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Next gen gaming is not about raw power this time

Meanwhile the PS5 DualSense controller continues to blow me away. For the uninitiated, DualSense’s flagship features are haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. The former can pinpoint sensations in different areas on the gamepad allowing you to feel even the most minute details relative to the action on screen, while the …

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‘Dinosaur trees’ survived Black Summer, but they haven’t recovered enough for the next bushfire

Loading “We definitely breathed a sigh of relief,” Mr Mackenzie said. “It was an excellent sign that they would recover.” Of concern, though, has been the state of the seedlings and smaller juvenile plants, with most trees shorter than eight metres showing 100 per cent canopy scorching. While laboratory testing …

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Move to build grid-scale solar on industrial rooftops across Australia

CEP Energy chairman Morris Iemma on the roof of Narellan Town Centre in south-west Sydney with the centre’s manager Brad Page, and owners, Arnold Vitocco and Tony Perich. Eventually rooftop solar could be deployed at thousands of sites around the country, but the first grid-scale sites to be developed include …

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AUSTRAC claimed the Vatican wired $2.3 billion to Australia. The true figure was $9.5 million

It is thought the agency incorrectly apportioned to the Vatican hundreds of millions of dollars in transfers between Italy and Australia, leading to the massively inflated figure. AUSTRAC provided the $2.3 billion figure to Parliament in December following a question from Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. The senator was probing claims …

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Amid political chaos, US sets daily record for COVID-19 deaths

Coronavirus deaths in the US hit another one-day high of more than 4300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol. The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on …

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Brisbane remains on ‘heightened alert’ as it hopes to avoid another lockdown

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has asked the national cabinet to re-evaluate hotel quarantine rules in order to stamp out the mutant strain of COVID-19 before it spreads through the community. Her office told Brisbane Times the state government had no plans to halt international arrivals completely, with Queensland still accepting up …

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Target Time and superquiz, Thursday, January 14

TARGET TIME Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes or hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in “s”. Solution list is …

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We cannot delay vaccine rollout and risk major illness in winter

The ability to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through vaccination depends on how infectious the virus is, the uptake of vaccination, and how effective the vaccine is at preventing infection. No data is available on how effective the Pfizer vaccine is at preventing infection entirely, …

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Crossing the boundary: Player taunts demean Australian cricket crowds

In India’s long-distance view, there are two or three Australias. There’s MasterChef Australia seen more regularly these days on Indian TV screens than cricket. Diverse participants, warm judges, mouth-watering feasts. Then up pops live cricket, MasterChef Australia’s alter-ego: eye-grabbing, throat-constricting, high skill action, trite mouthing off between players and, in …

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JobKeeper can’t be forever but is needed a little longer

I adamantly support a permanent increase to the base rate of JobSeeker beyond March. I am less sure about extending JobKeeper, but I can see a case, which I’ll get to. First, let’s consider the cons of extending JobKeeper. The main potential pitfall is that the program, by stapling workers …

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