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Entries from December 29th, 2009

Ancient koalas had the pick of not-so-tough nosh

December 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · News

  By James Woodford SCIENTISTS have gained a glimpse into how the koala, one of the nation’s most loved creatures, may have acted tens of millions of years ago. We may never know exactly how an ancient koala, living 24 million years ago in a since vanished rainforest, differed from its modern counterparts. But a […]

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A Mid-Lane Speedo Crisis

December 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Blog

  At the end of a depressing week of bad news, I thought I would offer up a change of pace…. Every man has his story about his midlife transition to Speedos. Some hide behind the foil that they have no choice – an excuse like their surf club makes them do it. For others […]

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River Red Gum Protection – One Choice, One Chance

December 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

  Picture and Story by Andrew Cox As one of his last acts as Premier, Nathan Rees announced last week that the NSW Government would protect the magnificent red gum forests of the Murray River. Some are now seeking to undo this decision, but Nathan Rees had little choice. As the last forestry region in […]

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Cruisin’ for a Climate Change Bruisin’

December 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

  Stuart Kininmonth is a seafaring scientist – a sailor and researcher based on Magnetic Island, Queensland. Like every sector of society, yachties will be impacted  by climate change. And what hurts them, hurts us. Here is Stu’s take on the ill wind about to blow. The light breeze fills the sails and quietly pushes […]

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