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Driving Australia's Remote Cape York Peninsula

For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn’t even in Australia, it’s in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail down under.


Australian Snow Is So Rare We Don't Have Tools To Measure It

As a new climate report concluded this week, our planet is definitely getting warmer, which leads to more extreme temperatures around the world. Now Australia is seeing its coldest temperatures in decades, and many Australians saw snow for the first time in their lives last night.


Tony Abbott Is Hell Bent On Scrapping Clean Energy

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott seems determined to push his country back decades on environmental policy. In his latest scheme, Abbott has ordered Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind and small-scale solar energy.


Does Water Really Swirl Differently In Australia? YouTube Stars Find Out

Smarter Every Day and Veritasium, two of the best science channels on YouTube, have teamed up to answer once and for all: Does water really flow the other way in the southern hemisphere?


Britain Sent Loads Of Convicts To America, Not Just Australia

The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the land down under. America’s dirty little secret? The same exact thing was happening here. In fact, experts estimate that over 52,000 British prisoners were shipped off to colonial America.


What The US Can Learn From Australia To Avoid A Mad Max Future

The drought is no longer a California problem. The Colorado River, which supplies water to one-eighth of the population of the United States, is now reporting record low water levels. The US needs a little perspective when it comes to how bad this is going to get. Luckily it has one: Australia.


Australia Just Staged A Massive Counter Terrorism Exercise

Dubbed ‘Hermes Castle’, the multi-agency operation involved 450 police, emergency service and Defence personnel. The exercise is part of an ongoing commitment to testing and refining counter terrorism arrangements.


Personal Details Of World Leaders Leaked By Australian Immigration Due To Outlook Autofill

It was all fun and games at the G20 Summit in Australia — until somebody accidentally leaked highly personal details of the world’s most powerful leaders — including the names, passport numbers, birth dates and visa details of everyone from Barack Obama to Vladimir Putin. The cause of the leak? Microsoft Outlook’s autofill.


Big Shark Steals A Fish Right Off Fishermen's Line In Australia

Video: This man was fishing in Australia when he lured a massive fish in. Suddenly, a much bigger fish — a hungry white shark — emerged from the water to steal his catch right off the line. Far from being scared, the fisherman seems to be enjoying the scene — if it was me I would have to ask for a clean pair of pants.


Competitive Robot Fighting Downunder

Not many people realise that Australia actually has a small but active group of robot warriors. From small events in a local shed to national and international competitions, these backyard boffins do battle.


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