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Ford LPG Challenge - Around Australia for Around $1000 (Adelaide to Perth leg. Day 3 Cocklebiddy to Kalgoolie. Wester Time Zone road sign along the Nullabor Plain 05 Aug 2006. road sign

Australia’s rebel time zone

mathematics

Look at the clocks in the roadhouses along a remote, 340km section of the highway through the Nullarbor and you’ll see they don’t match anyone’s smartphone time

Daylight Saving

Daylight saving on way out

mathematics

As Australians in four states grope around in the darkness of the last daylight saving mornings of the season, Europe has voted to cancel this clock-changing practice

This handout picture provided on March 24, 2019 by the Global Education and Skills Forum, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation, shows Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi (C) holding up the Global Teacher Prize (GTP) trophy after winning the US$ 1 million award during an official ceremony in Dubai presented by Australian actor Hugh Jackman (C-L) and attended by the Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum (C-R). - Tabichi, a 36-year-old maths and physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School in the village of Pwani, in Kenya's Nakuru county, was named as winner of the "largest prize of its kind", set up by the Varkey Foundation to "recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession." (Photo by - / Global Education and Skills Forum / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GLOBAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS FORUM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

World’s richest prize for teacher of the poor

humanities

There is only one computer, bad internet access, no library, no science laboratory and drought and famine are frequent, yet Peter Tabichi’s students are achieving great things

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‘Stay indoors’ warning as cyclone hits WA

Currently two cyclones are impacting Australia's north. Picture: Earthschool.
weather

Residents are being warned to "stay indoors" as the extremely dangerous tropical Cyclone Veronica brings wild winds and heavy rain in Western Australia today

Lipstick-pink lake a hit for selfies

PINK LAKE
environment

People who love pink are flocking like flamingoes to take selfies in front of a lake in Melbourne dyed by a population explosion of algae

Big fish catches fishermen by surprise

Hunter and Steven Jones with a Sunfish found on the Coorong over the weekend. Picture: Jacob Jones
animals

A group of friends thought they saw a massive rock on the sand, but we now know it was an ocean sunfish, one of the world’s biggest fish and very rare in these waters

Australians may be 120,000 years old

UNDATED : Copy of early undated image of central Australian aboriginals, similar to those who masterminded or were victims of strange ritual killings known as "kadaitcha. Aborigines
history

Scientists have discovered humans may have been living in Australia for 120,000 years. If proven right, the discovery could rewrite the indigenous history of our nation

Three disco-dancing peacock spiders found

Maratus aquilus. Picture: Joseph SchubertSource:Twitter
animals

An Australian citizen scientist has discovered three beautiful new species of disco-dancing peacock spiders. Arachnophobes needn’t worry: they’re the size of a grain of rice

Researchers find dingoes are not dogs

Dingo Puppy
animals

Researchers from several Australian universities have determined the dingo is not a dog but a unique native species of its own

Solomon Islands battling oil spill

TOPSHOT - This undated handout provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia on March 1, 2019 shows the oil spill from the MV Solomon Trader along the coastline of Rennell Island, some 240 kilometres south of the capital Honiara. - New Zealand joined an international effort on March 1 to limit damage from oil spilling out of the ship that ran aground near World Heritage-listed waters in the Solomon Islands almost a month ago. (Photo by Handout / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
environment

A major oil spill in the Solomon Islands is moving towards the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Area, with fears of a looming environmental disaster

Ancient tattoo kit made from human bone

Geoffrey Clark with one of the pieces of bone that is an ancient tattoo tool. Picture: ANU
history

Researchers have uncovered the world’s oldest known tattoo kit, some of which is made from human bone and believed to be 2700 years old

Potion to live forever found in Chinese tomb

Chinese alchemists brewed elixirs of immortality until the 18th Century
history

A mysterious potion discovered in an ancient Han Dynasty tomb in China was brewed to allow whoever drank it to live forever. Unfortunately, it is full of toxic ingredients

Scientists find giant bee thought to be extinct

TOPSHOT - This undated handout photomontage provided by Global Wildlife Conservation on February 21, 2019, shows a living Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) (R), which is approximately four times larger than a European honeybee, after it was rediscovered in the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas. - The world's largest bee -- roughly the size of a human thumb -- has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said on February 21, 2019. Despite its conspicuous size, no one had observed Wallace's giant bee -- discovered in the 19th century by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and nicknamed the "flying bulldog" -- in the wild since 1981, the Global Wildlife Conservation said. (Photo by CLAY BOLT / Global Wildlife Conservation / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GLOBAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION / CLAY BOLT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES
animals

Scientists have rediscovered a giant bee, nicknamed the ‘flying bulldog’, on a remote Indonesian island after thinking it had been extinct for 30 years

Aussie’s record 5000km ocean row

A supplied image obtained on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, of Sydney woman Michelle Lee who has become the first Australian woman to cross an ocean solo in a rowboat after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 68 days. (AAP Image/Supplied, Robin Skjoldborg) NO ARCHIVING
sport

Michelle Lee has become the first Australian woman to row across an ocean after a 5000km solo journey across the Atlantic that took 68 days, 12 hours and 49 minutes

Search for Shackleton’s ship abandoned

Historical antarctic images from Mercury files: Shackleton 1914 expedition. Frank Hurley's memorable photo of the Endurance being crushed by ice.
geography

Explorers have lost their hi-tech autonomous submarine under the ice in the Weddell Sea, forcing them to call off their search for Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance

Murray cod to be trucked to safety

Jarod Lyon - Electrofishing
environment

After pictures of millions of dead fish shocked the world, the NSW government has begun a bold plan to catch trapped Darling River fish and truck them downstream

Earth’s magnetic pole is in a hurry

mobile phone with gps and map in background
geography

The magnetic field of our planet is essential to our survival. But it’s not behaving like scientists expected and nobody knows why

Remains of explorer Matthew Flinders found

Remains of Captain Matthew Flinders discovered at HS2 site in Euston. FOR ELLEN WHINNETT STORY The archaeological excavation and research works at St James’s Gardens, Euston, London.
history

The missing remains of the first person to circumnavigate Australia — who also popularised the name Australia — have been found

Ghost island a Google Maps mystery

The island is supposedly north east of Australia.Source:Supplied
geography

An island off the coast of Australia that was first mapped by Captain Cook has disappeared. No one knows where it went, though it still exists on Google Maps. It has everyone puzzled

Wanted: fridge fixer for coldest place on Earth

recruitment drive for the Australian Antarctic Division STRICTLY ONE TIME USE ONLY • NO ARCHIVE • NO SALES
humanities

The Australian Antarctic Division needs more than 150 people to fill jobs in its four research stations to support scientists, some you’d never guess were needed in the coldest place on Earth

Beach made of millions of pieces of ‘popcorn’

Popcorn Beach, Canary Islands, Spain. Picture: Instagram
just for fun

The internet’s latest sensation is a beach that looks like it’s made of popcorn. We find other incredible beaches around the world and explain what happens in nature to create them

Remote Australian ghost town comes back to life

Supplied Editorial
history

There are ghost towns all over Australia, but one once-busy settlement is coming back to life more than 50 years after its residents fled in a hurry one hot December afternoon

World’s longest sea bridge opens

Aerial View Of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
geography

An amazing 55km bridge that goes over and under the sea has opened, connecting mainland China and Hong Kong. Not everyone thinks it is wonderful. What do you think?

Closer to solving Easter Island mystery

Supplied Editorial Fwd: PRESS RELEASE: Viking announces second world cruise
history

After its population was almost wiped out in the 1800s, no one had the answer to the question of how and why Easter Island’s giant statues were made and moved, until now. Can you guess?

Amazing undersea world discovered

Mapping of the volcanic seamount chain found off the east coast of Tasmania by the CSIRO vessel Investigator. Picture: CSIRO
geography

In the unexplored depths of the ocean off the coast of Tasmania, massive volcanic mountains kilometres high rise above the sea floor. What more would you like to know?

Outdoor dining, Antarctic style

What happens when you try cooking in Antarctica... a barbecue is out of the question.
weather

Spring weather and warm mean something completely different on Antarctica, as these funny outdoor cooking photos show. What would you like to try to cook outdoors there?

New rule for where migrants live

Australia, map, generic, lights.
civics

Overcrowding in Australia’s biggest cities is costing the country billions of dollars. The government plans to make migrants move to regional areas as part of the solution. Is this fair?

Endeavour shipwreck mystery

Captain James Cook
history

The centuries-old mystery of the sinking of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour could be solved, exactly 250 years since it set sail to claim Australia for England.

Drone films Amazon tribe

This 2017 photo released by the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) shows a "maloca," or long house, in Vale do Javari, Amazonas state, Brazil. Overall, the agency has registered 107 isolated tribes in Latin America's largest nation. While isolated communities are sometimes captured on video, Funai does not make contact with them. (FUNAI via AP)
humanities

A drone has filmed a tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, which experts believe has never been in contact with the outside world

Lighting up the sea for sailors

Remote historic white lighthouse on Cape Otway elevated cliff overlooking distant and isolated seas of southern ocean agaisnt clody and moody sky.
history

It’s International Lighthouse Weekend, a great time to learn about the important role lighthouses have played through history and today to keep sailors and ships safe

Population to reach 25 million

Giggles, cuddles and snuggles
civics

Australia is growing faster than ever before, with one baby born every 102 seconds. This week we reach 25 million, much earlier than expected

Young Aussies want to help global refugees

TOPSHOTS A child looks on near a tent at the Syrian refugee camp 5km from Diyarbakir, on the the way between Diyarbakir and Mardin, after snowfall, on January 9, 2013. The refugees faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER
humanities

A new World Vision survey shows compassionate young Australians are very concerned about the plight of global refugees and want to help

Massive Mars lake discovery

This image taken from the NASA Internet site 28 April, 2000 shows the south polar cap of Mars as it appeared to the Mars Global Surveyor on April 17, 2000. A massive underground lake has been detected for the first time on Mars, raising the possibility that more water -- and maybe even life -- exists there, international astronomers said on July 25, 2018. Located under a layer of Martian ice, the lake is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) wide, said the report led by Italian researchers in the US journal Science. / AFP PHOTO / NASA / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

If there’s life on Mars, a 20km-wide lake will be the place to look. This huge body of water could also hold the key for cheaper, safer space travel

Record-breaking northern summer

A woman uses a portable fan to cool herself in Tokyo on July 24, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heatwave. An "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said on July 24, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster." / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU
weather

Australians are used to heatwaves and our gardens, houses, schools and clothes are designed to help us keep comfortable. When heat hits in cold places, it’s hard to keep cool

Murals transform country towns

Silo art. Sheep Hills Victoria, and see the huge mural by Adnate – an internationally renowned artist, famous for his work with Aboriginal communities across Australia
arts

Many country towns are struggling, with falling populations, few jobs and not many visitors. But amazing murals on disused silos are helping breathe new life into these rural communities

Helium sky ship to give bird’s eye view of Uluru

Supplied Editorial SkyShip Uluru
geography

A new helium balloon sky ship will offer amazing bird’s eye views of Uluru for tourists when they are no longer able to climb the famous rock

Shortest day of the year is here

Belgrave Lantern Parade
weather

This is the time of the year it’s dark morning and night. For centuries that’s been a cause for celebration. How would you like to celebrate winter solstice?

Australia’s move north causing earthquakes

science

Australia is shifting north 7cm a year, which is causing many earthquakes every week. Have you felt one recently?

Quest to map world’s oceans by 2030

April breaks heat records, 12th month in a row for global heat
geography

Only a tiny portion of the world’s oceans are mapped. A new quest seeks to chart this last frontier in just 12 years

“Holy grail” of shipwrecks found

This November 2015 photo released Monday, May 21, 2018, by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows cannons from the 300-year-old shipwreck of the Spanish galleon San Jose on the floor of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Colombia. New details about the discovery were released Monday with permission from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian government. Experts believe the ship's treasure is worth billions of dollars today. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution via AP)
history

A ship that sank more than 300 years ago carrying $22 billion of treasure has been found. But its exact location is top secret

Town where polar bears outnumber people

Polar bear
geography

It’s freezing all year and dark day and night all winter but tourists flock there and locals love it. How is life bear-able in Svalbad?

Hawaiians flee volcano’s lava and toxic gas

In this photo taken from video an unidentified man gets close to a lava flow advancing down a road in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa on the island of Hawaii Monday, May 7, 2018. Kilauea volcano has destroyed more than two dozen homes since it began spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air last week, and residents who evacuated don't know how long they might be displaced. The decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. (Scott Wiggers/Apau Hawaii Tours via AP)
geography

Hawaiians living near the Kilauea volcano have been forced to flee as lava flows down their streets. How much damage will it do?

Big reef rescue on the way

ESCAPE: Clownfish, Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Picture: Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree
environment

The Federal Government has promised to spend half a billion dollars trying to save our damaged Great Barrier Reef. It’s the biggest ever environmental protection project.

North Korea peace promise makes history

Inter-Korean summit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R), accompanied by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, inspects a South Korean honor guard prior to their talks at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. (AAP Image/Yonhap News Agency) NO ARCHIVING, AUSTRALIA ONLY
humanities

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to end the war and give up nuclear weapons at a historic meeting. Now the world is waiting to see if he can keep his promises for peace.

Is Africa starting to split in two?

In this photograph taken on April 6, 2018, people walk past a deep chasm in the earth - which has appeared following heavy downpours of rain in March - near the town of Mai-Mahiu, Nakuru County in the Rift Valley, some 54kms (33.5 miles) south-west of Nairobi. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA
geography

A huge rip in the ground has scientists suggesting the continent of Africa is starting to split in two

Great Australian Bight world heritage bid

Cliffs coastline at Head of Great Australian Bight, SA. /South/Australia Picture: Supplied
environment

An ambitious bid will be launched today to have the Great Australian Bight listed on the World Heritage register to provide added protection against oil and gas drilling

Shocking find in dead whale’s stomach

Divers Swim with Sperm Whales
environment

Scientists have found 30kg of plastic inside a dead sperm whale’s stomach. It is just one of thousands of animals killed each year as our oceans become clogged with rubbish

Dinosaur footprints found on Scottish isle

This undated handout photograph released by The University of Edinburgh on April 2, 2018 and taken by Jon Hoad, shows the side-angle view of a sauropod footprint on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Dinosaur footprints dating back 170 million years have been discovered on a Scottish island and will help shed light on the reptiles' evolution, the University of Edinburgh said on April 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH / JON HOAD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE
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Footprints from one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk on Earth have been discovered in a lagoon on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Opera House turns green for St Patrick’s Day

The Sydney Opera House is bathed in a green glow to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
just for fun

The Sydney Opera House joins a list of world landmarks to turn green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Poem hides secret to real buried treasure

CORRECTS CREDIT TO ADDISON DOTY - This undated photo provided by Forrest Fenn shows a chest purported to contain gold dust, hundreds of rare gold coins, gold nuggets and other artifacts. For more than a decade, the 82-year-old claims he has packed and repacked the treasure chest, before burying it in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe. (AP Photo/Addison Doty)
just for fun

A tricky poem full of secret clues has the answer to where a real treasure chest full of gold and jewels is buried. Can you solve the puzzle?

Aussie climber on top of the world

Daniel Bull, 37, is the world record holder for climbing the seven summits and seven volcanoes. Dan Bull makng the first ascent up an unclimbed peak in Greenland, April 2015. (NOTE It was not named)
humanities

An Australian man has become the world’s youngest person to complete the Seven Summits, Seven Volcanoes climbing challenge — and he did the final climb with his 99-year-old Nan

Tallest man meets smallest woman

epaselect epa06475989 World's tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey and shortest woman, Jyoti Amge of India, pose for a photo in front of the Pyramids, in Giza, Egypt, 26 January 2018. Kosen, 243 cm, and Amge 62.8 cm, both Guinness World Records holders, are visiting Egypt in an aim to promote tourism to the country. EPA/MOHAMED HOSSAM
humanities

The world’s tallest man has met the world’s shortest woman in the shadows of the pyramids in Egypt. See the remarkable images

Why do volcanoes take so long to erupt?

Mount Agung volcano spews steam and smoke into the air as seen from Bangli on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 23, 2017. Thousands of residents who fled a rumbling volcano on the island of Bali are refusing to leave evacuation centres after being told to return to their homes outside of the immediate danger zone. / AFP PHOTO / AGUS RANU
explainers

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano finally erupted this week after months of rumbles. We look at why it takes so long for some volcanoes to erupt

Hyperloop travel plan picks up speed

Artist's impression of the VicHyper capsule crossing Australia. Pic supplied.
technology

Elon Musk’s idea to build a Hyperloop to hurtle passengers around the country at more than 1000km/h in an elevated tube is gaining momentum. VIDEO

Big way to attract tourism

Big Banana tourist attraction at Coffs Harbour, NSW, undated.
just for fun

Cobram’s plan to build a giant peach to attract tourists adds another interesting icon to Australia’s list of Big Things

Rare early Australia map found in attic

Archipelagus Orientalis
history

A rare map of Australia — believed to have been lost forever — has been restored after years in an attic

Teen explorer charts new territory

Jade Hameister during Greenland crossing
sport

Teen adventurer and Arctic explorer Jade Hameister is preparing to ski where no Australian woman has ever been before

Surprise! Canberra is our No. 1 city

ESCAPE: CANBERRA DESIGN .. for Stephen Lacey story .. Parliament House. Picture: iStock
geography

Canberra has often been overlooked in the best city lists — until now. Our capital has made the grade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel top 10 list

What is hidden under Earth’s crust?

The most detailed set of composite images ever produced by NASA perfectly capturing the fragility of the Earth in one remarkable shot, the composition shows the entire North American continent, Central America, the northern half of South America, Greenland and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans in NASA image obtained 02/03/2010. NASA produced the stunning series images using thousands of 'satellite-based observations' hundreds of miles above the planet.
science

Australian scientists were shocked to discover we lacked a good overall understanding of the Earth’s makeup, so they set about researching and creating their own

Seal pup’s epic swim from the Antarctic

Sub-Antarctic seal pup
animals

A baby seal was a long way from home after an epic swim all the way from the Antarctic to the Australian mainland. VIDEO

Google’s virtual reality Uluru

Google has taken its StreetView cameras to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory to make the journey available for anyone to view online.
technology

Visit one of Australia’s most sacred sites from the internet through Google’s virtual tour