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Can Men Be Lesbian Icons? An Investigation

“Who is that?” I remember thinking to myself when Attitude magazine unveiled one of the covers for their September 2020 issue. It was someone in a white tee, arms bent behind their head to reveal a glimmer of armpit hair,…

Brad Pitt And Jennifer Aniston Reunite – And Things Got Flirty

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have reunited again – and things got a little flirty between the former couple. Alas, it was all in the name of art when they took part in the star-studded table read for the classic…
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8 Toronto Film Festival Movies You’ll Want To See This Year

“Nomadland” is an adjective movie. The second it ended, my mind was swimming with them: beautiful, serene, painterly, honest, heartbreaking. I could keep going, but you get the idea. This is a film so full of emotion that no single…
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Facebook’s virtual reality push is about data, not gaming

Facebook has announced the latest version of its successful standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The new device packs more computing power and a sharper screen than its predecessor, and is also US$100 cheaper. [embedded content]Facebook’s Oculus…
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Has Australia really had 60,000 undiagnosed COVID-19 cases?

A preliminary study, posted online this week by researchers at the Australian National University and elsewhere, estimates 71,000 Australians had COVID-19 by mid-July — 60,000 more than official number of cases diagnosed by that stage. The study involved testing 2,991…
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University of NSW renamed ‘Gas Exploration Australia’ – will now receive government wage subsidies

The University of New South Wales has changed its name to ‘Gas Exploration Australia’, giving it access to lucrative JobKeeper subsidies which are otherwise unavailable to the university sector.…
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Vibrancy, experimentation and risk in ACE Open’s survey of South Australian art

Review: If the future is to be worth anything, curated by Patrice Sharkey and Rayleen Forester, ACE Open “If the future is to be worth anything” rings true as a question for many in Australia’s art world today. It is…
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VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the government’s energy policy, a gas-led recovery, unemployment, and the economy

University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics. This week the pair discuss the numerous energy announcements made by the government, including a gas-led recovery, $1.9 billion for…
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Queensland reopens to Canberra as state records no new cases – NEWS.com.au

Queensland will reopen to the ACT from next Friday, in a move the Deputy Premier has said would provide a welcome boost for the sunshine state’s tourism industry. It comes as Queensland records no new cases. It’s now been eight…
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How could wearing a mask help build immunity to COVID-19? It’s all about the viral dose

People infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread the virus when they speak, sing, cough, sneeze or even just breathe. Scientists think face masks help limit virus spread by protecting everyone else from the infected wearer. As…
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Can robots write? Machine learning produces dazzling results, but some assembly is still required

You might have seen a recent article from The Guardian written by “a robot”. Here’s a sample: I know that my brain is not a “feeling brain”. But it is capable of making rational, logical decisions. I taught myself everything…
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NSW Police threaten $11,000 fine for safely protesting uni job cuts

Staff and students efforts to protest the federal government’s refusal to help universities and the University of Sydney management’s job cuts on September 16 were thwarted by NSW Police, who again used the pandemic as an excuse to stop people…
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The Olympics strive for political neutrality. So, how will they deal with surging athlete activism?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long tried to insulate itself from politics in society, but wider issues have always been a part of sport – including the Olympics. Sometimes political statements have been subtle and accommodated by the IOC,…
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Delays at checkpoints as police step up patrols – Bay 93.9

Melburnians are again being warned not to flout restrictions and try to sneak into regional areas. Police admit checkpoints around Melbourne’s outskirts, including the one at Little River may be unattended at times in heavy rain, if conditions are deemed…
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Inflation Hit Ethiopia Demonetizes Currency To Curb Cash Hoarding

The Ethiopian government has unveiled a new set of banknotes that are expected to help authorities in curbing cash hoarding, illegal trade and illicit financial flows. The move is also aimed at boosting the liquidity of banks that are struggling…
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From adenoviruses to RNA: the pros and cons of different COVID vaccine technologies

The World Health Organisation lists about 180 COVID-19 vaccines being developed around the world. Each vaccine aims to use a slightly different approach to prepare your immune system to recognise and fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, we…
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In war-torn Syria, the coronavirus pandemic has brought its people to the brink of starvation

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have successfully warded off a nine-year rebellion against his government, but he is being tested with economic turmoil and civilian protests amid the coronavirus pandemic and looming conflict in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The civil…
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Tinker Bell, Batman, Ben 10… if your kids are in character, they’re more likely to help around the house

Archie! Don’t run away… you should be in bed already and we still need to brush your tee-eeeth! Your four year old runs down the hallway without his pants on, knocking over that leaning tower of washing. Around the world,…
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Why we need a global citizens’ assembly on gene editing

Developments in gene editing are often met with moral panic. Every new announcement raises outrage over the audacity of scientists “playing God”. The existence of mutant mosquitoes and designer babies are often framed as threats – evidence that science fiction…
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Friday essay: shifting identities – performing sexual selves on social media

Sex is fascinating, important, and sometimes scary. Sex is a normal part of life. Yet, the multiplicity and richness of sexual practices on social media rarely make it into everyday conversations. Nudes, it seems, are now part of everyday life.…
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