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Wednesday, February 2 2022


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It’s the perfect liquid gold and currently we just flush it down the toilet.

That’s what Australian researchers say about a new trial of “urine diversion toilets.” These divert excretions of potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen in human urine—and convert them into cheap and sustainable fertiliser for parks.


Editor’s note: Our edition is a little late today primarily because we had to wait until the early morning to pull together our budget-themed explainer.

 

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Big Story

Budget 2022: Future growth vs present misery

The TLDR: Contrary to pundit predictions, the government did not present an ‘election budget’. Instead, the allocations bet big on future growth but left those suffering the most in the lurch. Stock markets are happy, the middle class is disappointed, farmers are furious and crypto enthusiasts are experiencing a lot of mixed feelings.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Pegasus snoopware: The latest update
  • Westland Books shuts down
  • Two big corporate buys to note
  • Good news about tigers
  • Rihanna’s marvelous baby bump
  • The longest lightning flash 

 

Sanity Break

  • The Bohra sisters' lovely personal stop-motion mini-stories

 

A list of curious facts

  • Why do whales not choke when they swallow gallons of seawater while trying to feed?
  • Did you know an air stewardess plunged more than 33,000 feet from an exploding airliner… and survived?
  • The intriguing story of Raja Ravi Varma’s mother-in-law—who was implicated in murder
  • The correlation between the songs played on Spotify and the national stock market

 

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