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Is math discovered or invented? – Jeff Dekofsky

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Published on 27 Oct 2014 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/is-math-dis… Would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated question. Lesson by Jeff Dekofsky, animation by The Tremendousness Collective. Read More »

Senate Moves On Foreign Fighters Bill Despite Human Rights Risk

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A new report warns the bill could allow breaches of human rights. It may also reverse the presumption of innocence, writes Wendy Bacon. A parliamentary Committee including Coalition, Labor and Greens senators has found that a security bill expected to be passed by the Senate today potentially violates human rights in hundreds of ways and recommends that it needs further ... Read More »

Today is stop Data Retention Day

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A group led by three senators will gather at Parliament House today to protest against the Government’s plans to force telcos and ISPs to store customer data. The Government wants the data stored so it can be used in criminal and anti-terrorism investigations. The plans, first mooted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis in August, would lead ... Read More »

SA farming group shifts field day into Victoria to trial GM crop varieties

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A South Australian farming group has moved its field day over the border into Victoria, so producers can legally trial genetically modified (GM) crop varieties. A moratorium on GM crops in South Australia has some grain producers concerned they are being left behind in tackling weeds and improving yields. AUDIO: SA farmers express frustration at their Government’s ban of genetically modified ... Read More »

Australia is Selling Uranium to India Without Safety Nets

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On May 18, 1974, India detonated an eight kiloton nuclear bomb named Smiling Buddha. The international reaction was swift, abject condemnation. This was the first bomb to be built from uranium sold as nuclear fuel, and it was the first bomb detonated by a country other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, England, ... Read More »

9 Year-Old Spanish Boy Becomes Young Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

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Since 1964, the National History Museum in London has been organizing their annual Wildlife Photographer Of The Year contest. This year, the Grand title winner in Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which includes photographers up to 17 years of age, was Carlos Perez Naval – a 9-year-old boy from Spain. Carlos’ parents are tireless travelers, and they always take ... Read More »

Open letter: Living in the hell called Nauru

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I am writing as a mother in Nauru house of detention. After 10 months of being detained on Christmas Island, my three-member family was brought here: myself and my husband and my son who is not yet three. As I knew we were going to be forcefully taken to Nauru, I felt sadness and spent all the night crying in ... Read More »

Our Refugee Story unfolds in Bendigo

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HUNDREDS of people gathered to hear the stories of refugees on Saturday. Refugee activist Julian Burnside, author Najaf Mazari and local Karen refugees talked about their perspectives on asylum seekers. More than 250 people listened to a discussion by panel members Bendigo Bank’s National Community Strengthening manager Chris DeAraugo, Mt Alexander Shire mayor Michael Redden, Mr Burnside, Bendigo councillor Mark Weragoda and ... Read More »

Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture

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Trevor Grant was the cricket writer when I joined The Age in 1985. I remember him as a friendly, independent character with whom I talked sport. In 1989, he joined News Corp, finally leaving in 2009 after he became “disillusioned with the direction of the newspaper [the Herald Sun]“. I didn’t know what happened to him thereafter and was somewhat ... Read More »