The last Holden car is expected to roll out of General Motors' assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on October 20, during a ceremony for employees. But an image that surfaced ahead of that appears to show the car in the process of being built. The car will be the last commercial car ever built in Australia.
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There are plenty of reasons species go extinct. Perhaps they die en masse in a meteor event, or a new species comes along that outperforms or eats them. These days, humans can often play a role, like they did with the passenger pigeon -- literally hunting it to extinction. But what happened to the thylacine, aka the Tasmanian tiger?
6,500 home battery systems were installed across Australia in 2016. In the first half of 2017 alone that number has jumped to 7,000 - with analysts predicting at least 20,000 battery installations by the end of the year.
The cost of battery system installations has dropped - mainly due to increased competition among wholesalers - but only by five per cent. So what is causing the sudden and significant uptake? The rising cost of electricity, apparently.
Everyone is a critic when it come to other people's driving, but sometimes, on very rare occasions, someone stopping their car in front of you, exiting their vehicle, and walking towards you isn't the beginning of a shouting match and fight. Sometimes, like in the case of this young driver in Australia, it's the beginning of a compliment.
Being bitten by an Australian tiger snake is a wholly unpleasant experience. Within minutes, you start to feel pain in your neck and lower extremities -- symptoms that are soon followed by tingling sensations, numbness and profuse sweating. Breathing starts to become difficult, paralysis sets in, and if left untreated, you'll probably die. Remarkably, the venom responsible for these horrifying symptoms has remained the same for 10 million years -- the result of a fortuitous mutation that makes it practically impossible for evolution to find a counter-solution.
Australia uses five different tests to evaluate potential immigrants' mastery of English, but only one of those tests uses computer-assisted voice recognition. Louise Kennedy, a native English speaker from Ireland, was unfortunate enough to receive the automated test when she was applying for residency in Australia. She failed.
Image Cache: When you capture Australia at just the right angle, it can look more than foreign -- it can look properly alien. That's the end result of these photos from Canon's 'Down Under From Above' aerial photography project, which turn Shark Bay on the WA coast into an orange and teal masterpiece that looks like something out of The Martian.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been threatening to pass a law to effectively end the use of secure encryption in Australia for a while now. On Friday, he made his intentions more concrete and said that legislation mandating a government back door of some type will be introduced before the end of the year. This is bad for everyone.
Apple really doesn't like its customers having the right to repair their own devices, and while Apple fights it out in the US, it's being accused of sneakily trying to get around Australian law. The Guardian has obtained court documents that detail a sting operation by Australia's consumer watchdog that showed Apple wilfully misled customers about their rights.
When a suspicious looking box labelled "two pair shoes" arrived in Australia from Northern Europe recently, the Australian Border Force sent it through an X-ray. They didn't find shoes, of course. Instead, the box contained a terrifying assortment of venomous snakes, spiders and scorpions -- as if the country needed more of those.