Friday News Picks

Posted on 21 March 2014

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Until a couple of years ago, each Friday I posted links about news items from the week. People told me they missed them so I’m starting up again. I usually choose things that are weird or under-reported.

Physicists have proven (or as close to proven as scientists get) that the Big Bang Theory is right. Then a young physicist went and knocked on the door of the guy who first came up with the theory and told him.

Australia’s Federal Government launched Cutting Red Tape, a website that’s allegedly going to keep the public informed on the government’s deregulation efforts.

A three-month-old baby died after he and his mother fell from a balcony in NSW, but this toddler was saved from his fall by a stranger on the ground.

The venom of the super poisonous Cone Snail could be used to treat chronic nerve pain.

Townsville police were very happy to be able to use their new powers under Queensland’s law about out of control parties.

Gina Rhinehart lost a court case and was ordered to pay the legal fees of journalist Adele Ferguson. Rhinehart tried to force Ferguson to reveal sources.

The United Nations has named Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Filipina Indigenous leader and activist, as the next UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Kevin Rudd has been giving evidence in the Royal Commission into the pink batts scheme.

Commenters on this article demonstrate Australia’s rape culture.

Scientists put nanotechnology in plants to make them into super efficient solar panels.

Indonesia’s opposition party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), announced that Joko Widodo is their candidate for the upcoming election.

A NASA-funded study says our civilisation is likely headed for collapse.

A tree-kangaroo joey bred in captivity has arrived at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. She’s very cute, although a little weird and hairless.

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