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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Amazon is setting up shop in Australia, and according to a recent survey, a massive 90 per cent of us online shopping-types will use the service - if it comes good with the low prices, vast selection and fast delivery we've been promised, of course.

And why wouldn't we?

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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.

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Social media can make celebrities out of the most unlikely people. Or, in some cases, the most unlikely of animals. Such was the case with Patrick the Wombat, who died yesterday at the age of 32. And his fans have taken to Facebook to express their grief.

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Queensland was hit hard this week by a vicious tropical cyclone. And while there has been property damage, thankfully no one was seriously injured by Cyclone Debbie. Well, no one, unless you count this 1.5m long shark that was found dead yesterday near the floodwaters.