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Man wields surfboard to fight off shark in Australia

Asia Pacific Nov 7, 2018

Man wields surfboard to fight off shark in Australia

A surfer fought off a shark with his board after being bitten in the leg Wednesday on Australia's east coast, authorities said, just days after a swimmer died in another attack. The 43-year-old was surfing off popular tourist spot Shelly Beach in Ballina, 750 kilometers ...

Colored bird eggs traced to dinosaurs

World / Science & Health Nov 1, 2018

Colored bird eggs traced to dinosaurs

Birds have more in common with dinosaurs than previously thought — they inherited colored eggs directly from their scaly ancestors, according to research released Wednesday. The evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds has been recognized for centuries, but ornithologists long believed that birds evolved their ...

To the roo-scue! Kangaroo caught in surf saved with CPR

World / Offbeat Oct 28, 2018

To the roo-scue! Kangaroo caught in surf saved with CPR

A kangaroo that hopped into the sea for a dip at a Melbourne beach had to be rescued by Australian police and brought back to life with CPR, officers said Sunday. Officers were called to Safety Beach in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon amid reports the ...

Same-sex penguin couple become parents in Australia

World / Offbeat Oct 26, 2018

Same-sex penguin couple become parents in Australia

Two male penguins who paired up as a "same-sex couple" have incubated a baby chick and are "doting" on their tiny offspring, an Australian aquarium announced Friday. Gentoo penguins Sphen and Magic are happily "taking turns caring for their baby chick," born on October 19 ...

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Oct 14, 2018

Kangaroo attack leaves three hurt

Three members of an Australian family used a broom and a shovel to fight off a rare attack by a large kangaroo that left all of them injured, one seriously. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries, and ...

Asia Pacific Oct 12, 2018

Wildlife ranger taken by crocodile in northern Australia

A wildlife ranger was killed by a crocodile Friday in Australia's Northern Territory. The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote location 206 kilometers (128 miles) southwest of the indigenous community of Yirrkala. Her body later was recovered by police. Police said she had been fishing "waist-deep" ...

World / Science & Health Oct 5, 2018

Scientists urge global doomsday vault for 'good' germs

As the world's microbial diversity is decimated by antibiotics, processed food, filtered water and other wonders of modern life, researchers are proposing the creation of a global microbiota vault to protect the long-term health of humanity. Human microbiota, a community of trillions of microorganisms that ...