Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 08:46 am in " Car News & Reviews"
Tested: the Korean car that wants to take on the Holden Commodore V8, the new Kia Stinger
The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to Holden Commodore V8 fans.
MEET the Korean car that wants to fill the void left by the homegrown Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.
The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to revheads who prefer rear-wheel-drive performance sedans.
Instead of a V8, however, the Stinger has a choice of a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder or twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6. With 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque the V6 has less grunt than that of a Holden Commodore V8 (304kW/570Nm) but weighs almost as much (1780kg versus 1800kg).
However, the Kia has an eight-speed auto versus the Holden’s six-sp ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 19 2017, 09:06 AM in Environmental Issues
Giant sea snails could solve Great Barrier Reef problem
Newscorp wires Monday, 18 September 2017 8:43PM
Releasing giant triton sea snails on the Great Barrier Reef would not lead to a cane toad-like population explosion because scientific controls are tighter than they were 150 years ago, according to a top researcher.
The Federal Government is investigating a breeding program for the triton which eats and repels the crown-of-thorns starfish — a potential game changer in protecting the Reef from one of its biggest dangers.
Australian Institute of Marine Science research manager David Souter said any release would be under the most controlled circumstan ... [more]
Mosman Park council hopeful Andrew Wilson promises to ban public housing if elected
Natalie Richards Friday, 15 September 2017 1:31PM
Town of Mosman Park council nominee has blamed break-ins and anti-social behaviour on public housing residents and pledged to move them to Fremantle if elected.
Andrew Wilson, who is running for council in the affluent western suburb in next month’s local government elections, denies his stance is elitist and insists it stems from locals feeling unsafe around their public housing neighbours.
In a video on his Facebook page, Mr Wilson is seen pointing out the close proximity of public housing on Wellington St ... [more]
A Rolls-Royce autonomous naval vessel concept acting as an aerial drone mothership
Rolls-Royce has been interested in commercial autonomous ships for some years, but now the company is looking at robotic naval vessels. These 60-m (197-ft), 700-tonne (771-ton) open deck, single-role ships would operate without crews for over a hundred days with a range of 3,500 nm (4,027 mi, 6,482 km) and a top speed of over 25 knots (29 mph, 26 km/h).
One of the biggest single expenses and the hardest item to recruit for a navy is sailors, which is the reason most of the world's advanced sea powers are turning more and more to automation. This allows the next gen ... [more]
Rebel Wilson awarded record $4.5 million in defamation damages — here’s why
REBEL Wilson has just been awarded Australia’s highest-ever defamation payout, after successfully suing Bauer Media over a series of defamatory articles.
In a stunning decision, a Supreme Court judge claimed the extent of Wilson’s defamation was “unprecedented” and warranted substantial damages — to the tune of more than $4.5 million — after the jury found articles published in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK! unfairly painted her as a serial liar who’d faked her way to Hollywood.
It’s a huge financial blow to Bauer — especially considering lawyers for the Pitch Perfect star claim that before the trial, she had offered to settle for $200,000.< ... [more]
More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
Outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water.
But this year's epidemic, which has already hit at least 10 urban areas including the capital Kinshasa, is particularly worrying as it comes as about 1.4 million people have been displaced by violence in the central Kasai region.
The WHO said at least 528 people had died and the epidemic had spread to 20 of Congo's 26 provinces.
"The risk of spread remains very high towards the Grand Kasai regio ... [more]