A Large Object Landed on His Sheep Farm. It Came From Space.

“It’s not something you see every day on a sheep farm,” a farmer said of the pieces of debris that wound up in rural Australia. They are thought to be from a SpaceX spacecraft.

#australia, #defense-department, #federal-aviation-administration, #musk-elon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Risks Undermining U.S. Efforts With Asian Allies

The Biden administration has built an economic and diplomatic strategy in Asia to counter China, assuring friendly countries that the U.S. is in the region for the long haul.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pelosi-nancy, #united-states-international-relations

Deaths of Two Saudi Sisters in Australia Mystifies Police

Their bodies lay undiscovered for a month. Weeks later, the police still know little about the women or what happened to them.

#australia, #deaths-fatalities, #saudi-arabia

Australia’s Law Against Foreign Interference Gets Test Case

A donation to a hospital led to criminal charges for an Australian of Chinese descent. The case hinges not on what he did, but on what he might have been planning to do.

#australia, #china, #crime-and-criminals, #duong-di-sanh, #international-relations, #law-and-legislation

They Flocked to China for Boom Times. Now They’re Thinking Twice.

Global businesses and industries that rode the China growth wave for years are bracing for the fallout of a slowing economy.

#australia, #beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #luxury-goods-and-services, #mattresses, #shopping-and-retail

Australia’s Environment in Crisis, Report Says

Climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and mining have contributed to a drastic decline in the populations of some wildlife species.

#animals, #australia, #biodiversity, #coral, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #koalas, #reefs, #wildlife-die-offs

A Ruling From Outside the Court: ‘Shame’ on the Justices

It’s the readers’ turn to judge … the Supreme Court’s recently ended term. Also: Anti-abortion activists; banning AR-15s; Australian slang.

#abortion, #australia, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #gun-control, #language-and-languages, #slang, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Nick Kyrgios, a Dream and a Nightmare for Wimbledon, Is Winning

The Australian’s matches and news conferences have become irresistible theater — some call them a circus — a blessing and a curse for a sport that is always battling for attention.

#australia, #england, #kyrgios-nick, #tsitsipas-stefanos, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

If the U.S. Ignores Island Countries Like Mine, China Is Waiting in the Wings

If the U.S. ignores the Pacific, China will step right in.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-warming, #solomon-islands, #united-states-international-relations

The ‘Hard Yakka’ of Defining Australian English’s Many Quirks

It took a while for Australians to appreciate their linguistic distinctiveness. The editors at the Australian National Dictionary Center work to document it.

#australia, #canberra-australia, #dictionaries, #english-language, #slang

If Australia Can Stop Mass Shootings, Why Can’t We?

Australia’s success with gun reform was mostly a result of timing, luck and the idiosyncrasies of its Constitution. But it does hold important lessons for the U.S.

#australia, #constitutions, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Australia’s Baby Steps Toward Severing Ties With the Queen

The new Labor government has established a ministerial position to begin the process of making the country a republic. But the idea is far from the top of its agenda.

#albanese-anthony-1963, #australia, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #labor-party-australia, #referendums, #royal-families

Installing Rooftop Solar Can Be a Breeze. Just Look at Australia.

America’s solar power failures are mostly regulatory. That can be fixed.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #australia, #global-warming, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy

Refugees in Australia Learn to Live Again After 9 Years Detained

Australia suddenly released migrants held under its tough approach to asylum seekers. While the worst of their ordeal is over, their future remains precarious.

#asylum-right-of, #australia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

The World’s Largest Plant Is a Self-Cloning Sea Grass in Australia

The species is called Poseidon’s ribbon weed, and researchers say it has spread to cover an area the size of Cincinnati over the past 4,500 years.

#australia, #cloning, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #flowers-and-plants, #genetics-and-heredity, #grass, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

Australia Wields a New DNA Tool to Crack Missing-Person Mysteries

The technique can predict a person’s ancestry and physical traits without the need for a match with an existing sample in a database.

#australia, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genetics-and-heredity

Biden’s Words on Taiwan Leave Allies in an Awkward Spot

Ahead of a summit with Australia, India and Japan, an off-the-cuff vow to defend the island militarily against China complicates diplomacy, particularly for Australia.

#albanese-anthony, #australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #india, #japan, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations

Russia and China Held Military Exercise in East Asia as Biden Visited

The coordinated bomber flights were the first such activity the two nations had done together since President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #east-asia, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Australia’s ‘Climate Election’ Finally Arrived. Will It Be Enough?

Voters rejected the deny-and-delay approach that has made Australia a global laggard on emission cuts. But how far the new government will go remains to be seen.

#albanese-anthony-1963, #australia, #coal, #elections, #global-warming, #politics-and-government

Anthony Albanese to Become Australian Prime Minister

Like Biden before him, Anthony Albanese enters office more on the back of disgust at the conservative incumbent than enthusiasm for his leadership.

#albanese-anthony-1963, #australia, #elections, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Australian Democracy Comes With a Side of Grilled Onions

In a beloved tradition, every Election Day sausages are sold near polling stations as fund-raisers for local schools, churches and community groups.

#australia, #elections, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #sausages

Will Australia’s Election Be a Reckoning for Morrison on Climate?

The election spotlights the risks faced by climate-skeptic politicians.

#australia, #elections, #global-warming, #labor-party-australia, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #wildfires

How a Group of Female Independents Aims to Revive Australian Democracy

A community-driven movement has recruited around 25 candidates, most of them successful women preaching pragmatic reform. They could shape the balance of power after Saturday’s election.

#australia, #elections, #frydenberg-josh, #labor-party-australia, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

How the Long Recovery From Bush Fires Could Decide Australia’s Election

The fires that tore through the country in late 2019 and early 2020 are history, but halting recovery efforts have kept memories vivid and anger fresh.

#australia, #elections, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

How Australia Saved Thousands of Lives While Covid Killed a Million Americans

The United States and Australia share similar demographics, but their pandemic death rates point to very different cultures of trust.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #masks, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Climate Change Fits in the Australian Elections

The country has been hit hard by wildfires and other climate disasters, but it’s also making tons of money from fossil fuels.

#australia, #coal, #elections, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl

How the King of Rock ’n’ Roll Still Makes Australia Sing

Elvis never played a concert “down under,” but that hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of Australians from making him their own at an annual festival.

#australia, #festivals, #impersonators-and-impressionists-entertainment, #pop-and-rock-music, #presley-elvis

‘Mouth Almighty’ Doesn’t Mind When His Cheeks Are Full of Another Fish’s Babies

A study of Australian fish that care for offspring through mouthbrooding shows that things underwater are not always as monogamous as they seem.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #biology-letters-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #northern-territory-australia, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Ukrainians Far From Home Struggle to Protect Family With Dementia

Millions of Ukrainians have been displaced since the war started. Many elderly or disabled people have been unable or unwilling to leave their homes.

#australia, #dementia, #elder-care, #elderly, #france, #medicine-and-health, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Are China and the United States on a Collision Course to War?

Kevin Rudd’s “The Avoidable War” examines the possibilities of a disaster and the ways China and America can avert it.

#australia, #books-and-literature, #china, #rudd-kevin, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

No reusable cup? In Australia, it’s at your own risk.

On a visit to Melbourne, a Times reporter got a lesson in cafe etiquette, and the challenges facing the sustainability movement.

#australia, #coffee, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #sustainable-living

An Australia Homecoming, Mixed With Yearning and Trepidation

When “Fortress Australia” sealed its borders, thousands of citizens were stuck abroad. When allowed to return home, a reporter wondered how she would find the country — and how it would find her.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #sydney-australia, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

With ‘Nitram,’ Caleb Landry Jones Takes On Another Challenging Role

The actor — whose latest film, the Australian drama “Nitram,” earned him a top prize at Cannes — discusses his distinctive career in challenging roles.

#actors-and-actresses, #australia, #cannes-international-film-festival, #content-type-personal-profile, #davis-judy, #get-out-movie, #jones-caleb-landry-1989, #kurzel-justin, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #nitram-movie

Australian Journalist Who Worked for Chinese Media Stands Trial in Beijing

Cheng Lei, a former CGTN host, was detained in 2020. The Chinese authorities have accused her of divulging state secrets but offered no specifics.

#australia, #beijing-china, #cheng-lei, #china, #fan-haze

How Australia Became an NBA Point Guard Pipeline

The N.B.A. Global Academy has developed a reputation for training elite young passers, including Josh Giddey, the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft.

#australia, #australian-institute-of-sport, #basketball, #canberra-australia, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #giddey-josh-2002, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-global-academy

Solomon Islands’ Leader Calls Concern Over China Security Deal ‘Insulting’

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare criticized Australia and New Zealand as assuming that the island nation could not act in its own best interests.

#ardern-jacinda, #australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #fiji, #global-warming, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #new-zealand, #papua-new-guinea, #security-and-warning-systems, #sogavare-manasseh, #solomon-islands

Trilobite Fossils Suggest Cannibalism Is Older Than Once Thought

The “king” of the trilobites was snacking on whatever it could eat some 514 million years ago in the Cambrian era, even shelled creatures of its own species.

#australia, #cannibalism, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

China and Solomon Islands Draft Secret Security Pact, Raising Alarm in the Pacific

The leaked agreement, if signed, could help the Chinese Navy block shipping routes that played a vital role in World War II.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #solomon-islands, #united-states-international-relations

Australia Agrees to Let New Zealand Resettle Offshore Refugees

Under the arrangement, first offered in 2013, New Zealand will take in 150 refugees a year for three years from Australia’s widely criticized detention system.

#asylum-right-of, #australia, #international-relations, #manus-island-papua-new-guinea, #nauru, #new-zealand, #papua-new-guinea, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

Another ‘One-in-500-Year’ Flood, and a Government Not Up to the Task

Civilians were largely left to rescue one another as a natural disaster struck Australia. It shows how the authorities are struggling to respond to climate-fueled calamities.

#australia, #deaths-fatalities, #floods, #global-warming, #morrison-scott-1968

Hillsong’s Brian Houston Resigns Amid Scandals

Brian Houston was accused of breaching the church’s code of conduct after two women said he had behaved inappropriately.

#australia, #hillsong-church, #houston-brian-1954, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Creating Space Command, Australia Strengthens High-Tech Bond With U.S.

The expanded commitment to space defense reflects the reality of a new, extraterrestrial landscape for war.

#australia, #canberra-australia, #defense-and-military-forces, #dutton-peter-c, #politics-and-government, #satellites, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Hillsong Says Brian Houston, Church Founder, Breached Code of Conduct

The board of the global megachurch, which got its start in Australia, apologized “unreservedly” to two women who had accused Mr. Houston of inappropriate behavior.

#australia, #hillsong-church, #houston-brian-1954, #ministers-protestant

Australia’s Clever Birds Did Not Consent to This Science Experiment

The magpies showed their smarts by helping one another remove tracking harnesses that scientists carefully placed on them.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #australia, #australian-field-ornithology-journal, #birds, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Cannibalistic Toads Reveal ‘Evolution in Fast Motion,’ Study Finds

The toxin that makes cane toads so poisonous is causing them to eat their young, but only in Australia, where they became an out-of-control pest.

#amphibians, #australia, #cannibalism, #central-america, #ecology-and-evolution-journal, #evolution-biology, #frogs, #invasive-species, #poisoning-and-poisons, #research, #your-feed-science

Zachary Rolfe Acquitted of Murder of Kmanjayi Walker in Australia

Many Indigenous Australians had seen the case as a test of whether the authorities could be held accountable after what they call decades of abuses.

#australia, #indigenous-australians, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #walkerkumanjayi

Australia Asks: How Far Is Too Far in Making China a Campaign Weapon?

Australia’s conservative government has claimed, without evidence, that the political opposition would cozy up to Beijing. To many, it has crossed a red line.

#albanese-anthony, #australia, #discrimination, #dutton-peter-c, #elections, #labor-party-australia, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

Australia Flooding Declared a National Emergency

At least 20 people have died and tens of thousands have been ordered to evacuate as record rainfall continues to inundate the country’s eastern coast.

#australia, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #morrison-scott-1968, #rain, #weather

Shane Warne, Cricket Legend, Dies at 52

Warne’s management company said the Australian star died Friday of a suspected heart attack.

#australia, #cricket-game, #deaths-obituaries, #warne-shane-1969

‘The Tourist’ Thrills, but Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously

Even though the six-episode BBC series is gripping and full of surprises, its creators made sure to include some offbeat humor.

#australia, #dornan-jamie, #television, #the-tourist-tv-program, #williams-harry-screenwriter, #williams-jack-screenwriter