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Nobel winner thought prize call was ‘student joke’

When a Swedish voice came down the line informing him he had a “very important call” Tuesday night, Australia’s newest Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt assumed it was an elaborate undergraduate joke. “My first thought was ‘Geez my students have done a pretty good job on this accent’,” the Australian-American astronomer said Wednesday. “She asked…

Chomsky signs Australian letter of support for Assange

Renowned American scholar and activist Noam Chomsky signed an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday urging her to make a “strong statement” in support of Julian Assange. Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a prominent critic of US foreign…

Scientists: Timor Sea metorite altered Earth’s climate

SYDNEY — Australian scientists have discovered a crater deep beneath the Timor Sea made during a heavy meteor storm which may have altered the Earth’s climate, the lead researcher said Thursday. Australian National University archaeologist Andrew Glikson said seismic activity led experts to the Mount Ashmore 1B site, and a…

KFC ad: Placate threatening black people with fried chicken…

Update at bottom: KFC pulls add Perhaps Australia somehow missed the memo that linking black people to fried chicken can be considered offensive. Or maybe, down under, playing up stereotypes to sell fast food just isn’t a sin. As part of a series of ads called “KFC’s guide to cricket…

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