This kid is smarter than all of us

This kid is smarter than all of us

WHILE most eight-year-olds are busy reciting their times-tables, little Evan Luc-Tran has bigger things on his mind. Like rattling off every capital city in the world without prompt — that’s 197 cities — or naming every Australian prime minister and American president by rote. Of course, he also can tell you the years they were in office. Then there’s his ability to recite the mathematical constant pi, an irrational number with a never-ending decimal representation, to 200 decimal points. media_cameraPEvan Luc-Tran, 8, from Sydney shows off his incredible mind on…

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Company, rigger charged over deaths

Company, rigger charged over deaths

A TRUCKING company and a rigger have been charged over an East Perth construction site accident that killed two men. Irishmen Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley were crushed by a concrete tilt-up panel that fell on them while they were taking a break at the apartment complex site in 2015. Axedale Holdings, which operates Shaw’s Cartage Contractors and their lead supervisor Benjamin Paul Botica face charges of causing the deaths by failing to ensure the safety of people on the worksite. The company and Mr Botica were not required to…

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How producing AM has changed over 50 years

How producing AM has changed over 50 years

Fifty years ago a reporter had to pull apart a landline phone to send their audio back to the studio, now it’s as easy as tapping a button on of a mobile phone. Robert Peach, AM’s first presenter. (ABC Archives) Robert Peach, AM’s first presenter. On September 4, 1967, the first AM program played across Australia, forever changing the way Australians received their morning news. Until that day Australians got their first dose of news from papers printed the night before, or brief updated snippets read live on radio by…

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'Gods of Strangers' play to focus on SA's migrant history

'Gods of Strangers' play to focus on SA's migrant history

By Matthew Smith Posted September 01, 2017 18:25:46 Photo: Elena Carapetis (third from right) will use her family’s story as background research. (ABC News: Matthew Smith) State Theatre Company South Australia will delve into the rich migrant history of Port Pirie as part of its 2018 season. The company believes more regional stories need to be told on stage and will examine the key roles played by Greek, Cypriot and Italian migrants in the city next year. The Gods of Strangers is being written by emerging playwright Elena Carapetis, whose…

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Startup behind 'ridiculed' $400 juicer shuts down

Startup behind 'ridiculed' $400 juicer shuts down

It turns out that selling a $400 Internet-connected juicer isn’t a recipe for success after all. Juicero, a startup that was widely ridiculed for selling an absurdly overpriced juice machine, is shutting down. The news was announced on its website Friday. The company had raised about $120 million in funding from multiple prominent investors, including Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. Juicero’s stated goal was to change how we consume fresh, organic foods. Or, as the founder Doug Evans, put it in one interview last year: “Not all juice is equal….

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