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Wikipedia for maps

This link is to an online map of the area immediately around my house. It’s not quite as neat and tidy as the equivalent Google Map, but you’ll have to excuse the cartographer and his equipment for that. The cartographer?

Posted in blogosphere, life, science

Technological bumps along the road…

If Kevin Rudd really is serious about committing Australia to cuts of between 25 and 40% of emissions by 2020, we’re going to need every trick in the book to get there. To radically cut our carbon emissions over the

Posted in environment, science

Progressing the Senate

There’s a greater focus on the role of the Senate since the Howard Government gained control of both Houses. That’s a very good thing, and let’s hope it continues. Most of the Senate focus has been on the importance of

Posted in federal election '07, feminism, health, science

DC power being turned off in New York

The design of the V-2 rocket that terrorized London in the last days of WWII was, in substantial part, determined by Roman legislators around 450 BC. The V-2 rocket was designed to be transported on the back of a truck

Posted in science

Alarmism 101

I’ve been reading another bad book over the past week – a really bad book. It’s a long spray at consumerism and urban sprawl. It follows a fairly familiar formula – after the introduction (where you tell the reader what

Posted in media, science

Concentrating on solar power

Despite the fact that there’s rumours the upcoming budget is going to throw money at putting solar panels on people’s roofs, the conservatives are no fan of solar cells. And you know what? They’re dead right. Solar panels are one

Posted in environment, Technology

Reprise: What's it like to have one leg?

I don’t blog on disability issues very much, but I noticed at tigtog’s place a link to a blog that’s new to me – The Gimp Parade, and also via that link, I became aware of one of the very

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Posted in culture, Disability, life, Philosophy, Technology

Quantum geek blog stoushes hit the big time

A guest post by Mick Something really weird is happening in science right now, it seems that the blogosphere is changing the nature of scientific discourse. A great example of this, and one that I’m familiar with because it’s a

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Posted in culture, science

A watery neighbour round a friendly local red dwarf

I remember, as a kid, when the first planets outside our solar system were discovered. But these strange new worlds, inferred largely through watching the gravitationally-induced wobble in “nearby” stars (where “nearby” means stars whose light only took decades or

Posted in science

Money Meets Mouth

Brian of Backseat driving has made a real bet on global warming – as opposed to those vague publicity stunts from BetUS.

Posted in environment, Markets, science


A new study, whose findings were released today, provides further evidence to suggest that there is no link between induced abortion and breast cancer. A 2003 international expert panel convened by the National Cancer Institute reviewed and assessed research regarding

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Posted in feminism, health, Medicine, politics, science

The Lancing of Howard

A guest post by Bernice Balconey Lancet Editorial Volume 369, Number 9570, 21 April 2007 Australia: the politics of fear and neglect Australian clinical and public-health research is an emblem of excellence across the Asia-Pacific region. That enviable position is

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Posted in Federal Elections, health, Howardia, indigenous, media, politics, science

The US Supreme Court's ruling on Gonzales v. Carhart

In light of certain special interest groups who expect our current federal government to follow the lead of the Bush administration, an important point needs to be made widely known: the new abortion decision from the US Supreme Court will

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Posted in feminism, Law, Medicine, Parenting, politics

Renewables – a visual primer

Johnathan Holmes has done another excellent 4 Corners program on energy and greenhouse issues, this time specifically on renewable energy. If you have a decent internet connection, the whole thing is viewable online, and if you’ve got a spare 45

Posted in environment, Technology

Greenhouse Denialists Moderate Themselves in Supreme Court

With regards to the recent US Supreme Court decision describing carbon dioxide as a pollutant and requiring the EPA to again look into regulating it, it turns out that there is a fascinating side issue into what claims greenhouse denialists

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Posted in levity, politics, science
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