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On the shark sightings

A surf life saving nippers carnival was also postponed due to the Saturday sighting.

They didn't want the Nippers getting nippered.
 


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Meiqing followed his winery dream from China. Now, his losses are soaring past $1 million​


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Standing on a levee at his flooded property outside Renmark, in South Australia’s Riverland, Lin Meiqing is putting on a brave face.
He is looking out to neat rows of grape-covered vines that are turning brown in the baking summer sun, their roots submerged in flood water.
“Half the vines are already dead,” says the 55-year-old. “If the water stays high one more month, they will all be dead. A very bad year: Hopeless, hopeless yeah.”


Mr Lin says in the early days his business was thriving. At its peak, the vineyard’s annual output of 1,500 tonnes of grapes produced more than 2 million bottles of red wine, shipped exclusively to China.
However, as
Australia-China relations soured
in 2020 around $1 billion worth of table wine exports dried up. Mr Lin was among those severely affected.

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What to do if you encounter a snake?

Take the appropriate steps.

Large ones in the opposite direction.
 
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These snakes move very fast and can even outpace a person running at full speed.

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Something every Aussie outbacker needs to own and know how to use!


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if you can use a punji sufficiently well to 'tame' an eastern brown.....I reckon there would a job opening for you in Australia

The first few attempts could be damn interesting/dangerous. Remember you can't outrun it !
 
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Uni....you are an absolute legend, mate. i take my hat off to you !

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Uni on the road from Melbourne to Cairns. The text reads “A journey of approximately 4,000km ... Australia north-to-south cut, start!” Photograph: @Uni.Kick


Japanese backpacker using scooter to travel 3,000km from Melbourne to Cairns​


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The 23-year old is determined to complete the trip from south to north on his foot-powered scooter – and regional Australia has welcomed him with open arms



You often see lively sights on the back roads of north-east Victoria: tractors, horse floats, the occasional fruit seller.
But rarely will you see a young man scooting along gravel tracks, wearing a traditional Japanese kasa and carrying nothing but a backpack.
 
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Vanadium redox flow batteries can provide cheap, large-scale grid energy storage. Here's how they work​


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The world's largest VRFB, installed in China last year, has 100MW of power and a capacity of 400MWh, or enough to meet the electricity demand of 200,000 residents for a day.
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The Bathurst 12 Hour is on their warm up lap.


This is one of the races under SRO.
 
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The third video, I'm not watching 'cause I'm watching the race - but it's probably what I think it is and that was a spectacular accident. Modern cars are so much safer than they used to be.
 
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Given Bluey’s success, is it reshaping Australia’s image overseas?

Numbers don't lie. Bluey ranked in the top 10 streaming programs in the United States by minutes viewed last year, according to audience insights and analytics firm Nielsen.

It beat both Gilmore Girls and Seinfeld, and was streamed for more than 20 billion minutes on Disney+.

It's clearly captured the hearts of millions of American children.

Read On.

Australia used to have this to encourage tourists....squarely aimed at the generation with $
 
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By the way, I don't do spoilers, but the Bathurst 12 Hour predictably was exciting through to the last lap. Lots of green flag racing, punctuated with yellow flags.

The field was small this year, but that's fine. No Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, or Bentley. Mercedes AMG GTR examples filled the field, with just a couple of BMW M4 GT3 entries. This was the last hurrah for the Porsche 921.1, as the 922.2 will be homologated soon.

It'll be another year or two before you see a couple of American cars back in the mix, as Corvette has started a customer racing program and BMW has agreed to build and maintain on behalf of Ford (when outside the US).

But, it was still worth watching.
 

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So... There's a town in Australia called "Poowong" and they're now "Pooright" - but only for a month and because of gut biome health stuff.

 
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. As Australia prepares to modernise its electricity grid, it should follow other countries examples, with the use of superconducting cables for key sections of the grid. A single 17-centimetre cable can carry the entire output of several nuclear plants. Cities and regions around the world have done this to cut emissions, increase efficiency, protect key infrastructure against disasters and run powerlines underground. It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity.


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High voltage power lines are cheaper but they have disadvantages.


Where would superconductors have most effect?​

Queensland. The sunshine state is planning four new high-voltage transmission projects, to be built by the mid-2030s. The goal is to link clean energy production in the north of the state with the population centres of the south.

Right now, there are major congestion issues between southern and central Queensland. Strategically locating superconducting cables here would be the best location, serving to future-proof infrastructure, reduce emissions and avoid power loss.
 
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Just popping down to the local supermarket to pick up a few things?

A grocery run.....in Outback Australia



The milk and bread Ms Doyle unpacked in her kitchen the other day had travelled a passport-worthy distance of 540 kilometres across Queensland and the NT.

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