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Genetically modified ‘super banana’ to be tested on Americans
A vitamin-enhanced ‘super-banana’ developed by scientists is to be tested on humans. The trials are to take place in the US over a six-week period. Researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020.

16.06.2014 15:05

Richest Australian worth as much as the country's poorest 2.27 mn
​Australia’s richest 1 percent own as much as the bottom 60 percent, says an Oxfam study. The organisation concludes that in a world where the richest 66 people own the same wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, extreme inequality poses a growing threat.

16.06.2014 06:31

Obama cites Australia’s gun confiscation program as example for US
The Obama administration may be looking for an example in Australia as the White House considers potential new firearm laws for the United States in the wake of the latest in a series of devastating school shootings.

11.06.2014 16:26

Mystery ‘super predator’ hunted in Australian waters after devouring 3-meter shark
Scientists and a filmmaker have gone after an unknown sea monster which they believe has eaten a great white shark traced with a tag. Some say a bigger shark or whale could have been behind the killing, but the gathered data points to other possibilities.

10.06.2014 14:08

Australia, Canada seek center-right alliance to thwart climate change initiatives
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday for talks to form a center-right alliance to thwart carbon pricing and other global attempts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

10.06.2014 02:51

Get it on! Scientists turned on by next-generation 'skin-like' condoms
A number of projects are currently underway to produce the next generation of condoms, boasting new materials and improvements targeted to increase their use.

05.06.2014 00:42

62 yo Russian solo sailor crosses Pacific on rowboat covering 17,000km in just 162 days
World-famous Russian traveller and adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, who has been on a solo-rowing voyage across the Pacific Ocean since December, has reached the Australian coast, completing his adventure in a record 162 days.

31.05.2014 08:37

US Navy official: We looked for MH370 in the wrong area
The four pings at the center of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were not from the jet’s black boxes, a senior US Navy official said on Wednesday. The sounds were likely from another man-made source unrelated to the missing plane.

29.05.2014 14:28

Security stunt: Australian politician brings pipe bomb into parliament
An Australian senator stunned fellow politicians after bringing explosives into a session, saying he had “brought this through security: a pipe bomb,” which brought gasps from stunned onlookers.

26.05.2014 08:48

Two alleged ‘Anonymous’ hackers arrested by Australian police
Two men, believed to be members of the Anonymous hacktivist group, have been detained by the police for allegedly hacking into Australian and international websites, stealing data, defacing and forcing several of them into blackout.

22.05.2014 19:48

​Aussie intelligence requested US help to spy on own citizens
The Australian intelligence agency asked for US help to spy more effectively on Australian citizens suspected of terrorist activities in Indonesia, according to documents published by Glen Greenwald in his book based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

13.05.2014 06:53

Four hours of confusion: Malaysia releases MH370 report
A preliminary report released by Malaysia’s Transport Ministry reveals that officials didn’t notice for 17 minutes that the missing flight had gone off radar and didn’t activate an official rescue operation until four hours after the disappearance.

01.05.2014 17:01

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