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Iconic London phone boxes get high-tech upgrade, prompting surveillance fears

And so the phone companies set about to put up a new kind of booth: two-sided digital displays with internet connectivity and touch-screen maps that flash craft beer and credit card ads, and also have a phone attached. “A lot of them are advertising totems with a telephone handset on …

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‘Living laboratory’: National flood study centre opens amid dry times

A year-and-a-half after massive floods inundated Lismore, the northern NSW town is to serve as a national “living laboratory”, hosting a research centre to focus on identifying flood risks and how to cope with their aftermath. The National Centre for Flood Research, which holds its inaugural symposium on Tuesday, will …

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Nobel prize in medicine jointly awarded to two cancer researchers

Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were created in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901. The literature prize will not be handed out this year …

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Phelps would ban fossil fuel firms’ political donations, oppose Adani

Dr Phelps would also oppose subsidies for the proposed giant Adani coal mine in Queensland, reject government support for new coal fired power plants, aim for 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and restore credibility to the Climate Change Authority that has largely been gutted by the Turnbull government. Loading …

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Rainfall tallies plummet after Australia’s driest September on record

Melbourne posted its fifth-driest September on record, with no days recording more than 5 millimetres of rain – only the second time that’s happened for that month in records going back to 1855. Loading Sydney’s rainfall was less extreme, coming in about one-quarter below average. A lack of rain has …

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A cynical attempt to avoid scrutiny

Late last Friday afternoon, after Commissioner Kenneth Hayne delivered his interim findings into the financial services industry, and the nation prepared for a weekend of football finals, the federal government quietly released a story that should have been front-page news. It had held onto the information for months, seemingly waiting …

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Short of a judge, US Supreme Court to decide fate of endangered frog

The frog, once thought to be extinct, lives in the wild exclusively in the De Soto National Forest in Mississippi. Its potential new home is more than 80 kilometres away, across the Pearl River in Louisiana, where the frog once lived but has not been seen since the 1960s. “It’s …

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Sony RX100 VI review: a peerless point-and-shoot with a DSLR price tag

Video is just as impressive. The Sony features Hybrid Log Gamma, a HDR video specification developed for broadcast television. The one letdown is no support for an external microphone, which rules out the RX100 VI for “run and gun” video journalists. When I wanted a little more control, mainly to …

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