Weekly Wrap 553: Lichen, La Niña, and lingering fears as 2020 recedes into the past

Lichen at Wentworth Falls

This time last year it was all about bushfire smoke. But this year my transition week of Monday 28 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 saw almost continual light rain as La Niña made her presence felt, and continued concerns over that little ol’ global pandemic.

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Talking Twitter hack, COVIDSafe, and Parler on ABC Brisbane and beyond

Computer generated representation of COVID-19 virions (SARS-CoV-2) under electron microscope. (Original by Felipe Esquivel Reed / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0, colour processing by Stilgherrian CC BY-SA 4.0)
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As COVID-19 breaks out again in Victoria and, fortunately to a lesser extent so far, in New South Wales, the subject of Australia’s COVIDSafe app returns. There’s also interest in the new “free speech” social network Parler.

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