Author: Samantha Allemann (page 1 of 2)

Aiming High: Equal Playing Field (Fernwood)

Laura Youngson is not the type of person to sit back and seethe. Annoyed that a women’s soccer team didn’t receive funding while the men’s team did, Laura established the Equal Playing Field initiative to promote women in sport. “That’s where the idea came from, to do something so outrageous and so ridiculously difficult that people would think, ‘you did that? that’s crazy!’,” she says. And as far as challenges go, playing soccer at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is up there.

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Mysterious markings

In 1980 in America’s Bible Belt, a toddler named James Luke had tumours all over his body. An IV insertion caused a linear scar on his neck, while a tumour behind his left eye blinded him and another behind his right ear was biopsied. Twelve years later, James’ mother Kathy had given birth to two healthy children and was welcoming another son. As well as being born blind in his left eye, with a cyst behind his right ear, her newborn son had a linear birthmark on his neck.

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You’ve Got Meal: 3D Printed Food (Matters Journal)

Imagine pattering into the kitchen, flicking on the coffee maker and casually leaning over to fire up your personal 3D printer, which warms up and gets ready to whip you up a plate of eggs or pancakes. So far so Sci-Fi, right? In reality this is how the CSIRO think we’ll be making breakfast 13 years from now.

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We are not alone: close encounters of an Australian kind (Daily Care)

Many of us spend our days hunched over our phones, peering down. But before we became glued to technology, we looked up, and what did we see? Birds, clouds…and UFOs. Here are three of the most notable UFO sightings in Australian history.

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Urban Abundance: The Plummery (Pip)

The Plummery sounds like a sprawling countryside property. Its garden beds grow an abundance of vegetables, with surrounding fruit and nut trees underplanted with shrubs, herbs and flowers. Bubblegum grape shades the house and there’s a greenhouse with bananas and babaco. A quail aviary sits by the side of the house and on the southern side are avocados, feijoas and a cherry guava.

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BeeKeeper Parade (Peppermint)

Koky Saly keeps his promises. Searching for a way to fund his charity BabyTree Projects, Koky cottoned on to using discarded fabrics to make backpacks. The sales from BeeKeeper Parade bags go towards educating children in his native Cambodia – a cause his sister Sophia was passionate about. Before passing away from cervical cancer, Sophia asked Koky to continue to inspire change in the world; five years later, he’s continuing that mission and enjoying newfound fame thanks to a recent Humans In Melbourne post.

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Rescue Remedy – Animal Foster Carers (Sunday Life)

Australia’s animal shelters are brimming, with hundreds of thousands of companion animals euthanised every year. Rescue groups are inundated, relying on volunteer foster carers to open their homes and hearts to animals in need. 

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Beat Ratio Goes Back To 1985 (Something You Said)

Gabriele Raciti, an Italian musician based in Melbourne, is Beat Ratio. Strictly abiding by a self-imposed rule of only creating what he can from using 80s equipment, Beat Ratio worships at the altar of the synth, 4-track and Commodore 64.

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Guttural Yelling From A Hilltop Pagoda: Setting Up An NGO In A Developing Country (The Vocal)

Beware the dangers of hiking. “I blame the fresh countryside air for the start of this whole DevelopEd adventure,” jokes Chris Nguyen. On a hike with her partner Dennis Worrall and friend Mark Brown, the trio discussed the possibility of volunteering overseas. “That then quickly morphed into what our dream education-focused NGO would look like,” Chris recalls. 

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Paying the Price: Why So Many Older, Single Women Are at Risk of Homelessness (Broadly)

They’ve worked or been caretakers (or both) their whole lives, but they are the fastest growing homeless demographic in Australia—thanks to a lifetime of gender discrimination.

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