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It’s time to stop the fossil trade in its tracks – and here’s how

By Sam Arman, Flinders University Collecting fossils helps raise interest in palaeontology and the natural history of Australia, and many important fossil discoveries have been made by members of the public collecting unusual specimens and bringing them to museums for identification. In fact, Australia’s most famous dinosaur Muttaburrasaurus was discovered…

Monster crocodile traps tourist on Australian island

A tourist has had a lucky escape after being trapped on a remote Australian island for two weeks by a monster six-metre (20-foot) crocodile, reports said Monday. The New Zealander, identified only as Ryan, was dropped with his kayak on Governor Island off Western Australia’s far north by boat and…

Stolen wages offer to Aborigines ‘heartless’

A rich Australian state’s plan to pay up to Aus$2,000 (US$2,106) to Aboriginal people whose wages were kept from them for decades has been criticised as a “cruel and heartless offer”. Western Australia, a vast and resource-rich state riding a lucrative mining boom, has announced the payments for the “stolen…

Australian firm plans network of driverless freight trains

SYDNEY — Miner Rio Tinto will use driverless trains to deliver its iron ore to ports in Western Australia in what it said will be the world’s first automated, long-distance, heavy-haul rail network. Rio said a US$518 million investment would see the launch of the first driverless train in the…

Russia’s stranded Mars probe sends signal to Earth

Engineers fought desperately on Wednesday to save Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft after the Martian probe sent “a first sign of life” more than two weeks after being stranded in orbit. After days of frustrating silence, contact with the probe was made on Tuesday at 2025 GMT at a European Space Agency ground station in Perth, Western Australia,…

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