Australian Heat Wave Causes Gadgets to Fail

Australia needed new colors to show the forecast heatwave on their temperature map (they’ve since revised predictions down to 122ºF/50ºC). Credit: Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology

The Australian heat wave is getting so hot that Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology had to add new colors to its weather map. There are parts of Australia that have achieved temperatures above 122ºF (50ºC), temperatures which were off the scale until recently.

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AusFestival Pineapple, A Coconut-Flavored Pineapple

a coconut-flavoured pineapple

Australia’s Department of Agriculture announced that it is in the final stages of developing a new breed of pineapple that is sweet and juicy, but has the added taste of coconut, making it suitable for the for piña colada cocktails.

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Relationships of Male Dolphins from Shark Bay Determined by Slow Swimming


In Shark Bay, Australia, the male dolphins are well known to marine biologists for their messy social entanglements. These relationships are so unique, that they’re more like intricate webs of the way that the Cosa Nostra and the Mafia work than the typically vertical hierarchies of chimpanzees. A team of scientists argues in a recent article, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that this social system is unique among mammals.

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Real Hoverbike in the Works: Just Don’t Fall Off

When I think of hoverbikes, I think of those speeder bikes from the Star Wars saga. You know the ones that the Scout troopers use on Endor in Return of the Jedi. Well, a hoverbike is exactly what Chris Malloy from Australia decided to build, only in real life. I don’t know what is cooler than that.

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Martian Dust Storms

A great first hand account by Dan Hill of the dust storm that hit Australia last week. Tom Coates put together a Flickr gallery with some of the best shots. Dan Hill’s tweets made Tom Coates start his project.

Martian Dust Storm Hits Australia

Dust storm hits Australia, via The Big Picture at the Boston Globe
Dust storm hits Australia, via The Big Picture at the Boston Globe

Australia’s Rudd Tops Howard In Landslide Vote

Australia has a new PM. Rudd won in a landslide vote over Howard.

Australia’s New PM Signs Kyoto Protocol

Australia’s new PM Kevin Rudd signs Kyoto Protocol.

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