Australia

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NASA's Alarming Map of the Worst Australian Heat Wave on Record

The 114-degree heat in Sydney recently is nothing compared to 121-degrees recorded in Moomba.

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Soon, the Only Place to Smoke in San Francisco Will Be Alcatraz

Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.

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Terrifying Images of the Australian Wildfires

Record-setting high temperatures combined with painfully dry conditions have sparked hundreds of brushfires across the country.

What Produces More Light Pollution in Australia: Cities or Wildfires?

Parts of the outback are lit up with so much flame they look like huge metropolises at night.

When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

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Watching People Watch the Eclipse

A rare total eclipse momentarily darkens skies over Australia.

Public Toilet in Graveyard Is Tearing Australian Town Apart

Also, the Portland Loo is voted best public bathroom in Canada, and Japan deploys a toilet soccer goalie.

Who Are Google's Ocean 'Street Views' Really For?

Divers? Explorers? Really bad drivers?

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Feral Dogs Invade Australia's Cities

Formerly a rural problem, wild packs are spreading disease and killing pets.

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Flexibility Is Key in Retrofitting Suburbs

Designing adaptability will help suburban areas meet residents' needs over the long term.

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Baby Formula Is Out at Tulsa Hospitals: This Week in Bans

Also, Sioux City bars texting while driving and a notorious hoon gets jailed in Australia.

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Why Cyclists Run Red Lights

Mostly to turn or because the signal doesn't recognize them, according to the latest research.

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Terrify Your Fellow Bikers With This Glowing Anglerfish-Cycle

Who doesn't want to ride around Australia inside a marine predator's gaping maw?

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Watch the Sydney Opera House Disintegrate Before Your Eyes

The famed arts venue's sails appear to ripple before collapsing in this new public art installation.

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Pink Lights, Talking Cameras, and High-Pitched Squeals: The World's Weirdest Anti-Loitering Technologies

Do any of these annoying strategies actually work?

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Why Would Anyone Want Their Bus Shelter To Be an Interactive Jukebox?

Commuters in Sydney can now bop to high-energy techno music while they wait for their bus, thanks to an unusual advertising campaign.

In Australia, a National Plan for Urban Planning

In a heady new report, the country outlines its vision for how cities should be

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Newcastle, Australia, City Council Wants to Fire Themselves

A years-long controversy over fig trees is wearing away at some local officials