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International Year of Indigenous Languages commemorated with new coins launched by Royal Australian Mint and AIATSIS.

New 50c coin is unique in any language

money

A new 50c coin has been released in Australia and it features a historic design element never seen before to highlight the uniqueness of our country and our cultural heritage

Giant Dragon

World’s longest dragon lands in Australia

arts

Dai Gum Loong, 125m long and with 7000 scales, has flown to Australia to take over from an old dragon called Sun Loong that is ready to retire

the ancient four-legged whale in the sea

Ancient four-legged whale walked on land

animals

Scientists have uncovered fossils of an ancient four-legged whale that walked on land and swam in the sea 43 million year ago

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‘Temporary’ Eiffel Tower turns 130

Eiffel Tower with autumn leaves in Paris, France
history

The much-loved, world-famous symbol of Paris has turned 130, after surviving fierce early criticism and an original plan to take it down after just 20 years

Fossil graveyard a snapshot of asteroid hit

Computer generated simulation shows an asteroid striking thre Earth in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula aropund 150 million years ago.The extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago can be traced to a collision between two monster rocks in the asteroid belt nearly 100 million years earlier, scientists report 05 September 2007. TO GO WITH AFP STORY-Traced: The asteroid breakup that wiped out the dinosaurs by Richard Ingham AFP PHOTO RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE/NO SALES/NO INTERNET/ NO ARCHIVES
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Scientists have discovered a fossilised snapshot of the day a huge asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, clearing the way for humans to thrive

World’s biggest T-rex unearthed

Chris Pratt faces a rampaging T-Rex dinosaur in a scene from film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
animals

A massive, fierce dinosaur nicknamed Scotty has been dug from sandstone. Its leg bones are so big it is thought to have weighed 8800kg when it roamed the Earth

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

April 1 is April Fools' Day.
explainers

Watch out … today is April Fools’ Day and it’s the day for playing pranks on unsuspecting people. We look at why we celebrate on April 1 and some of today's best jokes

Quest to bring woolly mammoths back to life

Woolly Mammoth Family
science

Experiments on the cells of a woolly mammoth found preserved in frozen ground has brought scientists a step closer to bringing the prehistoric creatures back to life

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

New official record for world’s oldest person

In this July 27, 2018, photo, Japan's oldest living female Kane Tanaka speaks in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. The 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello is being honored as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records on Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Kyodo News via AP)
humanities

A Japanese woman has been honoured as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records. She took time out from studying maths to celebrate by eating chocolate

Cricket’s Ashes urn to come home

The original Ashes Urn will be on display over summer. Picture: supplied
sport

Australia has won the Ashes 33 times in 137 years, yet the famous Ashes urn stays locked in a cabinet at Lord’s in London. Later this year, it will visit Australia for fans to see

The World Wide Web turns 30

30 years since the world wide web. Tim Berners-Lee
technology

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, celebrates and reflects on the achievements and challenges for the future, 30 years on from the internet’s beginnings

New wallaby-sized Australian dinosaur found

A recreation of Galleonosaurus dorisae and its Cretaceous environment. Artist credit: James Kuether
animals

Millions of years before wallabies, a wallaby-sized dinosaur was running around a long-vanished valley between the continents we call Australia and Antarctica

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

Questions I am asked about the Holocaust

AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP children photographed by Russians who liberated the camp in January 1945
history

Hedi Fried was 19 when she was captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp during WWII. She survived and now, at 94, still uses her story to teach students about the Holocaust

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

New airport named for Nancy-Bird Walton

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humanities

Sydney’s new international airport is being named after Nancy-Bird Walton, Australia’s first female pilot, known as the “Angel of the Outback”

Neanderthal study rewrites history

An early illustration of the 'Man of Chapelle-aux-Saints' Neanderthal, showing him with a hunched back. Picture: Getty Images
history

Scientists who rearranged the bones of a famous Neanderthal skeleton discovered that much of what we believed about this species was based on a century-old mistake

Trump walks out of summit with Kim Jong-un

***BESTPIX*** North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Arrives In Vietnam Ahead Of The U.S.-DPRK Summit
humanities

The face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed without any deals on nuclear weapons, trade bans or a peace deal being signed. 

What is a leap year?

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration.
explainers

February 29 is missing from this year’s calendar. We explain why and what it has to do with the Sun, the Earth and a calendar created way back in 1582

Snowy Hydro 2.0 starts now

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environment

The PM has announced a massive expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme to start within a week, promising cheaper and more reliable electricity

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

Huge dinosaur tracks found in Queensland

Excavation teams have discovered Sauropod tracks near Winton, QLD. Drone image of the site.
animals

Detailed sauropod, ornithopod and theropod tracks 95 million years old have been discovered in a Queensland creekbed and will soon be safe from floods and on show to the public

World’s first wiggle found

Traces of mucus were discovered in ancient rock
science

Scientists have discovered what could be the earliest signs of movement on Earth by a living thing, beating the previous oldest find by 1.5 billion years

How the Opera House could have looked

A man takes a photograph of a woman front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. NSW's net debt will be wiped out following a bumper budget surplus of $4.7 billion for the last financial year, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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It’s one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, but the Sydney Opera House could have looked very, very different if any of the other ideas submitted were built instead

King Arthur and Merlin story found

Historians still can't agree on whether King Arthur was a real person
history

Historians have stumbled across 13th-century parchment pieces about King Arthur, which could lead them to the location of the legendary Holy Grail

Meet our mysterious lost ancestors

MARCH, 2003 : Scene from BBC documentary TV series "Walking with Cavemen", 03/03. Prehistoric Man
history

Australian researchers are helping solve the mystery of an ancient tribe that once walked the Earth alongside Neanderthals and early humans

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

Ancient Egyptian tomb discovered

This picture taken on December 15, 2018 shows a view of a newly-discovered tomb belonging to the high priest "Wahtye" who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC), at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. - Egyptian archaeologists announced on December 15 the discovery of the tomb of high priest "Wahtye" who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC). The well-preserved tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
history

A 4400-year-old tomb from the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt has been discovered in Egypt after 4400 years, filled with colourful statues, carved pictures and hieroglyphic writing

Kelly Gang victims honoured after 140 years

NGA_006 Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946. Ripolin enamel on hardboard. 91 x 121.7 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1972. ? National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Sidney Nolan: A New Retrospective
history

Stories about Ned Kelly and his gang often portray the famous bushrangers as heroes. A new memorial unveiled 140 years later honours the police they murdered at Stringybark Creek

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

Eight mummies found in Egyptian pyramid

This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, shows an ancient mummy covered with a layer of painted cartonnage, which was found inside a sarcophagus in area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Egypt says archaeologists have discovered eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies inside. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
history

Archaeologists have unearthed eight mummies in painted coffins in a former king’s pyramid in Egypt

Real unicorns walked alongside humans

An artist’s impression of the Elasmotherium. Picture: W. S. Van der Merwe Picture:Supplied
animals

Scientists know for sure that unicorns did exist. Advanced testing of a complete unicorn skull has provided a new understanding of why they became extinct, and it wasn’t humans’ fault

Leaning Tower of Pisa not leaning so much anymore

ESCAPE RELAUNCH STOCK SHOTS .. tourist with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Picture: iStock
history

Two decades of restoration works have reduced the tilt on the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, making it safe for tourists and securing its long-term future

Rare Viking Thor hammer pendant uncovered

The thor hammer amulet found in Iceland
history

Archaeologists have found rare Viking artefacts lost for 1000 years on a farm in Iceland. We look at who the Vikings were and why they carved tiny hammers from stone

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

Mystery of the pyramids uncovered at last

SUNDAY ESCAPE. SUNSETS WISHLIST. Sunset at pyramids, Egypt. Picture: Supplied
history

Archaeologists have accidentally discovered steep ramps and the remains of a pulley system that finally explain how ancient Egyptians built their massive pyramids

Armistice Day marks 100 years since end of WWI

A picture taken on 11/11/1918 shows signatories of the Armistice treaty, German Matthias Erzberger, the Count Alfred von Oberndorff, British Captain Ernst Vanselow, First Sea Lord Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss the British representative, French general Maxime Weygand, French Chief- of-Staff (first row, 2nd L) and Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the Allied supreme commander (first row, 2nd R), which was signed in Foch's own railway carriage in Compiegne Forest, France, and marked the end of WWI on the Western Front.
history

Sunday marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed declaring World War I would end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. We look at what happened on that historic day

How Phar Lap won the Cup and the nation’s heart

Phar Lap the horse on display in the Melbourne Story Gallery, 2008. For WT competition
history

With the 2018 Melbourne Cup upon us, we look back at the history of Phar Lap — one of the greatest winners of the Cup and a horse that captured the imagination of the nation

World’s most disgusting foods on show

Vic Cherikoff, director of Bush Tucker Supply Australia with Witjuti (Witchetty) grubs, sold in Asia, Europe and the US. Food / Grub
health

Do you think Vegemite is disgusting? The Australian favourite is one of the displays at an international museum specially for disgusting foods. 

Keeping our Bridge as good as new

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history

Australia’s most recognisable bridge is 95 years old, yet it looks as good as new. Meet part of the team that works to repair and repaint “the coathanger”. Have you ever been there?

Coins celebrate true spirit of the Anzacs

Anzac Spirit Coins Collection
history

As the world prepares to mark 100 years since the end of World War I next month, Australians are invited to collect special coins that celebrate the true spirit of the Anzacs

Titanic replica on way to its maiden voyage

20/02/2013 WIRE: In this rendering provided by Blue Star Line, the Titanic II is shown cruising at sea. The ship, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning to build in China, is scheduled to sail in 2016. Palmer said his ambitious plans to launch a copy of the Titanic and sail her across the Atlantic would be a tribute to those who built and backed the original. (AP Photo/Blue Star Line) Pic. Ap
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An ambitious project to make another Titanic is underway, with a 2022 maiden voyage announced. Would you take a ticket to travel on this replica ship?

World’s oldest intact shipwreck found

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira. - An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, researchers said on Tuesday. The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet. The ship, which is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact, was dated back to 400 BC -- a time when the Black Sea was a trading hub filled with Greek colonies. (Photo by HO / Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
history

Explorers have discovered the world’s oldest intact shipwreck, a 2400-year-old ship of a design only ever seen on Ancient Greek pottery from the time of Homer’s epic poem Odyssey

World-famous Sydney Opera House turns 45

Maintenance men Tim Womack (front) and Flipe Flores (back), are pictured abseiling down the sail of the Sydney Opera House today, getting ready for the Opera House open day on the 16th of October.
arts

It’s one of the most recognised buildings in the world and it just turned 45. We look at its history and how much effort goes into keeping it looking young

Pioneering women honoured for breaking new ground

Florence the second of the four massive tunnel boring machines on the Sydney Metro Northwest broke through into the site of the new Showground station off Carrington rd Castle Hill this month, June. There are eight new stations on the 36km Sydney Metro Northwest to Chatswood which is expected to open in the first half of 2019
civics

The massive machines that will tunnel under Melbourne have been named after two important Australian women who helped shape our country

Closer to solving Easter Island mystery

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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?

PM wants national day for indigenous Aussies

NAIDOC celebrations
civics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested adding a new national day to our calendar to celebrate indigenous Australians

Digging up the historical past beneath our cities

Metro tunnel archeological dig uncovers Melbourne's first school
history

Modern construction of train tunnels, stations and new public squares is helping dig up the historical past beneath our cities

See World War I in 3D

Soldiers go over the top of the trenches in World War I
history

Cross your eyes just a little and squint and focus on the middle of the picture and you’ll see these incredible old war scenes in 3D. Can you make this optical illusion work?

Hunt is on for missing moon rocks

Lindsie Smith
space

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s famous moon landing, a former NASA investigator is hunting for several missing lunar rocks donated to US states

Snapshot of Australian history

Orphaned children set to fly to Australia in 1948
history

The government tried to fill Australia with immigrants from the UK after World War II. Old photos of this time are a fascinating snapshot of one chapter of our history

Treasure trove of 5600 historic coins unearthed

Money, Coins, Treasure chest, Pirates, Gold
money

A treasure trove of 5600 historic Australian coins — including silver florins and others from the 1800s — has been uncovered on a construction site

UNESCO bid for ancient art gallery

Burrup peninsula
arts

The traditional owners of Australia’s largest rock art gallery have fought for years to have this sacred site protected. Finally, it will be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage listing

Ancient Chinese pyramid found

Ancient Chinese city and pyramid
history

Pyramids aren’t just in Egypt. These massive structures are all over the world. Archaeologists have just dug up another one in China, at the centre of a huge lost city

Aussie soldiers’ bravery awards

Prisoners of War at Changi POW camp in Singapore in 1943 during World War II. historical two 1940s second /World/War/1939/45 (Pic: Australian War Memorial)
history

It’s 73 years since World War II ended and 28 Australian soldiers are now being recognised for their bravery

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.

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

Incredible new pterosaur discovery

Artwork - artists impression of prehistoric flying reptile pterosaur dinosaur.
animals

Scientists have uncovered incredibly intact pterosaur remains. It had spiky fangs and a wingspan of 1.5m. Scary! Don’t worry, it died out around 65 million years ago

Prehistoric mega-shark teeth found at beach

Victorian fossil find uncovers prehistoric leftovers of colossal shark feast Size comparison chart
animals

Teacher finds rare fossilised teeth from 25 million-year-old prehistoric mega-shark at the beach

Hi-tech explorers ‘drain the ocean’

Drain the Oceans uncovers the HMAS Sydney
arts

Imagine if you could explore the bottom of the ocean without water in the way. Groundbreaking filmmaking allows us to do just that. What would you look at if you could drain the ocean?

Taj Mahal, a Wonder of the World, is turning green

One of the most famous buildings in the world and one of India's biggest drawcards - the Taj Mahal
environment

Indian judges have threatened to close the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as it turns green, yellow and black because of environmental damage and neglect

Battle remembered with Anzac biscuits and Waltzing Matilda

WWI hero Sir John Monash presenting a decoration to a soldier iln the Australian Imperial Force after the Battle of Le Hamel in 1918.
history

A special gathering of French, Australians and Americans remembers the bravery of thousands of people 100 years ago this week

Record price for piece of Australian history

Paul Durden with Brett from Tungamah who bought the record priced Furphy tank end for $17,000
history

Every farmer once had one. But now these horse-drawn water carts are collectors’ items that tell us many stories about Australia’s history

Ancient writing discovered at castle linked to King Arthur

The mysterious inscription. Picture: English Heritage
history

Writing scrawled on stone that could be more than 1400 years old has been found at a castle linked to the legend of King Arthur

World 1886 penny farthing record still stands

2 Penny Farthing Riders in Costume
sport

Champion cyclist Mark Beaumont broke the round-the-world cycling record last year by 44 days. But even he wasn’t fast enough to break the world penny farthing record

Titanic find was part of top-secret war mission

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history

The man who found the Titanic 33 years ago was sworn to secrecy over the real reason for his mission. A new exhibition tells the true story

Two-thousand-year-old Pompeii skeleton found

Anthropologist Valeria Amoretti looks at a skeleton of a victim of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, which destroyed the ancient town of Pompeii, at Pompeii' archeological site, near Naples, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The skeleton was found during recent excavations and is believed to be of a 35-year-old man with a limp who was hit by a pyroclastic cloud during the eruption. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)
history

The skeleton of a 35-year-old killed by a boulder thrown down from Mount Vesuvius is the latest incredible find at the World Heritage archaeological site of Pompeii

Hobart could be known as nipaluna

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humanities

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre today offered the Hobart City Council the use of the city’s traditional Aboriginal name to mark National Reconciliation Week

“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

Solving the Stonehenge mystery

Stonehenge - the famous prehistoric stone circle in Wiltshire, England Supplied by: English Heritage / Visit Britain
history

How did the big bluestone blocks of Stonehenge move 225km from Wales? A Welsh scientist believes he has the answer.

Waltzing Matilda could be on its way home

######SUNDAY MAIL ONLY#######EMBARGOED Banjo Paterson’s great, great grandson and original manuscript of “Waltzing Matilda”
history

There were only rumours that Banjo Paterson’s handwritten “Waltzing Matilda”still existed. But it’s safe and sound and Queensland’s Premier is trying to bring it home

Celebrations for 90-year-old lifesaver

Supplied Editorial RFDS mag: aircraft
history

Next time you look at a $20 note you’ll see John Flynn. He set up the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which helps save a life every two minutes.

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.

Eddie’s Anzac Day battle to honour a war hero

Eddie Morgan
sport

The great-great-grandson of a famous Australian soldier, who played a vital role in the Villers-Bretonneux victory in WWI, is travelling to France to honour him in a much friendlier battle

World’s oldest person dies aged 117

This picture received from Kikaicho Town Hall via Jiji Press and taken on September 18, 2017 shows 117-year-old Nabi Tajima (2nd L) in Kikaicho on Kikai island of Kagoshima prefecture. A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the world's oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP on April 22, 2018. Nabi Tajima, who was born August 4, 1900, died around 8:00 pm (1100 GMT) on April 21 at a hospital on her native Kikai Island in Kagoshima region, according to Susumu Yoshiyuki, a health and welfare official. / AFP PHOTO / KIKAI TOWN VIA JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT
humanities

Japan's Nabi Tajima, the world’s oldest person, has died at the grand age of 117. But she’s not the only Japanese person living longer than most — take a look at the reasons why

We’re hanging up on the home phone

Smiling redhead girl in red polka dot dress with green dial phone on yellow background.
technology

Home phone use could be extinct in Australia in 20 years as residents switch to mobiles and internet devices

How a book saved this Aussie soldier’s life

The story is his great-uncle, Albert Lightfoot, who fought at Villers-Bretonneux. The battle to liberate Villers-Bretonneux has its centenary on April 25.
history

How a book saved the life of Australian soldier Albert Lightfoot in the 1918 battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the Western Front during World War I.

Lego Titanic docks in top musuem

Brynjar Karl Bigisson
mathematics

Autistic teen’s Lego Titanic replica finds a permanent home in top US museum honouring the doomed ocean liner

WWI museum pays tribute to Aussie soldiers

Sir John Monash centre - Villers Bretonneax
history

The opening of the Sir John Monash Centre on the Western Front on the eve of Anzac Day will recognise the enormous sacrifices of our Australian soldiers during World War I.

Clydesdale horses hang up their reins

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN- End of an Era as Carlton Draught Clydesdales
animals

It’s the end of an era as CUB’s famous Clydesdale horses hang up their reins. The much-loved retiring ambassadors gave Australians 65 years of joy

Great Air Race of 1919 to be recreated

In 1919, South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, along with their mechanics Jim Bennett and Wally Shiers, became the first Australians in history to fly from England to Australia in Vickers-Vimy bomber. Photo: The South Australian Aviation Museum.
history

The Great Air Race of 1919 from London to Darwin will be recreated — but this time the innovative pilots will have to use electric planes and finish in less than 30 days.

Oldest message in a bottle found in WA

A supplied image obtained on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, of the world?s oldest known message in a bottle which has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard into the Indian Ocean. The bottle had been flung from the German sailing barque "Paula" in 1886 as part of a 69-year official experiment to better understand global ocean currents and find faster, more efficient shipping routes. (AAP Image/supplied/Kym Illman) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
history

World’s oldest message in a bottle found on a West Australian beach almost 132 years after being thrown overboard in the Indian ocean

Public dive to see sunken war submarine

A supplied image obtained Thursday, February 15, 2018 of divers inspecting the wreckage of Japanese midget submarine M24 off Sydney's northern beaches, Thursday, February 15, 2018. The divers were permitted access after a public ballot to commemorate the events of 1942 when three Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney harbour. (AAP Image/Supplied by NSW Government) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
history

For the first time in history, the public has been given the chance to explore a sunken Japanese mini-submarine which attacked Sydney during the Second World War.

Amphicar floats back into limelight

1966 Amphicar 770
just for fun

Is it a boat? Is it a car? Is it both? Onlookers were shocked to see this bright yellow vintage car driving down a boat ramp and out onto the water

50 years since our PM disappeared

1966? Harold Holt swimming. Picture: Photo File
history

Fifty years ago this weekend, Australia’s most powerful man, Prime Minster Harold Holt, went missing during a lunchtime swim. He was never seen again

25 years since the first text message

Smartphone
technology

Who sent the very first text message to a mobile phone? And what did it say?

Da Vinci painting sells for $592m

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi,’ which was painted around 1500, will go up for sale at Christie’s. Photo: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017
arts

A 500-year-old masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci sells for $592 million, breaking the world record. VIDEO

Rock of gold under the rainbow

Prospector found the 1.1763kg gold nugget in a field in the Charters Towers region worth about $63,814. Minelab’s Townsville dealer, Peter Cragg with the gold nugget.
news

A gold nugget worth $63,000 has been found by a prospector in North Queensland

World unites for Remembrance Day

REMBRANCE DAY PREVIEW
civics

Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I. VIDEO

Ned Kelly still fascinates Aussies

Ned Kelly Oval Portrait
history

Bushranger Ned Kelly will be portrayed in yet another feature film about his life next year. We look at the legend of Ned Kelly and why the outlaw is still the subject of fascination. 

Rare early Australia map found in attic

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history

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

The race that stops the nation

Melbourne Cup Day
sport

The Melbourne Cup is the biggest event on the racing calendar. We look at the history of the famous race and who is likely to win it this year. VIDEO

How technology changed our lives

Pile of old technology, still-life. Obselete computers.
technology

Technology has changed almost everything about the way we live. VIDEO

Fossil reveals ancient sea monster

This undated handout photograph released by the PLOS One Journal on October 25, 2017 shows an excavated ichthyosaur skeleton near Lodai village in the Kutch district of Gujarat state in western India. Indian scientists said October 26 they had identified a prehistoric marine reptile fossil discovered in a western desert region known as the subcontinent's Jurassic Park. The 150-million-year-old marine reptile known as "ichthyosaur" is the first of its kind found in India, and could shed light on a possible marine seaway between India and South America when the ancient continents were fused together millions of years ago. / AFP PHOTO / PLOS One / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PLOS One" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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An almost complete 150-million-year-old fossil of a giant Ichthyosaur ‘lizard fish’ has been unearthed in India

Halloween’s hidden history

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Ghost, ghouls, witches and wizards haunt Aussie streets for Halloween festivities. VIDEO

Remembering the Light Horse heroes

Members of the Australian Light Horse unit attend a memorial ceremony on October 23, 2017 for fighters from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fell during the First World War against the Ottoman Empire, at the old Ottoman Tzemach Railway Station, on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. Hundreds of Australians arrived in Israel for a weeklong visit to participate in the one-hundred year anniversary marking the decisive victory of the British Army and ANZAC in the Battle of Beer Sheva, which resulted in the conquest of the city and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA
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Hundreds of Australians are in Israel to mark the 100-year anniversary of one of the Anzacs’ greatest victories at the Battle of Beersheba

Ancient temple discovered in Egypt

This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows the remains of a recently discovered temple for King Ramses II, in Abusir, southwest of Cairo. The temple may shed light on the life of the pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty, over 3,200 years ago. Mustafa Waziri, the head of agency, has told The Associated Press on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, that the discovery was made by an Egyptian-Czech mission in the village of Abusir near the step pyramid of Saqqara. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the remains of an ancient temple belonging to King Ramses II

Holden closure the end of an era

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Iconic carmaker Holden will close its factory in South Australia on Friday marking an end to almost 70 years of car making. VIDEO