REEF ROBOCOP - ‘HASTA LA VISTA’ CROWN OF THORNS
One of the long-standing threats to the Great Barrier Reef may finally have met its match, with a flotilla of undersea robots set to wage war on the plague of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish. Crown-of-thorns starfish are thought responsible for almost half the decline in surveyed coral since 1985.
THE CLOUDING OF CLIMATE CHANGE
While the vast majority of the world’s scientists agree that Climate Change is real and a serious immediate threat to our future, there is something of an ‘elephant in the room’ clouding the issue. And that problem is clouds themselves – those lovely, wispy pieces of poetry that roll across the sky - and the role they will play as the planet continues to overheat. Getting it right could be imperative to our collective survival.
WILDLIFE CSI – AUSSIE TECH CATCHING ANIMAL TRAFFICKERS
It’s a mind-boggling concept, but a certain type of Aussie cockatoo is worth $30,000 and the trade in illegal wildlife is rife. It has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, with many endangered species highly prized. Poachers and traffickers have become more devious and sophisticated in their methods, but Aussie technology is now cracking the global crime rings.
SETTLING OUR CONFLICT – FEEDING THE BIRDS
It is one of life’s simple pleasures to feed native birds in our backyards, marvelling at the wildlife and beauty on our own doorsteps. But it has become a guilt-ridden pleasure for many, amid claims we’re killing with kindness. Thankfully, the latest expert advice is a little more forgiving.
WHEELS INVESTIGATION: WHY DIESEL CAR OWNERS ARE BEING HIT WITH MASSIVE BILLS
A special investigation in Australia’s leading motoring publication WHEELS has found hundreds-of-thousands of motorists are facing potential massive bills, sometimes exceeding $10,000 at a time (or even a third of the value of the vehicle), because they haven’t been properly informed about how to drive and manage their cars.
OLD AUSSIE CARS NOW SELLING FOR $1M+!
The extraordinary boom in classic Aussie cars has smashed through the $1m barrier, with a car once owned by fast bowler Jeff Thomson skittling previous records and heralding a new era for Australian-made vehicles. The Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III cost $5,000 when it rolled off the production line almost 50 years ago (1971-72). At the time it was the world’s fastest four-door passenger car, and now a near original version has gone under the hammer for $1.030m after spirited bidding.