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  • Weird day

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    As I was passing through Central station I saw a lady so fat that she had to pass through the extra-wide luggage gate to the platform. Outside of our Marsfield site there was a young man besides a tree. He was equipped with a big fluffy microphone and stuffed cat. One of our bosses told […]

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  • The safest seat

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    The safest seat may be at the rear of a passenger plane but that's where you will fell the greatest effects of turbulence. As turbulence is far more common than crashes I think I'll stick to the front of the aircraft (or as close as I can get in discount economy!).

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  • A capabilities browser

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    Through my work in developing a system for entering and displaying staff resumes I have become involved in a project for capturing staff skills and capabilities across the entire organisation. My part is fairly small, basically updating the resume system, but it is giving me an insight into working as part of a larger team […]

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  • Flesh eating bacteria are evolution in action

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    Researchers have discovered that the Streptococcus bacterium acquired its "flesh eating" toxic shock power after an infection of its own from a bacteriophage, a form of virus that attacks bacteria, about 30 years ago. The bacteriophage inserted a gene into a strain of the strep bacteria that allows it to take the human plasminogen protein […]

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  • Altitude sickness on an airline

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    The Sydney Morning Herald recently carried an article entitled High altitude flights spark symptoms. It referred to a study of the Effect of Aircraft-Cabin Altitude on Passenger Discomfort published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that the reported rates of discomfort increased greatly at simulated altitudes above 2100 metres and durations […]

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  • Extremists and universities

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    I found James Button's article discussing how educated young men could turn into Muslim extremists while at foreign universities quite interesting. I have seen it happen with Asian (in this case oriental) students who arrive here ambivalent about religion and emerge as devout Christians. In their home country the students usually have a place in […]

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