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Pauline Hanson, wearing a red jacket with a silver brooch, looks past a camera in the foreground. Unpleasantness meter cranked up in Canberra

Federal MPs will soon disperse for their winter break, but in this colourful Parliament — where no-one seems aligned to anyone for any length of time anymore — the last two sitting weeks offer genuine surprises galore.

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    NASA clean rooms, where scientists and engineers assemble spacecraft, have joined hot springs, ice caves, and deep mines as unlikely places where scientists have discovered ultra-hardy organisms collectively known as ‘extremophiles’. ...

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