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Mobile phone ban at all public schools

Victoria bans student phones at schools

safe kids

Students at all Victorian government schools will be banned from using or carrying phones from first to last bell from next year in an attempt to reduce distraction and cyber bullying

Close-up Of Woman Losing His Wallet

Lost wallet study finds people care about others

humanities

Researchers “lost” 17,000 wallets across 355 cities in 40 countries in a social experiment that showed people are more likely to return it if it contains money

The lights will work better at night but the brightness can be increased during the day. Picture: TAC

Push for in-ground traffic lights for phone users

technology

Looking at a smartphone while walking near or across roads is dangerous. To keep people safe, Sydney and Melbourne have trialled in-ground traffic lights, with Adelaide set to follow

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Massive Indonesian earthquake rocks Darwin

science

A 7.2-magnitude Indonesian earthquake — the largest in a decade — has rocked Darwin and forced residents to flee office buildings and hospitals

Amputee footballer having a ‘red-hot crack’

Aldinga junior footballer plays with stumps after having feet amputated
humanities

Feet might seem essential to play footy, but a double amputation before his first birthday couldn’t keep 11-year-old Jett out of the team or off the field

Australian man’s world-first skin transplant

World First Burns Treatment
health

South Australian burns survivor Glenn Ogg owes his renewed life to a world-first skin transplant technique developed in Adelaide that involves “farming” new skin from his own skin

Bullying a growing problem in our schools

Bullying at school
safe kids

An international teacher survey has found bullying, intimidation and cyber-harassment are common in Australian schools, with the problem worse than five years ago

Humans can’t resist those sad, puppy dog eyes

Teckel puppy dog portrait
animals

New research shows dogs have special muscles above their eyes that have developed over thousands of years of humans domesticating dogs. Wolves can’t make the same sad-eye face

Families in feud about footies over fence

Footballs kicked over the neighbours' fence are causing problems.
civics

A man and woman “annoyed” at finding their neighbours’ kids’ footballs in their backyard have begun legal action, claiming the children have ruined their “enjoyment” of their Perth home

Lego’s big search for plant-based plastic

The 15 famous LEGO pine trees and several flower sets have been recreated and supersized to be 66 times bigger. The LEGO trees are now located at Dunningham Reserve, Coogee and marks the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick in Australia. Picture: Brad Hunter
environment

Bricks made from corn were too soft and wheat-based bricks didn’t absorb colour evenly or have enough shine, but toymaker Lego is still trying to switch to plant-based plastic

Flying cars preparing for take off in Australia

technology

Melbourne has won a global competition to host the first international base for Uber flying cars, with test flights to begin next year and driverless flights planned for the future

‘Ice pirate’ plots to ‘steal’ a massive iceberg

Cierva Cove, Antarctica
environment

A cold, bold plan to tow a 113 million-tonne iceberg from Antarctica to South Africa for drinking water is all set to go ahead within months

Record-breaking odyssey to every country

geography

A 21-year-old woman has smashed a world record and achieved an unbelievable feat by being the youngest person to visit every country on Earth

‘Forbidden’ exoplanet discovered in space

Neptune is the fourth biggest planet in our Solar System
space

Scientists have discovered a planet the size of Neptune that could instantly vaporise humans. It’s in the Neptunian Desert, where it shouldn’t be able to survive

Video game addiction officially a disease

Gamer boy
health

A small number of people are developing a big problem with gaming. The World Health Organisation has just officially declared this addiction to games a disease

How to rebuild Notre Dame after the fire

arts

The world’s top architects and stonemasons are trying to figure out how to fix Paris’s fire-damaged cathedral, including two experts 16,000km away in Australia

Scientists make loudest underwater sound

science

To find out what loud sounds do to things, scientists have fired lasers into jets of water, making a sound so loud it can boil water and burst your heart

Remarkable traffic jam atop Mount Everest

health

An incredible photo of climbers queuing to reach the summit of Mount Everest has drawn attention to the crowded and dangerous conditions on the world’s highest mountain

NASA confirms meteorite the size of a small car

space

A fireball that lit up the night sky and created a rumble like and earthquake in recent days has been confirmed as a high-energy meteorite exploding in Earth’s atmosphere

Australian teen inventor stars in YouTube Story

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science

YouTube has chosen an Australian teenage inventor to feature in a special documentary about her work and her potentially lifesaving creation and now the whole world is watching

AFL cracks down on umpire abuse

AFL Rd 3 - Collingwood v West Coast
sport

The AFL says abusive behaviour towards umpires by players and fans must stop, with Carlton’s Dale Thomas fined and Blues fans under investigation

Our paradise islands polluted with plastic

environment

The world may be seriously underestimating the amount of plastic waste along its coastlines, according to researchers who studied Australia’s Cocos Islands

Scott Morrison still PM after election win

BESTPIX - Scott Morrison Claims Victory In 2019 Australian Federal Election
civics

Scott Morrison is still the Prime Minister of Australia after his come-from-behind federal election win, which keeps the Liberal-Nationals Coalition in charge of the country

Man climbs Everest for 23rd time

Kami Rita`
humanities

Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita has summited Mount Everest for an incredible 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful climbs of the world’s highest peak.

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke has died

civics

Australian Labor Party legend Bob Hawke, often described as one of Australia’s most popular prime ministers, died last night. We look at Mr Hawke's life and his legacy to our nation

Titanic’s Egyptian mummy and other famous curses

The tomb of King Casimir IV Jagiellon in Krakow, Poland. Picture: Getty Images
history

There is no proof that playing a trumpet on BBC radio in 1939 started World War II, but that doesn’t stop people believing this and other fascinating and famous curses

Exploring Minecraft’s new Australian city

A look at 'mini Melbourne' built in the Minecraft video game. Federation Square
technology

Dig for false teeth, look for drop bears and search for wildlife in a new Minecraft mini Melbourne to learn about science, maths, archaeology and engineering

Diver breaks record with deepest submarine trip

In among the prawn-like creatures, diver Victor Vescovo also found pollution. Picture: Discovery Channel/Deep PlanetSource:Supplied
geography

Piles of lolly wrappers and other human-made rubbish marred the excitement of a record-breaking dive in a submarine to the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean

World-first ‘zero-waste’ flight takes off in Australia

(L-R) Qantas group executive for sustainability Andrew Parker, Qantas flight attendant Madeline Rowcliff and Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David pose for a photograph with Qantas' new biodegradable packaging ahead of Qantas flight QF739 at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Qantas have trialed the world's first zero waste to landfill flight from Sydney to Adelaide in which all inflight products will be reused, recycled or disposed of via compost. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi) NO ARCHIVING
environment

Qantas embarked on its journey to become a greener airline this week, with every disposable item on board a Sydney to Adelaide flight to be composted, reused, or recycled

What is cryptocurrency and how does it work?

Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin Litecoin Ethereum
money

Bitcoin, Litecoin and Etherium are three examples of cryptocurrencies being used to buy goods online. We explain what cryptocurrency is, how it works and if it is here to stay

Extinction alert for one million species

TOPSHOT - Graffiti artwork, suspected to have been created by the British street artist Banksy, is pictured opposite the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion's camp at Marble Arch in London on April 26, 2019. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION
environment

Report says one million animal and plant species are at risk of becoming extinct because humans won’t put saving the Earth ahead of making money

Dam levels drop as big dry drags on

Water restrictions story... Melanie Prior Water Restriction Patrol Officer No.7 on the streets, Nth Shore, Sydney...Photo:Alan Pryke 7-2-04
environment

After little or no rain across much of Australia recently, water levels are going down in our capital city’s dams and more severe water restrictions look likely

Superheroes here to save you from your fears

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.
health

Spider-Man and Ant-man to the rescue! Scientists have discovered that watching superhero movies could help cure people of their phobias of spiders and ants

Drought drives food prices higher

Adorable baby girl looks up at her mom while they shop for groceries
humanities

Australians are paying more for vegetables, fruit, bread and meat due to the continuing drought, though farmers feel the affects of a big dry long before shoppers

Kids News explainer: What is drought?

Dust storm in Junee NSW 5th of March 2019 Must credit @thepastyfarmer permission for use given. from source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BunkgrGA3bZ/
explainers

May is likely to be drier than average for most of eastern Australia, which is bad news for the large parts of the country in drought

Antarctica’s emperor penguins go missing

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
animals

Scientists thought Antarctica’s Halley Bay would be a refuge from global warming for emperor penguins, but many breeding pairs are already missing

AFL will not tell fans to stop booing

sport

Footy boss Gillon McLachlan understands the “emotional” response of Bombers fans who booed on Anzac Day but believes booing shouldn’t target individuals

Why does lightning strike the same place twice?

Bright lightning illuminates dark cloudy sky during a thunderstorm. Natural dangers and majestic beauty. Real cloudscape with computer generated lightning. Copy space on image side.
explainers

Using a special telescope invented by an Australian, scientists have looked inside thunderclouds to understand how and why lightning often strikes a place twice

Taking selfies with endangered mountain gorillas

This selfie received thousands of likes with many thanking the rangers for protecting the animals. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied
animals

Anti-poaching rangers have shared a series of incredible and heartwarming snaps posing and relaxing with the magnificent gorillas they risk their lives to protect

World’s first photo of a black hole revealed

A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory on April 10, 2019 shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers (EHT), which is the "most direct proof of their existence," one of the project's lead scientists told AFP. (Photo by - / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
space

A team of more than 200 scientists has worked together to capture the world’s first photograph of a black hole, a phenomenon never-before seen by humans

What is chocolate and is it good for you?

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just for fun

Almost everyone is mad about chocolate and not just at Easter. Ahead of the annual chocolate feast, we set out to answer some of the most asked questions about this special treat

NASA solar probe starts flying into the Sun

the Parker Space Probe near the Sun. Artist's impression. Supplied: NASA
space

The Parker Solar Probe is on a groundbreaking mission to ‘touch the Sun’ and has now come closer to our nearest star than any other man-made object in history

Australia’s surprising supermum skink

A supplied image obtained on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, shows a baby three-toed skink hatches from an egg. Researchers at the University of Sydney have observed a three-toed skink who gave birth to eggs followed by a live baby three weeks later from the same pregnancy. (AAP Image/Nadav Pezaro) NO ARCHIVING
animals

Scientists have called a three-toed skink one of the weirdest lizards in the world after watching it lay eggs and then give birth to a baby, all in one litter

Mars house plans revealed

3D-printed towers may be used by Nasa to house its astronauts on Mars (artist's impression) Credit: NASA
space

It’s been a big week for our quest to live on Mars, with the confirmation of a “burp” of methane gas and NASA’s release of designs for human housing on the red planet

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
science

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

Schoolboy makes airline deal with Qantas boss

Qantas Boy Alex Jacquot
humanities

Alex Jacquot is 10 and dreams of running his own airline. He wrote to Qantas boss Alan Joyce for advice but ended up in the boardroom signing a deal to get his transport idea off the ground

Daylight saving on way out

Daylight Saving
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

Compulsive phone use affects wellbeing

Parents Monitoring Kids
technology

Port Adelaide AFL players are putting away their phones and a new study has found we might all feel better about ourselves if we follow their lead

High-speed rail on the fast track to reality

A trip between Melbourne and Geelong would take just 32 minutes on the fast rail line to be announced 21/3/19
civics

PM Scott Morrison has promised to spend billions of dollars on high-speed rail links across Australia with the first project linking Melbourne to Geelong in 32 minutes

Australian ‘outback air’ for sale

Selling Canned Air to China
environment

Canned air from a remote, secret location in South Australia is for sale to anyone who wants to pay $24 for 10 minutes of breathing free of pollution

Footy star slams internet trolls

AFLW Rd 7 - Western Bulldogs v Carlton
sport

AFLW star Tayla Harris has called for action to be taken against trolls after offensive comments were directed at an incredible photo of her kicking a football

NASA’s incredible supersonic jet surprise

CORRECTION - This handout colorized composite image released by NASA on March 5, 2019 shows two T-38 aircrafts flying in formation at supersonic speeds producing shockwaves that are typically heard on the ground as a sonic boom. - Using the schlieren photography technique, NASA was able to capture the first air-to-air images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft flying in formation. Snapped by another plane flying at about 2,000 feet (610 m) above the two fast-moving aircraft, the images captured how the shock waves became distorted or curved as they interacted. "We never dreamt that it would be this clear, this beautiful," J.T. Heineck, a physical scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, said in the statement. (Photo by HO / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --- / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by HO has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [March 5] instead of [February 7]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”
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NASA has photographed supersonic waves from jets, which brings it a step closer to building a new plane that doesn’t produce a sonic boom when it breaks the sound barrier

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

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

One girl starts global climate protest

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate o, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. - Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired pupils worldwide to boycott classes, urged the European Union on February 21, 2019 to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
humanities

Students from more than 70 countries are planning to protest this Friday against inaction on climate change, led by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg

Aussie vaccine a step closer to erasing malaria

SUNDAY MAIL ONLY : Malaria Vaccine Project. Malaria Vaccine
health

A world-first malaria vaccine made in Australia will be clinically* tested on humans in the hope it can erase the deadly disease and save millions of lives

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

Superhero night vision for humans

Humans could one day have a superpower like X-men, Spiderman or Batman
science

Like Spider-Man and Batman, humans could one day have the power to see in the dark after scientists successfully tried their idea on mice

Australia’s record heat

SCORCHER: It's going to get hot in Mackay over the weekend, with a heatwave expected for the region.
weather

It’s been a blistering start to autumn with another heatwave across three states, just as we get through what has officially been the hottest summer on record

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. 

Footballers say no to racism

Set up of 4 AFLX captains
humanities

The AFL has praised its players for their public support of Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts and said player power is one of the strongest tools in fighting racism

Five stars for fruit and vegies

Obesity
health

Australians need fruit and vegetables to have a five-star label to encourage us to eat more of them, according to a review of the Health Star Rating system

Australia under attack from cyber hackers

Cyber Attack A01
technology

In the wake of several recent cyber attacks of major Australian organisations, we look at hackers, malware and the simple things we can do to help keep our information safe

Aussie floating rubbish bin cleans up oceans

Today, the first two full-time Seabins have splashed down in Sydney – one in Darling Harbour and one in the Parramatta River. This comes less than a year after the Seabin Project first demoed its ingenious floating rubbish bins in Australian waters. To date, the Australian-invented Seabin has over 435 Seabins collecting waterway pollutants in ports, marinas and yacht clubs around the world but no permanent ones in Australia until now. Picture Supplied - Rocket K
environment

Two Australians sick of seeing rubbish in the ocean identified a problem: there were rubbish bins on land but not in the water. So they invented a solution

Scientists discover cure for fear

Little boy afraid hiding behind his bed sheets and screaming
health

Australian researchers have discovered how to change parts of our DNA to help us switch off extreme fears and switch on more positive memories

NASA search for beginning of universe

The SphereX probe will explore the origins of the universe
space

A new NASA spacecraft to launch in 2023 will peer into the beginning of time to explore how the universe began and help in the search for alien life

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

Young people need to turn down the music

Young people around the world are risking deafness by listening to loud noise through headphones.
health

More than 1 billion young people around the world are risking deafness by listening to loud noise through headphones, prompting the UN to issue international safe-volume standards

Dairy farming family farewells its cows

Dairy Farm
humanities

Casey Treloar’s tearful video explaining why her family is no longer going to milk its cows has gone viral, drawing attention to the plight of dairy farmers all over Australia

Our insects are in big trouble

Bugs
animals

The first major review of insect research has revealed the world’s insect populations are disappearing much faster than mammals, birds and reptiles

Mars rover named for DNA pioneer

Naming Ceremony Of The European Space Agency's ExoMars Rover
science

The Mars rover due to launch next year has been named after scientist Rosalind Franklin, who unlocked the secrets to human life

True shape of Milky Way discovered

Artist's impression of the twisted Milky Way galaxy Credit: CHEN XIAODIAN
space

Australian scientists have helped make a 3D map of the Milky Way, using information sent back from a NASA space telescope. The results have surprised the world

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

Drones to collect Antarctic whale poo

A supplied image obtained on Friday, January 18, 2019, shows an underwater shot of blue whale taken off coast of San Diego in the Pacific Ocean. (AAP Image, Mike Johnson/Australian Antarctic Division) NO ARCHING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, STRICTLY NON COMMERCIAL USE AND ONE TIME USE ONLY
science

Scientists want to know whether the shape of massive Antarctic krill swarms affect how whales eat, poo and fertilise the ocean. Luckily, drones will do the dirty work

World’s rarest shark spotted by fishermen

The flat bodied angel shark is one of the world's rarest sharks.
animals

One of the world’s rarest sharks, the flat-bodied angel shark, has been spotted off the coast of Wales by a group of fishermen

Remains of explorer Matthew Flinders found

history

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

Robot with skin can sense humans nearby

Porsche AG
technology

An incredible car-making robot in a Porsche factory will wear special skin over its metal muscles to sense human co-workers and help keep them safe from injury

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

History of the cheque just went hi-tech

Writing Cheque
money

Paying for things by cheque has been possible for hundreds of years, but now technology is changing the way they are handled by banks and customers. PLUS: History of the cheque

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

Honour for shark victim turned shark saviour

SA shark expert Rodney Fox and salmon shark fossil.
environment

Lifetime award given to shark victim turned shark saviour Rodney Fox, who overcame his fear of the ocean predators after almost dying in a vicious attack

Last Galapagos tortoise helping humans

Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise, subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni, walks around Galapagos National Park's breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, on April 19, 2012. Lonesome George died and left the world one subspecies poorer. The only remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise and celebrated symbol of conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands passed away Sunday with no known offspring, the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador said in a statement. Estimated to be more than 100 years old, the creature's cause of death remains unclear and a necropsy is planned. AFP PHOTO/RODRIGO BUENDIA
science

Lonesome George was known as the rarest creature in the world, the last of his kind. But even after his death, the tortoise could hold the key to a long and healthy life for humans

Apple’s iSheet invention for a better night’s sleep

Tranquil scene of a woman sleeping on cloud
technology

The technology company that brought us the iPhone has a new invention that watches us as we sleep, helping keep us healthy but not, Apple promises, invading our privacy

Aussies a vital link for asteroid landing

An artist's impression of the Osiris-REX spacecraft near the asteroid Bennu. CREDIT: NASA
space

Australia’s deep-space experts are an important communication link between NASA and a far-off spacecraft about to arrive at the asteroid Bennu. And this important mission has only just begun!

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

InSight spacecraft lands safely on Mars

FILE - This illustration made available by NASA in 2018 shows the InSight lander drilling into the surface of Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to arrive at the planet on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (NASA via AP)
space

After more than six months and hundreds of millions of kilometres, NASA’s InSight spacecraft made a perfect touchdown on Mars early on Tuesday morning, ready for its two-year mission

Kids, it’s time to start your own business

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money

Young entrepreneur Taj Pabari believes all schoolchildren should start their own business so they can learn the financial skills they’ll need later in life

Mozzie bite breakthrough

A mosquito feeding on an unlucky person’s finger.Source:News Corp Australia
health

Scientists in Queensland have helped discover a gene that makes some people more likely to be bitten by a mosquito than others, bringing us a big step closer to knowing why

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

International Space Station turns 20 this week

In this image provided by NASA, a commercial shipment arrives at the International Space Station on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor used the space station’s robot arm to grab Northrop Grumman’s capsule. It’s named after Apollo 16 moonwalker and the first space shuttle commander John Young, who died in January. (Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency, NASA via AP)
space

The International Space Station turned 20 this week, incredible in an era when people replace their smartphone every two years. We celebrate the ISS’s contribution to science and world harmony

Robot builds three-bedroom house in three days

Artist impression of the Hadrian X, Fastbrick Robotics bricklaying machine. This is the first fully automated bricklaying machine in the world and will be released commercially in Perth at the start of 2017.
technology

It lays bricks quickly and perfectly and won’t put bricklayers out of a job, according to the inventors of a robot that just built a family home over a long weekend

Plan to microchip workers to boost security

animal implant on the finger; microchip;
technology

Big companies are working with a Swedish tech giant to explore the possibility of microchipping employees to boost workplace security

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

Yellowstone geyser spews historic rubbish

rainbow over geyser
science

Yellowstone National Park in the US is famous for its hot springs and geysers. But the recent eruption of one geyser sent years of rubbish high into the sky

Push to scrap compulsory helmets

Children learning to drive a bicycle on a driveway outside.
health

Many cyclists now believe bike helmet laws should be relaxed to allow riding without a helmet on footpaths and bike trails. Do you agree? Or should we keep wearing helmets everywhere we ride?

Vaccinations eliminate rubella from Australia

health

The World Health Organisation has declared Australia free from the contagious viral disease rubella, which health officials has claimed as a win for the argument for vaccination