Bright and beautiful: see the seahorses

Go swimming with the seahorses (Thumbnail)

Daniel McCulloch Some of the Southern Ocean's most beautiful animals are now on display in Melbourne Aquarium's brand new exhibit, Sea-horse Pier.

A bright idea to help bike riders be seen and not harmed

Melbourne Inventors

Henrietta Cook Wouter Walmink never considered wearing a bicycle helmet until he moved to Melbourne.

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Bright path ahead for Koori students

Koorie Academy of Excellence

Jewel Topsfield New academy hopes to nurture the potential of the next generation of indigenous leaders.

In a class of their own: alternative rhythms of the bright

Vincent Dodd is the first VCE student in Victoria to sit his music exams on tabla.

Jewel Topsfield Use our interactive graphic to discover the number of high achievers at your school in each subject.

Total lunar eclipse gives Melbourne a look at a pink moon

Pink moon rises over Williamstown

Kate Hagan The spectacular sight of a pink moon rising greeted Melburnians with a clear view to the east on Tuesday night.

Explosions rock Morwell, spark mass outage, grassfire

Morwell explosion, houses without power.

Patrick Hatch and Steve Lillebuen Almost all of the 80,000 customers who lost power when loud explosions rocked the town of Morwell in Victoria’s east on Friday morning have been reconnected.

Tutoring preschool children growing in popularity

Konrad Marshall William, Genna, Sarah and Isla sat enraptured, little bums on floor cushions, big eyes gazing up at Kathy Campbell.

Book on hoarding disorder aims to unclutter children's minds

Konrad Marshall Most people think they can spot the hoarder in their neighbourhood.

Geelong optimistic about jobs despite factory closures

24 June 2012.  AFR.  Alcoa Plant at Point Henry in Geelong.
Photograph by Arsineh Houspian.  +(61) 401 320 173.


Clay Lucas It is an exodus on a scale not seen before in Victoria's second city: Ford, Qantas, Alcoa and perhaps Shell will all soon be gone.

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Hundreds farewell Luke Batty

Luke Batty

Nick Toscano Hundreds of mourners have gathered on the Mornington Peninsula to farewell slain 11-year-old Luke Batty on Friday.

Social media tributes flow for Luke Batty after Tyabb tragedy

Luke Batty

Mex Cooper Friends of the 11-year-old boy killed in Tyabb before his father was shot by police on Wednesday night have taken to social media to express their shock and sadness.

Melbourne Express: Thursday, February 13

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12:  Torah Bright of Australia reacts after competing in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Qualification Heats on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Angus Holland Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

SPC future secured after Napthine government tips in $22 million

Premier Denis Napthine.

Richard Willingham The future of SPC Ardmona in Shepparton has been secured with the Napthine government offering the company a $22 million lifeline as part of a $100 million investment with the company.

SPC Ardmona: Napthine laps up the praise for stepping in with $22m

Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine announces a bailout package for SPC Ardmona.

Richard Willingham and Josh Gordon Napthine government credited with saving up to 2700 jobs at SPC Ardmona after it chipped in $22m to keep fruit processor operating in the Goulburn Valley.

'The very person who killed him, loved him'

The Age Facebook photo of Luke Batty, 11yo ,  who was allegedly bashed to death with a cricket bat by his father in Tyabb. 13th Feb 2014

Konrad Marshall and Rania Spooner A few more minutes, mum. Just a few minutes more? Who could turn a freckled-nosed Luke Batty down in that moment, when the appeal came from such a sympathetic place?

Police chief says Luke Batty's father 'should have been in jail'

Luke Batty

Nick Toscano and Jessica Wright Victoria's Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has admitted Luke Batty's father and killer, Greg Anderson, should have been in jail at the time of his son's murder.

Bureau of Meteorology predicts bad break for future surfers

How to survive a wipeout? (Thumbnail)

Damien Murphy and Amanda Hoh Every surfer has been told at some point 'uou should have been here yesterday'.

How all things tight and beautiful took giant strides

The next big fashion thing for men is wait for it ........Meggins.

Georgina Safe Russell Brand wears them and even Justin Bieber. Leggings for men are definitely on the rise.

Mother says Luke loved and trusted his father despite his problems


Rania Spooner, John Silvester, Mex Cooper and Jessica Wright In the moments before his death, Luke Batty had asked his mother, Rosie, for just a few more minutes to play with his dad after cricket practice.

Protester occupies forest treehouse to protect Leadbeater's possum

Hannah Patchett treehouse

Thomas O'Byrne Perched 25 metres off the ground upon a mountain ash tree, Hannah Patchett's new home lacks the luxuries enjoyed by most 20-year-olds.

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