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Massive Rainfall Totals From Tropical Storm Oswald Seen By NASA
2013-01-24 15:59:13

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Storm Oswald's heavy rains have caused flooding in Queensland, Australia and NASA's TRMM satellite measured almost two feet of rain fell in certain areas. Tropical cyclone Oswald's sustained winds have never been greater than 35 knots (~40.2 mph) but the storm's extreme rainfall has resulted in widespread flooding in Australia over northern Queensland. Many roads have been reported flooded resulting in some communities being cut off. NASA's...

2013-01-03 13:22:01

Australian farmers and scientists working together have developed a world-first approach to restoring native landscapes on a large scale and measuring their recovery. In one of the largest conservation projects of its type in the world, environmental researchers have developed a new, lost-cost, system for monitoring the recovery of wildlife and native trees and grasses on 153 farms spread over 172,000 square kilometers of the critically endangered grassy woodlands of NSW and Queensland....

Pineapple With A Twist Of Coconut
2012-12-06 13:56:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australian scientists are working on a new species of pineapple that could have a twist of coconut flavor added in. The Department of Agriculture in Queensland state is in the final stages of developing the new variety of the fruit, AusFestival pineapple. "Taste tests tell us that AusFestival is a winner -- it has this lovely coconut flavor, which you won't find in any other pineapple in Australia," horticulturalist Garth Senewski...

The Surprising Appeal of a Cloudy Eclipse
2012-11-25 06:12:45

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Science@NASA This is a personal eye-witness account of the Nov. 14th solar eclipse by Science@NASA production editor Tony Phillips. Astrophysicist and legendary eclipse chaser Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders. "On a scale of 1 to 10," he says, "total eclipses are a million." Apparently, this is true even when the eclipse is almost completely clouded out. Last week, I experienced such an eclipse on Four Mile Beach outside the resort...

European Settlement Caused Collapse Of Great Barrier Reef Coral
2012-11-07 10:07:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australia´s Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral system in the world, so big that it can be seen from space, is one of the planet´s most remarkable natural wonders. But researchers from University of Queensland have now revealed this precious ecosystem is not faring so well. The problem: European settlement and extensive degradation on mainland Australia. The expansion of European settlement in Australia has been...

2012-09-24 23:04:16

With the Queensland Government announcing large cost saving measures in last week´s Budget, there´s little chance of household costs falling. But there are still options for reducing the cost of air conditioning for businesses, homes or offices. Gold Coast, Queensland (PRWEB) September 24, 2012 With the ongoing threat of Queensland´s state-owned power companies being privatised, an upcoming summer with a very high risk of bush fires and expensive power distribution...

2012-09-07 23:00:45

For over 15 years Dr Ian Johnson of Molescreen has been removing pre-cancerous sunspots from patients using Photo Dynamic Therapy. Having seen how successful it has been he has decided to launch the service to the skin cancer capital of the world, Brisbane in Queensland,Australia. Brisbane,Queensland,Australia (PRWEB) September 06, 2012 Molescreen,a specialised Skin Cancer treatment and removal clinic in Brisbane,Queensland is now launching an extension of their current services to include...

2012-08-24 23:00:02

The smart card system designed and delivered by Cubic Transportation Systems Australia, part of the transportation systems division of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), for public transport in the Australian state of Queensland has reached a major milestone, with the sale of the three millionth go card. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 23, 2012 The smart card system designed and delivered by Cubic Transportation Systems Australia, part of the transportation systems division of Cubic Corporation...

New Virus In Bats May Hold Key To Hendra Virus
2012-08-03 11:30:53

Australian scientists have discovered a new virus in bats that could help shed light on how Hendra and Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans. The new virus - named 'Cedar' after the Queensland location where it was discovered - is a close relative of the deadly Hendra and Nipah viruses. However, CSIRO's initial studies have discovered one surprising key difference - the Cedar virus does not cause illness in several animal species normally susceptible to Hendra and...


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Northern Quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus
2014-05-19 11:54:09

The northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), known by many other names including the satanellus and the northern native cat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range extends from southeast Queensland to the Pilbara region in Western Australia. It prefers to reside in open rocky ranges and eucalypt forest. The northern quoll is the smallest of all Australian quoll species, with females reaching an average body length between 9.8 and 12.2 inches with a weight of up to...

Dainty Green Tree Frog, Litoria gracilenta
2013-10-09 11:31:55

The Dainty Green Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta), known also as the Graceful Tree Frog, is a tree frog that is native to eastern Queensland, and north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. It ranges from northern Cape York in Queensland to Gosford in New South Wales, with a small and most likely introduced population in Hornsby Heights in Sydney. It is the faunal emblem of the City of Brisbane. It is a slender and medium sized frog, reaching a length of 1.8 inches. It features a rich green...

Yellow-bellied Glider, Petaurus australis
2013-08-16 10:22:01

The yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is a species of gliding possum that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Victoria to northern Queensland. It prefers a habitat within eucalypt forests, at elevations of up to 2,296 feet above sea level. This species holds two recognized subspecies, one of which is locally common and one that is rare to encounter. The yellow-bellied glider can reach an average body length of 11.8 inches, with an average tail length...

Whiptail Wallaby, Macropus parryi
2013-06-07 13:25:42

The whiptail wallaby or pretty-faced wallaby (Macropus parryi) is a member of the Macropodidae family that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Cooktown, Queensland to Grafton, New South Wales. This species is light in color, with grey to brown fur occurring on most of its body. The chest is typically black or white in color, and the face holds black stripes underlined by white stripes. This species receives its common name, the pretty-faced wallaby, from these...

Lemur-like Ringtail Possum
2013-04-30 14:16:43

The lemur-like ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides), also known as the brushy-tailed ringtail or the lemuroid ringtail possum, is the sole member of its genus. It is most closely related to the greater glider. Its range is small, encompassing the area between Cairns and Ingham in Queensland, Australia, with one small population occurring on Carbine Tableland. Its bushy tail helps distinguish it from other ringtail possums, and the lack of membrane under the arms and legs help distinguish...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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