Glass Wings Blog: May 2024

The Victorian government wants to trial electronic monitoring devices on young people. It’s a bad idea

Wed, 1 May 2024 12:16:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-victorian-government-wants-to-trial-electronic-monitoring-devices-on-young-people-its-a-bad-idea-226498>

"The Victorian government has recently announced a plan to trial electronic
monitoring devices for young people on bail and abandon proposed reforms to
bail laws for young people. This is at odds with their recent bail reforms in

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Australia faces postwar-style reconstruction to reach net zero target, Greg Combet says

Wed, 1 May 2024 12:17:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/02/australia-faces-postwar-style-reconstruction-to-reach-net-zero-target-says-combet>

"Australia faces a postwar-scale reconstruction costing hundreds of billions of
dollars in private and public investment to reach net zero emissions by
mid-century, according to the former Labor climate minister and incoming Future

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Hundreds of animals were rescued after the Black Summer bushfires – but how many actually survived?

Wed, 1 May 2024 12:18:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hundreds-of-animals-were-rescued-after-the-black-summer-bushfires-but-how-many-actually-survived-225699>

"The horrific Black Summer bushfires of 2019–20 burned more than 8 million
hectares of vegetation across southeastern Australia. An estimated 3 billion
animals were caught in the fire zone.

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Business wants pay rises for Australia’s lowest paid workers limited to 2% – but what about executives?

Wed, 1 May 2024 12:19:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/02/australia-executive-ceo-wages-employee-salary-acci-restraint>

"As business groups increase calls for wage restraint for Australia’s lowest
paid workers, their voices turn largely silent when asked about their own
executive pay plans.

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It’s getting even harder to find full-time work. So more people are taking second part-time jobs

Wed, 1 May 2024 12:20:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-getting-even-harder-to-find-full-time-work-so-more-people-are-taking-second-part-time-jobs-226719>

"Over the last two years, growth in wages and salaries have not kept up with
rises in the cost of living.

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Tests confirm avian flu on New Mexico dairy farm; probe finds cats positive

Wed, 1 May 2024 12:21:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/avian-influenza-bird-flu/tests-confirm-avian-flu-new-mexico-dairy-farm-probe-finds-cats-positive>

"The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service yesterday announced that tests have now confirmed highly pathogenic
avian influenza (HPAI) in a New Mexico dairy herd and that the virus has now

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Half of Melbourne’s famous live music venues could soon be dead

Wed, 1 May 2024 19:30:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theage.com.au/national/half-of-melbourne-s-famous-live-music-venues-could-soon-be-dead-20240401-p5fghg.html>

"Half of Melbourne’s famous live music venues could be dead before a national
inquiry aimed at helping them finishes its work, with venue owners warning that
the inquiry will come too late to save renowned bars and pubs scrambling to

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A 20-year ‘mega-drought’ in Australia? Research suggests it’s happened before – and we should expect it again

Wed, 1 May 2024 19:32:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-20-year-mega-drought-in-australia-research-suggests-its-happened-before-and-we-should-expect-it-again-223356>

"Droughts can have dramatic effects in Australia – decimating agriculture,
threatening water resources and devastating the environment. Much of Australia
is drought-prone, and the risk is expected to increase as global warming

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Claymation Cat Marathon! | Magical Cat Compilation

Wed, 1 May 2024 19:33:20 +1000

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

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

"Please enjoy the convenience of uninterrupted Magical Cat episodes!"

Via Muse, who wrote "ZOMG! Someone has been following my Moki around. This is

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There are new flu vaccines on offer for 2024. Should I get one? What do I need to know?

Wed, 1 May 2024 19:34:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/there-are-new-flu-vaccines-on-offer-for-2024-should-i-get-one-what-do-i-need-to-know-226623>

"Influenza is a common respiratory infection. Although most cases are
relatively mild, flu can cause more severe illness in young children and older
people.

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Letters from an American: April 2, 2024

Wed, 1 May 2024 19:41:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/april-2-2024

"Almost six months have passed since President Joe Biden asked Congress to
appropriate money for Ukraine in a national security supplemental bill. At
first, House Republicans said they would not pass such a bill without border

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The case for paying ranchers to raise trees instead of cattle

Wed, 1 May 2024 19:42:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/02/cattle-trees-climate-change-solution>

"There is a simple, cost-effective and scientifically sound way to turn back
the clock on global warming and reverse the catastrophic collapse of
biodiversity: pay ranchers to raise trees instead of cattle.

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Andrew Tate's ideology driving sexual harassment, sexism and misogyny in Australian classrooms

Thu, 2 May 2024 04:43:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-02/andrew-tate-effect-in-australian-classrooms/103657122>

'For Grace*, 2023 should have been the pinnacle of her teaching career.

Five years after graduating university, she was settling into a full-term

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Australian ‘bush glass’ bears the fingerprints of a cosmic collision with an iron meteorite

Thu, 2 May 2024 04:45:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australian-bush-glass-bears-the-fingerprints-of-a-cosmic-collision-with-an-iron-meteorite-226317>

"How Earth and the other planets of the solar system formed and evolved over
the aeons is a hot question for planetary scientists like me. One of the best
ways to find out is by looking at rocks from space.

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How Xbox's Video Game, Skate, Helps My Special Needs Son Safely Navigate His Environment

Thu, 2 May 2024 04:46:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/illumination/how-xboxs-video-game-skate-helps-my-special-needs-son-safely-navigate-his-environment-1c7212a3098b>

"When my younger son, Jacob*, broke his foot two times in a row, our life went
on hold. Both of my boys typically spend about five or six days a week at the
skatepark and the rest of their time playing hockey or BMX racing. But with

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Sam Bankman-Fried is going to prison. The crypto industry isn’t any better for it

Thu, 2 May 2024 04:47:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2024/mar/28/sam-bankman-fried-prison-crypto-regulation>

"There is a palpable feeling of relief in the cryptocurrency industry.
Evangelists are preaching the good news that the industry has been purged of
the Sam Bankman-Frieds, the Alex Mashinskys, the Do Kwons and the Changpeng

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Dark Star at 50: How a micro-budget student film changed sci-fi forever

Thu, 2 May 2024 04:49:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20240403-dark-star-at-50-how-a-micro-budget-student-film-changed-sci-fi-forever>

'In the early 70s, young filmmakers John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon created a
spaceship tale for a graduation project – little knowing it would influence
Alien and many other works.

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Why Are So Many ‘Free Speech’ Elon Musk Lawsuits About Suppressing Speech?

Thu, 2 May 2024 04:51:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/01/why-are-so-many-free-speech-elon-musk-lawsuits-about-suppressing-speech/>

"Elon Musk claims to be a “free speech absolutist,” but almost every time we
look more closely at that claim, we discover that he’s one of the most
censorial, free speech suppressors around. He just got called out by a judge

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A Hedge Fund That’s Also a Newspaper

Thu, 2 May 2024 12:06:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-04-02/a-hedge-fund-that-s-also-a-newspaper>

"We talked in November about Hunterbrook, a hedge fund that is also a
newspaper. These are mostly tough economic times for the news industry, and
Hunterbrook hit upon a differentiated media business model:

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Forgotten Books And How To Save Them

Thu, 2 May 2024 12:07:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/02/forgotten-books-and-how-to-save-them/>

"On the Neglected Books site, there is a fine meditation on rescuing
forgotten writers and their works from oblivion, and why this is important. As
its author Brad Bigelow explains:

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Why artificial submarine curtains won’t save West Antarctica’s retreating glaciers

Thu, 2 May 2024 12:08:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-artificial-submarine-curtains-wont-save-west-antarcticas-retreating-glaciers-225998>

"Some researchers have recently proposed the construction of artificial
structures – submarine curtains or walls – to stop the warming ocean from
getting to the most rapidly melting glaciers in West Antarctica.

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What Is The Amazon "Tipping Point," Exactly?

Thu, 2 May 2024 12:09:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/the-environment/what-is-the-amazon-tipping-point-exactly-9ef88eeaafca>

'At 6.7 million square kilometers in size — an area about twice the size of
India — the Amazon Rainforest accounts for half of the remaining rainforest on
Earth. It is the largest swathe of contiguous forest left on the planet, and it

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Peaceful Piano for Studying & Relaxing | Best of Seycara Vol.2

Thu, 2 May 2024 12:10:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0tGeZUsHdA

"Since everyone loved vol. 1 so much, here's vol. 2 featuring all my best piano
instrumentals. As always, with love from Seycara 😉"

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Meet the Arizona Nonprofit Working to Transform Urban Food Deserts

Thu, 2 May 2024 12:11:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://modernfarmer.com/2024/03/meet-the-arizona-nonprofit-transforming-the-food-system/>

"Across the Phoenix metro area, citrus trees sag under the weight of more
produce than homeowners can harvest and use. Thousands of pounds of fruit go to
waste every year while more than half a million area residents struggle with

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FlowState: The FPV Drone Documentary (Full Film Official Release)

Thu, 2 May 2024 19:29:14 +1000

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

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

Via Wayne Radinsky, who wrote:

FPV as in “first-person view”. The out-of-body experience of being in a

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Out of alignment: how clashing policies make for terrible environmental outcomes

Thu, 2 May 2024 19:29:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/out-of-alignment-how-clashing-policies-make-for-terrible-environmental-outcomes-226509>

"Policy alignment sounds dry. But think of it like this: you want to make
suburbs cooler and more liveable, so you plant large trees. But then you find
the trees run afoul of fire and safety provisions, and they’re cut down.

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Australian writers have been envisioning AI for a century. Here are 5 stories to read as we grapple with rapid change

Thu, 2 May 2024 19:30:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australian-writers-have-been-envisioning-ai-for-a-century-here-are-5-stories-to-read-as-we-grapple-with-rapid-change-223650>

"Australians are nervous about AI. Efforts are underway to put their minds at
ease: advisory committees, consultations and regulations. But these actions
have tended to be reactive instead of proactive. We need to imagine potential

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Beware businesses claiming to use trailblazing technology. They might just be ‘AI washing’ to snare investors

Thu, 2 May 2024 19:35:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/beware-businesses-claiming-to-use-trailblazing-technology-they-might-just-be-ai-washing-to-snare-investors-226717>

"Staying competitive in the finance sector is vital, with many companies moving
quickly to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce costs and streamline
operations.

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The Women Bus Drivers Overcoming Stereotypes in Bogotá

Thu, 2 May 2024 19:37:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/women-bus-drivers-overcoming-stereotypes-in-bogota/>

"When Paola Perez shifts into gear and puts her foot down on the accelerator,
the lime-green bus zips forward with an almost-silent whoooosh. Neat rows of
dozens of identical vehicles are visible on either side through its large

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Just 57 companies linked to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions since 2016

Thu, 2 May 2024 19:38:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/just-57-companies-linked-to-80-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-since-2016>

"A mere 57 oil, gas, coal and cement producers are directly linked to 80% of
the world’s global fossil CO2 emissions since the 2016 Paris climate agreement,
a study has shown.

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The Towns Outsmarting Airbnb

Fri, 3 May 2024 04:36:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/the-towns-outsmarting-airbnb/

"Late last year, New York City made headlines when it all but banned Airbnbs
and other short-term rentals within city limits. In August of 2023, Airbnb had
more than 25,000 short-term rentals listed in New York City. Tenant groups

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South Australia’s world-leading renewable transition is attracting flood of new industry

Fri, 3 May 2024 04:37:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australias-world-leading-renewable-transition-is-attracting-flood-of-new-industry/>

"Will a grid based around wind and solar kill manufacturing and industry? It’s
what the naysayers – the Coalition and conservative agitators – want you to
believe, but the experience in South Australia, which leads the world in the

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How Unfamiliar Fish Are Helping Mainers Fight Food Insecurity

Fri, 3 May 2024 04:38:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/fishermen-feeding-mainers-unfamiliar-fish/>

"As a fisherman in Maine’s groundfish industry, Geordie King is used to
uncertainty: Once your net is cast, you never know what it will haul up when it
returns, if it returns at all. This unpredictability holds true in general when

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Race to Zero: European heavy-duty vehicle market development quarterly (January–December 2023)

Fri, 3 May 2024 04:39:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theicct.org/publication/race-to-zero-eu-hdv-market-development-q4-2023-mar24/>

"In 2023, 11,000 new zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles were sold in the
EU-27—more than double the 5,000 sold in 2022. Zero-emission vehicles were 18%
of all buses and coaches sold, 5% of light and medium trucks, and 0.9% of heavy

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How Does Paris Stay Paris? By Pouring Billions Into Public Housing

Fri, 3 May 2024 04:41:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/17/realestate/paris-france-housing-costs.html>

"The two-bedroom penthouse comes with sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and
just about every other monument across the Paris skyline. The rent, at 600
euros a month, is a steal.

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World’s First Global CO2 Charge Inches Closer at London Meetings

Fri, 3 May 2024 04:42:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-22/world-s-first-global-c02-charge-inches-closer-at-london-meetings>

"The shipping industry is being lined up as a guinea pig for a world-first: a
global, mandatory charge on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Apple waste, spider silk, enhanced cotton: How bio-based textiles could replace plastic in our clothing

Fri, 3 May 2024 12:13:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/looking-forward/apple-waste-spider-silk-enhanced-cotton-how-bio-based-textiles-could-replace-plastic-in-our-clothing/>

"If you’ve read any climate-related news in the past several years, you’re
probably familiar with the scourge of microplastics. These tiny bits of plastic
end up clogging oceans. They show up at alarming rates in bottled water, food,

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The cocoa price has doubled in mere months, but it shouldn’t add much to the price of chocolate: here’s why

Fri, 3 May 2024 12:13:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-cocoa-price-has-doubled-in-mere-months-but-it-shouldnt-add-much-to-the-price-of-chocolate-heres-why-226914>

"Since the start of this year, the price for cocoa traded on the futures
exchange has doubled, climbing from US$4,275 a tonne to US$9,481 after earlier
hitting an all-time high of US$10,274.

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Whooping cough is surging in Australia. Why, and how can we protect ourselves?

Fri, 3 May 2024 12:14:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/whooping-cough-is-surging-in-australia-why-and-how-can-we-protect-ourselves-226918>

"Australia is facing a whooping cough outbreak. Some 2,799 cases were recorded
in the first three months of 2024. Cases are highest in Queensland and New
South Wales, with more than 1,000 recorded in each state.

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Schools close and crops wither as ‘historic’ heatwave hits south-east Asia

Fri, 3 May 2024 12:15:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/schools-close-and-crops-wither-as-historic-heatwave-hits-south-east-asia>

"Thousands of schools in the Philippines have stopped in-person classes due to
unbearable heat. In Indonesia, prolonged dry weather has caused rice prices to
soar. In Thailand’s waters, temperatures are so high that scientists fear coral

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Without community support, the green energy transition will fail. Here’s how to get communities on board

Fri, 3 May 2024 12:16:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/without-community-support-the-green-energy-transition-will-fail-heres-how-to-get-communities-on-board-225163>

"Connecting cheap, clean energy from renewables comes with a hidden cost and
challenge: building 5,000 kilometres of new transmission lines this decade, and
another 5,000km after that. This sounds like a lot, but 5,000km is only around

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Indian government ordered killings in Pakistan, intelligence officials claim

Fri, 3 May 2024 12:17:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/04/indian-government-assassination-allegations-pakistan-intelligence-officials>

"The Indian government assassinated individuals in Pakistan as part of a wider
strategy to eliminate terrorists living on foreign soil, according to Indian
and Pakistani intelligence operatives who spoke to the Guardian.

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JOE SATRIANI & STEVE VAI ' The Sea Of Emotion, Pt.1' - Official Video

Fri, 3 May 2024 19:19:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAKVmW1InBA

"Joe Satriani and Steve Vai (Satch & Vai) collaborate for the first time on new
music with this single and video that recalls the beginning of their 50
year-long friendship. Result: a whole lot of awesomeness and a trip back to the

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Jon Foreman (Sculpt the World)

Fri, 3 May 2024 19:21:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://sculpttheworld.smugmug.com/

"A creator of various styles of Land Art, he is ever in search of “different.”
Be it with stones or leaves, inland or on beaches. He has even created works in
derelict environments using materials such as broken glass or ashes and general

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Friday essay: ‘mourning cannot be an endpoint’ – James Bradley on living in an Age of Emergency

Fri, 3 May 2024 19:22:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-mourning-cannot-be-an-endpoint-james-bradley-on-living-in-an-age-of-emergency-224641>

"One morning in September 2023 I leave my home and drive to the beach. Although
it is early, the day is already unseasonably warm, the sky hazy with smoke from
hazard-reduction burns to the south and north of the city.

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New book details Steve Bannon’s ‘Maga movement’ plan to rule for 100 years

Fri, 3 May 2024 19:23:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/04/steve-bannon-book-maga

"Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chair and White House strategist,
believed before the 2020 election and the January 6 attack on Congress that a
“Maga movement” of Trump supporters “could rule for a hundred years”.

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going to Capy Neko Cafe in Tokyo|カピねこカフェ吉祥寺に行きました🐾

Fri, 3 May 2024 19:25:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Bz8xuJzmI

"Went back to Capy Neko Cafe (Capybara and Cat Cafe) in Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan
to pet the capybara and cats! It was the best 🥺"

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30 years after genocide: Rwanda’s older generations fear a return of ethnic tensions, but youth feel more united

Fri, 3 May 2024 19:27:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/30-years-after-genocide-rwandas-older-generations-fear-a-return-of-ethnic-tensions-but-youth-feel-more-united-225726>

"It’s 30 years since a genocide ripped through Rwandan society, leaving up to a
million Tutsi and non-extremist Hutu dead.

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New 3D cosmic map raises questions over future of universe, scientists say

Sat, 4 May 2024 04:04:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/apr/04/biggest-ever-3d-map-universe-dark-energy-data-scientists>

"The biggest ever 3D map of the universe, featuring more than 6m galaxies, has
been revealed by scientists who said it raised questions about the nature of
dark energy and the future of the universe.

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Strep A: cases of rare fatal infection hit record levels in Japan – here’s what risk these bacteria pose to global health

Sat, 4 May 2024 04:05:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/strep-a-cases-of-rare-fatal-infection-hit-record-levels-in-japan-heres-what-risk-these-bacteria-pose-to-global-health-226761>

"There has been a sharp increase in the number of people in Japan suffering
with the rare but dangerous bacterial condition, streptococcal toxic shock
syndrome (STSS). According to reports, cases of this potentially fatal strep A

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Letters from an American: April 4, 2024

Sat, 4 May 2024 04:06:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/april-4-2024

"Seventy-five years ago today, on April 4, 1949, representatives from twelve
countries in Europe and North America—Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France,
Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United

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Israeli strike on World Central Kitchen aid convoy shows growing danger of humanitarian work in conflict zones

Sat, 4 May 2024 04:07:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/israeli-strike-on-world-central-kitchen-aid-convoy-shows-growing-danger-of-humanitarian-work-in-conflict-zones-227104>

"President Joe Biden said he was “outraged” by the Israeli military’s attacks
that killed seven World Central Kitchen aid workers traveling in three vehicles
in Gaza on April 2, 2024, and called for Israel to conduct a swift

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Morons at the Gate: Part 2

Sat, 4 May 2024 04:08:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://sjgenco.medium.com/morons-at-the-gate-part-2-36406ec93a88>

'In Part 1 of this post, I discussed the "what" of America's moron problem. In
this Part 2, I discuss the "why". I argue that morons in America are made, not
born. Looking at the record of the Republican Party since the launch of Richard

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Only 57 producers are responsible for 80% of all fossil fuel and cement CO₂ emissions since 2016 – new report

Sat, 4 May 2024 04:09:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/only-57-producers-are-responsible-for-80-of-all-fossil-fuel-and-cement-co-sub-2-sub-emissions-since-2016-new-report-227066>

"Just 57 companies and nation states were responsible for generating 80% of the
world’s CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels and cement over the last seven years,
according to a new report released by the thinktank InfluenceMap. This finding

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The steps being taken to get better treatment for Australia’s autistic people

Sat, 4 May 2024 12:17:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-steps-being-taken-to-get-better-treatment-for-australia-s-autistic-people-20240221-p5f6se.html>

"South Australian politician Emily Bourke didn’t realise she was taking on a
world first when her government created an Office for Autism just over a year
ago. But the more she talked to people and families around the state, the more

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Literacy for all: The story of Sobral

Sat, 4 May 2024 12:19:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://crpe.org/story-of-sobral/

"The scorching, arid northeastern state of Ceará, Brazil has long been known
for growing cashews and coconuts. Now, it’s defied expectations by cultivating
one of the world’s best public elementary school systems, despite high rates of

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United Nations adopts historic, first-ever resolution on rights of intersex people

Sat, 4 May 2024 12:21:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.advocate.com/news/united-nations-intersex-rights-resolution

"The United Nations’ Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution supporting
the rights of intersex people, the first time it has done so.

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The Guardian view on endangered languages: spoken by a few but of value to many

Sat, 4 May 2024 12:22:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/05/the-guardian-view-on-endangered-languages-spoken-by-a-few-but-of-value-to-many>

"The launch of a “last chance” crowdsourcing tool to record a vanishing Greek
dialect drew attention back this week to one of the great extinctions of the
modern world: nine languages are believed to be disappearing every year.

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My dream died, and now I'm here

Sat, 4 May 2024 12:23:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKiBlGDfRU8

"This is my contribution to bring the "you" back into YouTube"

Via Kenny Chaffin.

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Yes, efforts to eliminate DEI programs are rooted in racism

Sat, 4 May 2024 12:24:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/yes-efforts-to-eliminate-dei-programs-are-rooted-in-racism-227028>

"Right-wing activists who have long criticized liberalism and “wokeness” in
higher education and helped force the resignation of Claudine Gay, Harvard
University’s first African American president, have now set their sights on

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How Vulnerable Are Undersea Internet Cables to Russian Attacks?

Sat, 4 May 2024 19:49:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://wesodonnell.medium.com/how-vulnerable-are-undersea-internet-cables-to-russian-attacks-888b984e36ea>

'Where do people get their internet?

I asked this question in a completely non-scientific poll of some friends and

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Thinking outside the box: eco concerns prompt greener funeral options

Sat, 4 May 2024 19:50:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/eco-concerns-prompt-green-funeral-options/>

"Keeping a lid on your carbon footprint doesn’t stop with your last breath.
Your choice of funeral can have a significant environmental impact. In a recent
report by the US-based National Funeral Directors Association, 60.5% of those

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From fires to forests: UN recognizes largest-ever restoration initiative across the Mediterranean

Sat, 4 May 2024 19:53:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/fires-forests-un-recognizes-largest-ever-restoration-initiative-across-mediterranean>

"Nairobi, 13 February 2024 – Vast areas of degraded forests along the
Mediterranean have been restored since 2017 as part of the Restoring
Mediterranean Forests initiative, encompassing nations such as Lebanon,

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The online marketplace saving ‘wonky’ beauty products from landfill

Sat, 4 May 2024 19:54:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/boop-online-marketplace-wonky-beauty-products/>


"The beauty industry’s eye-watering waste problem is enough to make your
mascara run – but a new online marketplace is tackling the issue head on by

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How a Guatemalan river clean-up could help save the oceans

Sat, 4 May 2024 19:55:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fairplanet.org/story/how-a-guatemalan-river-clean-up-could-help-save-the-oceans/>

"The Motagua River basin, the largest in Guatemala, covers an area of nearly
17,000 square kilometres in a 486 kilometres path along 96 municipalities. This
enormous and vital watercourse, which empties into the Caribbean Sea,

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Communist-era apartment blocks dominate Eastern Europe – now they're being transformed

Sat, 4 May 2024 19:56:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240403-the-race-to-retrofit-europes-ex-communist-housing>

'From Prague to Plovdiv, engineers and architects are giving a second life to
communist-built apartment blocks in Central and Eastern Europe, ready for the
climate change era.

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Dowara Kanda Tech Uyapï: Preserving Leco Indigenous Culture and Key Ecosystems in Bolivia

Sun, 5 May 2024 03:38:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.andesamazonfund.org/country/dowara-kanda-tech-uyapi-victory-for-ecosystems-and-leco-sovereignty/>

"Andes Amazon Fund applauds the creation of the Dowara Kanda Tech Uyapï
municipal conservation area in Bolivia. Spanning 61,168 acres (24,754 ha), the
new conservation area represents a major victory for the Leco people, an

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‘Simply mind-boggling’: world record temperature jump in Antarctic raises fears of catastrophe

Sun, 5 May 2024 03:39:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/06/simply-mind-boggling-world-record-temperature-jump-in-antarctic-raises-fears-of-catastrophe>

"On 18 March, 2022, scientists at the Concordia research station on the east
Antarctic plateau documented a remarkable event. They recorded the largest jump
in temperature ever measured at a meteorological centre on Earth. According to

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‘Our now-weary bodies have held on’: 109-year-old Tulsa massacre survivors get day in court

Sun, 5 May 2024 03:44:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/03/tulsa-race-massacre-restitution-oklahoma>

"The two remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, thought to be the
worst single act of white supremacist violence against African Americans in US
history, attended a momentous hearing on Tuesday. The supreme court of Oklahoma

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The suitcase-sized kit helping to rid the Philippines of one of history’s great killers

Sun, 5 May 2024 03:45:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/apr/02/the-suitcase-sized-kit-helping-to-rid-the-philippines-of-one-of-historys-great-killers>

"Electricity cables slung low across the roads mean that only small vehicles
can make their way through the bustling neighbourhood around Manila’s Karuhatan
health centre. The clinic, in the same unit as a fire station and nursery,

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Restoration is possible: the hunt for Scotland’s ancient wild pinewoods

Sun, 5 May 2024 03:48:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/06/hunt-for-scotlands-ancient-wild-pinewoods-restoration>

"James Rainey reads trees like most people read signposts.

The senior ecologist with the rewilding charity Trees for Life is using a small

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‘Enormously exciting’: farm to create biggest natural grassland in southern England

Sun, 5 May 2024 03:49:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/29/farm-create-biggest-natural-grassland-southern-england>

"The rolling hills south of Salisbury Plain are a bleak scene of vast arable
fields and tightly grazed pasture dotted with scores of sheep.

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Solarpunk started out as a speculative fiction genre. Now it informs sustainable architecture and design

Sun, 5 May 2024 12:27:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-07/solarpunk-design-architecture-sustainable-future/103667452>

'Who knew the iconic Hills Hoist could be considered solarpunk?

Solarpunk is a futurist movement that began in speculative fiction and sci-fi

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King tides cause new levels of devastation in Tuvalu, as nation weighs up Falepili Union treaty

Sun, 5 May 2024 12:28:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-07/tuvalu-weighs-falepili-union-treaty-king-tides/103669542>

'Angela Telupe watched her backyard flood as a king tide tightened its grip on
the main island of Tuvalu.

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Historic Indigenous-Led Conservation Agreement for Northwest Territories Nears Completion in Canada

Sun, 5 May 2024 12:29:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2024/03/19/historic-indigenous-led-conservation-agreement-for-northwest-territories-nears-completion-in-canada>

"At 135 million hectares—nearly the size of Alaska—the Northwest Territories
(NWT) in Canada is the second largest territory in the world’s second largest
country. And it is here that 23 Indigenous governments—80% of those in the

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‘Nature Knows No Borders’: UN Conference on Migratory Species Concludes With Landmark Agreements

Sun, 5 May 2024 12:31:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://earth.org/conference-on-migratory-species-landmark-agreements/

"Twice a year, hundreds of millions of creatures, from small butterflies to
colossal whales, embark on a long journey around the globe. Guided by the stars
or the Earth’s magnetic field, they swim, fly, or walk thousands of miles,

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Murray Darling’s reintroduced Numbat populations recovering post-drought

Sun, 5 May 2024 12:32:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.australianwildlife.org/murray-darlings-reintroduced-numbat-populations-recovering-post-drought/>

"Reintroduced populations of Australia’s endangered Numbat appear to be
increasing within wildlife sanctuaries in the lower Murray Darling Basin, five
years after the 2018/19 drought triggered a decline in populations. Ecologists

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Bilby bonanza brings on burrowing blitz

Sun, 5 May 2024 12:32:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.australianwildlife.org/bilby-bonanza-brings-on-burrowing-blitz/>

"Populations of the Bilby, Australia’s answer to the Easter bunny, continue to
grow, with more than 3,300 individuals protected across a network of six feral
predator-free fenced areas managed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).

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The soft life: why millennials are quitting the rat race

Sun, 5 May 2024 19:12:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/apr/02/soft-life-why-millennials-are-quitting-the-rat-race>

"Rose Gardner did everything right. Straight As at school and college, a
first-class degree from a top university, a master’s. She got a job in
publishing and rose through the ranks of some of the industry’s most

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An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet

Sun, 5 May 2024 19:13:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/originals/series/an-optimists-guide-to-the-planet>

"An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet captures Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s search
for people across the globe who are helping drive humanity toward a brighter,
more sustainable future."

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Spain’s plan to ban domestic flights where you can take a train in under two and half hours

Sun, 5 May 2024 19:14:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/02/23/spains-plan-to-ban-domestic-flights-where-you-can-take-a-train-in-under-two-and-half-hours>

"Spain is banning some short-haul domestic flights as part of its plan to
reduce carbon emissions.

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Rewilding in Argentina helps giant anteaters return to south Brazil

Sun, 5 May 2024 19:15:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/02/rewilding-in-argentina-helps-giant-anteaters-return-to-south-brazil/>

"Playing back hours of footage from a camera trap set in Espinilho State Park
in the south of Brazil in August 2023, Fábio Mazim and his team banked on
possible sightings of the maned wolf or the Pantanal deer and had their fingers

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Ten Organizations Join Forces To Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking In Global Supply Chains

Sun, 5 May 2024 19:17:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://worldanimalnews.com/ten-organizations-unite-to-combat-illegal-wildlife-trafficking-in-global-supply-chains/>

"Wildlife crime continues to pose a significant threat to biodiversity, local
and national economies, as well as national and international security. The
illicit trafficking of wildlife not only endangers countless species but also

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Companies turn obsolete satellite antennas in Swiss Alps into highly efficient power sources: 'Ideal as solar energy systems'

Sun, 5 May 2024 19:18:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thecooldown.com/green-tech/swiss-alps-solar-panels-satellite-antennas/>

'Huge, unused satellite antennas that dot the Swiss Alps are being repurposed
for clean energy generation.

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CATL announces electric vehicle battery with 1.5 million kilometre warranty

Mon, 6 May 2024 04:26:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/03/catl-announces-electric-vehicle-battery-with-1-5-million-kilometre-warranty/>

"The world’s largest battery maker CATL has announced a new electric vehicle
battery pack with a 1.5 million kilometre, 15 year warranty. For reference the
average Australian passenger car drives less than 15,000 km per year so a 1.5

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Margaret River 'climate refuge' for vulnerable possums affected by hotter temperatures, researchers say

Mon, 6 May 2024 04:28:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-08/margaret-river-identified-as-climate-refuge-vulnerable-possums/103674368>

'A West Australian region renowned for its wine industry and surfing spots will
be a future refuge for possums affected by climate change, new research has
found.

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Pockets of opportunity: Seattle startup’s clothing line looks to end inequality in women’s workwear

Mon, 6 May 2024 04:29:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.geekwire.com/2024/pockets-of-opportunity-clothing-line-from-seattle-startup-looks-to-end-an-inequality-in-womens-workwear/>

"Aditi Sinha was working at Amazon, as the worldwide marketing leader for Prime
Day and other global shopping events for the e-commerce giant, when she reached
a tipping point on a specific issue.

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Crying Myself to Sleep on the Biggest Cruise Ship Ever

Mon, 6 May 2024 04:31:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2024/05/royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-icon-of-seas/677838/>

"MY FIRST GLIMPSE of Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, from the window of
an approaching Miami cab, brings on a feeling of vertigo, nausea, amazement,
and distress. I shut my eyes in defense, as my brain tells my optic nerve to

(More...)

The Southern Ocean has the cleanest air on Earth. We have just discovered why

Mon, 6 May 2024 04:32:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-southern-ocean-has-the-cleanest-air-on-earth-we-have-just-discovered-why-226811>

"The Southern Ocean is renowned for having the cleanest air on Earth. But the
precise reasons why have remained a mystery, until now.

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Assisted living managers say an algorithm prevented hiring enough staff

Mon, 6 May 2024 04:35:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.md/RqEVA

"Two decades ago, a group of senior-housing executives came up with a way to
raise revenue and reduce costs at assisted-living homes. Using stopwatches,
they timed caregivers performing various tasks, from making beds to changing

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In heavily militarised Kashmir, the upcoming India elections do not inspire much hope

Mon, 6 May 2024 13:06:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-heavily-militarised-kashmir-the-upcoming-india-elections-do-not-inspire-much-hope-225281>

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is favoured to win a third term in office
when the country holds its massive general election, starting on April 19.

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Many-shot jailbreaking

Mon, 6 May 2024 13:07:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.anthropic.com/research/many-shot-jailbreaking

"We investigated a “jailbreaking” technique — a method that can be used to
evade the safety guardrails put in place by the developers of large language
models (LLMs). The technique, which we call “many-shot jailbreaking”, is

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Money transporter Armaguard is in peril. Could cash be dead sooner than we think?

Mon, 6 May 2024 13:08:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/money-transporter-armaguard-is-in-peril-could-cash-be-dead-sooner-than-we-think-226957>

"If you’ve ever taken money out at an Australian ATM, been handed $20 change at
a supermarket or paid someone in cash, you’ve probably used the services of
Armaguard.

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Letters from an American: April 7, 2024

Mon, 6 May 2024 13:09:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/april-7-2024-sunday

"In August 1870 a U.S. exploring expedition headed out from Montana toward the
Yellowstone River into land the U.S. government had recognized as belonging to
different Indigenous tribes.

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Why is Australia helping to block a move to tax multinational corporations properly?

Mon, 6 May 2024 13:10:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-is-australia-helping-to-block-a-move-to-tax-multinational-corporations-properly-219305>

"Australia talks a big game on global tax avoidance.

It has prepared draft legislation it says will make sure all companies with

(More...)

Copyright Nonsense Is Back? Spain’s On Again, Off Again Telegram Block

Mon, 6 May 2024 13:11:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/04/copyright-nonsense-is-back-spains-on-again-off-again-telegram-block/>

"In a bizarre turn of events over the past few weeks, Spain’s high court
ordered a ban on Telegram because some users (gasp!) used the tool to share
copyright-protected content. The judge then suspended his own order a few days

(More...)

50 years on, Advance Australia Fair no longer reflects the values of many. What could replace it?

Mon, 6 May 2024 19:25:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/50-years-on-advance-australia-fair-no-longer-reflects-the-values-of-many-what-could-replace-it-226737>

"On April 8 1974, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam announced to parliament the
nation’s new national anthem: Advance Australia Fair.

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Restricting Flipper Is A Zero Accountability Approach To Security

Mon, 6 May 2024 19:25:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/05/restricting-flipper-is-a-zero-accountability-approach-to-security/>

"On February 8, François-Philippe Champagne, the Canadian Minister of
Innovation, Science and Industry, announced Canada would ban devices used in
keyless car theft. The only device mentioned by name was the Flipper Zero—the

(More...)

Germany Still Locking Up Some Laws Behind Copyright

Mon, 6 May 2024 19:28:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/05/germany-still-locking-up-some-laws-behind-copyright/>

"It is often said that “ignorance of the law is no defense.” But the corollary
of this statement is that laws must be freely available so that people can find
them, read them and obey them. Secret laws, or laws that are hard to access,

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SDGs: the five major projects of Bassirou Diomaye Faye, Senegal’s president-elect

Mon, 6 May 2024 19:29:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.afrik21.africa/en/sdgs-the-five-major-projects-of-bassirou-diomaye-faye-senegals-president-elect/>

"Following the presidential election in Senegal on 24 March 2024, results from
polling stations published by the Senegalese press give an advantage to the
opposition candidate, Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye. If these results are

(More...)

Lego's "Dungeons & Dragons" Set Is One Hell of an Adventure

Mon, 6 May 2024 19:30:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://gizmodo.com/lego-dungeons-and-dragons-review-dnd-red-dragon-1851394208>

"Every once in while, Lego will get a crack at a collaboration it’s never done
before and go all out like it’ll never get to do so ever again. Few sets in
recent history have felt like that quite like the company’s big 50th birthday

(More...)

We saw one of the most powerful magnets in the Universe come to life – and our theories can’t quite explain it

Mon, 6 May 2024 19:31:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-saw-one-of-the-most-powerful-magnets-in-the-universe-come-to-life-and-our-theories-cant-quite-explain-it-226312>

"After a decade of silence, one of the most powerful magnets in the universe
suddenly burst back to life in late 2018. The reawakening of this “magnetar”, a
city-sized star named XTE J1810-197 born from a supernova explosion, was an

(More...)

Coastal wetlands can’t keep pace with sea-level rise, and infrastructure is leaving them nowhere to go

Tue, 7 May 2024 03:18:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/coastal-wetlands-cant-keep-pace-with-sea-level-rise-and-infrastructure-is-leaving-them-nowhere-to-go-226851>

"Wetlands have flourished along the world’s coastlines for thousands of years,
playing valuable roles in the lives of people and wildlife. They protect the
land from storm surge, stop seawater from contaminating drinking water

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Australia among hotspots for toxic ‘forever chemicals’, study of PFAS levels finds

Tue, 7 May 2024 03:19:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/09/australia-among-hotspots-for-toxic-forever-chemicals-study-of-pfas-levels-finds>

"High levels of so-called forever chemicals have been found in surface and
groundwater all over the world, with Australia one of several hotspots for
toxic PFAS, a University of New South Wales study has found.

(More...)

A person in Texas caught bird flu after mixing with dairy cattle. Should we be worried?

Tue, 7 May 2024 03:20:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-person-in-texas-caught-bird-flu-after-mixing-with-dairy-cattle-should-we-be-worried-227223>

"The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued
a health alert after the first case of H5N1 avian influenza, or bird flu,
seemingly spread from a cow to a human.

(More...)

Regional Australia needs health workers and teachers – but it has to have childcare first

Tue, 7 May 2024 03:21:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/09/regional-australia-health-workers-teachers-childcare>

"One of my enduring memories as a mother with a 12-month-old infant was
covering the 1998 constitutional convention at Old Parliament House in
Canberra.

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We can’t eradicate deadly cane toads – but there’s a way to stop them killing wildlife

Tue, 7 May 2024 03:22:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-cant-eradicate-deadly-cane-toads-but-theres-a-way-to-stop-them-killing-wildlife-224744>

"Australia can claim more than its fair share of environmental blunders, but
the introduction of cane toads in 1935 surely ranks as one of the worst.

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Big Auto lies, so we made a video about it

Tue, 7 May 2024 03:23:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnSocz4amY

"The Federal Government has released legislation for a New Vehicle Efficiency
Standard for new Aussie cars, utes and vans in Parliament. This is an important
way to cut petrol bills and clean up climate pollution from our vehicles in one

(More...)

What is metabolism? A biochemist explains how different people convert energy differently − and why that matters for your health

Tue, 7 May 2024 12:10:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-metabolism-a-biochemist-explains-how-different-people-convert-energy-differently-and-why-that-matters-for-your-health-211816>

"If you’ve spent any time scrolling through the health and wellness corners of
social media, you’ve likely come across many products claiming to improve your
metabolism. But what exactly is your metabolism?

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Slow Down: It’s The Best Way To See Climate Change Solutions

Tue, 7 May 2024 12:11:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/the-new-climate/slow-down-its-the-best-way-to-see-climate-change-solutions-d8934e21364f>

"“How much better off would we all be if we just slowed down a little, took a
good look around, and allowed ourselves to truly see what was right before us?
The possibilities are endless. We might even stumble upon a possible solution

(More...)

Turning camels into cows: megafarms are being set up to produce camel milk on industrial scales

Tue, 7 May 2024 12:12:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/turning-camels-into-cows-megafarms-are-being-set-up-to-produce-camel-milk-on-industrial-scales-223485>

"The camel may be the next cow.

An animal that once grazed and browsed over huge distances is increasingly

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Australian elite seek to divert Russia’s $9b ‘dirty money’ to Ukraine

Tue, 7 May 2024 12:13:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/australian-elite-seek-to-divert-russia-s-9b-dirty-money-to-ukraine-20240408-p5fi55.html>

"Billions of dollars in Russian assets frozen by Australian authorities should
be confiscated and put towards financial support for Ukraine, a group of
prominent Australians say, as they urge the federal government to join other

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A Discrimination Report Card

Tue, 7 May 2024 12:14:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://bfi.uchicago.edu/insight/research-summary/a-discrimination-report-card/>

"Twenty years ago, Chicago Booth economists Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil
Mullainathan published a seminal paper that studied racial discrimination in
the labor market by sending fictitious resumes to help-wanted ads in Boston and

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South Africa is to shut down captive lion farms. Experts warn the plan needs a deadline

Tue, 7 May 2024 12:15:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/south-africa-is-to-shut-down-captive-lion-farms-experts-warn-the-plan-needs-a-deadline-227258>

"The South African government has officially confirmed that captive lion farms
will be shut down. A new ministerial task team report just released has
cemented the government’s intention, first made public in 2021, to put an end

(More...)

Today we are getting an update on the Great Barrier Reef. No I don’t want to either

Tue, 7 May 2024 20:12:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2024/apr/08/today-we-are-getting-an-update-on-the-great-barrier-reef-no-i-dont-want-to-either>

"Slowing anthropogenic climate change is the ONLY thing that will save the
reef"

(More...)

Rebuilding Gaza was seen as a ‘Herculean’ task before Oct. 7; six months of bombing has led to crises that will long outlive the war

Tue, 7 May 2024 20:13:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/rebuilding-gaza-was-seen-as-a-herculean-task-before-oct-7-six-months-of-bombing-has-led-to-crises-that-will-long-outlive-the-war-223076>

"Over a decade ago, a United Nations report described the Gaza Strip as
virtually unlivable, adding that it would require “Herculean efforts” to change
that.

(More...)

BART to offer final rides on original equipment on April 20

Tue, 7 May 2024 20:18:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/bart-to-offer-final-rides-on-original-equipment-on-april-20/>

"OAKLAND, Calif. — Bay Area Rapid Transit, the 131-mile electrified rail
network in the San Francisco Bay Area, is offering the public a last chance to
ride the 1970s-era futuristic railcars that made up its original fleet.

(More...)

Antarctica’s sea ice hit another low this year – understanding how ocean warming is driving the loss is key

Tue, 7 May 2024 20:22:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/antarcticas-sea-ice-hit-another-low-this-year-understanding-how-ocean-warming-is-driving-the-loss-is-key-225781>

"At the end of the southern summer, Antarctica’s sea ice hit its annual
minimum. By at least one measure, which tracks the area of ocean that contains
at least 15% of sea ice, it was a little above the record low of 2023.

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Peter Higgs, physicist who proposed Higgs boson, dies aged 94

Tue, 7 May 2024 20:28:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/apr/09/peter-higgs-physicist-who-discovered-higgs-boson-dies-aged-94>

"Peter Higgs, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who proposed a new particle
known as the Higgs boson, has died.

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Peter Higgs obituary

Tue, 7 May 2024 20:30:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/apr/09/peter-higgs-obituary

"In 1964 the theoretical physicist Peter Higgs, who has died aged 94, suggested
that the universe contains an all-pervading essence that can be manifested in
the form of particles. This idea inspired governments to spend billions to find

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Study finds 17 mountains at high risk of losing biodiversity under climate change

Wed, 8 May 2024 05:03:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2024-04-mountains-high-biodiversity-climate.html

"Species living in 17 mountains around the world are facing the risk of
extinction due to the rapid rate of warming attributed to climate change.
However, the establishment of additional meteorological monitoring stations in

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UBC Library digitizes Indigenous language dictionaries

Wed, 8 May 2024 05:04:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://about.library.ubc.ca/2024/04/09/ubc-library-digitizes-indigenous-language-dictionaries/>

"As part of an ongoing effort by the UBC Library Digitization Centre and
cIRcle, UBC Library is making Indigenous language dictionaries more accessible
by digitizing these works and making them available through UBC Open

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Patti Smith’s Eternal Flame

Wed, 8 May 2024 05:10:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/cuepoint/patti-smiths-eternal-flame-fcadf12a8417

"“No matter what anybody thinks about any of them,” said Patti Smith, “every
record I’ve done has been done with the same amount of care, anguish, pain,
suffering, and joy. We never threw a record together. Each record was done

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The Vatican says gender theory threatens human dignity – but Judith Butler believes the ‘threat’ is social change

Wed, 8 May 2024 05:12:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-vatican-says-gender-theory-threatens-human-dignity-but-judith-butler-believes-the-threat-is-social-change-227147>

"Review: Who’s Afraid of Gender? – Judith Butler (Allen Lane)

Gender has assumed terrifying, phantasmagorical proportions for a diverse range

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Human rights violated by Swiss inaction on climate, ECHR rules in landmark case

Wed, 8 May 2024 05:12:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/09/human-rights-violated-inaction-climate-echr-rules-landmark-case>

"Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the
European court of human rights has ruled.

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Heat from El Niño can warm oceans off West Antarctica – and melt floating ice shelves from below

Wed, 8 May 2024 05:13:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/heat-from-el-nino-can-warm-oceans-off-west-antarctica-and-melt-floating-ice-shelves-from-below-226233>

"As snow falls on Antarctica, layers build up and turn to ice. Over time, this
compressed snow has become a continent-sized glacier, or ice sheet. It’s
enormous – almost double the size of Australia and far larger than the

(More...)

Rise in activity from rightwing extremists who want to trigger ‘race war’ in Australia, Asio warns

Wed, 8 May 2024 12:30:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/10/rise-in-activity-from-right-wing-extremists-who-want-to-trigger-race-war-in-australia-asio-warns>

"Asio says violent rightwing extremists are still being inspired by the
Christchurch mosque shooting massacre carried out by an Australian man in 2019,
warning of an uptick in activity from hate groups “who want to trigger a so

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Loyalty programs may limit competition, and they could be pushing prices up for everyone

Wed, 8 May 2024 12:31:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/loyalty-programs-may-limit-competition-and-they-could-be-pushing-prices-up-for-everyone-220669>

"Loyalty programs enable firms to offer significantly lower prices to some of
their customers. You’d think this would encourage strong competition.

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Great Barrier Reef discovery overturns belief Aboriginal Australians did not make pottery, archaeologists say

Wed, 8 May 2024 12:32:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/10/great-barrier-reef-discovery-overturns-belief-aboriginal-australians-did-not-make-pottery>

"Groundbreaking archaeological research may have upended the longstanding
belief that Aboriginal Australians did not make pottery.

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Flash droughts are becoming more common in Australia. What’s causing them?

Wed, 8 May 2024 12:33:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/flash-droughts-are-becoming-more-common-in-australia-whats-causing-them-227052>

"Flash droughts strike suddenly and intensify rapidly. Often the affected areas
are in drought after just weeks or a couple of months of well-below-average
rainfall. They happen worldwide and are becoming more common, including in

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Invasive Ants Disrupt Lions' Hunting Behavior In Kenya

Wed, 8 May 2024 12:34:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/gardening-birding-and-outdoor-adventure/invasive-ants-disrupt-lions-hunting-behavior-in-kenya-7f5b05953147>

"In a remarkable, but accidental, real-life experiment demonstrating the
ecological connections between all life regardless of how great or small, a
study recently came out that documents how a tiny ant is affecting the mighty

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The limits of ice: what a 19th century expedition trapped in sea ice for a year tells us about Antarctica’s future

Wed, 8 May 2024 12:35:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-limits-of-ice-what-a-19th-century-expedition-trapped-in-sea-ice-for-a-year-tells-us-about-antarcticas-future-224063>

"In 1897, the former whaling ship RV Belgica left Antwerp in Belgium and set
sail due south. It was the first voyage of what would become known as the
Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. It did not go to plan.

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The AI Revolution and the Economy Have Killed My Highly-Skilled Job

Wed, 8 May 2024 20:19:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://writingcooperative.com/the-ai-revolution-and-the-economy-have-killed-my-highly-skilled-job-4795551399be>

"Last month, I wasn't sure whether to be livid or despondent when I saw an
academic on a local message board offering 60–70€ in exchange for someone to
copyedit her research manuscript: a book chapter. She admitted that 60–70€

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Aboriginal people made pottery and sailed to distant offshore islands thousands of years before Europeans arrived

Wed, 8 May 2024 20:20:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/aboriginal-people-made-pottery-and-sailed-to-distant-offshore-islands-thousands-of-years-before-europeans-arrived-226391>

"Pottery was largely unknown in Australia before the recent past, despite
well-known pottery traditions in nearby Papua New Guinea and the islands of the
western Pacific. The absence of ancient Indigenous pottery in Australia has

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One YouTuber’s Quest For Political Action To Preserve Old Video Games

Wed, 8 May 2024 20:21:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/08/one-youtubers-quest-for-political-action-to-preserve-old-video-games/>

"In all of the posts we have done on the topic of video game preservation, I
have often made the point that it’s probably long past time that there be some
sort of political action to address the real or potential disappearance of

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Quiet on Set highlights how we don’t keep child stars safe – in Hollywood or online

Wed, 8 May 2024 20:22:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/quiet-on-set-highlights-how-we-dont-keep-child-stars-safe-in-hollywood-or-online-226826>

"The new documentary Quiet on Set investigates children’s television station
Nickelodeon from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

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A Tidal Wetland Restoration of Epic Proportions

Wed, 8 May 2024 20:27:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/south-bay-salt-pond-restoration-project-progress/>

"Water may be life, but without salt, the human body cannot retain its
benefits. And for thousands of years, a stretch of coastline south of San
Francisco has been a vital source of salt.

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At ‘Garbage Cafes,’ You Can Trade Plastic Bottles for Free Food

Wed, 8 May 2024 20:28:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/india-garbage-cafes-free-meals/

"Every morning, Akash, a 28-year-old living in Delhi, ventures out to collect
plastic in order to feed his family of four.

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What is biophilic design? 3 ways ‘green’ buildings work better for neurodivergent people

Thu, 9 May 2024 04:51:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-biophilic-design-3-ways-green-buildings-work-better-for-neurodivergent-people-226003>

"One in seven people worldwide are neurodivergent. They may have a diagnosis of
a neurodevelopmental condition such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
or autism – or traits that mean their thinking style differs from neurotypical

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Yes, beavers can help stop wildfires. And more places in California are embracing them

Thu, 9 May 2024 04:52:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-03-26/beavers-can-help-mitigate-megafires-california>

"A vast burn scar unfolds in drone footage of a landscape seared by massive
wildfires north of Lake Tahoe. But amid the expanses of torched trees and gray
soil, an unburnt island of lush green emerges.

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Adelaide is losing 75,000 trees a year. Tree-removal laws must be tightened if we want our cities to be liveable and green

Thu, 9 May 2024 04:53:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/adelaide-is-losing-75-000-trees-a-year-tree-removal-laws-must-be-tightened-if-we-want-our-cities-to-be-liveable-and-green-216990>

"Large areas of concrete and asphalt absorb and radiate heat, creating an
“urban heat island effect”. It puts cities at risk of overheating as they are
several degrees warmer than surrounding areas.

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How Copyright May Destroy Our Access To The World’s Academic Knowledge

Thu, 9 May 2024 04:55:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/09/how-copyright-may-destroy-our-access-to-the-worlds-academic-knowledge/>

"The shift from analogue to digital has had a massive impact on most aspects of
life. One area where that shift has the potential for huge benefits is in the
world of academic publishing. Academic papers are costly to publish and

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The heat is on: what we know about why ocean temperatures keep smashing records

Thu, 9 May 2024 04:55:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-heat-is-on-what-we-know-about-why-ocean-temperatures-keep-smashing-records-226115>

"Over the last year, our oceans have been hotter than any time ever recorded.
Our instrumental record covers the last 150 years. But based on proxy
observations, we can say our oceans are now hotter than well before the rise of

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Great Barrier Reef suffering ‘most severe’ coral bleaching on record as footage shows damage 18 metres down

Thu, 9 May 2024 04:57:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/11/great-barrier-reef-severe-coral-bleaching-impact>

"Concern that the Great Barrier Reef may be suffering the most severe mass
coral bleaching event on record has escalated after a conservation group
released footage showing damage up to 18 metres below the surface.

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Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation natural gas ban is dead. But is the battle over?

Thu, 9 May 2024 12:15:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/09/berkeley-natural-gas-ban-lawsuit-repeal>

"Four years ago, Berkeley made history when it became the first city in the US
to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings.

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Roads of destruction: we found vast numbers of illegal ‘ghost roads’ used to crack open pristine rainforest

Thu, 9 May 2024 12:16:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/roads-of-destruction-we-found-vast-numbers-of-illegal-ghost-roads-used-to-crack-open-pristine-rainforest-227222>

"One of Brazil’s top scientists, Eneas Salati, once said, “The best thing you
could do for the Amazon rainforest is to blow up all the roads.” He wasn’t
joking. And he had a point.

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Slovakia plans to be coal-free by 2024, 6 years earlier than originally planned

Thu, 9 May 2024 12:17:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/03/28/slovakia-plans-to-be-coal-free-by-2024-6-years-earlier-than-originally-planned>

"Slovakia stopped production at its last coal-fired power plant this week. Its
electricity will now come almost entirely from nuclear and renewable sources.

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Bird flu pushes US dairy farmers to ban visitors, chop trees

Thu, 9 May 2024 12:19:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/bird-flu-pushes-us-dairy-farmers-ban-visitors-chop-trees-2024-04-11/>

"CHICAGO, April 11 (Reuters) - Dairy farmers in the United States are raising
their defenses to try to contain the spread of bird flu: banning visitors,
cutting down trees to discourage wild birds from landing, and disinfecting

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‘It doesn’t matter where you come from’: regional youth orchestras help fight music education inequality

Thu, 9 May 2024 12:20:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/it-doesnt-matter-where-you-come-from-regional-youth-orchestras-help-fight-music-education-inequality-223448>

"The pursuit of the dream of classical music is not an equal playing field.

My recent study looked at the inequalities rural and regional young classical

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Breakthrough Asthma Study Reveals a Trigger We've Never Noticed Before

Thu, 9 May 2024 12:21:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/breakthrough-asthma-study-reveals-a-trigger-weve-never-noticed-before>

'More than 1,000 people die each day from asthma, a condition that restricts
the airway and prevents sufficient oxygen from getting where it's needed.

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We Need Pandemic Solidarity: A Blueprint for the Long Future

Thu, 9 May 2024 19:30:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.pandemicsolidarity.org/political-statement

"Guided by deep love for our ancestors, elders, youth, and all of us living in
isolation, we come together as a Black-led multiracial group based in occupied
North America representing a tapestry of genders, ages, lived experiences, and

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Liberals joined conservatives to mainstream anti-vax beliefs about viruses and public health

Thu, 9 May 2024 19:32:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.thegauntlet.news/p/liberals-joined-conservatives-to

"There are few groups so reviled in liberal circles as the anti-vaxxers. Seen
as embarrassingly anti-science and anti-social to boot, the popular anti-vaxxer
archetype is a shrill, loudly wrong grifter straight out of YouTube Medical

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IDEFIX's instagram

Thu, 9 May 2024 19:34:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://mastodon.online/@elizabethtasker/112251551661645794

"The German Space Agency, DLR, has been creating these adorable cartoons for
Instagram about the rover jointly developed by DLR & CNES (French Space Agency)
that will travel with JAXA's Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission to Mars's

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How do we evaluate people for their technical leadership?

Thu, 9 May 2024 19:36:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://chelseatroy.com/2024/03/29/how-do-we-evaluate-people-for-their-technical-leadership/>

"In February some years ago, my then-manager surprised me with a damning
performance review.

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Through gardens, these Native communities are cultivating a solution to climate change

Thu, 9 May 2024 19:37:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/through-gardens-these-native-communities-are-cultivating-a-solution-to-climate-change>

"As he peels back the husk of corn grown in his garden, Miko Brandon reveals
deep red kernels hiding underneath.

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Gilmour Space's Eris rocket to ignite crowds at Abbot Point's new Bowen Orbital Spaceport launch pad

Thu, 9 May 2024 19:38:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-12/gilmour-space-prepares-to-launch-australian-first-eris-rocket/103695162>

'When brothers Adam and James Gilmour came up with a plan to build and launch
the first Australian-made orbital rocket, people thought they were "crazy".

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If you squat in a vacant property, does the law give you the house for free? Well, sort of

Fri, 10 May 2024 04:51:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/if-you-squat-in-a-vacant-property-does-the-law-give-you-the-house-for-free-well-sort-of-227556>

"Nothing excites law students like the idea of a free house. Or alternatively,
enrages them. It depends on their politics. As a result, academics condemned to
teaching property law find it hard to resist the “doctrine of adverse

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Why an intention to conserve an area for only 25 years should not count for Australia’s target of protecting 30% of land

Fri, 10 May 2024 04:52:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-an-intention-to-conserve-an-area-for-only-25-years-should-not-count-for-australias-target-of-protecting-30-of-land-227558>

"Protected areas have been the cornerstone of efforts to conserve nature for
more than a century. Most countries have some form of protected areas, national
parks being the best-known examples. A key element of protected areas is that

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Australia could reach an ‘ambitious’ emissions cut of up to 75% by 2035, advisers tell Labor

Fri, 10 May 2024 04:53:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/12/australia-could-reach-an-ambitious-emissions-cut-of-up-to-75-by-2035-advisers-tell-labor>

"Australia could meet an “ambitious” target to cut national greenhouse gases by
at least 65% and up to 75% by 2035, according to an initial assessment by the
Albanese government’s climate advisory body.

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Israel accused of using AI to target thousands in Gaza, as killer algorithms outpace international law

Fri, 10 May 2024 04:55:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/israel-accused-of-using-ai-to-target-thousands-in-gaza-as-killer-algorithms-outpace-international-law-227453>

"The Israeli army used a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to generate
lists of tens of thousands of human targets for potential airstrikes in Gaza,
according to a report published last week. The report comes from the nonprofit

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Australia’s back yard chicken owners urged to implement biosecurity measures in case of bird flu outbreak

Fri, 10 May 2024 04:56:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/12/australias-back-yard-chicken-owners-urged-to-implement-biosecurity-measures-in-case-of-bird-flu-outbreak>

"Back yard chicken owners in Australia have been urged to implement biosecurity
measures to prevent contact with wild birds in the wake of a global avian
influenza outbreak.

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Friday essay: ‘too many Aboriginal babies’ – Australia’s secret history of Aboriginal population control in the 1960s

Fri, 10 May 2024 04:57:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-too-many-aboriginal-babies-australias-secret-history-of-aboriginal-population-control-in-the-1960s-189249>

"The 1967 referendum is celebrated for its promise that First Nations people of
Australia would be counted. But when they were, many white experts decided the
Aboriginal population was growing too fast – and took steps to stop this

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The 30-year hunt to find the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert bus: ‘My jaw was on the ground’

Fri, 10 May 2024 11:58:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/apr/11/the-30-year-hunt-to-find-the-priscilla-queen-of-the-desert-bus-my-jaw-was-on-the-ground>

"Thirty years ago, a humble silver bus was transformed into a cinematic icon
when the low-budget Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the
Desert
 became a heart-warming, Oscar-winning smash hit.

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The past in a different light: how Māori embraced – and rejected – the colonial camera lens

Fri, 10 May 2024 12:00:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-past-in-a-different-light-how-maori-embraced-and-rejected-the-colonial-camera-lens-225785>

"By the 1870s, photography was a ubiquitous presence in the colonial life of
Aotearoa New Zealand. For Māori, however, it was also a colonising tool – part
of the colonial practices of land alienation, war and propaganda that affected

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Banquet room with preserved frescoes unearthed among Pompeii ruins

Fri, 10 May 2024 12:02:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/apr/11/banquet-room-with-preserved-frescoes-unearthed-among-pompeii-ruins>

"A banquet room replete with well preserved frescoes depicting characters
inspired by the Trojan war has been unearthed among the ruins of Pompeii in
what has been described as one of the most striking discoveries ever made at

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Hawaii is "on the verge of a greater catastrophe," locals say, as water crisis continues

Fri, 10 May 2024 12:03:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hawaii-water-crisis-climate-change/

'In Hawaii, one of the most important sayings is ola i ka wai, "water is
life" — a phrase that not only sums up what it means to exist on an island, but
what it means to live, period. But now, one of the largest of the island

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Fossil beetles found in a Botswana diamond mine help us to reconstruct the distant past

Fri, 10 May 2024 12:05:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/fossil-beetles-found-in-a-botswana-diamond-mine-help-us-to-reconstruct-the-distant-past-226661>

"When most people think of fossils they probably picture bones. But there’s
much more to the global fossil record: plants, shells, minerals and insects.
The study of fossil insects is called palaeoentomology. Palaeoentomologists

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Stopping China and decarbonization: what kind of sense does that make?

Fri, 10 May 2024 12:06:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/stopping-china-and-decarbonization-what-kind-of-sense-does-that-make-e503b2a20ce7>

'During her visit to China last week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said
that her country is considering imposing heavy tariffs on imported Chinese
products such as EVs, solar panels and lithium batteries, arguing: "China is

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Peter Higgs was one of the greats of particle physics. He transformed what we know about the building blocks of the universe

Fri, 10 May 2024 19:17:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/peter-higgs-was-one-of-the-greats-of-particle-physics-he-transformed-what-we-know-about-the-building-blocks-of-the-universe-227638>

"Peter Higgs, who gave his name to the subatomic particle known as the Higgs
boson, has died aged 94. He was always a modest man, especially when
considering that he was one of the greats of particle physics – the area of

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Trillions of tonnes of carbon locked in soil has been left out of environmental models – and it’s on the move

Fri, 10 May 2024 19:18:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/trillions-of-tonnes-of-carbon-locked-in-soil-has-been-left-out-of-environmental-models-and-its-on-the-move-227597>

"We all know about the carbon in Earth’s atmosphere, and probably about the
carbon contained in plants and the bodies of animals. But a substantial
fraction of the carbon in the planet’s land-based ecosystems is held in

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Australia urged to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 at latest

Fri, 10 May 2024 19:21:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/09/australia-urged-to-ban-sales-of-new-petrol-and-diesel-vehicles-by-2035-at-latest/>

"Petrol and diesel vehicles should be banned from sale by 2035 and households
encouraged to get rid of one of their family cars, according to a new report
which found Australia had the potential to halve its transport emissions by

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India elections: ‘Our rule of law is under attack from our own government, but the world does not see this’

Fri, 10 May 2024 19:22:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/india-elections-our-rule-of-law-is-under-attack-from-our-own-government-but-the-world-does-not-see-this-226889>

"On a crisp winter morning in February 2023, I meet one of my South Delhi
neighbours, a lawyer in India’s supreme court, in a local cafe. As an avid
promoter of religious minority rights, known for his commitment to the

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The triumph of vinyl: Vintage is back as LP sales continue to skyrocket

Fri, 10 May 2024 19:23:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-triumph-of-vinyl-vintage-is-back-as-lp-sales-continue-to-skyrocket-225662>

"Previously relegated to the dustbin of media history, the vinyl LP has
undergone a revival during the past decade to once again become the best
selling physical format for recorded music today.

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Putin Orders Russian Tech Companies To Somehow Make Competitive Game Console In 3 Months

Sat, 11 May 2024 04:07:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/10/putin-orders-russian-tech-companies-to-somehow-make-competitive-game-console-in-3-months/>

"Back when Vladimir Putin launched his aggressive war on Ukraine, even before
western government sanctions began rolling out, the video game industry started
its own mini warfront on Russia. Companies began suspending sales in Russia

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Pivot to AI: Hallucinations worsen as the money runs out

Sat, 11 May 2024 04:08:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2024/04/11/pivot-to-ai-hallucinations-worsen-as-the-money-runs-out/>

"A vision came to us in a dream — and certainly not from any nameable person —
on the current state of the venture capital-fueled AI and machine learning
industry. We asked around and several others who work in the field concurred

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An Only Slightly Modest Proposal: If AI Companies Want More Content, They Should Fund Reporters, And Lots Of Them

Sat, 11 May 2024 04:09:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/11/an-only-slightly-modest-proposal-if-ai-companies-want-more-content-they-should-fund-reporters-and-lots-of-them/>

"In Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” he satirized politicians who were out
of touch and were treating the poor as an inconvenience, rather than a sign of
human suffering and misery. So, he took what seemed like two big problems,

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Australian government, media silent on last COVID wave that killed one thousand people

Sat, 11 May 2024 04:11:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2024/04/09/neaj-a09.html

"Over the summer period, Australia was wracked by its sharpest wave of COVID
illness and death in six months, with well over a thousand lives lost. The vast
majority of people would have no knowledge of the toll, however, because it has

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Tons of Chocolate and Wine Arrive on World’s Largest Cargo Sailboat

Sat, 11 May 2024 04:14:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://untappedcities.com/2024/04/12/grain-de-sail-ll/

"At Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, New Yorkers can find the world’s
largest cargo sailboat, Grain de Sail II. The wind-powered ship arrived in
New York on Wednesday with 350 tons of goods. Everything from Grain de Sail

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Eight Promising 2024 Video Games You Might Not Know About

Sat, 11 May 2024 04:17:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@ZackkWrites/eight-promising-2024-video-games-you-might-not-know-about-1512404396c8>

"It’s well known at this point that 2023 was a truly stellar year for video
games. Alan Wake 2Spider-Man 2Baldur’s Gate 3, and more. I could go
on, but I won’t, so instead you should read my piece on the best games of 2023

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Couple hand building hemp house in Victoria in pursuit of tranquillity and cheaper power bills

Sat, 11 May 2024 12:12:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-14/swan-hill-couple-build-hemp-house-for-cheaper-power-bills/103694540>

'When retired schoolteacher Neil Preston and his wife Carol set out to build
their dream home in Victoria's Murray River region, they knew exactly what they
did not want.

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Mainstream NDIS providers failed Will, so he built his own support service for neurodiverse people to game together

Sat, 11 May 2024 12:13:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-14/act-video-games-ndis-service-solution-broken-disability-system/103695684>

'He struggled through school, feared he wouldn't have coped at university, and
lives with a genetic condition, but somehow Will Golding has used his
disability to create his dream career.

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Cobb & Co commemorative mail coach run marks 100th anniversary of last great trip

Sat, 11 May 2024 12:14:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-14/mail-run-marks-100th-anniversary-of-last-cobb-and-co-trip/103689394>

'It's around four hours' drive to Adelaide from the south-east rural township
of Penola.

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If you build it, will they come? Insect community responses to habitat establishment at solar energy facilities in Minnesota, USA

Sat, 11 May 2024 12:16:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ad0f72

"Global declines in insect populations have important implications for
biodiversity and food security. To offset these declines, habitat restoration
and enhancement in agricultural landscapes could mutually safeguard insect

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Is this plug taken? EV charging etiquette comes to “Modern Manners” book.

Sat, 11 May 2024 12:17:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/04/the-2024-modern-manners-book-now-includes-ev-charging-etiquette/>

"Modern life can be fraught with confusion. Should I answer my cellphone in a
crowded place? (No.) Where do I stand on an escalator? (On the right—let people
walk on the left.) And what are the social rules when it comes to recharging my

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The week in wildlife – in pictures: greedy pelican and capricorn rising

Sat, 11 May 2024 12:18:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2024/apr/12/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures-greedy-pelican-and-capricorn-rising>

"The best of this week’s wildlife photographs from around the world"

Via Khurram Wadee and Susan ****

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Green economy summit: how can Australia get more from its relationship with Vietnam?

Sat, 11 May 2024 19:56:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/green-economy-summit-how-can-australia-get-more-from-its-relationship-with-vietnam-226822>

"Next week, more than 100 green energy, technology, education and finance
companies from Australia and Vietnam will gather in Ho Chi Minh City. The
meeting is billed as the first “green economy summit” between the two nations.

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‘Grownup’ leaders are pushing us towards catastrophe, says former US climate chief

Sat, 11 May 2024 19:57:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/14/grownup-leaders-are-pushing-us-towards-catastrophe-says-former-us-climate-chief>

"Political leaders who present themselves as “grownups” while slowing the pace
of climate action are pushing the world towards deeper catastrophe, a former US
climate chief has warned.

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Majority of ASEAN people favor China over U.S., survey finds

Sat, 11 May 2024 19:58:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Majority-of-ASEAN-people-favor-China-over-U.S.-survey-finds>

'SINGAPORE — Over half of Southeast Asians would now prefer to align with
China over the U.S. if ASEAN were forced to choose between the rival
superpowers, a regional survey by a Singapore-based think tank showed Tuesday,

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Tickle vs Giggle: in a world where transgender people are under attack, this is a test case for Australia

Sat, 11 May 2024 19:59:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tickle-vs-giggle-in-a-world-where-transgender-people-are-under-attack-this-is-a-test-case-for-australia-227702>

"Around the world, the human rights of transgender people are under attack.
Media reports of trans women being vilified, excluded and discriminated against
are frequent, and the consequences of this rise in hatred towards trans people

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Fading fun at Norwescon 46 on Friday … and the future?

Sat, 11 May 2024 20:01:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://douglaslucas.com/blog/2024/04/02/fading-fun-norwescon46-friday-future/>

"On Fri. Mar. 29, I attended Norwescon 46, the annual four-day science fiction
convention nowadays based in Seattle (okay, SeaTac) that’s been running
continuously since 1978. This was my first Norwescon — which I assume means

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Landmark deal recognizes Haida Nation's title over Haida Gwaii

Sat, 11 May 2024 20:03:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-haida-gwaii-title-agreement-1.7173601>

'The B.C. government and the Council of the Haida Nation have signed an
agreement officially recognizing Haida Gwaii's Aboriginal title, more than two
decades after the nation launched a legal action seeking formal recognition.

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Murray Valley encephalitis: summer is over but mosquito-borne disease remains a risk in northern Australia

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:27:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/murray-valley-encephalitis-summer-is-over-but-mosquito-borne-disease-remains-a-risk-in-northern-australia-227573>

"Cooler temperatures are fading our memories of summer and reducing numbers of
mosquitoes in southern parts of Australia. But up north, warmer temperatures
and plenty of rain will keep mosquitoes active.

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The big dry: forests and shrublands are dying in parched Western Australia

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:28:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-big-dry-forests-and-shrublands-are-dying-in-parched-western-australia-227053>

"Perth has just had its driest six months on record, while Western Australia
sweltered through its hottest summer on record. Those records are remarkable in
their own right. But these records are having real consequences.

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‘An energy war is being waged’: former oil boss warns of price rises after Ukraine infrastructure attacks

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:29:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/14/an-energy-war-is-being-waged-former-oil-boss-warns-of-price-rises-after-ukraine-infrastructure-attacks>

"A dramatic rise in European energy prices is inevitable if the Russian
destruction of Ukrainian energy infrastructure continues unabated, the former
chief executive of Ukraine’s state-owned oil company has warned.

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Rogue waves in the ocean are much more common than anyone suspected, says new study

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:31:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/rogue-waves-in-the-ocean-are-much-more-common-than-anyone-suspected-says-new-study-225352>

"We used three-dimensional imaging of ocean waves to capture freakish seas that
produce a notorious phenomenon known as rogue waves. Our results are now
published in Physical Review Letters*.

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World’s top cosmologists convene to question conventional view of the universe

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:32:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/apr/14/worlds-top-cosmologists-convene-to-question-conventional-view-of-the-universe>

"If you zoomed out on the universe, well beyond the level of planets, stars or
galaxies, you would eventually see a vast, evenly speckled expanse with no
notable features. At least, that has been the conventional view.

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What if whales took us to court? A move to grant them legal personhood would include the right to sue

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:37:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-if-whales-took-us-to-court-a-move-to-grant-them-legal-personhood-would-include-the-right-to-sue-227335>

"In a groundbreaking declaration earlier this month, Indigenous leaders of New
Zealand and the Cook Islands signed a treaty, He Whakaputanga Moana, to
recognise whales as legal persons.

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The anti-EV brigade are pushing plug-in hybrids. But electric is still the future

Sun, 12 May 2024 12:39:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/14/the-anti-ev-brigade-are-pushing-plug-in-hybrids-but-electric-is-still-the-future/>

"Despite continued strong sales, there’s no denying the negativity surrounding
the U.S. battery electric vehicle (BEV) industry as of late.

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Massive Study Links Vaping to a Much Higher Risk of Heart Failure

Sun, 12 May 2024 12:54:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencealert.com/massive-study-links-vaping-to-a-much-higher-risk-of-heart-failure>

'In the summer of 2019, an outbreak hit America. More than 2,800 people were
hospitalized and 68 people died, US health authorities reported. The most
likely common cause – a chemical found in some vapes that damages lung tissue,

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Why are blooper reels so funny?

Sun, 12 May 2024 12:54:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://theconversation.com/why-are-blooper-reels-so-funny-221492

"Blooper reels are very popular, with some videos on YouTube racking up tens of
millions of views. It’s a curious thing: why are videos of mistakes sometimes
getting as much attention (or more!) as clips from the actual TV and movie

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6 Badass Librarians Who Changed History

Sun, 12 May 2024 12:56:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/famous-librarians-who-changed-history>

"Librarians have never been a quiet bunch: Information, after all, is power. To
mark National Library Week — typically celebrated the second full week of April
— Atlas Obscura, fittingly, went into the archives to find our favorite

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We found three new species of extinct giant kangaroo – and we don’t know why they died out when their cousins survived

Sun, 12 May 2024 12:57:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-found-three-new-species-of-extinct-giant-kangaroo-and-we-dont-know-why-they-died-out-when-their-cousins-survived-227857>

"For millions of years, giant animals or megafauna roamed the lands that are
now Australia and New Guinea. Many were like much larger versions of modern
animals.

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With democracy under threat in Narendra Modi’s India, how free and fair will this year’s election be?

Sun, 12 May 2024 12:58:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/with-democracy-under-threat-in-narendra-modis-india-how-free-and-fair-will-this-years-election-be-226321>

"India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is favoured to win reelection when
India’s 970 million voters start heading to the polls on April 19 in the
country’s massive, six-week general election.

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Wrong couple get divorced after solicitor ‘clicks wrong button’

Sun, 12 May 2024 19:54:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/apr/15/wrong-couple-divorced-solicitor-clicks-wrong-button>

"A couple were divorced by mistake after solicitors at a leading law firm made
a computer error but a senior judge has said it cannot be overturned.

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Giant pumpkin paddler Adam quite possibly the first person to float in one down Tumut River

Sun, 12 May 2024 19:56:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-16/man-turns-mammoth-400kg-pumpkin-into-a-canoe/103708438>

'The biggest pumpkin grown in Australia this year has been given a second life
as an intrepid commodore paddled it down river over the weekend.

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Climate change is causing marine ‘coldwaves’ too, killing wildlife

Sun, 12 May 2024 19:57:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-causing-marine-coldwaves-too-killing-wildlife-227781>

"The effects of ocean warming are profound and well-documented. But sometimes
changes in the patterns of winds and ocean currents cause seawater to suddenly
cool, instead.

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Global heating pushes coral reefs towards worst planet-wide mass bleaching on record

Sun, 12 May 2024 19:58:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/15/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-global-heating>

"Global heating has pushed the world’s coral reefs to a fourth planet-wide mass
bleaching event that is on track to be the most extensive on record, US
government scientists have confirmed.

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Technology denial: Columbia Law School debunks 33 biggest myths about solar, wind and EVs

Sun, 12 May 2024 19:59:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/technology-denial-columbia-law-school-debunks-33-biggest-myths-about-solar-wind-and-evs/>

"Are we forsaking food crops for solar farms? Do PV panels leach toxic
chemicals into soil and water? Will offshore wind kill hundreds of whales a
year? Does wind turbine noise make people and animals sick?

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A driving lesson with Kronk! 🚗

Sun, 12 May 2024 20:02:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.instagram.com/p/C5w-zkBOV5D/

"If you are new here, welcome! Kuzko and Kronk are two little rescue rats that
we adopted back in August. Since then, we’ve been trying to give them the best
life we can.

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Germany’s turning point: 2 years into strategic pivot, progress made bodes well for the US, NATO and the world

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:50:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/germanys-turning-point-2-years-into-strategic-pivot-progress-made-bodes-well-for-the-us-nato-and-the-world-226072>

"It has now been more than two years since German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
entered a new compound word into the jargon of global politics: “Zeitenwende.”

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Nuclear power in Australia is a really bad idea. The ban ensures that is all it is

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:51:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/nuclear-power-in-australia-is-a-really-bad-idea-the-ban-ensures-that-is-all-it-is/>

"You can’t prevent people from having bad ideas and you can’t prevent people
from talking about their bad ideas.

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East Africa’s ‘soda lakes’ are rising, threatening their iconic flamingos

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:52:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/east-africas-soda-lakes-are-rising-threatening-their-iconic-flamingos-227810>

"Huge pink flocks of millions of flamingos – flamboyances of flamingos – are
one of nature’s great spectacles. But colleagues and I have uncovered worrying
trends in the salty and highly-alkaline “soda lakes” of east Africa where most

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‘It connects us to nature’: the Muslim women finding joy in England’s woodlands

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:53:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/wellbeing/it-connects-us-to-nature-the-muslim-women-finding-joy-in-englands-woodlands/>

"The rain is lashing down hard over Thames Chase Forest Centre on a Thursday
morning in February. Ash, willow and pine are among the trees doing a decent
job of providing a canopy for the women from the Muslimah Sports Association

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The great ocean white-out

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:55:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-16/global-coral-bleaching-event-called-by-climate-agency-noaa/103649728>

"Over the last year, widespread bleaching of coral reefs has occurred in oceans
all across the planet, with America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) now officially declaring it a “global mass bleaching

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Why robots can be culturally insensitive – and how scientists are trying to fix it

Mon, 13 May 2024 04:55:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-robots-can-be-culturally-insensitive-and-how-scientists-are-trying-to-fix-it-227610>

"A robot is chatting to an elderly British man in his bedroom. The robot has a
cheery demeanour and a pleasantly high-pitched voice.

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5 reasons why the Fast-track Approvals Bill threatens NZ’s already fragile ecosystems

Mon, 13 May 2024 12:18:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/5-reasons-why-the-fast-track-approvals-bill-threatens-nzs-already-fragile-ecosystems-227888>

"Conservation “good news” stories – the release of native birds into new
habitats, for example – are always welcome. They recognise the work of
conservation staff and volunteers who do the hard slog of checking trap lines

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Major Floods, More Cracks in Russian Society

Mon, 13 May 2024 12:20:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://nadinbrzezinski.medium.com/major-floods-more-cracks-in-russian-society-999826daca1f>

'Modern societies have a fundamental social contract. It comes down to this:
even in closed societies like Russia, we can expect some response in case of a
significant emergency. It's spring, not just the season of mud but also the

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Masses of scalloped hammerheads have returned to one of Australia’s busiest beaches. But we don’t need to panic

Mon, 13 May 2024 12:21:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/masses-of-scalloped-hammerheads-have-returned-to-one-of-australias-busiest-beaches-but-we-dont-need-to-panic-227219>

"For the second year in a row, over 100 hammerheads have gathered at one of
Australia’s busiest beaches, Burleigh Beach in the Gold Coast.

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When Copper Is More Valuable Than Gold

Mon, 13 May 2024 12:22:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://notalwaysright.com/when-copper-is-more-valuable-than-gold/327151/>

"I’m not sure if this is because I work in a smaller rural hospital, but it was
something I was glad to be part of; I’m not sure we could have gotten away with
this in a larger hospital.

(More...)

Water theft laws and penalties in the Murray-Darling Basin are a dog’s breakfast. Here’s how we can fix them

Mon, 13 May 2024 12:22:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/water-theft-laws-and-penalties-in-the-murray-darling-basin-are-a-dogs-breakfast-heres-how-we-can-fix-them-227862>

"Water is one of Australia’s most valuable commodities. Rights to take water
from our nation’s largest river system, the Murray-Darling Basin, are worth
almost A$100 billion. These rights can be bought and sold or leased, with trade

(More...)

Light pollution affects coastal ecosystems too – this underwater ‘canary’ is warning of the impacts

Mon, 13 May 2024 12:23:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/light-pollution-affects-coastal-ecosystems-too-this-underwater-canary-is-warning-of-the-impacts-226599>

"In the early 20th century, canaries were used as early warning systems in coal
mines to alert miners to rising levels of carbon monoxide.

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“The unequivocal path forward:” EU adopts strong pollution laws for trucks and buses

Mon, 13 May 2024 19:11:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/17/the-unequivocal-path-forward-eu-adopts-strong-pollution-laws-for-trucks-and-buses/>

"The European Parliament has voted to adopt new regulations for heavy vehicle
emissions, sending a strong signal to manufacturers to accelerate the switch to
electric or watch their addressable market evaporate.

(More...)

Monumental folly and needless greed: how nature is suffering the consequences of climate change

Mon, 13 May 2024 19:13:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/monumental-folly-and-needless-greed-how-nature-is-suffering-the-consequences-of-climate-change-224955>

"Review: The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown – Adam
Welz (Bloomsbury Sigma)

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Anger as 'great browning' spreads along 1,000km of Australian coast

Mon, 13 May 2024 19:15:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://au.news.yahoo.com/anger-as-great-browning-spreads-along-1000km-of-australian-coast-021115851.html>

"Lush forests across Australia’s west are desperately in need of rain, as a big
dry continues to parch tens of thousands of hectares in what’s been described
as a “great browning”. Aerial photographs show pathways of brown snaking

(More...)

Survey finds generative AI proving major threat to the work of translators

Mon, 13 May 2024 19:16:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/apr/16/survey-finds-generative-ai-proving-major-threat-to-the-work-of-translators>

"More than a third of translators have lost work due to generative AI, a survey
by the Society of Authors (SoA) has found. More than four in 10 translators
said that their income has decreased because of generative AI, while more than

(More...)

Know thyself − all too well: Why Taylor Swift’s songs are philosophy

Mon, 13 May 2024 19:18:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/know-thyself-all-too-well-why-taylor-swifts-songs-are-philosophy-226167>

"Taylor Swift isn’t just a billionaire songwriter and performer. She’s also a
philosopher.

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AI isn't useless. But is it worth it?

Tue, 14 May 2024 04:29:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.citationneeded.news/ai-isnt-useless/

'As someone known for my criticism of the previous deeply flawed technology to
become the subject of the tech world's overinflated aspirations, I have had
people express surprise when I've remarked that generative artificial

(More...)

A Healthy Coral Reef Is a Symphony

Tue, 14 May 2024 04:30:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/coral-reefs-healthy-noise/

"You might have heard that the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest
collection of coral reefs, a natural wonder stretching over 1,400 miles off
Australia’s Queensland coast, hosting 400 types of coral and thousands of fish

(More...)

The Cloud Under The Sea

Tue, 14 May 2024 04:32:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/c/24070570/internet-cables-undersea-deep-repair-ships>

"The internet is carried around the world by hundreds of thousands of miles of
slender cables that sit at the bottom of the ocean.

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Clap Or AI Gets It

Tue, 14 May 2024 04:33:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://aftermath.site/humane-ai-marques-brownlee

"A recent negative review of an AI gadget – not even the one Chris wrote about;
did you know there are more? – is causing drama among the technology’s
adherents, who think we’re not being appropriately enthusiastic about AI’s

(More...)

Aectual Transforms Wood Waste Into 3D-Printed Screens Emotive of Virgin Wood

Tue, 14 May 2024 04:34:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://design-milk.com/aectual-transforms-wood-waste-into-3d-printed-screens-emotive-of-virgin-wood/>

"Large scale 3D printing has made significant headway into real world
applications. Designers in automotive, event fabrication, architectural
planning, and other industries already use the innovative technology part and

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You could help minimise harm in a public attack. Here’s what it means to be a ‘zero responder’

Tue, 14 May 2024 04:35:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/you-could-help-minimise-harm-in-a-public-attack-heres-what-it-means-to-be-a-zero-responder-227860>

"The tragic Westfield attack in Sydney highlights the vulnerability of crowded
public spaces. Six people were killed and many were injured by a knife-wielding
attacker in a short period of time.

(More...)

TechScape: How cheap, outsourced labour in Africa is shaping AI English

Tue, 14 May 2024 12:13:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/apr/16/techscape-ai-gadgest-humane-ai-pin-chatgpt>

"We’re witnessing the birth of AI-ese, and it’s not what anyone could have
guessed. Let’s delve deeper.

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Global coral bleaching caused by global warming demands a global response

Tue, 14 May 2024 12:14:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/global-coral-bleaching-caused-by-global-warming-demands-a-global-response-228022>

"The fourth global coral bleaching event, announced this week, is an urgent
wake-up call to the world.

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Kharkiv at risk of becoming ‘second Aleppo’ without US aid, mayor says

Tue, 14 May 2024 12:15:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/17/kharkiv-at-risk-of-becoming-second-aleppo-without-us-aid-mayor-ukraine-russia>

"Kharkiv is at risk of becoming “a second Aleppo” unless US politicians vote
for fresh military aid to help Ukraine obtain the air defences needed to
prevent long-range Russian attacks, the city’s mayor has warned.

(More...)

Vaccine breakthrough means no more chasing strains

Tue, 14 May 2024 12:16:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2024/04/15/vaccine-breakthrough-means-no-more-chasing-strains>

"Scientists at UC Riverside have demonstrated a new, RNA-based vaccine strategy
that is effective against any strain of a virus and can be used safely even by
babies or the immunocompromised.

(More...)

AI is making smart devices – watches, speakers, doorbells – easier to hack. Here’s how to stay safe

Tue, 14 May 2024 12:17:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ai-is-making-smart-devices-watches-speakers-doorbells-easier-to-hack-heres-how-to-stay-safe-223738>

"From asking our smart speakers for the weather to receiving personalised
advice from smartwatches, devices powered by artificial intelligence (AI) are
increasingly streamlining our routines and decision making. The technology is

(More...)

Why the kookaburra’s iconic laugh is at risk of being silenced

Tue, 14 May 2024 12:18:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-the-kookaburras-iconic-laugh-is-at-risk-of-being-silenced-208181>

"Once, while teaching a class of environmental science students in China’s
Hebei University of Science and Technology, I asked who knew what a laughing
kookaburra was. There were many blank faces. Then I tilted my head, much like a

(More...)

At least 17 dead after three Russian missiles hit Chernihiv

Tue, 14 May 2024 19:31:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/17/three-russian-missiles-hit-chernihiv-killing-wounding-civilians>

"At least 17 people have been killed and dozens injured after three Russian
missiles hit the centre of Chernihiv, a city in northern Ukraine near the
Russian border.

(More...)

Scientists at Spain meeting sound alarm over ocean warming

Tue, 14 May 2024 19:32:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2024-04-scientists-spain-alarm-ocean.html

'Scientists at a United Nations conference in Spain called Friday for more
research into the sharp rise in ocean temperatures which they warn could have
devastating consequences.

(More...)

Climate crisis: average world incomes to diminish by nearly a fifth by 2050

Tue, 14 May 2024 19:34:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/17/climate-crisis-average-world-incomes-to-drop-by-nearly-a-fifth-by-2050>

"The climate crisis will mean that average incomes will fall by almost a fifth
within the next 26 years compared with what they would have been if there was
no such crisis, according to a study that predicts the costs of damage will be

(More...)

What are 'orphan crops'? And why is there a new campaign to get them adopted?

Tue, 14 May 2024 19:35:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2024/04/18/1243513220/orphan-crops-hunger-climate-change>

'Cary Fowler was enjoying a comfortable retirement at his country home in New
York. The food activist, who's in his 70s, already has shelves full of
prestigious awards honoring his efforts to preserve the seeds of endangered

(More...)

First evidence of ancient human occupation found in giant lava tube cave in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 14 May 2024 19:35:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/first-evidence-of-ancient-human-occupation-found-in-giant-lava-tube-cave-in-saudi-arabia-227769>

"If you look from above, you can see thousands of stone structures dotting the
landscape of the Arabian peninsula. On the ground, you can find a bounty of
stone tools and ancient fireplaces scattered along the edges of ancient lakes,

(More...)

Victoria bans gas rebates and incentives for homes as shift to all-electric gathers pace

Tue, 14 May 2024 19:36:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/victoria-bans-gas-rebates-and-incentives-for-homes-as-shift-to-all-electric-gathers-pace/>

"The Victorian government has banned gas companies from offering cash
incentives or rebates to households that install major new gas appliances, or
connect to the gas network, in the latest policy move to wean the state’s homes

(More...)

Nobody Wants To Host The Olympics Anymore

Wed, 15 May 2024 04:48:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/@cailiansavage1/nobody-wants-to-host-the-olympics-anymore-a99c32fe6b05>

"The Olympics are the biggest and most prestigious sporting event on the
planet. Every four years, even people with no real interest in sports take some
time to marvel at the accomplishments of the world's greatest athletes all

(More...)

Toyota’s plug-in hybrids emit four times more CO2 than company claims

Wed, 15 May 2024 04:49:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/18/toyotas-plug-in-hybrids-emit-four-times-more-co2-than-company-claims/>

"Millions of well-meaning Toyota plug-in hybrid owners will be outraged to
learn they’ve been burning through four times more petrol and producing four
times more emissions than they were led to believe by the world’s largest

(More...)

The world is in an abusive relationship with fossil fuels. Now is the time to leave

Wed, 15 May 2024 04:50:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-world-is-in-an-abusive-relationship-with-fossil-fuels-now-is-the-time-to-leave/>

"I have flashes of climate grief, recognition in photographic bursts: Pakistani
cotton farmers walking through knee-deep water trying to salvage a few white
puffs of income off blackened plants; precious graves of ancestors being

(More...)

Plastic-production emissions could triple to one-fifth of Earth’s carbon budget – report

Wed, 15 May 2024 04:51:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/18/plastic-production-emission-climate-crisis>

"By the middle of the century, global emissions from plastic production could
triple to account for one-fifth of the Earth’s remaining carbon budget, an
analysis has found.

(More...)

Fear and anger are dominating our world right now, but are we being manipulated for profit?

Wed, 15 May 2024 04:53:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-19/who-is-causing-fear-and-anger-in-society/103709508>

"If it feels like the world is in turmoil at the moment, that's because it is.

Fear and anger abound – in our politics, in our social discourse, and in our

(More...)

What is romantasy? Our experts explain the bestselling book trend

Wed, 15 May 2024 04:55:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-is-romantasy-our-experts-explain-the-bestselling-book-trend-224269>

"In 2015, Sarah J. Maas published A Court of Thorns and Roses, in which teen
heroine Feyre is swept away from her human life into a world of magical fairy
court intrigue and romance. The novel, which was marketed as young adult, was

(More...)

Risk of bird flu spreading to humans is ‘enormous concern’, says WHO

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:31:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/18/risk-bird-flu-spreading-humans-enormous-concern-who>

"The World Health Organization has raised concerns about the spread of H5N1
bird flu, which has an “extraordinarily high” mortality rate in humans.

(More...)

Asbestos in playground mulch: how to avoid a repeat of this circular economy scandal

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:32:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/asbestos-in-playground-mulch-how-to-avoid-a-repeat-of-this-circular-economy-scandal-227766>

"Asbestos has been found in mulch used for playgrounds, schools, parks and
gardens across Sydney and Melbourne. Local communities naturally fear for the
health of their loved ones. Exposure to asbestos is a serious health risk –

(More...)

This One Thing Is Killing The Planet

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:33:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/predict/this-one-thing-is-killing-the-planet-c6fb4f82a410>

'Want to know something terrifying? We can't seem to quit the one thing
dragging us towards a climate apocalypse. A report by Global Energy Monitor
found that global coal capacity grew by 2% last year. The West is trying to

(More...)

Diving through time

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:34:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://cave-diving-for-fossils.netlify.app/

"Between Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and South Australia’s Coonawarra lies a
series of hidden underwater caves.

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How Do You Say ‘Danger’ in Sperm Whale Clicks?

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:35:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/sperm-whale-clicks-ai-conservation/

"Sperm whales don’t sing melodious, moaning whale songs like their humpback
cousins. The biggest predator on the planet communicates in clicks, called
codas. Some compare the sounds to popping popcorn or frying bacon in a pan. For

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West Africa’s fashion designers are world leaders when it comes to producing sustainable clothes

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:37:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/west-africas-fashion-designers-are-world-leaders-when-it-comes-to-producing-sustainable-clothes-225690>

"Every few weeks global fast fashion brands mass produce their latest clothing,
pumping out garments to be sold around the world. There is growing criticism
that it’s socially irresponsible to produce such large volumes of clothes so

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Left over PV panels and battery storage help solar farm builders dump diesel

Wed, 15 May 2024 19:49:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/second-hand-pv-panels-and-battery-storage-help-solar-farm-builders-dump-diesel/>

"A solar and battery storage system using “left over” PV modules has been
installed at the site of a solar farm being built in Victoria, to slash the use
of diesel in the construction of the large-scale project.

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Ukraine is losing the war and the west faces a stark choice: help now or face a resurgent and aggressive Russia

Wed, 15 May 2024 19:50:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ukraine-is-losing-the-war-and-the-west-faces-a-stark-choice-help-now-or-face-a-resurgent-and-aggressive-russia-227875>

"Ukraine is now experiencing a level of existential threat comparable only to
the situation immediately after the full-scale Russian invasion in February
2022. But in contrast to then, improvements are unlikely – at least not soon.

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This GIANT Electric Mining Truck Charges in Under 30 minutes!

Wed, 15 May 2024 19:51:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiSfUE7r0sU

"Fortescue, one of the world's largest iron ore producers – a critical material
for steel, magnets, batteries, and fertilizers – has pledged to achieve
net-zero emissions by 2030. To achieve this hugely ambitious goal, they

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Clean-up of Indian coal-fired power plants ‘could have saved 720,000 lives’

Wed, 15 May 2024 19:53:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/19/clean-up-indian-coal-fired-power-plants-could-saved-lives>

"Research has estimated the health impacts from the coal-fired power plants
that operate across India.

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UN livestock emissions report seriously distorted our work, say experts

Wed, 15 May 2024 19:55:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/19/un-livestock-emissions-report-seriously-distorted-our-work-say-experts>

"A flagship UN report on livestock emissions is facing calls for retraction
from two key experts it cited who say that the paper “seriously distorted”
their work.

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We Need To Rewild The Internet

Wed, 15 May 2024 20:00:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.noemamag.com/we-need-to-rewild-the-internet/

"“The word for world is forest” — Ursula K. Le Guin

In the late 18th century, officials in Prussia and Saxony began to rearrange

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China's cities are sinking, putting tens of millions at risk

Thu, 16 May 2024 03:52:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/04/18/1244795971/chinas-cities-are-sinking-putting-tens-of-millions-at-risk>

'Major cities across China are sinking, putting a substantial portion of the
country's rapidly urbanizing population in harm's way in the coming decades,
according to a sweeping new analysis by Chinese scientists.

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Hard work and happy accidents: why do so many of us prefer ‘difficult’ analogue technology?

Thu, 16 May 2024 03:54:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hard-work-and-happy-accidents-why-do-so-many-of-us-prefer-difficult-analogue-technology-227472>

I finally locate the legendary Schneiders Buero, a shop selling analogue
synthesizers in Berlin’s Kotti neighbourhood. Up two flights of stairs, the
music machinery on offer includes brands such as Moog and Buchla, as well as

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Inside the UK’s First Open-Access, Pay-As-You-Go Factory

Thu, 16 May 2024 03:55:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/inside-the-uks-first-open-access-pay-as-you-go-factory/>

"Entrepreneurs Alisha Fredriksson and Roujia Wen spent months in 2022 scouring
London for the right space to develop a prototype. Their big idea — to capture
carbon emissions from cargo ships by trapping the gas amongst calcium oxide

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Why don’t Australians talk about their salaries? Pay transparency and fairness go hand-in-hand

Thu, 16 May 2024 03:56:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-dont-australians-talk-about-their-salaries-pay-transparency-and-fairness-go-hand-in-hand-224067>

"In Australia, it’s not the done thing to know – let alone ask – what our
colleagues are paid. Yet, it’s easy to see how pay transparency can make pay
systems fairer and more effective.

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Things that go buzz in the night – our global study found there really are more insects out after dark

Thu, 16 May 2024 03:59:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/things-that-go-buzz-in-the-night-our-global-study-found-there-really-are-more-insects-out-after-dark-226014>

"Have you ever wondered if there are more insects out at night than during the
day?

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A mecca for rewilders: the community-led project restoring Scotland’s southern uplands

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:11:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/20/a-mecca-for-rewilders-the-community-led-project-restoring-scotlands-southern-uplands>

"About 6,000 years ago, most of southern Scotland was covered by broadleaf
woodland, interspersed with patches of rich scrub, heath and bog. In stark
contrast, the landscape today is dominated by close-cropped, severely

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California the culprit for spike in little-known greenhouse gas more potent than CO2

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:12:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/19/california-toxic-gas-sulfuryl-fluoride>

"Levels of a potent greenhouse gas are quietly spiking in the atmosphere and
increasingly worrying environmental groups that say its use needs to be reined
in if the US is to avoid climate catastrophe.

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‘We have thousands of Modis’: the secret behind the BJP’s enduring success in India

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:13:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-have-thousands-of-modis-the-secret-behind-the-bjps-enduring-success-in-india-227373>

"Since 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity has grown
exponentially – and so has the formidable organisational machine of his
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). These two factors will be key to delivering the

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Towards Urban Cottagecore

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:15:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/symbiotica/towards-urban-cottagecore-c52f352839d1>

"A cottage near the woods. A crackling fireplace. A herb garden. A slower, more
purposeful and serene life. Many of us have a clear image of this aesthetics
thanks to artists like Paula Merril, The Cottage Fairy, who decided to embrace

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The first all-electric tugboat in the US is about to launch

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:16:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/sea-transport/the-first-all-electric-tugboat-in-the-us-is-about-to-launch>

"With their roaring diesel engines, tugboats push, pull and guide much larger
vessels into port and out to sea. They are small but mighty — and incredibly
dirty, spewing huge amounts of toxic exhaust and planet-warming emissions every

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Mini rope bridges built in Forest of Dean to help dormice

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:17:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-68788690

'Mini rope bridges have been installed in one of England's ancient forests to
help hazel dormice travel safely between treetops.

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The US Banning TikTok Would Play Right Into China’s Hands, And Destroy Decades Of US Work On Promoting An Open Internet

Thu, 16 May 2024 20:00:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/19/the-us-banning-tiktok-would-play-right-into-chinas-hands-and-destroy-decades-of-us-work-on-promoting-an-open-internet/>

"Apparently, the TikTok ban bill is back.

Speaker Mike Johnson plans to include TikTok divestiture legislation already

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They’re young and athletic. They’re also ill with a condition called POTS.

Thu, 16 May 2024 20:04:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.md/WaR5t

"Kaleigh Levine was running drills in the gym with her lacrosse team at Notre
Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, when everything turned black.

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Four Wild Ways to Save the Koala (That Just Might Work)

Thu, 16 May 2024 20:05:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/15/science/australia-wildlife-koalas.html>

"It was spring in Queensland, Australia, a season when many wild animals find
themselves in trouble, and the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was a blur of fur
and feathers.

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COVID infections are causing drops in IQ and years of brain aging, studies suggest

Thu, 16 May 2024 20:06:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/long-covid-brain-1.7171918

'When COVID-19 first reared its head back in 2019, it brought with it a slew of
strange symptoms beyond just respiratory problems. One of the most puzzling
symptoms in those early days was something called "brain fog" — cognitive

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SIDEWALK (an instructional film)

Thu, 16 May 2024 20:07:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrcSaNlo3yo

"The SIDEWALK is a tricky invention - but with a little practice, you can
master it. Here are a few helpful tips guaranteed to transform you into a
sidewalk PRO!"

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Opinion: She was immortalized by Joni Mitchell - and if you love comics, she touched your life

Thu, 16 May 2024 20:09:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/19/opinions/trina-robbins-death-comics-feminist-icon-schwartz/index.html>

"Traveling between New York and Los Angeles in the 1960s, Trina Robbins
hobnobbed with rock stars like Jim Morrison and Joni Mitchell, who even sang
about her in “Ladies of the Canyon.” “Trina takes her paints and her

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Scientists’ experiment is ‘beacon of hope’ for coral reefs on brink of global collapse

Fri, 17 May 2024 04:42:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/20/scientists-experiment-is-beacon-of-hope-for-coral-reefs-on-brink-of-global-collapse>

"An underwater experiment to restore coral reefs using a combination of “coral
IVF” and recordings of fish noises could offer a “beacon of hope” to scientists
who fear the fragile ecosystem is on the brink of collapse.

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‘Transformative change’: idea will be key in fight for climate and wildlife

Fri, 17 May 2024 04:43:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/transformative-change-idea-will-be-key-in-fight-for-climate-and-wildlife-226786>

"Taking action on climate change or biodiversity is harder than it looks. We
saw this last November when the conflict of interest of Sultan al-Jaber,
president of both the COP28 and of the United Arab Emirates’ state oil company,

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The style guru taking charity shop fashion to the next level

Fri, 17 May 2024 04:47:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.positive.news/society/style-self-expression-wayne-hemingway/

"Preloved fashion is booming amid a cost of living squeeze and a rise in eco
thinking. Once niche, the secondhand market is now on course to take 10% of
global sales, while eBay has just axed fees for sellers of preloved garms.

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George Takei 'Lost Freedom' some 80 years ago – now he's written that story for kids

Fri, 17 May 2024 04:49:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/04/20/1245844347/george-takei-my-lost-freedom-picture-book>

'George Takei was just 4 years old when when President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed Executive Order 9066:

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The waste-busters: six European companies on a mission to design out waste

Fri, 17 May 2024 04:50:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/economics/six-companies-on-a-mission-to-design-out-waste/>

"Imagine a future when you could use orange peel to recycle unwanted batteries,
package fragile goods with eco-friendly charcoal and drink your coffee from a
cup made from organic waste.

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How King County’s $500-a-month guaranteed income program fared

Fri, 17 May 2024 04:54:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/how-king-countys-500-a-month-guaranteed-income-program-fared/>

"For years, Candice Johnson had a stable job and few money troubles.

But when she was laid off during the pandemic, she found herself in “a chain

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America is full of abandoned malls. What if we turned them into housing?

Fri, 17 May 2024 12:23:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/24075581/housing-conversions-stripmalls-affordable-supply>

"Amy Casciani, a longtime real estate developer whose corporation built housing
across seven states, watched her local community struggle for years to add new
homes.

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Meet the mom who took on toxic waste—and won

Fri, 17 May 2024 12:24:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/love-canal-lois-gibbs-toxic-waste>

"When Lois and Harry Gibbs moved to a three-bedroom home in Niagara Falls, New
York, in 1972, the young wife thought she’d hit the jackpot. “I really thought
I had succeeded in finding the best house in this entire country,” Gibbs

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Below the Hippolyte Rocks on the Tasman Peninsula lies a colourful reef full of coral, sponges and fish

Fri, 17 May 2024 12:25:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-21/diving-the-hippolyte-rocks-tasmania-reef/103710344>

'The Hippolyte Rocks are known from shore as the treacherous granite island
that rises out of the ocean off the Tasman Peninsula.

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Bhutanese Community Farm in Victoria helps families build new life in Australia

Fri, 17 May 2024 12:29:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-21/bhutanese-community-farm-fighting-loneliness-and-giving-back/103735400>

'Sitting by the banks of the Murray River in north-eastern Victoria is an
outcrop of plants and colour, surrounded by grazing cattle and native birds.

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Bronwen Bock and Lucy Bradlow want to become Australia's first job-sharing MPs

Fri, 17 May 2024 12:30:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-21/bronwen-bock-lucy-bradlow-job-sharing-mps/103666586>

'Mum of three Bronwen Bock had never considered entering politics until a
longtime friend came to her with an interesting proposition.

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The Rise of the Carbon Farmer

Fri, 17 May 2024 12:32:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.com/story/carbon-farming-regenerative-agriculture/

"Patrick Holden strolls across the field, pausing from time to time to bend and
point out a bumblebee, or a white butterfly, or a dung beetle. A wide expanse
of blue sky stretches above. Beneath, undulating green hills, sprawling

(More...)

Liebherr electric excavator reaches million ton milestone, scores more orders

Fri, 17 May 2024 19:20:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://electrek.co/2024/04/20/liebherr-electric-excavator-reaches-million-ton-milestone-scores-more-orders/>

"This massive Liebherr electric excavator reached a major operational milestone
earlier this month when it moved its one millionth tonne of dirt. And now,
its buyers want more!

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Raspberry Pi Synthesizers – How the Pi is transforming synths

Fri, 17 May 2024 19:21:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gearnews.com/raspberry-pi-synthesizers-how-the-pi-is-transforming-synths/>

"Digital synthesizers are essentially computers in specialized housings. Rather
than a keyboard with letters and numbers, their keyboards trigger notes.
Custom-designed DSP (digital signal processing) systems can be expensive so

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Earth Day: How one grocery shopper takes steps to avoid ‘pointless plastic’

Fri, 17 May 2024 19:23:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/earth-day-plastics-grocery-shopping-f112aadca284325bf0e8e5adfba65f40>

"ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nature wraps bananas and oranges in peels. But in some
modern supermarkets, they’re bagged or wrapped in plastic too.

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The 2023 Comedy Pet Photography awards – in pictures

Fri, 17 May 2024 19:24:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/jul/14/the-2023-comedy-pet-photography-awards-in-pictures>

"Shortlisted entries for the 2023 Comedy Pet Photography awards. The
competition was created by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and
Tom Sullam to celebrate the positive and vital role that pets have in our lives

(More...)

LGBTQIA+ seniors have limited choices for aged care. Julie Peters went searching for options

Fri, 17 May 2024 19:26:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-22/ageing-fabulously-compass-julie-peters-queer-trans/103682908>

'In 2017, when I was at an LGBTQIA+ ageing conference, I learned that as many
elder queer people go into retirement homes, particularly those run by faith
groups, some feel as if they have to go back into the closet. That they can't

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Rugby stadiums are sold as an economic asset – but NZ needs to ask if they’re really worth it

Fri, 17 May 2024 19:27:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/rugby-stadiums-are-sold-as-an-economic-asset-but-nz-needs-to-ask-if-theyre-really-worth-it-224951>

"A multi-billion dollar stadium precinct has been proposed for Auckland, one of
three proposals in front of Auckland Council for a new stadium in the city. The
council is also considering revamping Eden Park. But is a new stadium really

(More...)

‘An unexplained phenomenon’: the Australian obsession for putting stuff in trees

Sat, 18 May 2024 04:30:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/22/bra-gum-tree-australia-menindee-canberra>

"Beside a desolate stretch of outback road, a gum tree is covered in bras.

A few hours south, another is draped with old pairs of shoes. To the west, on

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Scientists push new paradigm of animal consciousness, saying even insects may be sentient

Sat, 18 May 2024 04:31:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/animal-consciousness-scientists-push-new-paradigm-rcna148213>

"Bees play by rolling wooden balls — apparently for fun. The cleaner wrasse
fish appears to recognize its own visage in an underwater mirror. Octopuses
seem to react to anesthetic drugs and will avoid settings where they likely

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Many prisoners go years without touching a smartphone. It means they struggle to navigate life on the outside

Sat, 18 May 2024 04:32:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/many-prisoners-go-years-without-touching-a-smartphone-it-means-they-struggle-to-navigate-life-on-the-outside-224138>

"You’d be hard pressed to find any aspect of daily life that doesn’t require
some form of digital literacy. We need only to look back ten years to realise
how quickly things have changed.

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It never rains but it pours: intense rain and flash floods have increased inland in eastern Australia

Sat, 18 May 2024 04:34:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/it-never-rains-but-it-pours-intense-rain-and-flash-floods-have-increased-inland-in-eastern-australia-227777>

"Before climate change really got going, eastern Australia’s flash floods
tended to concentrate on our coastal regions, east of the Great Dividing Range.

(More...)

‘It could be the death of the museum’: why research cuts at a South Australian institution have scientists up in arms

Sat, 18 May 2024 04:35:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/it-could-be-the-death-of-the-museum-why-research-cuts-at-a-south-australian-institution-have-scientists-up-in-arms-228193>

"In February, the South Australian Museum “re-imagined” itself. In the face of
rising costs and inadequate government funds, CEO David Gaimster, who took the
reins last June, declared the museum is “not a university”, and will gut its

(More...)

Post-Neo-Brutalism: foreshadowing Figma's next aesthetic ethos

Sat, 18 May 2024 04:36:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://uxdesign.cc/foreshadowing-figmas-next-aesthetic-ethos-1b982bd431e6>

"The word is out that Solarpunk is in, at least according to Figma CEO, Dylan
Field, at SXSW 2024. And there are clues as to why the fastest-growing design
tool is heading towards the next design trend after Neubrutalism.

(More...)

Restoring coastal habitat boosts wildlife numbers by 61% – but puzzling failures mean we can still do better

Sat, 18 May 2024 12:18:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/restoring-coastal-habitat-boosts-wildlife-numbers-by-61-but-puzzling-failures-mean-we-can-still-do-better-227231>

"Humans love the coast. But we love it to death, so much so we’ve destroyed
valuable coastal habitat – in the case of some types of habitat, most of it has
gone.

(More...)

The Era of High-Paying Tech Jobs is Over

Sat, 18 May 2024 12:19:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://levelup.gitconnected.com/the-era-of-high-paying-tech-jobs-is-over-572e4e577758>

"In the 5th century, reading and writing were considered rare talents.

In a village, only a few could do it and they were called scribes.

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Ocean spray emits more PFAS than industrial polluters, study finds

Sat, 18 May 2024 12:20:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/19/ocean-spray-pfas-study>

"Ocean waves crashing on the world’s shores emit more PFAS into the air than
the world’s industrial polluters, new research has found, raising concerns
about environmental contamination and human exposure along coastlines.

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Too big to care

Sat, 18 May 2024 12:22:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/04/teach-me-how-to-shruggie/#kagi

"Remember the first time you used Google search? It was like magic. After years
of progressively worsening search quality from Altavista and Yahoo, Google was
literally stunning, a gateway to the very best things on the internet.

(More...)

I Yearn For Faster Video Game Beginnings

Sat, 18 May 2024 12:23:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://xander51.medium.com/i-yearn-for-faster-video-game-beginnings-3a4a6bfa2c6d>

'I think that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion unwittingly established a
terrible precedent for how to begin an open world video game. It starts with a
thirty-ish minute dungeon crawl where you learn the game's fight mechanics and

(More...)

A “big victory” for intersex people and their rights

Sat, 18 May 2024 12:24:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.ohchr.org/en/stories/2024/04/big-victory-intersex-people-and-their-rights>

"Obioma Chukwuike went to an all-girls boarding school in Nigeria, but was not
sure if she was a girl or a boy. “Everybody seemed so worried about my body all
the time. People kept asking me if I was a girl or a boy and I would answer: ‘I

(More...)

It's really simple: EVs mean cleaner air in our cities

Sat, 18 May 2024 19:25:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/its-really-simple-evs-mean-cleaner-air-in-our-cities-ada6722b2a78>

"Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who operate a network
with dozens of sophisticated sensors in the San Francisco Bay Area, have found
that between 2018 and 2023, pollution decreased annually by an average of 1.8%,

(More...)

Government to replace minimum wage with living wage by 2025

Sat, 18 May 2024 19:29:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/government-to-replace-minimum-wage-with-living-wage-by-2025/articleshow/108762357.cms>

"NEW DELHI: Government aims to replace the minimum wage with living wage by
2025, seeking technical support from the International Labour Organization
(ILO), as per a report by ET.

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‘Children won’t be able to survive’: inter-American court to hear from climate victims

Sat, 18 May 2024 19:30:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/22/inter-american-court-climate-hearing-hear-from-victims-barbados>

"Julian Medina comes from a long line of fishers in the north of Colombia’s
Gulf of Morrosquillo who use small-scale and often traditional methods to catch
species such as mackerel, tuna and cojinúa.

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Historical markers are everywhere in America. Some get history wrong

Sat, 18 May 2024 19:32:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.npr.org/2024/04/21/1244899635/civil-war-confederate-statue-markers-sign-history>

'The sound of the party filters across the mansion's lawn long before you see
it: Dozens of guests spill out onto the front porch of the stately Fendall Hall
in Eufaula, Alabama.

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Supermarket facial recognition failure: why automated systems must put the human factor first

Sat, 18 May 2024 19:33:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/supermarket-facial-recognition-failure-why-automated-systems-must-put-the-human-factor-first-228284>

"The incident of a woman misidentified by facial recognition technology at a
Rotorua supermarket should have come as no surprise.

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We mapped a massive explosion in space, showing how galaxies ‘pollute’ the cosmos

Sat, 18 May 2024 19:34:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-mapped-a-massive-explosion-in-space-showing-how-galaxies-pollute-the-cosmos-228287>

"We breathe oxygen and nitrogen gas in our atmosphere every day, but did you
know that these gases also float through space, around and between galaxies?

(More...)

Thousands of flights to and from Europe affected by suspected Russian jamming

Sun, 19 May 2024 03:45:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/apr/22/thousands-of-flights-to-and-from-europe-affected-by-suspected-russian-jamming>

"Flights in and out of Britain are among thousands that have been affected by
suspected Russian jamming of GPS systems.

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The UK plans to phase out smoking. What does this new law mean for tobacco control in Australia?

Sun, 19 May 2024 03:46:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-uk-plans-to-phase-out-smoking-what-does-this-new-law-mean-for-tobacco-control-in-australia-228186>

"There are no silver bullets, magic tricks or secret hacks to solving complex
public health problems. Taking on the global tobacco industry and reducing the
devastating consequences of smoking has taken decades of incremental reforms.

(More...)

Gen Z is Glitching in Our Corporate Dystopia

Sun, 19 May 2024 03:47:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/thought-thinkers/gen-z-is-glitching-in-our-corporate-dystopia-f4081d258322>

"Over a third of Gen Z has entered the workforce, and they're a force to be
reckoned with. They're going to be shaping the corporate landscape, but they're
disillusioned with the corporate dystopia left as a legacy by their parents.

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More than coral: the unseen casualties of record-breaking heat on the Great Barrier Reef

Sun, 19 May 2024 03:48:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/more-than-coral-the-unseen-casualties-of-record-breaking-heat-on-the-great-barrier-reef-227906>

"In past bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef, the southern region has
sometimes been spared worst of the bleaching. Not this time. This year’s
intense underwater heat has triggered the most severe heat stress ever seen on

(More...)

Jonathan Haidt’s Book ‘The Anxious Generation’ Is Coddling The American Parent; Giving Them Clear, Simple & Wrong Explanations For What’s Ailing Teens

Sun, 19 May 2024 03:51:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/22/jonathan-haidts-book-the-anxious-generation-is-coddling-the-american-parent-giving-them-clear-simple-wrong-explanations-for-whats-ailing-teens/>

"Jonathan Haidt’s new book, “The Anxious Generation,” has become a NY Times
bestseller, and he’s making media appearances basically everywhere you look,
telling people that social media has “rewired children’s minds” and that it is

(More...)

Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise

Sun, 19 May 2024 03:51:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/two-new-malaria-vaccines-are-being-rolled-out-across-africa-how-they-work-and-what-they-promise-227959>

"Malaria incidents are on the rise. There were 249 million cases of this
parasitic disease in 2022, five million more than in 2021. Africa suffers more
than any other region from malaria, with 94% of cases and 95% of deaths

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Are Agrivoltaics The Ultimate Climate Win-Win?

Sun, 19 May 2024 12:30:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/the-new-climate/are-agrivoltaics-the-ultimate-climate-win-win-a8fa379eb579>

"Take a train journey through the British countryside, and you're sure to come
across a view like the one in the photo above. When fields full of solar panels
— known as solar farms or solar parks—started to become common around 10–15

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Ecosystems are deeply interconnected – environmental research, policy and management should be too

Sun, 19 May 2024 12:30:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/ecosystems-are-deeply-interconnected-environmental-research-policy-and-management-should-be-too-228371>

"Why are we crossing ecological boundaries that affect Earth’s fundamental
life-supporting capacity? Is it because we don’t have enough information about
how ecosystems respond to change? Or are we unable, even unwilling, to use that

(More...)

Portable battery storage system made from second-hand electric Range Rover batteries

Sun, 19 May 2024 12:31:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/22/portable-battery-storage-system-made-from-second-hand-electric-range-rover-batteries/>

"British automaker Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a new portable battery energy
storage system that is made from second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport
PHEV batteries.

(More...)

Gone in a puff of smoke: 52,000 sq km of ‘long unburnt’ Australian habitat has vanished in 40 years

Sun, 19 May 2024 12:32:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/gone-in-a-puff-of-smoke-52-000-sq-km-of-long-unburnt-australian-habitat-has-vanished-in-40-years-226810>

"Landscapes that have escaped fire for decades or centuries tend to harbour
vital structures for wildlife, such as tree hollows and large logs. But these
“long unburnt” habitats can be eliminated by a single blaze.

(More...)

From running the world's first electric cherry orchard to helping electrify New Zealand

Sun, 19 May 2024 12:33:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://switchedon.reneweconomy.com.au/content/from-running-the-worlds-first-electric-cherry-orchard-to-helping-electrify-new-zealand>

"Mike Casey likes to call himself an “electric cherry orchardist from New
Zealand.” As far as he knows, he’s the first electric cherry farmer in the
world, having swapped over all 21 of his farm machines for electric versions,

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Reporting in India ‘too difficult’ under Modi, says departing Australian journalist

Sun, 19 May 2024 12:35:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/media/2024/apr/23/abc-south-asia-correspondent-avani-dias-narendra-modi-government>

"The south-Asia correspondent for Australia’s national broadcaster, Avani Dias,
has been forced out of India after her reporting fell foul of the Indian
government, in a sign of the increasing pressure on journalists in the country

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Nationals threaten to tear up wind and solar contracts as nuclear misinformation swings polls

Sun, 19 May 2024 19:15:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/nationals-threaten-to-tear-up-wind-and-solar-contracts-as-nuclear-misinformation-swings-polls/>

"National leader David Littleproud has threatened to tear up contracts for wind
and solar farm developments, in the latest broadside against large scale
renewable energy from the federal Coalition.

(More...)

Elon Musk’s battle over the Sydney church stabbing video is not about freedom of speech. It’s to titillate his followers

Sun, 19 May 2024 19:17:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/23/elon-musk-battle-over-the-sydney-church-stabbing-video-is-not-about-freedom-of-speech-its-to-titillate-his-followers>

"This battle was never about the removal of a single violent video for Elon
Musk – it was always going to turn into a glib culture war fought with
4chan-style memes and late-night missives featuring Musk as the free speech

(More...)

The Man Who Killed Google Search

Sun, 19 May 2024 19:18:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wheresyoured.at/the-men-who-killed-google/

"This is the story of how Google Search died, and the people responsible for
killing it.

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Vastly bigger than the Black Summer: 84 million hectares of northern Australia burned in 2023

Sun, 19 May 2024 19:19:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/vastly-bigger-than-the-black-summer-84-million-hectares-of-northern-australia-burned-in-2023-227996>

"It may come as a surprise to hear 2023 was Australia’s biggest bushfire season
in more than a decade. Fires burned across an area eight times as big as the
2019–20 Black Summer bushfires that tore through 10 million hectares in

(More...)

West Antarctica’s ice sheet was smaller thousands of years ago – here’s why this matters today

Sun, 19 May 2024 19:20:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/west-antarcticas-ice-sheet-was-smaller-thousands-of-years-ago-heres-why-this-matters-today-225670>

"As the climate warms and Antarctica’s glaciers and ice sheets melt, the
resulting rise in sea level has the potential to displace hundreds of millions
of people around the world by the end of this century.

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‘He could have killed my dog’: ride-share drivers accused of refusing passengers with guide dogs

Sun, 19 May 2024 19:22:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/24/he-could-have-killed-my-dog-ride-share-drivers-accused-of-refusing-passengers-with-guide-dogs>

"Natalie has lost count of how many times she’s called a ride-share or taxi and
been left standing on the curb with her guide dog.

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At What Point Does An Ideology Become A Mental Illness?

Mon, 20 May 2024 03:55:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://aninjusticemag.com/at-what-point-does-an-ideology-become-a-mental-illness-b1a388011c52>

"Let me tell you guys about a moment I had at a cafe. I was alone, trying to
get an idea or two for a new restaurant review. It was then that I overheard
the conversation of a couple of people at the table next to me.

(More...)

Amazon is filled with garbage ebooks. Here’s how they get made.

Mon, 20 May 2024 03:56:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/culture/24128560/amazon-trash-ebooks-mikkelsen-twins-ai-publishing-academy-scam>

"If you’re a millennial, you may remember that specific moment in time around
the late 2000s when streaming video technology had just gotten good but there
weren’t that many legitimate streaming platforms available yet. So if you were

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TSMC’s debacle in the American desert

Mon, 20 May 2024 03:58:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://restofworld.org/2024/tsmc-arizona-expansion/

"Bruce thought he’d landed his dream job. The young American engineer had been
eager for a stable, high-paying job in the semiconductor industry. Then, in
late 2020, he received a LinkedIn message from a recruiter for Taiwan

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More than 6,000 sheep now call Australia’s largest solar farm home

Mon, 20 May 2024 04:02:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/more-than-6000-sheep-now-call-australias-largest-solar-farm-home/>

"New England Solar, a 400MW solar farm that currently shares the title of
Australia’s largest solar farm, is not only generating at peak output, but is
also now home to more than 6,000 sheep who call the 1,200-hectare site home.

(More...)

Buildings as batteries: How basic demand response could shift 12GW of peak demand, save billions

Mon, 20 May 2024 04:03:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/buildings-as-batteries-how-basic-demand-response-could-shift-12gw-of-peak-demand-save-billions/>

"Demand response, alongside energy efficiency, is often cited as one of the
unsung heroes of the energy transition, thanks to its potential to shift large
electricity loads out of periods of peak demand with relatively little fuss –

(More...)

The Quiet Devastation of Extinction Capitalism

Mon, 20 May 2024 04:04:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://eand.co/the-quiet-devastation-of-extinction-capitalism-ca0948bf0d8a>

"Hi! How's everyone? Today we're going to discuss an especially cheery topic —
extinction.

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Australian pioneer in shared rooftop solar scores big from Biden billions

Mon, 20 May 2024 12:19:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/australian-shared-solar-pioneer-scores-big-from-biden-billions/>

"Melbourne-based shared solar pioneer Allume Energy has been revealed among the
winners in the US government’s $7 billion Solar for All program, as part of a
Florida coalition awarded $US156 million to install PV on apartments.

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The Supreme Court Is on the Verge of Criminalizing Homelessness

Mon, 20 May 2024 12:21:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newrepublic.com/article/178678/supreme-court-criminalize-homeless-case>

"Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, advocates and policy analysts have
warned of a homelessness “tsunami.” It’s the worst-case scenario where the
combination of lost income, backlogs of owed rent, and a lack of local

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Cotuhé: Peru’s Largest Conservation Concession Protects Nearly Half a Million Acres in Yaguas National Park Buffer Zone

Mon, 20 May 2024 12:22:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.andesamazonfund.org/country/cotuhe-conservation-concession-protects-yaguas-buffer-zone/>

"Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of Cotuhé, Peru’s largest
conservation concession. Spanning 491,104 acres (198,743 ha) of Amazon
rainforest in Peru’s northern Loreto region, this conservation concession

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New York is suing the world’s biggest meat company. It might be a tipping point for greenwashing

Mon, 20 May 2024 12:24:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/05/letitia-james-jbs-meat-lawsuit-greenwashing>

"When the office of the New York attorney general, Letitia James, announced
that it would be suing the world’s largest meat company, JBS, for misleading
customers about its climate commitments, it caused a stir far beyond the world

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ReSource RICA tree-planting project turns 'ugly' hill in central Victoria into 'paradise' over 20 years

Mon, 20 May 2024 12:25:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-05/resource-rica-conservation-tree-planting-group-success-moonambel/103585478>

'In the late 1990s, eight friends went looking for the most degraded,
clapped-out piece of farmland they could find.

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Got Broken Stuff? The Tool Library Has a Fix

Mon, 20 May 2024 12:26:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/got-broken-stuff-the-tool-library-has-a-fix/>

"I showed up to my first Dare to Repair Cafe with a notepad and a shopping tote
full of holey sweaters.

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How A Dream To Bring Back Wild Buffalo Is Slowly Decolonizing Tribal Land

Mon, 20 May 2024 19:10:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wind-river-buffalo_n_65774f87e4b0881b7918130a>

"WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION — On a sunny August day, Jason Baldes drove a
mud-caked quad with a drink holder overflowing with matted buffalo fur toward
the wild herd he has overseen since 2016. The day before, the Eastern Shoshone

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Survey finds that 60 firms are responsible for half of world’s plastic pollution

Mon, 20 May 2024 19:11:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/24/survey-finds-that-60-firms-are-responsible-for-half-of-worlds-plastic-pollution>

"Fewer than 60 multinationals are responsible for more than half of the world’s
plastic pollution, with six responsible for a quarter of that, based on the
findings of a piece of research published on Wednesday.

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New Hampshire’s GOP Is Taking a Stand—Against the Polio Vaccine

Mon, 20 May 2024 19:13:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2024/04/new-hampshire-republicans-polio-mmr-measles-vaccine-antivax-bill/>

"New Hampshire could soon beat Florida—known for its anti-vaccine Surgeon
General—when it comes to loosening vaccine requirements. A first-in-the-nation
bill that’s already passed New Hampshire’s state House, sponsored only by

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Our tall, wet forests were not open and park-like when colonists arrived – and we shouldn’t be burning them

Mon, 20 May 2024 19:18:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/our-tall-wet-forests-were-not-open-and-park-like-when-colonists-arrived-and-we-shouldnt-be-burning-them-228601>

"Some reports and popular books, such as Bill Gammage’s Biggest Estate on
Earth
, have argued that extensive areas of Australia’s forests were kept open
through frequent burning by First Nations people. Advocates for widespread

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I Wish the World Was Kinder to Artists

Mon, 20 May 2024 19:19:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/age-of-empathy/i-wish-the-world-was-kinder-to-artists-20bca4c31f5a>

"Last week I drove my daughter to a job fair at a local resort that caters to
the ultra rich. At 20, Emily has been driving for two years, but the place is
perched on the top of a mountain.

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Poetry, parties and ‘strong Australian tea’. The surprising story of how Anzac Day has been marked in the US for over 100 years

Tue, 21 May 2024 03:35:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/poetry-parties-and-strong-australian-tea-the-surprising-story-of-how-anzac-day-has-been-marked-in-the-us-for-over-100-years-227908>

"Since 1916, April 25 has been a de facto national day for Australia,
commemorated as the occasion Australian and New Zealand troops began the
ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in 1915. But for more than a century, Anzac Day

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Paying for it doesn't make it a market

Tue, 21 May 2024 03:36:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/22/kargo-kult-kaptialism/#dont-buy-it

'Anyone who says "If you're not paying for the product, you're the product" has
been suckered in by Big Tech and their cargo-cult version of markets and the
discipline they impose on companies.

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Sugar in baby food: why Nestlé needs to be held to account in Africa

Tue, 21 May 2024 03:38:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sugar-in-baby-food-why-nestle-needs-to-be-held-to-account-in-africa-228297>

"Nestlé has been criticised for adding sugar and honey to infant milk and
cereal products sold in many poorer countries. The Swiss food giant controls
20% of the baby-food market, valued at nearly US$70 billion.

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No one buys books

Tue, 21 May 2024 03:40:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.elysian.press/p/no-one-buys-books

"In 2022, Penguin Random House wanted to buy Simon & Schuster. The two
publishing houses made up 37 percent and 11 percent of the market share,
according to the filing, and combined they would have condensed the Big Five

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Adopting the Aquaculture of the Future in Thailand

Tue, 21 May 2024 03:41:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/adopting-the-aquaculture-of-the-future-in-thailand/>

"Somporn Kaikaew is the owner of Prapapan Farm in Nakhon Pathom, a city 40
miles west of Bangkok. He farms tilapia fish and white shrimp across 160,000
square meters of land.

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On the Navajo Nation, Accurate Mailing Addresses Save Lives

Tue, 21 May 2024 12:36:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/navajo-nation-homes-accurate-addresses/>

"Adaline Sneak lives at the end of a long, unmarked dirt road in a rural area
of the Navajo Nation in Utah. Getting there requires a high clearance vehicle
and at least moderate navigation skills.

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Tesla Co-Founder JB Straubel Built an EV Battery Colossus to Rival China

Tue, 21 May 2024 12:38:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2024-04-18/redwood-material-s-nevada-ev-battery-recycling-facility-attempts-to-rival-china?accessToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJzb3VyY2UiOiJTdWJzY3JpYmVyR2lmdGVkQXJ0aWNsZSIsImlhdCI6MTcxMzQ0NzU3MiwiZXhwIjoxNzE0MDUyMzcyLCJhcnRpY2xlSWQiOiJTQzRYODZUMVVNMFcwMCIsImJjb25uZWN0SWQiOiJFNUE4M0NCRjYwQjE0NzEwOTU5QkQ0NjYyQzU0REI0NCJ9.3onK_Uz8Hp-DGxgYRELgg0s5-FmmUDwej4FzgYL6MB4&sref=B9VwE2e5>

"In the scrublands of western Nevada, Tesla co-founder JB Straubel stood on a
bluff overlooking several acres of neatly stacked packs of used-up lithium-ion
batteries, out of place against the puffs of sagebrush dotting the undulating

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Tylenol, now from palm trees instead of petroleum

Tue, 21 May 2024 12:39:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2024/04/tylenol-now-from-palm-trees-instead-of-petroleum/>

"Tylenol is an environmental headache. Acetaminophen—the active ingredient in
the ubiquitous pain-relieving medicine—is typically made from chemicals derived
from crude oil.

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New technology can keep whales safe from speeding ships

Tue, 21 May 2024 12:41:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.md/xVRdV

"ON MARCH 3rd a whale calf washed ashore in Georgia, on America’s east coast,
bearing slash marks characteristic of a ship’s propeller. Less than a month
later another whale, a recent mother, was found floating off the coast of

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If plastic manufacturing goes up 10%, plastic pollution goes up 10% – and we’re set for a huge surge in production

Tue, 21 May 2024 12:43:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/if-plastic-manufacturing-goes-up-10-plastic-pollution-goes-up-10-and-were-set-for-a-huge-surge-in-production-227365>

"In the two decades to 2019, global plastic production doubled. By 2040,
plastic manufacturing and processing could consume as much as 20% of global oil
production and use up 15% of the annual carbon emissions budget.

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These artificial snowdrifts protect seal pups from climate change

Tue, 21 May 2024 19:07:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/2024/04/22/1090905/man-made-snowdrifts-seal-pups-climate-change-habitats/>

"Just before 10 a.m., hydrobiologist Jari Ilmonen and his team of six step out
across a flat, half-mile-wide disk of snow and ice. For half the year this vast
clearing is open water, the tip of one arm of the labyrinthine Lake Saimaa,

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Granting legal ‘personhood’ to nature is a growing movement – can it stem biodiversity loss?

Tue, 21 May 2024 19:08:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/granting-legal-personhood-to-nature-is-a-growing-movement-can-it-stem-biodiversity-loss-227336>

"Biodiversity is declining at rates unprecedented in human history. This
suggests the ways we currently use to manage our natural environment are
failing.

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How American Men Become Addicted to Toxic Masculinity

Tue, 21 May 2024 19:08:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/bouncin-and-behavin-blogs/how-american-men-become-addicted-to-toxic-masculinity-47412889d9ff>

"Everybody knows that drinking is bad for you. We do it because it feels good.
We do a lot of things that are bad for us because they feel good. I believe
indulging in a mindset of toxic masculinity belongs in that category.

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Friday essay: Project 2025, the policy substance behind Trump’s showmanship, reveals a radical plan to reshape the world

Tue, 21 May 2024 19:10:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-project-2025-the-policy-substance-behind-trumps-showmanship-reveals-a-radical-plan-to-reshape-the-world-227161>

"In April 2022, conservative American think tank the Heritage Foundation,
working with a broad coalition of 50 conservative organisations, launched
Project 2025: a plan for the next conservative president of the United States.

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The Cass Review, WPATH Files, and the Perpetual Debate over Gender-Affirming Care

Tue, 21 May 2024 19:11:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://juliaserano.medium.com/the-cass-review-wpath-files-and-the-perpetual-debate-over-gender-affirming-care-8f56d0c4d0c6>

"Eleven months ago, I published Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth Is
Neither New nor Experimental: A Timeline and Compilation of Studies
. The essay
documents the long history of gender-affirming care (over 100 years!) and

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The End of Programming

Tue, 21 May 2024 19:13:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://levelup.gitconnected.com/the-end-of-programming-6e3f7ff0d8b4

"I came of age in the 1980s, programming personal computers like the Commodore
VIC-20 and Apple ][e at home. Going on to study Computer Science in college and
ultimately getting a PhD at Berkeley, the bulk of my professional training was

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Longer-lasting ozone holes over Antarctica expose seal pups and penguin chicks to much more UV

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:01:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/longer-lasting-ozone-holes-over-antarctica-expose-seal-pups-and-penguin-chicks-to-much-more-uv-227218>

"Over the last 25 years, the ozone hole which forming over Antarctica each
spring has started to shrink.

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Environment groups accuse MasterChef of greenwashing after gas sponsorship deals unveiled

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:03:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2024/apr/26/environment-groups-accuse-masterchef-of-greenwashing-after-gas-sponsorship-deals-unveiled>

"Environmentalists have accused the hit reality TV show MasterChef Australia
of greenwashing after the Network Ten program announced sponsorship deals with
gas companies.

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New rock art discoveries in Eastern Sudan tell a tale of ancient cattle, the ‘green Sahara’ and climate catastrophe

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:04:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/new-rock-art-discoveries-in-eastern-sudan-tell-a-tale-of-ancient-cattle-the-green-sahara-and-climate-catastrophe-228281>

"The hyper-arid desert of Eastern Sudan, the Atbai Desert, seems like an
unlikely place to find evidence of ancient cattle herders. But in this dry
environment, my new research has found rock art over 4,000 years old that

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Vehicle to grid trial to test EVs as “batteries on wheels” in remote off-grid towns

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:05:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/25/vehicle-to-grid-trial-to-test-evs-as-batteries-on-wheels-in-remote-off-grid-towns/>

"Horizon Power, Western Australia’s state-owned regional and remote energy
provider, has announced plans to conduct the state’s first orchestration trial
of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in the small resort town of Exmouth.

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How a teenager helped identify a new species of giant marine reptile

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:07:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-a-teenager-helped-identify-a-new-species-of-giant-marine-reptile-228036>

"It may be difficult to imagine, but the county of Somerset in south-west
England was once home to what may have been the largest marine reptiles that
ever lived, my team’s new study reveals.

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We’re thinking about climate risk the wrong way

Wed, 22 May 2024 04:08:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/were-thinking-about-climate-risk-the-wrong-way/>

"There’s a huge difference between asking “what’s most likely to happen, and
how could that affect us” versus “what’s the worst that could happen, and how
likely is that.” While the latter is the traditional risk management framing,

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How the overseas owners of England’s water companies clean up by polluting our rivers

Wed, 22 May 2024 12:21:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/26/england-water-companies-shareholders-dividends-river-sea>

"So that’s how they do it. I’d been wondering how, when more sewage has been
entering our rivers than ever before, some of the water companies have managed
to improve the ratio of the sewage they treat v the sewage that pours untreated

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Scientists and comedians join forces to get climate crisis message across

Wed, 22 May 2024 12:22:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/26/scientists-comedians-join-forces-get-climate-crisis-message-across>

"Scientists can struggle to get their message across about the climate crisis
to the wider public, so now comedians have been brought in to help cut through
the science jargon and get widespread attention. In a series of videos, titled

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The high and mighty Himalayas: A biodiversity hotbed facing significant challenges

Wed, 22 May 2024 12:23:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-high-and-mighty-himalayas-a-biodiversity-hotbed-facing-significant-challenges-226203>

"The Himalayas are home to a vast diversity of species, consisting of 10,000
vascular plants, 979 birds and 300 mammals, including the snow leopard, the red
panda, the Himalayan tahr and the Himalayan monal.

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Minimum energy standards urgently needed for space heaters, hot water systems and cooktops

Wed, 22 May 2024 12:24:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://switchedon.reneweconomy.com.au/content/minimum-energy-standards-urgently-needed-for-space-heaters-hot-water-systems-and-cooktops>

"Australians are installing an estimated 940,000 new gas appliances and 800,000
new resistive electric appliances every year, which are locking in significant
long-term and unnecessary costs for heating and cooking.

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Africa’s megacities threatened by heat, floods and disease – urgent action is needed to start greening and adapt to climate change

Wed, 22 May 2024 12:25:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/africas-megacities-threatened-by-heat-floods-and-disease-urgent-action-is-needed-to-start-greening-and-adapt-to-climate-change-227100>

"Cities cover just 3% of the planet. But they emit 78% of all global greenhouse
gas emissions, absorb 80% of final global energy (what consumers use) and
consume 60% of clean drinking water.

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In Vietnam, farmers reduce methane emissions by changing how they grow rice

Wed, 22 May 2024 12:27:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://apnews.com/article/vietnam-rice-methane-climate-mekong-e82d9101bcd440751a9d0db060b10c0f>

"LONG AN, Vietnam (AP) — There is one thing that distinguishes 60-year-old Vo
Van Van’s rice fields from a mosaic of thousands of other emerald fields across
Long An province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: It isn’t entirely flooded.

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Solar balconies are booming in Germany. Here’s what you need to know about the popular home tech

Wed, 22 May 2024 19:25:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/21/solar-balconies-are-booming-in-germany-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-popular-home->

"More than 400,000 plug-in solar systems have been installed in Germany, most
of them taking up a seamless spot on people’s balconies.

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If EV sales are supposed to be going down, why are they still going up?

Wed, 22 May 2024 19:28:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/enrique-dans/if-ev-sales-are-supposed-to-be-going-down-why-are-they-still-going-up-7ad8ec666c7d>

'Why are we still being bombarded with false information about EVs? In recent
weeks, the media has been awash with stories along the lines of: "sales of EVs
have plunged, with manufacturers holding onto many unsold vehicles". The idea

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Noise from traffic stunts growth of baby birds, study finds

Wed, 22 May 2024 19:31:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/25/noise-from-traffic-stunts-growth-of-baby-birds-study-finds>

"Noise pollution from traffic stunts growth in baby birds, even while inside
the egg, research has found.

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China's young feeling the squeeze of cost of living are finding homes in older cities

Wed, 22 May 2024 19:41:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-27/china-young-finding-homes-ageing-cities-cost-living-unemployment/103767786>

'When Ding Xuan spotted an opportunity to snap up a two-bedroom flat for less
than her previous year's rent, she bought it over the phone as quickly as
possible.

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Building a Minecraft Gateway to the World of Books

Wed, 22 May 2024 19:43:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blogs.bl.uk/living-knowledge/2023/07/building-a-minecraft-gateway-to-the-world-of-books-.html>

"Professor Sally Bushell drew on the British Library collections to create
Litcraft, a project that builds worlds in Minecraft to inspire reluctant
readers. Her most recent Litcraft game is called Steampunk Sherlock Holmes.

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State of the science on plastic chemicals

Wed, 22 May 2024 19:44:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plastchem-project.org/

"Chemicals are a central aspect of the plastics issue. Although there is a
wealth of scientific information on plastic chemicals and polymers to inform
policymakers, implementing this evidence is challenging because information is

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What do we lose when our old suburbs disappear?

Thu, 23 May 2024 03:49:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-do-we-lose-when-our-old-suburbs-disappear-222990>

"I live on the edge of Parramatta, Australia’s fastest-growing city, on the
kind of old-fashioned suburban street that has 1950s fibros constructed in the
post-war housing boom, double-storey brick homes with Greek columns that

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Antitrust is a labor issue

Thu, 23 May 2024 03:52:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/25/capri-v-tapestry/#aiming-at-dollars-not-men>

'This is huge: yesterday, the FTC finalized a rule banning noncompete
agreements for every American worker. That means that the person working the
register at a Wendy's can switch to the fry-trap at McD's for an extra

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How to Be Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Israeli and Pro-Iranian

Thu, 23 May 2024 03:53:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/16/opinion/israel-iran-gaza.html

"Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel over the weekend was a game-changing
escalation that requires some game-changing rethinking on the part of Israel
and its most important ally, the United States. I call it “the three-state

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How to ditch disposable cups – and transform the way you enjoy coffee

Thu, 23 May 2024 03:54:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2024/apr/27/how-to-ditch-disposable-cups-and-transform-the-way-you-enjoy-coffee>

"Almost everyone has a reusable cup (or three) in their kitchen cupboard, but
the convenience of disposable cups often triumphs on the morning coffee run.

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AI Is Hitting A Hard Ceiling It Can't Pass

Thu, 23 May 2024 03:55:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/predict/ai-is-hitting-a-hard-ceiling-it-cant-pass-851f4667d39b>

'There has been an insane amount of hype surrounding AI over the past few
months. Supposedly, Teslas are going to entirely drive themselves in a year or
two, AI will be smarter than humans next year, and an army of a billion

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Five ways community is at the heart of Brighton Festival

Thu, 23 May 2024 03:57:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/society/five-ways-community-is-at-the-heart-of-brighton-festival/>

"In difficult times, arts and culture become more important than ever. In the
face of the cost-of-living crisis and challenges across the sector, England’s
largest multi-arts festival is finding ways to open up cultural experiences to

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Climate Change and Globalization

Thu, 23 May 2024 12:27:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.cato.org/publications/climate-change-globalization#

* Globalization has been a huge force for worldwide prosperity, and
historically, prosperity has meant more greenhouse gas emissions. But the
only practical response to greenhouse gas emissions is to decouple economic

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The plan to revive the UK’s ancient woods (and seven species that live in them)

Thu, 23 May 2024 12:28:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.positive.news/environment/the-plan-to-revive-the-uks-ancient-woods/>

"We underestimate the elderly at our peril. They may look gnarly and a little
unkempt, but Britain’s ancient woodlands are our richest terrestrial habitat,
home to more threatened species than any other. They’re also vital in tackling

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Ozone hole: Why Antarctic wildlife is being 'sunburnt’

Thu, 23 May 2024 12:29:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-68906013

'For Antarctic wildlife, exposure to the Sun's damaging rays has increased in
recent years, scientists say.

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Why Germany ditched nuclear before coal—and why it won’t go back

Thu, 23 May 2024 12:32:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/04/why-germany-ditched-nuclear-before-coal-and-why-it-wont-go-back/>

"One year ago, Germany took its last three nuclear power stations offline. When
it comes to energy, few events have baffled outsiders more.

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The spam came from inside the house: How a smart TV can choke a Windows PC

Thu, 23 May 2024 12:33:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/04/the-spam-came-from-inside-the-house-how-a-smart-tv-can-choke-a-windows-pc/>

'The modern "smart" TV asks a lot of us. In exchange for connecting you to a
few streaming services you use, a TV will collect data, show ads, and serve as
another vector for bad actors. In a few reported cases, though, a modern

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To Long for a Language

Thu, 23 May 2024 19:03:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.hf.uio.no/iln/english/research/news-and-events/news/2024/to-long-for-a-language.html>

"Many Sámi, Kvens and Forest Finns experience grief over not mastering the
language that ties them to their own people. An increasing number are now
trying to reclaim their language.

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Plastic-choked rivers in Ecuador are being cleared with conveyor belts

Thu, 23 May 2024 19:05:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240419-ecuadors-conveyor-belt-to-clear-river-plastic>

'To stop plastic reaching the ocean, a start-up in Ecuador is using a conveyor
belt to skim off and remove plastic from rivers – and working to stop polluters
adding plastic to rivers in the first place.

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Patronage systems, Authoritarian Spaces, Conformity

Thu, 23 May 2024 19:06:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://nadinbrzezinski.medium.com/patronage-systems-authoritarian-spaces-conformity-484276c8d66f>

"We humans tend to watch events through what is familiar to us. It's easy to
look at both through a Western American lens when watching Russia and now the
Middle East. It is what is utterly familiar to us. It comes with inherent blind

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Could You Transform Your Yard into a Flourishing Wildlife Haven?

Thu, 23 May 2024 19:07:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/backyard-habitat-certification-makes-birds-happy/>

"Four years ago, Melody Murray started noticing these cute signs in her
Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Sullivan’s Gulch. Posted in residents’ front
yards, the signs read: “Certified Backyard Habitat” with a drawing of a black,

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The breathtaking lifesaving impact of vaccines, in one chart

Thu, 23 May 2024 19:08:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/24138291/do-vaccines-work-explained-study-efficacy-evidence>

"The world has become a much safer place to be a young child in the last 50
years. Since 1974, infant mortality worldwide has plummeted. That year, one in
10 newborns died before reaching their first birthday. By 2021, that rate had

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‘Always respond to what the instrument is doing’: the Melbourne shop showcasing the rare craft of restoring violins

Thu, 23 May 2024 19:09:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/28/always-respond-to-what-the-instrument-is-doing-the-melbourne-shop-showcasing-the-rare-craft-of-restoring-violins>

"Even on a dreary Melbourne afternoon, the light streams into the north-facing
violin workshop bearing Martin Paul’s name.

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Dick Tamimi was accused of smuggling gold into Thailand. Then he produced an all-girl band

Fri, 24 May 2024 03:33:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-28/the-gold-smuggling-indonesian-pilot-who-produced-a-girl-band/103757954>

"He was a radio producer, an underground political activist, an accused
gold-smuggler, a flight instructor and the producer of one of Indonesia's most
significant bands.

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Dominica High Court overturns ban on same-sex relations

Fri, 24 May 2024 03:34:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-68880033

'Dominica's High Court has overturned a ban on consensual same-sex relations
in the Caribbean island nation.

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In Coastal British Columbia, the Haida Get Their Land Back

Fri, 24 May 2024 03:36:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hakaimagazine.com/news/in-coastal-british-columbia-the-haida-get-their-land-back/>

"Twenty years ago, Geoff Plant, the then attorney general of British Columbia,
made an offer to the Haida Nation. Many West Coast First Nations, including the
Haida, had never signed treaties with the Canadian government ceding their

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The Government of Mongolia and The Nature Conservancy secure ‘Eternal Mongolia’, a Pathway to Achieve the Nation’s Climate and Biodiversity Goals

Fri, 24 May 2024 03:39:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.org/en-us/newsroom/eternal-mongolia-pfp-announcement/

"Today, the Government of Mongolia, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and others,
announced the launch of Eternal Mongolia—a Project Finance for Permanence (PFP)
initiative that will deliver lasting conservation and sustainable community

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300,000ha Queensland cattle station bought for conservation after $21m donation

Fri, 24 May 2024 03:40:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/17/300000ha-queensland-cattle-station-acquired-for-conservation-following-21m-donation>

"A Queensland outback cattle station the size of Yosemite national park which
includes key habitat for the elusive night parrot has been acquired for
conservation after an anonymous donation of $21m.

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Greece becomes the first country in Europe to ban bottom trawling in marine protected areas

Fri, 24 May 2024 03:41:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/16/greece-to-become-first-in-europe-to-ban-bottom-trawling-in-all-marine-protected-areas>

"Greece will ban bottom trawling in all of its marine protected areas (MPAs) by
2030, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced today.

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Annual ocean conference raises $11.3b in pledges for marine conservation

Fri, 24 May 2024 12:25:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/annual-ocean-conference-raises-11-3b-in-pledges-for-marine-conservation/>

"ATHENS — From April 15-17, state delegates, organization representatives,
academics and philanthropists met at the 9th Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in
Athens to discuss the protection of the world’s oceans and pledge actions to

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Baltimore Athletic Director Arrested Over AI 'Recording' of School's Principal

Fri, 24 May 2024 12:26:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.pcmag.com/news/baltimore-school-athletic-director-arrested-after-creating-an-ai-recording>

'An athletic director in Baltimore was arrested this week after authorities
discovered he used artificial intelligence to create a fake "recording" that
sounded like the school's principal had made racist and antisemitic remarks.

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International Court Issues First-Ever Decision Enforcing the Right to a Healthy Environment

Fri, 24 May 2024 12:28:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://insideclimatenews.org/news/29032024/international-court-right-to-healthy-environment/>

"Residents of La Oroya, Peru, known as one of the most polluted cities on
Earth, have won a landmark victory from the Inter-American Court of Human
Rights, which ruled last week that Peru was responsible for the physical and

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They turned cattle ranches into tropical forest — then climate change hit

Fri, 24 May 2024 12:29:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/24137380/forest-restoration-costa-rica-guanacaste-conservation-tree>

"Ecologist Daniel Janzen wades into the field, clutching a walking stick in one
hand and a fist full of towering green blades of grass in the other to steady
himself. Winnie Hallwachs, also an ecologist and Janzen’s wife, watches him

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Legal fight to save their island homes from the rising sea

Fri, 24 May 2024 12:31:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/legal-fight-to-save-their-island-homes-from-the-rising-sea-20240423-p5flvx.html>

"In Christine Anu’s seminal hit, My Island Home, originally performed by the
Warumpi Band, she pays tribute to saltwater people and the family ties that
bind traditional cultures at Australia’s northernmost tip.

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15 Foods That Seem Healthy but Actually Are Not

Fri, 24 May 2024 12:32:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://technabob.com/foods-that-seem-healthy/

"Eating healthy when you know what you’re eating is hard enough. Eating healthy
when food companies sneak heaps of sugar and fat into seemingly nutritious
products is impossible.

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The Dystopian Lake Filled by the World’s Tech Lust

Fri, 24 May 2024 18:54:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-dystopian-lake-filled-by-the-world-s-tech-lust>

"From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex
dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into
grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an

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Species living closely together in symbiosis is far older and way more common than you might think

Fri, 24 May 2024 18:55:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/species-living-closely-together-in-symbiosis-is-far-older-and-way-more-common-than-you-might-think-227217>

"Once known only to those studying biology, the word symbiosis is now widely
used. Symbiosis is the intimate relationship of different species living
together. It’s much more common and older than many of us might realise.

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‘Unlike anything today’: Gippsland fossil unlocks secrets of kangaroo that died out 46,000 years ago

Fri, 24 May 2024 18:57:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/apr/29/unlike-anything-today-gippsland-fossil-unlocks-secrets-of-kangaroo-that-died-out-46000-years-ago>

"When a caver and Gippsland local, Joshua Van Dyk, stumbled across the
fossilised remains of a kangaroo species that had been extinct for about 46,000
years, it seemed as though the macropod was making eye contact with him.

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Australians are having fewer babies and our local-born population is about to shrink: here’s why it’s not that scary

Fri, 24 May 2024 18:58:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australians-are-having-fewer-babies-and-our-local-born-population-is-about-to-shrink-heres-why-its-not-that-scary-228273>

"Australians are having fewer babies, so many fewer that without international
migration our population would be on track to decline in just over a decade.

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We Finally Know What Drives Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and Long-Covid)

Fri, 24 May 2024 18:59:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://medium.com/microbial-instincts/we-finally-know-what-drives-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-long-covid-0b5199fb9b4a>

"In 1955, an outbreak of encephalomyelitis struck the Royal Free Hospital Group
in London, U.K., hospitalizing over 200 patients. Encephalomyelitis is the
inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, typically caused by infections. But

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Letters from an American: April 28, 2024

Fri, 24 May 2024 19:01:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/april-28-2024

"On Friday, in an interview with CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins, Trump’s former
attorney general William Barr brushed off the recent news that Trump, furious
that the story he had taken refuge in a bunker during the Black Lives Matter

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I had no photos of my mother’s pregnancy and migration, so I found a way for AI to help fill in the gaps

Sat, 25 May 2024 05:23:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/i-had-no-photos-of-my-mothers-pregnancy-and-migration-so-i-found-a-way-for-ai-to-help-fill-in-the-gaps-225559>

"Since last year, I have been working on a project with my Thai mother who
migrated to Australia in 1974 while pregnant with me. There are no photographs
of this significant event. As a reparative act to fill in the gaps of our

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Taxing big fossil fuel firms ‘could raise $900bn in climate finance by 2030’

Sat, 25 May 2024 05:24:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/29/taxing-big-fossil-fuel-firms-raise-billions-climate-finance>

"A new tax on fossil fuel companies based in the world’s richest countries
could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to help the most vulnerable nations
cope with the escalating climate crisis, according to a report.

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No threat to farm land: just 1,200 square kilometres can fulfil Australia’s solar and wind energy needs

Sat, 25 May 2024 05:25:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/no-threat-to-farm-land-just-1-200-square-kilometres-can-fulfil-australias-solar-and-wind-energy-needs-223183>

"As Australia’s rapid renewable energy rollout continues, so too does debate
over land use. Nationals Leader David Littleproud, for example, claimed
regional areas had reached “saturation point” and cannot cope with more wind

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Chemicals, forever: how do you fix a problem like PFAS?

Sat, 25 May 2024 05:26:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/chemicals-forever-how-do-you-fix-a-problem-like-pfas-227771>

"A landmark legal settlement has once again focused our attention on the
dangers of “forever chemicals”.

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The tax sharks are back and they're coming for your home

Sat, 25 May 2024 05:27:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://pluralistic.net/2024/04/27/for-the-little-people/#alden-capital

'One of my weirder and more rewarding hobbies is collecting definitions of
"conservativism," and one of the jewels of that collection comes from Corey
Robin's must-read book The Reactionary Mind:

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New PCB design is repeatably recyclable — vitrimer PCBs could save millions of tons in eWaste, say UW researchers

Sat, 25 May 2024 05:28:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.tomshardware.com/tech-industry/manufacturing/replace-pcbs-with-vitrimer-pcbs-to-save-millions-of-tons-in-ewaste-say-uw-researchers>

"Standard PCBs are known for being fireproof and chemical-proof, but as a
result, they are notoriously difficult to reuse or recycle in any way. However,
research published by the University of Washington points towards a new way of

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National Museum of Australia acquires collection of Mr Squiggle creator, Norman Hetherington

Sat, 25 May 2024 12:47:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-29/national-museum-australia-mr-squiggle-norman-hetherington/103773010>

"He was the beloved man from the moon with a pencil for a nose who graced
Australian television screens for more than 40 years.

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The Complicated Artist Behind the Moomins

Sat, 25 May 2024 12:48:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/28/books/review/boel-westin-tove-jansson.html>

"Tove Jansson longed to be alone. As a child, she slept on a high shelf in her
family’s home in Helsinki. Her mother, a successful illustrator, piled books
from floor to ceiling and her father, a sculptor, kept a studio that dominated

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We looked at genetic clues to depression in more than 14,000 people. What we found may surprise you

Sat, 25 May 2024 12:48:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-looked-at-genetic-clues-to-depression-in-more-than-14-000-people-what-we-found-may-surprise-you-227779>

"The core experiences of depression – changes in energy, activity, thinking and
mood – have been described for more than 10,000 years. The word “depression”
has been used for about 350 years.

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Brazil boosts protection of Amazon mangroves with new reserves in Pará state

Sat, 25 May 2024 12:50:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/brazil-boosts-protection-of-amazon-mangroves-with-new-reserves-in-para-state/>

"Brazil’s Pará state has now protected almost all of its Amazonian coastline
after establishing two new conservation units that make up the world’s largest
and most conserved belt of mangroves. The environmental victory came after

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The world’s most advanced economies just agreed to end coal use by 2035 – with a catch

Sat, 25 May 2024 12:51:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/29/climate/g7-end-coal-fossil-fuels-climate-intl/>

"The Group of Seven nations announced Tuesday its member nations would end the
use of “unabated” coal by 2035, but left the door open for countries to stretch
that deadline in particular contexts.

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First Nations anti-coal mine activist Murrawah Johnson wins 2024 Goldman Environmental Prize

Sat, 25 May 2024 12:51:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-30/anti-coal-activist-murrawah-johnson-goldman-environmental-prize/103773562>

'Murrawah Johnson — a 2024 recipient of one of the world's most coveted
environmental awards, the Goldman Prize — was born into a "legacy of resistance
fighters".

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Home insurance costs spike, with parts of Australia at risk of becoming uninsurable

Sat, 25 May 2024 19:37:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-30/insurance-industry-urges-government-to-step-in-on-flood-zones/103752652>

'In California and Florida, getting home insurance is becoming an almost
impossible task.

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Keep fossil fuel lobbyists out of policymaking — just as we did with the tobacco industry

Sat, 25 May 2024 19:39:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/29/keep-fossil-fuel-lobbyists-out-of-policymaking-just-as-we-did-with-the-tobacco-industry>

"For decades, the tobacco industry misused science to hide the harms of its
products and create confusion about the interventions needed to reduce that
harm; it lobbied to avoid regulation and shape policies in its favour.

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We spent 2 years in deep underground caves to bring this extraordinary fossil to light

Sat, 25 May 2024 19:40:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-spent-2-years-in-deep-underground-caves-to-bring-this-extraordinary-fossil-to-light-226629>

"Pitch-black darkness. Crushing squeezes, muddy passages, icy waterfalls. Bats
and spiders. Abseiling over ledges into the unknown. How far would you go for a
fossil?

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At ‘vast, remote’ Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, unwritten rules for tourists may soon become real restrictions

Sat, 25 May 2024 19:41:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/30/lake-eyre-kati-thanda-tourists-salt-pan-adelaide>

"When Bronwyn Dodd looks out across Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, an expanse covering
almost 1,000 sq km in the middle of a national park, she thinks of home.

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Underwater cultural heritage: why we’re studying ‘orphaned objects’ to work out which shipwrecks they came from

Sat, 25 May 2024 19:42:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/underwater-cultural-heritage-why-were-studying-orphaned-objects-to-work-out-which-shipwrecks-they-came-from-226322>

"A lot of the recent talk about maritime issues in Southeast Asia has focused
on issues such as security, the Blue Economy, law enforcement and climate
change. But there’s one maritime challenge that’s gone underdiscussed:

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More than 90% of marine animals caught in NSW shark nets over summer were non-target species

Sat, 25 May 2024 19:43:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/30/more-than-90-of-marine-animals-caught-in-nsw-shark-nets-over-summer-were-non-target-species>

"More than 90% of marine animals caught in shark nets off New South Wales
beaches over the summer were non-target species, with new documents revealing
division within the government over the controversial program.

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Artificial sweetener could harm your gut and the microbes that live there – new study

Sun, 26 May 2024 03:49:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/artificial-sweetener-could-harm-your-gut-and-the-microbes-that-live-there-new-study-228532>

"An artificial sweetener called neotame can cause significant harm to the gut,
my colleagues and I discovered. It does this harm in two ways. One, by breaking
down the layer of cells that line the intestine. And, two, by causing

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“Very cost effective:” Regional Australia Post contractor goes fully electric

Sun, 26 May 2024 03:50:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thedriven.io/2024/04/29/very-cost-effective-regional-australia-post-contractor-goes-fully-electric/>

"A Central Queensland Australia Post contractor is electrifying his two-wheel
fleet with the Duo electric moped from Brisbane-based electric micro-mobility
provider Benzina Zero.

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‘Witches’ are still killed all over the world. Pardoning past victims could end the practice

Sun, 26 May 2024 03:52:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/witches-are-still-killed-all-over-the-world-pardoning-past-victims-could-end-the-practice-228613>

"In recent decades, governments the world over have increasingly taken action
to address the dark history of witch-hunting. In western Europe, memorials to
victims have been erected at sites in Bamberg (Germany), Vardø (Norway) and

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Effective Altruism’s Bait-and-Switch: From Global Poverty To AI Doomerism

Sun, 26 May 2024 03:53:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/2024/04/29/effective-altruisms-bait-and-switch-from-global-poverty-to-ai-doomerism/>

"Effective Altruism (EA) is typically explained as a philosophy that encourages
individuals to do the “most good” with their resources (money, skills). Its
“effective giving” aspect was marketed as evidence-based charities serving the

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‘Invisible’ consultants help companies write sustainability reports. Here’s why that’s a problem

Sun, 26 May 2024 03:54:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/invisible-consultants-help-companies-write-sustainability-reports-heres-why-thats-a-problem-228092>

"Around the world, more and more companies are publishing sustainability
reports – public scorecards detailing their impacts on society and the
environment.

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My Dinner With Andreessen

Sun, 26 May 2024 03:55:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://prospect.org/power/2024-04-24-my-dinner-with-andreessen/

"Recently, I read about venture capitalist Marc Andreessen putting his
12,000-square-foot mansion in Atherton, California, which has seven fireplaces,
up for sale for $33.75 million. This was done to spend more time, one supposes,

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