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5 ‘Star Wars’ technologies that won’t be make-believe much longer

As the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. “A lot of times science fiction inspires great science,” says Jeanne Cavelos, a former NASA astrophysicist and the author of “The Science of Star Wars.” Maybe faster-than-light-speed travel…

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5 ‘Star Wars’ technologies now moving from make-believe to reality

As the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. “A lot of times science fiction inspires great science,” says Jeanne Cavelos, a former NASA astrophysicist and the author of “The Science of Star Wars.” Maybe faster-than-light-speed travel…

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‘They’re driving us batty’ – residents want action after 200,000 flying foxes invade town

Critics claimed action should have been taken sooner to manage the community of flying foxes which descended on the town. But experts insisted the flying mammals are harmless, and urged members of the public to leave them alone. The unwelcome visitors – a large species of bat called Pteropus, and commonly known as the fruit bat or flying fox – have invaded the town of Charters Towers, in Queensland, Australia in huge numbers. Mayor Liz Schmidt said: “This is something nobody in this community has seen in living memory. It’s…

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Science 

Fossilised remains of lion extinct for 19 MILLION years found in Australian outback

Scientists found the fossilised remains of the animal’s skull, teeth, and humerus, or upper arm bone. The lion – which was found in the remote north-western Queensland outback – has been extinct for at least 19 million years.  Researchers say it was part of the same family as kangaroos and koalas – the marsupial family. But, unlike its modern day Aussie descendants it was a meat-eater, armed with a terrifying set of teeth. Experts say they think the lion was about the size of a dog and weighed around 23…

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‘Super-spreader’ coral could restore trashed Great Barrier Reef

Still not beyond savingBrandon Cole/naturepl.com By Alice Klein They are the seed banks of the sea. Hubs of healthy coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could help rebuild damaged areas by spreading their larvae via ocean currents. Protecting these areas could be key to the future of the ecosystem. The Great Barrier Reef is threatened by repeated coral bleaching, outbreaks of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, choking sludge from farms on land and cyclones. Surveys published in April showed that two-thirds of the reef is now badly degraded. But there’s still hope,…

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Sport 

Ashes: Australia coach Darren Lehmann fires warning to England

The hosts bounced their way to a one-nil lead in the series in Brisbane, peppering England’s top order with a short-pitched assault from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins and knocking over their tail easily. But while Adelaide will almost certainly offer more to England’s swing bowlers, Lehmann was having none of it. “We’ll get more joy from this drop in pitch than less and it looks a good wicket,” he said. “There’s a bit more pace and bounce in the wicket. This wicket can go through – it was the…

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WATCH: British tourists film moment crocodile leaps out of the water and attacks them

The horrifying moment the saltwater crocodile attacked, was captured on camera and posted to Facebook by Ally Bullifent. The woman can be seen walking along a creek at Cape Tribulation, before she was attacked, leaving her with bite marks to her leg. She survived the attack with cuts to her left thigh and was taken to hospital for treatment and was later released. A Cairns and Hinterland Hospital spokeswoman said the woman received treatment for a bite at Mossman Hospital and was discharged later that evening. The Queensland’s Department of…

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10 Facts 

Going Bananas: Top 10 facts about bananas

1. The word “banana” came to us from Spanish or Portuguese and was first seen in English in 1597.  2. The origin of the phrase “go bananas” is not clear.  It dates from the 1950s and may stem from the older phrase “go ape” for going wild or crazy.  3. “Bananaland” has been a slang term for Queensland, Australia since 1898.   4. The use of “banana peel” for a hazard that may cause failure or humiliation dates back to the late 19th century.  5. The scientific name for a banana…

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Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England first Test, day five – live!

Well, we’re close to getting underway. The teams are heading out to scattered applause. The Barmies are here, bless them. And a reasonable turnout at the pool deck. And quite a few random spectators, given it’s a gold-coin donation to charity for entry. Pretty decent Day 5 crowd, all things considered. I guess seeing your team win an Ashes Test remains a lure. In more sombre news, today is also the anniversary of Philip Hughes’ death. Someone who should have been out in the middle today. Plenty of reflection and…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England first Test, day four – live

35th over: England 80-4 (Root 39, Moeen 1) Osh kosh. Moeen nearly out three times in a minute. Shortish ball from Starc, drops the gloves but not enough and it lobs up towards slip. Smith comes diving as the ball dies, but even he can’t pull this one off. Moeen gets off strike with a dicey single flapped away in the air to the leg side. There’s a short catcher in waiting for something like that. Root is playing like an absolute drain against the short ball. Hooks at Starc…

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