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  • 26 May 2020
    Ann Vickery

    Australia, COVID-19, Belonging and Poetic Air

    In Australia, something (or other) is in the air. The worst bushfire season on record has been succeeded by COVID-19. Iconic beaches were eerily empty during the Easter holiday period, being part of the extended lockdown restrictions. Many in the south-eastern parts of the country are suffering first from drought, then from bushfire, and finally […]

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  • 22 Jul 2009

    Amateur Astronomer Catches Jupiter Collision

    It was big news yesterday -- an amateur astronomer snapped a picture of the aftermath of a major collision with Jupiter. I asked our amateur astronomy guru Paul Kinzer about this. He replies: "Jupiter is an effective vacuum cleaner, too, protecting us from the 'rear', where most of the potentially hazardous comets and asteroids come from."

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  • 26 Dec 2008

    Darwin Letter Friday

    I love this letter. It’s a very cool peek into colonial Australia (Tasmania, really) through the eyes of Charles Darwin, of all people. Darwin is amazed that the level of social refinement in Hobart Town. There are fancy balls, all attended to by convicts. Beautiful furnishings, stately homes — it’s the perfect place, Darwin says, […]

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