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

Comment of the Day: Let Slip the Emus of War!

In today's comments, we shivered over the scariest episodes ever to cross our TV screens, marveled over the surprisingly well-lit post apocalyptic scenes of our nightmares, and learned the identity of the red-eyed beast the strikes fear into the hearts of armies: the emu. » 10/23/13 4:20pm 10/23/13 4:20pm

Today Is A G'Day: Mad Max Will Have Aussie Protagonist After All

When Stephen saw it or, rather, heard it, Mad Max's characters had no Australian accents and developers Avalanche Studios had no plans to include them, upsetting Mad Max devotees of all national origins. That posture has been officially reversed. » 7/02/13 3:37pm 7/02/13 3:37pm

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

The coming Australian water wars

Things are about to go Mad Max in Australia — except the studded-leather mutants will be fighting over water, not gas. The continent is suffering an unprecedented heat wave, punctuated by out-of-control wildfires. Earlier this week, International Space Station engineer Chris Hadfield, captured images of the southern… » 1/09/13 10:43am 1/09/13 10:43am

A disturbing glimpse of Australia's wildfires as seen from space

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield has snapped a series of images that capture the scale and devastation of wildfires that are currently blazing through parts of Australia. The bushfires, which have been burning since Friday, are being fueled by record high temperatures. And in fact, Australian… » 1/09/13 6:40am 1/09/13 6:40am

King Neptune still reigns over Western Australia's abandoned marine park

When the Atlantis Marine Park first opened in Yanchep, Western Australia, just north of Perth, in 1981, it gave the public an opportunity to interface with dolphins, seals, sea lions, penguins, and pelicans—and enjoy a little poolside fun in the sun. But as regulations regarding the keeping of dolphins changed and the… » 12/16/12 12:30pm 12/16/12 12:30pm