Wednesday 17th of October 2018

up up up and away, except if you are employed by the government and paid by nasa ...



A group of Australian engineers whose work supports the Nasa deep space network are targeting the space agency with industrial action at a communication centre in Canberra.

The employees of the Canberra deep space communication complex in Tidbinbilla are employed by Australia’s science agency the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which is limiting their pay rises despite the fact they are paid out of Nasa’s budget.

Unions have blamed the Australian government’s bargaining policy – which limits pay rises to 2% a year or less – for an impasse in the nine-month bargaining dispute.

At 2.20pm on Wednesday more than 70 operational, engineering and administrative staff, will delay the handover of communications responsibilities from the Goldstone deep space complex in California with a one-hour stoppage in a bid to bring the dispute to Nasa management’s attention.

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no pay rise...

RBA Governor rules out rate rises as he blames employers for low wage growth 

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has pointed the finger at employers for Australia's extraordinarily low growth in wages, saying they are not paying more despite the tightening jobs market.

Partly as a result, he said, the bank was unlikely to increase interest rates in the "near term".


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at the old space station... c. 1963

old space...

It all went arse up from then on...

(Major feature article on Woomera, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 1963, from Gus' library of real newspapers, magazines, books, antique chairs padding and old clippings...)

why we need more worms, who knows?

A group of researchers from Wageningen University & Research has found that earthworms can thrive and reproduce in simulated Martian soil. Given that the creatures are a crucial factor in making soil fertile, that means the first colonizers of Mars might be able to grow food on the Red Planet.

What we call Martian "soil" is in fact barren dust and rock that would require a serious boost if humans genuinely plan to establish farms on Mars and grow potatoes there like Matt Damon did in "The Martian." In science terms, "soil" has to contain elements of organic matter from plants and animals.


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