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'Object of Interest' Washes Ashore in Flight Search

But officials don't have their hopes up

(Newser) - As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, an "object of interest" has turned up in southwestern Australia—but officials are cautioning that it may not offer much of a breakthrough. "It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," says an... More »

Big News in World's Longest Experiment

Drop of pitch falls after 13 years of waiting

(Newser) - In what is surely one of the most gripping experiments currently underway, scientists in Australia have been watching a beaker containing pitch, a tar derivative, since 1927. The researchers' goal in the planet's longest-running experiment—which holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records—is to show... More »

Ships Race Toward 'Pings' ... as Batteries Fade

(Newser) - Searchers hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet raced toward a patch of the southern Indian Ocean today to determine whether a few brief sounds picked up by underwater equipment came from the plane's black boxes, whose battery-powered pingers are on the verge of dying out. Ships scouring a... More »

Widower: Woman Eaten by Shark Didn't Feel a Thing

She was consumed 'basically completely,' he says

(Newser) - The widower of a woman killed by a shark during a swim in Australia this week says he's taking comfort in the fact that his wife died doing what she loved and likely didn't suffer much, reports Sky News . "Her friends need to know I am absolutely... More »

Aussie Woman 'Taken by a Shark'

'Community in shock' after experienced swimmer killed at popular beach

(Newser) - An Australian woman taking a morning swim with friends at the popular east coast beach she'd frequented for 14 years died today in a rare shark attack. Christine Armstrong, 63, had become somewhat separated from five fellow swimmers, including her husband, when a witness onshore at Tathra Beach said... More »

3 Men Charged With Driving Drunk in Same Car

One after the other, in Australia

(Newser) - Police in New South Wales, Australia, stopped a car at a DUI checkpoint, gave the driver a breathalyzer, and promptly hauled him off to jail on drunk-driving charges, reports the Herald . Routine stuff, but this makes it a little more interesting: After the arrest, one of the two passengers slid... More »

Jet Searchers Finding ... Fishing Gear, Jellyfish

Nonetheless, 'if this mystery is solvable, we will solve it,' says Australian PM

(Newser) - The last week has seen a cascade of "possible objects" in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but the debris keeps failing to live up to expectations. Four orange objects pulled from the Indian Ocean this weekend—Flight Lt. Russell Adams called them the "most promising... More »

UN Court Puts Kibosh on Japan's Whale Hunt

Finds JARPA II is 'not scientific'

(Newser) - Australia 1, Japan 0: The UN's International Court of Justice today ruled that Japan's whaling program, which it has long claimed is for scientific purposes, is just a cloak for commercial whaling, the BBC reports, in a case that Australia brought about back in 2010. The 16-judge panel... More »

Tale of Convicts' Famed 1791 Escape Revealed

First-hand account of Australian penal colony escape released in full

(Newser) - Exactly 223 years ago, some of the first British convicts sent to Australia made a daring escape from Britain's penal colony in New South Wales. It has become the stuff of legend, but the tale of what happened on a two-month journey of more than 3,000 miles—in... More »

Flight Crash Was 'Suicide Mission': Source

Meanwhile, Australia puts search for plane on hold

(Newser) - The Malaysia Airlines flight that went down in the Indian Ocean looks a lot like a suicide mission, an official source tells the Telegraph . A team probing the crash believes no fire or malfunction could have sent the plane on its errant course or crippled its communications system for 7... More »

Malaysia: France Satellite Images Could Be Debris

On heels of Australia's sighting of a pallet

(Newser) - France today provided Malaysia with satellite images of the latest round of "potential objects" that could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, this time "in the vicinity of the southern corridor"—thought to be close to areas of the Indian Ocean where Australia and China provided satellite... More »

Australia: We've Spotted Floating Debris

Remains of Malaysian Airlines jet may have been found

(Newser) - This time, it's not a satellite image: An Australian civilian search aircraft has spotted debris that could be from the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, reports Australia's News Network . "Yesterday one of our civilian search aircraft got visuals on a number of objects in a fairly small area... More »

Can David Bowie Save a Dying Outback Town?

Carinda hopes to cash in on 1983 video

(Newser) - Carinda, the remote town in the Australian outback where David Bowie shot his 1983 comeback video, "Let's Dance," is not doing so well. Ten years of drought have driven many people out of the desert town, which now has a population of less than 40. But the... More »

New Radar Evidence the Jet Turned West

Thai military releases its data

(Newser) - Thailand is offering what CNN calls "the second radar evidence" that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight took an altered path toward the Strait of Malacca. All looked normal on Thailand's military radar until 1:22am, when Flight 370 vanished. Within six minutes, an unknown aircraft was spotted moving... More »

Aussie Girl, 10, Survives Shark Attack

Or maybe a mackerel; officials aren't sure about source of hand injury

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl was attacked by what may have been a shark off Australia's east coast and suffered an injury to her hand, officials said today. Paramedics were called to a beach at Lennox Head, 120 miles south of Brisbane, after receiving a report the girl had been bitten... More »

Witness: 'Bored' Kids Shot at Many Before Killing Aussie

Luna, Jones to be tried as adults; Edwards may have charges reduced

(Newser) - More chilling details have emerged in the case of three Oklahoma teens charged with first-degree murder in the apparent boredom killing of an Australian baseball player. A judge yesterday ruled Chancey Luna and Michael Jones will be tried as adults in the death of Christopher Lane, who was shot in... More »

Space Junk Solution: Fire Lasers at It

Australia prepares to deal with 300K pieces of debris

(Newser) - Space is full of debris, scientists say—about 300,000 pieces of it—and it's putting our satellites at risk. We could be "a couple of decades away from a catastrophic cascade of collisions ... that takes out all the satellites in low orbit," says researcher Matthew Colless.... More »

Daring Divers Save Choking Shark

Grey nurse shark had elastic pressing in on gills

(Newser) - Australian divers got up close and personal with a grey nurse shark that was in desperate need of saving last week in a "first-of-its-kind" rescue caught on tape, via 7News Sydney , picked up by GrindTV . Somehow the young female shark—spotted breathing heavily in a shark habitat off Sydney—... More »

Earth's Oldest Rocks: 4.4B-Year-Old Crystals

They're not much younger than the planet itself

(Newser) - When scientists claimed more than a decade ago that tiny crystals in Australia were 4.4 billion years old, they faced skepticism. The Earth itself, after all, is 4.5 billion years old, the Sydney Morning Herald notes. "Nothing in science goes without being questioned," geochemist John Valley... More »

Newly Found Species' Males Killed by 'Frenzied' Mating

The black-tailed antechinus' males don't make it past the age of one

(Newser) - As far as newly discovered species go, this is an unusual one. Australian scientists have identified a new kind of antechinus, a mouse-like marsupial with some odd notoriety. As the Telegraph reports, the males die before their first birthday—due to the "extreme stress" of their "frenzied mating.... More »

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