How to play with poo and punish wayward bankers
CREDIT Suisse is punishing its bankers for tanking the world economy, mine workers discover money isn't everything and researchers are modifying chicken dung to save the environment.
University's green chickens produce carbon-smart poo
CENTRAL Queensland University researchers are helping the poultry industry go green.
Using additives such as biochar, zeolite and benetenoite, they hope to trap some of the more harmful byproducts of chicken poo.
Researchers hope to implement the technology in the parliamentary media unit sometime this year.
How is my income tax spent?
THERE is a lot of data out there and it's almost impossible to make sense of it all. Unfortunately, understanding these numbers is crucial to living your life.
Or so says APN's new video and data interactive series How Do I: Numbers?
Originally codenamed "Angry Neckbeard Berates You With: Numbers", the series hopes to give businesses a better idea of the broader Australian market, economy, and consumer base.
Ideas for topics that you as a business person would like covered should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
You made it, you eat it: Bank pays staff in risky debt
CREDIT Suisse, one of the biggest investment banks in London, is set to pay its bankers bonuses in the risky debt they helped create, in a scheme that could reignite controversy over pay in the finance sector.
The 2000 senior investment bankers will also be hit by a profit ceiling on their bonuses, where any excess performance in the bonds will go to shareholders instead.
Affected staff immediately moved to market the risky bonds as AAA instruments but were stopped by numerous new laws from the last time they crashed the world economy.
Miners realise money doesn't buy happiness
THEY may be among the nation's highest paid workers, but a third of all mine workers don't last a year in their job, proving the theory that money alone won't buy happiness.
CEO of Australian Mines and Metals Association, Steve Knott said 80% of mining workers were employed on a fly-in, fly-out basis, and the workforce of about 200,000 was only going to get bigger.
"It's hard being away from your family for so much of the time," said one FIFO miner before starting his gold-plated jet ski.
Resource council rejects damning FIFO research
THE Queensland Resources Council has rejected research finding fly-in fly-out workers feel their employers are unsupportive and do not care about their wellbeing.
But the peak industry group has admitted more could be done to provide support to mining workers and their families, including setting up a support network for FIFO famiies.
Families of FIFO workers were relieved to hear that there wasn't actually a problem.
Anti-smoking apps downloaded more than 60,000 times
TWO smartphone applications that can help smokers kick the habit have been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being released online last year.
The apps, called Quit Now: My Quit Buddy and Quit for You, Quit for Two, were just some of the tools in the Federal Government's fight against tobacco.
By comparison, Angry Birds has been downloaded over a billion times, aiding the government in controlling violence.
Kieran Salsone is a digital producer and writer by day and an angry data researcher by night.