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Joanna Ng

Ghostbusters, Who You Gonna Call?

Ghostbusters (Dr. Fisk)

Scientists, that’s who. Although I wouldn’t mind having Kristen Wiig on speed dial. Scientists love to explain the supernatural with logic and reason. With Friday the 13th just behind us and Halloween creeping towards us, many of us are can’t help but feel a little off, a touch prickly or …

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The Dark Side Of The Sims

The Dark Side of The Sims

There’s no denying that the computer game ‘The Sims’ brings out the worst in people. It’s an experimental playground for curious minds to push the limits of social norms in a contained false reality. Because individual Sim worlds are a private business, it’s a breeding ground for exploring psychopathic avenues …

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Whatever Floats Your Bod

Whatever Floats Your Bod

For some, the mid-sem break was a week of catch-up studying; for the lucky few, it was a week of rest and relaxation. But some people take the rest in ‘rest and relaxation’ to the zen master level. To them, ‘rest’ is an acronym for ‘Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy,’ a.k.a. …

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Not Ok, Google!

One day nerds will take over the world- Pinky and the Brain style. Data scientists will devise a scheme to steal peoples’ online identity and program virtual Artificial Intelligence (AI’s) to masquerade as them on Google. The nerds will siphon the net traffic of everyday plebs into a giant database, …

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Making a Beeline

Bee

We have escaped the drudgery of winter. Hurrah! This means sunshine, flowers, colours and allergies (allergies are the pits). But let’s stay positive and focus instead on the optimism that Spring brings! It’s a time when trees turn green, grass grows and flowers bloom. No doubt you’ll also notice the …

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A Misfit’s Guide to Wearable Technologies

A Misfit's Guide to Wearable Technologies

Buying a Misfit smartwatch three years ago in a jaded attempt to “get fit” was one of my biggest misbuys. It promised to monitor my heart rate, running speed and tell the time all in one. And that it did, to the closest two minutes. It had a placebo effect …

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Cheap Heats

Cheap Heats

Sydney winters are a cruel mockery of real wintery winters. It’s too cold for comfort, but not cold enough for snow. Snowfall can be seen as a currency- snow is given as a retribution for subzero weather, increasing in magnitude. But the only thing Sydney winters give is the flu. …

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Stars are captivating. They are mysterious, mesmerising, beautiful. They inspire us to think big, to think beyond, to imagine what could be. Stars are a part of the mysteries that lie beyond Earth. What’s out there? What other secrets of the universe can we unlock? Back on Earth, stars are …

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Brown Me Up Buttercup

Brown Me Up Buttercup

Freshly toasted bread … juicy steak … seared scallops … warm choc-chip cookies straight out of the oven … ice cold beer. Food, glorious food. Hearty, full of fibre and nutritious food, especially great for a cold winter’s night. But have you ever wondered what gives the food we love their …

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3D Print It Yourself!

3D Print It Yourself!

Let’s be honest, there’s no other “innovation” buzzword that quite describes DIY like 3D printing. It’s a cool concept. Anything you want you could print yourself. You could even print yourself – well, the miniature version of yourself. Do you need a bowl? Go print it. What about a phone …

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Life Before Mobile Phones

Life before mobile phones

I’m a proud 90’s kid. Born in January 1990, you can’t really get more 90’s than that. The 90’s was filled with waves of transient fads that went in and out, and we tended to them like pets. Quite literally if you kept Tamagotchis and Furbies. Yes, those furry, temperamental, …

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Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

In the 90’s when Jurassic Park aired on TV, it was stop-everything-and-watch-TV time. Back then I thought dinosaurs were pretty cool, albeit terrifying. But now I realise that everybody at some point has thought dinosaurs to be fascinating. What is it about these prehistoric giants that amaze us? Is it their …

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7 Scientists Worth Celebrating

7 Scientists Worth Celebrating

There are so, so many discoveries and inventions that are truly remarkable and ought to be celebrated. Sadly, for many, the scientists behind them have been swallowed up over time. Here is a list of seven underrated scientists that you should get to know*. Charles Babbage (b.1791- d.1871) In today’s …

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