Aug 23, 2016

Australian unearths 'beast' of a truffle

An Australian has uncovered what is thought to be the largest black truffle ever discovered in the country, a 1,511-gram (53.3-ounce) monster that could also be a world-beater. Stuart Dunbar said he had known since February that a truffle had been growing in the ...

Aug 20, 2016

Australian mangrove die-off blamed on climate change

Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia’s remote north have died, scientists said, with climate change the likely cause. Some 7,000 hectares, or 9 percent of the mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, perished in just one month according to researchers from Australia’s James ...

Aug 20, 2016

U.S. Navy's 'Green Fleet' may tap Australian biofuel

The U.S. may accept Australia’s offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing the U.S. Navy’s goal of getting half its power from renewables by 2020. The premier of Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, signed a cooperation agreement to explore the ...

Aug 14, 2016

Campbell regrets the 'greatest choke' in Rio

Cate Campbell will leave Rio with some extra weight in her baggage and on her mind — with the “greatest choke in history” accompanying the Australian swimmer’s gold and silver relay medals. Campbell, the 100-meter freestyle world-record holder, arrived as a top tip for ...

Japan drops final match of Olympic tournament

Aug 14, 2016

Japan drops final match of Olympic tournament

Already eliminated Japan crashed to its fourth defeat of the Rio Olympics women’s hockey tournament after going down 2-0 to Australia in its final Group B game Saturday. Japan was playing for pride after Argentina earlier in the day beat India 5-0 to improve ...

Aug 11, 2016

Australia to ban Chinese from leasing Sydney power grid

Australia announced on Thursday it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp. and Hong Kong-registered Cheung Kong Infrastructure Group had until next Thursday to respond to ...

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

Aug 11, 2016

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

The Sydney Opera House is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, with an emphasis on improving its acoustics, which have been described as worse than an aircraft hangar, officials said Thursday. The 247 million Australian dollar ($190 million) revamp is the biggest since Australia’s ...

Aug 11, 2016

Australia census to go back online after cyberattack

Australia’s prime minister says his country’s first attempt to conduct a census online will resume two days after it shut down due to system failures that left it vulnerable to cyberattack. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday blamed failures of the Australian Bureau of ...

Australia shuts down online census over cyberattacks

Aug 10, 2016

Australia shuts down online census over cyberattacks

Australia’s first attempt to conduct a census online was in disarray after cyberattacks and a hardware failure led to the website being shut down, officials said Wednesday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the site to protect data on Tuesday night shortly after ...