel-companies-won-cop28-211212

"Another climate summit has come and gone. The 28th Conference of the Parties
of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28 to you and me) took
stock of the world’s progress in limiting global heating to 1.5°C. This is the

(More...)

Character.ai: Young people turning to AI therapist bots

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 20:26:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-67872693

'Harry Potter, Elon Musk, Beyoncé, Super Mario and Vladimir Putin.

These are just some of the millions of artificial intelligence (AI) personas

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Cicada Safari: Mapping the double emergence,of Broods XIII and XIX

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 20:28:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://cicadasafari.org/

"Our next major emergence of the periodical cicadas will start in late April
and early May 2024, when two different broods will emerge. The 17-year Brood
XIII will emerge in Northern Illinois, while the 13-year Brood XIX will emerge

(More...)

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Plastic in Food (and Everywhere Else)

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 20:29:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.consumerreports.org/health/food-contaminants/how-to-reduce-exposure-to-plastic-in-food-everywhere-else-a9640874767/>

"Plasticizers—the most common of which are called phthalates—are used to make
plastic more flexible and more durable. They’re so widely used that today, they
show up inside almost all of us, right along with other chemicals found in

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Heat your House with a Mechanical Windmill

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 04:57:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2019/02/heat-your-house-with-a-mechanical-windmill/>

"Renewable energy production is almost entirely aimed at the generation of
electricity. However, we use more energy in the form of heat, which solar
panels and wind turbines can produce only indirectly and relatively

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After 3 months of devastation in the Israel-Hamas war, is anyone ‘winning’?

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 04:58:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/after-3-months-of-devastation-in-the-israel-hamas-war-is-anyone-winning-220644>

"The 19th century German war strategist and field marshal Helmuth von Moltke
famously coined the aphorism “No battle plan survives first contact with the
enemy”. His observation might well be applied to the tragedy we are witnessing

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China’s capitalist reforms are said to have moved 800 million out of extreme poverty – new data suggests the opposite

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 04:59:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/chinas-capitalist-reforms-are-said-to-have-moved-800-million-out-of-extreme-poverty-new-data-suggests-the-opposite-216621>

"It has become an article of faith among many economists that China’s
pro-market reforms of the 1980s and 1990s ushered in a sustained reduction in
poverty.

(More...)

Hundreds call for help in Victoria and SA amid heavy rain and severe storms

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 05:00:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/07/victoria-and-southern-parts-of-nsw-prepare-for-thunderstorms-and-possible-flash-flooding>

"Hundreds of people across Victoria and South Australia have called for help
after heavy rain and severe storms lashed the two states.

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The chickadee in the snowbank: A ‘canary in the coal mine’ for climate change in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 05:01:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-chickadee-in-the-snowbank-a-canary-in-the-coal-mine-for-climate-change-in-the-sierra-nevada-mountains-217255>

"Wet snow pelts my face and pulls against my skis as I climb above 8,000 feet
in the Sierra Nevada of eastern California, tugging a sled loaded with
batteries, bolts, wire and 40 pounds of sunflower seeds critical to our

(More...)

Cookies and candy are latest victims of climate crisis as sugar prices surge

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 05:02:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/05/climate-crisis-drought-sugar-cost-impact>

"The climate crisis has been previously identified as a threat to coffee and
beer, and its impact could now be stretching to another of life’s joys:
dessert.

(More...)

1 in 3 people are lonely. Will AI help, or make things worse?

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:50:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/1-in-3-people-are-lonely-will-ai-help-or-make-things-worse-217924>

"ChatGPT has repeatedly made headlines since its release late last year, with
various scholars and professionals exploring its potential applications in both
work and education settings. However, one area receiving less attention is the

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Queensland storm, cyclone recovery to take years, Premier Steven Miles says

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:51:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-07/qld-storm-cyclone-recovery-repairs-queensland/103291464>

"The Queensland government says it will take years to get homes repaired, after
wild storms and flooding lashed the south-east over the Christmas holidays.

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Hayao Miyazaki wins Golden Globe for The Boy and the Heron

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:52:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-67909246

"Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki has won his first Golden Globe Award
at the age of 83 for The Boy and the Heron.

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Here’s why you should (almost) never use a pie chart for your data

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:53:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/heres-why-you-should-almost-never-use-a-pie-chart-for-your-data-214576>

"Our lives are becoming increasingly data driven. Our phones monitor our time
and internet usage and online surveys discern our opinions and likes. These
data harvests are used for telling us how well we’ve slept or what we might

(More...)

What if You Did Not Buy a Single New Thing This Month or Even Year?

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:55:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/the-no%C3%B6sphere/what-if-you-did-not-buy-a-single-new-thing-this-month-or-even-year-3f94a86f1118>

"I love to tell people who come over to our place that the full-length mirror
in the entry is one of the things we 'rescued' from our building's… waste
store.

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Coca-Cola in Africa: a long history full of unexpected twists and turns

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:56:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/coca-cola-in-africa-a-long-history-full-of-unexpected-twists-and-turns-215923>

"A new book called Bottled: How Coca-Cola Became African tells the story of
how the world’s most famous carbonated drink conquered the continent. It’s a
tale of marketing gumption and high politics and is the product of years of

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The US invented shopping malls, but China is writing their next chapter

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 19:20:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-us-invented-shopping-malls-but-china-is-writing-their-next-chapter-220181>

"On a recent research trip to China, I wandered through the Oasis Mall in
suburban Shanghai. Like many Chinese shopping centers, this complex was filled
with empty stores that reflected the end of China’s 30-year-long economic

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Dogs are incredible – if unlikely – allies in conservation

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 19:21:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/dogs-are-incredible-if-unlikely-allies-in-conservation-204813>

"Dogs have been working with people for centuries. Think hunting dogs, herding
dogs, police dogs or search and rescue dogs. But have you heard of conservation
dogs?

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EIA Says 40 Percent of US Electricity Is Now Emission-Free for the First Time

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 19:23:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://singularityhub.com/2024/01/08/iea-says-40-percent-of-us-electricity-is-now-emission-free-for-the-first-time/>

"The pace of the green energy transition has accelerated significantly in
recent years. Figures released at the end of last year show roughly 40 percent
of US electricity production is now emission-free.

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Plants and bookcases in, living rooms and blank walls out: how your Zoom background can make you seem more competent

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 19:24:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/plants-and-bookcases-in-living-rooms-and-blank-walls-out-how-your-zoom-background-can-make-you-seem-more-competent-216461>

"Working from home has made job interviews and starting a new role easier in
many ways. You don’t have to worry about a missed train or spilt coffee
derailing a job interview if it’s on Zoom – but you still need to impress your

(More...)

As Australia’s net zero transition threatens to stall, rooftop solar could help provide the power we need

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 19:25:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/as-australias-net-zero-transition-threatens-to-stall-rooftop-solar-could-help-provide-the-power-we-need-220050>

"Australia is not rolling out clean energy projects nearly fast enough to reach
the Australian government’s target of 82% renewable electricity by 2030. A huge
build of solar and wind farms, transmission lines and big batteries is needed.

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Global heating will pass 1.5C threshold this year, top ex-Nasa scientist says

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 03:25:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/08/global-temperature-over-1-5-c-climate-change>

"The internationally agreed threshold to prevent the Earth from spiraling into
a new superheated era will be “passed for all practical purposes” during 2024,
the man known as the godfather of climate science has warned.

(More...)

Attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea threaten Australia’s trade – we need a Plan B

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 03:26:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/attacks-on-cargo-ships-in-the-red-sea-threaten-australias-trade-we-need-a-plan-b-220541>

"Australia is 11,000 kilometres from the Red Sea but it is not immune from the
drone and missile attacks on container ships attempting to move through one of
the world’s busiest thoroughfares.

(More...)

Meloni urged to ban neofascist groups after crowds filmed saluting in Rome

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 03:27:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/08/meloni-urged-to-ban-neofascist-groups-after-crowds-filmed-saluting-in-rome>

"Italian opposition leaders have called on Giorgia Meloni’s rightwing
government to ban neofascist groups after a chilling video emerged of hundreds
of men making fascist salutes during an event in Rome.

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Magpies swoop bald men more often, eight-year-old's viral survey finds

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 03:28:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-09/magpies-swoop-bald-more-often-survey-finds/103297520>

'Community science helps us unlock some pretty quirky aspects of the natural
world, and those discoveries often come from unlikely places.

(More...)

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest democracies, but it’s weaponising defamation laws to smother dissent

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 03:28:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/indonesia-is-one-of-the-worlds-largest-democracies-but-its-weaponising-defamation-laws-to-smother-dissent-220651>

"Two former coordinators of one of Indonesia’s most prominent human rights
organisations have escaped conviction in a defamation case brought by a
powerful government minister. While their astonishing acquittal is welcome, the

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Pokémon Concierge Review

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 03:30:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ign.com/articles/pokmon-concierge-review

"The creatures of Pokémon may be known for their battle prowess, but it turns
out they need a vacation once in a while, just like everyone else. That’s the
premise of Pokémon Concierge, a beautiful and breezy stop-motion series made

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‘We don’t know what tomorrow will bring’: how climate change is affecting Fijians’ mental health

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:22:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-dont-know-what-tomorrow-will-bring-how-climate-change-is-affecting-fijians-mental-health-219506>

"It’s unlikely any region of the world will escape the effects of climate
change. These include increasing temperatures, more frequent and intense
extreme weather events such as bushfires and floods, rising sea levels, and

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New York Times faces backlash for essay speculating on Taylor Swift’s sexuality

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:26:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/music/2024/jan/08/taylor-swift-nyt-opinion-sexuality>

"The New York Times is under fire for publishing a piece speculating on
Taylor Swift’s sexuality.

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‘Caring as much as you do was killing you’. We need to talk about burnout in the arts

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:27:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/caring-as-much-as-you-do-was-killing-you-we-need-to-talk-about-burnout-in-the-arts-215883>

"Burnout is an occupational hazard in many people-focused jobs. People in these
roles routinely go “above and beyond” for the benefit of others – often in the
face of funding cuts and policies that make their work harder than it needs to

(More...)

‘The incentive to steal isn’t there’: the lost cause of tracking library theft

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:28:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/jan/09/the-incentive-to-steal-isnt-there-the-lost-cause-of-tracking-library-theft>

"A curious trend once gripped Australian libraries and it was concerned with
matters of the dark arts. “If you were wanting to see library books on the
occult and witchcraft, they were often missing,” says Cameron Morley. “Were

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‘Cli-fi’ might not save the world, but writing it could help with your eco-anxiety

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:29:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/cli-fi-might-not-save-the-world-but-writing-it-could-help-with-your-eco-anxiety-218801>

"The consequences of climate change weigh on all of us, especially as we face
an El Niño summer, with floods and fires already making themselves felt in the
Australian environment.

(More...)

Leading ‘Save The Kids!’ Advocate Pushing Absolutely Dangerous ‘Protect The California’ Ballot Initiative That Will Do Real Harm To Children

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:30:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/01/08/leading-save-the-kids-advocate-pushing-absolutely-dangerous-protect-the-california-ballot-initiative-that-will-do-real-harm-to-children/>

"Over the last few years we’ve pointed out time and time again that the
evidence regarding the supposed “harm” of social media to teen mental health
just isn’t supported by the data. But it seems it’s never enough to stop

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Star Trek: The Deep Space Nine episode that predicted a US crisis

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:26:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20240109-star-trek-the-deep-space-nine-episode-that-predicted-a-us-crisis>

'It's tempting to view fictional stories set far in the future as visions –
dystopian or otherwise – of what might come to be. But the most successful
works are able to survive and reach new audiences even after their predictions

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California mountain lion population is thousands fewer than previously estimated

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:28:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://phys.org/news/2024-01-california-mountain-lion-population-thousands.html>

'Scientists have completed the first comprehensive estimate of mountain lions
in California, a vital statistic needed to shape puma-friendly land-use
decisions and ensure that the predators can find room to roam, mate and find

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A heatwave in Antarctica totally blew the minds of scientists. They set out to decipher it – and here are the results

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:29:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-heatwave-in-antarctica-totally-blew-the-minds-of-scientists-they-set-out-to-decipher-it-and-here-are-the-results-220672>

"Climate scientists don’t like surprises. It means our deep understanding of
how the climate works isn’t quite as complete as we need. But unfortunately, as
climate change worsens, surprises and unprecedented events keep happening.

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2023 smashes record for world’s hottest year by huge margin

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:30:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/09/2023-record-world-hottest-climate-fossil-fuel>

"2023 “smashed” the record for the hottest year by a huge margin, providing
“dramatic testimony” of how much warmer and more dangerous today’s climate is
from the cooler one in which human civilisation developed.

(More...)

Vale ‘sister suffragette’: how Glynis Johns became a pop-culture icon in the story of votes for women

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:32:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vale-sister-suffragette-how-glynis-johns-became-a-pop-culture-icon-in-the-story-of-votes-for-women-220766>

"Glynis Johns, most famous for her role as the suffragette mother Mrs Winifred
Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964), passed away last week at the age of
100.

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Magazines were supposed to die in the digital age. Why haven’t they?

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:36:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/magazines-were-supposed-to-die-in-the-digital-age-why-havent-they-217371>

"In the classic comedy Ghostbusters (1984), newly hired secretary Janice
raises the subject of reading, while idly flipping through the pages of a
magazine. The scientist Egon Spengler responds with a brusque dismissal: “print

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Solving the lithium question will facilitate sustainable electrification

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 04:33:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/solving-the-lithium-question-will-facilitate-sustainable-electrification-0d3f238d8782>

"Among the steps being taken toward creating a more sustainable future is the
transition away from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles, which
for the moment is critically dependent on lithium. As a mainstay of modern

(More...)

Wanting to ‘move on’ is natural – but women’s pandemic experiences can’t be lost to ‘lockdown amnesia’

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 04:35:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/wanting-to-move-on-is-natural-but-womens-pandemic-experiences-cant-be-lost-to-lockdown-amnesia-218510>

"The COVID-19 pandemic was – and continues to be – hugely disruptive and
stressful for individuals, communities and countries. Yet many seem desperate
to close the chapter entirely, almost as if it had never happened.

(More...)

A Surprising Way to Stop Bullying

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 04:36:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/a-surprising-way-to-stop-bullying/

"When Ben was 11 years old, his parents noticed that his grades dropped. He
stopped talking about school. On Sunday evenings, he often complained about
stomach aches and begged his mom to keep him home the next day.

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Bottled Water Is Packed Full of Up to 100x More Microplastic Than Expected

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 04:38:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/bottled-water-is-packed-full-of-up-to-100x-more-microplastic-than-expected>

'As scientists urgently call for studies on the potential health effects of
microplastics that make their way into our bodies, we still don't have any easy
and effective way of detecting and identifying the smallest of these polluting

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Solar Pumps Are Empowering Women Farmers in India

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 04:44:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/solar-based-irrigation-technology-women-farmers-india/>

"Narrow roads lead to Harpur, flanked by small houses with expansive courtyards
on both sides. Harpur is a small village perched at one corner of the Bandra
block in Muzaffarpur district in the Indian state of Bihar, and though it may

(More...)

The New Mexico Electricity Co-op Breaking Up With Fossil Fuels

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 04:45:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/new-mexico-electricity-cooperative-breaking-up-with-fossil-fuels/>

"In 2006, Luis Reyes Jr., CEO of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, an
electricity distribution cooperative in northern New Mexico, was in a bind. On
one side, clean energy proponents were pushing him to add more renewables. On

(More...)

US buildings kill up to a billion birds a year. These architects want to save them

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 12:44:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/27/birds-buildings-collisions-architecture>

"Chicago’s 82-story Aqua Tower appears to flutter with the wind. Its unusual,
undulating facade has made it one of the most unique features of Chicago’s
skyline, distinct from the many right-angled glass towers that surround it.

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Greenland startup begins shipping glacier ice to cocktail bars in the UAE

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 12:46:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/greenland-startup-shipping-glacier-ice-cocktail-bars-uae-arctic-ice>

"Frozen daiquiri anyone? Drinking a cocktail on top of a Dubai skyscraper may
seem decadent enough, but a Greenland entrepreneur wants to add ancient glacier
ice scooped from the fjords to the glass, for the ultimate international

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Newark may have found a fix for chronic homelessness

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 12:48:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.economist.com/united-states/2023/12/20/newark-may-have-found-a-fix-for-chronic-homelessness>

"ON A SINGLE night every January, volunteers all over America search parks,
woodlands, subway tunnels and pavements to count those without shelter. It is
part of the annual count mandated by the federal Department of Housing and

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The people paid to spot risks see high chance of ‘global catastrophe’ within 10 years

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 12:49:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://edition.cnn.com/2024/01/10/business/wef-global-risks-report/

"Humanity faces a perilous future, marked by an explosion of disinformation
turbocharged by artificial intelligence and the devastating effects of climate
change.

(More...)

Austrian heiress Marlene Engelhorn announces plan for €25m giveaway

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 12:51:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-67935463

'An Austro-German heiress is setting up a citizens group to decide how she
should give away much of the fortune she inherited from her grandmother.

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In Juneau, Alaska, a carbon offset project that’s actually working

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 12:52:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/energy/in-juneau-alaska-a-carbon-offset-project-thats-actually-working/>

"When Kira Roberts moved to Juneau, Alaska, last summer, she immediately
noticed how the town of 31,000 changes when the cruise ships dock each morning.
Thousands of people pour in, only to vanish by evening. As the season winds

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How to maintain a healthy gut microbiome in 2024

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 19:25:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-to-maintain-a-healthy-gut-microbiome-in-2024-218744>

"We all know by now that the pillars of a healthy lifestyle are regular
exercise, eating enough fruit and vegetables, a good night’s sleep and staying
hydrated. All of these things also support the gut microbiome – all the

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China: Xi’s new year’s address wasn’t a threat against Taiwan – it was a strategic move for legitimacy

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 19:26:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/china-xis-new-years-address-wasnt-a-threat-against-taiwan-it-was-a-strategic-move-for-legitimacy-220685>

"In his new year address, Chinese president Xi Jinping claimed that Taiwan
would “surely be reunified” with China. Against the backdrop of increased
Chinese military posturing in the Taiwan Strait, some western journalists are

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No-Nonsense Musing on the Energy Transition

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 19:26:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@sarahmiller_22747/no-nonsense-musing-on-the-energy-transition-2787e4d56f59>

"If you’ve been paying attention, you’re probably confused about where things
stand with the energy transition.

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Queen Margrethe II is the first Danish monarch to abdicate in 900 years – but it is just a sign of the times

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 19:28:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/queen-margrethe-ii-is-the-first-danish-monarch-to-abdicate-in-900-years-but-it-is-just-a-sign-of-the-times-220663>

"Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s announcement of her abdication in her New
Year’s Eve address, citing her age and health, was a significant shock to the
Danes.

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Piracy Is Surging Again Because Streaming Execs Ignored The Lessons Of The Past

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 19:29:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/01/10/piracy-is-surging-again-because-streaming-execs-ignored-the-lessons-of-the-past/>

"Back in 2019 we noted how the streaming sector risked driving consumers back
to piracy if they didn’t heed the lessons of the past. We explored how the rush
to raise rates, nickel-and-dime users, implement arbitrary restrictions, and

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How 2023’s record heat worsened droughts, floods and bushfires around the world

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 19:30:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-2023s-record-heat-worsened-droughts-floods-and-bushfires-around-the-world-220836>

"2023 was a year of record-breaking heat, devastating storms and floods,
deepening droughts and raging wildfires. These events showed how climate change
is affecting the global water cycle and our livelihoods.

(More...)

TTRPG Icon And Game Designer Jennell Jaquays Has Passed Away At Age 67

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 05:25:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2024/01/jennel-jaquays-has-passed-away/

"Tabletop RPG illustrator and game designer Jennell Jaquays passed away at the
age of 67, her wife Rebecca Heineman has confirmed. Jaquays is best known for
her game design and illustration work on the Dungeons & Dragons Dark Tower

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Swathes of Melbourne could face flooding from rising sea levels, new long-term modelling suggests

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 05:26:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/11/swathes-of-melbourne-could-face-flooding-from-rising-seal-levels-new-long-term-modelling-suggests>

"More than 4.7 sq km of inner-Melbourne and swathes of Port Phillip Bay could
face the threat of rising sea levels and storm tides fuelled by climate change
in the coming decades, complex modelling released by the Victorian government

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Matthew Broderick & Nathan Lane Honor Mel Brooks | 14th Governors Awards (2024)

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 05:27:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6sm08W7vIM

"Matthew Broderick & Nathan Lane honor Mel Brooks before he receives an
Honorary Oscar for his legacy of work."

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The year in rainforests: 2023

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 05:29:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://news.mongabay.com/2023/12/the-year-in-rainforests-2023/

* The following is Mongabay’s annual recap of major tropical rainforest
storylines.

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Why this Covid-19 variant is landing patients in hospital in NSW, Qld and Victoria

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 05:30:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/why-this-covid19-variant-is-landing-patients-in-hospital-in-nsw-qld-and-victoria/news-story/4806a818aed8de7d439c84765b8a938d>

"A rapidly increasing number of Australians are ending up in hospital due to
Covid-19 with several highly-contagious sub variants spreading across the
country.

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African elephant populations stabilise in southern heartlands

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 05:32:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/05/african-elephant-populations-stabilise-in-southern-heartlands>

"African elephant populations have stabilised in their southern heartlands
after huge losses over the last century, according to the most comprehensive
analysis of growth rates to date.

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Man to tackle Australia on electric motorcycle after riding across the world to combat range anxiety

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 11:28:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-11/man-rides-electric-motorcycle-around-the-world-australia/103299412>

'When Roman Nedielka moved to Indonesia for work he would spend hours stuck in
traffic every day, so he decided to join the hordes of motorcycle riders
weaving through Jakarta's gridlock.

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Want to cut your summer road trip fuel bill by 75 per cent? Take an EV

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 11:29:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/01/11/want-to-cut-your-summer-road-trip-fuel-bill-by-75-per-cent-take-an-ev/>

"Persistently higher fuel prices are putting the summer road trip under threat,
and new analysis by the Climate Council shows just how expensive it is now to
take a petrol or diesel vehicle to the beach. The study throws the cost of

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Australia urged to name heatwaves to combat dangers of extreme temperatures

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 11:30:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/12/australia-name-heatwaves-like-cyclones-hurricanes-temperatures-summer-weather>

"Australia should follow the Spanish city of Seville and start naming its
heatwaves as part of measures to help communities cope with the rising risks
from extreme temperatures, according to a new report.

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US oil lobby launches eight-figure ad blitz amid record fossil fuel extraction

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 11:33:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/10/oil-ads-lights-on-energy

"The American oil lobby has launched an eight-figure media campaign this week
promoting the idea that fossil fuels are “vital” to global energy security,
alarming climate experts.

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Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 11:34:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/22/americas/canada-warns-moose-lick-cars-trnd/>

"Canadians, officials have an important message for you: “Do not let moose lick
your car.”

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COVID is surging in Australia – and only 1 in 5 older adults are up to date with their boosters

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 12:00:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/covid-is-surging-in-australia-and-only-1-in-5-older-adults-are-up-to-date-with-their-boosters-220839>

"Do you have family members or friends sick with a respiratory infection? If
so, there’s a good chance it’s COVID, caused by the JN.1 variant currently
circulating in Australia.

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A huge battery has replaced Hawaii’s last coal plant

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 19:22:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/energy-storage/a-huge-battery-has-replaced-hawaiis-last-coal-plant>

"Hawaii shut down its last coal plant on September 1, 2022, eliminating 180
megawatts of fossil-fueled baseload power from the grid on Oahu — a crucial
step in the state’s first-in-the-nation commitment to cease burning fossil

(More...)

30 years of LGBTQ+ history in Russia: from decriminalisation in 1993 to ‘extremist’ status in 2023

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 19:23:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/30-years-of-lgbtq-history-in-russia-from-decriminalisation-in-1993-to-extremist-status-in-2023-220569>

"In 2023, the “LGBTQ+ movement” in Russia was labelled as “extremist”. This
marked the culmination of a troubling 30-year cycle from the decriminalisation
of homosexuality in 1993, via the introduction of the “gay propaganda law” in

(More...)

Dutch Caribbean islanders sue Netherlands over climate change

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 19:24:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/11/dutch-caribbean-islanders-sue-netherlands-over-climate-change>

"Eight people from the Caribbean island of Bonaire are suing the Netherlands,
accusing it of violating their human rights by not doing enough to protect them
from the climate crisis.

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Workers in Argentina face the biggest blow to their employment rights since the military dictatorship of the 1970s

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 19:26:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/workers-in-argentina-face-the-biggest-blow-to-their-employment-rights-since-the-military-dictatorship-of-the-1970s-220611>

"When he was elected as president of Argentina in November 2023, Javier Milei
was seen by many voters as a political outsider. An economist by profession, he
promised a reset for the country which would end inflation and slash public

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Tasmanian garden wins prize for world’s ugliest lawn

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 19:27:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/11/tasmanian-garden-wins-prize-for-worlds-ugliest-lawn>

"It is not so much a lawn as a moonscape: pitted craters dug by bandicoots,
exhausted tufts of withered yellow grass plucked by wallabies and pitiful
plants shrivelled brown under the Australian sunshine.

(More...)

A prefab building revolution can help resolve both the climate and housing crises

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 19:28:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-prefab-building-revolution-can-help-resolve-both-the-climate-and-housing-crises-220290>

"The world faces an increasing shortage of housing and an escalating climate
emergency. These urgent global issues call for quick action and innovative
solutions.

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Major Cities on The US East Coast Are Sinking Faster, Scientists Warn

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 05:19:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/major-cities-on-the-us-east-coast-are-sinking-faster-scientists-warn>

"Based on satellite imagery, geologists have determined major cities on the
U.S. Atlantic coast are sinking, some areas as much as 2 to 5 millimeters
(.08-0.2 inches) per year.

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Australia’s ‘inhumane’ offshore detention regime denounced by global human rights organisation

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 05:21:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/12/australias-inhuman-offshore-detention-regime-denounced-by-global-human-rights-organisation>

"Australia’s reputation on human rights took a hit on the world stage last
year, Human Rights Watch’s latest annual report has said, after the Labor
government returned asylum seekers to offshore immigration on Nauru less than

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Human rights in decline globally as leaders fail to uphold laws, report warns

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 05:22:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/jan/11/human-rights-decline-globally-leaders-fail-uphold-laws-warns-human-rights-watch-annual-report>

"Human rights across the world are in a parlous state as leaders shun their
obligations to uphold international law, according to the annual report of
Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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Reflectors in space could make solar farms on Earth work for longer every day

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 05:23:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/reflectors-in-space-could-make-solar-farms-on-earth-work-for-longer-every-day-220554>

"If you happened to be looking at the sky in Europe on a cold night on February
5 1993, there is a chance you could have seen a dim flash of light. That flash
came from a Russian space mirror experiment called Znamya-2.

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Any Nation That Protects Bodily Autonomy for Women Is Better Than the US

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 05:24:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://aninjusticemag.com/any-nation-that-protects-bodily-autonomy-for-women-is-better-than-the-us-65f8f77f1ac8>

'I recently commented that America does not treat women well. Predictably, I
received a response from a person who was so punch-drunk on patriotism that he
couldn't comprehend the basis for my observation.

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From besting Tetris AI to epic speedruns – inside gaming’s most thrilling feats

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 05:25:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-besting-tetris-ai-to-epic-speedruns-inside-gamings-most-thrilling-feats-220620>

"After 13-year-old Willis Gibson became the first human to beat the original
Nintendo version of Tetris, he dedicated his special win to his father, who
passed away in December 2023.

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To protect endangered sharks and rays, scientists are mapping these species’ most important locations

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:35:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-protect-endangered-sharks-and-rays-scientists-are-mapping-these-species-most-important-locations-218902>

"All of the saltwater bodies on Earth make up one big ocean. But within it,
there is infinite variety – just ask any scuba diver. Some spots have more
coral, more sea turtles, more fish, more life.

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Why A Great Teacher Is Critical In A Climate Crisis

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:36:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/the-new-climate/why-a-great-teacher-is-critical-in-a-climate-crisis-7e98777a8290>

"After I mentioned in passing that Sir Jonathon Porritt was scheduled to be one
of my guests for my climate change podcast series, a close friend responded,
“How much better the world would have been had more of us heeded the warnings

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How the oligarchy shrank America’s middle class (Why American capitalism is so rotten, Part 8)

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:37:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://robertreich.substack.com/p/the-declining-power-of-the-middle

"When I was a boy, my father sold dresses and blouses to the wives of factory
workers. As the wages of those workers rose through the 1950s, my father earned
enough to expand his business to a second shop in another factory town not far

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‘Okay, it’s done!’ Stranger floors parents, crochets their baby a hat mid-flight.

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:39:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2024/01/12/flight-airline-crochet-hat-baby/>

"Jake and Kelly Levine were worried about flying with their 5-month-old
daughter, Romey.

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Putin waged a trade war long before bombing Ukraine. Which side is winning?

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:40:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/1/12/long-before-bombing-ukraine-putin-waged-a-trade-war-he-is-still-losing-it>

"Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he was shutting down the
Black Sea to Ukrainian agricultural exports.

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Why airships are set to make a return to our skies

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:42:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/why-airships-are-set-to-make-a-return-to-our-skies-04a12c78e900>

"Airships are hardly an innovation: their golden age was in the second and
third decade of the last century, but footage of the Hindenburg going down in
flames in just 32 seconds and the thirty-five deaths resulting from the

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A made-in-Japan solution for space junk that goes against the grain

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:31:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.japantimes.co.jp/environment/2023/12/17/sustainability/space-environmentally-sustainable-satellites/>

"Out in the depths of snowy Hokkaido, where bears and foxes lurk, there is a
material that Japanese scientists believe could transform the space industry:
magnolia wood.

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Climate change threatens to swamp suburbs. Now comes the brawl over what to do about it

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:32:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/climate-change-threatens-to-swamp-suburbs-now-comes-the-brawl-over-what-to-do-about-it-20240111-p5ewnd.html>

"Councils are demanding the state government drive an urgent response to the
impacts of climate change after a new study laid bare the threats to homes,
infrastructure and beaches around Port Phillip Bay from sea-level rise and

(More...)

What’s JN.1? Meet the new COVID-19 variant doubling hospitalisations

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:34:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/national/what-s-jn-1-meet-the-new-covid-19-variant-doubling-hospitalisations-20240109-p5ew0x.html>

"Ever duck-dived gracefully under a wave in the ocean, only to be slapped in
the face by a sneaky second crest as you emerge?

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How electricity could help tackle a surprising climate villain

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:35:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2024/01/03/1084734/sublime-systems-cement-climate-change-carbon-footprint/>

"Cement hides in plain sight—it’s used to build everything from roads and
buildings to dams and basement floors. But there’s a climate threat lurking in
those ubiquitous gray slabs. Cement production accounts for more than 7% of

(More...)

Laundry is a top source of microplastic pollution – here’s how to clean your clothes more sustainably

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:35:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/laundry-is-a-top-source-of-microplastic-pollution-heres-how-to-clean-your-clothes-more-sustainably-217072>

"Microplastics are turning up everywhere, from remote mountain tops to deep
ocean trenches. They also are in many animals, including humans.

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Ten Inspiring Signs of Progress From the Past Year

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:36:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/ten_inspiring_signs_of_progress_from_the_past_year>

"Many terrible things happened in 2023. But there were significant improvements
the world over that will affect millions of people—many of which fell between
the cracks of bad news. Here are 10."

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Is It Dangerous to Keep Getting COVID-19?

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:41:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/6553340/covid-19-reinfection-risk/

"Getting COVID-19 today is much less scary and more common than it was three
years ago. By now, many people have had it not just once, but two, three, or
even more times. Most of the time, repeat infections aren't as severe as they

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Tyler Austin Harper on How to Fix American Universities

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:46:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.persuasion.community/p/tyler-austin-harper-on-how-to-fix

"Tyler Austin Harper is a writer and an assistant professor of environmental
studies at Bates College.

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Covid hasn’t gone away so where’s the plan?

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:48:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-hasnt-gone-away-so-wheres-the-plan-mv76w3qfn>

"“It’s Monday. It’s triage time. The mystery illness giving everyone a fever,
cough and sore throat continues. What could it be?” posted Dr Triska, a GP in
the Surrey Hills, at the beginning of the week. “Wish we had some tests.”

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The hiking movement to reclaim green spaces

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:50:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240109-the-hiking-groups-tackling-racism-in-nature>

'"For decades, the outdoors has been a predominantly white field," says Jasmine
Guadalupe, a New Yorker with Puerto Rican heritage. "Inner-city people [of
colour] might say: 'You are going hiking? That's for white people.'"

(More...)

Not all carbon-capture projects pay off for the climate – we mapped the pros and cons of each and found clear winners and losers

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:51:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/not-all-carbon-capture-projects-pay-off-for-the-climate-we-mapped-the-pros-and-cons-of-each-and-found-clear-winners-and-losers-218425>

"Capturing carbon dioxide from the air or industries and recycling it can sound
like a win-win climate solution. The greenhouse gas stays out of the atmosphere
where it can warm the planet, and it avoids the use of more fossil fuels.

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Taiwan’s government wins a third term, delivering a blow to Beijing’s ambitions for the democratic island

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:53:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/taiwan-s-government-wins-a-third-term-delivering-a-blow-to-beijing-s-ambitions-for-the-democratic-island-20240113-p5ex16.html>

"Taipei: Taiwan’s government has won an unprecedented third term, sending
former doctor and Tainan mayor Lai Ching-te to the presidency and cementing
tensions with Beijing for the next four years.

(More...)

World's 'Rarest Insect' Makes Stunning Comeback After Near-Extinction

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 11:54:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/worlds-rarest-insect-makes-stunning-comeback-after-near-extinction>

"Only 20 to 30 'tree lobsters' remain in the wild. This single fragile
population was rediscovered in 2001 after the insects were presumed extinct for
80 years.

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45 Years Ago, One Kids Book Series Taught A Generation How To Make Bad Decisions

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 11:55:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fatherly.com/entertainment/choose-your-own-adventure-past-and-future>

"Imagine if you could tell Bilbo Baggins to leave the ring behind for Gollum,
have Leslie not swing on the rope to Terabithia on that rainy day, or remind
Jonas to pack warmer clothes at the end of The Giver. Most fiction is

(More...)

There’s a Huge Covid Surge Right Now and Nobody Is Talking About It

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 11:58:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/theres-a-huge-covid-surge-right-now-you-probably-didnt-notice/>

"Seemingly everyone has come down with at least one bout of illness this
winter: sniffles that theoretically pass as “just some bug” if you don’t test
for Covid.

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The Cheapest Places to Live in the World in 2024

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:01:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com/2023/12/14/cheapest-places-to-live-2/>

"Each year I do an updated rundown of the cheapest places to live in the world,
from the perspective of someone who wrote the book on this subject and
regularly travels to the countries featured. So unlike a lot of these lists

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Newsletter: COVID still rages, and the Biden administration isn’t helping

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:02:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/opinion/newsletter/2024-01-06/opinion-newsletter-covid-still-here-mask-biden-opinion>

"Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, Jan.6, 2024. Let’s look
back at the week in Opinion.

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Letters from an American: January 13, 2024

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:03:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-13-2024

"Last night a woman and two children drowned in the Rio Grande that marks the
border between the U.S. and Mexico near Eagle Pass, Texas.

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Community care where? Nonprofit COVID-19 denial–The mass disabling elephant in the room

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:19:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://communitycentricfundraising.org/2024/01/08/community-care-where/

"Nonprofit leaders, does your organization speak of the pandemic in the past
tense? No testing, masking, or vaccination policies to speak of? Back to all
in-person everything, including those beloved happy hours, retreats,

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The Thieves of Time

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:21:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://howtohideapandemic.substack.com/p/the-thieves-of-time

"Our body’s natural defenses against disease are comprised of many different
components. Of these, there are two that stand out: our skin and our white
blood cells.

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Democrats Can’t Keep Ignoring Covid in 2024

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:22:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newrepublic.com/article/177849/biden-democrats-covid-pandemic-2024>

"My holiday experience probably resembled that of many others: waiting in line
at the airport, listening to the hacks of people coughing all around me, mostly
unmasked. The cognitive dissonance feels hard to overstate. We are still

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Caterpillar brings electric equipment ecosystem to CES2024

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:23:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://electrek.co/2024/01/12/caterpillar-brings-electric-equipment-ecosystem-to-ces2024/>

"Caterpillar turned the heads of CES attendees with a monstrous, all-electric
underground mining loader – but the real game-changer wasn’t the big mining
rig, or even the electric excavator. Instead, it was Cat’s cutting-edge energy

(More...)

Opinion: U.S. faces biggest COVID wave since omicron. Why are we ignoring?

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:24:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.mercurynews.com/2024/01/06/us-is-facing-the-biggest-covid-wave-since-omicron-why-are-we-still-playing-make-believe/>

"The pandemic is far from over, as evidenced by the rapid rise to global
dominance of the JN.1 variant of SARS-CoV-2. This variant is a derivative of
BA.2.86, the only other strain that has carried more than 30 new mutations in

(More...)

Australian students handed ‘wellbeing shots’ made by subsidiary of British American Tobacco – as experts fear new front in health wars

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:26:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/15/british-american-tobacco-ryde-wellbeing-shots-water-street-collective>

"As students at the University of Sydney prepared for their end-of-year exams
in late 2023, a trio in brightly coloured jumpsuits pulled up to the campus in
a van, armed with tiny bottles labelled “Ryde wellbeing shots”.

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CES 2024: AI pillows and toothbrushes - is it all getting a bit silly?

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 04:55:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-67959240

'"Come get your AI pillow - stop snoring tonight!"

I'm walking around CES - the tech industry's annual showcase of all its latest

(More...)

Don't Be A Sucker (1947)

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 04:57:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ0ct9bglYo

"U.S. War Department Film 19574"

Via Diane A, who wrote "The United States Dept of War produced a film called

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Britain’s 45 remaining cooling towers are architectural gems. Let’s save them

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 04:58:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/jan/14/britains-45-remaining-cooling-towers-are-architectural-gems-lets-save-them>

"Consider cooling towers. They are monuments of industry, built at the size
(and more) of pyramids and cathedrals, graceful in their geometry, the perfect
marriage of form and function, that come not alone but in concrete choirs of up

(More...)

North Korea ramps up military rhetoric as Kim gives up on reunification with South

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 04:59:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/north-korea-ramps-up-military-rhetoric-as-kim-gives-up-on-reunification-with-south-213696>

"North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is continuing to ramp up his focus on nuclear
weapons and taking a more aggressive military stance towards his neighbour
South Korea.

(More...)

Taiwan election: global leaders draw Beijing’s ire for congratulating new president

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 05:00:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/14/taiwan-election-global-leaders-draw-beijings-ire-for-congratulating-new-president>

"Global leaders have congratulated Lai Ching-te for winning Taiwan’s
presidential election, praising the high turnout and democratic process – and
drawing ire from Beijing, which had hoped to see Taiwan’s ruling party ousted.

(More...)

Deaths From Fungal Infections Have Doubled Worldwide in Just a Decade

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 05:02:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/deaths-from-fungal-infections-have-doubled-worldwide-in-just-a-decade>

"Eleven years ago, my colleagues and I estimated that about 2 million people
around the world were dying from fungal infections annually. My latest estimate
puts the figure today at nearly double that: around 3.8 million deaths.

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The animal sounds in most nature documentaries are made by humans – here’s how they do it and why it matters

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:01:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-animal-sounds-in-most-nature-documentaries-are-made-by-humans-heres-how-they-do-it-and-why-it-matters-220713>

"Wildlife documentaries like the BBC’s recent series, Planet Earth III, are
renowned for offering breathtaking images of animals in their natural habitats.
You’d be forgiven for thinking these shows offer an unmediated portrayal of

(More...)

Tahoe avalanches: What causes innocent-looking snow slopes to collapse? A physicist and skier explains, with tips for surviving

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:02:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tahoe-avalanches-what-causes-innocent-looking-snow-slopes-to-collapse-a-physicist-and-skier-explains-with-tips-for-surviving-220943>

"An avalanche swept up skiers at Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resort on Jan. 10,
2024, as a 150-foot-wide sheet of snow slid down a mountain slope into a pile
10 feet deep. One person died in the avalanche and three others were rescued,

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Houses set alight as lava from volcano eruption reaches Icelandic town

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:03:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/14/volcano-erupts-near-reykjavik-forcing-evacuation-of-residents>

"Houses have caught fire in the fishing town of Grindavík in south-west Iceland
after a volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month.

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World’s five richest men double their fortunes as poorest 60 percent lose money, Oxfam says

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:04:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/business/2024/01/15/worlds-five-richest-men-double-their-fortunes-as-poorest-60-percent-lose-money-oxfam-says>

"The world’s five richest men have more than doubled their fortunes since 2020,
while the poorest 60 per cent have lost money, according to an Oxfam report
released on Monday in Davos, Switzerland, where the annual World Economic Forum

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‘I am more worried than ever’: Scientists explain why record-shattering 2023 heat has them on edge

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:05:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/01/15/i-am-more-worried-than-ever-scientists-explain-why-record-shattering-2023-heat-has-them-on>

"The latest calculations from several science agencies showing Earth
obliterated global heat records last year may seem scary. But scientists worry
that what's behind those numbers could be even worse.

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Wives of Russian soldiers lay flowers in Moscow to protest against the Kremlin

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:06:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/2024/01/15/wives-of-russian-soldiers-lay-flowers-in-moscow-to-protest-against-the-kremlin>

"A group of Russian wives whose husbands have been sent to fight in Ukraine
came out to lay flowers at Moscow's Eternal Flame near the Kremlin on Saturday
- a gesture that one Russian news outlet described as a symbolic protest that

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With 'Origin,' Ava DuVernay illuminates America's racial caste system

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 19:25:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.npr.org/2024/01/15/1224037292/caste-ava-duvernay-origin

'When filmmaker Ava DuVernay first read Isabel Wilkerson's 2020 book, Caste:
The Origins of Our Discontents
, she was so stunned, she reread it twice. The
bestselling book draws a line between India's caste system, the hierarchies of

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In re-electing its government, Taiwan has kept the status quo, but the victory hides a transformed political landscape

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 19:25:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-re-electing-its-government-taiwan-has-kept-the-status-quo-but-the-victory-hides-a-transformed-political-landscape-219810>

"After months of intense campaigning, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
emerged victorious in the 2024 Taiwan presidential election, securing an
historic third consecutive term. However, the party’s dominance has gone from

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What the World Can Learn From Canada's Carbon Pricing Systems

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 19:26:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/the-new-climate/what-the-world-can-learn-from-canadas-carbon-pricing-systems-a4ed1440d3ff>

"In the thirty years since the IPCC released its first report in 1990, humanity
has spewed more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the rest of human
history combined. Even though there have been 28 COPs and countless local,

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The Ukraine war is no excuse for endless fossil fuel expansion

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 19:28:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/jan/14/ukraine-war-fossil-fuel-expansion>

"At the close of the hottest year in history, delegates from around the world
gathered at climate talks in Dubai in December and agreed, finally, on one
thing: that the time had finally come for “transitioning away from fossil fuels

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More than 4 billion people are eligible to vote in an election in 2024. Is this democracy’s biggest test?

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 19:28:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/more-than-4-billion-people-are-eligible-to-vote-in-an-election-in-2024-is-this-democracys-biggest-test-220837>

"2024 is going to be democracy’s biggest year ever. In a remarkable milestone
in human history, over four billion people – more than half of the world’s
population across more than 40 countries – will go to the polls.

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US verges on vaccination tipping point, faces thousands of needless deaths: FDA

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 19:30:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/01/anti-vaccine-nonsense-will-likely-kill-thousands-this-season-fda-officials-say/>

'The US may be heading to a "dangerous vaccination tipping point," with
immunization rates falling so low that population-level immunity is now at
risk, and we will likely see thousands of needless deaths this respiratory

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As the billionaires gather at Davos, it’s worth examining what’s become of their dreams

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:11:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/as-the-billionaires-gather-at-davos-its-worth-examining-whats-become-of-their-dreams-220876>

"Gathering for their annual World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland this
week, the world’s business and political elite will be digesting some
unpleasant reading courtesy of the aid agency Oxfam International.

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Fence me in: the bold plan to save native species on Wilsons Promontory

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:12:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/16/fence-me-in-the-bold-plan-to-save-native-species-on-wilsons-promontory>

"Deep in the wilderness, surrounded by ferns and the calls of cockatoos,
Richard Marchant was so focused he didn’t realise three leeches were latched to
his face.

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Wood heater smoke estimated to kill up to 63 in ACT each year, prompting calls for national ban

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:14:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-15/wood-heater-smoke-death-study-prompts-call-for-ban/103321954>

"Researchers are calling for new wood heaters to be banned from urban areas and
existing ones to be phased out after their study showed wood heaters could be
killing up to 63 people a year in the ACT alone.

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Following the Voice failure, Indigenous politicians are calling for the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to be implemented. What is it and what would it mean?

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:15:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/following-the-voice-failure-indigenous-politicians-are-calling-for-the-uns-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples-to-be-implemented-what-is-it-and-what-would-it-mean-219695>

"The Voice referendum was a disappointing result for many, but there is hope
that much of its vision could be achieved via a different path. The Joint
Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has

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Is America enduring a ‘slow civil war’? Jeff Sharlet visits Trump rallies, a celebrity megachurch and the manosphere to find out

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:17:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/is-america-enduring-a-slow-civil-war-jeff-sharlet-visits-trump-rallies-a-celebrity-megachurch-and-the-manosphere-to-find-out-203948>

"Review: The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War – Jeff Sharlet (W.W.
Norton)

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Thousands of tractors block Berlin as farmers protest over fuel subsidy cuts

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:18:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/15/thousands-tractors-block-berlin-farmers-protest-fuel-subsidy-cuts>

"Thousands of tractors have brought Berlin’s city centre to a standstill as
farmers from across Germany protested on parliament’s doorstep over rising
costs and a plan to phase out agricultural fuel subsidies.

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What’s it worth to work from home? For some, it’s as much as one-third of their wage

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:30:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/whats-it-worth-to-work-from-home-for-some-its-as-much-as-one-third-of-their-wage-217554>

"A significant proportion of Australian workers – about one-fifth – would be
prepared to sacrifice between 16% and 33% of their salaries for the right to
work from home, which works out at A$12,000 to $24,000 of those workers’

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‘This town might be over’: Grindavík residents face uncertain future after volcano erupts again

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:31:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/15/grindavik-residents-face-uncertain-future-after-volcano-erupts-again-iceland>

"Residents of the Icelandic town of Grindavík fear they may not be able to
return to their homes after volcanic lava destroyed several houses and damaged
water and electricity supplies.

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New COVID variant ‘taking off like a rocket’

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:32:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/new-covid-variant-taking-off-like-a-rocket>

"A new and highly transmissible COVID variant known as JN.1 is spreading
throughout the community, sending infection rates soaring in NSW, Victoria and
Queensland, while other states and territories are also reporting signs of

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Heat Pumps Are An Essential Wedge But Have A Hidden Downside To Fix

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:34:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://medium.com/the-future-is-electric/heat-pumps-are-an-essential-wedge-but-have-a-hidden-downside-to-fix-d22e9722a1a0>

"For many more northern cities, air conditioning used to be an option. With
increasing heat waves due to global warming, it isn’t. Heat pumps provide both
air conditioning and replace heating with natural gas, and the heat is cheaper

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Australia experiencing a COVID ‘wave on wave’

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:35:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/australia-experiencing-a-covid-wave-on-wave-20240108-p5evwo.html>

"A new and fast-moving Omicron sub-variant is triggering a “wave on wave” of
COVID-19 in Australia, as experts warn it is on the rise in NSW and Victoria.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s moral stance against the Vietnam War offers lessons on how to fight for peace in the Middle East

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:36:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/martin-luther-king-jr-s-moral-stance-against-the-vietnam-war-offers-lessons-on-how-to-fight-for-peace-in-the-middle-east-220129>

"Since the onset of Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza and the West Bank after the
Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas attack, debates have arisen among historians and media
pundits about Martin Luther King Jr.’s stance on Israel and its conflicts with

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‘Wear a mask’: NSW Health responds to a rise in cases in light of new subvariant strains

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:14:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/health/wear-a-mask-nsw-health-responds-to-a-rise-in-cases-in-light-of-new-subvariant-strains/news-story/90cad04f2a329d8730871c00b3dd00cc>

"Residents across one state have been urged to wear a mask if they show Covid
symptoms as a new wave of infection sweeps parts of the country.

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Red Sea crisis: Suez Canal is not the only ‘choke point’ that threatens to disrupt global supply chains

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:15:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/red-sea-crisis-suez-canal-is-not-the-only-choke-point-that-threatens-to-disrupt-global-supply-chains-221144>

"The air strikes against targets in Yemen by the US and UK military have not
been without criticism. They aim to keep the Houthis from attacking merchant
vessels in the Bab el-Mandeb strait. Less than 30 ships have been attacked by

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Whatever happened to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:18:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://andzwa.medium.com/whatever-happened-to-dei-a06cffdbd969>

"Reading the news it’s hard not to think that our species is taking a series of
backwards steps at the moment. Fossil fuel companies are running global
conferences on climate change, people are being punished for wanting a balanced

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First polar bear to die of bird flu – what are the implications?

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:19:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/first-polar-bear-to-die-of-bird-flu-what-are-the-implications-220603>

"Climate change is a threat to polar bear’s survival. Now they have a new
deadly challenge facing them: bird flu. It was recently confirmed that a polar
bear from northern Alaska has died from the disease.

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Zelenskiy tells Davos chiefs: ‘Strengthen our economy, we will strengthen your security’

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:20:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/jan/16/zelenskiy-tells-davos-chiefs-strengthen-our-economy-we-will-strengthen-your-security>

"Volodymyr Zelenskiy has made an impassioned plea for international support for
his country’s war against Russia, insisting that Vladimir Putin must live to
regret starting the conflict almost two years ago.

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Ultra-processed foods: here’s what the evidence actually says about them

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 19:21:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ultra-processed-foods-heres-what-the-evidence-actually-says-about-them-220255>

"The perils of ultra-processed foods received widespread coverage in recent
months – thanks in no small part to the publication and promotion of TV
presenter and doctor of virology Chris Van Tulleken’s book Ultra-Processed

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Don't take my word for it: the science shows that wind turbines do not harm birdlife

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:08:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/dont-take-my-word-for-it-the-science-shows-that-wind-turbines-do-not-harm-birdlife-be5123d777c1>

'One of the most common criticisms made against wind farms is their supposed
impact on birds: there have been irrational calls for certain facilities to be
dismantled as a result of pressure.

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Climate change and nature loss are our biggest environmental problems - so why isn’t the market tackling them together?

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:09:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-and-nature-loss-are-our-biggest-environmental-problems-so-why-isnt-the-market-tackling-them-together-219899>

"Climate change and biodiversity loss are arguably the greatest environmental
challenges the world faces. The way we use land is crucial in finding solutions
to these problems. In theory, actions such as revegetation and avoiding land

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Netflix’s You Are What You Eat uses a twin study. Here’s why studying twins is so important for science

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:12:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/netflixs-you-are-what-you-eat-uses-a-twin-study-heres-why-studying-twins-is-so-important-for-science-221012>

"A new Netflix documentary, You Are What You Eat, showcases sets of identical
twins as they adopt different diets. For eight weeks one twin follows a vegan
diet while the other one follows an omnivorous diet. The experiment is

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Donald Trump’s stroll to victory in Iowa was a foregone conclusion. This doesn’t make it any less shocking

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:13:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/donald-trumps-stroll-to-victory-in-iowa-was-a-foregone-conclusion-this-doesnt-make-it-any-less-shocking-221207>

"Of course, on the day of the first nominating contest for the 2024 US
presidential election, there was a storm.

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Close-up Photographer of the Year: Take a tiny peek at these breathtaking winning images

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:15:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/01/17/close-up-photographer-of-the-year-take-a-tiny-peek-at-these-breathtaking-winning-images>

"Celebrating the teeny tiny details most people overlook, the Close-up
Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) competition, devoted to macro and micro
photography, has selected this year’s winners from nearly 12,000 entries from

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‘Two extinction rebellions’: Climate and migration fears to shape EU election, study says

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 05:16:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2024/01/17/two-extinction-rebellions-climate-and-migration-fears-to-shape-eu-election-study-says>

'Two ‘tribes’ of voters, one mostly worried about climate change and the other
about immigration, could shape the outcome of June’s European elections,
according to a new report.

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This actual anime VR high school where you'll be able to get proper qualifications is the first metaverse-based project that makes any kind of sense to me

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:20:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pcgamer.com/this-actual-anime-vr-high-school-where-youll-be-able-to-get-proper-qualifications-is-the-first-metaverse-based-project-that-makes-any-kind-of-sense-to-me/>

'Look, we've all been dunking on the whole 'metaverse' concept for a while now.
As Phil Iwaniuk wrote for us back in February of last year, anyone who has
played video games knows that the metaverse's promised digital wonderland has

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The revenge of the video game manual

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:23:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/games/2024/jan/17/the-revenge-of-the-video-game-manual-tunic-the-banished-vault>

"Players of a certain age will no doubt have fond memories of the paper
instruction manuals that once came with every video game. Dan Marshall, creator
of The Swindle and Lair of the Clockwork God, certainly does. He remembers

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Dave Chappelle has built a reputation for ‘punching down’ on trans people – and now he’s targeting disabled people

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:25:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/dave-chappelle-has-built-a-reputation-for-punching-down-on-trans-people-and-now-hes-targeting-disabled-people-220774>

"Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, The Dreamer, opens with a story
about meeting Jim Carrey, who, at the time, was method acting and portraying
comedian Andy Kaufman.

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Banking the Most Valuable Currency: Time

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:26:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/time-banks-valuable-currency-aging-communities/>

"David Gill might be the richest man in Sebastopol, California. The
semi-retired health care administrator is banking the most valuable currency in
the world: time. Gill currently has 480 hours in his savings account at the

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The Hidden World of Undersea Cables

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:27:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.forkingpaths.co/p/the-hidden-world-of-undersea-cables

"Where is the internet?

That sounds like rather a strange question, but when most people try to answer

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US election 2024: Trump victory in Iowa caucus not as big as he may have hoped – here’s why Biden still wants him to get GOP nomination

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:29:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/us-election-2024-trump-victory-in-iowa-caucus-not-as-big-as-he-may-have-hoped-heres-why-biden-still-wants-him-to-get-gop-nomination-221257>

"News headlines reporting Donald Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucus on January
15 gave the impression of a much larger victory than should sensibly be drawn
from this first expression of American electoral opinion in 2024. Iowa grabs

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Up to 5 billion people to be hit by rainfall changes this century if CO₂ emissions are not curbed, research shows

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:42:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/up-to-5-billion-people-to-be-hit-by-rainfall-changes-this-century-if-co-emissions-are-not-curbed-research-shows-221004>

"Three to five billion people – or up to two-thirds of the world’s population –
are set to be affected by projected rainfall changes by the end of the century
unless the world rapidly ramps up emissions reduction efforts, according to new

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Greenland losing 30m tonnes of ice an hour, study reveals

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:43:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/17/greenland-losing-30m-tonnes-of-ice-an-hour-study-reveals>

"The Greenland ice cap is losing an average of 30m tonnes of ice an hour due to
the climate crisis, a study has revealed, which is 20% more than was previously
thought.

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How rising sea levels will affect our coastal cities and towns

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:44:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-rising-sea-levels-will-affect-our-coastal-cities-and-towns-221121>

"Sea-level rise – along with increasing temperatures – is one of the clearest
signals of man-made global warming. Yet exactly how rising water levels affect
the coast is often misunderstood.

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The Cheap, Clever Promise of ‘Water ATMs’

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:45:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/safe-drinking-water-atms-rural-entrepreneurs-india/>

"In Telangana, an arid south Indian state notorious for drought, a man swipes a
card at an ATM. Instead of cash, the machine doles out 20 liters of clean
drinking water. The ATM is housed in an iJal (My Water) station, run by

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The YIMBY movement is spreading around the world. What does it mean for Australia’s housing crisis?

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:47:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-yimby-movement-is-spreading-around-the-world-what-does-it-mean-for-australias-housing-crisis-219313>

"*Yes to the City: Millennials and the Fight for Affordable Housing – Max
Holleran
 (Princeton University Press)*

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Free Bus Passes Are Giving Indian Women More Financial Freedom

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:48:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/free-bus-passes-for-women-in-india-financial-freedom/>

"C. Parvati was born and raised in Bangalore, but she never had the opportunity
to visit the temples and tourist sites because she could not afford to spend
money on such recreational activities. “Now, I am able to take my children and

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Why electric trucks are our best bet to cut road transport emissions

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 04:00:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-electric-trucks-are-our-best-bet-to-cut-road-transport-emissions-219960>

"Transport is likely the hardest economic sector to decarbonise. And road
vehicles produce the most greenhouse gas emissions of the Australian transport
sector – 85% of its total. Freight trucks account for only 8% of travel on our

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Hope Floats in Maine

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 04:01:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/hope-floats-maine

"For generations, the deep waters in the Gulf of Maine have been the life
source for the robust fishing and tourism economies for which the state is
known. But today, the region is poised to provide a new resource: wind power.

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Can we cut road deaths to zero by 2050? Current trends say no. What’s going wrong?

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 04:02:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/can-we-cut-road-deaths-to-zero-by-2050-current-trends-say-no-whats-going-wrong-220289>

"Last year, 1,266 Australians died from road accidents involving at least one
car and a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist. The economic cost of
Australian road trauma exceeds A$27 billion each year. That’s 1.8% of

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How Reykjavik's Sheet-Metal Homes Beat the Icelandic Winter

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 04:04:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-23/the-history-of-reykjavik-s-iron-and-wood-homes?srnd=citylab>

"For the first-time visitor, Reykjavik is a surprising place. It’s not just the
city’s seasonal extremes of daylight and darkness, the spectacularly changeable
weather or the craggy profile of Mount Esja looming over everything. It’s also

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Japan succeeds in soft landing on the moon, but its lander has a power problem

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 04:05:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/01/18/1225328376/japan-moon-landing-robot-transformers-jaxa>

'Japan has pulled off one of the hardest tricks in space exploration: a soft
landing on the moon. Its "Moon Sniper" mission settled onto the moon's surface
Friday morning. But JAXA, the Japanese space agency, says that while the lander

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Half of Bangladeshi drinking water is polluted with arsenic - and climate change is making it worse

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 04:07:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/01/18/half-of-bangladeshi-drinking-water-is-polluted-with-arsenic-and-climate-change-is-making-i>

"As more saltwater and freshwater mixes, arsenic leaching could cause health
issues for several other countries too, researchers warn.

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Home schooling is surging, but lax regulation can leave kids vulnerable to abuse

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:30:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/01/18/1225324564/home-schooling-is-surging-but-lax-regulation-can-leave-kids-vulnerable-to-abuse>

'Home schooling is now America's fastest growing form of education, but
Washington Post reporter Peter Jamison notes, "It's remarkable how little
oversight there is of home-schooled children."'

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Irish PM at Davos: 'Fight for Ukraine is a fight for wider European values'

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:31:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/2024/01/18/irish-pm-fight-for-ukraine-is-a-fight-for-wider-european-values>

'Ireland's prime minister says that a fight for Ukraine is a "fight for wider
European values."

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Peter Schickele Dies: “P.D.Q. Bach” Parodist & Film/Broadway Composer Was 88

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:33:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://deadline.com/2024/01/peter-schickele-dead-p-d-q-bach-parodist-film-broadway-composer-was-88-obituary-1235795823/>

"Peter Schickele, whose comedic parodies of classical music overshadowed his
own strengths as a serious composer, died Tuesday at his home in Bearsville,
N.Y. at 88. His daughter confirmed the death and attributed it to a series of

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Why the World Is Betting Against American Democracy

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:34:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/01/15/what-foreign-diplomats-say-about-u-s-politics-behind-closed-doors-00135326>

"When I asked the European ambassador to talk to me about America’s deepening
partisan divide, I expected a polite brushoff at best. Foreign diplomats are
usually loath to discuss domestic U.S. politics.

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Some people who share fake news on social media actually think they’re helping the world

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:35:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/some-people-who-share-fake-news-on-social-media-actually-think-theyre-helping-the-world-215623>

"Misinformation is the number one risk facing society over the next two years,
according to the World Economic Forum. With key elections due in the US, UK and
many other nations this year, an onslaught of political misinformation can be

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Critically endangered western lowland gorillas born in London and Prague

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:36:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/2024/01/18/critically-endangered-western-lowland-gorillas-born-in-london-and-prague>

"London Zoo and Prague Zoo have both welcomed newborn gorillas, who belong to
the critically endangered western lowland species.

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We can’t rely on the ‘dogs breakfast’ of disaster warnings to do the hard work of building community resilience

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:34:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-cant-rely-on-the-dogs-breakfast-of-disaster-warnings-to-do-the-hard-work-of-building-community-resilience-220940>

"In the wake of cyclone Jasper, the new Australian Warning System has been
roundly criticised. The system has been characterised as a “dog’s breakfast”
and a “cock-up of massive proportions”.

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UK records 4,950 excess winter deaths amid cost of living crisis

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:35:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/2024/01/19/uk-records-4950-excess-winter-deaths-amid-cost-of-living-crisis>

"New official data shows that a significant amount of people lost their lives
last winter - and it seems as is a lack of governmental legislation and poor
insulation could be to blame.

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These fierce, tiny marsupials drop dead after lengthy sex fests – and sometimes become cannibals

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:36:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/these-fierce-tiny-marsupials-drop-dead-after-lengthy-sex-fests-and-sometimes-become-cannibals-221009>

"If you are exploring our beautiful Australian wilderness this year, keep an
eye out for animals behaving in interesting ways. You never know what you might
see, as our research team discovered.

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My Bologna | "Weird Al" Yankovic Stop Motion Fan Film

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:38:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ6Y_2ioXX8

"After 10 months of hard work, blood, sweat, Takis and determination, my first
“Weird Al” Yankovic stop motion animation fan video is finally here!!! This is
a labor of love project of which I am extremely proud for a multitude of

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Reducing nicotine in tobacco would help people quit – without prohibiting cigarettes

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:39:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/reducing-nicotine-in-tobacco-would-help-people-quit-without-prohibiting-cigarettes-221383>

"Supporters of the new government’s plan to repeal Aotearoa New Zealand’s
smokefree legislation have claimed victory against “prohibition”.

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Trash TV: streaming giants are failing to educate the young about waste recycling. Here’s why it matters

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:43:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/trash-tv-streaming-giants-are-failing-to-educate-the-young-about-waste-recycling-heres-why-it-matters-219900>

"As a new parent, I’ve had the joy of watching animated cartoons with my
two-year-old son. His favourite show is Trash Truck, on Netflix, featuring a
tight-knit ensemble of five characters: a trash truck, a young boy, a raccoon,

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Renewed calls for Labor to ditch work for the dole scheme as major charity walks away

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:00:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/jan/19/renewed-calls-for-labor-to-ditch-work-for-the-dole-scheme-as-major-charity-walks-away>

"Welfare advocates have renewed calls for the Labor government to drop the work
for the dole program after one of the country’s most well-known not-for-profits
announced it was cutting ties with the scheme over concerns it pushes

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Best of Favorite Dance Moves

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:01:10 +1100

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

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

"Thank you to all the amazing people who taught me their favorite dance move!"

Via Muse, who wrote "ZOMG! How much fun is this!"

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Why a controversial Hindu temple in India could prove pivotal to Narendra Modi’s party in upcoming elections

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:03:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-a-controversial-hindu-temple-in-india-could-prove-pivotal-to-narendra-modis-party-in-upcoming-elections-219811>

"Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, famously opposed government
interference in the rebuilding of the Somnath temple, a popular religious site
for the Hindus in Gujarat, because he saw the project as a form of “Hindu

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NSW can avoid electricity shortages without paying hundreds of millions to keep Eraring open, expert says

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:04:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/19/nsw-can-avoid-electricity-shortages-without-paying-hundreds-of-millions-to-keep-eraring-open-expert-says>

"New South Wales can avoid electricity shortages without paying hundreds of
millions of dollars to keep Australia’s biggest coal-fired power plant open
after a spurt of renewable energy and battery approvals and weak demand growth,

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Senegal’s pink lake is on the verge of disappearing – how to protect it

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:05:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/senegals-pink-lake-is-on-the-verge-of-disappearing-how-to-protect-it-220975>

"Lake Retba, better known as Lac Rose (the Pink Lake), is located around 35km
from the city of Dakar, Senegal. It sits in a depression with a shoreline 6.5
metres below sea level.

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Trans debates: only the facts

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:06:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@lexi.m.henny/common-trans-debates-only-the-facts-ae9adad2f986>

"Curious about the topics that dominate trans “culture war” arguments? Here are
the facts as near as I can figure, with a minimum of bias."

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Why did Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 have a sealed-off emergency exit in the first place? The answer comes down to money

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 12:10:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-did-alaska-airlines-flight-1282-have-a-sealed-off-emergency-exit-in-the-first-place-the-answer-comes-down-to-money-221263>

"The aviation industry is still in shock from a near disaster on Jan. 5, 2024,
in which a 60-pound “door plug” blew out from a nearly new Boeing 737 MAX 9 in
flight at 16,000 feet, leaving a gaping hole in the fuselage.

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As EVs continue to innovate, expect plenty of surprises

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 12:11:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/as-evs-continue-to-innovate-expect-plenty-of-surprises-7f5415fc7bbc>

"Among the products Hyundai has unveiled at CES in Las Vegas is an innovation
to its Ioniq 5 EV, the Mobis e-Corner System, which allows the wheels to be
positioned completely perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle,

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Seabed trawling found to be a major source of global CO2 emissions

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 12:12:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2412752-seabed-trawling-found-to-be-a-major-source-of-global-co2-emissions/>

"Bottom trawling releases around 340 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere each year, according to the first study to estimate these emissions.
That is nearly 1 per cent of all global CO2 emissions, a major contribution

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How a 27-year-old busted the myth of Bitcoin’s anonymity

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 12:14:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/features/2024/01/how-a-27-year-old-busted-the-myth-of-bitcoins-anonymity/>

"JUST OVER A DECADE AGO, Bitcoin appeared to many of its adherents to be the
crypto-anarchist holy grail: truly private digital cash for the Internet.

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Black hole, neutron star or something new? We discovered an object that defies explanation

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 12:15:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/black-hole-neutron-star-or-something-new-we-discovered-an-object-that-defies-explanation-221190>

"Sometimes astronomers come across objects in the sky that we can’t easily
explain. In our new research, published in Science, we report such a
discovery, which is likely to spark discussion and speculation.

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How Constructive Kindness Is More Effective Than Constant Criticism

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 12:16:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/thirty-over-fifty/how-constructive-kindness-is-more-effective-than-constant-criticism-cea75b6fe510>

'It's important to adopt the assumption that every person you meet is seeking
shelter from a raging storm. You must aspire to make your sphere of influence
an oasis of tranquility. You can't control the world, but you can offer every

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A ‘Shocking’ Amount of the Web Is Already AI-Translated Trash, Scientists Determine

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 19:35:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3w4gw/a-shocking-amount-of-the-web-is-already-ai-translated-trash-scientists-determine>

"A “shocking” amount of the internet is machine-translated garbage,
particularly in languages spoken in Africa and the Global South, a new study
has found.

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Two Technologies That Were Way Ahead of Their Time

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 19:36:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/teatime-history/two-technologies-that-were-way-ahead-of-their-time-349874c2a12a>

"What would you say are the most important inventions in world history? Once
you start adding to the list, it's hard to stop. Medical inventions like
vaccines and antibiotics have saved billions of lives. Vehicles — cars,

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Copyright Remains A Complete Mess: A Tale In Two Stories

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 19:37:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/01/19/copyright-remains-a-complete-mess-a-tale-in-two-stories/>

"Here are two separate stories regarding the mess that is modern copyright law,
that is now mostly “mediated” by companies that half-ass randomly deal with
things and sometimes do not. While this is, perhaps, a better setup than

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France implements compulsory composting. Here’s how it will help slash emissions

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 19:39:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/01/02/france-implements-compulsory-composting-heres-how-it-will-help-slash-emissions>

"As of 1 January 2024, organic waste recycling is mandatory in France under new
'compost obligatoire' rules.

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Demon-haunted computers are back, baby

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 19:40:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/18/descartes-delenda-est/#self-destruct-sequence-initiated>

"As a science fiction writer, I am professionally irritated by a lot of sf
movies. Not only do those writers get paid a lot more than I do, they insist
on including things like "self-destruct" buttons on the bridges of their

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Has a big village of tiny homes eased homelessness in Austin?

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 19:42:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.texastribune.org/2024/01/08/austin-homelessness-community-first-village/>

"On the outskirts of Austin, what began as a fringe experiment has quickly
become central to the city’s efforts to reduce homelessness. To Justin Tyler
Jr., it is home.

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Beyond breathing: How COVID-19 affects your heart, brain and other organs

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 03:28:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.heart.org/en/news/2024/01/16/how-covid-19-affects-your-heart-brain-and-other-organs>

'It's easy to be complacent about COVID-19. Most people experience only mild
issues – fever and coughing, maybe congestion and shortness of breath.

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World’s renewable energy capacity grew at record pace in 2023

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 03:30:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/11/worlds-renewable-energy-capacity-grew-at-record-pace-in-2023>

"Global renewable energy capacity grew by the fastest pace recorded in the last
20 years in 2023, which could put the world within reach of meeting a key
climate target by the end of the decade, according to the International Energy

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Covid Data Log

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 03:31:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.drcathicks.com/post/covid-data-log

'Note: For me, 2023 was defined by battling through and recovering from severe
and life-threatening illness. Am I better now? Idk. Far better than I was. Far
luckier than many. I  don't think anyone knows if the millions of people with

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Data centres could soon be heating your local swimming pool

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 03:33:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.positive.news/society/data-centres-heating-swimming-pools/

"Now here’s a novel solution for cash-strapped councils: use data centres to
heat public swimming pools.

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COVID Isn’t Going Anywhere. Masking Up Could Save My Life.

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 03:34:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.teenvogue.com/story/covid-isnt-going-anywhere-masking-up-could-save-my-life>

"The answers lie in poop. Based on the latest national sample of wastewater
taken on January 13, 2024, the concentration of the SARS-Cov-2 virus is 1,132
copies/mL of sewage, an alarming increase compared to 280 copies/mL six months

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Iceland will tunnel into a volcano to tap into virtually unlimited geothermal power

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 03:35:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/iceland-geothermal-magma-chamber/>

"An initiative that sounds a lot like Jules Verne‘s Journey to the Center of
the Earth
 might mark the first time humans have tapped into magma, the molten
rock liquid flowing beneath Earth’s crust. In 2026, Iceland’s Krafla Magma

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COVID barely gets a mention these days – here’s why that’s a dangerous situation

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:17:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/covid-barely-gets-a-mention-these-days-heres-why-thats-a-dangerous-situation-220867>

"The United States experienced its second largest COVID wave of the pandemic in
January 2024. For the year to December 2023, in England COVID rates peaked at
around one in 24 people. During the same month, Singapore also experienced

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Poland to halt logging in 10 of its most ancient forests

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:18:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/poland-to-halt-logging-in-10-of-its-most-ancient-forests>

"Poland’s new climate minister has said she will “get saws out of Polish
forests” by limiting logging in 10 of the country’s most treasured woodlands.

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Family of Discworld illustrator seek wealthy patron to conserve legacy of ‘one of the great artists of our time’

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:20:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/jan/20/family-of-discworld-illustrator-josh-kirby-seek-wealthy-patron-to-conserve-legacy-of-one-of-the-great-artists-of-our-time>

"Josh Kirby’s art has adorned hundreds of book covers – perhaps most notably
dozens of Terry Pratchett novels, especially the bestselling Discworld
series.

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David Shrigley wants your balls: ‘Just one of many stupid artworks I have made over the years’

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:22:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/jan/20/david-shrigley-wants-your-balls-just-one-of-many-stupid-artworks-i-have-made-over-the-years>

"Melbourne is awash with tennis balls and not just because of the Australian
Open. Across the Yarra, inside the National Gallery of Victoria, there are
precisely 8,510 tennis balls – neat rows of fluoro yellow lining a pristine

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A Virginia tribe says racism wiped their Native identity from historic records. Nearly a century later, they’re still fighting for recognition

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:24:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2024/01/20/us/patawomeck-tribe-federal-recognition/>

"Brad Hatch takes pride in his work as a Patawomeck Indian Tribe master eel pot
maker. When Hatch works to weave split white oak into baskets used to capture
the slippery creatures, he’s helping preserve a craft that has been passed down

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Amazon rainforest: Deforestation rate halved in 2023

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:25:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-67962297

"The rate of deforestation in Brazil's Amazon fell by nearly 50% in 2023
compared to the previous year, space agency data suggests.

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"Learning to live with COVID" means upgrading air quality, now

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:33:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegauntlet.news/p/learning-to-live-with-covid-means

"As we hit the second largest peak of COVID cases ever, with an estimated 1.5
million cases occurring daily in the US, those who want to “learn to live with
the virus” should take stock. It’s clear that “learning to live with” COVID, as

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How portable X-ray machines are helping remote patients

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:34:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-67871981

'Portable X-ray machines "can literally be the difference between life and
death", says radiographer Sam Pilkington.

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Aggressive measures in COVID early years credited for saving thousands of lives

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:35:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/aggressive-measures-in-covid-early-years-credited-for-saving-thousands-of-lives-20240112-p5ewxi.html>

"The Burnet Institute says Australia’s aggressive approach to suppressing
COVID-19 in the first two years of the pandemic has been vindicated in saving
thousands of lives, leading to a death rate 33 times lower than the United

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Global status report,on road safety 2023

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:38:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://iris.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665/375016/9789240086517-eng.pdf

"By the time you have read this page, at least five people will have died in
road traffic crashes.

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COVID vaccines saved at least 1.4 million lives in Europe, WHO says

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:39:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/health/2024/01/16/covid-vaccines-saved-at-least-14-million-lives-in-europe-who-says>

"At least 1.4 million lives were saved in Europe due to safe and effective
COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s European regional
office said on Tuesday.

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Zero Jet Aircraft Crashes: 2023 Was One Of Aviation’s Safest Years On Record

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:40:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://simpleflying.com/2023-aviation-safety/

"The aerospace industry has continued to become safer throughout the years, and
2023 was a year in which no large turbofan-powered aircraft were involved in
any major fatal accidents. As a result, 2023 will go down in history as the

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COVID levels are up to 19 times higher than reported, WHO says as it warns of the potential dangers of repeat reinfection: ‘We don’t know everything about this virus’

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:41:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://fortune.com/well/2024/01/12/covid-jn1-pandemic-world-health-organization-warns-dangers-repeat-covid-infection-cardiac-pulmonary-neurologic/>

"COVID levels are two to 19 times higher than numbers being reported around the
world, a WHO official said Friday, citing wastewater data.

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Little changemakers boost vaccination efforts in Yemen

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:43:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.unicef.org/stories/little-changemakers-boost-vaccination-efforts-yemen>

"“At first, I was scared of injections,” Leen says as she remembers how she
used to feel when it came time to get vaccinated. “But I saw what happened to
children who weren’t vaccinated. They got a fever and a red rash because they

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Discover the best in Classical & Modern Art

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:46:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://artvee.com/

"In the last few years, several major museums and libraries have instituted an
open access policy by designating most or all of the public domain art in their
collections with a creative commons license making them available for use for

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Never mind Hitler: "Late Fascism" is here, and it doesn't need Hugo Boss uniforms

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:49:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.salon.com/2024/01/21/never-mind-hitler-late-fascism-is-here-and-it-doesnt-need-hugo-boss-uniforms/>

"Donald Trump’s name appears only a couple of times in “Late Fascism,” the
dense, concise and intellectually ambitious new book from Italian philosopher
and political theorist Alberto Toscano. That’s obviously a considered decision,

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Germany's most famous mouse, born of an artist's frustration

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:50:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9LO6r-EfNk

"One of Germany's most iconic children's TV characters, now 52 years old, is a
silent mouse with improbably-sized friends. But what inspired it in the first
place? And why was the show it stars in almost a complete disaster?"

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Movie Posters Collection

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:47:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://hrc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15878coll84

"The Ransom Center's movie poster collection consists of an estimated 10,000
posters and spans the entire history of film from the silent era to the present
day. All sizes of American film posters are represented: Window Cards (14" x

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Nova Scotia government announces more protected areas, strategy to reach 2030 target

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:48:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/environment-forests-protection-tim-halman-mike-lancaster-1.7065561>

'After years of working toward his goal, Mike Lancaster had to pause to
contemplate how it felt to see it achieved.

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Spanish minister hails deal to save Andalucía wetlands as a model for green transition

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:49:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/27/spain-environment-minister-hails-andalucia-wetlands-deal-green-transition>

"A landmark agreement to safeguard one of Europe’s most important wetlands
underscores the importance of harnessing public opinion to drive the green
transition and help mitigate the effects of the climate emergency, the

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Two ’80s Fantasy Classics Get Awesome Upgrades

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:51:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/ent/two-80s-fantasy-upgrades.html

"Shout Studios is bringing two of Jim Henson’s iconic movies back to life,
1982’s The Dark Crystal and 1986’s Labyrinth. The studio is making both
movies available digitally for the first time since it acquired the rights.

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Golriz Ghahraman’s exit from politics shows the toll of online bullying on female MPs

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:52:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/golriz-ghahramans-exit-from-politics-shows-the-toll-of-online-bullying-on-female-mps-221400>

"The high-stress nature of working in politics is increasingly taking a toll on
staff and politicians. But an additional threat to the personal wellbeing and
safety of politicians resides outside Parliament, and the threat is ubiquitous:

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Australia not prepared for how Antarctic ice changes will hit economy, scientist warns

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:53:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/21/antarctica-melting-ice-shelf-sea-cover-professor-matt-king>

"A leading Antarctic scientist has urged the Albanese government to pay closer
attention to abrupt changes under way in the southern continent, warning they
will affect Australians in ways that are little understood and research into

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Japan is about to land its first lunar probe. As more nations race to the Moon, how will we keep the peace?

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:15:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/japan-is-about-to-land-its-first-lunar-probe-as-more-nations-race-to-the-moon-how-will-we-keep-the-peace-221223>

"Early on Saturday, January 20 2024, Japan hopes to become the fifth country to
successfully land a probe on the Moon. To date, the United States, the Soviet
Union, China and India have preceded the East Asian nation.

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More than 100,000 protest across Germany over far-right AfD’s mass deportation meetings

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:17:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/21/more-than-100000-protest-across-germany-over-far-right-afds-mass-deportation-meetings>

"More than 100,000 people turned out across Germany on Saturday in protest
against the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, which sparked an
outcry after it emerged that the party’s members discussed mass deportation

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Israel now ranks among the world’s leading jailers of journalists. We don’t know why they’re behind bars

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:18:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/israel-now-ranks-among-the-worlds-leading-jailers-of-journalists-we-dont-know-why-theyre-behind-bars-221411>

"Israel has emerged as one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists,
according to a newly released census compiled by the New York-based Committee
to Protect Journalists.

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More Australian wildlife added to threatened species list in 2023 than ever before, conservationists say

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:19:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/22/australian-wildlife-threatened-species-list-record-added-2023>

"More plants, animals and habitats were added to the national list of
threatened wildlife in 2023 than in any year since the list was established,
according to analysis by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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1 billion people left dangerously exposed to heat stress by gaps in climate monitoring

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:20:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/1-billion-people-left-dangerously-exposed-to-heat-stress-by-gaps-in-climate-monitoring-221313>

"2023 was the hottest year on record. Humidity is rising too. Heat and humidity
are a dangerous combination, threatening all aspects of our lives and
livelihoods.

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Megafires are increasing with climate change, experts say — but could the emissions they pump out change the climate?

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:22:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-22/are-megafires-contributing-to-climate-change/103219876>

"Just six days in to the northern hemisphere summer of 2023, the skyline in New
York City was stained in a sepia smoke haze.

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Is linking time in the office to career success the best way to get us back to work?

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:36:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/is-linking-time-in-the-office-to-career-success-the-best-way-to-get-us-back-to-work-220845>

"Working from home introduced in response to the harsh pandemic lockdowns in
2020 was expected to be a short term arrangement with staff returning to the
office as soon as restrictions were lifted.

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Historic land win for Ecuador’s Siekopai sets precedent for other Indigenous peoples

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:37:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/historic-land-win-for-ecuadors-siekopai-sets-precedent-for-other-indigenous-groups/>

"After winning a historic lawsuit, an Indigenous community in Ecuador has
finally obtained legal ownership of its land in a protected area — 80 years
since being forcibly displaced. According to experts, this new ruling may

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CP/M: An Unsung Architect of Micro-Computing

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:44:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://itsfoss.com/cp-m-os-history/

'Recently, I was asked to join a conversation about computing's beginning. Some
of the questions floated were: "When did standard computing really begin?"
"What caused it?" "How does it affect us today, if at all?" These individuals

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Is fashion ready to say goodbye to leather?

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:45:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/01/22/is-fashion-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-leather>

'Could the practice of making leather animal skins soon be extinct?

Scientists in the UK are saying it’s a very real possibility with a group

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You can now order all kinds of medical tests online. Our research shows this is (mostly) a bad idea

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:45:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/you-can-now-order-all-kinds-of-medical-tests-online-our-research-shows-this-is-mostly-a-bad-idea-219805>

"Many of us have done countless rapid antigen tests (RATs) over the course of
the pandemic. Testing ourselves at home has become second nature.

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US ends year on environmental high with increased pollution inspections and protection for forests

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 04:46:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/12/20/us-ends-year-on-environmental-high-with-increased-pollution-inspections-and-protection-for>

"The US is ending 2023 on a high note for environmental protection.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted more on-site inspections of

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It is time to draw down carbon dioxide but shut down moves to play God with the climate

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:14:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/it-is-time-to-draw-down-carbon-dioxide-but-shut-down-moves-to-play-god-with-the-climate-220422>

"The global effort to keep climate change to safe levels – ideally within 1.5°C
above pre-industrial temperatures – is moving far too slowly. And even if we
stopped emitting CO² today, the long-term impacts of the gas already in the air

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The World Could Benefit From China Clearing Up Its Smog

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:15:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-01-14/china-is-clearing-up-its-smog-and-the-whole-world-could-benefit>

"It’s easy to forget, but a decade ago the winter months were routinely marked
by apocalyptic imagery from Beijing. Cold, still air trapping the smoke
belching from northeastern China’s coal plants and steel mills regularly turned

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Olive oil fraudsters have sown the wind, and are reaping the whirlwind

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:16:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/01/22/olive-oil-fraudsters-have-sown-the-wind-and-are-reaping-the-whirlwind>

"Olive oil fraud is in the news again after 11 arrests and the seizure of
260,000 litres of dodgy product in Spain late last year.

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Welcoming Relatives Home

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:18:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.biographic.com/welcoming-relatives-home/

"From our vantage point in a motorboat on the reservoir known as Franklin D.
Roosevelt Lake in eastern Washington, we scan the rocky canyon walls of the
Confederated Tribes of the Colville’s Hellgate game reserve for bighorn sheep

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2023 in Review: A Year of Progress for Oceans, the Environment, and Science

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:18:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.state.gov/2023-in-review-a-year-of-progress-for-oceans-the-environment-and-science/>

"2023 was a year of real progress in protecting the ocean and environment and
advocating for space and science cooperation.  In numerous multilateral fora
and with partners in the United States and around the world, the Bureau of

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Living through Antarctic snowstorms, Australian scientists are undertaking some of the 'most ambitious' research

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:20:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-23/australian-scientists-discover-east-antarctica-is-losing-ice/103377816>

'In a whitewashed corner of one of the world's coldest continents, 27
Australian scientists are living in tents and working to solve 500 years of
climate clues.

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Australia's year ahead in climate and environment — the good, the bad and the controversial

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:26:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-01-23/what-2024-will-bring-for-australias-climate-and-environment/103362864>

"Just like previous summers, this one has brought fire and floods to Australia,
with both lives and homes lost in the devastation.

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Six surprising things about placebos everyone should know

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:27:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/six-surprising-things-about-placebos-everyone-should-know-220829>

"Placebos have been studied more than any treatment in the history of medicine,
yet they remain mysterious.

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The Sky Is Rising 2024 Edition: Rather Than Destroying Culture, The Internet Has Saved The Content Industries

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:28:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/01/22/the-sky-is-rising-2024-edition-rather-than-destroying-culture-the-internet-has-saved-the-content-industries/>

"Twelve years ago, we released our very first research report, the Sky is
Rising
. Back then, in 2012, the commonly accepted wisdom was that the internet
was killing various creative industries, from the music industry (especially!)

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The end of workplace loyalty

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:29:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com/loyalty-employee-employer-job-security-broken-work-companies-bosses-2024-1>

"In the two years I've been writing about Americans' changing relationship to
work, there's one theme that's come up over and over again: loyalty. Whether my
stories are about quiet quitting, or job-hopping, or leveraging a job offer

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Japan is now the 5th country to land on the Moon – the technology used will lend itself to future lunar missions

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:32:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/japan-is-now-the-5th-country-to-land-on-the-moon-the-technology-used-will-lend-itself-to-future-lunar-missions-221570>

"Japan landed its Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon, or SLIM, craft on
the surface of the Moon on Jan. 20, 2024. Despite a power issue with the
lander, the event holds both political and technical importance. It’s Japan’s

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You can pay to have your ashes buried on the moon. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:33:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/you-can-pay-to-have-your-ashes-buried-on-the-moon-just-because-you-can-doesnt-mean-you-should-220664>

"When NASA attempted to return to the Moon for the first time in 50 years on
January 8, more was at risk than just US$108 million worth of development and
equipment.

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Wind turbines are friendlier to birds than oil-and-gas drilling

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:39:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2024/01/10/wind-turbines-are-friendlier-to-birds-than-oil-and-gas-drilling>

"BIRDERS GET nervous when they see landscapes covered in wind turbines. When
the wind gets going, their blades can spin at well over 200km per hour. It is
easy to imagine careless birds getting chopped to bits. Campaigners often point

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More forced marriages and worker exploitation – why Australia needs an anti-slavery commissioner

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:40:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/more-forced-marriages-and-worker-exploitation-why-australia-needs-an-anti-slavery-commissioner-221318>

"Last week, a 47-year-old Queensland man was charged with 46 offences,
including torturing and enslaving deckhands on his fishing boats.

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Oldest known Scottish tartan ‘brought back to life’ for people to wear

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:42:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/jan/22/oldest-known-scottish-tartan-piece-glen-affric-peat-bog-recreated>

"The oldest known piece of true tartan ever found, which was discovered in a
peat bog, has been recreated by experts.

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The wolf: Another victim of misinformation

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:45:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.brusselstimes.com/opinion/888756/the-wolf-another-victim-of-misinformation>

"Just as the wolf is making a welcome comeback in almost all European
countries, showing the success of ongoing conservation efforts, I am saddened
to witness the unwelcome comeback of the “big bad wolf” narrative.

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Prestigious Rome hotel welcomes guests to its over 1,000 piece private art collection

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:48:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/01/23/prestigious-rome-hotel-welcomes-guests-to-its-over-1000-piece-private-art-collection>

'A luxury five-stare hotel in Rome, boasting a collection of over 1000
extraordinary artworks, is now welcoming visitors with guided tours.

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This company is turning old tyres into paving bricks, floor tiles, and even flip-flops

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 04:49:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/next/2024/01/23/this-company-is-turning-old-tyres-into-paving-bricks-floor-tiles-and-even-flip-flops>

"A Nigerian company is giving old tyres a second life, turning waste into
bricks, floor tiles and even flip-flops.

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Deep-seated inequality is fuelling an escalation of violence across Latin America

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:07:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/deep-seated-inequality-is-fuelling-an-escalation-of-violence-across-latin-america-221429>

"For most of the 20th century, Latin America was portrayed as one of the
world’s most peaceful regions. Coups and repressive military regimes had long
been commonplace but widespread civil disorder and war were relatively rare.

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Iranian Children's Rights Activist Handed Prison Term

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:09:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://iranwire.com/en/women/124601-iranian-childrens-rights-activist-handed-prison-term/>

'The Khorramabad Revolutionary Court in western Iran has sentenced Ghazaleh
Zare, a children's rights activist, to three years in prison.

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Wind power awards and wildlife photography: Positive environmental stories from 2024

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:10:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/02/13/positive-environmental-stories-from-2024>

"Eco-anxiety, climate doom, environmental existential dread - as green
journalists, we see these terms used a lot - and often feel them ourselves.

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How both health and safety are compromised for people living with long COVID and intimate partner violence

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:10:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-both-health-and-safety-are-compromised-for-people-living-with-long-covid-and-intimate-partner-violence-221413>

"What happens when a person is experiencing long COVID and intimate partner
violence at the same time? There has been no attention paid to this question
anywhere in the world since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

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Widescreen whales and close-up corals: Check out the 2023 Ocean Art winners

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:11:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/01/23/widescreen-whales-and-close-up-corals-check-out-the-2023-ocean-art-winners>

"The winners and runners up of the annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo
Competition have been announced. Best in Show and Best Portrait went to the
impressive 'Aquatic Primate' shot (pictured above) by Suliman Alatiqi. In the

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Farewell to the Internet’s Master Timekeeper: David Mills

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:13:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenewstack.io/farewell-to-the-internets-master-timekeeper-david-mills/>

"Dr. David L. Mills, the visionary behind the Network Time Protocol (NTP) that
synchronizes time across billions of devices globally, died at age 85 on Jan.
17, 2024.

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When floodwater reaches the sea, it can leave a 50 metre thick layer of brown water – and cause real problems

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:15:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/when-floodwater-reaches-the-sea-it-can-leave-a-50-metre-thick-layer-of-brown-water-and-cause-real-problems-213548>

"Over this wet summer, Melburnians and Sydneysiders have had to think twice
about cooling off at their local beach. Heavy rainfall has swollen rivers and
pumped pollutants, nutrients and murky fresh water far out to sea. Swimmers at

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Why hot Australian cities keep laying dark heat-absorbing asphalt, and not pale 'cool roads'

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:17:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-01-24/why-australia-builds-dark-roads-despite-heatwaves-climate-change/103375122>

'Sebastian Pfautsch doesn't hesitate when asked what he would change first to
cool Australian cities in summer.

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US solar sites linked to higher levels of insects

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:19:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pv-magazine.com/2024/01/22/us-solar-sites-linked-to-higher-levels-of-insects/>

"A research team from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory
and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have said that insect levels
have tripled in less than five years at two solar sites built on retired

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TextBin: Architecture of the Japanese Bubble

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:21:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://text-bin.blogspot.com/2017/04/architecture-of-japanese-bubble.html>

"1980s Japan was a nation hurtling at exponentially increasing speeds into a
seething, self-consuming, technologically fantastical, aesthetically ravishing
future, fuelled by a turbo-charged mixture of industrial innovation, financial

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‘It’s not game over – it’s game on’: why 2024 is an inflection point for the climate crisis

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:22:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-not-game-over-its-game-on-why-2024-is-an-inflection-point-for-the-climate-crisis-221497>

"In 2024, global climate trends are cause for both deep alarm and cautious
optimism. Last year was the hottest on record by a huge margin and this year
will likely be hotter still. The annual global average temperature may, for the

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How Australia’s huge superannuation funds can do much more to fight climate change, with a little help

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:23:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-australias-huge-superannuation-funds-can-do-much-more-to-fight-climate-change-with-a-little-help-221018>

"Few of us pay much attention to our superannuation. Under the Superannuation
Guarantee, employers pay at least 11% of salaries into their employees’ super
funds without workers having to do anything.

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EY Oceania accused of potential conflict of interest over government contracts on climate policy

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:19:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/jan/24/ey-oceania-accused-conflict-of-interest-australia-government-contracts-climate-policy>

"Consultancy firm EY Oceania was supporting the oil and gas industry’s lobbying
efforts while being paid by the federal government for independent advice on
its signature climate policy and gas emissions.

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I analysed more than 10,000 Reddit posts on supermarket pricing. 5 key themes emerged

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:20:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/i-analysed-more-than-10-000-reddit-posts-on-supermarket-pricing-5-key-themes-emerged-221119>

"A Senate inquiry into supermarket pricing, announced last year, is currently
taking public submissions and will report its findings in May.

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Why China Could Surprise the World by Being the First Country to Adopt Universal Basic Income

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:21:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scottsantens.com/why-china-could-surprise-the-world-by-being-the-first-country-to-adopt-universal-basic-income-ubi/>

"The concept of universal basic income (or UBI) - a regularly provided cash
payment distributed without conditions to all individuals within a defined
community - has a long history and an as yet unwritten future. As someone

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How long does immunity last after a COVID infection?

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:23:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-long-does-immunity-last-after-a-covid-infection-221398>

"Nearly four years into the pandemic, Australia, like many other countries, is
still seeing large numbers of COVID cases. Some 860,221 infections were
recorded around the country in 2023, while 30,283 cases have already been

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Kelly and Zach Weinersmith's "A City On Mars"

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:24:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/09/astrobezzle/#send-robots-instead

"In A City On Mars, biologist Kelly Weinersmith and cartoonist Zach
Weinersmith set out to investigate the governance challenges of the impending
space settlements they were told were just over the horizon. Instead, they

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Why we should celebrate Australia Day on March 3 – the day we became a fully independent country

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:25:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-we-should-celebrate-australia-day-on-march-3-the-day-we-became-a-fully-independent-country-221015>

"Every year, there are debates over the appropriateness of January 26 for a
national holiday.

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HP CEO evokes James Bond-style hack via ink cartridges

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 11:55:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/01/hp-ceo-blocking-third-party-ink-from-printers-fights-viruses/>

"Last Thursday, HP CEO Enrique Lores addressed the company's controversial
practice of bricking printers when users load them with third-party ink.
Speaking to CNBC Television, he said, "We have seen that you can embed

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The Movement to ‘Make America Rake Again’

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 11:56:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/make-america-rake-again-leaf-blower-bans/>

"Ten years ago, when Michael Hall retired as dean of students at the Pacific
Northwest College of Art and began to spend more time at home, he noticed an
ear-splitting noise — something he’d never been around during the day to hear.

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The best science images of 2023 – Nature’s picks

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 11:57:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-023-03872-z/index.html

"NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continued to dazzle in 2023, with some of
the most spectacular images of space ever seen. Closer to home, photographers
and researchers captured unknown species and hidden microscopic scenes. From

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Pre-Pesticides, Pro-Farmer: The Rise of Agroecology

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 11:59:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/agroecology-pesticides-farm-workers-agriculture/>

"Rice, the food that feeds the Philippines, is in climate change’s crosshairs.
Sea-level rise, hotter temperatures and extreme weather are putting one of the
country’s top crops at risk, as drought, floods and encroaching saltwater

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Why we split the world into good and evil — and make decisions we regret

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 12:00:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/01/04/hamas-israel-good-evil-splitting-amanda-ripley/>

"Humans carve the world cleanly in two when they feel threatened. There’s a
right and a wrong, a good and an evil, an us and a them. In normal times, this
behavior is most obvious in people with serious depression or borderline

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How Books Are Reaching Kids in ‘Book Deserts’

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 12:02:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/book-banks-for-children/

"When Larry Abrams started teaching English in New Jersey high schools in the
early 2000s, his first two schools were within a few miles of each other, yet
worlds apart.

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Can $500 Million Save This Glacier?

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:36:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/06/magazine/glacier-engineering-sea-level-rise.html>

"One day in 2016, a British glaciologist named John Moore attended a meeting in
Cambridge, England, that included a presentation about a glacier on Greenland’s
west coast. Typically referred to by its Danish name, Jakobshavn, but also

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The social housing secret: how Vienna became the world’s most livable city

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:37:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/jan/10/the-social-housing-secret-how-vienna-became-the-worlds-most-livable-city>

"The first place that Max Schranz moved into after leaving his family home is
the kind that many young professionals dream of inhabiting at the peak of their
career. At only 26, he lives in a bright fifth-floor apartment with high

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The 100 best science fiction books of 2023

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:38:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://shepherd.com/bboy/2023/science-fiction

"We asked 1,552 authors for their 3 favorite reads in 2023."

Via Future Crunch:

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Mosquitoes can spread the flesh-eating Buruli ulcer. Here’s how you can protect yourself

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:40:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mosquitoes-can-spread-the-flesh-eating-buruli-ulcer-heres-how-you-can-protect-yourself-221738>

"Each year, more and more Victorians become sick with a flesh-eating bacteria
known as Buruli ulcer. Last year, 363 people presented with the infection, the
highest number since 2004.

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‘He Who Must Not Be Named’: Australian council told not to mention Harry Potter-themed event in local park

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:41:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/24/he-who-must-not-be-named-australian-council-told-not-to-mention-harry-potter-themed-event-in-local-park>

"The entertainment giant Warner Bros stifled democratic debate when it
requested politicians stay silent about a Harry Potter-themed event it was
planning in a protected conservation park, transparency advocates have claimed.

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FCC bans robocalls using deepfake voice clones − but AI-generated disinformation still looms over elections

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:42:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fcc-bans-robocalls-using-deepfake-voice-clones-but-ai-generated-disinformation-still-looms-over-elections-223160>

"The Federal Communications Commission on Feb. 8, 2024, outlawed robocalls that
use voices generated by artificial intelligence.

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Devastating drought in Amazon result of climate crisis, study shows

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 04:52:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/24/devastating-drought-in-amazon-result-of-climate-crisis-study-shows>

"The climate crisis turned the drought that struck the Amazon rainforest in
2023 into a devastating event, a study has found.

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As another cyclone heads for Queensland, we must be ready for the new threat: torrential rain and floods

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 04:53:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/as-another-cyclone-heads-for-queensland-we-must-be-ready-for-the-new-threat-torrential-rain-and-floods-221737>

"We’ve long known cyclones are heat engines, fuelled by hot water. They also
pump heat from the hot tropics into cooler areas. But they’re starting to
behave differently. As the world heats up, the atmosphere can hold more

(More...)

Visibility, Connection, and Community: How we create change and stay safe in a hostile political climate

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 04:54:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@jactomlins/visibility-connection-and-community-how-we-create-change-and-stay-safe-in-a-hostile-political-cfb55c27ae5f>

"This is an edited version of a speech I gave at the Pride in the North
Summit: Beyond the Rainbow Lanyard in Melbourne, November, 2023

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Travellers with disability often face discrimination. What should change and how to complain

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 04:55:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/travellers-with-disability-often-face-discrimination-what-should-change-and-how-to-complain-221740>

"Australia’s former disability discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes, has
settled his dispute with Adelaide Airport. His complaint to the Human Rights
Commission was lodged after being denied access to a body scanner with his

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Investigative Report Proves What Most People Already Suspected: The ‘War On Woke & DEI’ Mostly Pushed By A Bunch Of Censorial, Racist Shitheads

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 04:57:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/01/24/investigative-report-proves-what-most-people-already-suspected-the-war-on-woke-dei-mostly-pushed-by-a-bunch-of-censorial-racist-shitheads/>

"One of the dumber things we’ve seen over the last couple of years is the
supposed “war on woke” and (more recently) attacks on “diversity, equity, and
inclusion” efforts (often shortened to the acronym DEI). In almost every case,

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Using photos to create 3D models is helping us understand – and protect – complex marine environments

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 04:58:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/using-photos-to-create-3d-models-is-helping-us-understand-and-protect-complex-marine-environments-221111>

"Measuring the impact of different events, such as marine heatwaves, on the
abundance of marine organisms is not easy. Biological communities naturally
change over time and between different locations.

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Vienna’s co-housing model offers a key to keeping families in the city

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:23:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ft.com/content/79726eaf-e4dd-4432-8254-a69fdc6af6e2

"Once a week, Michael Kerbler and his neighbours eat dinner together in a
modern, open-plan kitchen built on the roof of their apartment building in
central Vienna. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide an excellent view over the

(More...)

Prince Albert had nothing to do with the lyrebird bearing his name. Should our birds be named after people?

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:24:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/prince-albert-had-nothing-to-do-with-the-lyrebird-bearing-his-name-should-our-birds-be-named-after-people-217792>

"Influential ornithologist John James Audubon’s historical ownership of slaves
has spurred a debate about bird names in the United States. As a result, the
American Ornithological Society will change not only birds’ common names

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Fodor’s No List 2024

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:26:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.fodors.com/news/news/fodors-no-list-2024

"It might seem incongruous that Fodor’s, which aims to inspire travel,
publishes an annual No List, which actively discourages tourism. But the No
List isn’t a hit piece. It’s not a round-up of spots we revile–but a

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Australia may spend hundreds of millions of dollars on quantum computing research. Are we chasing a mirage?

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:27:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australia-may-spend-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-on-quantum-computing-research-are-we-chasing-a-mirage-218595>

"The Australian government is going all in on quantum computing. After
investing more than $100 million on “quantum technology” in 2021, it is now
reportedly considering spending up to $200 million on purchasing a “quantum

(More...)

This Cheap Street Fix Saves Lives. Why Don’t More Cities Do It?

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:28:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2023-11-28/the-case-for-daylighting-the-cheap-traffic-safety-fix-that-cities-need>

"After a string of tragic traffic fatalities, a community board in Queens, New
York, endorsed a call in June for city officials to make all intersections more
visible to road users, particularly the most vulnerable. Then, in October, a

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It’s 4 years since the first COVID case in Australia. Here’s how our pandemic experiences have changed over time

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:29:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-4-years-since-the-first-covid-case-in-australia-heres-how-our-pandemic-experiences-have-changed-over-time-220336>

"It might be hard to believe, but four years have now passed since the first
COVID case was confirmed in Australia on January 25 2020. Five days later, the
World Health Organization (WHO) declared a “public health emergency of

(More...)

World first: malaria vaccine rollout begins in Cameroon

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 19:18:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/jan/22/world-first-malaria-vaccine-rollout-begins-in-cameroon>

"The rollout of the world’s first malaria vaccine began in Cameroon on Monday,
which is said to be a “transformative chapter in Africa’s public health
history”.

(More...)

Tobacco use declines despite tobacco industry efforts to jeopardize progress

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 19:19:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.paho.org/en/news/16-1-2024-tobacco-use-declines-despite-tobacco-industry-efforts-jeopardize-progress>

'Geneva, 16 January 2024 — Globally there are 1.25 billion adult tobacco
users, according to the latest estimates in the World Health Organization (WHO)
tobacco trends report out today.

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Four-day work week to be trialled in Dominican Republic

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 19:21:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/17/four-day-work-week-to-be-trialled-in-dominican-republic>

"Companies in the Dominican Republic are preparing for a voluntary six-month
pilot of a four-day work week, the first move of its kind for the Caribbean
country.

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The COVID-safe strategies Australian scientists are using to protect themselves from the virus

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 19:22:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-21/covid-safe-strategies-australian-scientists-virus-infection/103335466>

'When Brendan Crabb finally caught COVID-19 for the first time late last year,
it was because he'd broken his own rule — he took a risk he says he shouldn't
have. Since 2020, Professor Crabb, director and chief executive of the Burnet

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How megacities are tackling air pollution

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 19:24:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dw.com/en/4-ways-megacities-are-tackling-air-pollution/a-67645710>

'Air pollution is a major issue around the world: It contributes to around 7
million deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). People
living in the world's largest cities, from Delhi to Istanbul or Los Angeles,

(More...)

The Doomsday Clock is still at 90 seconds to midnight. But what does that mean?

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 19:25:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-doomsday-clock-is-still-at-90-seconds-to-midnight-but-what-does-that-mean-221871>

"Once every year, a select group of nuclear, climate and technology experts
assemble to determine where to place the hands of the Doomsday Clock.

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How lock-in hurts design

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 05:00:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/24/everything-not-mandatory/#is-prohibited>

'If you've ever read about design, you've probably encountered the idea of
"paving the desire path." A "desire path" is an erosion path created by people
departing from the official walkway and taking their own route. The story goes

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The more you know: people with better understanding of Australia’s colonial history more likely to support moving Australia Day

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 05:01:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-more-you-know-people-with-better-understanding-of-australias-colonial-history-more-likely-to-support-moving-australia-day-220288>

"There have been calls to change the date of Australia Day/Invasion Day since
as far back as 1938.

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The things nobody wants to pay for

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 05:03:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/959069/

"The free-software community has managed to build a body of software that is
worth, by most estimates, many billions of dollars; all of this code is freely
available to anybody who wants to use or modify it. It is an unparalleled

(More...)

A School Bought Solar Panels and Saved Enough to Give All Its Teachers Raises

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 05:04:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://futurism.com/the-byte/solar-panels-save-teachers-raise

"A rural school district in Batesville, Arkansas generated enough solar energy
to give every teacher a raise, CBS News reports.

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Yes, it’s getting more humid in summer. Here’s why

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 05:04:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/yes-its-getting-more-humid-in-summer-heres-why-221748>

"Has Sydney felt more like Cairns lately? You’re not imagining it – millions of
Australians up and down the east coast have sweltered through exceptionally
high humidity in recent weeks.

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Melanoma treatment pioneers joint Australians of the Year

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 05:06:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/melanoma-treatment-pioneers-joint-australians-of-the-year-221981>

"Pioneers in melanoma treatment, professors Georgina Long and Richard Scolyer,
are the joint 2024 Australians of the Year.

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Digital Transformation Drives Development in Africa

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 11:57:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.worldbank.org/en/results/2024/01/18/digital-transformation-drives-development-in-afe-afw-africa>

"Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) faces critical challenges for digital development,
including underdeveloped digital infrastructure, lack of accessible and
affordable connectivity, a stubborn digital gender gap, limited skills for

(More...)

3D scanning: we recreated a sacred South African site in a way that captures its spirit

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 11:58:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/3d-scanning-we-recreated-a-sacred-south-african-site-in-a-way-that-captures-its-spirit-219122>

"These days, if you want to visit remarkable archaeological sites such as Great
Zimbabwe or Petra in Jordan you don’t even need to leave your house.

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Germany strikes a brave new deal on immigration

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 11:59:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://web.archive.org/web/20240122014805/https://www.economist.com/europe/2024/01/21/germany-strikes-a-brave-new-deal-on-immigration>

"GERMANY’S DEBATE over migration sometimes seems divorced from reality. The
country’s low birth rate and shrinking workforce imply a pressing need to
import manpower. Much political talk, however, is concerned with how to keep

(More...)

Descendants of Holocaust survivors explain why they are replicating Auschwitz tattoos on their own bodies

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 12:00:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/descendants-of-holocaust-survivors-explain-why-they-are-replicating-auschwitz-tattoos-on-their-own-bodies-206821>

"Rony Cohen doesn’t remember any particular moment when she first became aware
of the number tattooed on her grandmother’s arm. It was just always there.

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Is Thailand's 'Clean Air Act' enough to end pollution?

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 12:01:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dw.com/en/is-thailands-clean-air-act-enough-to-end-pollution/a-68022214?ref=futurecrunch.com#>

"Thai lawmakers earlier this month endorsed a bill aimed at improving
Thailand's poor air quality, clearing the way for the kingdom's parliament to
start debating draft legislation.

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A newly identified ‘Hell chicken’ species suggests dinosaurs weren’t sliding toward extinction before the fateful asteroid hit

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 12:02:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-newly-identified-hell-chicken-species-suggests-dinosaurs-werent-sliding-toward-extinction-before-the-fateful-asteroid-hit-221482>

"Were dinosaurs already on their way out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million
years ago, ending the Cretaceous, the geologic period that started about 145
million years ago? It’s a question that has vexed paleontologists like us for

(More...)

The Top News Stories of 2023, Based on Google Search Trends

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:21:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/top-news-2023-google-search-trends/

"In an age of rapid-fire social media updates, memes, and never-ending cat
videos, what’s the world still collectively paying attention to?

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Flying foxes pollinate forests and spread seeds. Here’s how we can make peace with our noisy neighbours

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:22:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/flying-foxes-pollinate-forests-and-spread-seeds-heres-how-we-can-make-peace-with-our-noisy-neighbours-215811>

"Flying foxes. Megabats. Fruit bats. Whatever name you choose, these fox-faced
creatures are remarkable. Our four species help pollinate eucalyptus trees in
eastern Australia, spread the seeds of rainforest trees, and make our summer

(More...)

Lula vows to win ‘war’ against illegal miners invading Indigenous lands

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:23:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/lula-brazil-indigenous-illegal-miners-yanomami>

"The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has insisted his
government must not lose the “war” against the environmental criminals
devastating Indigenous lands in the Amazon after claims that thousands of

(More...)

UN appeals for urgent humanitarian assistance as war rages on in Ukraine

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:24:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/2024/01/26/un-appeals-for-urgent-humanitarian-assistance-as-war-rages-on-in-ukraine>

'The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has appealed for urgent
humanitarian assistance for Ukrainians, following a week-long visit to several
areas affected by the war in the country.

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The botanical imperialism of weeds and crops: how alien plant species on the First Fleet changed Australia

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:25:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-botanical-imperialism-of-weeds-and-crops-how-alien-plant-species-on-the-first-fleet-changed-australia-220653>

"Locally grown produce fills Australian shops, but almost all of these species
were imported, as native as cane toads. Icons of Australian agriculture, like
the Big Banana and Big Pineapple, proudly display the regions’ crops, but these

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The emergence of JN.1 is an evolutionary ‘step change’ in the COVID pandemic. Why is this significant?

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 19:26:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-emergence-of-jn-1-is-an-evolutionary-step-change-in-the-covid-pandemic-why-is-this-significant-220285>

"Since it was detected in August 2023, the JN.1 variant of COVID has spread
widely. It has become dominant in Australia and around the world, driving the
biggest COVID wave seen in many jurisdictions for at least the past year.

(More...)

1.5 billion fewer plastic bags used in Colorado thanks to fee, Boulder recycling center estimates

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 03:55:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.denver7.com/news/state-news/1-5-billion-fewer-plastic-bags-used-in-colorado-thanks-to-fee-boulder-recycling-center-estimates>

"DENVER — After a year of the statewide fee on single-use plastic bags, the
Eco-Cycle recycling center in Boulder estimates between 1.5 billion and 1.8
billion fewer plastic bags were used in Colorado in 2023.

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The 56-Year-Long Crisis of Treasonous & Illegitimate GOP Presidents is Happening Again

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 03:58:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/1/26/2219696/-The-56-Year-Long-Crisis-of-Treasonous-Illegitimate-GOP-Presidents-is-Happening-Again>

"Once again, America and the world are watching with horror as a Republican
candidate for president — just to win an election — manipulates world affairs
in a way that will cause widespread death and destruction while damaging the

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Distributed work: get it right and your organization will benefit

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 03:59:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/distributed-work-get-it-right-and-your-organization-will-benefit-5d8f6e756fac>

"A survey of 158 US managers reveals that the overwhelming majority have put
return-to-office policies on the back burner, with only six considering them
important.

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The Endangered Species Act Has Been a Success for 50 Years. Its Work Is Just Beginning

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 03:59:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://time.com/6549548/endangered-species-act-50-years/

"The Endangered Species Act is 50 years old Thursday. In recent years, the act
has become a pawn in partisan battles over federal regulatory powers, with
opponents arguing the law infringes upon private property rights and places

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‘On par with cancer and heart disease’: Experts, patients warn Congress about the burden of long COVID as the government blows through $1.15 billion without finding a cure

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 04:00:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://fortune.com/2024/01/24/experts-patients-warn-congress-long-covid-government-blows-through-billion-cure-health-carolyn-barber/>

"Appearing before a key U.S. Senate committee on Jan. 18, one of the world’s
foremost authorities on long COVID-19 laid it on the line. “We developed
vaccines at warp speed,” said Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a clinical epidemiologist at

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Environmental and youth groups win climate court case against the Norwegian State

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 04:02:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/64831/environmental-youth-groups-win-climate-court-case-against-norwegian-state/>

"Oslo, Norway – Greenpeace Nordic and Natur og Ungdom (Young Friends of the
Earth Norway) secured a historic win against the Norwegian State, rendering the
approvals of three oil and gas fields in the North Sea invalid.

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Nine countries sign global pact to protect endangered river dolphins

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:50:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/nine-countries-sign-global-pact-to-protect-endangered-river-dolphins/>

"In September of last year, 154 river dolphins perished in Lake Tefé in the
Brazilian Amazon, reminding conservationists of the urgency required to protect
threatened freshwater cetaceans. The deaths occurred during an intense drought.

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Lighting up Long Covid

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:51:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://erictopol.substack.com/p/lighting-up-long-covid

"This week Science published a major multinational, prospective study of
people with Long Covid and controls, as shown below. A unique aspect was to
systematically assess nearly 6,600 proteins in the blood, across 268 blood

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Humpbacks Rebound in 20th-Century Whaling Hotspot

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:53:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hakaimagazine.com/news/humpbacks-rebound-in-20th-century-whaling-hotspot/>

"In November 1904, Norwegian explorer Carl Anton Larsen landed in South
Georgia. It was his second visit to the remote island, roughly 1,800 kilometers
east of the tip of South America, where the waters of the South Atlantic Ocean

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What Would It Mean for Scientists to Listen to Patients?

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:54:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-inquiry/what-would-it-mean-for-scientists-to-listen-to-patients>

"Soon after she got sick, Amy Siniscalchi felt as though her limbs were
burning. “Then it morphed into, like, electrical buzzing,” she remembers. “At
times, it would feel like my blood was gurgling, like seltzer in my veins.”

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A ‘Revolutionary’ Way to Feed the World That’s Very Old

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:55:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/22/climate/agriculture-africa-traditional-crops.html?unlocked_article_code=1.QE0.IKjp.d9TKVd98jUpi>

"Cary Fowler once helped build an Arctic vault to save the world’s great
variety of crop seeds from extinction. Now, as the State Department’s global
envoy for food security, he is trying to plant a new seed in U.S. foreign

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Testimonials of the Collectively Abandoned

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 11:57:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://rant.li/atlettertoourcomradesatrant-li/testimonials-of-the-collectively-abandoned>

"The pandemic is over, or so those in power and the media claim. And most
people believe them. Which is understandable, to a certain extent. People want
to pretend the pandemic is over. They want to adapt to the “new normal” of

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Um, I think we all just won

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 19:21:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://billmckibben.substack.com/p/um-i-think-we-all-just-won

"A few minutes ago the New York Times moved a story saying that the White
House has decided to pause permitting for new LNG terminals—if it’s true, and I
think it is, this is the biggest thing a U.S. president has ever done to stand

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Institutional COVID denial has killed public health as we knew it. Prepare to lose several centuries of progress.

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 19:22:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegauntlet.news/p/institutional-covid-denial-has-killed

"If you live in a rich country, you’re probably not going to get cholera from
your drinking water. The state accepts the responsibility of waterborne disease
elimination as an obvious duty of governance, and the state and the collective

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NASA’s robotic, self-assembling structures could be the next phase of space construction

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 19:24:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://techcrunch.com/2024/01/17/nasas-robotic-self-assembling-structures-could-be-the-next-phase-of-space-construction/>

"Bad news if you want to move to the moon or Mars: housing is a little hard to
come by. Fortunately, NASA (as always) is thinking ahead, and has just shown
off a self-assembling robotic structure that might just be a crucial part of

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Rising Australian ballet star's ongoing nine-month battle with long COVID

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 19:25:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/8494576/wollongong-born-dancer-shares-her-struggle-with-long-covid/>

'Early last year, Wollongong-born dancer Riley Lapham was one of the rising
stars of Australian ballet.

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A Bird’s-Eye View of a Technicolor World

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 19:26:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/23/science/animals-vision-video.html

"Scientists have devised a new video system that reveals how animals see color,
and us."

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The Next Climate Perception Battle

Sun, 25 Feb 2024 19:35:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/the-new-climate/the-next-climate-perception-battle-5f770a204548>

'Every couple of years, researchers at Yale University poll Americans about
their perceptions of climate change. They just released their latest survey
results, and the numbers show that we have passed from one phase of the climate

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Dan Wang: 2023 letter

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 03:41:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://danwang.co/2023-letter/

"The most important story of China in 2023 might be that the expected good news
of economic recovery didn’t materialize, when the end of zero-Covid should have
lifted consumer spirits; and that the unexpected bad news of political

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This is Not Your Father's Patriotism

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 03:42:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/bouncin-and-behavin-blogs/this-is-not-your-fathers-patriotism-17d8d24863b0>

"As a kid, I was taught that it was important to be patriotic. No one ever
explained to me what that really meant, but from casual observation, I assumed
it meant that I should stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and be proud of my

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Bedouin (Extended Sunrise Set) @ Echoes From Agartha 2023 (Cappadocia, Türkiye)

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 03:44:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://soundcloud.com/gateexperience/agartha-2023-bedouin

"It's time to reminisce on Echoes from Agartha 2023. The epic transition from
night 🌙 into day ☀️ was marked by an extended closing set by the one and only
Bedouin.

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The Real Threat AI Poses to Writers and Artists

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 03:45:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://writingcooperative.com/the-real-threat-ai-poses-to-writers-and-artists-f6b2a3f7e9bd>

"The first few months after generative AI became available to the public, it
was cool and impressive — impressive enough to make a flounder sit up and take
notice. The masses hadn't yet seen a computer spit out text and images that

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Seven technologies to watch in 2024

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 03:48:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.md/D1FzO

"From protein engineering and 3D printing to detection of deepfake media, here
are seven areas of technology that Nature will be watching in the year ahead."

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Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in a university classroom based on real human close contact behaviors

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 03:51:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969724004819

"Due to high-population density, frequent close contact, possible poor
ventilation, university classrooms are vulnerable for transmission of
respiratory infectious diseases. Close contact and long-range airborne are

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Guatemala Just Ran January 6th In Reverse

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:21:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.persuasion.community/p/guatemala-just-ran-january-6th-in

"A popular progressive stuns an entrenched, corrupt political establishment to
win a presidential election in one of the most unequal countries on Earth.
Knee-deep in corruption, the political class he’s pledged to unseat panics and

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UK less prepared for pandemic than pre-Covid, former vaccine chief warns

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:22:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/jan/24/uk-less-prepared-for-pandemic-than-pre-covid-former-vaccine-chief-warns>

"The UK is less prepared for a pandemic than it was before the Covid crisis
after driving away jab manufacturers and relying on a narrow range of shots,
according to the country’s former vaccine chief.

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The social media star helping people fall in love with libraries

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:23:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/arts/the-social-media-star-helping-people-fall-in-love-with-libraries/>

"At a time when public libraries are threatened by funding cuts and even book
bans, librarian Mychal Threets sings their praises with infectious enthusiasm.
Everyone belongs in a library, he says, and a library card can unlock a world

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NearbyWiki: Wikipedia places nearby

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:27:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://nearbywiki.org/

"Explore interesting places nearby listed on Wikipedia. Discover sights and
destinations in your area or a travel destination."

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Chris Packham on why he’s angry, yet hopeful

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:28:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/chris-packham-on-why-hes-angry-yet-hopeful/>

"Cycling up to Chris Packham’s New Forest house, I’m brought up short by a pair
of seriously heavy-duty security gates. The reason for their presence is right
there beside them: a charred post, which is all that remains of the old wooden

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Why Lula has failed to address the Yanomami genocide

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:29:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/1/27/why-lula-has-failed-to-address-the-yanomami-genocide>

"In December 2022, Brazilian media published photos of malnourished Yanomami
children which shocked the nation. The Indigenous peoples of the Amazon had
long lived off of hunting, farming, and gathering food and resources from the

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Three good things: transformative educational projects

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:52:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/big-change-transformative-educational-projects/>

"Educational projects focused on food insecurity, special educational needs and
climate anxiety have been selected as winners of the first Big Education
Challenge. The winners will receive a share of £1m from education charity Big

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At Sahara’s edge, old habits protect crops from new climate

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:54:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2024/0119/At-Sahara-s-edge-old-habits-protect-crops-from-new-climate>

"Rain is like alchemy for farmer Thialla Badiane in the Sahel region of
Senegal. Suddenly, it transforms dusty dunes into rich verdure, barren plains
into crop-laden fields.

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Electric vehicles: Can 'lightweighting' combat range anxiety?

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:55:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240108-electric-vehicles-can-lightweighting-combat-range-anxiety>

'It seems like a simple enough choice. The widespread use of electric vehicles
could trigger a potential "positive tipping point" in the efforts to limit
global warming. But many motorists are still choosing not to make the switch to

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Climate scientist Mark Maslin: ‘We have all the technology we need to move to a cleaner, renewable world’

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:56:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/jan/28/climate-scientist-mark-maslin-we-have-all-the-technology-we-need-to-move-to-a-cleaner-renewable-world>

"Prof Mark Maslin studies climate change and human impacts as professor of
Earth system science at University College London (UCL) and the Natural History
Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. He recently partnered with the comedian Jo

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How to skip the too-hard basket and recycle Australia’s most challenging household items

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:58:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/27/how-to-skip-the-too-hard-basket-and-recycle-australias-most-challenging-household-items>

"When it comes time to ditch items that can’t go in the council kerbside
recycling bin – an old mattress, say, or your running shoes – don’t throw them
in the too-hard basket.

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The "Icon Of The Seas" Is 250,000 Tons Of Floating Carbon-Emissions Horror

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 20:01:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jalopnik.com/the-icon-of-the-seas-is-250-000-tons-of-floating-carbon-1851189439>

"The Icon Of The Seas is Royal Caribbean’s newest two-billion dollar
boondoggle. Boasting twenty decks and capacity for 7,600 guests (plus 2,350
crew), this is the single largest cruise ship in the world. It is scheduled to

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Medicare turns 40: since 1984 our health needs have changed but the system hasn’t. 3 reforms to update it

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:30:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/medicare-turns-40-since-1984-our-health-needs-have-changed-but-the-system-hasnt-3-reforms-to-update-it-217264>

"Forty years ago, Medicare as we know it today was born. It was the
reincarnation of the Whitlam government’s Medibank, introduced in 1975 but
dismantled in stages by the Fraser Liberal government.

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‘It’s not an Oedipus complex’: why Japan’s ‘silver porn’ market is booming

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:31:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/28/its-not-an-oedipus-complex-why-japans-silver-porn-market-is-booming>

"Emi Tōda was in her late 50s, recently divorced and getting by on wages from
part-time jobs at supermarkets and an undertaker when she decided it was time
for a change.

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Why a Decade of Protests Didn’t Lead to Revolution

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:33:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jacobin.com/2024/01/vincent-bevins-interview-mass-protests-2010s-arab-spring-euromaidan/>

"The last decade was marked by a series of explosive protest movements from the
Middle East to Latin America, Asia, and Europe. After two decades in which
liberals insisted that we were living through the “end of history,” these

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Deadliest six months on Australian roads since 2010 leaves industry demanding answers

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:34:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/28/deadliest-six-months-on-australian-roads-since-2010-leaves-industry-demanding-answers>

"The second half of 2023 was the deadliest six months on Australian roads since
2010, but there is “no credible plan” to make roads safer, the industry claims,
as it pleads for better data to understand what is causing the surge in fatal

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It is January 6. All Over

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:35:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://nadinbrzezinski.medium.com/it-is-january-6-all-over-9e2af9f296fb>

"This is a complete change of pace, but I owe my readers, both in the United
States and abroad, a warning about what may be taking shape. And the post below
from Twitter has all the vibes of January 6. That was an insurrection; we may

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David Pocock condemns Australia’s fossil fuel projects as an ‘existential threat’ to Pacific neighbours

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:37:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/29/david-pocock-condemns-australias-fossil-fuel-projects-as-an-existential-threat-to-pacific-neighbours>

"The independent senator David Pocock says the Australian government is failing
to listen to its “Pacific family” and must stop approving new fossil fuel
projects that fuel “an existential threat for those nations”.

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