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The Golden Possum!

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WE RECENTLY HAD a very special possum brought in to the clinic. She’s a rare golden variety of the Common Brushtail Possum. The golden colour occurs due to a mutation which causes a low level of the pigment melanin which gives them their normal colour. They are so rare in

Talk about Country, local native plants

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What grows on a block near you, and how it was used. OUR HARSH CANBERRA region topography and landscape is nevertheless blessed with myriad endemic native species. In a talk about Country, Tyrone Bell, a Ngunnawal custodian who grew up in Yass but now lives in Canberra, and who now runs the

How to identify a Yam Daisy, or Murnong

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WHEN EUROPEANS FIRST arrived in the Canberra area, it was said that the open hillsides glowed yellow with yam daisy flowers  — a delicious indigenous staple food. This little yellow-flowered plant looks remarkably similar to a dandelion, but up close it is quite different. Sadly today yam daisies are quite hard

Caring

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Maria Taylor visits two local heros of animal medicine and welfare in south-east NSW in this excerpt from her forthcoming book. THERE ARE A lot of kangaroos in my neighourhood on the fringes of the national capital. The countryside is rural residential — a mix of hobby-block farming, people who feed

Dark Emu: pre-colonial Aboriginal society

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Australia should be proud but few learn this in school. “IT IS EXCITING to revisit the words of the first Europeans to ‘witness’ the pre-colonial Aboriginal economy. In Dark Emu, my aim is to give rise to the possibility of an alternative view of pre-colonial Aboriginal society”, Bruce Pascoe writes in

Wine and nature at Contentious Character, Wamboin

IN THE MIDDLE of Wamboin, tucked behind an extended driveway lined with green and yellow flora, is Contentious Character — a vineyard, winery, cellar door and kitchen — specialising in working their wines into their kitchen menu. A place where the wines and the food, have a delicious twist. https://districtbulletin.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CC05-Wamboin-v1-copy.mp4 The menu

Traffic pollution exposure in pregnancy: link to autism?

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EXPOSURE TO TRAFFIC pollution has been found to be linked with an increased risk of autism in a Canadian area with relatively low air pollution. Although the cause of autism is unknown, Canadian researchers studied estimated exposure during pregnancy to three airborne pollutants and found environmental nitric oxide (not to be

Cbr Beer Wine BBQ Festival: Goolabri, 8 Dec

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THIS YEAR ON Saturday 8th December, local breweries, wineries and all things barbeque will be found at one of the region’s most stunning event venues, Goolabri. Hosting the very first Canberra Beer Wine & Barbeque Festival, “The Wedgetail Pavilion” is the perfect setting. The Canberra region has some incredible wines and

I am not a rat! And what are they doing to rats anyway?

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THE NATIONAL TOXICOLOGY Program (NTP) of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has released research suggesting a conclusive link between mobile phone radiation and cancer in rats and mice. The research involved exposing male and female rats and mice to radio-frequency radiation that the authors suggested was like that used in 2G

Mums fashion-brand their children, why?

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Friday essay: family as 'brand' – the rise of the digital mumpreneur “TAYLEN HAS BECOME a brand,” says Angelica Calad, the mumpreneur behind the #influencer account #taylensmom. Taylen Biggs, age five, has more than 150,000 followers. In an era of advertising ennui, #influencers like Taylen’s mother can collect more than 3,000

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