Tagged With australia

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They look like goddamn aliens. But they're actually a shrimp. Kind of.

And someone just found them in the middle of the desert in Central Australia.

Yep. Shrimps. In the desert. Nature is weird.

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In many ways, Australia is great: Twisties, beautiful beaches, hot sports men. In other ways, however, and particularly in the eyes of foreigners like myself, it's a nightmare hellscape dreamt up by a drunk Salvador Dali after a visit to Jurassic Park.

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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.

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Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use is on the rise as a result.

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Up from 99.8 per cent last year, 100 per cent of Iceland's 331,778-strong population are now classified as internet users - someone who can access the internet "at home, via any device type and connection".

By comparison, Australia is sitting at 85.1 per cent, up from last year's 84.8 per cent.

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Over the past few years, as people have been freaking out about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, the company behind those mosquitoes has been quietly toiling away on another project. This week, British biotech company Oxitec announced plans for field trials of a genetically modified Mediterranean fruit fly in Western Australia. The so-called Medfly is a devastating agricultural pest, and by engineering it to produce offspring that cannot survive, Oxitec hopes to cull its numbers.

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This week, some people in Britain and Canada were shocked to learn that their money contains trace amounts of animal fat. The new banknotes use animal byproducts that are found in everything from credit cards and crayons to glue and soap. But Gizmodo has confirmed that Britain and Canada aren't the only ones.

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Aboriginal people settled Australia's hot, dry interior at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new archaeological evidence unearthed from an ancient rock shelter. It's a remarkable discovery that points to a level of technological sophistication previously unknown to exist in Australia or Southeast Asia during the late Pleistocene - and it could reshape our understanding of how the last habitable continent on Earth was settled.

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Ricky Rogers is a complete idiot. Or at least that's how he was described by Royal Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty spokesperson Michael Beatty after he posted a picture of him and a friend "surfing" a beached sea turtle on Facebook. Australia man truly is the new Florida man.