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Super-hungry black hole gobbles star at rate previously thought impossible

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An “ultraluminous” black hole P13 in a remote galaxy is consuming a gas cloud belonging to a neighboring star about ten times faster than scientists previously believed was possible. About 12 million light years from Earth, on the outskirts of the galaxy NGC 7793 the developments around a “luminous” black hole, known as P13, have caught the attention of astronomers. The scientists were amazed... 

New Australian law sees journalists facing 10 years in prison

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Australia’s lower house of parliament has passed the first in a series of counter-terrorism amendments toughening the country’s national security law. The new legislation could see journalists jailed for reporting on related matters. National Security Amendments Bill (No. 1), passed by Australia’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, says a person who discloses information relating to a special... 

Aussie journalists may end in jail for reporting on terror

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The Australian Senate has passed new national security laws that could put journalists behind bars for up to 10 years for merely reporting on terrorism-related subjects, Press TV reports. The bill proposed by the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott was unanimously adopted by the Senate on Thursday and is to be sent to the House of Representatives for final approval. The legislation, dubbed the... 

New Zealand PM wins 3rd term in office

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, has won an emphatic victory in the country’s general elections, securing a third term in office. “This is a great night. This is a victory for those who kept the faith,” the leader of the center-right National Party told a cheering crowd in Auckland on Saturday. “This is a victory for those who refused to be distracted and who knew that a vote for... 

Australia to tighten anti-terror laws over ISIL threats

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The Australian government is planning to introduce new anti-terror legislation in parliament after allegedly foiling a plot by militants linked to the ISIL in the country. Attorney-General George Brandis said on Saturday that the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill is due to go before the Senate on Wednesday. “The government has gone about this task of re-writing Australia’s national... 

Internet Party crashes in New Zealand elections

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A coalition of anti-establishment politicians and internet freedom advocates led by entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, who promised to shake up New Zealand politics, suffered a humiliating defeat at the country’s parliamentary elections. The Internet-Mana party gained just 26,500 votes, 1.3 percent of the total, and short of the five percent needed to cross the parliament threshold. With half the parliament... 

New Zealand PM doesn’t rule out nation being spied on by NSA

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Prime Minister John Key said Edward Snowden ‘may well be right’ in his claims that the NSA has access to communications from New Zealand. The politician, however, said he ‘did not believe’ mass surveillance was taking place. Key was interviewed in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations on Monday published by The Intercept, in which he claimed he “routinely came across the communications... 

If you live in New Zealand, you’re being watched – Snowden

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Edward Snowden has dismissed as “false” the New Zealand PM’s claims of no mass surveillance in the country. The whistleblower says he regularly “came across communications of New Zealanders,” when he worked as an NSA analyst. New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has performed mass spying, despite denials by the nation’s prime minister, John Key, the former NSA... 

Australia develops paper-thin 3D Printable Solar Panels capable of powering Anything

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Printable solar panels are going to be available to us very soon and could power “entire skyscrapers,” Australian researchers say. The very near future will see personal electronic charging transformed, but the potential is growing quickly. A team of 50 scientists in various fields worked for years to develop paper-thin, printable solar panels as part of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium.... 

Aussie police apologize for bomb left in Sydney airport

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Australian police was forced to apologize after it turned out that police officers left explosives in Sydney airport after a sniffer dog training exercise. The devices remained in the airport for almost a month without anyone retrieving them. Some 230 grams of plastic explosives were left after a dog training exercise August 14. Since then the Australian Federal Police (AFP) did not take away the... 

Australia to reverse plan to dump mud on Great Barrier Reef

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The Australian government is pondering a new plan for disposal of waste from expanding the country’s port of Abbot Point, which would see the dredged mud and sand reused on land instead of being dumped by the Great Barrier Reef, as was initially planned. The on-land disposal project has been approved by the Queensland government. The decision was made despite the fact that federal authorities have... 

​Australia imposes new round of sanctions against Russia

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The Australian government on Monday unveiled further sanctions against Russian oil and gas, financial and defense sectors, bringing Canberra in line with the European Union. Under the new sanctions there will be no new arms exports and no new exports for the oil and gas industry, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Australian parliament. In addition, Russian state-run banks are not allowed new access... 

Australia’s Qantas airline reports $2.6 billion loss

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Australia’s national carrier Qantas has posted an annual net loss of 2.6 billion dollars last year. The airliner on Thursday posted the full-year net loss of 2.64 billion US dollars in 2013-2014 in its worst performance. The figure is much worse than expectations as analysts initially predicted the company to report an underlying pre-tax loss of about 700 million dollars. Qantas’s international... 

Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana party campaign kicks off

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The Internet Mana campaign has kicked off in New Zealand, with the new political party founded by the Megaupload owner promising 100,000 new jobs, free higher education, and 100 percent renewable energy by 2015. Kim Dotcom was named the nation’s “newest super hero” and he expressed high hopes for the party. “I can tell you right now we will get over 5 percent in this election,”... 

Microplastic contaminates found in Sydney Harbor

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Scientists in the first study of its kind have found microplastic contamination at the bottom of Sydney Harbor, which may pose a threat to the food chain, Australian media reported. The research by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science tested 27 sites across the harbor, with researchers finding up to 60 microplastics per 100 milligrams of sediment. This was a higher volume than expected even in the... 
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