August 20, 2019

Australian scientists assembled the full koala genome. Here’s why that’s important.

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BY SHANNON CONNELLAN From Mashable Koalas, the tree-dwelling marsupials found in eucalyptus forests and woodlands across Eastern Australia, is not just a cute and fluffy fascination for tourists. It’s also a perfect research subject for a group of dedicated scientists working to ensure the animal’s survival. Publishing their findings in the journal Nature Genetics, a […]

Destinations of the week 6

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100 under-the-radar beaches everyone should visit in their lifetime Part 6 By Alison Millington From Business Insider Whether you’ve only spent a handful of days on the sand in your life or you’re a full-blown sunseeker, there are plenty of breathtaking beaches on this planet waiting to be discovered. And, whether you look for a […]

Man feeds kangaroos toast, still gets attacked by one

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BY JOHNNY LIEU From Mashable Another reminder that despite their somewhat cute appearance, kangaroos are yes, still wild animals.An 80-year-old man has been injured after being attacked by a kangaroo on Thursday morning at Bendalong, located in New South Wales, Australia.He suffered multiple cuts to his lower legs in the attack, according to a NSW […]

‘Flip-flop’ design makes quantum computers more affordable

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By Jon Fingas From engadget One of the greatest challenges in quantum computing is… well, making the computers. You may need exotic manufacturing techniques just to handle the very exacting requirements, such as positioning the atoms in quantum bits in exact positions at close distances (to make quantum entanglement happen). However, that might not be […]

Female shark learns to reproduce without males after years alone

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By Alice Klein Who needs men? A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own. Leonie the zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) met her male partner at an aquarium in Townsville, Australia, in 1999. They had more than two dozen offspring together before he was moved to […]

Australia is putting traffic lights in the ground because you’re glued to your phone

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BY ARIEL BOGLE From Mashable For the average pedestrian, it’s immensely hard to look up from an Instagram scroll when you need to, say, cross a four-lane freeway. That’s why the New South Wales state government is looking to trial ground level traffic lights at key crossings in Sydney, Australia from December. Fed up with […]