At 16 years plus, Speedy is the oldest known sea dragon, facial-recognition project finds

Diver John Smith has been photographing sea dragons for the best part of two decades. Every year Mr Smith, 75, clocks up at least 150 dives at Waubs Bay near his home at Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast. When the weather is good, he heads under water. “It’s a hobby,” Mr Smith said. “I love … Read more

Mother, 1-year-old son killed in Alaska polar bear attack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A polar bear chased several residents around a tiny, isolated Alaska Native whaling village, killing a mother and her 1-year-old son in an extremely rare attack before another community member shot and killed the bear, authorities said. The fatal mauling, the first in more than 30 years in Alaska, happened Tuesday … Read more

Quoll family completes round trip from Cairns to Melbourne after nesting in pumpkin box

A family of northern quolls have been returned to their home in Far North Queensland after an unexpected journey to Melbourne. key points: The family of five are believed to have come from a pumpkin farm near Cairns They were uncovered at Melbourne Wholesale Market in Epping Northern quolls are listed as endangered The mother … Read more

ExxonMobil predicted climate change but kept the world burning

Decades ago, research conducted by ExxonMobil predicted the global effects of climate change, which was then denied in the name of profit, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. VILLAINS OFTEN have the best tunes. In some cases, they also have the best evidence. The tendency in the latter is to suppress or distort that evidence if it … Read more

Endangered greater gliders adapt quickly to nest boxes after Black Summer

A new study has offered a glimpse of hope for researchers battling to conserve the endangered southern greater glider. key points: Endangered southern greater gliders are quickly adapting to hi-tech nest boxes Almost one-third of their habitat was destroyed in the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires Climate change poses a significant threat to the remaining population … Read more

World’s First Artificial Womb Concept Facility Allows Parents To Pick Their Baby’s Traits

Could this be the future of fertility? EctoLife is the world’s first artificial womb facility, which is powered entirely by renewable energy. The concept is the brainchild of Berlin-based Hashem Al-Ghaili who believes the facilities would allow infertile couples to conceive a baby and become the true biological parents of their own offspring. In theory, … Read more

Fish ear bones, otoliths, teach scientists about marine life and seafood fraud

Thumbing through the West Australian catalog of fish ear bones is a bit like looking at the abstract shapes in a modern art gallery. key points: All fish have ear bones called otoliths to help them hear, balance and perceive acceleration Otoliths are made from calcium carbonate and are more like rock than regular bones … Read more

NSW software engineer forges space industry career capturing satellite-to-satellite images

An Australian software engineer says “complex” new space technology, of which she is among the first in the world to work with, will help manage the huge volume of objects orbiting in space. Samantha Kirkwood, 24, is employed as a research and development engineer with an Australian space industry startup. “We can actually take diagnostic … Read more

Pest control Sydney: Aussie‘s alarming find on front door step: ‘Leave now’

A Sydney resident has revealed an alarming find on his front door step after a string of hot summer days. The homeowner shared an image on social media of “thousands” of insects, believed to be termites, on his front door mat. “Woke up to thousands of these insects dead at my front door. What are … Read more