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  1. Science

    Australian Health Council Declares That Homeopathy Might Be Kinda Useless

    Holistic medicine fans just can't seem to catch a break lately. Just weeks after going head-to-head with Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame, now they've got the National Health and Medical Research Council to contend with, as the organization now claims that ‘there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions.’

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  2. Weird

    Look at This Giant Australian Bat and Tell Me Nightmares Aren’t Real

    Look, we know the whole "nature-you-scary" angle is played out, but you guys: Look. At. This. Australian. Bat. He is the size of Batkid. He could be a bat on which Batkid rides to the scene of crimes. He could be a Batkidmobile. But he will never be, because this freaking enormous bat is now dead.

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  3. Weird

    Watch This Ten-Foot Snake Devour A Crocodile, Alarm Humans [Video]

    Yesterday visitors to Australia's Lake Moondarra witnessed a 5 hour struggle between a ten-foot snake and its crocodile prey. As a reminder that nature is insane, here's some footage and images of the snake holding the crocodile tighter than its true love before dragging it onto land for lunch.

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  4. Science

    New Species Of Marsupials Has Sex For Hours and then Dies

    It's clear where the newly discovered black-tailed antechinus would place in a game of marsupial marry, date, kill: all of the above. The males of the species pleasure multiple female partners in hours-long orgies and then orgasm to death like the champs they are.

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  5. Weird

    Australian Babies Taking Up Extreme Sports

    Fun fact, if you call someone "a baby" in Australia, it's actually a compliment. Because apparently Australian babies are BMX riding, pavement-shredding badasses.

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  6. Weird

    If You Don’t Stay In School In Australia, You Will End Up In A Horror Film And Die

    Educational ads usually say, "stay in school or else you'll be unemployed and sad all the time," though that's also applicable to most university grads I know. In Australia, though, they're not satisfied with vague threats about your career and your future; oh no, they want you to know that if you drop out of school, you will die a horrible death.

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  7. Weird

    Wanda The Wombat Given A Hip Replacement

    A wombat named Wanda was recently given a new hip to cure her severe arthritis, making her the world's first bionic wombat and restoring her ability to run, waddle and cuddle.

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  8. Science

    Australian Scientists Put Teeny Microchips On Honey Bees To Track Their Movements

    In an effort to better understand the chilling phenomenon of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, Australian scientists have fitted 5,000 sensors onto the backs of honey bees. This is a very important scientifoh my god LOOK AT THE LITTLE BEES WITH THEIR LITTLE MICROCHIPS AAAH. Sorry, what was I saying? Right, yes. Important science.

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  9. Science

    Canadian Scientists and A Beetle’s Butt Harness The Power Of Fog

    Fog: not just for lighthouses and ruining pictures anymore! New technology in Australia and Canada shows that capturing the moisture in fog may be the answer to ending droughts. (And when I say technology, I mean a beetle's butt.)

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  10. Tech

    In Australia, Sharks Have Twitter Accounts to Warn Beachgoers

    You know how everything in Australia is trying to kill you? Apparently the solution is to get them all social media access so they'll never be able to sneak up on you again. At least, that's what a bunch of scientists working with an organization called Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) seem to think.

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  11. Weird

    Australian Eagle Steals Wildlife Camera, Takes Selfies, Wins Our Hearts

    Hey, Australia. You know that wildlife camera you put out by the Kimberly Margaret River? Yeah. That belongs to the eagles now. Watch as the camera gets carted off by a sea eagle. It seems even eagles can't resisted taking pics of the wing when they're flying, or snapping selfies when it gets home. We love you, eagle.

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  12. Tech

    Australian Company Flirtey Making Unmanned Aerial Textbook Delivery a Reality

    Australian startup Flirtey is pioneering the future of dropping knowledge with unmanned textbook delivery drones. Patience will be a thing of the past when you can get anything you want delivered the very same day by a robot that flies straight to your smartphone's location.

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  13. Science

    Science Finally Takes First Steps Toward Hangover-Free Beer

    Earlier this week we brought the happy news that jetpacks will be a thing soon, and you can already get all your food in pill form. But now we move to a sign of living in the future that the Jetsons never saw coming -- beer that doesn't leave you with a hangover. Progress, my friends, is the most wondrous of all things.

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  14. Tech

    Court Rules Australian Public Servant Can Be Fired for Criticizing Government on Twitter

    Twitter user @LaLegale -- also known as Michaela Banerji -- works for the Australian government as a public servant, but maybe not for much longer. A court just ruled that she can be fired because of her Twitter activity criticizing the government.

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  15. Tech

    Disposable Paper Plane UAV Prototype Designed to Help With Forest Fires

    Australia has more than just abundant natural predators, and what I would assume is very expensive life insurance: The robotics team at the University of Queensland has created prototypes of technology that will be disposable UAVs. What have they made, exactly? Well, these mini-drones are thus far essentially a paper plane and a maple seed.

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