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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”.

Apr 24, 2013

“Stop, Look, Live”: an ode to Sydney’s public spaces

SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) – Bartenders tossing bottles in
the air, a man who talks to eels and the etiquette of park chess
are all part of an Australian exhibition telling the story of
some of Sydney’s most beloved public spaces.

Inspired by a book about drawing the city, curator Nerida
Campbell and her team at the Museum of Sydney fanned out across
the streets, choosing five public spaces and talking to people
about how they enjoy them.

Mar 27, 2013

Tagging, satellite tracking reveals mystery of blue whales

SYDNEY, March 27 (Reuters) – Balancing in small boats in
choppy Antarctic waters, sometimes for hours and covered in ice,
Australian researchers shot at endangered blue whales with an
airgun to tag the giant creature with satellite tracking
equipment.

For three years the team of scientists from the Australian
Antarctic Division tagged the world’s largest creature and then
tracked the rarely seen whales using sonar attached to special
buoys to gain an insight into the threatened species.

Mar 12, 2013

From the Moulin Rouge to gum trees: Lautrec in Australia

SYDNEY, March 12 (Reuters) – When Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
sketched his celebrated portraits of the Parisian demi-monde,
even he could never have imagined his work would one day be
displayed to new admirers amid the scorching heat and gum trees
of faraway Australia.

“Paris & the Moulin Rouge,” at the National Gallery of
Australia in Canberra, the nation’s capital, is unusual in that
it marks the first time Australians have been treated to a full
range of Lautrec’s work.

Feb 26, 2013

Seals take scientists to Antarctic’s ocean floor

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Elephant seals wearing head sensors and swimming deep beneath Antarctic ice have helped scientists better understand how the ocean’s coldest, deepest waters are formed, providing vital clues to understanding its role in the world’s climate.

The tagged seals, along with sophisticated satellite data and moorings in ocean canyons, all played a role in providing data from the extreme Antarctic environment, where observations are very rare and ships could not go, said researchers at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem CRC in Tasmania.

Feb 15, 2013

From lawyer to femme fatale in Australian exhibition

SYDNEY, Feb 15 (Reuters) – A buxom woman in a low-cut red
dress brandishes a pistol, her finger poised to pull the
trigger, but a closer look at the painting reveals the woman is
model-turned-novelist Tara Moss.

In another painting a woman in a red beret and tight yellow,
slit skirt with one hand on her hip and the other holding a
cigarette is in fact one of Australia’s senior crown
prosecutors, Margaret Cunneen.

Jan 29, 2013

China’s thirst for Australian wines golden – for now

SYDNEY, Jan 29 (Reuters) – China’s growing thirst for
Australian wines may be a golden ticket for now, but whether
demand will last remains unknown even as vintages from Down
Under gain new fans amid a surge of growth in broader Asia.

Australian bottled wine exports to China soared by 15
percent year on year in 2012, according to official data,
bolstered by a sales push targeting the country’s wealthy
drinkers and making Australia the top overseas market for wines
priced at more than A$7.50 ($7.90) a litre.