Bridie Smith

Bridie Smith

Rare whale fossil sets jawbones wagging at Museum Victoria

Bridie Smith A rare fossilised whale skull found by chance deep in the remote waters of the Southern Ocean has been donated to Museum Victoria.

More tests in bid to preserve Tasmanian tiger carcass

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Bridie Smith It looks like what it is - a creature long dead. But the animal lying on its side at the National Museum of Australia is facing a new kind of threat.

Rare tiger quoll filmed in Grampians

Tiger quoll

Bridie Smith An endangered tiger quoll has been filmed in the Grampians National Park in Victoria just weeks after bushfires devastated a third of the park.

Rain causes flash floods, delays NAB match

Rain pours in Melbourne.

Bridie Smith The severe thunderstorm that drenched Geelong just after 5.30pm on Wednesday dumped more than 50 millimetres of rain in an hour.

Rescued sea turtle a long way from home

Green Sea Turtle in Lakes Entrance

Bridie Smith A green sea turtle estimated to be at least 90 years old was the surprise guest among holidaymakers gathered at Ninety Mile Beach over New Year's Eve.

Neanderthal toe points to history of incest

Bridie Smith The fossilised toe of a 50,000 year-old Neanderthal woman shows inbreeding was not uncommon in our nearest extinct relatives.

Mining bigger threat to reef than agriculture, says scientist

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, says one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will...

Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality...

Salty wetlands help curb fungus killing frogs

Frog.

Bridie Smith A deadly fungus decimating the world's frog populations may yet have a weakness scientists can exploit to reduce its lethal impact in Australia.

Eucalypts reveal their veins of gold

Gold grows on trees (Thumbnail)

Bridie Smith Money may not grow on trees but researchers have found that the next best thing does. Gold.

Climate Council marks 2013 as hottest of warmer years

Climate

Bridie Smith Australians have just lived through the warmest September since records began, according to the rebadged Climate Council.

Climate Council reports warmest September on record

Iceberger John Locco about to go for a swim.

Bridie Smith Australians have just lived through the warmest September since records began, according to the rebadged Climate Council.

141 years on, rarest of creatures enters the frame

Tiger quoll.

Bridie Smith The remote digital camera was set up to film brush-tailed rock wallabies. But while the creature that crept across the screen in the dusky cave light had a long tail, it also had spots.

40,000 years old, and counting - Sorrento's giant wombat, the diprotodontid

Diprotodontid

Bridie Smith The fossilised skeleton of a giant marsupial the size of a small car has been found near Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

Environment

Deformed insects blamed on pesticide use

Midge.

Bridie Smith Deformed insects, some with fused teeth, have been linked to poisonous pesticides used in Victoria.

Silverback gorilla Rigo died of heart failure at Melbourne Zoo

Bridie Smith Results have confirmed that Rigo, one of Melbourne Zoo's most popular residents, died of heart failure.

Pandoravirus found in La Trobe Uni pond

La Trobe University pond

Bridie Smith One of the largest viruses known to science has been found in a shallow pond in Melbourne.

Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches

Photograph Simon O'Dwyer. The Age. 080311. Photograph Shows. L-R Students from Geelong's Clonard College students spent a day with CSIRO scientist Denise Hardesty and memebrs of earth Watch collecting data about the amount of rubbish on our beachs and where the rubbish comes from. Photograph taken on Breamlea Beach.

Bridie Smith CSIRO survey highlights the proliferation of debris.

Genetic clues to frog-killing fungus found

Frog

Bridie Smith Researchers have sequenced the genomes of 29 strains of a deadly fungus responsible for the extinction of four Australian frog species and the mass killing of frogs worldwide.

Grow your own body parts

James Godwin:

Bridie Smith Researchers are closer to understanding what animals need to regrow their body parts, after Australian scientists established the key role of the immune system in salamanders.