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Workers pose with British cannonball unearthed after 250 years - not realising it was still live

When a Canadian construction team came across a giant cannonball as they excavated a building site in Quebec, they did what anyone else would do in this age of Snapchat and Instagram.<p>They moved the 200lb projectile into better view and posed with it for photographs.<p>It was only later, when an …

On the Ocean: The Famous Voyage of Pytheas

Sometime around 330 BCE, Pytheas, a little-known Greek merchant, embarked on an astonishing voyage. It was a voyage that would take him far beyond …

Drone versus a flying boomerang in accidental mid-air collision

If you've ever seen Indigenous Australia's most-famed hunting weapon, the boomerang, you'll know it's a solid piece of wood that can really pack a …

Theoretical Physicists Suggest There's a Portal Linking The Standard Model to Dark Physics

Um, what?<p>Theoretical physicists have put forward a new hypothesis that aims to connect the world of visible physics to the hidden forces of our …

This Infographic Shows The Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations

How many do you have?<p>It can be easy to forget that humans living on Earth today are the product of thousands of years of adaptation.<p>Without modern …

6 Stops on the Hunt for the Holy Grail

Tracing history’s most elusive holy relic will lead you to these real places.<p>The first of many myths involving a divine grail was written more than …

Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas<p>Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click …

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Sacred albino moose killed by hunters

A rare albino moose, considered a sacred "spirit animal" by Nova Scotia's indigenous Mi’kmaq people, was killed last week by visiting hunters unaware …

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Your science questions answered

<b>Q. How many times would a light year go around planet Earth?</b> asks Michael Sorel<p>A. When it comes to hopping between planets and stars, the concepts of distance and time can become mind-boggling. Luckily, we have the light year to help us to get a grip on the vastness of the universe. If you took a …

More Climate Change Nonsense As the Mail on Sunday Gets Reality All Wrong

When I heard that the <i>Mail on Sunday</i> ran a climate change article over the weekend, I knew it would be bad. But when I clicked the link and saw it was …

Why we might not be able to live on the Moon

The suggestion that regions of the Moon have ancient ice triggered much hope that we could colonise it. Sadly, it’s looking ever less likely that it’s possible.<p>The US space agency Nasa sells dreams. There’s nothing wrong with that – after all, space and its exploration have always been a source of …

One of the solar system's largest volcanoes discovered in the Pacific Ocean

One of the largest known single volcanoes in the solar system is right here on Earth. Researchers from the University of Houston have determined that a structure long-hidden beneath the ocean, Tamu Massif, is actually one large volcano — not a series of smaller ones. At just over 400 miles wide, it …

NSW Govt CSG (Mis)information

This was posted by someone else on YouTube. Luckily I saved a copy before it was taken down.<br>What's wrong with balancing lies with the truth?

Dirty tricks on the campaign trail

In the final countdown to polling day, Australian political history suggests that political parties will start to fight dirty in critical seats, …

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Australia has been invaded by giant feral cats

Man, the Australian ecosystem doesn’t do anything by halves. Everything is either the weirdest, most poisonous, or straight-up biggest version of …

[Breaking] Nexus 4 Price Drops By $100; $199 for 8GB, $249 For 16GB [Updated]

Wow – Google just dropped the price of both Nexus 4 variants by $100.<p>The powerful and affordable smartphone from Google — now at an even lower price. …

Joyce to sell land in 'mongrel country' at site of CSG boom

Sale documents show Mr Joyce and his wife Natalie paid a total of $572,000 for both blocks of land. The couple were living in St George in Queensland …

35 years for Manning, and time for better whistleblowing laws

Bradley Manning, the whistleblower behind the biggest leak of military secrets in history, has been sentenced to 35 years imprisonment. Convicted for …

Indonesia arrests nine asylum seekers preparing to board speedboat for Australia

A group of nine asylum seekers has been detained on Indonesia's border with Papua New Guinea, where they were hoping to board a speedboat bound for …

The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind

At one Newark public high school, accessible Wi-Fi can be more valuable than a bus ride home.<p>In Newark, a city with one of the highest poverty rates …

Rapping Kids Ask if We Have Eight Planets or Nine or Thousands

Is Pluto a planet, or not?<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of <i>Death</i> …

Ask Bolt becomes a bit of a Twitter hash

He also claims to be Australia's most-read columnist.<p>So when someone at News decided to have a live chat session for readers with Bolt online this …

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