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What is a wombat?

Watch on YouTube A brief visit with Roz and Kev Holme, from the Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue and Hospital, who work to save and protect Australia's bare-nosed wombat, most prevalent in southern and eastern Australia and especially Tasmania.

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Miasma, Termites and a nice view of the dam: the development of the highset house in North Queensland

on Among the distinctive features of the traditional Queensland timber house is the widespread practice of elevation on high...

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The Nature of Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Song

on This scholarly article reviews the whale's song, which likely plays an important role in humpback migration and breeding. By ECM Parsons, ...

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Australian trees 'sweat' to survive extreme heatwaves, researchers reveal

Climate experiments show that the endemic Eucalyptus parramattensis — aka Parramatta red gum trees, a signature of New South Wales, Queensland and ...

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A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.


Songlines of Humpback Whales

Humpback whales travel in an unending cycle of migration over vast distances, from the equator to the polar regions. Hear their magnificent songs, com...

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Great Australian photographs: Something More by Tracey Moffatt

Constructed as a series of podcast interviews with museum curators, this excellent article focuses on one of the country’s most important and recogn...

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Hope in the dark for the world’s coral reefs

Bleaching is when coral loses its bright color and can result in reef death. Scientists say the bleaching is partly because of warming oceans and clim...

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