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How Australian Grass Is Going To Make Condoms Better

Researchers at the University of Queensland have made a cool new discovery in the quest for better condoms. It turns out a component of spinifex, a coastal grass, could make condoms much, much thinner. Thinner is better.

Australian Birds Deliberately Spread Wildfires Because Birds Are Dicks

Crazy news from the outback, folks. Certain birds of prey are picking up burning sticks from brush fires and dropping them in dry grass. Why? Because then all the little critters will run away from the fire and out into the open, where the birds can snatch them up. Birds are dicks!

One Of The Oldest Forests On Earth Has Been Burning For Weeks In Tasmania

An ancient forest at the end of the world is facing an unprecedented threat. Since mid-January, bushfires sparked by lightning storms have raged across northwest Tasmania, home to relic forests representing a time when the island was part of Gondwana 180 million years ago.

Watch Tourism Australia's New 360-Degree VR Videos

There’s nothing quite like being there yourself, but these virtual reality 360 videos from Tourism Australia get you pretty close. Nine clips from some of the country’s most iconic locations make for excellent time-wasting viewing, especially if you’re on a smartphone and can move it around to get a 360-degree view.

Author Amy Tan 'Thrilled' By Australian Bloodsucking Leech Named In Her Honour

Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York have named a new Australian species of leech after Amy Tan, bestselling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. They also completed a CT scan of the tiny creature — the first time the technique has been used on a microscopic soft-bodied specimen.

Australian Officials Are Still Searching For Craig Wright 

Australian businessman Craig Wright has been missing since Gizmodo and Wired published parallel investigations into his potential involvement with the creation of Bitcoin — and police raided his home. While the news cycle has moved on, the Australian Taxation Office certainly hasn’t.

19th Century Shipwreck Discovered By Australians Still Looking For MH370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously disappeared on 8 March 2014 — nearly two years ago, if you can believe it. And while Australian researchers still haven’t found the plane, they recently discovered a shipwreck dating back to the 19th century.

The Western Australian Bushfire Was So Big It Caused Its Own Weather System

2015 was a record hot and fiery year, but it may not get to keep the title for long. While the American West is still reeling from a devastating wildfire season, Australia’s pyrotechnic woes are just getting started.

Australian Researchers Create New Super-Compressible Materials That Deform At Molecular Scale

When you compress most materials, you squash their atoms or molecules up against each other, shortening the bonds between them. But a new kind ultra-compressible material acts like a set of gears and springs that shrink in size.

Why The Somerton Man Endures As One Of Australia's Most Fascinating Cold Cases

He’s one of the most famous figures in Australian history … only because police can’t figure out who he was or what happened to him. On 1 December 1948, a man’s body was found propped up against a stone wall at Somerton beach. He had no identification whatsoever.

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