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Apr 10, 2015

Strong turnout in Australia for first glimpse at Apple Watch

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Consumers in Australia flocked to Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) retail store in Sydney on Friday to get the world’s first up-close look at the tech giant’s new smartwatch, which the company expects will be its next runaway hit.

The Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook’s first new major product, was available for pre-order online and to try out in stores – but not take home.

Feb 25, 2015

Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat health foods

SYDNEY, Feb 25 (Reuters) – An Australian actor who set out
to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5 kg (19
lb) and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet, including yoghurt,
cereal, muesli bars and juices.

Damon Gameau’s documentary, “That Sugar Film”, studies the
effect of consuming what it says is the average daily sugar
intake for Australian adults – the equivalent of 40 teaspoons -
on the human body.

Feb 17, 2015

Australian documentary unspools race riots dating back to 19th century

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A racist flare-up in a beachside Sydney suburb hit the global spotlight nine years ago, besmirching Australia’s reputation as a sun-drenched oasis wooing migrants from around the world.

A TV documentary attempts to show the alcohol-fueled riots of December 2005 were not an aberration and that racial tension in Australia had simmered long before the Cronulla Beach incident pitted white surfers against ethnic Lebanese youths.

Nov 26, 2014

Book Talk: Pack of Thieves? Convict-era Australia stacks the deck

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Fate dealt Honorah Sullivan a bad hand when she was found guilty of arson in the mid-19th century and put on a British convict ship bound for modern-day Tasmania.

But more than 160 years later, the lives of Sullivan and 51 women at a historic workhouse on the Australian island are played out in a deck of cards and a companion book of real-life stories.

Aug 25, 2014

Tears of joy as Australian Doll Hospital restores childhood memories

SYDNEY, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Making customers cry may not be
most shopkeeper’s goal, but at Sydney’s 101-year-old Doll
Hospital workers take tears as a sign of a job well done.

In an age of mass-produced plastic dolls, few doll hospitals
around the world have survived, the owners said.

Jun 25, 2014

Book Talk: Making Soapies in Kabul

By Pauline Askin

SYDNEY, June 26 (Reuters – To help keep herself safe and
sane while making television dramas in Afghanistan, Australian
producer Trudi-Ann Tierney devised an ever-more elaborate game
of hide-and-seek in her head in case the Taliban launched a
surprise attack.

Imagining what it would be like to hide in the top of a
wardrobe, the middle of a lake or buried among a herd of goats,
she mentally weighed the pros and cons of them all, as she
explains in her new book “Making Soapies in Kabul”.

Apr 1, 2014

Australia’s dingo is a unique species, study shows

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s dingo is a unique species, not a kind of wild dog as previously believed, according to a new study that definitively classifies the country’s largest land predator.

The research by Australian scientists, published in the Journal of Zoology, resurrected the species name “Canis dingo”, first adopted in 1793 by Friedrich Meyer, a German naturalist.

Mar 27, 2014

Climate changes put the freeze on elephant seal births

SYDNEY (Reuters) – More ice means fewer elephant seal pups, according to Australian scientists studying breeding colonies on Macquarie Island near Antarctica and atmospheric changes in the region that have affected the feeding grounds.

“When there’s more sea ice the population is likely to go down and in years when there’s less sea ice the population is likely to go up,” John van den Hoff, a marine biologist at the Australian Antarctic Division, told Reuters.

Mar 10, 2014

Zap! Australian scientists look at lasers to cull space junk

SYDNEY (Reuters) – It may sound like science fiction but an Australian team is working on a project to zap orbital debris with lasers from Earth to reduce the growing amount of space junk that threatens to knock out satellites with a “cascade of collisions”.

The project is very realistic and likely to be working in the next 10 years, Matthew Colless, director of Australian National University’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, told Reuters.

Feb 6, 2014

Book Talk: Leadership in the world’s most extreme workplace

SYDNEY (Reuters) – At age 34, Rachael Robertson accepted the biggest challenge of her life: to lead a large, 12-month expedition in Antarctica. Two months on, she found herself having to ask the team of 120 how they managed to get through a year’s supply of condoms in just eight weeks.

Robertson, a former chief ranger for the national parks service in Australia’s Victoria state, spoke to Reuters about her book “Leading on the Edge” and how she developed a unique style of leadership using a technique called “no triangles”.