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Girl, 8, Describes Escape From Sinking Car as Family Drowned

Chloe Kabealo's mother, sister, and brother drowned after car went into river

(Newser) - Chloe Kabealo unbuckled her seatbelt after the car her mother was driving slid off a muddy Australia road into a flooded river and tried to "go up for air," then "just kept floating up out." That's how the 8-year-old survived the crash as the car... More »

Elon Musk, Amber Heard Step Out

Couple makes it Instagram-official, gets 'cheeky' in Australia

(Newser) - As Elon Musk toils away on linking human brains to computers , he apparently has Amber Heard by his side to bounce ideas off of. The 45-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO was spotted with the 31-year-old actress, formerly married to Johnny Depp, taking a stroll in Australia's Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary—... More »

Boy's Insane Quest to Drive Across Australia Gets Shockingly Far

12-year-old picked up about 800 miles in

(Newser) - The journey from Australia's eastern New South Wales coast to Perth on its west measures about 2,500 miles. A 12-year-old boy set off to drive it alone, and got ridiculously far. The Australian Associated Press reports the boy was stopped about 800 miles into the drive around 11am... More »

Knowing Booze Causes Cancer Inspires People to Cut Down

Most effective ad at motivating people to reduce their drinking shows cancer mutations

(Newser) - If you want to get people to stop boozing it up, don't show them images of glasses of healthy, sparkling water instead of beer—show them an ad that illustrates how too many cocktails can cause cancer to course through their bodies, the Guardian reports. That's the finding... More »

Father-Daughter Surf Outing Turns Tragic

Shark kills 17-year-old surfing with her dad in Australia

(Newser) - A teen surfing off the southern coast of Australia died Monday after she was attacked by a shark, the AP reports. ABC Australia says the 17-year-old was surfing with her dad near the Kelp Beds surfing break, off of Esperance, at the same beach where a surfer suffered serious injuries... More »

Search Is On for Platypus Killer

Wildlife officials call 3 killings, including 2 beheadings, 'despicable act of cruelty'

(Newser) - Wildlife officials are calling it "a despicable act of cruelty to one of Australia's most loved animals." Over the last five weeks, three platypuses have been killed and dumped in a botanical garden in New South Wales, despite the fact that the animal is protected across the... More »

Scientists Halt Growth of Colon, Stomach Cancers

Protein-inhibiting drug possible within 3 years: researchers

(Newser) - Australian researchers have discovered a "revolutionary" new way to stop the growth of colon and stomach cancers, which could lead to a new cancer-fighting drug within three years. Matthias Ernst at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute explains that white blood cells called macrophages help to heal wounds and... More »

McDonald's Teams With Snapchat for 'World First'

You can send a video and apply for a job all at once

(Newser) - Hoping to don a McDonald's uniform? Look no further than Snapchat. In an apparent "world first," McDonald's Australia says it has teamed up with Snapchat to let users apply for a job using the video app, reports News.com.au . Interested parties need only send the... More »

News Anchor Stares at Pen on Live TV, Goes Viral

Some say Aussie journalist Natasha Exelby is now being punished for it

(Newser) - Natasha Exelby lived out every news anchor's nightmare on live TV over the weekend, and to add to that nightmare, some are saying she's been sanctioned for it, per the New York Daily News . A video circulating online shows the Aussie journalist on ABC24 on Sunday, zoning out... More »

Experts 'Despondent' Over Great Barrier Reef

Only a third remains undamaged after back-to-back bleaching episodes

(Newser) - This time there's no El Niño to blame for the Great Barrier Reef "cooking and dying," as CNN puts it. Thanks to two years of back-to-back "bleaching" (algae loss) that researcher James Kerry tells the BBC is "unprecedented," two-thirds of the world's... More »

Huge Amount of Meth Found Stashed in Floorboards

Haul had street value of $680 million

(Newser) - Police in Australia discovered a record-breaking amount of meth stashed under floorboards, but they didn't need to rip up a floor: The 2,000-pound haul was discovered in a shipment of 70 boxes of wooden floorboards in a Melbourne warehouse, the BBC reports. Two Melbourne men, ages 53 and... More »

Tasmanian Tiger Reportedly Seen 80 Years After Extinction

Several endangered species may be making a comeback

(Newser) - It's been eight decades since the Tasmanian tiger, a carnivorous marsupial, was declared extinct after the last of its kind died in a zoo in 1936. But there's new buzz after two separate, apparently credible sightings were reported in northern Australia, and scientists from James Cook University believe... More »

Shark Found in Middle of Australian Road

It was washed in by Cyclone Debbie

(Newser) - Emergency crews traipsing through the Australian town of Ayr after Cyclone Debbie made landfall came across a rather odd sight Thursday: a shark roadblock. The 5-foot-long bull shark, surrounded by little more than a puddle, had washed up on a road and died, reports the West Australian . And it wasn'... More »

'Battering Ram' Slams Into Australia

Cyclone Debbie is expected to do a lot of damage

(Newser) - A powerful cyclone slammed into Australia's tropical northeast coast on Tuesday, tearing down fences, snapping trees, and knocking out power to tens of thousands of houses, officials say. The destructive eyewall of Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm packing winds up to 160mph, made landfall near Airlie Beach, a... More »

In Australia's 'Jurassic Park,' World's Largest Dino Prints

21 different types of tracks found Down Under—some 6 feet long

(Newser) - Twenty-one is the lucky number for paleontologists in Australia: That's the "globally unparalleled" number of different varieties of dinosaur prints they appear to have found in a "magical place" they call the country's own "Jurassic Park," per Phys.org . In a study published in... More »

Australia Braces Itself for a 'Monster'

Cyclone Debbie to hit Tuesday morning local time

(Newser) - It's no Little Debbie. Australia is bracing itself for Cyclone Debbie, which is set to make landfall along the coast in Queensland—that's the country's northeastern most state—after 7am local time Tuesday, reports the BBC . That area is 14 hours ahead of EDT, so US storm... More »

Arrest Made in 47-Year-Old Australian Murder Mystery

Cheryl Grimmer was 3 when she disappeared from the beach

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after a 3-year-old girl disappeared from an Australian beach, police may have finally cracked the case. In January 1970, Cheryl Grimmer visited Fairy Meadow beach in Wollongong with her mother and three young brothers, the BBC reports. As the visit wound down, the children went to shower... More »

Scientists Find Potential New Use for Spider Venom

Poison from funnel web spider reduced brain damage in rats after strokes

(Newser) - Almost 6 million people die from a stroke each year, and although scientists aren't recommending spider bites to remedy that, the poison contained in one particular arachnid may fend off stroke-related brain damage, the Guardian reports. In a study published in the PNAS journal , Australian scientists discovered that just... More »

Guy Mauled by Croc After Jumping in River to Prove Point

Lee De Paauw denies being 'one of the stupidest people around'

(Newser) - An Australian teenager mauled after getting drunk and jumping into a crocodile-infested river to impress a woman he had just met denies being "one of the stupidest people around." "Haters gonna hate," says 18-year-old Lee De Paauw, per the Courier-Mail . He suffered gouges and two broken... More »

Elon Musk Has a Big Offer for Australia

It even comes with a money-back guarantee

(Newser) - Elon Musk may be just one of several entrepreneurs to claim he can solve power shortages causing blackouts in south Australia, but he's definitely the most confident. On Thursday night, he promised he could get it done in 100 days or the system he'd build is free, reports... More »

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