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Western Australian State Government Invests $26M In Astronomy And The Square Kilometre Array
2013-08-16 17:13:42

ICRAR The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26M investment announced by WA Premier Colin Barnett today. The $26M from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR’s local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State. A joint venture between Curtin University and The University of...


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Hakea macraeana
2014-10-06 13:31:06

Hakea macraeana is a shrub species endemic to eastern Australia. It is most commonly referred to as the Willow needlewood of Macrae's hakea. It is a member of the Proteaceae family. The species name is in reference to George Macrae, who assisted the original collector William Baeuerlen. H. macraeana is observed as a shrub or a small tree that grows in a wide array of different heights, anywhere from 4 to 35 feet tall. It possesses drooping branches and needle-like leaves. The pointy leaves...

Hakea gibbosa
2014-10-06 13:17:52

Hakea gibbosa is a shrub species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Hairy hakea or the Rock hakea. The shrubs belong to the Proteaceae family. H. gibbosa grows naturally in southeastern Australia. H. gibbosa trees may grow anywhere from 3 to 9.8 feet tall. Its thin leaves come to a sharp point and are fuzzy, covered in a thin hair layer. The species forms flower clusters, known as inflorescences. These flowers appear cream or ivory colored and consist of 2-6 individual...

Grevillea alpina
2014-10-06 12:31:17

Grevillea alpina is an Australian shrub from the family Proteaceae. It is referred to by several common names: Mountain grevillea, Alpine grevillea, and Cat's claws. G. alpina is an interesting specimen visually. There is a large variation in the form, leaves and flowers of the plant. They usually measure between 1 and 6 feet in height. Its leaves can appear linear, oblong or elliptic. They are usually around .5 to 2 centimeters long and 1.5 to 4 millimeters wide. The upper and lower...

Burrunan Dolphin, Tursiops australis
2013-09-19 11:08:29

The Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin. It can be found in two areas of Victoria, Australia. One population can be found in the Gippsland Lakes, where about 50 reside, and one in Port Phillip, where about 100 individuals reside. Haplotypes of the Burrunan dolphin have been discovered in an area extending from the Spencer Gulf waters west to St. Francis Island. Because of its low numbers, it is thought to deserve protection from the...

Quokka, Setonix brachyurus
2012-10-27 16:53:56

The quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is the sole member of its genus, Setonix, and is a marsupial in the macropod family. It is native to Australia, holding a fragmented range that includes coastal islands like Bald Island and Rottnest Island. There is a small population in continental Australia located in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. On Rottnest Island, its preferred habitat includes areas in cultivated gardens to semiarid scrublands. The quokka was first discovered by Europeans, and in 1696,...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.