Feb 9, 2016

Australian scientists offer new hope for paraplegics

Australian researchers have created a “bionic spinal cord” they said Tuesday could give paralyzed people hope of walking again through the power of thought, without resorting to open brain surgery. The system would use a device the size of a paperclip implanted in a ...

Feb 8, 2016

Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy

The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia’s first special envoy for human rights, the government said Monday. During his 1996-2003 tenure as immigration minister, Philip Ruddock, the second-longest-serving ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australian state premier offers 267 asylum seekers refuge

The premier of an Australian state offered on Saturday to look after a group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island, adding to opposition to the federal government’s policy of offshore detention. Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria state, ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported

Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries. Queensland’s government has earmarked 400,000 Australian dollars ($283,000) ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...