Pittwater Life

Some forests get more fire-resistant with age

Some forests get more fire-resistant with age
Philip Zylstra | University of Wollongong

As the fire season extends and heatwaves become more frequent, it’s vital to preserve our natural protections. My research, recently released in the journal Austral Ecology, contradict one of the central assumptions in Australian fire management - that forest accumulate fuel over time and become increasingly flammable.

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You’re paying too much for electricity...

You’re paying too much for electricity...
Kate Griffiths | Gattan Institute

State-owned power networks have spent up to A$20 billion more than was needed on the electricity grid, and households and businesses in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania are paying for it in sky-high power bills.

A new Grattan Institute report, Down to the Wire, shows that electricity customers in these states would be paying A$100-A$400 less each year if the overspend had not happened.

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I’m not overweight, so why do I need to eat healthy foods?

I’m not overweight, so why do I need to eat healthy foods?
Alessandro R Demaio | University of Copenhagen

We all have that one friend whose eating habits and body shape simply don’t add up. While enjoying the unhealthiest of meals and a sedentary lifestyle, somehow they effortlessly retain a slender figure.

At first glance we may assume these slim people are healthy, but it’s not always the case. So if you don’t have weight to worry about, what’s the impetus for avoiding sweet or salty temptations and eating good, nutritious foods instead?

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A broken boom could not stop an emotional return for Kialoa

A broken boom could not stop an emotional return for Kialoa
Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR media

On Dec 31st 2017, the Kialoa II, made an emotional return to Hobart, 46 years later, and beat her own time and that of her later namesake.
For brothers Paddy and Keith Broughton it wasn't the point. It was a matter of bringing her back to a place where she is still held in special regard.

They bought the boat in 2016 with a view to retracing her former glories, of which the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race is but one.

But it nearly didn’t happen.

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The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy

The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy
Paul Harrison Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it’s much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.

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B-Line Day One - A detailed rundown

B-Line Day One - A detailed rundown
Pittwater Online News

Day One of the new B-Line Bus Service commenced this morning with readers communicating some confusion persists about what their old route will be doing come Monday morning. Commuters can download two apps, one of which continuously updates itself, or check their route from today at https://transportnsw.info/routes#/bus

For those who prefer to download and read a timetable, this Issue PDF's of all local routes from today are run, again, for you to 'save as' below.

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Poison kills more than just vermin in Pittwater

Poison kills more than just vermin in Pittwater
Paul & Tracey Scotland Island residents

One morning we woke up to the sight of 2 spread-eagled dead owls in our front yard. They had died a cruel and horrible death from blood poisoning causing internal bleeding, seizures and kidney failure.

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