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    November 7, 2014 Why we pay too much for not enough

    Being a gamer, much like drug addiction and building rockets out of gold, is an expensive habit. The main difference between gaming and those other two things is that with them, you mostly get what you pay for. Oh, and I guess the other things are also illegal? But I digress. Originally, this was going […]

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    November 6, 2014 Welp, that’s no good

    Bad news for anyone who loves the environment: Australia has just been nominated as the dirtiest polluter in the developed world, per person. The only way that’s going to change is if we make the effort. According to the article: Australians’ per-capita carbon emissions are the highest of any major developed country in the world. […]

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    November 5, 2014 These things are disturbingly adorable

    These little animals are so hardcore. They could potentially live anywhere from the deepest depths of space to the inside of volcanoes. Just amazing. From Wikipedia: Tardigrades are classified as extremophiles, organisms that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth. For example, tardigrades can […]

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    Noel Pearson gave one hell of a eulogy at Gough Whitlam’s farewell

    So, so good. English students will no doubt be studying it for years to come. Hard to pity them, really. “Thirty-eight years later, we are like John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin’s Jewish insurgents ranting against the despotic rule of Rome, defiantly demanding: ‘And what did the Romans ever do for us anyway?’ “Apart […]

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    “This is not a feminist critique of society. This is a critique on how gender expectations affect the human experience”

    You’re probably wondering who I am. I’m a Year 12 student studying the influences of language on gender in my Extension English class. I never really considered the different aspects of gender until studying the topic, and, honestly, my perspective of the world has had a dramatic change. It’s no secret that the strange pressure-cooker […]

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    October 31, 2014 What Makes Humans Special?

    Human beings are pretty special! There are all kinds of cool properties that human being have developed over many millions of years of evolution. In this image from Scientific American, we can take a graphical tour through some of the stranger properties of our anatomy.

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    October 24, 2014 Amazing Stories: The tale of Pemulwuy

    The soldiers march through the hot afternoon, sweat trickling down their necks, the moisture captured by their heavy woollen uniforms. Their steps are heavy; packs laden down with supplies and guns slung over their shoulders force them down into the earth. A kookaburra bursts into a flurry of laughter as magpies warble with renewed pleasure. […]

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    Maximising study and minimising stress

    Understanding and managing what contributes to good performance is essential to reduce stress levels for exams. Preparation is the key to performance. This must start early, allowing time to build confidence with the subject matter and assist your memory recall. To perform well in exams you need to think about “training” a range of skills. […]