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Domino's Now Has a Pizza- Delivery Droid

Meet DRU

(Newser) - Self-driving cars seem nice, but an Australian tech startup that usually builds robotic targets for live-fire military training has just announced what we've really been waiting for: a pizza-delivery robot, courtesy of Domino's, reports Engadget . Meet DRU (Domino's Robotic Unit) , an autonomous 3-foot-tall delivery vehicle (currently in... More »

Lifeguard Didn't Know He Was Saving Heir to Throne

Nick Malcolm rescued Denmark's Prince Christian, 10, from perilous Aussie riptide

(Newser) - A lifeguard on Australia's Gold Coast saved a 10-year-old boy from rough waters Thursday, except it wasn't just any 10-year-old boy: It was Denmark's Prince Christian, on vacation with his family, 7 News Australia reports. The young heir to the throne was caught in a riptide at... More »

'Missing' American Faked His Disappearance: Aussies

Kenneth Rodman found near Cairns, Australia, almost 5 years later

(Newser) - American Kenneth Rodman was 55 when he vanished in Australia in 2010 while traveling the country on a tourist visa. He was reported missing by a friend who'd last seen him on Dec. 21 near Port Douglas, heading for a beach with his green kayak. He was later spotted... More »

Farmer Finds Perfect Jaw of Ancient Marine Creature

Kronosaurus swam in Australian waters more than 100M years ago

(Newser) - An unexpected upside to a drought in Queensland, Australia: Researchers now have a better sense of what a fearsome sea creature of yore looked like. A cattle farmer stumbled across a fossil in his field that turned out to be the lower jaw of Kronosaurus Queenslandicus, which plied the local... More »

How a 'Last Hug' Revived Dying Baby

Kate and David Ogg were told newborn baby was dying

(Newser) - Kate and David Ogg held onto their dying baby five years ago as a way of saying goodbye, only to find him come miraculously back to life . Now the media has returned to see how the family in Queensland, Australia, is doing—and apparently they're happily raising three young... More »

Family's Rescue a 'Good Story in Time for Christmas'

Steven Van Lonkhuyzen and his 2 boys lived on rainwater, 4 days' worth of food

(Newser) - After double tragedies rocked Australia last week, farmer Tom Wagner couldn't bear hearing about another. So when he heard a dad and his two young sons had disappeared on a road trip and been missing for a week, Wagner canceled his waterskiing plans, conferred with other local farmers and... More »

8 Kids Found Dead in Australian Home

7 of them were siblings, police say

(Newser) - Another tragedy in Australia: Eight children were found stabbed to death at a home in a Cairns suburb today, police say. The children were between 18 months and 15 years in age, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . Seven of them are believed to have been siblings, and their mother was... More »

Woman Chased by Croc During 17 Days Lost in Bush

Shannon Leah Fraser recovering in hospital after amazing tale of survival

(Newser) - Shannon Leah Fraser and friends visited a pond in the Australian bush last month to "chill out" after a "bender," her partner Heath Cassady says, per the Courier-Mail . But the relaxing escape soon turned into a nightmare when the mother of three became separated from her mates.... More »

Ironman Competitor Dies During Race

Heart attack suspected in 39-year-old's death

(Newser) - Officials said a 39-year-old male competitor died today after being pulled unconscious from the swim portion of an Ironman event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Ironman Asia Pacific chief executive Geoff Meyer confirmed the man from Victoria state suffered a suspected heart attack during the 1.2-mile... More »

UN to Australia: You Have Year to Protect Barrier Reef

Will be listed as 'in danger' if government doesn't curb development, pollution

(Newser) - Australia's Great Barrier Reef may lose its world heritage status if the country doesn't clean up its act. UNESCO has postponed a decision to put the 133,000-square-mile coral reef system on its " World Heritage in Danger " list, giving the Australian and Queensland governments a year... More »

Guys Break Into Sea World, Steal Penguin

Then release it in shark-infested waters

(Newser) - Usually, we mock criminals when they brag about their crimes on Facebook . But if your crime was breaking into a Sea World, swimming with the dolphins, and making off with a 7-year-old fairy penguin, we understand the urge to share. Three Queensland, Australia men, aged 18, 20, and 21, have... More »

Australia Man Greets Queen by Mooning Her

...and there was a flag involved

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth saw more of Australia than she bargained for during her visit to Brisbane today. A construction worker gave the queen and her husband a long look at his rear end—which held an Australian flag between the cheeks—as he reportedly ran beside her motorcade for about 150... More »

Croc Grabs Aussie Angler

Queensland man survives creek attack

(Newser) - An Australian man fishing in a Queensland creek must have looked a lot like bait to a 13-foot saltwater crocodile. The croc launched out of the water as the 28-year-old mine worker was casting a lure and snapped at his hand, ripping off a finger. The croc then grabbed his... More »

Australian Floods Reach Catastrophic Levels

Brisbane river breaks its banks

(Newser) - The floods that have ravaged huge areas of the Australian state of Queensland show no signs of abating, with the state capital Brisbane now under serious threat. ABC Australia reports that the town of Toowoomba, 70 miles west of the capital, was inundated with rain Monday, with the deluge so... More »

Epic Floods Close Australia's Coal Mines

Waters causing 'catastrophic damage' to transportation system

(Newser) - The nearly biblical flood that’s washed over Queensland, Australia, is causing massive damage—including the closure of 75% of its coal mines, which supply most of Asia’s steel mills. “That’s a massive impact on the international markets,” observed Premier Anna Bligh in a TV interview.... More »

Australian City Cut Off by Flood

'No airport, rail, or road' amid downpour

(Newser) - Floods have overwhelmed an Australian city, cutting off all access to it. “Rockhampton is now completely stranded—a town of 75,000 people—no airport, rail, or road,” said an official. And the still-swelling Fitzroy River that submerged Rockhampton's main highway to the state capital of Brisbane is... More »

Bikini 'Meter Maids' May Be Washed Up

Tourism chiefs tell Aussies they need to cover up

(Newser) - These are tough times for the famous, gold bikini-clad "meter maids" of Australia's Gold Coast. The women—who, since 1965, have been patrolling the streets of the Surfers Paradise resort town topping up parking meters to save motorists from fines—have suffered from the introduction of pay and display... More »

'Best Job' Winner Stung by Lethal Jellyfish

Southall survives worst day of dream work

(Newser) - Contest winner Ben Southall is recovering after his final week in "the world's best job" nearly became his last week alive. The 34-year-old Englishman, who beat thousands of other applicants to land a 6-month $150,000 job as caretaker of a Great Barrier Reef island, was stung by a... More »

Aussie Swimmers Warned of 20-Foot Shark

'Monster shark' warning issued after 10-footer found chomped

(Newser) - Australian authorities are warning people to stay out of the water around Stradbroke Island near Brisbane unless they want to risk meeting a great white shark big enough to bite another great white nearly in half. Experts who examined the remains of the other shark believe its rival must be... More »

Today's Bargain: Australia's Islands

(Newser) - No man is an island—but now is the time for him to own one. Australia’s ritzy Queensland island resorts are going for bargain prices, but between the recession, a slew of natural disasters, and a nasty oil spill, no one’s biting, reports the Telegraph. Dunk Island is... More »

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