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Artificial reefs for coastal erosion control

The building of seawalls has been the subject of a controversial court case brought against BSC in recent years. What are the other options?

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: My Town and The Great Divide

When I walk the streets of my town I feel this. I feel the divide. I watch the masked mingle with the ‘medically exempt’. There’s an unspoken agitation. A sense of ‘them’ and ‘us’. My town is no longer a place of love and acceptance. It is not a place of compassion and kindness. There is an undercurrent of distrust, suspicion and potential violence. We are being taken.

The legalities around pork barrelling in NSW

The misallocation of public funds to benefit partisan interest, to the detriment of making such decisions based on merit, is nothing new in the state of NSW. However, the blatant justifications of the practice by the current coalition government are something new.

What’s in a COVID vaccine? We examine every single ingredient

Here is an explanation of the ingredients for the three vaccines currently in play in the Australian rollout: the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.

Ethical investing goes prudential

Ethical investing is the idea of using your money to make the world a better place rather than simply chasing the greatest financial return. It seeks to account for people and planet, not just profit. 

Editorial – One big, greasy SLAPP

Move over Julian Assange, Bernard Collaery and Witness K, there’s another name to add to the list of human rights and environmental activists who are being persecuted by merged corporate and government interests. 

COVID-19, Wuhan lab and the rumour that won’t go away

It’s the rumour that won’t go away – that SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from a high biosecurity lab in Wuhan, China.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Pain in the Arts

The arts sector is bleeding out – COVID-19 is killing us. We are the most significantly affected industry, first to close, last to go back. It’s harder and sometimes impossible for us to adapt, and the federal government clearly couldn’t give a shit.

Family and personal violence – the law plays catch up

How can it be that the response of the Prime Minister’s office to an allegation of rape in parliament house was to background journalists negatively about her partner? And that this bullying and re-victimising of the victim did not excite, at the very least, a police or judicial inquiry?

What can we learn from North America’s increasing fires and heatwaves?

As the northern hemisphere swelters through summer, the Canadian province of British Columbia is fighting nearly 200 wildfires.

Sharing the menu: sharks take shifts

Study finds sharks do ‘shift work’ in order to share their resources.

A cheery new report!

A report that examined the loss of ‘woody vegetation’ across NSW in 2019 was released by Department of Planning, Industry & Environment last week.

Coastal erosion in Byron Bay – a solution?

Erosion in Byron Bay appears out of control and may have the potential to threaten the welfare of the town.

Mandy Nolan’s Saopbox: Olley v Kondo

There is a dinner party game where you are asked who you would invite living or dead. I think I would have a dinner party at Margaret Olley’s house. With Marie Kondo. Just the two of them. I want to see how Ms Kondo copes with Ms Olley’s intensely populated surfaces. I think she would get very drunk. Margaret certainly would. I want to see how the Queen of decluttering mixes it up with the Queen of cluttering.

We made them do it

There was a moment during Simon Birmingham's interview on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday which really laid bare the impressive gall of the federal government.

Stomach that: Liquid from cow stomachs digests plastic

Bacteria from the stomach of a cow can digest some plastic, removing it from the environment, according to a team of Austrian researchers.

Storylines: Heal Country

As NAIDOC week arrives and we spend another year celebrating from home, it gives us a chance to sit and reflect upon the theme of this year’s celebrations.

Country and community clash with dreams of the almighty dollar?

‘In the Indigenous worldview, Country means a way of seeing the world. Everything is living. There is no separation between people and Nature.'

Black hole gulps down neutron star

For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves from a black hole swallowing a neutron star – and not just once, but twice.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: When it’s the Law that is Crazy

Imagine losing agency over your life decisions. That’s what happened to Britney Spears. For 13 years this woman, capable of generating personal assets around $US60 million, has lived under the rule of a court-appointed conservatorship (Aus version is a guardianship) that placed her father in charge of her life decisions.

Ink Gin still a winner

S Haslam Has it already been six years since I first saw a demonstration of the curious colour-changing properties of the innovative Ink Gin at...

Magnificent sporting prowess and flag pride after 2021 NAIDOC

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also shone in the sporting arena during NAIDOC 2021. 

Independent councillor calls for online voting

A manageable and easy-to-navigate system was necessary, Cr Allsop said, one that allowed 'equal presence for all candidates'.

Byron Farmers Markets temporarily moved to make way for COVID clinic

The Byron Farmers Market is to be held opposite Elements resort on Bayshore Drive this week, while health authorities use the Cavanbah Centre for a drive-through COVID testing service.