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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Organic molecules on Mars proven for the first time

It was a long time ago, but there was organic chemistry, at least at the molecular level, on Mars. Although these combinations of molecules can be made through non-organic means, that’s actually a plus.

Op-Ed: Sydney siege ends with 3 dead as a tacky tale emerges

Sydney - After the end of the siege of a Sydney café in which a gunman and two other people died, new information is reshaping the story. A sorry tale of the gunman is emerging, including multiple charges for alleged sexual assault and alleged murder.

Op-Ed: Cats, cute cats, more cute cats, and why they own YouTube

Sydney - Cute Cat Theory is the theory of internet usage – People are drawn to cute cats, in their millions. The Cute Cat Theory has been invented to explain why the entire human race (You remember them? No? Understandable.) watches cats, if nothing else.

Op-Ed: A 40 million war with germs for iron — Immunity and stealth

Just when you think you’ve got a grip on a subject, along comes a bit of news like this — one of the strategies the body uses to fight disease is to make sources of iron invisible to invading germs.

Op-Ed: U.S. Navy Laser Weapons System 30kW of game changer, and it works

The new US Navy Laser Weapons System (LaWS) can knock out sea and air targets. Firings of the system in the Persian Gulf have shown it works very well indeed. 30KW is a little more powerful than your washing machine, but only a bit.

Op-Ed: World record photo sold for US $6.5 million, critics upset

Sydney - Australian photographer Peter Lik has sold the most expensive photo of all time, at a hefty $6.5 million for a black and white painting called The Phantom. Critics and some former associates are howling.

Op-Ed: Public broadcasters beware — ABC Australia budget cuts sickening

Sydney - The Murdoch hymn of hate against any form of public broadcasting has been put into practice by the conservative government in Australia. In a budget of cuts that coincidentally didn’t fund the redundancies. ABC Australia has been scarred severely.

Op-Ed: U.S. biz pays CEOs more than taxes, and no questions asked?

Sydney - Generosity to oneself is pretty normal. When U.S. corporations who refuse to consider raising minimum wage and audit staff toilet time start giving their pet high flyers more money than they pay in taxes, questions need to be asked. Nobody's asking.

Op-Ed: Losing the war against obesity with bickering and bull

Sydney - A combination of “issues” with body image, obesity, and truly grotesque nutritional issues are costing a fantastic amount of money. The health impact is colossal and no progress is being made in solving any of these issues.

Op-Ed: NASA releases video of global CO2, and it’s an ugly sight

Sydney - Forget the hype, check out the fact. The patterns of CO2 circulation in the atmosphere, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, are pretty repulsive looking things. China’s notorious smog is clearly visible, and the United States isn’t much better.

Op-Ed: Gigantic pattern of ancient quasars spans billions of light years

Sydney - A decidedly eerie pattern of consistent positioning of ancient quasars has been discovered. This is a vast pattern, billions of light years across. Either someone’s taking “join the dots” way too far, or a new cosmic structure's been found.

Op-Ed: Bacteria as memory storage – E. coli’s new gig

E. coli are tough bacteria. There are a lot of different strains, but this time they’re working for us. The new approach to managing medical and environmental data is to store it in bacterial genomes.

Op-Ed: 5 year old passes Microsoft Certification exam — Kids rule, again

Coventry - Ayan Qureshi, a 5 year old in the UK has left Microsoft flabbergasted but fascinated after passing their “difficult but enjoyable” Certified Professional exam. His father is an IT consultant.

Op-Ed: Jesus married with 2 sons, new gospel? Hoax, more likely

You’d look twice if you saw this on an online dating site: “Son of God, two kids, looking for caring lady broad minded about in-laws…” You’d also assume it was a hoax. That’s exactly what the latest “discovery” of a new gospel looks like.

Op-Ed: America’s most expensive home — $195 million and no class at all

The Palazzo Di Amore, “Palace of Love” is a modern Italian villa based on old Italian architecture based on something somewhat like a Roman villa. This is Beverly Hills — in all the wrong ways, at $195 million. This poor little rich shack needs help

Op-Ed: The GFC, Wall Street vermin and how corruption is the norm

Washington D.c. - You’ll know some of the story about the Great Financial Crisis. The shoddy subprime mortgages, the “too big to fail” clichés, etc. are now part of history. What you may not know is that Washington actively supported massive criminal fraud.

Op-Ed: Femme Fatale actress sued for refusing to do topless scene

Time Warner HBO’s “Femme Fatale” TV series is a tacky take on a magazine of the same name. This loser show just got tackier. Producers are complaining about Anne Greene’s refusal to comply with the “must show nipples” clause in her contract.

Op-Ed: Australia has lost one of her favourite sons, Gough Whitlam, 98

Sydney - Gough Whitlam was a maverick politician, ahead of his time and a true exponent of the core principles of the labour movement. He’s one of the few Australian Prime Ministers who truly revolutionized the nation.

Op-Ed: Putin ‘wanted to split Ukraine with Poland’

Warsaw - In what can only be described as a major added splash in the murky puddle of Ukraine/Russian relations, it’s been revealed by Polish sources that Vladimir Putin proposed splitting Ukrainian territory between Russia and Poland in 2008.

Op-Ed: Sex invented in Scottish lake? Well, where else?

Sydney - Two armoured fish called Microbrachius dicki are believed to be the pioneers of sex, 385 million years ago. The fish used a side-on position to mate, breaking with a long tradition of somewhat impersonal spawning.
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