Glass Wings Blog: April 2024

Hannah Gadsby on culture wars, pot-stirring and Picasso: ‘I created that circus. I don’t need to watch it’

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 12:41:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2024/mar/04/hannah-gadsby-gender-agenda-netflix-comedy-special-interview>

"Hannah Gadsby would like to set one thing straight: nearly six years after the
viral success of Nanette, they’re still getting their head around how that
breakthrough moment reshaped their world.

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Billionaires are building bunkers and buying islands. But are they prepping for the apocalypse – or pioneering a new feudalism?

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 12:53:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/billionaires-are-building-bunkers-and-buying-islands-but-are-they-prepping-for-the-apocalypse-or-pioneering-a-new-feudalism-223987>

"In December 2023, WIRED reported that Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire CEO
of Meta and one of the foremost architects of today’s social-media-dominated
world, has been buying up large swathes of the Hawaiian island Kauai.

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Brain tumour patient had Centrelink payments suspended while in hospital recovering from surgery

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 12:55:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/04/centrelink-payments-suspension-jobseeker-brain-tumour-patient-service-victoria>

"A jobseeker is calling for an overhaul to the way suspensions are handled
after his Centrelink payments were suspended while he was in hospital
recovering from brain surgery.

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What’s up with the constant gaming layoffs in 2024?

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 12:56:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thredmedia.medium.com/whats-up-with-the-constant-gaming-layoffs-in-2024-5b2fe9a3139e>

"By 2027, the gaming industry is slated to be worth a staggering $282 billion.
That said, what on Earth is going on with the continuous layoffs being reported
across major publishers?

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New Research Reveals: The New York Bight Is an Important Year-Round Habitat for Endangered Fin Whales

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 12:57:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newsroom.wcs.org/News-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/22011/New-Research-Reveals-The-New-York-Bight-Is-an-Important-Year-Round-Habitat-for-Endangered-Fin-Whales.aspx>

"New York, February 15, 2024— The New York Bight is an important year-round
habitat for endangered fin whales, according to new research examining fin
whale song patterns.

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Glitter Has a Dark Side, And It's Causing Even More Harm Than We Realized

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 12:59:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/glitter-has-a-dark-side-and-its-causing-even-more-harm-than-we-realized>

"All that glitters is not gold. Actual glitter, for instance, can be a
surprisingly harmful environmental pollutant, as a new study demonstrates.

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This is How We Cope

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 19:16:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://medium.com/coping-with-capitalism/this-is-how-we-cope-deb60e899815>

"We’re not all dealt a fair hand under global capitalism. In a system driven by
profit, fairness has taken a back seat.

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How climate change is altering Sami language

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 19:17:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240228-climate-change-is-altering-this-arctic-language>

'Pentti Pieski, a translator and tourism entrepreneur from Utsjoki in the far
north of Finland, loves going out in his boat to fish for wild Atlantic salmon.
For the past three years, however, he hasn't been able to go, as Finland and

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Los Angeles Just Proved How Spongy a City Can Be

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 19:19:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/los-angeles-just-proved-how-spongy-a-city-can-be/>

"Earlier this month, the future fell on Los Angeles. A long band of moisture in
the sky, known as an atmospheric river, dumped 9 inches of rain on the city
over three days—over half of what the city typically gets in a year. It’s the

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‘Green Roads’ Are Plowing Ahead, Buffering Drought and Floods

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 19:20:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://e360.yale.edu/features/green-roads

"Makueni County, a corner of southern Kenya that’s home to nearly a million
people, is a land of extremes. Nine months a year, Makueni is a hardened,
sun-scorched place where crops struggle and plumes of orange dust billow from

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Liebreich: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier. Part II: Easier

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 19:21:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://about.bnef.com/blog/liebreich-net-zero-will-be-harder-than-you-think-and-easier-part-ii-easier/>

"Welcome to the second part of my two-part article exploring the bull and bear
cases for the net-zero transition.

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Changes around Māori language come into focus as New Zealand government approaches 100-day milestone

Mon, 1 Apr 2024 19:23:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-03/maori-language-changes-nz-government-first-100-days/103425146>

'At the age of 66, Ihapera Kaihe sometimes calls on her young grandchildren to
translate Māori words into English.

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Arcade game pinball, an old-school craze, given new life as Gen Z dominates world rankings

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 04:33:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-03/pinball-world-rankings-dominated-by-gen-z/103523406>

'The game may have been in its prime for their parents' generation but digital
natives have taken over pinball.

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Watch: The eco-innovator weaving natural waste into fabric in India

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 04:34:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/03/04/watch-the-eco-innovator-weaving-natural-waste-into-fabric-in-india>

'In India's northeastern state of Manipur, thirty-year-old Bijiyashanti
Tongbram transforms lotus flower stems into beautiful fabrics through her
creative business, Sanajing Sanathambal Ltd.

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Why move species to islands? Saving wildlife as the world changes means taking calculated risks

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 04:35:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-move-species-to-islands-saving-wildlife-as-the-world-changes-means-taking-calculated-risks-223446>

"The eastern barred bandicoot was once found in abundance across the basalt
plains of western Victoria. But habitat destruction and predation by introduced
red foxes drove the species to the brink of extinction on the mainland.

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Your face for sale: anyone can legally gather and market your facial data without explicit consent

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 04:36:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/your-face-for-sale-anyone-can-legally-gather-and-market-your-facial-data-without-explicit-consent-224643>

"The morning started with a message from a friend: “I used your photos to train
my local version of Midjourney. I hope you don’t mind”, followed up with
generated pictures of me wearing a flirty steampunk costume.

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Fury after Exxon chief says public to blame for climate failures

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 04:37:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/04/exxon-chief-public-climate-failures>

"The world is off track to meet its climate goals and the public is to blame,
Darren Woods, chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, has claimed – prompting
a backlash from climate experts.

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Greenwashing claims on trial: should NZ ban fossil fuel advertising?

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 04:38:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/greenwashing-claims-on-trial-should-nz-ban-fossil-fuel-advertising-219615>

"According to independent watchdog Consumer NZ, New Zealand is “rife with
greenwashing”, with many companies positioning themselves as “sustainable”. No
doubt you’ll have seen such claims on the products in your weekly shopping

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Australian $1.2bn program to eradicate red fire ants is a ‘shambles’, Senate inquiry told

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:38:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/04/australian-program-to-eradicate-red-fire-ants-is-a-shambles-senate-inquiry-told>

"A Senate inquiry into the spread of fire ants in Australia has heard that the
government program tasked with their elimination is an “absolute shambles” and
that an independent eradication body is urgently needed.

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Yabby traps and discarded fishing tackle can kill platypuses - it’s time to clean up our act

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:39:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/yabby-traps-and-discarded-fishing-tackle-can-kill-platypuses-its-time-to-clean-up-our-act-224242>

"Recreational fishing is a popular pastime in Australia’s inland rivers and
streams. Unfortunately in the process, many people are unwittingly killing
platypuses.

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“Corolla killer:” BYD launches $US15,000 EV in direct attack on legacy makers

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:40:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/02/22/corolla-killer-byd-launches-us15000-ev-in-direct-attack-on-legacy-makers/>

"At $US15,000, BYD’s new Qin EV is already being touted as a “Corolla killer”,
as the world’s second largest EV maker continues to disrupt the global auto
market.

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Hearing loss is twice as common in Australia’s lowest income groups, our research shows

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:41:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hearing-loss-is-twice-as-common-in-australias-lowest-income-groups-our-research-shows-223979>

"Around one in six Australians has some form of hearing loss, ranging from mild
to complete hearing loss. That figure is expected to grow to one in four by
2050, due in a large part to the country’s ageing population.

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Germany to adopt 2060 target for net-negative greenhouse gas emissions

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:42:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/germany-adopt-2060-target-net-negative-greenhouse-gas-emissions>

'The German government is aiming to introduce a 2060 target for net-negative
greenhouse gas emissions, as well as intermediate targets for technical carbon
sinks, as key elements of its contribution to the Paris climate targets. By the

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Big companies, like Nestlé, are funding health research in South Africa - why this is wrong

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:43:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/big-companies-like-nestle-are-funding-health-research-in-south-africa-why-this-is-wrong-223932>

"In 2021, the director of the African Research University Alliance Centre of
Excellence in Food Security at the University of Pretoria was appointed to the
board of the transnational food corporation Nestlé.

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Barclays to adopt fresh curbs on oil and gas financing

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 20:02:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/barclays-adopt-fresh-curbs-oil-gas-financing-2024-02-09/>

'LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Barclays (BARC.L), Britain's biggest lender to the
oil and gas industry, told Reuters it will stop direct financing of new oil
and gas fields and restrict lending more broadly to energy companies expanding

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In a dangerously warming world, we must confront the grim reality of Australia’s bushfire emissions

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 20:02:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-a-dangerously-warming-world-we-must-confront-the-grim-reality-of-australias-bushfire-emissions-224745>

"In the four years since the Black Summer bushfires, Australia has become more
focused on how best to prepare for, fight and recover from these traumatic
events. But one issue has largely flown under the radar: how the emissions

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January 2024 Breaks Global EV Sales Record: Take That, Haters

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 20:06:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://cleantechnica.com/2024/02/14/january-2024-breaks-global-ev-sales-record-take-that-haters/>

'Whelp, that was fast. Yesterday morning CleanTechnica took note of a glimmer
of hope for EV sales amid a spate of bad news, and just a few hours later along
comes the research firm Rho Motion to drop an email in our inbox with a whole

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Riken Yamamoto, who designs dignity and elegance into daily life, wins Pritzker Prize

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 20:11:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/03/05/1232854692/riken-yamamoto-pritzker-architecture-prize>

'The bespectacled architect smiled from his white-walled office in Yokohama.

"I'm very proud," he said in English, of winning the 2024 Pritzker Architecture

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New York State Common Retirement Fund takes action to protect New Yorkers from further losses from oil and gas company investments

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 20:14:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://ieefa.org/resources/new-york-state-common-retirement-fund-takes-action-protect-new-yorkers-further-losses-oil>

"Under the leadership of New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the New York
State Common Retirement Fund has announced some very big steps toward holding
fossil fuel companies accountable on climate change.

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European Court of Human Rights Confirms: Weakening Encryption Violates Fundamental Rights

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 20:19:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2024/03/european-court-human-rights-confirms-undermining-encryption-violates-fundamental>

"In 2017, the landscape of digital communication in Russia faced a pivotal
moment when the government required Telegram Messenger LLP and other “internet
communication” providers to store all communication data—and content—for

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The first-ever mission to pull a dead rocket out of space has just begun

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 03:32:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2024/02/27/1089065/first-mission-dead-rocket/>

"More than 9,000 metric tons of human-made metal and machinery are orbiting
Earth, including satellites, shrapnel, and the International Space Station. But
a significant bulk of that mass comes from one source: the nearly a thousand

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You can't shop your way out of a monopoly

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 03:35:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/03/05/the-map-is-not-the-territory/#apor-locksmith>

'If you're running a business, you can either invest at being good at your
business, or good at Google SEO. Choose the former and your customers will love
you – but they won't be able to find you, thanks to the people who choose the

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Digital game Wayward Strand a Bass Coast airship adventure in multigenerational empathy

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 03:37:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-05/digital-game-wayward-strand-bass-coast-airship-multigenerational/103496666>

'A new Australian digital game set on an airship that hovers above a mythical
Bass Coast has been designed to help young players develop empathy, social
skills and intergenerational relationships.

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Why Melbourne's Southern Cross Station may have some of the 'least clean' air in the city

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 03:38:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-06/melbourne-southern-cross-station-air-pollution-data-revealed/103486852>

'For years, environmental scientist Keith Loveridge has wondered if the air at
one of Melbourne's busiest train stations has been putting his health at risk.

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Lord Howe island faces ‘major’ coral bleaching as ocean temperatures continue to break records

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 03:42:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/06/lord-howe-island-coral-bleaching-moving-south-fears-ocean-temperatures>

"Scientists fear excessive ocean heat – which is bleaching corals in parts of
the Great Barrier Reef – is now hitting the world’s most southern coral reef at
the world heritage-listed Lord Howe island.

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German artist nearing 100,000 cobblestones to mark victims of Nazis

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 03:43:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/german-artist-nearing-100000-cobblestones-mark-victims-nazis-2023-05-05/>

'COLOGNE, Germany, May 5 (Reuters) - A German artist who is preparing to lay
the 100,000th cobblestone commemorating a person who was deported and killed by
the Nazis has no intention of giving up making the brass-capped blocks, saying

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How the livestock industry has shaped climate policy

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 12:39:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.futurity.org/livestock-industry-climate-policy-3188672/

"The livestock industry’s impact on climate change has long been a subject of
concern, as detailed in the 2006 United Nations Food and Agricultural
Organization’s 390-page report “Livestock’s Long Shadow.”

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The cloud under the sea

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 12:43:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-06/the-cloud-under-the-sea/103137378

"We’re all familiar with what our planet looks like. We know the countries, the
oceans.

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US banks abandon ‘bare minimum’ environmental standards project, alarming climate groups

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 12:44:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/mar/05/us-banks-leave-esg-finance-climate-crisis>

"Four of the world’s biggest banks have left the Equator Principles, a set of
minimum industry standards and safeguards for financial institutions to address
environmental and social risks in countries where they finance fossil fuel and

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WTO conference ends in division and stalemate – does the global trade body have a viable future?

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 12:45:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/wto-conference-ends-in-division-and-stalemate-does-the-global-trade-body-have-a-viable-future-224948>

"The 13th World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi
has failed to resolve any issues of significance, raising the inescapable
question of whether the global trade body has a future.

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Tesla accuses Australian car lobby group of making ‘false claims’ about Labor’s vehicle emissions plan

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 12:47:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/06/tesla-accuses-fcai-price-rises-vehicle-emissions-plan>

"Tesla has launched a scathing attack on Australia’s main auto industry lobby
group, accusing it of attempting to delay climate action by repeatedly making
“plainly false” claims to the public about an Albanese government clean car

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Ever heard of the Maritime Continent? It’s not far from Australia – and channels heat around the world

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 12:48:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ever-heard-of-the-maritime-continent-its-not-far-from-australia-and-channels-heat-around-the-world-221988>

"Africa, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, North and South America, Europe – and the
Maritime Continent.

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Ice-free summers in Arctic possible within next decade, scientists say

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 19:37:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/05/ice-free-summers-in-arctic-possible-within-next-decade-scientists-say>

"The Arctic could have summer days with practically no sea ice within the next
decade due to emissions from burning fossil fuels, a study has found.

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What do schools need to do to have a good culture and healthy approach to gender?

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 19:38:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-do-schools-need-to-do-to-have-a-good-culture-and-healthy-approach-to-gender-225073>

"Cranbrook in Sydney’s east is one of the most elite boys schools in Australia.
On Monday night, the ABC’s Four Corners program aired claims some female
teachers had been bullied by male staff and sexually harassed by students.

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‘We are buzzed with euphoria’: Electric Fields to represent Australia at Eurovision

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 19:41:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2024/mar/06/australia-eurovision-2024-band-electric-fields-one-milkali>

"South Australia’s ethereal dance pop duo Electric Fields will represent
Australia at Eurovision in May, after missing out on the honour in 2019.

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Radical Plan to Stop 'Doomsday Glacier' Melting to Cost $50 Billion

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 19:42:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/radical-plan-to-stop-doomsday-glacier-melting-to-cost-50-billion>

"A couple feet of sea level rise may not sound like a lot. But if sea levels
rose by two feet (0.6 meters) worldwide, the effects on coastal communities
would be catastrophic.

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Is Australia’s golden age of third-party fact checking over?

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 19:44:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/is-australias-golden-age-of-third-party-fact-checking-over-224502>

"With the rise of disinformation, third-party fact checking has grown into a
billion-dollar global industry. But debunking false claims is time-consuming
and costly, and recent developments suggest it may have hit its peak and is

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Companies portray menopause as ‘medical problem’ and push women towards ineffective treatments, papers find

Wed, 3 Apr 2024 19:46:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/05/companies-portray-menopause-as-medical-problem-and-push-women-towards-ineffective-treatments-papers-find>

"Many companies have a commercial interest in portraying menopause as a
“medical problem”, leaving women inundated with misinformation and pushed
towards ineffective treatments, a series of papers published in international

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Super-realistic prosthetic eyes made in record time with 3D printing

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 04:12:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.livescience.com/health/anatomy/super-realistic-prosthetic-eyes-made-in-record-time-with-3d-printing>

'Extremely realistic-looking prosthetic eyes can now be 3D-printed in a
fraction of the time it would normally take to produce the eyes by hand,
scientists demonstrate in a new study.

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Middlemen without enshittification

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 04:13:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/19/crad-kilodney-was-an-outlier/#intermediation>

'Enshittification describes how platforms go bad, which is also how the
internet goes bad, because the internet is made of platforms, which is weird,
because platforms are intermediaries and we were promised that the internet

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In Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi, gene-editing is saving crops

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 04:15:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2024-02-03/in-kenya-nigeria-and-malawi-gene-editing-is-saving-crops.html>

"On the African continent, a dozen genetic-editing projects are being put at
the forefront of agriculture. However, for the past 20 years, European
countries have been repressing this technology, due to pressure from certain

(More...)

How a Colombian City Cooled Dramatically in Just Three Years

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 04:16:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/green-corridors-medellin-colombia-urban-heat/>

"It’s mid-afternoon along Medellín’s Avenida Oriental, a traffic-clogged road
that scythes through the heart of the second largest Colombian city, and
Nicolas Pineda is crouched down on his haunches as cars zoom by on both sides.

(More...)

The Room of Requirement

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 04:18:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://lauriepenny.substack.com/p/the-room-of-requirement

"Not far from the British Library, if you turn into King’s Cross station and
walk along the concourse, past the chain coffee stands and the little trinket
shops, you will see something very strange. You will see what looks like half

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How Southern Africa’s Elephants Bounced Back

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 04:19:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/savannah-elephant-populations-rebound-southern-africa/>

"The sun is setting above the horizon in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, but
it’s still 40°C (104°F). A large group of elephants has just arrived at a
lagoon to refresh themselves and get their daily dose of water: Drink up 200

(More...)

How First Contact With Whale Civilization Could Unfold

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 12:29:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2024/02/talking-whales-project-ceti/677549/>

"One night last winter, over drinks in downtown Los Angeles, the biologist
David Gruber told me that human beings might someday talk to sperm whales. In
2020, Gruber founded Project CETI with some of the world’s leading

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The Spectacle of Policing

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 12:31:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://prospect.org/justice/2024-03-06-spectacle-of-policing/

"On February 25, an active-duty airman named Aaron Bushnell set himself on fire
in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., while yelling, “Free
Palestine.” I’ll leave it to others to analyze the politics. I want to focus on

(More...)

Frozen in time: old paintings and new photographs reveal some NZ glaciers may soon be extinct

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 12:32:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/frozen-in-time-old-paintings-and-new-photographs-reveal-some-nz-glaciers-may-soon-be-extinct-224373>

"As the austral summer draws to a close, we are preparing to fly over the
Southern Alps to survey glaciers. This annual flight supports the longest
scientific study of Aotearoa New Zealand’s icescapes – and it shows that all of

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Non-disclosure agreements are commonplace in sexual harassment cases, but they’re being misused to silence people

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 12:33:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/non-disclosure-agreements-are-commonplace-in-sexual-harassment-cases-but-theyre-being-misused-to-silence-people-221592>

"Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) came into public consciousness during the
#MeToo movement after multiple women spoke out with sexual harassment
allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Surrealism Featuring Endangered Animals

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 12:34:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mossandfog.com/surrealism-featuring-endangered-animals/

"Andreas Häggkvist is a Swedish artist who creates wondrous and surreal animal
art, bringing attention to endangered species.

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BTS, Blackpink, Squid Game, kimchi … what’s the secret of South Korea’s world-conquering culture?

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 12:37:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/06/bts-blackpink-squid-game-kimchi-whats-the-secret-of-south-koreas-world-conquering-culture>

"How does this sound for a leisurely day of cultural immersion? Ablutions
completed, apply a moisturising face mask infused with snail secretion against
an audio backdrop of girl group Blackpink. For lunch, a bowl of bibimbap and

(More...)

After Super Tuesday, exhausted Americans face 8 more months of presidential campaigning

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 19:22:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/after-super-tuesday-exhausted-americans-face-8-more-months-of-presidential-campaigning-225047>

"Now that Super Tuesday is over and the Democratic and Republican nominees are
all but officially chosen, as everyone expected, voters can turn the page to
the general election.

(More...)

British American Tobacco makes first donation to Nationals in over a decade amid vaping crackdown

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 19:24:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/mar/06/british-american-tobacco-donation-national-party-vape-ban>

"British American Tobacco has publicly donated to an Australian political party
for the first time in more than a decade, as the Albanese government prepared
to introduce vaping reforms.

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Huge housing costs make us slaves to our jobs and unsustainable growth. But there’s another way

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 19:24:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/huge-housing-costs-make-us-slaves-to-our-jobs-and-unsustainable-growth-but-theres-another-way-203144>

"Every three months, Australian economists, analysts and commentators anxiously
await the new gross domestic product (GDP) figures, a key measure of economic
performance and growth. The latest figures, released today, show GDP growth of

(More...)

Retailers Selling Thousands Of Identical, Easily-Hacked ‘Smart’ Doorbells

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 19:26:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/06/retailers-selling-thousands-of-identical-easily-hacked-smart-doorbells/>

"As we’ve noted for a very long time, sometimes “dumb” tech is often the
smarter option. In the rush to connect every conceivable technology and device
to the internet (while seeing ever-improving revenues), “smart technology”

(More...)

Startup revives 140-year-old tech to generate energy for remote areas: 'Marks the beginning of a renewable transition'

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 19:28:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thecooldown.com/green-tech/dominique-project-sustainable-ocean-thermal-energy-otec/>

'A startup intends to bring one vision of a French physicist to life in its
quest to assist countries more vulnerable to the effects of rising global
temperatures. The "Dominique" project received approval in June to leverage

(More...)

Turning Waste Into Charcoal in Uganda

Thu, 4 Apr 2024 19:30:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/turning-waste-into-charcoal-in-uganda/

"It’s mid-morning in Uganda’s Mabira rainforest. Godliver Businge stands
outside her home, full of good spirit and ready to get to work. Around her, a
gathering of women steadily forms, creating a circle around an outdoor stove,

(More...)

IDA Helps to Weave the Fabric of Global Social Protection

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 03:49:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2024/03/04/ida-helps-to-weave-the-fabric-of-global-social-protection>

"Every two months, Marcelina Ngandu collects her cash transfer from the Zambian
government and invests it in her small doughnut business. “I buy baking flour
and make doughnuts for selling,” says Marcelina, a widow, who uses the money

(More...)

The Absurd Problem of New York City Trash

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 03:54:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/03/02/upshot/nyc-trash-rules.html>

"Consider the ubiquitous New York trash bag. It tears. It leaks. It smells. It
multiplies on the sidewalk, attracting carryout clamshells and still-full
coffee cups tossed on top until it all melds into a sticky mess. That mess

(More...)

Unmitigated COVID is overwhelming hospital systems- globally.

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 03:55:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegauntlet.news/p/unmitigated-covid-is-overwhelming

"There’s no doubt about it, public health systems everywhere are underfunded.
Since neoliberalism grabbed the wheel of economic policy in the 1980s, there’s
hardly a nation on Earth that hasn’t engaged in budget cuts to public services.

(More...)

Welcoming Relatives Home: Bringing Back the Bighorn

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 03:56:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/environment/2023/12/13/washington-sheep-restoration-tribal>

"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
Colville Confederated Tribes’ Hellgate game reserve for bighorn sheep. Before

(More...)

Climate Change Is Coming for Your Favorite Condiments

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 03:57:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://modernfarmer.com/2024/02/climate-change-condiments/

"The hurricanes, floods, droughts and wildfires linked to human-caused rises in
global temperatures and changing weather patterns are decimating harvests of
essential food crops around the world, driving a crisis in global hunger never

(More...)

Big businesses will this year have to report their environmental impacts – but this alone won’t drive change

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 12:22:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/big-businesses-will-this-year-have-to-report-their-environmental-impacts-but-this-alone-wont-drive-change-224743>

"This year, large businesses in Australia will likely have to begin reporting
their environmental impacts, climate risks and climate opportunities.

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Why Boston’s wealthy Back Bay said yes, in our backyard

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 12:23:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2024/0214/Why-Boston-s-wealthy-Back-Bay-said-yes-in-our-backyard>

"Garry Monteiro pauses and looks down, twiddling his thumbs. He contemplates
the biggest change to his life last year. There’s a glint in his eye that
wasn’t there before.

(More...)

Facebook ate and then ignored the news industry. It's hard, but we should leave it be

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 12:24:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-03-08/why-not-enforce-news-media-bargaining-code-meta-facebook/103554982>

"Facebook owner Meta's decision to stop paying Australian publishers for news
marks a bitter end to a long and often toxic relationship with digital news
publishers.

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First antenna is installed on Square Kilometre Array Low telescope, as traditional owners welcome project

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 12:25:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-07/square-kilometre-array-first-antenna-installed-western-australia/103557020>

"As construction ramps up on the world's largest radio telescope in outback
Western Australia, the Indigenous community says the $3 billion project has
brought hope for more opportunities in the desert region.

(More...)

‘Inequality serves no-one’: Australia finally has a strategy to achieve gender equality - but is it any good?

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 12:26:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/inequality-serves-no-one-australia-finally-has-a-strategy-to-achieve-gender-equality-but-is-it-any-good-225081>

"As International Women’s Day comes around once more, the latest gender pay gap
figures for Australia have made for disappointing reading, including naming
those companies where the gap is widest.

(More...)

The Coalition wants nuclear power. Could it work – or would it be an economic and logistical disaster?

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 12:28:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/07/the-coalition-wants-nuclear-power-could-it-work-or-would-it-be-an-economic-and-logistical-disaster>

"The prospect of Australia turning to nuclear power has been little more than a
politically radioactive thought bubble – until the Coalition this week
confirmed it wants to put reactors at the sites of soon-to-be-closed coal

(More...)

Our brains take rhythmic snapshots of the world as we walk – and we never knew

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:15:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-brains-take-rhythmic-snapshots-of-the-world-as-we-walk-and-we-never-knew-223009>

"For decades, psychology departments around the world have studied human
behaviour in darkened laboratories that restrict natural movement.

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How a billionaire's mediocre pump-and-dump "book" became a "bestseller"

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:17:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/15/your-new-first-name/#that-dagger-tho

'I was on a book tour the day my editor called me and told me, "From now on,
your middle name is 'Cory.'"

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Here lies the internet, murdered by generative AI

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:18:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theintrinsicperspective.com/p/here-lies-the-internet-murdered-by>

"The amount of AI-generated content is beginning to overwhelm the internet. Or
maybe a better term is pollute. Pollute its searches, its pages, its feeds,
everywhere you look. I’ve been predicting that generative AI would have

(More...)

Fished for their meat and liver oil, many remarkable deep-water sharks and rays now face extinction

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:19:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fished-for-their-meat-and-liver-oil-many-remarkable-deep-water-sharks-and-rays-now-face-extinction-224230>

"The deep ocean, beyond 200 metres of depth, is the largest and one of the most
complex environments on the planet. It covers 84% of the world’s ocean area and
98% of its volume – and it is home to a great diversity of species.

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Working from home can make us healthier and happier. Employers benefit too. Here’s the evidence if you need any convincing

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:20:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/working-from-home-can-make-us-healthier-and-happier-employers-benefit-too-heres-the-evidence-if-you-need-any-convincing-224510>

"Some of us used to imagine a world where the morning commute was a short
stroll from your bedroom, the dress code included comfy slippers, and the
closest coffee shop was your kitchen. Then working from home became a reality

(More...)

HP Tries Desperately To Make ‘Printer As A Subscription’ A Thing

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 19:21:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/07/hp-tries-desperately-to-make-printer-as-a-subscription-a-thing/>

"When last we checked in with Hewlett Packard (HP), the company had just been
sued (for the second time) for crippling customer printers if owners attempt to
use cheaper, third-party printer cartridges. It was just the latest in a long

(More...)

Arctic rivers face big changes with a warming climate, permafrost thaw and an accelerating water cycle − the effects will have global consequences

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 04:48:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/arctic-rivers-face-big-changes-with-a-warming-climate-permafrost-thaw-and-an-accelerating-water-cycle-the-effects-will-have-global-consequences-224869>

"As the Arctic warms, its mighty rivers are changing in ways that could have
vast consequences – not only for the Arctic region but for the world.

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US Christian right has taken aim at LGBTIQ+ rights, sex education and abortion in Africa – new book

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 04:49:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/us-christian-right-has-taken-aim-at-lgbtiq-rights-sex-education-and-abortion-in-africa-new-book-224877>

"A new book – The US Christian Right and Pro-Family Politics in 21st Century
Africa
 – reveals the role played by some right wing US Christian groups in
trying to spread their social and moral influence in African countries.

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South Korean gay couple sees court win as breakthrough for equality

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 04:50:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14849200

"SEOUL--For So Sung-uk and Kim Yong-min, who last week won a landmark Seoul
court ruling on national health coverage for gay couples, the tide may finally
be turning in their years-long struggle for equal recognition in South Korea

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Five hotspots where floating plastic litter poses the greatest risk to North Atlantic marine life – new study

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 04:51:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/five-hotspots-where-floating-plastic-litter-poses-the-greatest-risk-to-north-atlantic-marine-life-new-study-224705>

"Plastic has been found in every single part of the ocean, from the surface to
the seafloor and from the tropics to the poles. Land-based sources of plastic
account for the majority of this pollution, with plastic bags, bottles,

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‘Fight waste to fight hunger’: food banks embrace imperfection to feed millions in Brazil

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 04:53:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/feb/27/fight-waste-to-fight-hunger-food-banks-embrace-imperfection-to-feed-millions-in-brazil>

"About half a dozen men in hairnets busy themselves with crates of fresh
produce outside a food depot in Rio de Janeiro’s northern suburbs. As one reels
off a list of products, the others place oddly shaped vegetables into large

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef hit by fifth mass bleaching event in eight years

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 04:54:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/08/australias-great-barrier-reef-hit-by-fifth-mass-bleaching-event-in-eight-years>

"Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in the grip of a mass bleaching event,
officials have confirmed.

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Spacesuits need a major upgrade for the next phase of exploration

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 12:31:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/spacesuits-need-a-major-upgrade-for-the-next-phase-of-exploration-224387>

"Humans have long dreamed of setting foot on the Moon and other planetary
bodies such as Mars. Since the 1960s, space travellers have donned suits
designed to protect them from the vacuum of space and stepped out into the

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Political power in Australia is still overwhelmingly male. But beneath the despair, there’s reason for hope

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 12:32:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/political-power-in-australia-is-still-overwhelmingly-male-but-beneath-the-despair-theres-reason-for-hope-224370>

"It’s 2024, but power still looks like a man. Despite Australia’s claim to
egalitarianism, achieving equal political participation and representation
remains a formidable challenge for women. Concerningly, the persistent and

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Q&A: What does the EU ‘nature restoration’ law mean for climate and biodiversity?

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 12:34:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-what-does-the-eu-nature-restoration-law-mean-for-climate-and-biodiversity/>

"The EU’s law to restore nature was given the green light by the European
parliament this week.

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Oil industry has sought to block state backing for green tech since 1960s

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 12:35:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/08/oil-industry-has-sought-to-block-state-backing-for-green-tech-since-1960s>

"The oil industry has fought against government support for clean technologies
for more than half a century, the Guardian can reveal, even as vast subsidies
have propped up its polluting business model.

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Warner Bros. is now erasing games as it plans to delist Adult Swim-published titles

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 12:37:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.polygon.com/24093815/warner-bros-adult-swim-games-steam-delisting>

"Warner Bros. Discovery is telling developers it plans to start “retiring”
games published by its Adult Swim Games label, game makers who worked with the
publisher tell Polygon. At least three games are under threat of being

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The Getty Makes Nearly 88,000 Art Images Free to Use However You Like

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 12:41:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.openculture.com/2024/03/the-getty-makes-nearly-88000-art-images-free-to-use-however-you-like.html>

"Since the J. Paul Get­ty Muse­um launched its Open Con­tent pro­gram back in
2013, we’ve been fea­tur­ing their efforts to make their vast col­lec­tion of
cul­tur­al arti­facts freely acces­si­ble online. They’ve released not just

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We can’t pretend we’re doing enough if we want to give the Great Barrier Reef a chance to survive

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 19:24:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/09/we-cant-pretend-were-doing-enough-if-we-want-to-give-the-great-barrier-reef-a-chance-to-survive>

"What will it take for us to collectively pay attention? Not a new question,
but a reasonable one after the official declaration that the Great Barrier Reef
is suffering through another mass bleaching event driven by global heating –

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Inside the Frozen Zoo, where scientists put disappearing species on ice: ‘It’s banking hope’

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 19:25:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/03/frozen-zoo-animal-cells-san-diego-endangered-species>

"In a basement laboratory abutting an 1,800-acre wildlife park in San Diego,
California, Marlys Houck looks up to see a uniformed man holding a blue
insulated lunch bag filled with small pieces of eyes, trachea, feet and

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My MP husband Andrew Bridgen was captured by antivax ‘cult’

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 19:28:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/my-mp-husband-andrew-bridgen-was-captured-by-antivax-cult-qnjn2dnbd>

"Andrew Bridgen was in Sweden speaking at an event hosted by Robert F Kennedy
Jr’s antivax group while his young son was at home facing a medical crisis.

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"Snufkin: Melody Of Moominvalley" Review - They Love The Laughter And They Love The Living

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 19:33:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegamer.com/snufkin-melody-of-moominvalley-review/

"Tove Jansson’s Moomins series is about as wholesome as you can get. The main
character, Moomintroll, is an adorable, hippo-like creature who lives in the
picturesque Moominvalley, and, every year, he eagerly awaits the springtime

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COVID-19 linked to long-lasting cognitive deficits, study finds

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 19:35:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.news-medical.net/news/20240304/COVID-19-linked-to-long-lasting-cognitive-deficits-study-finds.aspx>

"In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine,
researchers assessed cognitive functioning among adults with varying levels of
persistence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute

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Ambitious Danish rewilding initiative joins the European Rewilding Network

Sat, 6 Apr 2024 19:36:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://rewildingeurope.com/news/ambitious-danish-rewilding-initiative-joins-the-european-rewilding-network/?cmplz-force-reload=1712391651401>

"Saksfjed Vildmark (“Wilderness”) is located at the southern tip of the Danish
island of Lolland. The 800-hectare site, a coastal area comprising meadows,
wetlands and woodlands, was once largely used for agriculture, and is now

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Vale: enforcing style guidelines for text

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 03:40:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/964075/

'While programmers are used to having tools to check their code for stylistic
problems, writers often limit automatic checks of their texts to spelling and,
sometimes, grammar, because there are not a lot of options for further

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Dance 'Til You Stop (feat. Tom Cardy) - NSP

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 03:41:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5s2OTqDiyo

"All my friends are going out
To a house in town, let’s party now
We’re gonna join the crowd

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SARS-CoV-2 serosurvey of healthy, privately owned cats presenting to a New York City animal hospital in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021)

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 03:43:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2024.02.13.580068v1

"Both domestic and non-domestic cats are now established to be susceptible to
infection by SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While
serious disease in cats may occur in some instances, the majority of infections

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Better World: The Samara Story

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 03:44:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://geographical.co.uk/news/better-world-the-samara-story-rewilding-the-great-karoo>

"Samara Karoo Reserve has pioneered the rewilding of the Great Karoo in South
Africa for over a quarter of the century. Inspired by tales of the springbok
migrations of yesteryear and motivated to reverse the damage wrought on the

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Letters from an American: March 8, 2024

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 03:45:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-8-2024

"Last night, Republicans and Democrats offered very different visions of the
roles and rights of women in American society.

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All hands to the pumps: the colourful rise of community-owned pubs

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 03:46:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/the-colourful-rise-of-community-owned-local-pubs/>

"In a remote part of the west Highlands of Scotland, a pub sits on the shore of
the Knoydart peninsula. With views over the blue waters of Loch Nevis and the
surrounding hilly, lush landscapes, The Old Forge is the beating heart of the

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The return of the kinga (saltwater crocodile)

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 12:15:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320722002993

"The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) can be regarded as a cultural
keystone species for many Indigenous societies around the world, including for
many Aboriginal clans in northern Australia. Here the regional population of

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Why Europe is dismantling its dams

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 12:16:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240229-why-europe-is-removing-its-dams>

'Three years ago, when construction workers started demolishing a series of
dams on the Hiitolanjoki River in Finland, they were greatly surprised to spot
a run of salmon. Part of the country's last wild and landlocked population, the

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The Delisting of the Florida Golden Aster

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 12:18:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.fws.gov/press-release/2024-03/delisting-florida-golden-aster

"When the Florida golden aster (Chyrsopsis floridana) was listed as
endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1986, only nine clusters
of the yellow daisy-like perennial herb could be found growing in Hillsborough

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Pakistan bucks global trend with 30-year mangrove expansion

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 12:19:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/02/pakistan-bucks-global-trend-with-30-year-mangrove-expansion/>

"KARACHI — His sandaled feet drenched in black mud, Rashid Rasheed points to
one of the mangrove nurseries he’s been looking after for the past few years.
With wooden walls topped by green netting, a dozen nurseries shelter thousands

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The Butterfly Redemption

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 12:20:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://hakaimagazine.com/features/the-butterfly-redemption/

"They are ravenous and roving. Newly emerged from a six-month state of
suspended animation, over a dozen larvae scale the crumpled paper towel inside
a plastic cup. One determined individual undulates past the others to the top

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Dungeons & Dragons at 50: the collaborative fantasy role-playing game that builds you up

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 12:21:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/mar/10/dungeons-and-dragons-at-50-the-collaborative-fantasy-roleplaying-game-that-builds-you-up>

"Brock the barbarian is a 2-metre (6ft 6in) tall loveable gruff. “He’s an
idiot, but he wants to do well,” explains 25-year-old Zach Anderson, who is
12cm (5in) shorter than Brock. “He’s very extroverted and I’m very

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Kicking gas and electrifying households can slash energy bills by billions a year

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 22:07:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/kicking-gas-and-electrifying-households-can-slash-energy-bills-by-billions-a-year/>

"The financial case for fast electrification continues to gain strength, with
growing evidence that it could slash energy bills for Australians and expedite
the transition to renewables.

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River Guardians

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 22:08:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.biographic.com/river-guardians/

"On a crisp, clear October morning, I meet Kemp Burdette at a private airfield
4 miles from downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Loaded down with binoculars
and camera equipment, he apologizes for running late. We climb into a four-seat

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Court Rulings Give States New Power to Protect Groundwater

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 22:10:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/29/climate/groundwater-aquifer-depletion-courts.html>

"After years of dangerous decline in the nation’s groundwater, a series of
developments in Western states indicates that state and federal officials may
begin tightening protections for the dwindling resource.

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I’ve travelled the world researching patriarchy – and found it is far from inevitable

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 22:11:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/mar/08/international-womens-day-barbie-change-patriarchy>

"In 1932, 75-year-old socialist Clara Zetkin stood in Germany’s Reichstag and,
despite being so unsteady that she had to be carried into the building on a
stretcher, managed to give a rousing speech lasting more than 40 minutes. “The

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After Years in Captivity, These Rescued Harpy Eagles Are Flourishing in the Wild

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 22:12:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.audubon.org/news/after-years-captivity-these-rescued-harpy-eagles-are-flourishing-wild>

"Swaddled in a sniper-style ghillie suit, Gabriela Tavera watched from the
shadows as the blue-gray blur of the Harpy Eagle swooped in for the kill.
Within seconds, the eagle’s enormous talons had eviscerated the opossum that

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From sea to table to sea: How recycled oyster shells are restoring the Alabama coast

Sun, 7 Apr 2024 22:14:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wrkf.org/2024-02-28/from-sea-to-table-to-sea-how-recycled-oyster-shells-are-restoring-the-alabama-coast>

"It’s lunchtime at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and
Jeremy Sullivan is digging into a plate of delectable mollusks — literally.

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Svalbard’s doomsday vault gets record batch of global crop seeds

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 04:21:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/arctic-doomsday-vault-gets-record-batch-crop-seeds-2024-02-27/>

"OSLO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A frozen Arctic vault built to preserve global
agricultural crops from extinction received seeds on Tuesday from the largest
number of new contributors yet, a custodian of the remote facility said.

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Satellite to ‘name and shame’ worst oil and gas methane polluters

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 04:22:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/04/satellite-to-name-and-shame-worst-oil-and-gas-methane-polluters>

"A washing-machine-sized satellite is to “name and shame” the worst methane
polluters in the oil and gas industry.

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Next Big Thing: Sustainable sodium – the next battery of the future

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 04:23:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://cosmosmagazine.com/australia/next-big-thing-sustainable-sodium-the-next-battery-of-the-future/>

"When I was doing my PhD, we didn’t have lithium-ion batteries. It wasn’t until
1992 that the first lithium-ion battery was commercialised, and the world
started pouring energy into improving them. For the next two decades or so, it

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Ukraine’s green fightback: Wind farms, solar schools and counting the cost of ‘destroying nature’

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 04:25:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/02/24/ukraines-green-fightback-wind-farms-solar-schools-and-counting-the-cost-of-destroying-natu>

"On the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine is determined to
rebuild stronger and greener - here's how.

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EU countries already hitting some of their sustainable energy targets for 2030

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 04:26:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/feb/28/eu-countries-already-hitting-some-of-their-sustainable-energy-targets-for-2030>

"Several European countries hit some of their sustainable energy targets for
2030 a decade early, a study has found, but big gaps remain across the board.

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Fourth Australian state to allow heavy duty electric trucks on some major routes

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 04:27:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/03/08/fourth-australian-state-to-allow-heavy-duty-electric-trucks-on-some-major-routes/>

"Electric trucks have been given the green light to haul freight in another
state after the Queensland government announced it would allow heavier vehicles
on some major routes.

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Teen activist Anjali Sharma wages war on government climate inaction from dorm room

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 12:43:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-11/anjali-sharma-taking-government-to-task-on-climate-change/103410358>

'Sometimes, teenage activist Anjali Sharma wonders what her life would be like
now if she had just flicked past those videos.

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Australia’s chief scientist takes on the journal publishers gatekeeping knowledge

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 12:44:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/10/australias-chief-scientist-is-taking-on-the-journal-publishing-monopoly-gatekeeping-knowledge>

"Before Latin mass was abandoned in the late 1960s, the average church-goer got
by picking up snippets of phrases and the meanings of gestures.

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Countries That Close Gender Gaps See Substantial Growth Returns

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 12:45:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.imf.org/en/Blogs/Articles/2023/09/27/countries-that-close-gender-gaps-see-substantial-growth-returns>

"Narrowing the gap between the share of men and women who work is one of the
very important reforms policymakers can make to revive economies amid the
weakest medium-term growth outlook in more than three decades.

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From invisible segregation to the visible heart: what 100 years of kitchens can tell us about domestic labour

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 12:46:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-invisible-segregation-to-the-visible-heart-what-100-years-of-kitchens-can-tell-us-about-domestic-labour-220661>

"Long before COVID shone a spotlight on working from home, the realms of home
and work have always been blurred – particularly for women as “housewives”,
working mothers and caregivers, and those employed as servants or “home help”.

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Hobart endures hottest night in 112 years as severe heatwave hits south-eastern Australia

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 12:47:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/10/hobart-endures-hottest-night-in-112-years-as-severe-heatwave-hits-south-eastern-australia>

"Hobart residents sweated through the city’s hottest night in 112 years as a
severe heatwave continues to affect large parts of south-east Australia.

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Too much heat in the kitchen: survey shows toxic work conditions mean many chefs are getting out

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 12:48:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/too-much-heat-in-the-kitchen-survey-shows-toxic-work-conditions-mean-many-chefs-are-getting-out-224862>

"Chefs are in hot demand. “Chefs, chefs, chefs! Virtually impossible to find
anyone,” lamented one Auckland restaurant owner recently. Australia is seeing a
similar gap, with chefs ranked the eighth most in-demand occupation. Given this

(More...)

‘This factory kills everything’: the red dust of death in Italy’s under-developed south

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 19:17:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/10/factory-red-dust-death-italy-south-taranto>

"Every day, Teresa Battista wipes away the thick layers of dust that coat the
graves in San Brunone cemetery in Tamburi, a neighbourhood in the south Italian
coastal city of Taranto.

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The Southern Ocean upwelling is a mecca for whales and tuna that’s worth celebrating and protecting

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 19:18:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-southern-ocean-upwelling-is-a-mecca-for-whales-and-tuna-thats-worth-celebrating-and-protecting-223338>

"The Great Southern Australian Coastal Upwelling System is an upward current of
water over vast distances along Australia’s southern coast. It brings nutrients
from deeper waters to the surface. This nutrient-rich water supports a rich

(More...)

Wolves are thriving again across western Europe. Is it time to bring them back to the UK?

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 19:20:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/10/derek-gow-the-rewilding-enthusiast-wants-to-bring-back-the-wolf>

"Across the River Wolf and along several miles of muddy Devon lanes lies Derek
Gow’s lair. Inside a crepuscular barn filled with a pungent aroma, an imposing,
bearded Scot sits surrounded by his collection of animal skulls, stuffed

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Sam Kerr’s alleged comments may have had a racial element, but they were not ‘racist’

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 19:21:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sam-kerrs-alleged-comments-may-have-had-a-racial-element-but-they-were-not-racist-225267>

"Footballer Sam Kerr has been charged with “racially aggravated harassment”
over a January 2023 incident in which she allegedly insulted a London police
officer. According to widespread media reports, she is said to have called the

(More...)

Australian students struggling to put food on the table in unpaid training, but this could be a thing of the past

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 19:22:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/11/australian-students-struggling-to-put-food-on-the-table-in-unpaid-training-but-this-could-be-a-thing-of-the-past>

"By the time Marni Tavener graduates, she will have spent 1,200 hours working
for Queensland’s hospitals – but without a dollar to show for it.

(More...)

Meta’s lost revenue is a huge hit for public interest journalism, which was already reeling from cutbacks

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 19:22:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/metas-lost-revenue-is-a-huge-hit-for-public-interest-journalism-which-was-already-reeling-from-cutbacks-225349>

"Public interest journalism was already under significant stress in Australia.
And now the pressure is ratcheting up even further.

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How many cattle are there in Australia? We may be out by 10 million

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 04:41:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/11/how-many-cattle-are-there-in-australia-we-may-be-out-by-10-million>

"Australia has underestimated how many cattle it has by about 10 million, with
significant implications for tracking greenhouse gas emissions, a Queensland
researcher has said.

(More...)

The Gomeroi win puts native title holders in a stronger position to fight fossil fuel projects on their land

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 04:42:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-gomeroi-win-puts-native-title-holders-in-a-stronger-position-to-fight-fossil-fuel-projects-on-their-land-225284>

"In a significant win for the Gomeroi People, the Federal Court has ruled
climate change impacts must be properly considered when determining whether a
fossil fuel project can go ahead on native title land.

(More...)

Paper Coffee Cups and the Decline of Society as We Know It

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 04:42:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/bouncin-and-behavin-academy/paper-coffee-cups-and-the-decline-of-society-as-we-know-it-11b39682b6d1>

"When I go to the store, at least one item on my list is out of stock. The
products that are available are more expensive.

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Arizona tribe first to span canals with solar panels

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 04:45:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2024/02/19/solar-panels-canals

"For the first time in the United States, a tribe in Arizona is building a
solar farm over an irrigation canal to produce clean energy and save water at a
time of unrelenting drought.

(More...)

Letters from an American: March 10, 2024

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 04:47:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-10-2024

"As predicted, last week was an important one for the Republican Party.

The Republicans’ rebuttal to the State of the Union on Thursday stayed in the

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Video: High-speed humanoid feels like a step change in robotics

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 04:48:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://newatlas.com/robotics/sanctuary-phoenix-autonomous-speed-hands/

"You've seen a ton of videos of humanoid robots – but this one feels different.
It's Sanctuary's Phoenix bot, with "the world's best robot hands," working
totally autonomously at near-human speeds – much faster than Tesla's or

(More...)

The Mutant Wolves of Chernobyl Have Evolved to Survive Cancer

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 12:21:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a46799706/mutant-wolves-of-chernobyl/>

"On April 26, 1986, disaster struck the small Ukrainian-Belarusian border town
of Chernobyl, (then part of the Soviet Union) when a series of steam explosions
led to a nuclear meltdown. The apocalyptic event impacted hundreds of thousands

(More...)

Anti-racist interventions don’t stress teens out

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 12:22:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.futurity.org/anti-racist-interventions-teens-stress-3191372/

"A study of how high school students respond to a program designed to increase
the frequency and quality of conversations about race finds that the
anti-racist intervention doesn’t cause stress or feelings of alienation.

(More...)

The Great Barrier Reef’s latest bout of bleaching is the fifth in eight summers – the corals now have almost no reprieve

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 12:23:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-great-barrier-reefs-latest-bout-of-bleaching-is-the-fifth-in-eight-summers-the-corals-now-have-almost-no-reprieve-225348>

"For the fifth time in just the past eight summers – 2016, 2017, 2020, 2022 and
now 2024 - huge swathes of the Great Barrier Reef are experiencing extreme heat
stress that has triggered yet another episode of mass coral bleaching.

(More...)

‘I couldn’t stand the pain’: the Turkish holiday resort that’s become an emergency dental centre for Britons who can’t get treated at home

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 12:24:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/i-couldnt-stand-the-pain-the-turkish-holiday-resort-thats-become-an-emergency-dental-centre-for-britons-who-cant-get-treated-at-home-224762>

"It’s a hot summer day in the Turkish city of Antalya, a Mediterranean resort
with golden beaches, deep blue sea and vibrant nightlife. The pool area of the
all-inclusive resort is crammed with British people on sun loungers – but they

(More...)

I didn’t get the credit for my bestselling book: the secret life of the celebrity ghost writer

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 12:25:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/mar/12/liam-pieper-celebrity-ghost-writer-author-bestselling-book>

"A few years back, a long-held dream of mine came true: a book I wrote became a
runaway hit.

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Strange rock formations beneath the Pacific Ocean could change our understanding of the early Earth

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:23:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/strange-rock-formations-beneath-the-pacific-ocean-could-change-our-understanding-of-the-early-earth-223718>

"Our world may seem fragile, but Earth has been around for a very long time. If
we ventured far back into the past, would we reach a time when it looked
fundamentally different?

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Hosting Cop in 2026 could be the incentive Australia needs to turbocharge climate action

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:25:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/mar/12/cop-summit-labor-australia-host>

"In 2021 the then prime minister, Scott Morrison, reluctantly agreed to attend
the Glasgow Climate Conference – the 26th Conference of the Parties (Cop) –
thanks largely to peer pressure from the United Kingdom, which was the

(More...)

Indigenous fire management began more than 11,000 years ago: new research

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:26:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/indigenous-fire-management-began-more-than-11-000-years-ago-new-research-225263>

"Wildfire burns between 3.94 million and 5.19 million square kilometres of land
every year worldwide. If that area were a single country, it would be the
seventh largest in the world.

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Trump ‘will not give a penny to Ukraine’ if he wins, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán says

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:27:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/11/trump-ukraine-war-viktor-orban>

"Donald Trump “will not give a penny” to Ukraine if he is re-elected US
president, the far-right Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said after a
controversial meeting with Trump in Florida.

(More...)

Can earth-covered houses protect us from bushfires? Even if they’re a solution, it’s not risk-free

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:28:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/can-earth-covered-houses-protect-us-from-bushfires-even-if-theyre-a-solution-its-not-risk-free-216449>

"As extreme fire weather becomes more common across ever larger areas of
Australia, we need new options for living with the risk of bushfire.
Underground or earth-sheltered housing is one possibility. While still unusual,

(More...)

‘Larger than Everest’ comet could become visible to naked eye this month

Tue, 9 Apr 2024 19:29:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/mar/11/larger-than-everest-comet-could-become-visible-to-naked-eye-this-month>

"A comet that is larger than Mount Everest could become visible to the naked
eye in the coming weeks as it continues its first visit to the inner solar
system in more than 70 years, say astronomers.

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How Haiti became a failed state

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 06:00:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://theconversation.com/how-haiti-became-a-failed-state-225116

"The US military started airlifting embassy staff out of Haiti overnight as the
Caribbean island descends further into chaos. Rival gangs have joined forces to
overrun the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in an attempt to force the

(More...)

Letters from an American: March 11, 2024 (Monday)

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 06:01:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-11-2024-monday

"Authoritarian prime minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary visited former president
Trump in Florida on Friday, and on Sunday, Orbán assured Hungarian state media
that Trump “will not give a penny in the Ukraine-Russia war. Therefore, the war

(More...)

Toddler milks are marketed as beneficial, but they're unnecessary and could be harmful

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 06:02:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-12/toddler-milk-nutrition-benefits-marketing-parents/103517864>

'It's the ultra-processed milk powder intentionally marketed as a follow-on to
breastfeeding or infant formulae.

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PROFILE — This teen animated a scene in an Oscar-nominated Spider-Man movie

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 06:04:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/profile-this-teen-animated-a-scene-in-an-oscar-nominated-spider-man-movie>

"When Preston Mutanga found out the producers from Spider-Man: Across the
Spider-Verse
 wanted to talk to him, he thought it was a scam.

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New data explodes myth of crime wave fueled by migrants

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 06:06:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://popular.info/p/new-data-explodes-myth-of-crime-wave

'Republican politicians and sympathetic media outlets are claiming that America
is in the midst of a violent "crime wave," driven in part by undocumented
immigrants. New data, however, demonstrates that there was not a spike in

(More...)

In Kyrgyzstan, creeping authoritarianism rubs up against proud tradition of people power

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 06:08:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-kyrgyzstan-creeping-authoritarianism-rubs-up-against-proud-tradition-of-people-power-216572>

"The people of Kyrgyzstan have a well-earned reputation for “street democracy.”

Since emerging from the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s,

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Digging In: Food’s Big, Plastic Problem

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:40:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://modernfarmer.com/2024/03/foods-big-plastic-problem/

"“Does anyone realize we’re headed toward plastic armageddon?”

That’s how Bradley Aiken of Portland, OR began his response to our call for

(More...)

Every new mom in this U.S. city is now getting cash aid for a year

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:41:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/03/12/1234947790/cash-aid-flint-michigan-pregnant-moms-poverty-child-development-pregnancy>

'Flint, Mich., has one of the country's highest rates of child poverty —
something that got a lot of attention during the city's lead water crisis a
decade ago. And a pediatrician who helped expose that lead problem has now

(More...)

Nigeria risks losing all its forest elephants – what we found when we went looking for them

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:43:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/nigeria-risks-losing-all-its-forest-elephants-what-we-found-when-we-went-looking-for-them-222093>

"Nigeria is one of 37 African countries where elephants are found in the wild.
Savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana) can be found in the north and forest
elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the south.

(More...)

All Gender Toilets Need To Be A Thing — And It's Not About Trans People

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:44:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://www.laceydearie.com/all-gender-toilets-need-to-be-a-thing-and-its-not-about-trans-people-66633d6972e8>

"I had to think long and hard about writing this post because it opens me up to
criticism on a topic that I might not be ready to handle. But I have already
been trolled this week so I feel like I have nothing to lose. Truth be told,

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Three ways your wardrobe could help you avoid fast fashion

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:45:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/three-ways-your-wardrobe-could-help-you-avoid-fast-fashion-224293>

"Think about the clothes you are wearing right now. How long have you had them?
How often do you wear them? Like me, you’re probably wearing favourites that
you always reach for, despite having a wardrobe stuffed with rarely worn

(More...)

Bilgin Architects shrouds solar farm hub with mirrored steel in Turkey

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 12:46:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dezeen.com/2024/03/03/central-control-building-bilgin-architects-turkey/>

"A facade of shimmering steel panels envelops this control centre that Istanbul
studio Bilgin Architects has created in the plains of Karapinar, Turkey, for
one of Europe's largest solar farms.

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World War II ‘Rumor Clinics’ Helped America Battle Wild Gossip

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 19:49:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/world-war-ii-rumor-clinics-helped-america-battle-wild-gossip-180983883/>

"When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, its enemies
weren’t limited to the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan. The nation also
faced an adversary at home: rumors that undermined morale, sowed distrust of

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The next pandemic? It’s already here for Earth’s wildlife

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 19:50:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-next-pandemic-its-already-here-for-earths-wildlife-222306>

"I am a conservation biologist who studies emerging infectious diseases. When
people ask me what I think the next pandemic will be I often say that we are in
the midst of one – it’s just afflicting a great many species more than ours.

(More...)

Mother’s little helper: interviews with Australian women show a complex relationship with alcohol

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 19:55:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mothers-little-helper-interviews-with-australian-women-show-a-complex-relationship-with-alcohol-225285>

"Men have historically, and still do, drink more than women. But in recent
years there has been an uptick in women’s drinking, particularly among women in
their late 30s through to their 60s.

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Australian sport runs financial and legal risks due to climate inaction, new report warns

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 20:00:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2024/mar/13/australian-sport-climate-inaction-risks-report-data-environmental-defenders-office>

"Australian sport is failing to engage with or adapt to the climate crisis,
opening organisations up to serious financial and legal risks, a new report has
found.

(More...)

I made a fake ad agency to annoy fossil fuel marketers

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 20:01:40 +1000

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

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

"Who is Jamie Kolkot? His ad agency's stunts for the fossil fuel industry have
brought him thousands of followers on LinkedIn. But Jamie Kolkot isn't real…
He's actually slightly different looking white male… me."

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As the air-raid sirens sound, I am studying Ukrainian culture with new fervour. I’m far from alone

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 20:02:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/as-the-air-raid-sirens-sound-i-am-studying-ukrainian-culture-with-new-fervour-im-far-from-alone-224508>

"I’m an Australian-Ukrainian researcher and I moved back to Kyiv from Sydney in
2022 after the full-scale Russian invasion. My life in a war zone has given me
the chance to witness firsthand Russia’s brutality and Ukraine’s limitless

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We looked at all the recent evidence on mobile phone bans in schools – this is what we found

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:29:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-looked-at-all-the-recent-evidence-on-mobile-phone-bans-in-schools-this-is-what-we-found-224848>

"Mobile phones are currently banned in all Australian state schools and many
Catholic and independent schools around the country. This is part of a global
trend over more than a decade to restrict phone use in schools.

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Furious Hungary summons US envoy over Biden’s ‘dictatorship’ comment

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:30:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/12/ambassador-biden-viktor-orban-dictatorship-hungary>

"Hungary summoned the US ambassador over comments by the US president, Joe
Biden, who said the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, wants a dictatorship.

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Why secondhand markets and apps are not a solution to clothing waste

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:32:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-secondhand-markets-and-apps-are-not-a-solution-to-clothing-waste-222321>

"In theory, apps for selling secondhand clothes such as Vinted, Depop, ThredUp
and Schpock offer an opportunity to be both thrifty and fashionable. Good news
for shoppers worried about rising costs and the sustainability of buying new

(More...)

Revealed: the secret algorithm that controls the lives of Serco’s immigration detainees

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:42:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2024/mar/13/serco-australia-immigration-detention-network-srat-tool-risk-rating-ntwnfb->

"Imagine there’s a secret rating that dictates where you sleep and whether you
are forced to wear handcuffs to a doctor’s appointment. And imagine that rating
is based on incorrect information or unfair assumptions about the type of

(More...)

AI is creating fake legal cases and making its way into real courtrooms, with disastrous results

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:43:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ai-is-creating-fake-legal-cases-and-making-its-way-into-real-courtrooms-with-disastrous-results-225080>

"We’ve seen deepfake, explicit images of celebrities, created by artificial
intelligence (AI). AI has also played a hand in creating music, driverless race
cars and spreading misinformation, among other things.

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Big batteries to shore up power in 20 Victorian tourist towns

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 03:44:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/big-batteries-to-shore-up-power-in-20-victorian-tourist-towns-20240312-p5fbv4.html>

"Regional communities prone to patchy electricity and power outages during
tourist peaks will have their supply shored up under the Allan government’s
first round of neighbourhood batteries.

(More...)

Pacific Islanders have long drawn wisdom from the Earth, the sky and the waves. Research shows the science is behind them

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:31:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/pacific-islanders-have-long-drawn-wisdom-from-the-earth-the-sky-and-the-waves-research-shows-the-science-is-behind-them-225088>

"One afternoon last year, we sat in a village hall in Fiji chatting to
residents about traditional ways of forecasting tropical cyclones. One man
mentioned a black-winged storm bird known as “manumanunicagi” that glides above

(More...)

Behind F1's Velvet Curtain

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:32:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://web.archive.org/web/20240301170542/https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a46975496/behind-f1-velvet-curtain/>

"Most of us have the distinct pleasure of going throughout our lives bereft of
the physical presence of those who rule over us. Were we peasants instead of
spreadsheet jockeys, warehouse workers, and baristas, we would toil in our

(More...)

Interregnum, Part 1: Collapse

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:33:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@sarahmiller_22747/interregnum-part-1-collapse-1e6331c6cf0b>

"There will be no revolution. Capitalism is collapsing of its own accord —
spinning out of control at a pace few of us expected or even imagined. The
arguable advantage of collapse over revolution is that you stand better odds of

(More...)

The Tragic Misfit Behind “Harriet the Spy”

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:34:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://web.archive.org/web/20240301170837/https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-tragic-misfit-behind-harriet-the-spy>

"There is a certain alchemy by which canonical characters, especially the
figures of children’s literature, come to exist outside of history. Stripped of
their initial contexts, and cleansed of any outdated particularities, they seem

(More...)

Some journalists seem bored by the biggest story of our lifetimes

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:35:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.stopthepresses.news/p/some-journalists-seem-bored-by-the

"At the New York Times, the journalists count on politics for amusement. It’s
a sporting event, a cage match. Republicans vs. Democrats, Sharks vs. Jets,
gladiators vs. lions.

(More...)

Trung Dong’s Aerial Street Photos Highlight the Fruit Merchants of Hanoi

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:36:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2024/03/trung-dong-fruit-ladies/

"Keen to capture the vivid, ever-changing landscapes of Vietnam’s cities, Trung
Dong seeks out seemingly mundane activities that, when photographed from a
unique angle or in the warmth of golden hour, reveal their exceptional nature.

(More...)

Review: The New Essential Guide To Electronics In Shenzhen

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 19:50:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hackaday.com/2024/03/13/review-the-new-essential-guide-to-electronics-in-shenzhen/>

"The city of Shenzhen in China holds a special fascination for the electronic
hardware community, as the city and special economic zone established by the
Chinese government at the start of the 1980s it has become probably one of the

(More...)

What’s the Price of a Childhood Turned Into Content?

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 19:53:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a60125272/sharenting-parenting-influencer-cost-children/>

"As the child of a popular mom blogger in the 2010s, Vanessa* worked throughout
her childhood and adolescence. She filmed videos, edited social media posts,
and participated in brand deals with companies like Disney—plus, she wrote and

(More...)

What can we expect from six more years of Vladimir Putin? An increasingly weak and dysfunctional Russia

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 19:53:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-can-we-expect-from-six-more-years-of-vladimir-putin-an-increasingly-weak-and-dysfunctional-russia-224259>

"There is very little drama in Russia’s upcoming presidential election this
weekend. We all know Vladimir Putin will win. The only real question is whether
he will receive more than 75% of the vote.

(More...)

Jimmy Lai trial in Hong Kong hears evidence from ‘tortured’ witness

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 19:55:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/13/jimmy-lai-trial-hong-kong-andy-li-evidence-torture-claims>

"A key prosecution witness in the trial of Jimmy Lai took the stand in a Hong
Kong court on Wednesday, giving evidence that the UN’s special rapporteur has
said could be tainted because of allegations of torture.

(More...)

Australian music festivals are increasingly affected by climate change. But is the industry doing enough to mitigate its impact?

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 19:55:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australian-music-festivals-are-increasingly-affected-by-climate-change-but-is-the-industry-doing-enough-to-mitigate-its-impact-225183>

"The Pitch Music and Arts Festival in Moyston, Victoria, was cancelled while
festival-goers were already on site this weekend, after an extreme fire danger
warning was issued.

(More...)

Councils from Paris to the Yarra want to use parking fees to clamp down on big SUVs. What are they doing and will they succeed?

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 19:56:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/14/melbourne-yarra-city-council-parking-fees-suvs-utes>

"A Melbourne council has passed an Australian-first motion to investigate
clamping down on large vehicles by hiking up parking fees.

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E for equity? E-scooter and e-bike schemes can help people on low incomes and with disabilities

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:55:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/e-for-equity-e-scooter-and-e-bike-schemes-can-help-people-on-low-incomes-and-with-disabilities-224844>

"Interest in shared e-bikes and e-scooters, or “micromobility” devices, has
skyrocketed in Australia. Every capital city and over 25 local councils have
trialled shared e-scooter systems through private operators including Lime,

(More...)

Two-thirds of women report bias or discrimination in Australian healthcare in national survey

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:56:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/14/two-thirds-of-women-report-bias-or-discrimination-in-australian-healthcare-in-national-survey>

"A woman “bullied into” accepting long-term contraception in order to obtain
endometriosis surgery is one of many dehumanising experiences of gender bias in
the health system revealed by a government survey.

(More...)

The surprising key to magpie intelligence: it’s not genetic

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:57:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-surprising-key-to-magpie-intelligence-its-not-genetic-225654>

"If you’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering Australia’s iconic magpies,
you know these birds are intelligent creatures. With their striking black and
white plumage, loud warbling voices and complex social behaviours, magpies

(More...)

NSW to double penalties for worst environmental crimes in wake of asbestos crisis

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:58:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/14/nsw-to-double-penalties-for-worst-environmental-crimes-in-wake-of-asbestos-crisis>

"Penalties for the most serious environmental crimes would double and the New
South Wales environmental watchdog would have powers to recall potentially
contaminated products from consumers under major changes to environmental

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Tennis anyone? Bad news for skiers as snow season could shrink by 78% this century

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 04:59:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tennis-anyone-bad-news-for-skiers-as-snow-season-could-shrink-by-78-this-century-225581>

"As the days shorten, many of us, particularly in Australia’s south-east, are
looking forward to cooler times, and perhaps the allure of snow on the horizon.
In the past week many in this region experienced their warmest days for over a

(More...)

No park, no problem: Car space rules could be ditched in areas with good public transport

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 05:00:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/no-park-no-problem-car-space-rules-could-be-ditched-in-areas-with-good-public-transport-20240312-p5fbua.html>

"Parking requirements could be scrapped for new apartment blocks near public
transport hubs under a state government plan to cut $50,000 off the cost of new
homes, streamline construction and slash traffic congestion.

(More...)

Russia is about to hold another presidential election. It needn’t bother

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:41:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/russia-is-about-to-hold-another-presidential-election-it-neednt-bother-225645>

"Time for an early announcement: Vladimir Putin has won the upcoming Russian
presidential election on March 15–17. It’s hardly a spoiler. Russian elections
have been performative exercises in phoney democracy for many years now, and

(More...)

A Rainbow Made of Kimono: Japanese Culture Thrives in Kraków

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:42:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/teatime-history/a-rainbow-made-of-kimono-japanese-culture-thrives-in-krak%C3%B3w-7fdd6f600a54>

"Japanese culture is well-loved in many parts of the world. It may be no
surprise that London and Paris are among its important hubs in Europe, but what
about Kraków, Poland?

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The Danish City Reimagining Reuse

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:44:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/aarhus-denmark-reimagining-reuse-circular-economy/>

"Every morning, about 50 to 100 people gather in line in front of a center
owned by the municipality of Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark. Here,
they can give — and take — all sorts of materials for free. More than two

(More...)

Cash Transfers Incentivize Social Change for Women and Girls in Egypt

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:47:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2024/03/07/cash-transfers-incentivize-social-change-for-women-and-girls-in-egypt>

"“Early marriage is harmful to the education, health, and wellbeing of girls. I
know that because I experienced those drawbacks myself when I got married at 17
years old and this is why I am passionate about raising awareness on those

(More...)

Can Cities Drive SUVs Off Their Streets?

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:48:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/can-cities-drive-suvs-off-their-streets/>

"In early February, Paris took a decisive step to deter visitors from driving
enormous cars like SUVs in the city center. Voters approved a measure that
would triple parking fees for SUVs and other large vehicles. If Paris City

(More...)

We ignored AIDS. Let’s not repeat the mistake on long COVID

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:49:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nj.com/opinion/2024/03/we-ignored-aids-lets-not-repeat-the-mistake-on-long-covid-editorial.html>

"In the earliest days of the AIDS crisis, America ignored the problem, even
though people were dropping dead by the thousands.

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Disabled people's exclusion from indoor spaces is a civil rights violation, not an annoyance

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:14:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegauntlet.news/p/disabled-peoples-exclusion-from-indoor

"Let’s start with the title.

“Wrestling with my husband’s fear of getting Long COVID again” at NPR today

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Muji Has a Prescription for the Loneliness Epidemic in Japan

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:17:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-01/muji-revives-japan-s-danchi-housing-complexes-to-tackle-loneliness>

"Discussions around the loneliness epidemic are growing around the world, and
in Japan, which has one of the world’s fastest-aging populations, the issue is
never far from sight.

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'Not a Radical Idea': Bernie Sanders Unveils 32-Hour Workweek Bill

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:20:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.commondreams.org/news/sanders-32-hour-workweek

'Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday introduced legislation that would establish a
32-hour workweek in the U.S. with no loss of pay, a change the Vermont senator
said is necessary to ensure the working class benefits from massive

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Large old trees are vital for Australian birds. Their long branches and hollows can’t be replaced by saplings

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:21:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/large-old-trees-are-vital-for-australian-birds-their-long-branches-and-hollows-cant-be-replaced-by-saplings-225276>

"When we make roads, houses or farmland, we often find large old trees in the
way. Our response is often to lop off offending branches or even cut the tree
down.

(More...)

What washing machine settings can I use to make my clothes last longer?

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:22:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-washing-machine-settings-can-i-use-to-make-my-clothes-last-longer-224064>

"Orbiting 400 kilometres above Earth’s surface, the astronauts on the
International Space Station live a pretty normal social life, if not for one
thing: they happily wear their unwashed clothes for days and weeks at a time.

(More...)

Much of west and central Africa without internet after undersea cable failures

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 19:23:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/mar/14/much-of-west-and-central-africa-without-internet-after-undersea-cable-failures>

"Much of west and central Africa has been left without internet service, as
operators of several subsea cables reported failures.

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Meet the kowari: a pint-sized predator on the fast track to extinction

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:09:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/meet-the-kowari-a-pint-sized-predator-on-the-fast-track-to-extinction-219598>

"Australia is home to more than 350 species of native mammals, 87% of which are
found nowhere else on Earth. But with 39 of these species already extinct and a
further 110 listed as threatened, there’s every chance many will vanish before

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Great Barrier Reef undergoing mass bleaching event leaving 200-year-old corals devastated

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:10:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-14/great-barrier-reef-mass-bleaching-coral-devastated/103588726>

'The Great Barrier Reef has been hit by its fifth mass coral bleaching event in
the past eight years.

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I Always Knew I Was Different. I Just Didn’t Know I Was a Sociopath.

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:14:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.md/WqWO4

"Whenever I ask my mother if she remembers the time in second grade when I
stabbed a kid in the head with a pencil, her answer is the same: “Vaguely.”

(More...)

‘I’m home’: how co-operative housing could take pressure off Australia’s housing crisis

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:14:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/im-home-how-co-operative-housing-could-take-pressure-off-australias-housing-crisis-225561>

"At a time when everything from abolishing negative gearing to capping rents
are being suggested as ways to reduce Australia’s housing crisis, little
attention has been given to housing co-operatives.

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We teach school kids about safe sex. We need to teach safe sexting too

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:16:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-teach-school-kids-about-safe-sex-we-need-to-teach-safe-sexting-too-224748>

"Sexting involves taking self-made naked or partially naked sexual photos,
videos or explicit texts and sending them online or via a mobile phone. They
are more commonly referred to as “nudes” or “dick pics” by young people.

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Is Reading a Dying Pastime?

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 03:16:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/bouncin-and-behavin-blogs/is-reading-a-dying-pastime-309e80b94de7>

"My 12-year-old grandson doesn't like to read. He says it's boring. He would
much rather spend his time doing things on his Chromebook. It's not that he
can't read well. He can. He is a smart kid and exceptionally creative. He just

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CSIRO defends GenCost – and science – as Coalition and Murdoch go nuclear against key institutions

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:45:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/csiro-defends-gencost-as-coalition-and-murdoch-media-go-nuclear-against-key-institutions/>

"The head of Australia’s principal scientific research organisation has been
forced to step in to defend the CSIRO’s important GenCost report in the face
of unrelenting attacks from the federal Coalition and right wing media and

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Australia’s largest rail freight company to roll out battery electric tenders in “world first” trial

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:47:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-largest-rail-freight-company-to-roll-out-battery-electric-tenders-in-world-first-trial/>

"Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, is to trial battery
electric tenders that could electrify and decarbonise the country’s rail
freight industry without the need for expensive railway electrification.

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Salty foods are making people sick − in part by poisoning their microbiomes

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:50:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/salty-foods-are-making-people-sick-in-part-by-poisoning-their-microbiomes-224591>

"People have been using salt since the dawn of civilization to process,
preserve and enhance foods. In ancient Rome, salt was so central to commerce
that soldiers were paid their “salarium,” or salaries, in salt, for instance.

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The World's Cleanest Energy Source Is Nearly Here

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:51:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/predict/the-worlds-cleanest-energy-source-is-nearly-here-5c0d9ce0813e>

"Here's a question, what's the lowest carbon form of energy? Solar? Wind? Maybe
nuclear? Well, if you guessed tidal, you'd be right. Don't get me wrong,
nuclear, wind, and solar have amazingly low emissions at 4g per kWh, 4g per kWh

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The Counteroffensive: Crimean Tatars are observing this Ramadan in exile

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:52:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://kyivindependent.com/the-counteroffensive-crimean-tatars-are-observing-this-ramadan-in-exile/>

"Dilaver Saidakhmetov's grandfather wasn’t a practicing Muslim, but that didn’t
stop him building a mosque.

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Climate-friendly beef? Argentina’s new ‘carbon-neutral’ certification could help reduce livestock emissions – if it’s done right

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 11:53:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-friendly-beef-argentinas-new-carbon-neutral-certification-could-help-reduce-livestock-emissions-if-its-done-right-225347>

"In Argentina, where beef is a symbol of national pride, a government-led
partnership has started certifying certain livestock as carbon neutral. It’s a
big step that shouldn’t be underestimated, but getting the certification

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What is the Darien Gap? And why are more migrants risking this Latin American route to get to the US?

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:20:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-darien-gap-and-why-are-more-migrants-risking-this-latin-american-route-to-get-to-the-us-225422>

"Much of the discussion over illegal immigration to the U.S. has in recent
weeks moved its focus south to the Darien Gap.

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Use of encryption powers doubles but still no terrorism cases

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:21:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.innovationaus.com/use-of-encryption-powers-doubles-but-still-no-terrorism-cases/>

"Australia’s controversial encryption-busting powers have not been used to
investigate terrorism offences for a fifth year in a row, despite the former
Coalition government using the heightened prospect of terrorism to rush the

(More...)

Putin has no successor, no living rivals and no retirement plan – why his eventual death will set off a vicious power struggle

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:22:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/putin-has-no-successor-no-living-rivals-and-no-retirement-plan-why-his-eventual-death-will-set-off-a-vicious-power-struggle-224485>

"Two things are certain concerning Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

First, he will be reelected as president in the rigged election scheduled to

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Letters from an American: March 14, 2024

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:24:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-14-2024

"This morning, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the
highest-ranking Jewish officials in the U.S. government, said Israelis need to
call new elections to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, Schumer

(More...)

Dengue: Brazilian single-dose vaccine could help turn tide in the fight against fever

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:25:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/dengue-brazilian-single-dose-vaccine-could-help-turn-tide-in-the-fight-against-fever-225398>

"Dengue, caused by the virus transmitted by the bite of the female Aedes
aegypti
 mosquito and, to a lesser extent, the Aedes albopictus mosquito, is
an acute illness characterized mainly by high fever, body aches and redness of

(More...)

How Video Games Helped Me Accept My Queerness

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 19:27:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/prismnpen/how-video-games-helped-me-accept-my-queerness-ad4f902fd4e6>

"When I saw P&P's latest writing prompt (How) Have LGBTQ Film & Literature
Shaped You?
 I immediately began to wrack my brain about what queer films and
literature I've engaged with in the past.

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Scientists discover 100 potential new deep-sea species, including mystery creature

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 06:35:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/11/world/100-species-ocean-census-new-zealand-scn/>

"Marine researchers on a mission to record life hidden in the world’s oceans
have reported they found about 100 potential new species — including one
mystery starlike creature.

(More...)

A TikTok Ban Is A Pointless Political Turd For Democrats

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 06:37:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/15/a-tiktok-ban-is-a-pointless-political-turd-for-democrats/>

"As you probably noticed, the House just passed the controversial ban on
TikTok, with 352 Representatives in favor, and 65 opposed. The bill is now
likely to be slow-walked to the Senate where its chance of passing is murky,

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The Cystic-Fibrosis Breakthrough That Changed Everything

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 06:39:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2024/04/cystic-fibrosis-trikafta-breakthrough-treatment/677471/>

"They call it the Purge.

You have experienced, in a modest way, something like it in the waning days of

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Hong Kong’s Zero-Opposition Legislature Aims To Up Oppression With New ‘National Security’ Law

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 06:40:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/15/hong-kongs-zero-opposition-legislature-aims-to-up-oppression-with-new-national-security-law/>

"A gentleman’s agreement with the UK following years of colonialism has given
rise to another form of oppression. China took over Hong Kong in 1997,
promising to stay out of the day-to-day business of governing Hong Kong for 50

(More...)

Weather forecasts have become much more accurate; we now need to make them available to everyone

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 06:42:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://ourworldindata.org/weather-forecasts

"Weather forecasts are often seen as just a nice thing to have. Useful when
planning a Sunday barbecue, or when we want to know if we’ll need an umbrella
for the day. But in many ways weather forecasts are absolutely crucial: they

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Daniel has Long COVID. It has cost him more than $100,000

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 06:44:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/daniel-has-long-covid-it-has-cost-him-more-than-100-000/j8e18pxji>

'Over the past year, Daniel* has calculated he has racked up more than $100,000
in bills from hospital visits, medical tests, specialist appointments and
medication — all because of Long COVID.

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Remote Work Is Here to Stay, Mostly for the Better

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:22:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cato.org/commentary/remote-work-here-stay-mostly-better#

"As frequent Capitolism readers surely know, I’m a big fan of remote work for
personal and professional reasons. On the former, I’ve worked from my home in
Raleigh, North Carolina, since 2010, and I’m sure it’s helped me live a better,

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RBG's family condemns the selection of recipients of an award named in her honor

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:24:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.npr.org/2024/03/15/1238921724/musk-murdoch-rbg-award

'An award named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg has gone to a slate of accomplished
women since it was launched four years ago to honor the legacy of the late
Supreme Court justice known for championing women's rights and liberal causes.

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‘I am not a typo’ campaign urges tech giants to correct their autocorrect systems in the name of inclusivity

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:26:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/i-am-not-a-typo-campaign-autocorrect-inclusivity/>

"We’re not ones for taking sides when it comes to politics, so we’d never
accuse Priti Patel of being wrong – but a spellchecker just might.

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CNN changed a headline about EV sales from a success story to a failure

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:27:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.mediamatters.org/cnn/cnn-changed-headline-about-ev-sales-success-story-failure>

"On February 25, CNN published a piece on electric vehicles outlining the
reasons that sales, which are trending upward and reached record levels in
2023, are not as high as analysts once predicted they’d be. The next day, a new

(More...)

The climate cafe helping eco-anxious Africans find hope amid the heat

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:28:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/climate-cafe-ecoanxiety-nigeria-africa/>

"Akindipe Akinjisola, a 29-year-old banker, lives in Wawa on the outskirts of
Lagos, Nigeria’s bustling economic centre.

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Huge “first-of-its-kind” rewilding project to bring back lost species and create ecotourism paradise in South Africa

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 14:30:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/loskop-dam-nature-reserve-south-africa-rewilding-project>

"Work is underway on a massive “first-of-its-kind” rewilding project to develop
South Africa’s Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and adjacent areas into one of the
largest protected wildlife reserves in the country, providing refuge for

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Lima’s neurodivergent picnic movement is liberating Peruvians from stigma and abuse

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:24:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.positive.news/society/neurodivergent-picnic-lima-peru/

"On a bright summer afternoon in Lima, the capital of Peru, Carolina Díaz
Pimentel takes some red and green tape out of her backpack. She’s in a park
waiting for people to arrive at a picnic she and her friends are hosting.

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Not your average bank statement: what 10 years of impact investing looks like

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:25:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/ethex-what-years-impact-investing-looks-like/>

"There’s a lot you could buy with £115m: more than 35m lattes, 2m West End
theatre tickets, or a gym pass to keep you going for 213,000 years.
Alternatively, you could invest it in pioneering organisations pushing for

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EU Strikes Deal to Reduce Packaging Waste and Ban Single-Use Plastics

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:26:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://earth.org/eu-strikes-deal-to-reduce-packaging-waste-and-ban-single-use-plastics/>

"The European Parliament’s representatives and Belgium, which currently holds
the Council’s presidency, reached a deal on Monday aimed at tackling the
increase in packaging waste generated in the European Union.

(More...)

Private Gender Affirming Care Ban Fails To Advance In England After "Ferret Filibuster"

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:28:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.erininthemorning.com/p/private-gender-affirming-care-ban

'Following a recent decision in England by the National Health Service to stop
prescribing puberty blockers for transgender youth, former U.K. Prime Minister
Liz Truss introduced a bill that would outlaw gender-affirming care for trans

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New York City Ready to Expand Greenways Along Rivers, Railways and Parks

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:30:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09032024/new-york-city-greenways-along-rivers-railways-parks/>

"New York City is poised for a year of opportunity with the opening of miles of
city-wide greenways, a success for community advocates who are cautious but
optimistic about the effort to create fresh or upgraded public paths across the

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Irish names you’re probably saying wrong and how to pronounce them

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:31:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/irish-names-pronunciation/

"Do you know your Gearóid from your Gobnait? Your Fearghal from your Muirgheal?

To the untrained eye, Irish names can seem like a daunting ambush of rogue

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Net gains: how Pacific Island states are securing the future of tuna - and their own

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 05:37:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/05/net-gains-how-pacific-island-states-are-securing-the-future-of-tuna-and-their-own>

"The largest tuna fishery in the world is also the most sustainable. How do
the small island states of the Pacific prevent overfishing, develop their
economies, and prepare for the imminent effects of climate change? Our report

(More...)

Seven times size of Manhattan: the African tree-planting project making a difference

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 05:38:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/13/seven-times-size-of-manhattan-the-african-tree-planting-project-making-a-difference>

"In a world of monoculture cash crops, an innovative African project is
persuading farmers to plant biodiverse forest gardens that feed the family,
protect the soil and expand tree cover.

(More...)

Bald eagles seen nesting in Toronto for first time in city’s recorded history

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 05:39:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/10/bald-eagles-nesting-toronto-first-time-history>

"Few things delight residents of Toronto more than unexpected animals in
unexpected places.

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'A very special day’: Birds linked to Darwin’s theory of evolution reintroduced to Galapagos Islands

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 05:40:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/05/a-very-special-day-birds-linked-to-darwins-theory-of-evolution-reintroduced-to-galapagos-i>

"Some 510 finches from five species were released on Floreana Island as part
of a nature restoration programme, according to Ecuador’s Ministry of the
Environment.

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Mexican Wolf Population Grows for Eighth Consecutive Year

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 05:41:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fws.gov/press-release/2024-03/mexican-wolf-population-grows-eighth-consecutive-year>

"The wild population of Mexican wolves saw another year of growth in 2023,
according to the results of the annual survey. The 2023 population census
revealed a minimum of 257 Mexican wolves distributed across Arizona and New

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Saving the Bears of Abruzzo

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 05:44:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/saving-the-bears-of-abruzzo>

"Abruzzo is a a little-known region of Italy, just two hours east of Rome. It
lies in between the high peaks of three national parks, 10,000 square
kilometres of wild, rugged terrain, home to Apennine wolves, golden eagles,

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Just Two Things,11 March 2024: Carbon | Miners

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:55:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://justtwothings.substack.com/p/11-march-2024-carbon-miners

"Chris Goodall’s excellent newsletter Carbon Commentary devotes itself to
terse and factual accounts of signs of emerging change that might make the
post-carbon transition feasible. He tracks both changes in innovation practice

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The world’s green juggernaut will become unstoppable this year

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:57:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://web.archive.org/web/20240301015254/https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-world-s-green-juggernaut-will-become-unstoppable-this-year-20240214-p5f4ps.html>

"The dogs bark, the caravan moves on. Beyond a superficial wobble in Europe,
there has been no retreat from the post-fossil fuel transition across the
world.

(More...)

Austria, Denmark, Lithuania: Which EU countries have committed to decarbonise power by 2035?

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:58:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/07/austria-denmark-lithuania-which-eu-countries-have-committed-to-decarbonise-power-by-2035>

"EU countries representing more than 60 per cent of the bloc’s energy sector
have committed to decarbonise their power sectors by 2035.

(More...)

How Vegemite can help break down your old computers, phones and TV sets

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:59:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-18/beer-yeast-fore-waste/103587324

"Australians are one of the world's biggest producers of e-waste.

Governments and environmentalists are working together to try and cut down on

(More...)

Rural Women's Award winner Kate Lamason's Australian-made alternative to imported tuna

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:01:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2024-03-18/tinned-tuna-imports-australia-fishing-sustainability/103591338>

"Cairns mum Kate Lamason was shocked to learn that 99 per cent of the 50,000
tonnes of tinned tuna that Australians eat every year is imported and that less
than a third of it is certified as sustainably fished.

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EXCLUSIVE: 100 years later, long-lost silent film found in Omaha parking lot

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:02:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wowt.com/2024/03/08/exclusive-100-years-later-long-lost-silent-film-found-omaha-parking-lot/>

"OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - It’s a movie that hasn’t been seen in decades — missing
for so long, that many didn’t even know it existed. That is, until it turned up
in Omaha.

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This Team of Indigenous Women Sculpts Stories in Snow

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:05:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/all-women-indigenous-snow-sculpting-team>

"It’s the dead of night on the edge of Wisconsin’s frozen Lake Geneva, and the
frigid February wind is howling. A woman stands atop a cube of packed snow
that’s taller than she is. Over and over, she muscles an auger—essentially, a

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Guerrilla festival no-photo2024 is highlighting the unseen work of Palestinian photographers in Gaza

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:06:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/guerrilla-festival-no-photo2024-is-highlighting-the-unseen-work-of-palestinian-photographers-in-gaza-225182>

No photos of the war. No photos of its victims. No mention of the hundreds
of photographers who have died taking them. We are a group of activists and
artists who believe the future will be shaped by those who can see it. We

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‘I don’t think I developed emotionally’: Earl Spencer on the pain of boarding-school abuse

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:07:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/education/2024/mar/17/earl-charles-spencer-a-very-private-school-interview>

"It was one thing writing about the abuses of his childhood, Charles Spencer
tells me, with half an ironic laugh; it’s quite another talking about them with
strangers. When we meet in an office at his publisher, he is reeling a bit from

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Matchcraft pioneer Len Hughes still making mind-blowing models from matchsticks after 60 years

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:11:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-17/matchstick-models-len-hughes-world-of-matchcraft-sunshine-coast/103542758>

'Len Hughes pioneered the unusual art of matchcraft.

Over the past 60 years, the 88-year-old has made hundreds of intricate models

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Lost in translation: the geopolitical risks of declining foreign language learning in Australia and NZ

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:12:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/lost-in-translation-the-geopolitical-risks-of-declining-foreign-language-learning-in-australia-and-nz-225787>

"As the 2024 academic year begins in Australia and New Zealand, optimism over
the state of foreign language learning at universities is in short supply.

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Ultra-fast fashion is a disturbing trend undermining efforts to make the whole industry more sustainable

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 19:13:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ultra-fast-fashion-is-a-disturbing-trend-undermining-efforts-to-make-the-whole-industry-more-sustainable-224253>

"Since the 1990s, fast fashion has enabled everyday people to buy the latest
catwalk trends. But the sheer volume of garments being whipped up, sold and
soon discarded is contributing to a global sustainability crisis.

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Continued logging of NSW koala habitat is ‘a profound tragedy’, conservationist says

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:47:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/18/great-koala-national-park-logging-habitats>

"Longtime forest advocates have expressed disgust at the ongoing logging of
koala habitat in northern New South Wales despite promises the state government
would protect the species, with one seasoned campaigner calling the destruction

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Economists say Australia shouldn’t try to transition to net zero by aping the mammoth US Inflation Reduction Act

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:49:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/economists-say-australia-shouldnt-try-to-transition-to-net-zero-by-aping-the-mammoth-us-inflation-reduction-act-225568>

"Australia’s top economists are pressing Prime Minister Anthony Albanese not to
ape US President Joe Biden’s “think big” approach to clean energy.

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Letters from an American: March 17, 2024

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:51:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-17-2024

"On Friday, journalist Casey Michel, who specializes in the study of
kleptocracy, pointed out that reporters had missed an important meeting last
week. Michel noted that while reporters covered  Hungarian prime minister

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Why is toddler milk so popular? Follow the money

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:52:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-is-toddler-milk-so-popular-follow-the-money-225668>

"Toddler milk is popular and becoming more so. Just over a third of Australian
toddlers drink it. Parents spend hundreds of millions of dollars on it
globally. Around the world, toddler milk makes up nearly half of total formula

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Outrage is a key performance indicator for Peter Dutton, the ‘bad cop’ of politics. But what does he value?

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:55:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/outrage-is-a-key-performance-indicator-for-peter-dutton-the-bad-cop-of-politics-but-what-does-he-value-220327>

"Bad Cop: Peter Dutton’s Strongman Politics: Quarterly Essay – Lech Blaine
(Black Inc.)

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Pluralistic: How I got scammed

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 03:56:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/05/cyber-dunning-kruger/#swiss-cheese-security>

"I wuz robbed.

More specifically, I was tricked by a phone-phisher pretending to be from my

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India: Authorities Revoke Visa Privileges of Diaspora Critics

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:26:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hrw.org/news/2024/03/17/india-authorities-revoke-visa-privileges-diaspora-critics>

"(New York) – Indian authorities are revoking visa privileges to overseas
critics of Indian origin who have spoken out against the ruling Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s policies, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Does Gender Segregation in Online Gaming Matter?

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:28:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/read-or-die-hq/does-gender-segregation-in-online-gaming-matter-f1f82a29a445>

"When you enter the online world of video games it comes as a shock, you are
surrounded by middle-aged men, swamped with insults and disrespectful comments
hurtled at you for simply having your name as a username, and mine is

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illustrations: Open source illustrations kit

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:41:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://illlustrations.co/

"Designed 100 awesome illustrations during 100 days of illustration challenge
(Now added more than 120+ illustrations). You can download all illustrations
completely free and use these to design awesome - landing pages, mobile app or

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Akira Toriyama: Bye Cha! to the Great Master of Manga

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:46:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/@yuriminamide0509/akira-toriyama-bye-cha-to-the-great-master-of-manga-84301d046913>

"The news of the passing of Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama (1955–2024)
saddened his fans. Details of his death have not been disclosed, but some of
his acquaintances say he was due to undergo surgery for a brain tumour in

(More...)

Potty Trained Cows Are No Joke for the Climate

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:58:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/mooloo-cows-toilet-trained-methane-urine-emissions/>

"One small pee for cows, one giant leap for mankind. At least, that’s what a
team of scientists in Dummerstorf, Germany, believe could be a potent solution
for manmade climate change.

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The West can’t ‘solve’ its Russia problem. Here’s how it should handle 6 more years of Vladimir Putin

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:59:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
"In perhaps the least surprising news of the year, Vladimir Putin has triumphed
at the Russian ballot box and been enthroned for the fifth time as president.
He will serve for six more years.

He will be 77 years old in 2030. According to the constitution, which he

(More...)

Even as the fusion era dawns, we’re still in the Steam Age

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 17:58:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/even-as-the-fusion-era-dawns-were-still-in-the-steam-age-217273>

"Steam locomotives clattering along railway tracks. Paddle steamers churning
down the Murray. Dreadnought battleships powered by steam engines.

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Rental properties 3C hotter indoors, survey of Australian tenants over summer finds

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 17:59:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/18/australia-rental-properties-temperature-survey-hotter-inside-summer>

"Renters are being forced to live in sweltering conditions, with homes
recording inside temperatures 3C hotter than outside across the summer, a new
report from Better Renting has revealed.

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Anime live-action adaptations are often hated by (Western) fans. Are they being too harsh?

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 18:00:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/anime-live-action-adaptations-are-often-hated-by-western-fans-are-they-being-too-harsh-225569>

"Between Netflix’s 2023 live-action version of One Piece, and its latest take
on Avatar: The Last Airbender, fans are once again asking: why are
live-action anime adaptations so tricky to get right?

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Yes, That's a New Electric Car | Olympian Motors

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 18:01:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-Y1ks2hukU

"Curves, color, and character are rare in modern automobile design. For episode
35 of S³ Olympian Motors is challenging today's EV design and manufacturing
standards. They're building James Bond cars."

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Study links microplastics with human health problems – but there’s still a lot we don’t know

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 18:02:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/study-links-microplastics-with-human-health-problems-but-theres-still-a-lot-we-dont-know-225354>

"A recent study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine
has linked microplastics with risk to human health.

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Forget Quibi. Chinese streamers are hooking Americans with werewolf love triangles

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 18:04:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://restofworld.org/2023/what-is-reelshort/

"Kasey Esser, an actor and gym owner in Los Angeles, didn’t expect anyone to
see his new show. The 34-year-old played a werewolf in Fated to My Forbidden
Alpha
, released on ReelShort, a little-known Chinese-backed streaming app

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On a climate rollercoaster: how Australia’s environment fared in the world’s hottest year

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 03:41:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/on-a-climate-rollercoaster-how-australias-environment-fared-in-the-worlds-hottest-year-225268>

"Global climate records were shattered in 2023, from air and sea temperatures
to sea-level rise and sea-ice extent. Scores of countries recorded their
hottest year and numerous weather disasters occurred as climate change reared

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Retro tech tip

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 03:42:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tiktok.com/@thetomjon/video/7345139906731150597

"hope this helps you win her heart ☺️🫶"

Via Garbage Day: The traffic firehose isn’t coming back

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100,000 years and counting: how do we tell future generations about highly radioactive nuclear waste repositories?

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 03:43:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/100-000-years-and-counting-how-do-we-tell-future-generations-about-highly-radioactive-nuclear-waste-repositories-199441>

"In Europe, increasing efforts on climate change mitigation, a sudden focus on
energy independence after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and reported
breakthroughs in nuclear fusion have sparked renewed interest in the potential

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Global Plug-In Car Sales Started 2024 With A Bang: 1 Million Sold In January

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 03:45:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://insideevs.com/news/711314/global-plugin-car-sales-january2024/

"In January 2024, global registrations of plug-in electric cars continued at a
seven-digit level (the ninth consecutive month above 1 million) and with a
solid year-over-year growth rate.

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The Parents in My Classroom

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 03:46:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://slate.com/human-interest/2024/03/phone-free-schools-movement-parents-teenagers.html>

"Recently, one of my ninth grade English students told me her parents rewarded
her for making the honor roll by allowing her to text them during class. “They
like to know what I’m doing in the classroom as it’s happening live,” she said.

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The Long-Range EV Boom Has Arrived

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 03:47:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-06/tesla-helped-spur-a-long-range-electric-vehicle-boom>

"American car buyers demand more range from electric vehicles than drivers in
any other country. For years, a few models made by Tesla were the only
long-range game in town, but the era of scarcity is suddenly over.

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EVs Are at a Turning Point, It May Not Be What You Think

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:17:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.ucsusa.org/don-anair/evs-are-at-a-turning-point-it-may-not-be-what-you-think/>

"There’s been a lot of nay-saying around EVs lately, including, amongst other
things, worries that EV sales are stalling out now that all the early adopters
have already made the switch and mainstream buyers aren’t ready to dive in. I

(More...)

Cyberpunk is out and solarpunk is in, according to Figma’s CEO

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:21:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/18/24104890/figma-ceo-dylan-field-cyberpunk-solarpunk-trends-sxsw-2024>

"Cyberpunk design has been all the rage for several years now — this very
website was once awash in neon colors and hard edges, you might recall — but
Figma CEO Dylan Field says he sees glimmers of optimism taking over.

(More...)

Vladimir Putin’s gold strategy explains why sanctions against Russia have failed

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:22:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vladimir-putins-gold-strategy-explains-why-sanctions-against-russia-have-failed-225748>

"There are more than 16,000 sanctions imposed against Russia. Yet the Russian
economy and war machine grew by 3.6 per cent in 2023 and is projected to grow
another 2.6 per cent in 2024.

(More...)

Revealed: documents shed light on shadowy US far-right fraternal order

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:24:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/19/far-right-fraternal-order-sacr>

"New documents have shed light on the origins and inner workings of the shadowy
Society for American Civic Renewal (SACR), including methods for judging the
beliefs of potential members on topics such as Christian nationalism, and

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‘Care is in everything we do and everything we are’: the work of Indigenous women needs to be valued

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:26:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/care-is-in-everything-we-do-and-everything-we-are-the-work-of-indigenous-women-needs-to-be-valued-225780>

"It’s commonly accepted that women do the vast majority of caregiving in
Australian society. But less appreciated is that Indigenous women do larger
amounts of unpaid care than any other group.

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‘Red alert’: last year was hottest on record by clear margin, says UN report

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:28:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/19/red-alert-last-year-was-hottest-year-ever-by-wide-margin-says-un-report>

"The world has never been closer to breaching the 1.5C (2.7F) global heating
limit, even if only temporarily, the United Nations’ weather agency has warned.

(More...)

The ‘digital divide’ is already hurting people’s quality of life. Will AI make it better or worse?

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:06:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-digital-divide-is-already-hurting-peoples-quality-of-life-will-ai-make-it-better-or-worse-222987>

"Today, almost a quarter of Australians are digitally excluded. This means they
miss out on the social, educational and economic benefits online connectivity
provides.

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Hong Kong lawmakers pass new measures to quash dissent

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:07:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/19/hong-kong-new-national-security-law-dissent>

"Hong Kong’s parliament has passed a controversial national security law
granting the government more power to quash dissent, widely seen as the latest
step in a sweeping political crackdown triggered by pro-democracy protests in

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect is Autocorrelation

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:09:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://economicsfromthetopdown.com/2022/04/08/the-dunning-kruger-effect-is-autocorrelation/>

"Have you heard of the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’? It’s the (apparent) tendency
for unskilled people to overestimate their competence. Discovered in 1999 by
psychologists Justin Kruger and David Dunning, the effect has since become

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The government wants to fast-track approvals of large infrastructure projects – that’s bad news for NZ’s biodiversity

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:11:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-government-wants-to-fast-track-approvals-of-large-infrastructure-projects-thats-bad-news-for-nzs-biodiversity-225790>

"In the latest move to reform environmental laws in New Zealand, the coalition
government has introduced a bill to fast-track consenting processes for
projects deemed to be of national or regional significance.

(More...)

Why scrapping the term ‘long COVID’ would be harmful for people with the condition

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:11:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-scrapping-the-term-long-covid-would-be-harmful-for-people-with-the-condition-225880>

"The assertion from Queensland’s chief health officer John Gerrard that it’s
time to stop using the term “long COVID” has made waves in Australian and
international media over recent days.

(More...)

The Disinformation Campaign That Has Effectively Destroyed The Ability To Combat Disinformation

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:13:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/19/the-disinformation-campaign-that-has-effectively-destroyed-the-ability-to-combat-disinformation/>

"We already covered the oral arguments in the Murthy v. Missouri case earlier
this week, showing that the Supreme Court appears to be quite skeptical of the
arguments by the states regarding the federal government “jawboning” to

(More...)

Electric trucks and buses show staggering sales growth in Europe

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:02:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/03/20/electric-trucks-and-buses-show-staggering-sales-growth-in-europe/>

"The market share of fully electric trucks and buses is growing at a staggering
pace in Europe, according to a new report from the International Council on
Clean Transport (ICCT).

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Even far from the ocean, Australia’s drylands are riddled with salty groundwater. What can land managers do?

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:03:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/even-far-from-the-ocean-australias-drylands-are-riddled-with-salty-groundwater-what-can-land-managers-do-225277>

"In the 1890s, railway engineers noticed river water used by steam locomotives
started to become salty when surrounding land was cleared for agriculture.

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Is This RUBBISH Electric Vehicle Britain's BEST EV?!

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:05:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szYJfV1oJ1k

"What do we do with all the existing Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles on the
road?! How do local authorities and councils get their cities to net zero on
time and within budget?! Lunaz may well have the solution! In the home of F1 in

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Britain’s bitter bread battle: what a £5 sourdough loaf tells us about health, wealth and class

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:07:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/food/2024/mar/20/britains-bitter-bread-battle-what-a-5-sourdough-loaf-tells-us-about-health-wealth-and-class>

"The cheapest loaf in my nearest supermarket costs 45p. The cheapest loaf in my
local artisanal bakery costs £5. Which of these facts winds you up?

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‘Exorbitant’ fees paid to academic publishers better spent on Australian research and education, report finds

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:08:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/20/exorbitant-fees-paid-to-academic-publishers-better-spent-on-research-and-education>

"Australia’s public research institutions are paying $1bn a year to giant
academic publishers, new research shows, amid growing calls for taxpayer money
to be redirected away from private enterprises.

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An App Is Helping Those With Vision Loss Navigate Urban Transit

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:10:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/app-helping-visually-impaired-navigate-transit-systems/>

"The decal of brightly colored blocks on a black background looks like
something straight out of the classic arcade game Space Invaders. But the goal
of these codes isn’t to zap aliens — it’s to help people who are blind or have

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The Hayao Miyazaki Sequences That Changed Animators’ Lives

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:33:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vulture.com/article/best-hayao-miyazaki-animation-sequences.html>

"No living animator is as widely heroized by his peers as Hayao Miyazaki is.
When you ask animation directors about the effect his work has had on them, the
same words recur over and over again: inspiration, master, North Star, blows my

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Origami modules could build bridges, shelters, and stuff in space

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:34:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.futurity.org/origami-modules-load-bearing-bridges-3195472/

"For the first time, load-bearing structures like bridges and shelters can be
made with origami modules—versatile components that can fold compactly and
adapt into different shapes, a new study shows.

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This Year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards Revels in Oceanic Journeys and Flamboyant Courtships

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:35:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2024/03/british-wildlife-photography-awards-2024/>

"From urban scavengers to dramatic standoffs to microscopic molds, the winning
images of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2024 exhibit the beauty,
spectacle, and fragile balance of the isles’ diverse animals and habitats. The

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World’s top fossil-fuel bosses deride efforts to move away from oil and gas

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:36:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/20/fossil-fuels-oil-and-gas-clean-energy>

"The bosses of the world’s leading oil and gas companies have poured scorn on
efforts to move away from fossil fuels, complaining that a “visibly failing”
transition to clean energy was being pushed forward at an “unrealistic pace”.

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The people who started again in their 90s: ‘I was in the closet for 95 years. Then that door blew open!’

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:38:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/mar/19/people-who-started-again-in-their-90s-nonagenarians>

"The moment Maybelle Blair took a decision – one she didn’t know she was about
to take – she says she “felt like all the blood rushed away from my head, down
to my toes. I didn’t know what was happening”. Blair, the former baseball

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‘How long before climate change will destroy the Earth?’: research reveals what Australian kids want to know about our warming world

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:38:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-long-before-climate-change-will-destroy-the-earth-research-reveals-what-australian-kids-want-to-know-about-our-warming-world-226122>

"Every day, more children discover they are living in a climate crisis. This
makes many children feel sad, anxious, angry, powerless, confused and
frightened about what the future holds.

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The National Cartoon Gallery has been closed down. Where to next for Australia’s valuable cartoon heritage?

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:36:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-national-cartoon-gallery-has-been-closed-down-where-to-next-for-australias-valuable-cartoon-heritage-226017>

"Australia lost one of its national institutions last weekend, almost without
warning. The National Cartoon Gallery, at the Bunker, Coffs Harbour, closed its
doors.

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A battery price war is kicking off that could soon make electric cars cheaper. Here’s how

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:37:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-battery-price-war-is-kicking-off-that-could-soon-make-electric-cars-cheaper-heres-how-225165>

"The main cost of an electric vehicle (EV) is its battery. The high cost of
energy-dense batteries has meant EVs have long been more expensive than their
fossil fuel equivalents.

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David O’Doherty: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:38:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2024/mar/21/david-odoherty-the-10-funniest-things-i-have-ever-seen-on-the-internet-ready-steady-tour-australia-melbourne-sydney-brisbane-perth>

"I’ve been thinking about this way too much. See, if I were to pick the
funniest things on the internet to show to somebody who had never seen a funny
thing on the internet, I’d probably have gone for a lot of the hits of 2010

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Each Easter we spend about $62 a head on chocolates, but the cost of buying unsustainable products can be far greater

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:39:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/each-easter-we-spend-about-62-a-head-on-chocolates-but-the-cost-of-buying-unsustainable-products-can-be-far-greater-225784>

"Australians enjoy chocolate, consuming on average the equivalent of 32
kilograms a year, but there is growing interest in its origins and how it’s
made.

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A Transparent, Open-Source Vision for U.S. Elections

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:40:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://undark.org/2024/02/28/open-source-voting/

"While the vendors pitched their latest voting machines in Concord, New
Hampshire, this past August, the election officials in the room g­­asped. They
whispered, “No way.” They nodded their heads and filled out the scorecards in

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Tasmania’s tall eucalypt forests will be wiped out by heatwaves unless we step in to help them

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 19:41:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-tall-eucalypt-forests-will-be-wiped-out-by-heatwaves-unless-we-step-in-to-help-them-224335>

"Tasmania’s tall eucalypt forests are globally significant. They accumulate
carbon faster than any other natural forest ecosystem in the world.

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Wildfires are killing California's ancient giants. Can seedlings save sequoia trees?

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:10:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/02/26/1232963498/sequoias-wildfires-climate-change-replanting>

'On a late autumn day, a team of forestry workers spreads out among the burned
trunks of giant sequoia trees. The 1,000-year-old trees in the grove are dead
but still standing, killed in an extreme wildfire that raced through Sequoia

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As Covid Spread, a Strain of Flu Disappeared. Now Scientists Say a Second Could Go Too

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:12:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-12/covid-killed-yamagata-type-b-flu-a-second-strain-might-be-up-for-elimination>

"Stay-at-home orders, border closures, mask-wearing and other measures aimed at
stemming Covid-19’s spread led to the global disappearance of a notorious
winter germ. Now, scientists say it might be feasible with better vaccines to

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Huge new no-fishing zones give Antarctic marine predators and their prey a break

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:14:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/03/huge-new-no-fishing-zones-give-antarctic-marine-predators-and-their-prey-a-break/>

"Thousands of miles off the southeast coast of South America lies a set of
remote islands, one broad and comma-shaped, the others a series of small dots
that trail off into the South Atlantic Ocean. These are the South Georgia and

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Science fiction master Vernor Vinge dead at 79

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:16:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://boingboing.net/2024/03/21/hard-sf-master-vernor-vinge-dead-at-79.html>

'Triple Hugo Award-winning author Vernor Vinge died Wednesday at 79.

Vinge sold his first science-fiction story in 1964, "Apartness", which

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Rewilding Japan With Clearings in the Forest and Crowdfunding Campaigns

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:18:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17032024/rewilding-japan-clearings-forest-crowdfunding/>

"“Atta!” shouts Seiichi Dejima, of the Nature Conservation Society of Japan
(NCSJ), as he raises binoculars to his eyes. He’s spotted one of a breeding
pair of endangered Japanese golden eagles on a perch, high above, in the 10,000

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Air pollution levels have improved in Europe over 20 years, say researchers

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:20:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/13/air-pollution-levels-have-improved-in-europe-over-20-years-say-researchers>

"Air pollution levels have improved in Europe over the past 20 years, research
has found.

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Fossil fuel firms could be tried in US for homicide over climate-related deaths, experts say

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:57:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/21/fossil-fuel-companies-homicide-climate-deaths-lawsuit>

"Each year, extreme temperatures take 5 million lives, while 400,000 people die
from climate-related hunger and disease and scores perish in floods and
wildfires.

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10 million animals die on our roads each year. Here’s what works (and what doesn’t) to cut the toll

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:58:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/10-million-animals-die-on-our-roads-each-year-heres-what-works-and-what-doesnt-to-cut-the-toll-222367>

"There’s almost no warning. A dark shape appears on the side of the road, then
you feel a jolt as something goes under the car. Or worse, the shape rears up,
hits the front of your vehicle, then slams into the windscreen. You have just

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Global heating, land clearing and the ‘extinction vortex’: the fight to save Australia’s koalas

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:59:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/21/global-heating-land-clearing-and-the-extinction-vortex-the-fight-to-save-australias-koalas>

"Bill Ellis thinks koalas have somehow managed a giant con on the people of the
world – one that has made them fodder for countless marketing campaigns with
their round, cartoon-like faces.

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Women have been excluded from men’s spaces for centuries. That’s why the MONA Ladies Lounge matters

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 12:01:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/women-have-been-excluded-from-mens-spaces-for-centuries-thats-why-the-mona-ladies-lounge-matters-226308>

"Gender, class, race, culture and religion are all categories used to exclude
people in ways that privileged people will never experience. This exclusion can
be as blatant as a gang of masked people performing the Nazi salute, or as

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What Did We Learn From Covid?

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 12:02:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jensorensen.com/2024/03/21/covid-fourth-anniversary-2024-cartoon/>

"These days, a conventional wisdom has settled in that we somehow overreacted
to Covid. That our response went too far, and we are now past those silly
times. Here’s the lesson to take away: we didn’t do enough. Trump’s response

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No, the West is not to blame for Russia’s war in Ukraine. Why this myth – and others – are so difficult to dispel

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 12:03:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/no-the-west-is-not-to-blame-for-russias-war-in-ukraine-why-this-myth-and-others-are-so-difficult-to-dispel-226306>

"It is no surprise the second anniversary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s
war against Ukraine generated so much commentary. What is surprising, though,
is that Kremlin propaganda remains so prevalent in what purports to be

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