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Phosphine discovery points to the possibility of life on Venus - ABC News

Phosphine discovery points to the possibility of life on Venus - ABC News

Phosphine discovery points to the possibility of life on VenusShareLife in the clouds sounds romantic, except when those clouds are made of sulphuric acid.Yet scientists are pondering whether life could exist around Venus after a rare chemical was found in its atmosphere.The discovery, , not only has implications for Venus, but the search for life beyond our solar system.Phosphine, a short-lived toxic gas, is produced on Earth either by microbes that thrive in the absence of oxygen, or by industrial processes."[The discovery] suggests either some exotic chemical process occurs we haven't...

September 14, 2020
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North Korea says country remains coronavirus free, despite sharing borders with Asia's hardest-hit nations - ABC News

North Korea says country remains coronavirus free, despite sharing borders with Asia's hardest-hit nations - ABC News

ShareNorth Korea's ruling party says the coronavirus pandemic has created obstacles for its "economic construction" efforts, but says the country "has been maintaining a very stable anti-epidemic situation", state media has reported.Foreign experts remain sceptical of North Korea's suggestion it is coronavirus-free given the high number of cases in neighbouring countries and the way the country trades via smuggling goods across borders.In a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea on Saturday, a joint resolution was adopted to take "more...

April 12, 2020
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Coronavirus debate turns to asylum seekers on Q+A as former deputy prime minister John Anderson causes a stir - ABC News

Coronavirus debate turns to asylum seekers on Q+A as former deputy prime minister John Anderson causes a stir - ABC News

ShareHow Australians are living through the coronavirus crisis was the main topic of discussion on Monday night's Q+A.And while most of the panel agreed there was more that could be done about domestic violence and social distancing, it was a question about asylum seekers and how to deal with them that caused the biggest divide.Primarily, the contrasting viewpoints of former deputy prime minister John Anderson, comedian Julie McCrossin and former Socceroos skipper turned human rights activist Craig Foster took centre stage.Western Sydney doctor Iyngaranathan Selvaratnam asked about...

April 13, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Tim Brooke-Taylor, star of The Goodies, dies from coronavirus - ABC News

Coronavirus update: Tim Brooke-Taylor, star of The Goodies, dies from coronavirus - ABC News

ShareBritish comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor, best known as part of the comedy trio The Goodies, has died at the age of 79 after contracting coronavirus.Meanwhile Chinese citizens have been urged to continue wearing face masks, with a senior health adviser warning coronavirus, still poses a serious threat in the country.The US has now overtaken Italy for the most COVID-19-related deaths in the world. With roughly 2,000 deaths a day for the past four days, the US total toll has passed 20,000.This story was updated regularly throughout Sunday. You can also stay informed with the latest episode of...

April 11, 2020
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BlueScope Steel hit by cyber attack causing worldwide system shutdown of operations - ABC News

BlueScope Steel hit by cyber attack causing worldwide system shutdown of operations - ABC News

BlueScope Steel hit by cyber attack causing worldwide system shutdown of operationsShareBlueScope Steel has been the subject of a cyber attack, forcing production systems to be halted company-wide.The ransomware infection was discovered yesterday morning in one of the company's United States-based businesses.BlueScope's chief financial officer Tania Archibald said the company had reverted to manual operations where possible, but some processes such as steel despatches were continuing as normal."We are taking this attack extremely seriously," Ms Archibald said. "Our people are working...

May 15, 2020
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Wandi the purebred dingo thriving in sanctuary after high-flying ordeal - ABC News

Wandi the purebred dingo thriving in sanctuary after high-flying ordeal - ABC News

Wandi the purebred dingo thriving in sanctuary after high-flying ordealShareHe was the tiny dingo pup whose after he appeared to have been dropped by an eagle into the backyard of a Victorian home.Now, six months on, Wandi the purebred dingo is all grown up, but is still proving to be as popular as ever.Wandi has settled into life at the Australian Dingo Foundation's sanctuary, where he has adapted well, despite his dramatic start to life."He has been quite amazing considering the fact that he came in from the wild," sanctuary volunteer Kevin Newman said."When he first arrived he didn't...

April 12, 2020
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Unemployment rise 'devastating' for Australians hit by coronavirus restrictions, PM Scott Morrison says - ABC News

Unemployment rise 'devastating' for Australians hit by coronavirus restrictions, PM Scott Morrison says - ABC News

SharePrime Minister Scott Morrison says the loss of nearly 600,000 jobs in April is "devastating" for Australian families and communities affected by government restrictions and business shutdowns.The comments come after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced ."Almost 600,000 jobs have been lost, every one of them devastating for those Australians, for their families and communities," the Prime Minister said."A very tough day, terribly shocking, although not unanticipated."Mr Morrison said Australians should prepare themselves for similar announcements as the impact from the...

May 14, 2020
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Teenagers detained at Queensland shopping centre for alleged coronavirus breaches after travelling from hotspot - ABC News

Teenagers detained at Queensland shopping centre for alleged coronavirus breaches after travelling from hotspot - ABC News

ShareQueensland police are questioning two teenage girls at a Sunshine Coast shopping centre over alleged COVID-19 breaches.The teenagers, one from New South Wales and one from the Sunshine Coast, were detained at the Noosa Civic Shopping Centre on Monday afternoon.Police said the teenagers, aged 15 and 16, travelled to Queensland last Friday before the weekend's hard border closure but had also been in Sydney.Under Queensland's health directions, the entire state of New South Wales is a declared coronavirus hotspot.Superintendent Craig Hawkins said the pair arrived by train and allegedly...

August 10, 2020
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State of Origin decider: Game III will be the world's largest sporting event since COVID-19 began - ABC News

State of Origin decider: Game III will be the world's largest sporting event since COVID-19 began - ABC News

ShareThe stakes are always high in a State of Origin decider.But after a COVID-safe NRL season extended into October and an unprecedented back-to-back Origin series in Spring, tonight's game will be rugby league's big finale.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also upped the ante, increasing the crowd capacity at Lang Park to 100 per cent for Game III.On March 8, four days before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, 86,174 fans attended the Women's T20 World Cup final at the MCG.The 52,000-strong crowd expected in Brisbane tonight is understood to be...

November 17, 2020
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Fire near Chernobyl nuclear plant creates large spike in radiation levels - ABC News

Fire near Chernobyl nuclear plant creates large spike in radiation levels - ABC News

ShareRadiation levels near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have spiked as Ukrainian firefighters battle a nearby forest fire.Two blazes erupted on Saturday inside the zone that was sealed off after the 1986 explosion at the plant.Firefighters said the smaller blaze had been put out but the second one was still burning over about 20 hectares.They said they were using aircraft to extinguish the blaze.Authorities said radiation levels in the area substantially exceeded normal levels. Radiation levels in the capital Kiev, about 100 kilometres south, were within the normal range.The...

April 6, 2020
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