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No, this is not a real satellite image of Australia. This is a heatmap of the areas affected by Australia's brushfires compiled using composite satellite images from NASA between December and January 5th by artist Anthony Hearsey. As explained in a BBC article: It is actually artist Anthony Hearsey's visualisation of one month of data of locations where ...


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The Australia-headquartered corporation BlueScope produces specialty coated steel. For example see ZINCALUME® steel: Next generation ZINCALUME® steel’s patented Activate® technology introduces magnesium into the aluminium-zinc alloy coating, improving galvanic protection by activating the aluminium. The result is a tougher protective coating that's ...


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TLDR: No. Initially, I wrote that this was just silly, but now I see it is worse than that. It is tautological. Map of rail route on the right. Perhaps the funniest idea of this conspiracy theory is that there is a single, cohesive proposal for a new high speed rail link between Brisbane and Melbourne, rather than a political quagmire. The Wikipedia page ...


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Yes, they do share... but not specifically because of the fires or out of a sense of altruism. According to AFP Fact Check: University of Adelaide ecologist Dr. Michael Swinbourne told AFP via email on January 16, 2020: “Wombats will share their burrows with other animals at the same time. I wouldn't say that wombats are "happy" about sharing with other ...


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BBC Report on recent Australian fire maps One image shared widely by Twitter users, including by singer Rihanna, was interpreted as a map showing the live extent of fire spread, with large sections of the Australian coastline molten-red and fiery. But it is actually artist Anthony Hearsey's visualisation of one month of data of locations where fire ...


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That claim cannot really be proven or disproven, because there is not clear (or objective) what "cheap" means. Nuclear power is fairly cheap, but it is not the cheapest. As already mentioned in a comment "cheap" is only really useful in comparison to something else (i.e. in this case other energy sources). Furthermore, it depends on the costs that are ...


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There are many specialty steel variants, and no doubt at least some of them are patented by Australian firms and therefore cannot be sourced from other places. Also, the exact composition of the raw materials (any source will leave its trace contaminants) can have an effect on the resulting alloy, and Australian steel mills are going to source their raw ...


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I believe this question is based on a misunderstanding of the poorly-expressed claim (which seems to be plagiarised on many sites). Compared with the distortions caused by First Past the Post voting, Preferential voting gives an advantage to minority parties: Dr Peter Chen from the University of Sydney said preferential voting allows for a greater ...


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Yes... and no, depending on your definitions. In October 2019, GetUp! submitted a "Political Campaigner Return" to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) With "electoral expenditure" of $2,314,890 and total payments of $14,446,914, Advance Australia can argue that only 16% of the payments went on electoral expenditure in financial year 2019. GetUp!...


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The answer to your headline question is yes, coal seams in the blue mountains are burning. But that has been the case for the last 6000 years or so as Mt Wingen (Burning Mountain) at the north end of the Blue Mountains has coal seams that have been continuously burning for that long. There are others which seem to have been burning at least since the sixties,...


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The claims seems to be roughly correct in the sense that the TAPRI report has this data; from the report linked by Legion600: Table 2 shows that at the time of Census in 2016 these temporary migrants constituted a significant share of all those employed in the occupations listed. For example, this amounted to 19 ...


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Halalsquare maintains a list of Halal-certified foods in Australia. To appear on their database food has to be either certified by a certification company, or intrinsically Halal-safe, based on ingredients. The overseeing authority is the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. Many manufacturers want their food to be Halal certified, for several reasons:...


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The book The Last Tasmanian Tiger by Robert Paddle records several accounts as of thylacine sightings on mainland Australia in modern (European) times. A naturalist named Cambrian, claimed to have inspected recently deceased remains collected from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, NSW in the 1880s. He inspected a second dead animal at a location concluded ...


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According to Cost of electricity by source (Wikipedia) estimated UK LCOE for projects starting in 2015 gives nuclear at 93 £/MWh. Onshore wind power is at 62 £/MWh. A US study gives nuclear at 96.2 $/MWh and geothermal at 44.0 $/MWh. You can see that page for more studies.


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Not really ; mixing zinc and aluminum in steel coatings has been around over 40 years. Different compositions will have different physical and chemical/cathodic properties , anyone can claim theirs is the "best". Look in Woldmans' Alloy Index; of the many thousands of listed alloys,possibly half can be called some type of carbon steel - It doesn't take much ...


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Short answer: Lyme disease is not endemic to Australia. This is the conclusion supported by all credible recent scientific articles. This is also the Australian Government's official position. Note: All bolded text is added emphasis not present in the original source. All cited scientific articles are peer-reviewed. Given that the question was asked over 4 ...


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