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2009-01-05 13:47:45

Scientists in Australia are looking to build a fence on the island of Tasmania to prevent the spread of a cancer that has ravished the Tasmanian Devil population. The proposed barrier would aim to separate infected from healthy animals and stop the spread of the rampant face cancer that is destroying the species. There is no cure for the contagious disease that has already infected two-thirds of Tasmania's devil population, scientists said. Experts warn that the world's largest marsupial...

2008-12-17 12:39:03

Australian scientists said they've suffered a setback in their effort to save Tasmanian devils from extinction in the wild. A Tasmanian devil called Cedric had shown a strong antibody response to a deadly facial cancer that is killing the marsupials, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. It had been hoped that his offspring would also be safe from infection. Cedric, however, has now fallen ill with the disease. It was very deflating, very, very disappointing. But we move on, and we...

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2008-12-10 11:45:00

A small Australian study has shown that mobile phone text message abbreviations and simplifications are not ruining our spelling, but they do take longer to read. Nenagh Kemp, a University of Tasmania lecturer, asked 55 undergraduate students to compose, then read aloud, text received in English and in "textese". This study was conducted by the telecommunications arm of the Post Office, and searched for terms that are not yet in wide use. Students were significantly faster using textese to...

2008-10-31 00:00:18

Empire Energy Corporation International (OTCBB:EEGC) today announced, along with its wholly owned Australian subsidiary Great South Land Minerals Ltd. (GSLM), the following business update: Empire has entered into a Mobilisation (Move on Site) Agreement with our oil and gas drillers, Hunt Energy and Mineral Co. Australia Pty Ltd, and its principals, under which Empire will issue as security, 20,000,000 Empire shares of restricted common stock at a redemption price of USD$0.15...

2008-09-18 18:00:39

Empire Energy Corporation International (OTCBB: EEGC) today announced that a contractor for its Australian subsidiary, Great South Land Minerals, Ltd. (GSLM), began drilling the 1,150 foot (350 meter) deep top hole for an oil and gas well on September 17 at the Bellevue #1 site in central Tasmania. Government permission was granted last week, equipment is on site and drilling is underway now. The Hunt Energy oil and gas drilling rig #3 is in Tasmania ready to move to the Bellevue #1 well site...

2008-09-12 09:00:46

Aurora Energy, which is engaged in electricity distribution and supply, has announced that it will commence power restorations to 4,500 customers in northern Tasmania, after heavy thunderstorms caused damage to electricity infrastructure on September 12, 2008. Power has been lost to 4,000 customers in Perth, Beaconsfield and Beauty Point, as well as 150 industrial customers in George Town. A further 150 customers lost power shortly after 7am on September 12, 2008, following a pole fire in...

2008-09-11 09:00:33

Empire Energy Corporation International (OTCBB:EEGC) and its Australian subsidiary Great South Land Minerals today announced that the Hunt Energy Rig Number 3 has arrived in Tasmania, is stored in northern Tasmania and will be moving shortly to the Bellevue #1 site in the center of Tasmania. Local drilling company Spauldings has been mobilised and plans to begin drilling of the 350m (1150 feet) top hole on the 17th of September. Empire CEO and founder Malcolm Bendall reports, "We have...

2008-08-28 12:01:08

Empire Energy Corporation International (OTCBB: EEGC) today announced that, having just completed the drilling of an oil and gas well at Sealake, Victoria, the Hunt Energy Rig Number 3 has arrived at the Melbourne docks and is being washed down prior to quarantine inspection. Assuming quarantine approval, it is expected that all 32 semi-trailer loads of equipment (including the rig) should be shipped to Tasmania next week. Extra equipment, such as casing and a well head, have been ordered and...

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2008-08-12 14:15:00

Experts in Britain and Australia report that many prehistoric species became extinct as a result of humans, not climate change.  In places like Tasmania, human hunting may have wiped out the large ancient animals, the scientists said. It's a pattern that may also have played out on other islands throughout the world, such as Great Britain.  For years, scientists have debated the underlying cause of widespread extinctions of a large numbers of species during the end of the last Ice...

2008-07-22 12:01:02

HONG KONG, July 22 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oil and gas company Genesis Energy Holdings Limited (HKEx: 702) and New Times Group Holdings Limited (HKEx: 166) jointly announce the signing of a legally binding memorandum of understanding with Empire Energy Corporation International (OTC Bulletin Board: EEGC) and related parties on July 17, 2008 in respect of a proposed joint venture ("Australian JV") for oil and gas exploration business in Australia. Pursuant to the MOU, Genesis Energy...


Latest Tasmania Reference Libraries

Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae
2014-07-31 10:47:16

The Tasmanian Tree Frog (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is located on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name King Tree Frog is also used regarding this species. As a moderately sized tree frog, the Tasmanian Tree Frog measures up to about 60 millimeters long. It can be a light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form usually has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form frequently has light or dark brown patches. A thin...

Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus
2013-09-27 10:45:36

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the bare-nosed wombat or the coarse-haired wombat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes Tasmania and the mountainous areas just south of Queensland, although it is declining in drier areas of its range. It was first described in 1800 by George Shaw and it holds three subspecies. The common wombat has a sturdy body, reaching an average length between 2.6 and 4.2 feet and a weight between 37.4 and 88.1...

Common Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula
2013-09-23 13:56:03

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Australia in a range that extends from northern, eastern, several eastern areas of Australia, Tasmania, and a number of islands like Barrow Island and Kangaroo Island. This species was introduced into New Zealand in 1840, where it has now become an abundant species. It prefers to reside in a variety of habitats including semiarid areas, forests,...

Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii
2013-08-19 15:17:01

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a marsupial species that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that includes Victoria and Tasmania. It reaches an average weight of less than 2.2 pounds and has a small tail. Its fur holds three or four bands on its hind body that are typically white in color. The eastern barred bandicoot is most active during the nighttime and is solitary in nature, excluding mothers and young....

Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

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