17 Apr 2020

Why the pandemic is giving you weird dreams: What we're reading

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Have you been having weird dreams during the lockdown? According to the National Geographic, you're not alone.

A famous artist has a vermin problem in his bathroom. But, it's his own making.

These are some of the stories that caught our attention this week.


The news is making people anxious. You’ll never believe what they’re reading instead

The New York Times / Taylor Lorenz

There has been a swell in support for websites and social accounts dedicated to ‘good news’ recently. Many news organisations have created new sites to share good news over the past few years. Now, it seems readers are needing them.


Breakthrough for Norfolk Island’s morepork owl, one of the world’s rarest species

ABC News / Jessie Davies

Speaking of good news … scientists have found a pair of Norfolk Island morepork owl chicks, for the first time in a decade. It’s good news for the endangered species, with fewer than 50 of the species remaining in the world.


The best newsman you’ve never hear of quits the field

10 Daily / Hugh Riminton

Channel 10 cameraman Tim Sweeney has called it quits after 48 years in the field. His colleague Hugh Riminton shared a touching tribute to one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Australian news.


The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why

National Geographic / Rebecca Renner

“With hundreds of millions of people sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, some dream experts believe that withdrawal from our usual environments and daily stimuli has left dreamers with a dearth of ‘inspiration’ forcing our subconscious minds to draw more heavily on themes from our past.”


Bog-standard genius: Banksy’s rats show great artists shine in solitude

The Guardian / Jonathan Jones

Street artist Banksy appears to be making the most of the lockdown, sharing pictures of a new artwork — a number rats causing trouble in his bathroom. As Jones points out, Banksy isn’t the first artist to turn solitude into the spectacular.

Main image: Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash.