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  1. Australian Babies Taking Up Extreme Sports

    As if breastfeeding isn't extreme enough.

    Fun fact, if you call someone "a baby" in Australia, it's actually a compliment. Because apparently Australian babies are BMX riding, pavement-shredding badasses.

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  2. If You Don’t Stay In School In Australia, You Will End Up In A Horror Film And Die

    Which is actually one of the least terrifying ways to die in Australia.

    Educational ads usually say, "stay in school or else you'll be unemployed and sad all the time," though that's also applicable to most university grads I know. In Australia, though, they're not satisfied with vague threats about your career and your future; oh no, they want you to know that if you drop out of school, you will die a horrible death.

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  3. Wanda The Wombat Given A Hip Replacement

    Australian wombats have better healthcare than American humans. What is this world we live in?

    A wombat named Wanda was recently given a new hip to cure her severe arthritis, making her the world's first bionic wombat and restoring her ability to run, waddle and cuddle.

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  4. Australian Scientists Put Teeny Microchips On Honey Bees To Track Their Movements

    Microchips on BEADS?

    In an effort to better understand the chilling phenomenon of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, Australian scientists have fitted 5,000 sensors onto the backs of honey bees. This is a very important scientifoh my god LOOK AT THE LITTLE BEES WITH THEIR LITTLE MICROCHIPS AAAH. Sorry, what was I saying? Right, yes. Important science.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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