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  • Giant iceberg breaks away from Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica

    12 July 2017 12:26 PM 35

    One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists have said, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The 1 trillion-tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square kilometres, calved away from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, scientists at the University of Swansea

  • Chisholm Cottage near Westmead Hospital gets a makeover, now taking bookings

    8 July 2017 4:51 AM 27

    In the two years prior to its temporary closure last October, the Chisholm Cottage hosted 742 adults and 352 children for 1885 booking nights and saved guests $72,000 per year in accommodation costs. A MUCH-loved home-away-from-home has been renovated and reopened for rural residents who need an affordable stay in the city around hospital stays

  • Nasa’s Juno probe braves radiation to view Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    7 July 2017 11:05 PM 43

    Nasa’s Juno spacecraft is preparing to dive through Jupiter’s deadly radiation belts for a close-up of its Great Red Spot, a vast tempest that has confounded scientists for centuries. The $1 billion probe will move in next Monday to study the planet’s best known but little understood feature. “This is it!,” Nasa said. “This will be humanity’s first up-close

  • Threatened white-bellied sea-eagle pair turns inland for winter in Victoria's Winton Wetlands

    7 July 2017 4:00 AM 28

    A vast wetland area in rural north-east Victoria is helping to home a pair of threatened sea birds. The 8,000-hectare Winton Wetlands are more than 200 kilometres from the ocean, but that has not deterred the same two white-bellied sea-eagles from returning to the site each winter since its restoration in 2010. The two birds are a permanent pair and mate for life, and are believed

  • What is the Real Value of the Great Barrier Reef?

    5 July 2017 11:33 AM 164

    This article was written by Mark Gough, Executive Director and Joseph Harris-Confino, Communications Officer, Natural Capital Coalition. 1. What a sorry state of affairs that we’re putting a price tag on nature and biodiversity! The report did not attempt to put a price tag on nature. Ironically, its detractors did. What the authors of the report did was to calculate

  • Dragon Spacecraft's Historic Second Return to Earth: How to Watch Live

    1 July 2017 12:16 PM 186

    On Sunday (July 2), the crew of the International Space Station will bid farewell to a Dragon cargo spacecraft, which will head back to Earth with more than 4,100 lbs. (1,900 kilograms) of returning cargo in tow. It's this specific spacecraft's second splashdown: It brought cargo to the space station and safely returned to Earth in 2014 as well. Departure

  • Astronomers spot a pair of orbiting supermassive black holes

    29 June 2017 3:35 PM 166

    This first-of-its-kind observation indicates a past galaxy merger. Supermassive black holes are the monstrous objects found in the centers of galaxies. The Milky Way’s own supermassive black hole weighs nearly 4 million times more than our Sun. Although massive and often active, these objects are still difficult to “see” in the traditional sense of the word for many reasons

  • Great Barrier Reef worth $56 billion

    28 June 2017 9:12 PM 100

    A NEW report valuing the Great Barrier Reef at $56billion is a positive step forward in conservation of the world's largest living organism according to Airlie Beach tourist operator and reef advocate, Lindsay Simpson. Officially launched at Hamilton island on Monday the Deloitte Access Economics report found the reef contributed $6.4billion to the Australian

  • Breakthrough NASA mission to distant planet will 'signal ALIEN life'

    28 June 2017 8:01 AM 83

    A NASA spacecraft sent to a distant planet on a groundbreaking new mission would detect alien life, an expert has claimed. Scientists are keen to explore Saturn's sixth largest moon, Enceladus, known for its geysers which eject plumes of water and ice. It has long been the subject of huge curiosity for its underground ocean beneath its icy crust

  • Great Barrier Reef: new report gives it a price tag

    25 June 2017 8:40 PM 112

    THE Great Barrier Reef is worth $56 billion to Australia's economy and is "too big to fail", according to a new report. Deloitte Access Economics found the reef contributed $6.4 billion to the Australian economy in 2015-16 and the World Heritage listed area supported 64,000 full time jobs. The report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation