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Singer Tony Bennett has been secretly battling Alzheimer’s for four years

“I would explain, but he wouldn’t get it. He’d tell me, ‘Susan, I feel fine.’ That’s all he could process – that physically he felt great. So, nothing changed in his life. Anything that did change, he wasn’t aware of.” His wife and one of his sons, Danny, have essentially …

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New York faces heaviest snow of the season as storm comes east

Winter storm warnings and advisories stretch from Tennessee to Maine, according to the National Weather Service. Chicago got 23 centimetres in some areas as the storm passed through on Saturday. At Reagan National Airport, 10 centimetres fell, but more snow could drop later, said Rich Otto, a forecaster with the …

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Unlocking the secrets of one of the universe’s strongest magnets

Mr Lower said they monitored the magnetar between May and October last year, using the CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope. “We found that the radio pulses that were coming from it were very different to what you would expect to see from a body like that,” he said. The magnetar was …

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Silver is the new Gamestop: Price boosted by online movement

Michael Every, global strategist at Rabobank, said that the claims online are that gold and silver prices are being repressed by financial bets against them. If the price goes up enough for an extended period of time, the thinking goes, the big investors who bet against gold and silver would …

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Protecting everyone’s rights benefits us all

Australian laws currently allow governments across the country to arrest, prosecute and lock up children as young as 10. In just one year across Australia close to 600 children aged 10 to 13 years were locked away in prisons. Protecting all human rights protects us all.Credit:Andrew Dyson Aboriginal and Torres …

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Don’t worry, the pension will still be there when you need it

Most Australians fear that the age pension won’t exist by the time they retire. It’s a view shared by more than half of Australians, and almost two-thirds of those aged under 55 years. They should relax. The federal government’s retirement income review, released late last year, shows that the pension …

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Apologising for China’s delinquency? We’ll be sorry

Loading Funny thing, though. While this argument was often raised in favour of China, it was not raised in favour of another rising great power in the region – India. It’s true that India’s rise is in a much earlier phase than China’s, yet rising it is. No one’s been …

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Menindee Lakes: Site of massive fish-kill still being mismanaged

Sadly, ecologically harmful decisions about the lakes’ management are still being made. On Tuesday, as we mark World Wetlands Day, the NSW government is pushing ahead with engineering works that will stop the lakes filling and make them drain more quickly so corporate irrigators at the top of the catchment …

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Climate change and Canberra’s fossilised ‘functional realities’

Loading In the pause that followed, you could hear the collective agony of the scientists who have begged politicians the world over for decades for meaningful climate action. “But if carbon pricing was the most effective mechanism to achieve the outcome, then shouldn’t the government take advice from the independent …

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‘Holy grail’ of taxing land owners who profit from ‘stroke of a pen’ proves elusive

Loading “Conceptually it’s ideal. In practice, it’s much harder to distil and involves every level of government working together.” A group representing eight councils in western Sydney has called for a review of public policy which, it argues, allows disproportionate private gains to be made from publicly funded works. “We …

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