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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 10:09 am
I'm going to be having a busy day today - housework and study combined. But I'm not too busy to stop and look for three articles about "what went right" in my mainstream media feeds. Here they are.

Night parrot sighting in Western Australia shocks birdwatching world by Ann Jones ("Off Track", RN, ABC Western Australia)

The photo is of the south end of a north-bound bird which looks like a rather plump yellow budgie. But it's a night parrot - a bird which was presumed to be extinct until about four years ago; and it was up near Broome in Western Australia, about 2000 km from their current known habitat in Western Queensland. One thing for certain, night parrots are full of surprises!

Pilot clean-up program hailed as answer to Western Australia's abandoned mines by Sam Tomlin (ABC Goldfields, Western Australia)

The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum says its growing Mine Rehabilitation Fund is the answer to the question of what happens when mining finishes or stops abruptly, and leaves a minesite needing to be rehabilitated. The fund, which consists of a levy of 1% on the annual profits of any mining company in Western Australia, has been running since 2013, and is intended to cover the costs of rehabilitation and clean-up. So far, it's been used to cover the rehabilitation costs of the Pro Force gold mine near Coolgardie, and the Black Diamond coal mine near Collie.

Mouldy food could be a thing of the past thanks to Murdoch University research by Sarah Collard

Research at Murdoch University by Dr Kirsty Bayliss is aimed at finding the optimal type of plasma flame to treat various types of food (fruit, bread, meat, grains, dairy products) in order to prevent mould infections. At present, they're focussing on avocados, and finding some interesting results. The plasma flame not only kills off the mould spores on the surface of fruit, but also appears to stimulate a resistance response within the fruit itself.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your news feed, why not share them in the comments, and boost the signal.