Christmas Island

Vocus updating networks ahead of ASC

Vocus is adding 8TBps of capacity to its domestic core networks between Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth ahead of the Australia-Singapore Cable being …

South-east Asia

I Can't Believe How Stupid Facebook's News Feed Update Is

Facebook has been teasing a massive overhaul to the News Feed - its core product - after widespread, utterly deserved criticism that it had acted as …

Technology (Australia)

Millions of Baby Red Crabs Begin Migration on Christmas Island

Every year, tens of millions of baby red crabs develop off the coast of Christmas Island.<p>After hatching from their eggs, they live in the sea for a month as larvae, before returning to the shoreline.<p>This process begins precisely when the high tide turns between the last quarter and new moon.<p>During …

Nature

Mother Turtle Forced to Nest on a Pile of Trash Highlights the Issue With Disposable Plastics (VIDEO)

On Greta Beach, Christmas Island, a staggering sight was caught by an environmental scholar and shared by PTS Our Island. A mother turtle who …

South-east Asia

Is it really so difficult to deport criminal non-citizens? Experts say it's actually easy

Such instances compel particular angst on talkback radio and in other forums that lend themselves to consternation about law and order. At times, …

Brisbane

On New Year's Day, UNICEF challenges nations to join fight to help more newborns survive first days of life - United Nations Sustainable Development

Nearly 386,000 babies will be born on New Year’s Day – some 90 per cent in less developed regions – and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Start The New Year With Newly Declassified Nuclear Test Footage

Decades-old films show the sheer power of nuclear warheads.<p>Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory posted hundreds of declassified nuclear test footage on the organization’s YouTube channel over the past few months, with a new batch of 62 videos uploaded in mid-December.<p>A team of …

North Korea

Nigeria: 20,000 Babies Born On New Year, but Many Will Not Survive Today

As you ring in New Year 2018, keep this thought in mind: some 20,210 babies will be born in Nigeria on January 1, according to the United Nations …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Russian NYE revellers watch in horror as 80-foot Christmas tree becomes towering inferno

SIBERIAN TIMESThe blaze took place in Lenin Square in the Sakhalin island capital<p>Thousands of revellers attending the festivities in …

Christmas

New Year's Eve celebrations: world welcomes 2018 as Samoa becomes first country to hit midnight

The New Year has officially begun, as midnight passed in Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati, the first places in the world to welcome in 2018.<p>The last places on Earth to see in the New Year are minor outlying US islands like Baker Island and Howland Island - although these are uninhabited. …

News

New Year's Celebrations Kick Off Across The Globe

Over 26 hours and across 39 time zones, the world is celebrating the end of 2017.<p>New Year's celebrations kicked off in Samoa, Christmas Island and New Zealand as those countries were the first where the clock struck midnight. Here in the U.S., many events are set to occur under heightened security, …

World News

Happy New Year 2018: Photos and Videos of Celebrations Around the World

2018 has officially begun, at least in some parts of the world. The first to welcome the new year are people in the Pacific islands of Samoa, Tonga …

New Zealand

Follow the New Year around the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Get out of your East Coast mentality, America. Not everyone starts their New Year when you do.<p>When it's 5 a.m. ET on December 31, people in Samoa have already shot off their fireworks.<p>Samoa is always the first country to ring in the New Year. American Samoa, its neighbor just 101 miles …

French Polynesia

Unicef predicts number of babies born on New Year's Day and their life expectancy

About 170 babies will be born in New Zealand on the first day of 2018 and on average they will live long enough to see in a new century, according to …

New Zealand News

Millions of Miles to Millions of Crabs: My Podcast Interview on The Global Travel Conspiracy from

Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere has relaunched his podcast The Global Travel Conspiracy.<p>I am honored to be his guest this week for a chat ranging …

Travel

For 62nd year, NORAD takes calls from kids awaiting Santa

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers are on the phones at an Air Force base in Colorado, answering questions from eager kids who want to know where Santa is on his Christmas Eve travels.<p>NORAD Tracks Santa got underway early Sunday at Peterson Air Force Base. It's the 62nd …

News

Why There's More Than One Place Called 'Christmas Island'

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores some of the world's most festively-named destinations.<p>In the age of exploration, it was common for European sailors to name geographic features in honor of the day they were first sighted. Easter Island was first visited by a Dutch navigator on Easter …

Christmas

For 62nd year, NORAD tracks Santa's journey around the world

Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday from eager children who wanted to know where Santa was on his Christmas Eve travels.<p>NORAD Tracks Santa got underway early Sunday morning at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was the …

Colorado Springs

Santa Tracker: For 62nd year, NORAD takes calls from kids awaiting Santa | NOLA.com

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday (Dec. 24) from eager …

New Orleans

NORAD takes calls from kids awaiting Santa

<i>PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE,</i> Colo. – Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday from eager children who …

Detroit

Google Street View Captures Incredible Migration of 10 Million Stunning Red Crabs to Christmas Island

It's one of the most intriguing migrations on Earth: Each year, tens of millions of stunningly red crabs scuttle out to sea in a massive parade in …

Nature

Singapore scientists uncover gifts of Christmas Island

SINGAPORE - With a name like that, one would expect Christmas Island to bear many gifts. It has not disappointed.<p>Among its treasures is the red crab …

South-east Asia

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory releases 62 declassified videos of nuclear weapons tests

It's eschatology in motion: 62 tests carried out between 1945 and 1962, of detonations filmed from up to 50 angles. A total of 210 tests were carried …

Cory Doctorow

Aussie internet users face three-week wait for cable repair

Australian internet users will continue to experience inter-Asia latency for at least the next three weeks as the operator of the SEA-ME-WE3 subsea …

Internet

More haunting declassified scans of nuclear weapons test videos released | Ars Technica

Tracking nuclear double-pulse phenomenon helps scientists determine explosive yield.<p>This week, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National …

South-east Asia

Ho Ho Tiki No

At the southern margins of the Arts District lies Tiki No, North Hollywood’s living ode to Tiki culture.<p><b>Tiki No</b> opened in 2009 on the bones of a dive …

Los Angeles

Christmas Island – the next big thing in travel? Home to Chinese, Indians and Malays, it’s a fascinating mix of cultures | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

From the terrace of the Lucky Ho restaurant, in the Poon Saan district of The Settlement, Christmas Island’s only town, all looks well. The …

News (China)

Millions of crabs take over Google Street View

Google Street View recorded millions of red crabs during their annual migration across Christmas Island in Australia.

Technology (India)

Google Paints Street View Red With Annual Christmas Island Crab Migration

Alasdair Grigg joins the Christmas Island red crab migration (via Google)<p>Crabs for Christmas? Google Street View joins more than 45 million …

Geek

Millions of Migrating Red Crabs Are Coming to Google Street View

The crustaceans are making their brief annual appearance on Australia’s Christmas Island<p>Comment on this Story

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