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The $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar

            The desert outside Tennant Creek, deep in the Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build and transmit Singapore’s future electricity supply. Though few in the southern states are yet to take notice, a group of Australian developers are betting that will change. If they are right, […]

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Australian $50 note typo: spelling mistake printed 46 million times

            The “new and improved” $50 banknote was rolled out in October last year, with a host of new technologies designed to improve accessibility and prevent counterfeiting. But the yellow note also contains a typo that misspells the word “responsibility”. The note features the Indigenous writer and inventor David Unaipon […]

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Friskier frogs: endangered species gets a sex appeal boost

Australian researchers are applying a sex hormone to the skin of the critically endangered northern corroboree frog in a world-first treatment to encourage females to accept less desirable mates in captivity. A trial conducted by the University of Wollongong and Taronga zoo found that, by administering the hormone to both a male and female frog […]

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What to do about China’s “sharp power”

WHEN a rising power challenges an incumbent one, war often follows. That prospect, known as the Thucydides trap after the Greek historian who first described it, looms over relations between China and the West, particularly America. So, increasingly, does a more insidious confrontation. Even if China does not seek to conquer foreign lands, many people […]

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Giant lizard gives Australian man a fright – then a photo op

A 1.5m long goanna gave a man a fright when it scaled the outside of his home. Eric Holland had been working in his shed in Thurgoona, New South Wales, when he saw the unexpected visitor darting across his property. Holland, who managed to snap a picture of the goanna, said: “I saw movement as […]

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Is this a terrible interview from Australia or what?

I was recently interviewed for a blog from Australia. I turn down most requests for interviews as I’ve found interviews produce little return for the interviewee, but do spread the word about the interviewer site. Likely this interview will do the same. The interview doesn’t tell you much about myself, but then I knew it […]