Long-term outlook tips dry start to spring for southern Australia – ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for the next three months is tipping a dry start to spring in southern Australia.The weather bureau’s seasonal outlook is forecasting a drier than normal September for a large part of southern Australia, while the entire three months of spring, from September to November, are likely to be drier than normal in central Victoria and southern and central New South Wales.

via Long-term outlook tips dry start to spring for southern Australia – ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Canola genome paves the way for better crops › News in Science ABC Science

The canola plant is set for an overhaul to boost its oil content, make it more disease-resistant, and help it adapt to climate change, thanks to the sequencing of its genome.An international team of scientists report the sequencing of the Brassica napus genome today in Science .Brassica napus — also known as canola or oilseed rape — is an essential food crop, providing canola oil for cooking and biofuel, and seed meal for animal fodder.

via Canola genome paves the way for better crops › News in Science ABC Science.

The World Today – Calls for Great Barrier Reef body to be overhauled 19/08/2014

ELEANOR HALL: Conservationists are calling for an overhaul of the body that’s meant to protect the Great Barrier Reef.The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approved a plan to dump dredge spoil inside the marine park in January.But a former director of the authority has told the ABC’s Four Corners program that the majority of the authority’s scientists opposed this, and conservationists are now calling for that approval to be revoked.Maria Hatzakis reports.

via The World Today – Calls for Great Barrier Reef body to be overhauled 19/08/2014.

David Ignatius’ Body of Lies

Originally posted on Ronald Thomas West:

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a Ronald Thomas West assessment

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CIA veteran Melvin Goodman on David Ignatius: “The mainstream media’s apologist for the Central Intelligence Agency”

Glenn Greenwald on David Ignatius: “The CIA’s spokesman at The Washington Post”

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Body of Lies

I’d been perusing titles at ‘Books in Berlin’ (an English language bookstore) somewhat absent-mindedly, but noticing quite a few titles dedicated to international intrigue. I suppose that should come as no surprise, there are many CIA and other English fluent ‘spooks’ in town, as well they must have quite a few local acquaintances and it is reasonable to assume they’d be interested in ‘shop-craft’ reading.

I had no particular interest in the fiction side of the game, it is difficult enough to sort through the propaganda and disinformation rife in non-fiction titles, but then a book I happened to glance inside the front cover caught my eye.

“Body of Lies is fiction…

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The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction | Science Blogs | WIRED

In 2013, I got to participate in a bat census at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station, a biological hotspot with more kinds of bats than anywhere else in the US.I discovered fruit bats smell like a slice of fresh pineapple, and have delightful upturned noses speckled with pollen. Insect-eating bats…. smell a bit like a cat litter-box. But they are still fluffy and cute, like flying leathery hamsters.Trying to convince people they should love bats and that bats aren’t rodents is not easy. When I recounted my amazing bat experience was to friends, inevitably they described their fear of bats and how best to kill said bats with blunt instruments. So, pretty much the same conversations I have with everyone about spiders.

via The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction | Science Blogs | WIRED.