Australian authorities moved on Friday stop protests inspired by the death of black American man George Floyd, saying large gatherings risk new coronavirus infections and banning the biggest rally planned for Sydney.
A US-Australian military exercise called Talisman Saber figures in our Geo Quiz.
Australia's Outback communities rely on the water in the Great Artesian Basin, deep underground, for their water supply. But some now worry the aquifer is being drawn down too quickly. If it ever went dry, it would leave a whole host of Outback communities without a nearby water supply.
The Great Artesian Basin, which provides drinking water to many communities in the Outback, comes to the surface nearly boiling and stinking of rotten eggs, yet it is a life-giving resource in an unforgiving environment.
Australia's koalas are under threat from two different diseases, one of which is familiar to humans. Koalas are frequently being infected with chlamydia -- and it may decimate the population. But new research, and a new vaccine, gives hope they may be saved.
Australia's koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection) and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop vaccines, while lay citizens help care for sick koalas.
Millions of years ago, a herd of dinosaurs left behind footprints in what has been interpreted as a stampede to escape a predator. A young researcher now suggests a very different interpretation. Ari Daniel Shapiro of our partner program NOVA reports.
UNESCO is threatening to take the Great Barrier Reef off its list of World Heritage sites in the wake of Australia’s decision to build massive coal transport facilities on the Queensland coast. Tim McDonnell of Mother Jones’ magazine Climate says UNESCO is concerned an increase in shipping traffic could have dangerous consequences for the vulnerable reef.