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Google fires software engineer who says AI chatbot has feelings

Tech giant Google has sacked a senior software engineer who published a transcript of a conversation he had with chatbot LaMDA, in which it says it has a soul and a "very deep fear of being turned off". 
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Feeling the pinch from gas prices? Why not make your own

Food waste is a global problem costing billions and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Turning that waste into cooking gas is increasingly being seen as a solution for homes and businesses.
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How maths anxiety makes your brain shut down — and what you can do about it

Some people fear spiders, others fear maths. Here's what "maths anxiety" is — and how you can deal with it.
A boy with a frustrated expression in front of a blackboard that has a maths equation on it.

Crown-of-thorns are 'delicious little jellybeans' and scientists are on the hunt for their killers

University of Queensland scientists look for a solution to the crown-of-thorns starfish plaguing the Great Barrier Reef by seeking out a natural predator to the rampant invertebrate.
A group of people stand around coral at low tide.

Southern Hemisphere's first deep sky telescope of its kind seeks to unveil secrets of the universe

A long-awaited telescope in the middle of New South Wales is set to bring a little light to the darkest parts of the skies, to hopefully answer key questions about how galaxies form and evolve.  
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Endangered fish returns to Murray in record numbers since the Millennium drought

Land and water stakeholders are overjoyed to find the threatened southern pygmy perch returning to the Murray River in record numbers.
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two men in the wetland waters doing fish monitoring

Beekeepers prepare to destroy hives after varroa mite detected

Beekeepers on the NSW Mid North Coast say they are angry at the lack of communication from authorities after varroa mite is found in a new zone.
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Blueberries on the bush at Adam Atwal's orchard, north of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

Melbourne golf course enjoyed by walkers during lockdown won't be opened to the public, council decides

City of Darebin councillors vote to preserve golfers' access to the Northcote course, after a community campaign backed a timeshare arrangement to allow greater public access to the picturesque slice of land in Melbourne's inner north.
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Researchers working overtime to take fight to varroa mite

Scientists are hoping to develop a world-first pesticide that would be safe for honey bees while destroying the deadly varroa mite.
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A man holds a bee with a tiny brown varroa mite attached to it.

Varroa mite leaves Victorian almond industry 65,000 beehives short for pollination

Victorian beehives stranded in New South Wales due to the bee travel ban can now return home, but the state's almond industry is still facing a massive hive shortage.
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Monster 180kg tuna found dead in shallows of Eyre Peninsula

A two-and-half-metre tuna has been found washed up in the shallow waters of Coffin Bay on the Eyre Peninsula over the weekend.
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dead tuna in water one boy and one girl crouching in the water pointing at it

$100-million project could resurrect a closed sugar mill as a green energy hub

When the sugar factory at Maryborough closed two years ago it was the end of 126 years of crushing. Now, a new deal could see it brought back to life as a bio-energy hub.
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A dark green sugar storage silo with attached escalator at a sugar mill. A sign on the silo says MSF Sugar Maryborough Mill

Concerns raised about new tech that uses AI, cameras to monitor workplace safety

AI that uses CCTV to identify health and safety hazards can be trained to identify breaches such as when a worker is not wearing gloves or a hard hat, or to identify hazards like spills. But privacy laws are lagging.
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Why dinosaur bones and fossils were the 'perfect' theme for this couple's wedding

While many couples chose beach settings and ballrooms for their special day, one Queensland couple has settled on a more prehistoric theme.
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Couple dressed in wedding gown and suit in front of a dinosaur skeleton.

How IVF could help Australia's cattle breeders protect bloodlines as foot-and-mouth disease threat looms

Stud breeders are urged to preserve Australia's best beef bloodlines in case FMD affects the $32 billion red meat sector.
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A man in a blue shirt and brown cowboy had stands in front of wooden and steel cattle yards with four cattle in the background.

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