From The Editor

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Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films, from golden oldies to more recent. Some of them are only available for a short time, so get in quick to your favourite category:

 

FAMILY

 

CHRISTMAS

Romantic Drama

Christmas In Boston 2005 

“Gina and Seth became penpals when they were in the 6th grade. It is now 13 years later, and they still have been writing to each other but not met. She is a journalist while he is a toy inventor. An opportunity arises when there is a toy convention in Boston. They decide to meet. One problem. They have been exchanging pictures of their better-looking friends. When they actually do meet for the first time, it is not all fireworks. Can they reveal themselves to each other before it is too late? or is it?”

 

Home For The Holidays (2005) | Full Christmas Family Movie

“A loving aunt struggles to adopt her young relatives after their parents die in a car accident.”

 

White Christmas (1954) – (Christmas, Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance)

“A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047673/

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x24ka2u

 

Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979) (TV)

Billy Dee Williams, Maria Schell, Fay Hauser, Rachel Ward

“Homer Smith returns to the chapel which, years before, he helped to build to find that the nuns have taken in a group of homeless/unwanted/runaway children. Once again, he is inspired by the nuns’ faith and selfless devotion, and this time he builds an orphanage and a little school for the children.”

 

It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV)

“It’s Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own

Stars: Marlo Thomas, Orson Welles, Wayne Rogers

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076213/

 

Home By Christmas (2006) | Full Christmas Family Movie | Ft. Linda Hamilton

“After a well-to-do woman divorces her cheating husband, she ends up homeless through a series of mishaps.

Stars: Linda Hamilton, Rob Stewart, Brenda Crichlow

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0893404/

 

Hallelujah (1993) | Charles Lane | Dennis Haysbert, Phylicia Rashad, James Earl Jones

“Extremely rare third feature by filmmaker Charles Lane (Sidewalk Stories) was produced for the 11th season of PBS’ American Playhouse.

This drama focuses on one Christmas at the Messiah Church in Washington D.C., when a young preacher and, later in the day, a mysterious pregnant girl arrive at the church doors looking to begin new lives. The preacher, the Reverend Oliver Crawford, is not the judgemental church committee’s first choice to be the Messiah’s new pastor; the unwed father of a teenage son, he is given only two days to prove his worth to his new parishioners.”

 

An Accidental Christmas (2007) | Full Christmas Comedy Movie

“A couple separated for almost a year endure the machinations of their two children trying to effect a reconciliation.

Stars: Cynthia Gibb, David Millbern, Jason Connery

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1159198/

 

The Christmas Tree 1996 TV Movie HD 720p ( The Real Movie – Must See! IMDB: 7.2 )

“A story about a forming friendship between an elderly nun, Sister Anthony, and New York’s Rockefeller Center’s head gardener Richard Reilly, who wants to fell a tree she’s been growing for decades and move it to New York for Christmas display.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115892/

 

 

ROMANCE

 

Straight From The Heart (2003)

Jordan Donavan, a photographer in New York, is so disappointed when after five years of going steady Edward Morgan offers her not marriage but just to move in with him, that she accepts the match-making arranged via a magazine by her female friend with Tyler Ross, a horse rancher in the West, whose candidacy was actually also posted by his sister.

Stars: Teri Polo, Andrew McCarthy, Patricia Kalember

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340380/

 

Family Blessings – Full Movie – Lynda Carter (1998)

“Lee Reston is a widow whose police officer son Greg dies in a car accident. Greg’s friend and fellow officer Chris Lallek tries to help the Reston family in Greg’s absence. Soon, he and Lee grow close and fall in love. But Lee is fifteen years older than Chris, something that upsets most of her family, including her college-aged daughter. When Chris proposes marriage, Lee must decide whether to risk alienating her family in order to be with the man she loves.”

 

Comfort (2016) – (AWARD WINNING Film, English, Kevin Ashworth, Love) free full movie

“A late night courier boy agrees to pick up the feisty daughter of an important client. The two youngsters form a close connection and spend two nights exploring LA’s local food scene while their romance blossoms.”

 

LINDA LAVIN – ANOTHER WOMAN’S CHILD – TELEVISION MOVIE – JANUARY 19, 1983

“Mike and Terry DeBray are a happily married couple whose lives change when the young daughter that Tony fathered out of wedlock suddenly appears and comes into their lives.  Linda Lavin, Tracey Gold, and Tony Lo Bianco star.”

 

This Can’t Be Love (1994)

“Two former movie stars, Marian Bennett and Michael Reyman had a brief and bitter marriage during their careers in the 40’s. Many years later they are reunited and things haven’t got any better between the two

Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Quinn, Jason Bateman

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111415/

 

The Purple Mask (1955)

“In 1803 France, Napoleon Bonaparte (Robert Cornthwaite) orders the capture of notorious highwayman “Purple Mask” (Tony Curtis), who routinely rescues imprisoned nobles and harasses the Revolutionary officials.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Gene Barry

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048522/

 

Sword of Lancelot (1963) CORNEL WILDE

“Lancelot is King Arthur’s most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

Stars: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057547/

 

A Certain Smile (1958)

(QESP Editor’s Note: Has a few blips where ads have been removed but otherwise good quality, including a superb performance of the song by a young Johnny Mathis”

“Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she’s more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who’s married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Joan Fontaine, Bradford Dillman

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051466/

 

September Affair (1950)   Drama | Romance

“ An industrialist and a pianist who fall in love in postwar Italy are pronounced dead when they miss their flight home, but the former’s wife does not give him up.

Stars: Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten, Françoise Rosay

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042947/

 

Tammy and the Millionaire (1967)

“Tammy, a spunky young woman, has a series of adventures, including becoming a secretary, losing her house, regaining her house, and falling in love.

Stars: Debbie Watson, Frank McGrath, Denver Pyle

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062334/

 

 

KIDS

 

Home Alone (1990)

“An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/

 

 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 1952 Fully restored version

“Abbott & Costello’s version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044762/

 

The Secret Garden | WildBrain Cartoon Movies

“11-year-old Mary Lennox was left an orphan. While staying with her mysterious adoptive Family, she discovers the biggest mystery of all – a locked garden.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81SbCR6p3Z0

 

The Gruffalo

ABC KIDS CHILDREN’S

“Tells the magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut. Encountering predators, the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive, creating an imaginary monster who turns out to be real. (2009)

Director

Max Lang, Jakob Schuh

Cast

Helena Bonham-Carter, James Corden, Tom Wilkinson

This program was published 8 months ago, available until 11:43am on 31 Dec 2020.”

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/gruffalo/video/ZX0583A001S00

 

The Highway Rat

ABC KIDSCHILDREN’S

“An animated swash-buckler based on the much-loved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The tale of a greedy rat who craves buns and biscuits, but comes to a sticky end. (2016)

Director

Jeroen Jaspaert

Cast

David Tennant, Rob Brydon, Frances de la Tour, Tom Hollander, Nina Sosanya, Husaam Kiani

This program was published 8 months ago, available until 11:45am on 31 Dec 2020.”

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/highway-rat/video/ZW0816A001S00

 

Shaun The Sheep

“Join Shaun, Timmy, Bitzer and the flock as they undertake a teddy bear heist, a pumpkin patrol against a snail army and even try their hooves at a pizza delivery service! This series promises more sheepish shenanigans.

Prize Porker

Ben is winning all the prizes at the fair, so when one of the pigs returns with a trophy, Shaun suspects foul play. The pig’s new celebrity status may fool the other animals but Shaun is determined to discover the truth.

This episode is available until 7:40pm on 31 Dec 2020.”

https://iview.abc.net.au/video/ZW1966A012S00

 

Shaun The Sheep

We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas

https://iview.abc.net.au/video/ZY9555A040S00

 

COMEDY

 

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

“Lively Bob Hope caper based on a Damon Runyon story. Hope plays the titular con artist whose betting mistake leaves gangster Moose Moran $10,000 out of pocket. Given until Christmas to come up with the cash, he goes into scamming overdrive.”

 

The Inspector General (1949) – Danny Kaye

“Georgi is an illiterate stooge in a travelling medicine show who has to flee when he unwittingly reveals that their outfit is a fraud. He wanders into the small town of Brodny, where he is arrested for vagrancy. The town’s corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general, whom they believe is travelling in disguise. Fearing he will discover that they have been pilfering the public purse, they make several bungled attempts on his life.

Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Danny Kaye as Georgi, Walter Slezak as Yakov, Elsa Lanchester as Maria

Classic comedy”

 

The Birds and the Bees (1956)

“On an ocean voyage, a card shark and her father cheat a naive man out of his money. Things take a twist when the girl falls in love with the man she’s just fleeced.

Stars: George Gobel, Mitzi Gaynor, David Niven

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049011/

 

Doctor in the House UK 1954

“The trials and tribulations of a group of medical students at St. Swithin’s hospital in London, England.

Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More, Donald Sinden, Kay Kendall, James Robertson Justice

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046921/

 

 

CRIME

The Dark Mirror (1946)

“A man is found murdered, and witnesses are sure about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.

Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell

Nominated for 1 Oscar

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038455/

 

Black Angel (1946) | FULL MOVIE

“When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer’s murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent…aided by the victim’s ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill

Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre”

 

The Sleeping City (1950) Richard Conte, Coleen Gray – Crime, Film noir

‘An intern is shot mysteriously on an East River pier adjoining Bellevue Hospital. The chief investigating detective views this as a difficult case, so with the cooperation of the Commissioner of Hospitals he assigns a detective who had been a medical corpsman, Fred Rowan of the Confidential Squad, to go undercover as intern “Fred Gilbert”.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzU_coo1uF0

 

Travis McGee (1983) Sam Elliott – Mystery HD

“Based on the best selling John D. MacDonald novel about a cynical private eye who takes up a routine missing persons case only to later discover something more sinister at play.”

 

 

WAR

Imitation General (1958) – Glenn Ford & Red Buttons

“Imitation General is a 1958 black-and-white comedy war starring Glenn Ford, Red Buttons, Dean Jones and Taina Elg.  Sergeant Murphy Savage (Glenn Ford) impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement.”

 

 

WESTERN

The Quiet Gun 1957 Western Movie Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis, Lee Van Cleef

“Hired gun Doug Sadler rides into a small Western town and immediately provokes the local sheriff, Carl Brandon, by tormenting a simpleminded local named Sampson. Brandon is further provoked by a visit from city attorney Hardy, who announces that the town council is charging local rancher Ralph Carpenter with violations of morality for living with an Indian girl. Brandon, who is in love with Carpenter’s estranged wife Teresa, realizes that there is something sinister behind both these events, but he is unsuccessful in preventing calamity from erupting. Eventually he must stand against his entire town in order to protect it and the law he represents.”

 

Waco (1966)

“A lawless town asks the state governor to pardon an imprisoned gunfighter in order to hire him as sheriff but various factions plan to kill the new sheriff and take over the town.

Stars: Howard Keel, Jane Russell, Brian Donlevy,  Wendell Corey, Terry Moore

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061169/

 

Man With the Gun (Western 1955) Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling & Karen Sharpe

“When a notorious tough ‘town tamer’ is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048339/

 

RAGE AT DAWN (1955)

“A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

Stars: Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers, J. Carrol Naish, Edgar Buchanan

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048535/

 

THE PROUD REBEL (1958) Alan Ladd – Olivia De Havilland – Dean Jagger

“A western drama starring Hollywood legends Alan Ladd (Shane) and Olivia De Havilland (Gone With The Wind) and directed by Michael Curtiz.

A man seeking a doctor to cure his son’s ailment is accused of affray and faces a 30 day jail term. A lone farmer woman pays his fine in return for him working on her property. While he is there he finds that her property and livelihood is being threatened by the local land baron and his sons – the man’s accusers.”

 

INSPIRATIONAL

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1979) Diahann Carroll, Constance Good, Maya Angelou

“Based on writer Maya Angelou’s childhood, this story is about a young girl in the South who is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents divorce.

Stars: Paul Benjamin, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079321/

 

Little Fugitive (1953 film)

“A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

Stars: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046004/  “

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4ehRgvM6Ck

 

God’s Little Acre (1958)

“Synopsis: In the 1950s, a poor Georgia cotton farmer and his sons search for the gold presumably buried on the farm by their grandfather but problems related to poverty, marital infidelity, unemployment and booze threaten to destroy their family.

Director: Anthony Mann

Writers: Philip Yordan (screenplay), Erskine Caldwell (based on the world’s best selling novel by)

Stars: Robert Ryan, Tina Louise, Aldo Ray”

 

The Brave One 1956 [1080p] Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos

“A young Mexican boy tirelessly tries to save his pet bull from death at the hands of a celebrated matador.

Writers: Dalton Trumbo (story), Harry S. Franklin (screenplay)

Stars: Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Elsa Cárdenas

Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049030/

 

 

Useless (2020) | Full Movie | Brooke Wilson | Mark Bracich | Rinnan Henderson

“When a girl is given a horse that has been deemed useless, she finds purpose in a world that’s lost its shine. With a renewed hope in life since losing her mom, she clings to the one thing she still has: barrel racing.”

 

Angel Flight Down (1996) David Charvet – True Disaster HD

“In the depths of winter traveling en route to hospital, a medevac plane crashes in the Rocky mountains leaving the passengers fighting for survival. Based on a true story.”

 

DOCUMENTARY

Dolley Madison – America’s first First Lady

Best Documentary

“She defined the role of the President’s wife, became America’s first First Lady, and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.”

 

Desert Documentary HD – Remembered Earth New Mexico’s (2005)

“New Mexico’s high desert is a captivating land of hallowed mountains, red rock canyons and vast, sere plateaus. In Remembered Earth, filmmaker John Grabowska and Indian author N. Scott Momaday present a vision of hope for humankind’s relationship to the natural world by interpreting the myth, beauty and power of a scarred but sacred landscape of the American West. Can we come to see land itself as a community to which we belong?

—Anonymous

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780596/

 

 

– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at [email protected] . Thanks, Ted )

 

HUMOUR

Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1984 Jimmy Stewart

 

The Chaser

SCOMO’S CURRY ADDICTION

“Does anyone else think Scomo talks about curry… a lot?

(Principle Production Funding from Screen Australia)”

https://fb.watch/2bK0AB44Kw/

 

Foster Brooks tells a funny joke

 

Losing Interest In Sex

A lady goes to the doctor and complains that her husband is losing interest in sex. The doctor gives her a pill, but warns her that it’s still experimental. He tells her to slip it into his mashed potatoes at dinner, so that night, she does just that. About a week later, she’s back at the doctor, where she says, “Doc, the pill worked great! I put it in the potatoes like you said! It wasn’t five minutes later that he jumped up, raked all the food and dishes onto the floor, grabbed me, ripped all my clothes off, and ravaged me right there on the table!” The doctor says, “I’m sorry, we didn’t realize the pill was that strong! The foundation will be glad to pay for any damages.” “Nah,” she says, “that’s okay. We’re never going back to that restaurant anyway.”

http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/sex-jokes

 

POLITICS

 

Financial Review

David Rowe cartoons

Explore all of David Rowe’s editorial cartoons from August 2020 onwards.

Updated Dec 2, 2020 – 6.03pm, first published at Aug 21, 2020 – 5.42am

 

Greens senator says climate action and Indigenous justice go together

By Katina Curtis December 2, 2020

“New Greens senator Lidia Thorpe says Australia cannot deal with climate change without also giving justice to Indigenous people because the two are intrinsically linked.

In her first speech to Parliament, she said the “full horror of the climate crisis” as seen in last summer’s devastating bushfires showed what happened when you stopped caring for country.”

https://edm.crikey.com.au/e/272522/-together-20201202-p56jzo-html/cjm81d/775000803?h=-sQ-cqjhuv3JlewFI3uWN2joc8dMiDep6yDGWz_s8hY

 

More than 1,200 Google workers condemn firing of AI scientist Timnit Gebru

More than 1,500 researchers also sign letter after Black expert on ethics says Google tried to suppress her research on bias

Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco and agencies @juliacarriew Sat 5 Dec 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/dec/04/timnit-gebru-google-ai-fired-diversity-ethics

 

Undue Influence: oil and gas giants infiltrate Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology

by Sandi Keane | Dec 7, 2020 | Government

“Oil giants Shell, Santos, Woodside and Chevron finance the Bureau of Meteorology. Sandi Keane investigates the influence of the fossil fuel sector over the Bureau’s public documentation.”

https://michaelwest.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8f6fe397c38ea1083d2f54c77&id=44630aa0fc&e=dac1e75d32

 

PATRIARCHAL BULLSHIT

From ‘common scolds’ to feminist reclamation: the fraught history of women and swearing in Australia

Long regarded as guardians of morality and respectability, women’s use of swear words has been policed and punished in various ways.

By Amanda Laugesen, Friday December 11, 2020

https://edm.themandarin.com.au/e/272522/um-email-utm-source-newsletter/cvmcjz/785089625?h=6k_w56EOPnBtr6K_hQmhI3KkQrJGr1lqG8Pq6mt5fig

Versatile Offending: Criminal Careers of Female Prisoners in Australia, 1860–1920

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/JINH_a_01125

 

‘Cretin’ On Trial The show (and tell) trial of the AFR’s ‘lost’ columnist and the women who fought back

MARGOT SAVILLE

DECEMBER 8, 2020

https://edm.crikey.com.au/e/272522/um-email-utm-source-newsletter/cqt9ld/781490827?h=EpE60jy5jtRZwlJnFlQV9E5vA5dxiElBz7UwmPwtg4E

 

Ignored and Ridiculed, She Wages a Lonesome Climate Crusade

“In China, where any hint of protest is viewed with suspicion, one teenager is trying to draw attention to the dangers human development poses to the world.”

By Steven Lee Myers Dec. 4, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/04/world/asia/ou-hongyi-china-climate.html?campaign_id=3&emc=edit_MBAU_p_20201206&instance_id=24769&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=90373628&section=topNews&segment_id=46218&te=1&user_id=1be65f148bff057cd284eac1d305777d

 

The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal

“How a state that was never in doubt became a “national embarrassment” and a symbol of the Republican Party’s fealty to Donald Trump.”

By TIM ALBERTA, 11/24/2020

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/11/24/michigan-election-trump-voter-fraud-democracy-440475?src=longreads&mc_cid=f717a08cb3&mc_eid=30b3354825

 

It wasn’t the first time the NYPD killed someone in crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, it only took 112 seconds.

‘Trawick was alone in his apartment when an officer pushed open the door. He was holding a bread knife and a stick. “Why are you in my home?” he asked. He never got an answer.’

https://www.propublica.org/article/it-wasnt-the-first-time-the-nypd-killed-someone-in-crisis-for-kawaski-trawick-it-only-took-112-seconds?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=majorinvestigations&utm_content=feature

 

Eliminating most homelessness is achievable. It starts with prevention and ‘housing first’

December 3, 2020

“Research for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute proposes a path forward to reduce, and even eliminate, homelessness in Australia.”

Angela Spinney, Lecturer/Research Fellow in Housing and Urban Studies, Swinburne University of Technology

Disclosure statement

Angela Spinney receives funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute which funded this study.. She is affiliated with Swinburne University of Technology and is a voluntary board member of Kara House Inc..

https://theconversation.cmail19.com/t/r-l-judjklty-ihihuyyuhh-z/

 

HackHunter’s Pursuit WiFi tracker has officially launched!

“Featured in the Australian Financial Review, HackHunter Pursuit is ready to take on unauthorised WiFi networks. The Pursuit WiFi tracker, is portable and detects and locates the source of unauthorised and potentially malicious WiFi with precision.”

https://hackhunter.io/#HackHunterintheMedia

 

 

SCIENCE

 

4 things about female orgasms researchers actually study

“Here’s a snapshot of what research tells us about female orgasms, what we don’t know, and what researchers want to know next.”

December 2, 2020, Jane Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in Pain Sciences, University of South Australia

Disclosure statement

Jane Chalmers does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

https://theconversation.cmail20.com/t/r-l-judyurkk-ihihuyyuhh-jy/

 

Oddly satisfying metamaterials store energy in their skin

Date: December 2, 2020

Source: Purdue University

Summary:

“Researchers have developed a way for a material to store energy in its skin through invertible domes.”

Cite This Page:

Purdue University. “Oddly satisfying metamaterials store energy in their skin.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 December 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201202114505.htm

 

Cheriton Computer Scientists Create Nifty Solution to Catastrophic Network Fault

University of Waterloo Cheriton School of Computer Science

November 24, 2020

“Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo Cheriton School of Computer Science in Canada have engineered a solution to partial network partitioning, which can cause catastrophic system failures. The Cheriton team first reviewed 51 partial network partitioning failures across 12 popular cloud-based computer systems, of which 75% had a catastrophic impact like data loss, system or data unavailability, data corruption, or stale and dirty reads. Cheriton’s Samer Al-Kiswany said, “The partition in only one node was responsible for the manifestation of all failures, which is scary because even misconfiguring one firewall in a single node leads to a catastrophic failure.” The team developed network partitioning fault-tolerance layer (Nifty), a simple and transparent internodal communication layer that detours signals around partial partitions. Cheriton’s Mohammed Alfatafta said, “Our prototype evaluation … shows that Nifty overcomes the shortcomings of current fault tolerance approaches and effectively masks partial partitions while imposing negligible overhead.”

https://orange.hosting.lsoft.com/trk/click?ref=znwrbbrs9_6-28442x326a82x099031&

 

We found algae-farming fish that domesticate tiny shrimp to help run their farms

“While humans domesticate plants and animals, these relationships are surprisingly rare in other species. Our new study found a species of fish that appears to have domesticated a kind of tiny shrimp.”

December 8, 2020

William Feeney, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Ecology, Griffith University

Rohan Brooker. Casual Research Fellow, Deakin University

Disclosure statement

William Feeney receives funding from Griffith University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Rohan Brooker received funding from Deakin University and the National Geographic Society.

https://theconversation.cmail19.com/t/r-l-juddirdk-ihihuyyuhh-v/

 

Using a video game to understand the origin of emotions

Date: December 4, 2020

Source: Université de Genève

Summary:

“A number of studies have sought to connect given emotions, such as fear or pleasure, to specific areas of the brain, but without success. A research team has now analyzed volunteers while they were playing a video game that had been specially developed to arouse different emotions. The results, show that different emotional components recruit several neural networks in parallel distributed throughout the brain, and that their transient synchronization generates an emotional state.”

Cite This Page:

Université de Genève. “Using a video game to understand the origin of emotions.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 December 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201204110202.htm

 

‘Time’ Names Its Kid of the Year: Water-Testing Scientist Gitanjali Rao

National Public Radio

Bill Chappell, December 3, 2020

‘Time magazine has singled out Colorado teenager Gitanjali Rao as 2020’s Kid of the Year for inventing a mobile device to test for lead in drinking water. Rao, 15, garnered praise in 2017 by creating Tethys, a device that detects lead in water using carbon nanotube sensors, and collaborating with water-industry scientists to put it on the market. She more recently developed a tool called Kindly, which uses artificial intelligence to identify possible early signs of cyberbullying. Rao was named Kid of the Year partly because she has followed up her technical accomplishments by inspiring other young people to tackle real-world challenges. She said she did this because “I really want to put out that message: if I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it.”’

https://orange.hosting.lsoft.com/trk/click?ref=znwrbbrs9_6-2856dx326bc8x095086&

 

Supernova surprise creates elemental mystery

Date: December 2, 2020

Source: Michigan State University

Summary:

“Researchers have discovered that one of the most important reactions in the universe can get a huge and unexpected boost inside exploding stars known as supernovae.”

Cite This Page:

Michigan State University. “Supernova surprise creates elemental mystery.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 December 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201202192713.htm

 

Freaky ‘frankenprawns’: ancient deep sea monsters called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race

“Our study on weird ancient marine animals called radiodonts supports the idea that vision played a crucial role during the Cambrian Explosion, a rapid burst of evolution about 500 million years ago.”

December 3, 2020, John Paterson, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of New England

Contributors

Diego C. García-Bellido, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide

Greg Edgecombe, Merit Researcher, Natural History Museum

Disclosure statement

John Paterson receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

Diego C. García-Bellido works for the University of Adelaide and the South Australia Museum. He has received funding from the Australian Research Council and the Spanish Ministry of Science (under its various names) towards the work presented in this article.

Greg Edgecombe receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

https://theconversation.cmail20.com/t/r-l-judyurkk-ihihuyyuhh-jl/

 

COVID-19

What’s the difference between viral shedding and reinfection with COVID-19?

“It’s not only shedding and reinfection which are different — there are actually two types of viral shedding.”

December 1, 2020 Lara Herrero, Research Leader in Virology and Infectious Disease, Griffith University

Eugene Madzokere, PhD Candidate in Virology, Griffith University

Disclosure statement

The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment

https://theconversation.cmail20.com/t/r-l-judrltiy-ihihuyyuhh-x/

 

Paper-based electrochemical sensor can detect COVID-19 in less than five minutes

Date: December 7, 2020

Source: University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering

Summary:

Researchers have developed a rapid, ultrasensitive test using a paper-based electrochemical sensor that can detect the presence of the virus in less than five minutes. It uses a graphene biosensor and is adaptable to other viruses.”

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University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering. “Paper-based electrochemical sensor can detect COVID-19 in less than five minutes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 December 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201207153928.htm

 

New CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 uses a smartphone camera

The rapid, one-step mobile test could help combat the pandemic and fully reopen communities

Date: December 4, 2020

Source: Gladstone Institutes

Summary:

In a new study, a team of researchers outlines the technology for a CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 that uses a smartphone camera to provide accurate results in under 30 minutes.

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Gladstone Institutes. “New CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 uses a smartphone camera: The rapid, one-step mobile test could help combat the pandemic and fully reopen communities.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 December 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201204155410.htm

 

3D protein modeling suggests why COVID-19 infects some animals, but not others

New insights into protein structures could help inform drug development and predict future outbreaks

Date: December 3, 2020

Source: PLOS

Summary:

“Some animals are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection than others, and new research suggests this may be due to distinctive structural features of a protein found on the surface of animal cells.”

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PLOS. “3D protein modeling suggests why COVID-19 infects some animals, but not others: New insights into protein structures could help inform drug development and predict future outbreaks.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 December 2020. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201203144009.htm

 

QESP Blog

 

Montaigne on “Curation,” the Illusion of Originality, and How We Form Our Opinions

“I have gathered a posy of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.”

BY MARIA POPOVA

“I often think of reading not as the acquisition of static knowledge but as the active springboard for thinking and dynamic contemplation — hence the combinatorial, LEGO-like nature of creativity, wherein we assemble building blocks of existing knowledge into new formations of understanding that we consider our original ideas. But long before our contemporary conceptions of how creativity works, French Renaissance polymath and proto-blogger Michel de Montaigne (February 28, 1533–September 13, 1592) articulated this magpielike quality of the mind, so very central to ideation.”

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/21/montaigne-curation-originality-opinion/

 

(QESP Editor’s Note:  This is an extract from About Brain Pickings “Hello, kith. My name is Maria Popova. I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings — my one-woman labor of love exploring what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, eventually brought online and now included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive, it is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually, poetically — drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought and feeling.”)

 

 

Events

 

ACOSM 2020: Responsible Business Conduct

ACOSM 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be advised when the restrictions have been lifted.

 

Quotes

Quote of the Day

[In the future], the Internet will disappear… you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time. – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, USA

 

Quote from Yesteryear

The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty. – Chairman of the Bank of Michigan

 

Ted Smillie

QESP Chair