climate change

Australia's Extreme Heatwaves Have Killed a Million Fish, Dozens of Horses

Temperatures in Port Augusta soared to 49.1ºC (120.4ºF) on Thursday, making it the hottest spot in the country.
Becky Ferreira

Thousands Stung as Venomous ‘Jellyfish’ Invade Australian Beaches

Bluebottle stings are a normal part of life for Australian beachgoers, but this summer has been particularly intense due to high winds.
Becky Ferreira
ancient DNA

DNA Can Help Return Indigenous Remains to Ancestral Sites

“We propose that our approach can be used now and will be used routinely in the future to return remains to their rightful kin.”
Becky Ferreira
marsupial lion

Australia's Ancient 'Marsupial Lion' Was Absolutely Terrifying

Scientists reconstructed the first full skeleton of the marsupial lion, which was like a lion, koala, and Tasmanian devil wrapped up in a bodyslam.
Becky Ferreira

Nearly 200 Whales Killed in Mass Strandings Within a Week in New Zealand

“The realization we could do nothing to save them was the worst feeling I have ever experienced.”
Becky Ferreira
pharmaceutical runoff

Human Waste Is Contaminating Australian Wildlife with More Than 60 Pharmaceuticals

A new study demonstrates the ways that pharmaceutical runoff could travel up the food-chain.
Sarah Emerson

Watch This 'Headless Chicken Monster' Crawl the Deep Southern Ocean

This unusually mobile species of sea cucumber has only been captured on film once before, in the Gulf of Mexico.
Becky Ferreira
knit art

Oh This? Just a Giant Starmap Made By a Hacked 80s Knitting Machine

Australian engineer Sarah Spencer unveiled “Stargazing: A knitted tapestry” over the weekend at the Electromagnetic Field Camp festival.
Becky Ferreira
Internet Insecurity

Teen Allegedly Hacked Into Apple’s Network, Got Caught With ‘Hacky Hack Hack’ Folder

Australian police tracked down the teen after Apple detected the intrusion and alerted the FBI.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Out Of Thin Air

Australia Is Deploying 150 Solar Devices That Suck Water From Thin Air

Australia is hoping Zero Mass Water’s solar-powered water stations may bring relief to drought-stricken areas of the country.
Daniel Oberhaus
Meow Meow

An Australian Cyborg Was Fined for Using His Hand to Pay for the Train

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow said he implanted a chip in his hand to simplify the travel process, but a court has quashed that dream.
Sophie Kleeman

Australia Is Considering Making It Illegal for ISPs to Advertise Inflated Speeds

ISPs in the US have been called out for similar behavior before.
Kaleigh Rogers