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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Apple's iPhone illustrates 'feature creep' scourge

    • James Massola
    • 11 July 2007
    4 Comments

    New features, whether we need them or not, have become the hook used to capture new customers. The past fortnight's scramble for the iPhone in the US has shown that consumers are only too willing to pay for features they will probably never need.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Burmese Days and banana leaves

    • Sarah Nichols
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    Nearly twenty years ago, San San Maw was a student revolutionary fighting the Burmese Army on the Thai-Burma border. Now she lives in an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Redemptive Romulus a film for the ages

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 June 2007

    Romulus, My Father should be remembered as one of the great Australian films of 2007. It should also be the film that cements Eric Bana’s place as a serious actor of considerable ability.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Clever Kiwis

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 18 May 2007

    The Kiwis have managed to stamp their name all over a fruit that is not even native to their land.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Upgrading ourselves towards obsolescence

    • James Massola
    • 02 April 2007
    14 Comments

    Modern consumer society is structured so that we are constantly unhappy with what we have. Advertisers make us feel dissatisfied so we keep buying new things, which is good for the economy but bad for the environment. The 'upgrade cycle' pushes us to buy the latest and greatest, whether we need them or not.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Kizitos and Angels

    • Bryan Pipins
    • 12 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Bryan Pipins on Angels, Kizitos, working in Uganda, the LRA, Meningitis and Cholera.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Studying spiders as medicinal venom factories

    • Hamish Townsend
    • 23 December 2006
    2 Comments

    Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert Raven says spider venoms have an amazing number of uses. A Year 12 science class at Maningrida (NT) helps him map the the molecules of venom, which will makes certain drugs much cheaper and more effective.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Two oldies poems

    • Sam Parisi, Graham Rowlands
    • 30 October 2006
    9 Comments

    My mother seemed like someone else's sister / In a lap of luxury, while they lit their grief / With tales from light years away.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Unpolished gem shines brightly

    • Tony Smith
    • 30 October 2006

    The situation of children who experience not just a generation gap, but also a distance from parents whose migrant inheritance includes a "million scruples that made no sense".

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Eating in and out in Rome

    • Hilary Reynolds
    • 18 September 2006
    1 Comment

    It’s fascinating what travel does for food prejudices. Tripe, abhorrent back in Australia, off-white spongy mounds in parents’ horror stories of post-Depression childhood, was trippa con spinaci on Taverna Guila’s menu.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Changed climate will cook the elderly

    • Kate Mannix
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    When the human body gets to 42°C, it starts to cook. Death is inevitable, and it is the most vulnerable who will go first. While the CSIRO has projections on the likely effects of climate change in Australia, there has been little work on what that will actually mean for human health outcomes in specific regions.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Simple Pleasures: Checking the rain gauge

    • Paul Daffey
    • 07 August 2006
    1 Comment

    In 1999, after a decade of noting rainfall figures for his fellow retirees, a Bureau of Meteorology representative asked Andy Ultri whether he would be interested in joining the hundreds of volunteers around Australia who record official rainfall figures for the national weather bureau.

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