SYNTHETIC LIFE – THE RADICAL RESHAPING OF OUR WORLD
To its opponents it is a frightening concept of humans messing with the laws of nature, bringing unforeseen consequences. To its proponents, developing synthetic life is the answer to many of the problems we’ve already created. It’s the fix. From pollution-free fuels that can be harvested from vats of yeast, to viruses being programmed to be cancer killers, synthetic life is a game-changer for all of us.
LOVING RATS & MICE - A NATIONAL CHALLENGE
Australians love their marsupials. Our kangaroos and koalas. Our wombats and quokkas, to name just a few. But now we’re being challenged to extend the love to our remarkable native rodents. That’s right, rats and mice. (Some of them used to be the height of fashion.)
NEWCASTLE – THE GREAT AUSSIE COMEBACK
In what may well offer hope to others around Australia, former steel city Newcastle has defied predictions of Armageddon (after the departure of BHP) to reinvent itself as a vibrant, booming location. A place where increasing numbers of people want to make their future.
RADICAL PLAN UNDERWAY TO SAVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Many of the scientists trying to save the Great Barrier Reef from terminal decline believe we are already out of time. As a result, they have begun a radical action plan which involves fast-tracking the evolution of coral, helping it to adapt to the realities of warmer waters that (until now) have been killing it.
NOT THE KINGSWOOD! FRENCH THREATEN TO CRUSH CLASSIC HOLDEN ‘BARN FIND’
An Australian man’s joy at discovering a classic Holden ‘barn find’ is at risk of a crushing finish, with French authorities deeming the 1970 Kingswood ute has secret compartments which could be used to transport drugs. In actual fact, the spaces are part of standard design for that vehicle.
COST OF ROYAL VISIT KEEPS RISING
The cost of flying the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall to and from Australia is extraordinary. After a few days the price tag for airfares alone is already over $75 000 and rising fast. This is ridiculously expensive. It is more than five times the cost of luxury flights from Singapore to Brisbane for the couple – in first class, on British Airways – and the Prince still has a return trip planned to the Republic of Vanuatu, travel across Queensland and the Northern Territory, and perhaps a return to Singapore.