Australia

How many people did it take to colonize Australia?
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A new study suggests that the first humans to move into Australia and New Guinea came in larger numbers—and perhaps with more of a plan—than some researchers previously thought. People have lived in Australia and New Guinea since at least 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 100 meters (300 feet) lower than today. […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite beta version casts spell on Australia, New Zealand     – CNET
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Niantic’s wizarding world AR game Apparated onto Apple’s App Store and Google Play in those countries.

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Watch a kangaroo attack a landing paraglider in Australia     – CNET
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Paragliding sounds like fun until you’re greeted by an irate roo.

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Honda covered the Civic Type R and NSX in gold to celebrate 50 years in Australia     – Roadshow
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Precious metals for precious cars… and precious power equipment?

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Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban
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Enlarge / Grafitti urging people to use Signal, a highly-enctypted messaging app, is spray-painted on a wall during a protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute. “By […]

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South Australia is fueling energy storage investment
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Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July 5, 2016. (credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) In September, South Australia confirmed a plan to set up an AU$100 million (USD $72 million) fund to help households purchase home energy […]

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Australia doesn’t care to break its coal habit in the face of climate change
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Enlarge / Coking coal. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a dire warning about climate change: unless governments of the world coordinate to implement multiple long-term changes, we risk overshooting the 2°C warming scenario that countries strived to target in the Paris Agreement. This would lead […]

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UK, Australia Investigating Facebook Amid Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
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Both the United Kingdom and Australia said Thursday that they have opened formal investigations into Facebook amid allegations that their citizens’ data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. ABC News reports: The Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. is “looking at how data was collected from a third party app on Facebook and shared with […]

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132-Year-Old Science Experiment Washes Ashore In Australia
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): A message in a bottle was tossed off the side of a German ship on June 12, 1886, as it sailed through the Indian Ocean, the date and location penned carefully in script on the scroll inside. […]

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