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Strictly Speaking | Magpie, hamster, squirrel

In a recent article on words that the COVID-19 crisis is adding to English (and other languages), columnist David Astle mentions magpie as a verb, meaning to swoop on supermarket shelves and clear them (Sydney Morning Herald, 3.4.20). The aggressiveness ...

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Asthma inhaler trial as COVID-19 treatment

They are designed to keep asthma attacks in check but a group of Australian researchers believe inhalers could also be used to treat COVID-19. A trial by Queensland University of Technology and University of Oxford researchers is looking at whether ...

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Aboriginal artefacts found off WA coast

Underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites have been discovered off Western Australia's north for the first time, dating back thousands of years when the current seabed was dry land. Hundreds of stone tools including grinding stones were discovered in the Dampier Archipelago ...

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