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Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

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Why does Iron Gates developer get another bite at the DA?

Locals, concerned residents and other parties were left in the dark for the first 15 minutes of the Iron...

Shh – it’s Secret Bridesmaid’s Business

It is the very eve of Meg’s wedding – her mother is fussing over every detail and her best friends are doing little to help. The wedding is the gala event that Meg has dreamed of since she was a girl and one that has taken far too long to come true. But, anything that can go wrong does until the veil is lifted on an unhappy secret, and Meg’s dream is rocked by a revelation she doesn’t want to be true.

Posters gone

I am writing to bring attention to a growing issue in our community – the removal of community posters....

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

Potholes deep dive

While Byron Council tells residents there’s no funding to repair flood-damaged roads and vital access to peoples’ homes, or...

Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic

There are a number of reports currently in the media of a 2016 research project where scientists have engineered spinach plants to send emails. The question to be considered isn’t really how they did it, but why they did it. Although not completely familiar with the interests and desires of spinach plants I would assume all they want is light, water, and food – usually manure. The manure might be symbolic of this research.

This is by no means the weirdest piece of scientific research ever, as the yearly Ig Nobel prizes will show. But there are other areas they could have investigated including why do most children hate it [spinach] and does it give you great muscles instantaneously, as it did for Popeye – although my own research suggests it doesn’t.

Further efforts could include how to use carrots to really improve your eyesight, how to quickly determine the heat of a chilli without giving it to a younger sibling to test, and why will people only eat bent bananas when straight ones taste the same?

A far better spinach-based research project would have been how to grow more of it, and faster, as it is good for you. Then the research could be generalised to improve food production overall which would be a boon for many.


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