Saturday, January 16

Scientists create diamonds at room temperature in minutes

Diamonds may be timeless, but that doesn't mean they take eons to form.Gemstones are generally created after carbon is crushed and heated far below the Earth's surface for billions of years, which is what makes them so coveted.Now, scientists in Australia They say they have sped up the process in a matter of minutes and at room temperature.An international team of researchers led by the Australian National University (ANU) and RMIT University in Melbourne said they have created two types of diamonds at room temperature using high pressure equivalent to 640 African elephants balancing on the toe of a ballet shoe.PhD scholar Xingshuo Huang of the Australian National University holds up the diamond anvil the team used to make the lab diamonds. (Jamie Kidston / ANU)The researchers sai...

Peters ice cream hampered avoided competition in ice cream supply alleges ACCC

The brand behind many of Australia's favorite ice creams, Peters, is being taken to Federal Court, accused of depriving consumers of potentially lower options and prices.The lawsuit surrounds the sale of single-serve ice cream and frozen confectionery at gas stations and convenience stores across Australia.Their product range includes Drumsticks, Maxibon, Icy Poles, Lifesavers, Billabong, and Connoisseur.Peters makes popular individually wrapped ice creams, including Drumsticks.the ACCC alleges that Peters is guilty of "exclusive treatment" by entering into an agreement with its primary distributor, PFD Food Services, that prevented it from distributing competing ice cream products for a period of five years through December 2019.During this period from 2014 to 2019, Peters rejected ...

lock to facilitate, but restrictions to remain

South Australia's tough lockdown will be eased earlier than planned following revelations that a close contact linked to Woodville pizzeria deliberately misled the state's contract tracking team.However, a series of restrictions will remain from midnight on Saturday, Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced.Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed overnight, however, all were already in quarantine. There are now 25 cases related to the coronavirus cluster in North Adelaide.South Australia to ease the blockade measures. (Nine, Google Maps)The dishonest man claimed that he had bought pizza at the Woodville store, but had actually worked there several shifts as a kitchen helper, Marshall said."To say that I am furious at the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement," ...

The pension increase to 12% could be eliminated after the revision of retirement income

The federal government will consider removing a series of already legislated increases to Australia's retirement guarantee after an independent review found the changes would harm workers' living standards.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the main findings of the review, chaired by distinguished former Treasury official Mike Callaghan, at a press conference this morning.He also highlighted the global economic impact "once in a century" of the COVID-19 pandemic as a key consideration.Despite this, the 600-page report found overall that Australia's retirement income system "is robust, sustainable and efficient and well placed to cope with economic volatility and the aging of our society." Frydenberg said.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the findings of the independent review of retire...

Black Friday online sales scam: ‘perfect storm for cybercrime’

Australian consumers are urged to be on the lookout for scammers ahead of one of the biggest online shopping events of the year.Black Friday starts on November 27 and consumers are already preparing for the huge sales on offer, and Google searches tend to increase 80% compared to last year."Black Friday has grown significantly in Australia over the last three years," Chris Lockwood, digital expert and director of customer strategy at Alpha Digital, told nine.com.au."Despite some uncertainty for all of us at the moment, consumer spending is back to where it was before COVID and some of the economic stimulus measures are expected to contribute to a great Black Friday next week."People shop at an H&M store on "Black Friday" on November 24, 2017 in New York City. (Getty)But this does not co...

Up to 48,000 more Americans could die of COVID-19 in December

The forecast from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention now projects that the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States could reach between 276,000 and 298,000 by December 12, just a few weeks after the US. USA passed the 250,000 mark on Wednesday. The CDC's joint forecast, which offers projections for the next few weeks, previously projected up to 282,000 deaths by Dec. 5.The United States topped 250,000 deaths on Wednesday. (Getty)"The number of deaths that we will see in three to four weeks reflects the actions we are all taking right now," said Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former Baltimore health commissioner.She urged American people have a safe Thanksgiving vacation or plan to have one in July."I understand that people are worried, stressed, they ...

New hopes for bleached coral after the implementation of IVF technique

An Australian-led research team is giving new life to bleached bones of the Great Barrier Reef, using a technique called "Coral IVF".Two weeks ago, Peter Harrison, Director of the Marine Ecology Research Center at Southern Cross University, led a team of researchers and tour operators from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and fertilized a section of bleached coral off the shoreline near Hook Island. , in the Whitsundays.The process made use of the annual coral spawning event, which sees a "kaleidoscope" of fragile sperm and coral eggs floating on the surface of the water.The scientists captured samples of this patch and transported it to floating "larval breeding pools" anchored in sandy areas of the reef.A coral spawns on the Great Barrier Reef. (Great Barrier Reef Foundation)Research...

Judge halts federal execution after lawyers contract virus

A federal judge is temporarily blocking the federal government's plan to execute the first inmate sentenced to death in nearly six decades after her lawyers contracted the coronavirus visiting her in prison.The order, issued yesterday by US District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington, prohibits the Federal Bureau of Prisons from carrying out the execution of Lisa Montgomery before the end of the year.She was scheduled to be executed on December 8 at the Terre Haute, Indiana federal prison complex.Lisa Montgomery will be executed for cutting a baby from the womb of a future mother. (Supplied)Montgomery's attorneys had tried to delay the execution to file a clemency petition on his behalf.Attorneys Kelley Henry and Amy Harwell tested positive for COVID-19 after they flew in to visit her in...

Call to Action Following Release of Report on Alleged War Crimes Committed by Australian Special Forces Soldiers, Politicians Response

His comments follow the release of a four-year military investigation into rumors of a toxic warrior culture in the Special Air Services Regiment.The investigation into possible war crimes recommends that the police initiate criminal investigations into the actions of 19 current or former soldiers.The head of the Defense Forces, General Angus Campbell, during the publication of the Brereton report yesterday. (Alex Ellinghausen)"They were given what I would describe as vague mission objectives," Fitzgibbon told Today.“There is no excuse for the alleged actions, absolutely not, and they will pay a very high price for their alleged actions."But I think that the people who are in the chain of command and directly in the national security committee, the cabinet, the cabinet committee, we all...

Heat wave conditions for New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia

Summer begins early today, with temperatures rising in several states.A channel that runs through northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, northeastern South Australia and Queensland is causing rain and storms, and directing heat to New South Wales and northern Victoria.Another trough extending from northwest WA to western SA is generating rain and storms.A low crossing of Tasmania is causing torrential rains.Send us your weather photos (Nine)Low to severe heat wave conditions will persist today across much of New South Wales, northeastern South Africa, parts of the tropics and northwestern WA.While it is normal to see heat waves at this time of year as the country waits for the monsoon, there has been elevated heat lately in the eastern parts of the country as cold fronts ha...