10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Someone needs a new head. Picture: Getty Images

Good morning.

1. The US has just made it through the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. We sat down with the other Republican frontrunner in 2016, Ohio governor John Kasich, to talk about life in the US under President Trump. And here’s a look at how many times Trump has held up his signature compared to his predecessors:

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2. But it’s not like Trump isn’t scared to reel off some classic lines either. Like this one about how he hasn’t had to call China a currency manipulator since he became president, because China “stopped” as soon as he was elected:

“And I would say that I was the one that got them to stop.”

3. Apple, meanwhile, isn’t saying anything about a rise in people noticing their new MacBook Pros are making a weird popping noise.

4. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44 years. The leading cause – and the nation’s suicide rate hasn’t dropped in a decade. That’s why the CEOs of some of Australia‚Äôs biggest companies are part of today’s #Stopsuicide summit in Sydney, and why HuffPo is leading the conversation to make us all sit up and think about what we can do about it. Give them some of your time today.

5. To markets, and US GDP missed the mark, but that’s not surprising after the December holiday quarter. And UK GDP grew, but only just, by 0.3%, so it all points to a soft opening on the ASX today. The AUD is back under US75c this morning.

6. If a couple of knuckleheads want to punch each other silly and let us watch, we should. This is how new Brit favourite Anthony Joshua won the IBF heavyweight championship off veteran legend Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley on the weekend:


Lights out. The fight was, finally, a heavyweight classic for the ages.

7. You’re using LinkedIn wrong. Probably. At least, that’s what founder Reid Hoffman told author Keith Ferrazzi, then gave him this great question everyone should ask themselves before accepting a connection.

8. A surgical team in China is pushing on with its head-swap experiments. Xiaoping Ren and his team have published a paper which showed how they swapped the heads of rats and the rats survived for an average of 36 hours. That’s been received with enthusiasm from neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, who plans to one day – soon – perform the operation on a human.

9. This is interesting. Mainly due to the shambolic state of Labor under Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May is at unbackable odds to win the UK election, which is why most pundits say she called it early. But there’s an alternative explanation – economic data is turning against her, and May might not win the election by as much as everyone thinks.

10. If we make it far enough, this is the terrifying way our universe will die. Buckle up.

BONUS ITEM: Anyone can be Wolverine with icy-pole sticks, glue and rubber bands:

Have a great day.

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