Capsule hotel pioneered building design with plug-in sleeping pods

Capsule hotel pioneered building design with plug-in sleeping pods

Posted June 19, 2017 15:02:34 Photo: The Nakagin Capsule Hotel has become synonymous with pragmatic Japanese architecture. (Getty Images) The Nakagin Capsule Hotel in Tokyo opened in 1972, combining notions of futuristic existence with Japanese economic efficiency. The idea of sleeping in a pod originally captured people’s imagination in the 1960s. It brought to mind space travel and settling on distant planets. Audio: Listen to the story (Blueprint for Living) Arguably, there’s no better example of podmania than the Nakagin Capsule Hotel, which rises up on a city street like…

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Turnbull's motive behind 'healthy' roast of Trump questioned on Q&A

Turnbull's motive behind 'healthy' roast of Trump questioned on Q&A

Posted June 20, 2017 00:05:01 Video: Q&A: Jane Goodall says young people facing a crisis of trust in modern life (ABC News) A Government senator has defended Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s impression of US President Donald Trump as an “entirely healthy” roast, but an author thinks he had other motives in making the speech. An audience member asked the Q&A panel during Monday night’s program if it was important for an Australian politician to be “witty and colloquial” and if it leads to a damaging level of “unprofessionalism and negligence”….

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Two big changes in Antarctica have scientists worried

Two big changes in Antarctica have scientists worried

There’s an area on the west side of the icy continent called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and last January, scientists found a 300,000-square-mile portion of its perimeter was melting. That’s an area roughly two times the size of California, covered in slush. “A melt of this magnitude is relatively rare in Antarctica,” said Julien Nicolas, one of the paper’s authors at the Ohio State University Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. “There have been about three or four events of this size in the last 40 years.” El Niño…

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Workers accuse Perth trucking company Serin of using bogus contracts

Workers accuse Perth trucking company Serin of using bogus contracts

Updated June 20, 2017 07:54:22 Photo: Ryan Pengilly was sacked from his job as a dispatch coordinator. (ABC News: Rebecca Carmody) A Perth trucking company that carries out work for the RAC has been accused of using sham contracts to underpay its workforce by tens of thousands of dollars. Until recently, Ryan Pengilly worked for Serin Transport in Maddington as a dispatch coordinator, assigning jobs to tow truck drivers who work across a 24-hour day. Mr Pengilly has accused the company, which has up to 60 workers, of underpaying him…

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