Electoral reform: why stop at the Senate? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

. .so said Malcolm Turnbull yesterday as he introduced legislation into parliament aimed at curtailing the potential of independent or micro-party senators to achieve election by stealth – solely through the distribution of preferences.Nick Xenophon – one of the few cross-benchers who expects  to hold his place in the Senate if this legislation is passed, also came out in support of the proposed legislation yesterday, saying:

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31 Things That Will Happen When You Finally Decide To Live Your Dreams — Life Learning — Medium

You’ve reveled in shallow friendships, numbed yourself in trivial distractions, and justified low-living for long enough. You’ve tried convincing yourself — to no avail — that you’re not the person you can’t seem to escape.Overtime, you’ve disconnected with your environment and relationships. You’ve started, little-by-little, to be more authentic with yourself and the world around you.

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Travel Trip Journey: The Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

Well, one of the most prominence stones left behind is the “Unfinished’ Obelisk,” taller than any known obelisk ever raised.  The unfinished obelisk is located in the northern region of Aswan Egypt (500 miles south of Cairo). It is roughly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If this obelisk finished, then it’d have been measured 137 feet and weighed 1,200 tons. The creator of Obelisk started to carve it directly from bedrock, but cracks appeared in the granite and project was abandoned. However, the bottom side is still attached to the bedrock gives important clues to how the ancient quarried granite.

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Taronga Zoo ends search after missing red-tailed black cockatoo Diyara is found – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A red-tailed black cockatoo that went missing from Taronga Zoo after being chased out of the complex by a peregrine falcon has been found.The bird, named Diyara, was found in the northern Sydney suburb of Bayview and taken to Taronga Wildlife Hospital for a check-up.

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Hyperactive magnetic field may have led to one of Earth’s major extinctions | Science | AAAS

Rapid reversals of Earth’s magnetic field 550 million years ago destroyed a large part of the ozone layer and let in a flood of ultraviolet radiation, devastating the unusual creatures of the so-called Ediacaran Period and triggering an evolutionary flight from light that led to the Cambrian explosion of animal groups. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which proposes a connection between hyperactive field reversals and this crucial moment in the evolution of life.

Source: Hyperactive magnetic field may have led to one of Earth’s major extinctions | Science | AAAS

Hidden housemates: meet the moulds growing in your home

Email 0 PrintHome alone? Hardly. Our homes are positively swarming with creatures of all kinds. In our new series, we’ll be profiling the “hidden housemates” that live with us.Our offices and homes are full of airborne spores from fungi, and for the most part we never even notice them.Whether you like to think about it or not, you’re covered in microorganisms.

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