The Australian Scifi Movie Terminus Looks Both Confusing And Awesome

I have little idea what's actually happening in this first teaser trailer for the Australian science fiction movie Terminus. I know something crashes to Earth, someone's leg grows back in a super-creepy way, and I'm completely intrigued. Other than that, though? I'm totally boggled... in a good way. » 9/30/14 9:40am 9/30/14 9:40am

This Snapshot of Coastal Processes in Australia is Lovely and Surreal

This striking image isn't a piece of watercolour abstract art. It's an estuary in Western Australia and a gorgeous example of utility of data beyond the visible spectrum. By combining wavelengths from deep blue through infrared, this Landsat image can be used to asses coastal processes and vegetative health. » 7/11/14 1:50pm 7/11/14 1:50pm

7-Year-Old Girl Writes To Scientists Asking Them To Make Her A Dragon

Australia's got its very own pint-sized Khaleesi in 7-year-old Sophie Lester of Queensland, who over Christmas wrote a letter to the national science agency CSIRO asking for a dragon of her own. Both the letter and the agency's response are so cute you're going to feel like passing out. » 1/09/14 9:30am 1/09/14 9:30am

Opal Mining: A Damn Good Way to Get Yourself Killed

Opal-mining is one of the world's most harrowing pursuits, but potentially one of the most rewarding as well. To find opals, a modern treasure hunter must dig random holes in areas of known deposits, and then lowering him- or herself down a 20 meter shaft. Besides the obvious problem of claustrophobia, and the danger… » 1/25/13 8:18am 1/25/13 8:18am