July 23, 2020
Firefighters on the outskirts of Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, in February, when wildfires devastated vast stretches of the state.

Australian Government Sued Over Financial Risks of Climate Change

A 23-year-old law student filed a class-action suit accusing Australia of failing to disclose financial risks from climate change. Experts say it is the first of its kind.

July 23, 2020
Megan Kent of Salem, Mass., tested positive for coronavirus in March 30 after feeling sick. She got better, went back to work and then felt sick again in May, testing positive a second time for the virus.

Can You Get Covid-19 Again? It’s Very Unlikely, Experts Say

Reports of reinfection instead may be cases of drawn-out illness. A decline in antibodies is normal after a few weeks, and people are protected from the coronavirus in other ways.

July 23, 2020
Melbourne under lockdown.

Melbourne Lockdown Elicits Hope, Anger and Vows of Resilience

Readers respond to the situation in Australia.

July 23, 2020

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July 23, 2020
Bull kelp and a Hooker’s sea lion in coastal New Zealand. The kelp’s genes bear marks of an earthquake that occurred 800 years ago, researchers said.

Scientists Find an Earthquake’s Toll in an Organism’s DNA

Along a coastline in New Zealand, kelp seems to contain a genetic record of the planet’s geological upheaval.

July 23, 2020
Skroo, a wild koala visiting Endeavour Veterinary Ecology clinic, on June 25. Researchers at the clinic are testing a vaccine against chlamydia in koalas, which is very similar to the human form of the disease.

How Koalas With an S.T.D. Could Help Humanity

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July 23, 2020
A memorial to the victims of the mosque shooting last year in Christchurch, New Zealand.

White Supremacist Who Admitted Christchurch Killings Plans to Represent Himself

There is concern that the Australian who pleaded guilty to killing 51 worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand last year would use the occasion to spout his views.

July 23, 2020
Google’s campus in Mountain View, Calif. Critics say the company has achieved a level of dominance in the ad tech market that makes fair competition impossible.

How May Google Fight an Antitrust Case? Look at This Little-Noticed Paper

A document sent by the search giant to Australian regulators argues that the company doesn’t control enough of the digital ad industry to overcharge customers or block competitors.

July 23, 2020
New lockdown restrictions were implemented in Melbourne, Australia, after a surge in coronavirus cases.

KFC Birthday Party Costs $18,000 in Covid-19 Fines in Australia

“That’s a heck of a birthday party to recall,” said Chief Commissioner Shane Patton of the Victoria police. Officers were led to a house where they found people hiding in the backyard, garage and under beds.

July 23, 2020
Winter daffodils in Carlton, a suburb of Melbourne.

Dispatch from a Locked-Down Melbourne

The mood in Melbourne among family and friends and strangers on the internet is defeated and dark.