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Just 53 People Used the App That Let Cambridge Analytica Swipe Data From Up to 311,127 Australians

The vast majority of Facebook user data that was harvested by Cambridge Analytica came from Americans. But smaller countries are actually better at demonstrating just how big the problem got. Access to just 53 users in Australia reportedly allowed data firms to potentially capture information on over 310,000 people. Read More >>

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Apple Watch Health Data Is Being Used as Evidence in an Australian Murder Trial

The Apple Watch has been a niche product from the beginning, but its health and fitness tracking features have started to catch on with the public. One overlooked feature, however, is that it can be useful for police trying to track down a victim’s murderer. Read More >>

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More Than 140 Whales Are Dead After Mass Stranding in Australia

Rescuers in Australia’s Hamelin Bay struggled to save six short-finned pilot whales out of an estimated 150 who beached themselves on the rocky shore on Friday. Read More >>

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Non-Stop, 17-Hour Flights to Australia Start Tomorrow

Australian airline Qantas is about to make its staff suffer even more than usual, thanks to the launch of a non-stop service that links London to Australia and gets there in 17 long, unbroken, god-forsaken hours. Read More >>

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Australian Biohacker Who Implanted Transit Pass in His Hand Was Convicted for Not Using Valid Ticket

Digging through your purse or pockets every time you enter public transit can be a hassle, so last year Australian biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes, that’s his legal name) had a chip from a transit pass implanted in his hand. The chip allowed him to tap on or off of trains in Sydney with a wave of his wrist. That is, until last August, when transit officers handed him fine for travelling without a valid ticket, despite still having $14.07 (£7.80) still left on the chip. Read More >>

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Record-Breaking 131-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beach

On 12th June 1886, a German ship in the Indian Ocean tossed a bottle into the water to track the currents. Amazingly, that bottle was discovered earlier this year on a beach in Australia, making it the oldest message in a bottle ever found—a time capsule, 131 years in the making. Read More >>

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Dangerous Snake Found in Kid’s Packed Lunch

Just in case you need another reason to never, ever go to Australia, a venomous snake has turned up inside a school lunch box. Not just any venomous snake either — it was an eastern brown. And in case you're not up on your herpetology, that's the world's second most venomous snake. Nope. Super nope. Read More >>

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Australians Use Drone to Save the Lives of Two Swimmers

There's been a world first on Australia's New South Wales coast as two swimmers in trouble have been saved by a drone. Yes, those pesky flying devices have more uses than simply annoying your neighbours with, it would seem. Read More >>

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Sunken Australian Submarine From WWI Finally Found After 103 Years

Just six weeks into the First World War, Australian submarine HMAS AE1 disappeared without a trace somewhere off the coast of New Guinea, marking the first time an allied sub had been lost in the conflict. Marine archaeologists have now discovered the historic wreck, ending a mystery that has endured for over a century. Read More >>

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Australia Hits Worst Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Record

Australia’s finally done it! A new NDEVR Environmental analysis shows Australia has never been emitting more greenhouse gas when unreliable estimates for land use-related emissions are excluded, the Guardian reported on Sunday. Over the past year, Australia released an estimated 138.78 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in greenhouse gases. The last quarter measured was the second highest since 2011, even though Australia has invested heavily in wind power plants in the intermediary years. Read More >>

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Electrician Used Greasy Junk Food Bags to Hide His GPS Location and Skip Work

The work life of adults can be strange and alienating. Case in point: Supervisors of Tom Colella, a 60-year-old electrician working in Perth, Western Australia, knew he stored his company-issued PDA in empty bags of junk food for an indeterminate amount of time and apparently none of them asked any of the questions such a discovery merits. Such as: Read More >>

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Here’s What the CIA Thought of Australia’s Anti-Communist Prime Minister, Robert Menzies

Sir Robert Menzies was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, first holding office at the beginning of World War II from 1939 until 1941, and then again from 1949 until 1966. And thanks to a recent US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, we now know a bit about how the CIA viewed this legend of Australian politics. Read More >>

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Of Course the Internet Named This Australian Boat ‘Ferry McFerryface’

Australia’s most populous city is getting a new fleet of inner harbor ferries, one of which, due to an online naming poll, will be Ferry McFerryface. Why should we have expected any less? Read More >>

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350-Year-Old Map of Australia Restored to Its Former Glory

Lost for hundreds of years, a recently recovered map of Australia dating back to the 17th century has finally been restored and put on display at a museum in Canberra. The document chronicles the mapping efforts of explorers a full 100 years before Captain James Cook set sail for the Pacific. Read More >>

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Australia Looking To Ban Encryption, Claims Maths Doesn’t Apply Down Under

The Australian government is currently seeking the ability to inspect messages sent by its citizens, even if those messages are encrypted. Like the UK, the Australian government feels that it would be able to prevent more terror attacks if it could have a backdoor into people's messaging apps. The Australian Attorney General, George Brandis, has also claimed that British spooks at GCHQ have the ability to crack end-to-end encryption. Read More >>