Homebuyer Shocked to Discover Half of Property Missing

Jessica Wong

Bishnu Aryal saved for over a decade to pay $700,000 for what looked like his dream property in Sydney.

The mortgage broker, who moved from Nepal to Australia, saved for a deposit on a $398,950 block of land in Edmonson Park, south-west Sydney, to build the house. He later signed a building agreement with construction company Zac Homes in 2016 for a custom off-plan build, which cost him a further $322,000.

But later he got a shock, realizing that what he paid for was a house half the expected size. That wasn’t the only issue — one side of it

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Google Discover traffic drop might be linked to Android update

Jessica Wong

Early in March, many publishers started noticing a drastic decline in traffic from Google Discover – a feed on mobile devices that automatically gets populated based on user interest.

It can be a notoriously fickle source of traffic, so Google’s advice is that it should be seen as supplementary. But while ebbs and flows are natural and generally accounted for by most publisher forecasts, this drop was notably different and followed an exact timeline for all of the publishers affected.

You can read the personal experience of this writer for an extensive primer on the Great Google Discover Decline of

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How Close Are We to a Cure for HIV?

Jessica Wong

Just over a decade ago, researchers announced a first: They had cured a patient of HIV. Known as the Berlin patient, Timothy Ray Brown had needed a bone marrow transplant to treat his acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors used the opportunity to replace his bone marrow using stem cells from a donor with gene-based HIV immunity. It worked: Brown’s leukemia was cured, as was his HIV. More recently, in 2019, a second patient, this time being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was similarly cured in London.

But although these are the most famous stories where patients have been cured from

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Researchers discover new way to monitor & prevent nerve cell deterioration after TBI

Jessica Wong

IMAGE: In a new study, published online today in Cell, researchers have discovered a new way to prevent brain nerve cells from deteriorating after injury, which also revealed a potential mechanistic…
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Credit: University Hospitals/The Pieper Lab

Violent blows or jolts to the head can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), and there are currently about five million people in the U.S. living with some form of chronic impairment after suffering a TBI. Even in a mild form, TBI can lead to lifelong nerve cell deterioration associated with a wide array of neuropsychiatric conditions. Tragically, there are no medicines to

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After 48-year search, physicists discover ultra-rare ‘triple glueball’ particle

Jessica Wong

A never-before-seen particle has revealed itself in the hot guts of two particle colliders, confirming a half-century-old theory.

Scientists predicted the existence of the particle, known as the odderon, in 1973, describing it as a rare, short-lived conjointment of three smaller particles known as gluons. Since then, researchers have suspected that the odderon might appear when protons slammed together at extreme speeds, but the precise conditions that would make it spring into existence remained a mystery. Now, after comparing data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) ring-shaped atom smasher near Geneva that’s famous for discovering the

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