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Are you smarter than a school leaver?

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Year 12 students are finishing their final exams in New South Wales — so how would you fare in 2017? Here are some of the questions from this year’s papers. Good luck, you’re going to need it. More . . … Continue reading

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Stars shine on silo art in epic road trip

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Grain silo art drive leaves mates starstruck What do you get when two camera-crazy mates head off on a road trip? A glimpse of the grain silo art trail under the stars. Grant Schwartzkopff and Tony Virgo captured these images … Continue reading

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Cheap travel anywhere on Earth within an hour using new rocket.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to … Continue reading

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World’s tallest sandcastle, standing at more than 16 metres, built in German city

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Using almost 4,000 metric tonnes of sand, 19 sculptors have built a 16.68-metre tower featuring a number of famous landmarks to claim the world record for tallest sandcastle. The team spent more than three weeks in the western German city … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking projects vying for one of Australia’s top science prizes.

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Eureka Prize finalists show off Australian-grown science ingenuity — from new ways to protect us from sunburn to a stem cell pen for surgeons, 45 finalists with groundbreaking projects are vying for one of Australia’s top science prizes. Where else … Continue reading

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Solo sailor arrives in Albany after historic Antarctic circumnavigation

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Scores of supporters have welcomed Queensland sailor Lisa Blair back into Australia, capping off her 184-day journey around Antarctica. Blair, 32, set off from Albany in Western Australia in January and is set to be named the first woman to … Continue reading

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Are we sleepwalking to World War III?

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Australia is plunging headlong into catastrophe and we are utterly unprepared. In fact, we may be past the time when we can prepare. The time-bomb is ticking and it will explode in our lifetimes. All certainty will be lost, our … Continue reading

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The most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Tucked away inside a modest-looking building at the Australian National University is the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. Its high-performance computer, Raijin, is able to cope with enormous amounts of data. “We have over 50 petabytes of research … Continue reading

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Emirates Team New Zealand win the 35th America’s Cup

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Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup. Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi … Continue reading

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Cold War-era kits on surviving nuclear fallout unearthed by historian

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In the early 1960s Washington was a city on edge and the threat of a nuclear attack was not far from the minds of the powerful. It was a threat considered so real that boxes of medical supplies were distributed … Continue reading

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Are table manners a thing of the past … and should we care?

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In the opening credits of period drama Downton Abbey, a servant leans over a dining table with a tape measure, gauging the space between a gold-rimmed china plate, a silver spoon and several table knives of varying sizes. At the … Continue reading

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Exploring Auckland’s west coast beaches

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[Ed: Makes me feel Homesick] The image of black-sand beaches didn’t initially appeal to me, as a golden-sand, Pacific Ocean, East Coaster. But I didn’t know they would sparkle in the sun and shine like pewter, or that the sand … Continue reading

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Most Travel-Restricted Places in the World

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Thanks to technology, the world is virtually accessible to everyone. If you have the money, you can take a plane and get to most destinations in the world under 24 hours. That’s why it’s fascinating to think about how even … Continue reading

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Please don’t blow us to smithereens !

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Some mornings I wake up, read the news, and experience an intense urge to bolt the doors, board up the windows, go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head. At this stage, who knows what comes … Continue reading

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The 10 most Australian values that make Australia so valuable

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One of the recurring themes of Australian public discourse is the vexed issue of “Australian values”, and how best to promote and disseminate them. It’s clear that Australian values are enormously popular and we’d all love to see more of … Continue reading

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New Zealand PM calls Australian immigration changes ‘disappointing’

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[Ed: Oh I’m sure everyone will still want to flock to such a “Lucky Country”. . .won’t they ?] New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has called Australia’s immigration changes “disappointing”, saying they will force New Zealanders to wait longer … Continue reading

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World’s oldest person dies aged 117

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Emma Morano, at 117 the world’s oldest person and also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, has died at her home in northern Italy.. . . . More . . .

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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

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Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives — the euthanasia of our beloved dog Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath — she … Continue reading

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Earth’s deepest ocean trenches contain high levels of pollution

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Deep ocean trenches — considered the most remote places in the world — have levels of toxic, industrial chemicals 50 times higher than a highly polluted river system in China, an analysis of tiny deep-sea animals has found. More . … Continue reading

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Hutt River Principality: Malcolm Turnbull declines ‘royal’ invite as Prince Leonard set to cede throne

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has snubbed a ‘royal’ invitation — but it is not likely to cause a diplomatic incident. On Saturday, many oceans away from Buckingham Palace, Prince Leonard — the self-declared sovereign of the Principality of Hutt River … Continue reading

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The man without a home.

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[Ed: It’s so easy to make ignorant assumptions and wrongly classify people into certain social categories!] Matte Dunn is not drug addicted, not an alcoholic, not a gambler and has no diagnosed mental illness, but he is homeless. This is … Continue reading

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Why New Zealand is the best place to escape Trumpocalypse

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The elevation of an unpredictable billionaire to the helm of nuclear-armed America has given fresh impetus to the idea of remote New Zealand as a bulwark for civilisation in the event of a global catastrophe, writes the Daily Mail. The … Continue reading

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Sailor to face storm as she leaves Albany in world-record attempt to circumnavigate Antarctica

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Queensland sailor Lisa Blair has set off from Western Australia’s south coast town of Albany to attempt a world record circumnavigating Antarctica. Ms Blair, 32, hopes to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted in less … Continue reading

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Seasickness and science: Are your ‘sea legs’ in your brain or your muscles?

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There’s nothing like the joy of being in a boat on the open sea — fresh air, wind in your hair and… oh wait, the overwhelming urge to throw up. Sea travel predates the written word and for millennia our … Continue reading

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The True Blue Aussie citizenship test.

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Are you a true blue Aussie? Take the new, improved Australian citizenship test. So, Peter Dutton wants a tougher citizenship test. “At the moment,” Dutton added, “the test is dictated essentially by questions around Australian trivia if you like and … Continue reading