Monday, January 7, 2013

SBS On Demand | TV and Online Video - Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia S1 Ep1

SBS On Demand | TV and Online Video - Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia S1 Ep1

A provocative and groundbreaking series, this is the story of mining in this country. It explores how this industry has shaped Australia in unexpected and extraordinary ways. From the Gold Rush of the 1850s to the present day, the opening episode charts the key battles and dramatic turning points in the epic struggle to share in the vast mineral wealth of Australia. As mining made Australia rich, the money changed virtually every aspect of society. (Commissioned by SBS) (Documentary Series) (Part 1 of 3) PG CC 

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  1. Scary news.

    Temperatures off the charts as Australia turns deep purple

    Australia's "dome of heat" has become so intense that the temperatures are rising off the charts – literally.

    The air mass over the inland is still heating up - it hasn't peaked

    The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees.

    The range now extends to 54 degrees – well above the all-time record temperature of 50.7 degrees reached on January 2, 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in South Australia – and, perhaps worringly, the forecast outlook is starting to deploy the new colours.

    "The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, said.

    While recent days have seen Australian temperature maps displaying maximums ranging from 40 degrees to 48 degrees - depicted in the colour scheme as burnt orange to black – both Sunday and Monday are now showing regions likely to hit 50 degrees or more, coloured purple.

    Clicking on the prediction for 5pm AEDT next Monday, a Tasmania-sized deep purple opens up over South Australia – implying 50 degrees or above.

    Australia's first six days of 2013 were all among the hottest 20 days on record in terms of average maximums, with January 7 and today likely to add to the list of peaks.


    Never mind there may be cooler places - all we need is a much improved propulsion system to get us there.

    Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

    The Milky Way is home to at least 17 billion planets that are similar in size to Earth, a new estimate suggests.

    That's more than two Earth-size planets for every person on the globe.

    Fressin said it's clear that rocky planets abound outside the solar system.

    "If you look up on a starry night, each star you're looking at — almost each one of them — has a planetary system," Fressin said.


    See,there's one for everyone!