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How NASA plans to send humans to Venus

Hovering in the atmosphere Luckily, the idea behind NASA’s new mission is not to land people on the inhospitable surface, but to use the dense atmosphere as a base for exploration. No actual date for a HAVOC type mission has been publicly announced yet. This mission is a long term …

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‘A gay teacher doesn’t teach gay maths’: on Q&A, it’s OK to be right

It was a lively night – and never more lively than when the debate turned to Australia’s dwindling foreign aid budget. Foreign aid is another of Sachs’s areas of expertise. Paterson, however, wanted to make his government’s point: the poll-tested contention that “we do need to restore the strength of …

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‘Heat shock’: Bad news for beer industry lurks

“Although it may be argued that consuming less beer is not disastrous – and may even have health benefits – there is little doubt that for millions of people around the world, the climate impacts on beer consumption will add insult to injury,” the paper concludes. The paper comes a …

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Ramsay board rejects mystery ‘love-child’ nominee

Ramsay Health Care shareholder meetings are usually very staid affairs, but that is set to change next month with a mysterious interloper making her bid for the health care provider’s blue-chip boardroom. Seeking election to the board, alongside former Telstra chief executive David Thodey, is another former Telstra employee with …

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‘Bad odds’: The families of gamblers pay a high price

Contemplating the recent proposal to use the elegant sails of the Sydney Opera House as an advertising hoarding for a horse race and gambling, I recalled horrible moments of my childhood. I shuddered recalling the impact gambling had on my family. Suzanne Rickard and her sister Amanda in 1953. Yes, …

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If you’re stuck in the ‘man box’, trying to conform can spell disaster

The organisation surveyed 1000 men aged 18-30 across a broad social spectrum and found two thirds of respondents said they felt pressure from society to act a certain way. Within that group, one third of men actually agreed they should conform to those expectations. Jesuit Social Services chief executive Julie …

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Coles sales boost wasn’t all child’s play

Loading The timing was no accident. A lot of strategic effort went into making September a very positive quarter. The sales bump in this latest period is due to a number of factors – the most important of which was the Little Shop promotion in which Coles harnessed the pester …

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Push to increase and expand GST

Australia’s top economists, including Ken Henry, Chris Richardson, Miranda Stewart, John Freebairn, and Richard Highfield, have all called for it to be broadened. Illustration: Matt Golding Mr Frydenberg told Fairfax Media “the GST is set and we have no plans to lift it”, but in 2015 praised a proposal by then …

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Race-by-race preview and tips for Newcastle on Tuesday

Race 2 CL1 HCP (1300m): Topweight 1. Nicco Lad was caught three wide, no cover and over-raced in a much stronger Randwick BM 74 last start for Everest-winning stable and naturally couldn’t go on in the straight, but before that held on nicely to win his maiden at Canterbury. Despite …

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Target and superquiz, Tuesday, October 16

TARGET 7917 How many words of four letters or more can you make from those shown here? Each letter may be used once per word. Each word must contain the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No plurals ending in “s”; no foreign words; no …

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