Perth, Australia is the most remote major city on the planet. Which is apparently why it appealed to legendary director Stanley Kubrick. New research reveals that Kubrick was so concerned with the possibility of nuclear war that he actually planned to move to Perth in 1962.
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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.
Video: Although tropical cyclone Debbie, yesterday a Category 4 beast, has now been downgraded to a tropical storm carrying a severe weather warning, this footage of the cyclone at near peak intensity captured from the International Space Station shows that this doesn't mean Australians should take it lightly.
Nineties kids who've always wanted to visit Jurassic Park to meet Jeff Goldblum — and dinosaurs — are in for a treat: A team of palaeontologists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane is claiming to have found the largest-ever dinosaur footprint in a region dubbed "Australia's Jurassic Park". While there hasn't been a Jeff Goldblum sighting (yet), the researchers have identified 21 different types of dinosaur tracks within a 25km region of the Dampier Peninsula coastline, including a gigantic one measuring 1.75m in length.
We all like to admire ourselves in the mirror from time to time, but there's a bird in Australia that seems to have developed a rather unhealthy fixation, gazing upon its reflection for hours on end while seemingly oblivious to its surroundings. It's pretty funny, but should we be worried about this fine feathered fellow?
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is pushing its states and territories to adopt measures that would prevent unvaccinated children from attending childcare centres. Sounds harsh, but experts say it's a good idea — one that will hopefully prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
There are fewer jets that are beaten up on more than the F-35, but we couldn't help but share this little nugget from Australia: the nation's Air Force grounded a pair of its F-35s last weekend, for fear of thunderstorms.
The public debate over the problems of electricity supply displays a curious disconnect. On the one hand, there is virtually universal agreement that the system is in crisis. After 25 years, the promised outcomes of reform – cheaper and more reliable electricity, competitive markets and rational investment decisions – are further away than ever.
If you've ever seen Australia's grey-headed flying fox, you know that they're absolutely terrifying. With an average wingspan of over 0.91m, these threatened animals are sometimes called megabats. But you haven't really seen terrifying until you've seen the flying fox dying by the hundreds, which is precisely what's happening Down Under right now.
Parts of eastern and central Australia are in the midst of a horrific heatwave, with temperatures reaching as high as 46C. Alarmingly, the record-setting conditions are expected to worsen over the coming weekend. While it's always hard to tie individual meteorological events to climate change, one can't help but consider the role our ever-warming atmosphere is playing.