- Australia's gun laws are not as strict as they should be:
The number of guns now exceeds the 3.2 million firearms in Australia before the introduction of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement [...] Licence holders now own about 3.9 guns each compared with 2.1 guns in 1997.
- Kangaroo rat escapes rattlesnake attack with 'ninja-style' kicks in new research video - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Song Exploder | DJ Shadow breaks down 'Mutual Slump'
- For decades, Garfield telephones kept washing ashore in France. Now the mystery has been solved. - The Washington Post
- Science Fiction and the Philosophical “Ship of Theseus” Problem | Tor.com:
How would an uploaded digital consciousness fare against the Ship of Theseus problem? If my mind was recreated perfectly in a digital format, would it in fact be me? What if my fleshy meatsack self was still alive? Would that change your answer?
- 'Like the Eye of Sauron': western Europe's tallest building planned for tiny Danish town | Cities | The Guardian
- 'Vandals': NSW environment staff fear for jobs as office dissolves:
Premier Gladys Berejiklian defended the dissolution of OEH, noting heritage would be shifted to the Arts portfolio headed by Don Harwin as minister. Environment would have "a prominent place within Planning". Translation: heritage shoved in with other stuff they don't give a crap about, environment shifted over so their developer mates can get dodgy approvals in a one-stop-shop.
- Cats can recognise their own name, Japanese study finds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo says there is no evidence cats actually attach meaning to our words, not even their own names. Instead, they have learned that when they hear their names they often get rewards like food or play, or something bad like a trip to the vet
- Five damaging myths about video games – let's shoot 'em up | Games | The Guardian:
somehow, we are able simultaneously to worry that games are the root cause of many of society's problems, yet also consider them to be a pointless or vacuous thing to do.
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