Monday, April 20, 2015

Kelp beds transplanted to Tasmania to help reveal effects of climate change - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Kelp beds transplanted to Tasmania to help reveal effects of climate change - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "In a world-first study, scientists have transplanted kelp off the coast of Tasmania to better understand the impact of climate change.

The kelp, which grows from northern New South Wales around to Western Australia, provides an ecosystem for hundreds of marine species.

Now it is thinning and becoming patchy because of warming waters."



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Prisons policy is turning Australia into the second nation of captives

Prisons policy is turning Australia into the second nation of captives: "Sometimes you don’t need hindsight to identify broken social and legal policy. Such is the case with Australia’s slide into following the US lead and becoming a nation of captives. A little known, but alarming, fact is that imprisonment numbers in Australia – both the number of offenders incarcerated and the growth in numbers – are now at record highs, and by a considerable margin."



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

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MRSA superbug killed by 1,100-year-old home remedy, researchers say - The Washington Post

MRSA superbug killed by 1,100-year-old home remedy, researchers say - The Washington Post: "Even in the age of AIDS, avian flu and Ebola, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is terrifying.

The superbug, which is resistant to conventional antibiotics because of their overuse, shrugs at even the deadliest weapons modern medicine offers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated MRSA contributed to the deaths of more than 5,000 people in the United States in 2013. It even attacked the NFL, and some say it could eventually kill more people than cancer. And presidential commissions have advised that technological progress is the only way to fight MRSA."



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The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store - The Washington Post

The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store - The Washington Post: "Want to see a look of pure hatred? Pull out an EBT card at the grocery store.

Now that my kids are grown and gone, my Social Security check is enough to keep me from qualifying for government food benefits. But I remember well when we did qualify for a monthly EBT deposit, a whopping $22 — and that was before Congress cut SNAP benefits in November 2013. Like 70 percent of people receiving SNAP benefits, I couldn’t feed my family on that amount. But I remember the comments from middle-class people, the assumptions about me and my disability and what the poor should and shouldn’t be spending money on."



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Universities 'withdraw' support for reform

Universities 'withdraw' support for reform: "The Abbott government's plan to deregulate university fees is in disarray with a number of universities withdrawing support and urging the coalition to go back to the drawing board.

News Limited reports suggest the 'Group of Eight' leading universities have withdrawn support for the government's watered down higher education reforms."



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Travel Trip Journey: “Ales Stones” is called Swedish Stonehenge

Travel Trip Journey: “Ales Stones” is called Swedish Stonehenge: Sitting like a crown, atop a flat bluff in Sk√•ne, Sweden are the Ales Stenar, a beautiful ancient formation of standing stones erected...