Image by Geoff Whalan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Image by Geoff Whalan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Urban birdwatching guide to Brisbane

From the coast to the rainforest-draped hills, Brisbane is a biodiversity hotspot bursting with interesting birdlife.

Read online at Australian Geographic.

 
Image: Ben Stubbs in 1981 using a carbide headlamp. Photo by John Ash.

Image: Ben Stubbs in 1981 using a carbide headlamp. Photo by John Ash.

Guiding Light

Cavers of yesteryear used carbide lamps for illumination—occasionally with explosive results.

Read at New Zealand Geographic online or pick up a copy of Issue 145 (May/June 2017).

 

 
Artwork by Elverina Johnson.

Artwork by Elverina Johnson.

Enchanted Earth

Scientists know the world through data, but Aboriginal Australians know the world through the ancient musical tradition of songlines.

Read at Lateral Magazine.

 
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Australia's Top 10 Thermal Springs

Our sunburnt country boasts some fascinating water hotspots.

Read in Issue 139 (July/August 2017) of Australian Geographic or online.

 
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'Probable' night parrot discovery in the Northern Territory

Zoologists captured the call of the mysterious night parrot in audio recordings from southern NT.

Read online at Australian Geographic.

 
Image by Juan Salmoral (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Image by Juan Salmoral (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Tongariro National Park: Stories from the Land of Fire

Download the interactive version for free from the iBooks store.

Non-interactive pdf version available here.

 
Image: State Library of South Australia / H90.31/35.

Image: State Library of South Australia / H90.31/35.

On This Day: Australians first to reach South Magnetic Pole

Mawson, David and Mackay braved frostbite, starvation and 2028km of difficult Antarctic terrain to reach the South Magnetic Pole.

Read online at Australian Geographic.

 
Image by Hilltop AI (CC BY 2.0).

Image by Hilltop AI (CC BY 2.0).

Polynesians in the Pacific

A mounting body of evidence suggests that Polynesian voyagers sailed to the distant shores of South America – but the idea remains controversial.

Listen to the podcast on RNZ.

This story was also featured on RNZ International, the RNZ front page and RNZ Facebook.

 
Image by G. Chaloupka/Zookeys (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Image by G. Chaloupka/Zookeys (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Researchers to search for ancient 'extinct' echidna

The long-beaked echidna – thought to have died out in Australia 10,000 years ago – might still survive in the Kimberley.

Read online at Australian Geographic.

 
Image by James Gathany/CDC.

Image by James Gathany/CDC.

Australian-developed malaria vaccine passes first human trials

The successful clinical trials are a big step in the worldwide effort to combat malaria, which kills around 500,000 people every year.

Read online at Australian Geographic.

 
Image by Hubble/ESA/NASA.

Image by Hubble/ESA/NASA.

Music of ancient stars reveals stellar surprise

The stars are alive with the sound of music – and astronomers are detecting their characteristic notes to uncover valuable new insights.

Read online at Australian Geographic.