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No wonder Parliament is dysfunctional … look at the building

Parliament House in Canberra was designed to facilitate democracy, but instead symbolises the emptiness at the heart of our nation. And its centrepiece — a large slab of reflective granite — evokes a desire to throw coins and to wish for something better, writes Kim Dovey.

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Today I Discovered Humans Have 40 Senses, Not Five

We've all learned about the five senses of the human body: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. And that's it, right? But think about it - your body does so much more than these five things. You can sense temperature, for example. You have an innate sense of your own body and how it exists in a space. In fact ...

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Lyon strikes the right speed to tame Kohli

Virat Kohli has a strong record against off-spin but he may have a flaw, as Nathan Lyon discovered.

Warning for holidaymakers as toxins found at popular tourist spot

It's the jewel in the crown of the South Coast, but toxic contamination has been discovered at Jervis Bay

Disabled access to toilets limited for users unable to open doors

Arto Aaro Bohm thought his needs would be met when the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital opened its doors to the public ...

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Racing NSW's $7.5m Golden Eagle lands on Derby Day

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys launched another multi-million dollar strike at the heart of  Melbourne’s Spring Carnival and promised there was more to come in his mission to   reinvigorate racing and find its ...

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George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Captivates the Internet's Collective Heart at Casket Viewing

George H.W. Bush's service dog bid his final farewell to the late President on Tuesday afternoon. At the services held at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, the golden retriever named Sully,...

Bali scooter crash victim dies days after being flown back to Australia in a coma

A 21-year-old Sunshine Coast surf coach with a "heart of gold" who was left in a critical condition with a severe brain injury after a scooter crash in Bali dies in Brisbane.

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Today I Discovered What Happened Last Time Outsiders Visited North Sentinel Island

Last month, a tiny remote island in the Bay of Bengal made headlines when an American missionary was killed by the ...

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Today I Discovered The World At World War: Distilled Into 20 Minutes

The Second World War swallowed up the years between 1939 and 1945, affecting people across the globe and ending as ...

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Bitcoin-Stealing Malware Discovered In Popular JavaScript Package Used By The BBC, Microsoft

On November 20, developer Ayrton Sparling posted an issue on the GitHub repo for "event-stream" — a JavaScript package that enjoys 1-1.5 million downloads per week and is used in some rather high-profile ...

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Jericho Cup centenary pays tribute to the great Bill The Bastard

Finally, Bill The Bastard, the horse with a bigger heart than Phar Lap and a better weight-carrier than Bernborough, will get racecourse recognition in the Jericho Cup at Warrnambool.

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Today I Discovered The Bizarre, Tragic Story Of 'Real' Elvis Impersonator Orion

In 1979, two years after the death of Elvis Presley, a gold vinyl appeared in record shops across America. The album was titled 'Reborn' and featured a masked man bedecked in an Elvis-style jumpsuit and trademark pompadour. His name was Orion - and his singing voice was eerily similar to the king of rock and roll. ...

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Trapper shot attacking bear and then discovered it had already killed his family

Gjermund Roesholt was almost home when he discovered the bodies. His partner and daughter had been mauled to death.

Walking isn't just good for you, it's good for the economy — and we're talking billions

It's proven to reduce your risk of heart disease and boost your mental health, but walking is also boosting local ...

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Today I Discovered Cows Aren't Actually Called Cows

Everyone knows what a cow is, right? But did you know that they're not actually called "cows"? The term is purely ...

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Manafort’s lawyer briefed Trump's team on what he told Mueller

The arrangement was highly unusual and inflamed tensions with Mueller's office when prosecutors discovered it after Manafort began cooperating two months ago.

Why Scott Morrison has had a change of heart on population

The Prime Minister's plans to cut migration will please a lot of ordinary voters and enrage big business.

Gerda Dunkel was 82kg when she had weight loss surgery, but within a fortnight she was dead

A Perth woman who died after losing her spleen and suffering a heart attack following weight loss surgery may not have been a suitable candidate for the procedure, an inquest hears.

As this woman had heart surgery, deadly bacteria entered her body. Then it killed her

Fay Sherret was killed by a slow-growing bacteria that entered her body as she had a routine heart valve replacement ...

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Today I Discovered All People With Blue Eyes Are Distantly Related

As a brown-eyed person, I've always been jealous of people with striking blue eyes, but it turns out there's a ...

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New Gmail Bug Is A Paradise For Spammers And Phishers

A newly discovered bug in Gmail makes it possible for senders to push email out while obfuscating the sender's ...

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Today I Discovered The Difference Between 'Four-Wheel Drive' And 'All-Wheel Drive'

You know what would be really handy? If a trained rally driver with access to a bunch of all-wheel drive and ...

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It survived three wars, now Gaza's only grand piano makes public debut

A Belgian charity, Music Fund, sent in experts to restore the piano after it was discovered abandoned in a destroyed theatre.

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El Dia de los Muertos: grieving the Mexican way

At the heart of these annual celebrations is a culture that seems less afraid of death than those in the West, refusing to let their loved ones disappear into faded memories. 

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McCarron's tip-in breaks Kings' heart

Melbourne United took on Sydney on Saturday and they played out a classic encounter.

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