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There are currently dozens of pesticides approved for use in Australia that have never been properly tested here, including some that have been removed from use in other countries. http://bit.ly/1hEzYHu

Now the federal government wants to remove a scheme that would ensure that pesticides used in farming are safe according to today’s regulatory and scientific standards.

Consumers deserve to have confidence that pesticides don’t pose risks to our health or the environment.

So sign our petition telling Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to retain the pesticides re-approval and re-registration scheme! http://bit.ly/1hEzYHu
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Energy Australia has been fined $1.2 million by the Federal Court for illegal door-to-door selling practices. http://bit.ly/1eeP9wq

The legal action was the latest in a run of cases brought by the ACCC. 

In seeking to close a sale, the Energy Australia door knockers often resorted to outright fabrication, and some ignored "Do Not Knock" stickers (such as the image displayed here).

How often are you approached by door-to-door salesman? If you have a "Do Not Knock" sticker, do you find that it is ignored?
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What the? I'm hoping the lesson was in philosophy or ethics, not math and measurements....
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What is Life?

For 100-million dollars, the question of the day is, "what is life?" For most of human history, we've had an innate understanding of what life is. My cat is alive, that bird is alive, those fish are alive, this tree is alive; yet clouds and fire are not alive (though, sometimes we've assigned some type of spiritual entity to explain the life-like motions of these objects, the objects themselves were not alive). Interestingly enough, this basic and innate understanding has never had a good, working definition. We just "know" that something is or is not alive. We can't define how this is known, we just know.

However, "I just know" isn't a very scientific definition. Scientists are working to find a definition for life so we can better understand it and look for it elsewhere in the universe.

To learn more about life, what it is, and how we define it scientifically, see: http://goo.gl/fL6eJ0

Top left: A Bacteriophage – Drew March
Top Right: Hydrothermal Worm – FEI and Philippe Crassous
Bottom Left: Scuba divers – Unknown
Bottom Right: The Earth - NASA/Apollo 17
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Well there ya go!
 
Nostrils and vaginas are the latest lab-grown organs described in studies as functioning well after transplants.
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Super Secret Spy Satellite Soars Spectacularly to Space aboard Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111107/super-secret-spy-satellite-soars-spectacularly-to-space-aboard-atlas-v-booster-from-cape-canaveral/#ixzz2yXJzDClR
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... you evil person, you. I'm going to have an even more intense nightmare because of this.
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