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An intergalactic treasure trove could be hidden under Antarctica

There could be up to 300,000 meteorites locked in Antarctica's frozen fields, researchers from a Belgian-Dutch scientific team have suggested. Using artificial intelligence the experts have devised a world-first "treasure map", which narrows down the location of the space rocks. Steven Goderis, Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and co-author of the study said the meteorites hold "enormous scientific potential". READ MORE: Unprovoked shark attacks increased in 2021 — here's why "Although more than 45,000 meteorites have been collected in Antarctica so far, the potential for future missions to find meteorites is still largely unexploited," he said. "According to our calculations, more than 300,000 meteorites are still present on the surface of the ice sheet, with enormous scientific potential." READ MORE: Particles from first seconds of the universe discovered Researchers said the algorithm that helped find the meteorite-rich areas is up to 80 per cent accurate. Veron..

UK man drove without licence or insurance for more than 70 years

An elderly UK man told police he had been driving for more than 70 years without a licence or insurance after he was stopped by officers. He was pulled over near a supermarket in Bulwell, Nottingham, in central England, on Wednesday, police said. The driver - born in 1938 - told officers he had been driving with no licence or insurance since he was 12 and had never been stopped by police. READ MORE: What we know about BA.2 variant, the 'stealth' version of Omicron In a Facebook post, the Bulwell, Rise Park and Highbury Vale Police team said he had never had a crash. "Thankfully he had never had an accident, caused anyone an injury, and never made anyone lose out financially, by hitting them whilst uninsured!" the post read. Police said the man had been detected using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras in the local area. "Due to the increased number of ANPR cameras in Nottingham, even on the small trips, you are likely to hit a camera, so make sure your document..

How to help anxious kids amid back-to-school rapid testing

New South Wales children are returning to school next week with new requirements to undergo a rapid antigen test twice a week. Premier Dominic Perrottet announced earlier this week students would need to take a rapid antigen test twice a week, without the government determining which day, as part of the safe return to school plan. The testing kits have been distributed to schools across the state. READ MORE: First records of killer whales hunting largest animals on Earth But how do you help children who may suffer anxiety around the administration of the tests? Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson urged parents to help their children by trying not make a big deal out of it. "If we don't make a big deal of it, our kids aren't going to feel like it's a big deal," he said. "So our response to it is probably going to impact the children and the extent to which they experience stress and anxiety more than the actual act of having to have a couple of tests a week will." Dr Couls..

Unprovoked shark attacks increased in 2021 — here’s why

Unprovoked shark attacks increased in 2021 after three years of decline, according to a recently published international report on bites. The International Shark Attack File, published by the Florida Museum of Natural History, said there were 73 unprovoked shark bites on humans and 39 provoked bites last year compared to 57 unprovoked bites in 2020 . The explanation as to why bites are on the up is a simple one, according to Marine Biologist Chris Lowe, Director of the Shark Lab at California State University. READ MORE: 'No idea why': Shark sightings increase in South Australia "The last two years' numbers were probably lower due to COVID-19, in that there were less people in the water," Dr Lowe told "One of the challenges (with the report) is that we just don't know how many people go into the water. "We're only getting one side of the story." Where attacks occurredThe majority of unprovoked attacks occurred in the US, which saw 47 bites, follow..

Pulitzer-winning comic book about the Holocaust banned in US school district

A US school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to "inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting. The McMinn County School Board in Tennessee decided earlier this month to remove Maus from its curriculum, news outlets reported. Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for the work that tells the story of his Jewish parents living in 1940s Poland, and depicts him interviewing his father about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. LIVE UPDATES: Health Minister cool on lockdown call for Northern Territory In an interview, Spiegelman told CNBC he was "baffled" by the school board's decision and called the action "Orwellian." "It's leaving me with my jaw open, like, 'What?'" he said. The decision comes as conservative officials across the country have increasingly tried to limit the type of books that children are exposed to, including books that address..

More wild weather to hit Victoria after flooding and power outages overnight

More wild weather is on the way to Victoria today after storms caused damage across the state yesterday, leading to flash flooding and thousands losing power amid the heat. As many as 18,000 Victorian homes powered by PowerCorp lost power across the state last night while the city of Geelong was left partly underwater. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that more severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and heavy rainfall are headed for the centre and east of the state. READ MORE: Victoria records 12,755 new COVID-19 cases and 39 deaths peak risk in Melbourne is predicted to be in the early to mid-afternoon. The SES responded to 384 calls for help across the overnight, predominantly for flooding, fallen trees and building damage mainly around the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula areas in the state's south-west. The SES has had more than 899 calls for help since storms began at 9pm on Wednesday. Heavy rain in Geelong caused..

Particles from first seconds of the universe discovered

Phycisists have discovered mystery particles from the dawn of time forming in the Large Hadron Collider. In the first millionths of a second after the Big Bang, the universe was filled with elementary particles such as quarks and gluons, which formed countless combinations before cooling and settling into more stable configurations to make the neutrons and protons of ordinary matter. Before cooling, a fraction of these quarks and gluons collided randomly to form short-lived "X" particles, so named for their mysterious, unknown structures. READ MORE: First records of killer whales hunting largest animals on Earth Today, X particles are extremely rare, though physicists have theorised they may be created in particle accelerators - such as the LHC - through quark coalescence, where high-energy collisions can generate similar flashes of quark-gluon plasma. Now, physicists have found evidence of the mysterious particles. The team used machine-learning techniques to sift through more than 13..

‘I haven’t raised any issues’: PM addresses Grace Tame photos

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has addressed the controversy around the images taken of him alongside 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame in Canberra this week. Ms Tame, who was at times critical of Mr Morrison and the federal government during her tenure as Australian of the Year, was photographed at an Australia Day event shaking the prime minister's hand without appearing to look at him. She was then snapped standing next to him during the event, clearly unhappy. LIVE UPDATES: Pfizer booster shot for children aged 16 and 17 gets green light Some commentators criticised Ms Tame's demeanour, but many others have applauded her courage and ongoing outspokenness and said Ms Tame was right not to stand there and pretend to smile when she felt otherwise. Mr Morrison was today asked about the photos on Queensland radio station 4BC. He said when anybody came to his and wife Jenny's home, they "greet them with a smile". "That day was actually about all the (Australian of the ..

Michigan high school shooter to pursue insanity defence

A teenager charged with killing four students at a US high school will pursue an insanity defense, his lawyers said in a notice filed today as he, his parents and school officials faced a new lawsuit over the attack at Oxford High School. The notice, listed in a summary of case filings available online, should lead to mental health exams of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who is charged as an adult with murder and other crimes for the shooting, which also wounded six other students and a teacher at the Michigan school. Experts will consider whether the teen understood the wrongfulness of his conduct on the day of the shooting. The lawsuit, meanwhile, was announced on behalf of the parents of Tate Myre, who was slain on November 30 last year, and other students who witnessed the shootings. It alleges negligence by school officials and Ethan's parents over the attack. "We're sad and heartbroken — our lives forever changed," William Myre said at a news conference. "Our family will n..