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  1. Canadian Scientists and A Beetle’s Butt Harness The Power Of Fog

    But for good or evil?

    Fog: not just for lighthouses and ruining pictures anymore! New technology in Australia and Canada shows that capturing the moisture in fog may be the answer to ending droughts. (And when I say technology, I mean a beetle's butt.)

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  2. Little Girl Who Took Australia to Task for Not Inventing Dragons Finally Gets Her Wish

    Here Be Dragons

    Two days ago we told you the story of Sophie Lester, a seven-year-old girl from Brisbane, Australia who has all lived her young life feeling the very keen sting of there not being dragons in the world. (Don’t we all?) So she wrote a letter to CSIRO, the national science agency, asking whether they could please make her one. CSIRO, perhaps won over by the way Sophie started off her letter with “Hello Lovely Scientist,” wrote her back apologizing for the grave error they made in not having invented dragons yet and promising to get on that ASAP. And now they've sent her one. It's 3D printed, but that's probably for the best. I'm not sure Australia needs any more killer lizards, especially with Steve Irwin not around.

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  3. In Australia, Sharks Have Twitter Accounts to Warn Beachgoers

    I smell blood. #lunchtime

    You know how everything in Australia is trying to kill you? Apparently the solution is to get them all social media access so they'll never be able to sneak up on you again. At least, that's what a bunch of scientists working with an organization called Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) seem to think.

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  4. Australian Eagle Steals Wildlife Camera, Takes Selfies, Wins Our Hearts

    This is now our favorite eagle. All other eagles, you're on notice.

    Hey, Australia. You know that wildlife camera you put out by the Kimberly Margaret River? Yeah. That belongs to the eagles now. Watch as the camera gets carted off by a sea eagle. It seems even eagles can't resisted taking pics of the wing when they're flying, or snapping selfies when it gets home. We love you, eagle.

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  5. Monday Cute: Baby Wombat Uses Cat Door

    Clever Girl

    Ruby is an orphaned baby Wombat being raised by Australian YouTuber Matt Hill, and her video leaves me with one pressing question: if a wombat is using it, is it still a cat door? Previously in Cute

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  6. Australian Company Flirtey Making Unmanned Aerial Textbook Delivery a Reality

    In the future, there is no excuse for not doing your homework.

    Australian startup Flirtey is pioneering the future of dropping knowledge with unmanned textbook delivery drones. Patience will be a thing of the past when you can get anything you want delivered the very same day by a robot that flies straight to your smartphone's location.

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  7. Science Finally Takes First Steps Toward Hangover-Free Beer

    I'm glad to see we've finally got our priorities in order.

    Earlier this week we brought the happy news that jetpacks will be a thing soon, and you can already get all your food in pill form. But now we move to a sign of living in the future that the Jetsons never saw coming -- beer that doesn't leave you with a hangover. Progress, my friends, is the most wondrous of all things.

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  8. Court Rules Australian Public Servant Can Be Fired for Criticizing Government on Twitter

    #SoundsLegit

    Twitter user @LaLegale -- also known as Michaela Banerji -- works for the Australian government as a public servant, but maybe not for much longer. A court just ruled that she can be fired because of her Twitter activity criticizing the government.

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  9. Disposable Paper Plane UAV Prototype Designed to Help With Forest Fires

    Way better than bored kindergartners ever managed.

    Australia has more than just abundant natural predators, and what I would assume is very expensive life insurance: The robotics team at the University of Queensland has created prototypes of technology that will be disposable UAVs. What have they made, exactly? Well, these mini-drones are thus far essentially a paper plane and a maple seed.

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  10. Elderly Robber Caught by Officers After Moving Too Slow With His Getaway Walker

    See, this is why you need to hire Ryan Gosling to steer the walker for you.

    When times are tough, it's the eldest generation who often has the most difficulties -- after all, it's hard enough paying for medical bills on a fixed income as it is. So really, why is it that more old people don't resort to crime as a way to settle their debts and live comfortably? That's probably what the man who robbed a woman at knifepoint in Australia thought to himself. You know, right before he was arrested while slowly loading his walker frame into the backseat of the car he'd just stolen. You can't factor in all the variables for this kind of thing beforehand, I guess.

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