Small quake shakes buildings in California

Small quake shakes buildings in California

A small 3.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken buildings in Oakland, California, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. There were no immediate signs of damage from the quake, said Reuters witnesses in both Oakland and San Francisco. The quake struck abou three kilometres east-northeast of Oakland, at a shallow depth of …

Queensland’s population to hit 5 million people today

Queensland’s population to hit 5 million people today

Updated May 15, 2018 12:16:45 Photo: The state’s five-millionth resident is expected to be born today. (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach) Queensland’s population is expected to tip the 5 million mark today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told State Parliament. Ms Palaszczuk said several expectant families were on standby to welcome …

A monster black hole has been discovered, and it’s growing very fast (but it’s far, far away)

A monster black hole has been discovered, and it’s growing very fast (but it’s far, far away)

Posted May 15, 2018 12:00:24 Photo: Look carefully. This is the SkyMapper image of the giant black hole. It is the tiny dot just to the upper right of the pink cross. (Supplied: ANU) Related Story: Elusive black holes finally found snuggled against the centre of our galaxy Related Story: …

Royal wedding: Who is father-of-the-bride Thomas Markle?

Royal wedding: Who is father-of-the-bride Thomas Markle?

Posted May 15, 2018 11:50:38 Related Story: Palace calls for ‘respect’ amid reports Meghan Markle’s dad won’t attend wedding Related Story: When is the Royal wedding and how can I watch? Thomas Markle was supposed to walk his daughter Meghan down the aisle on Saturday night, but there are now …

WHO wants to strip trans fats from global food supply in five years

WHO wants to strip trans fats from global food supply in five years

Updated May 15, 2018 10:49:20 The World Health Organisation (WHO) wants industrially-produced trans fats — linked with 500,000 deaths worldwide each year — stripped out of the global food supply within five years. Key points: Denmark was the first country to impose strict restrictions on trans fats It saw a …

Kelly O’Dwyer gives $50,000 to try to increase number of female Liberal MPs

Kelly O’Dwyer gives $50,000 to try to increase number of female Liberal MPs

Updated May 15, 2018 11:12:32 The Minister for Women has donated $50,000 to a new fund, in an attempt to boost the number of women in the federal Liberal Party. Kelly O’Dwyer wrote to her Cabinet colleagues, asking them to donate the same amount of money to the “Enid Lyons …

‘World-first’ bid to launch man into space using helium balloon goes up in hot air

‘World-first’ bid to launch man into space using helium balloon goes up in hot air

Updated May 15, 2018 11:15:33 External Link: A space capsule carrying the astronaut was due to be launched from Alice Springs. Related Story: From the outback to the galaxy, space balloons launched to study the Milky Way A “world-first” bid to launch a man into space using a helium balloon …

The Margaret River shooting shows that we must stay vigilant about gun access | Denise Cullen | Opinion

Hope Forest, South Australia, 6 September 1971 Heather Bartholomew was sleeping when her estranged husband Clifford Bartholomew crept into their farmhouse south of Adelaide and struck her in the head with a mallet. Instead of rendering her unconscious, as he later claimed to have intended, his wife awoke, screaming. He …

Melbourne’s iconic W Class trams are up for sale after retiring from the tracks

Melbourne’s iconic W Class trams are up for sale after retiring from the tracks

Posted May 15, 2018 10:47:52 Photo: More that 200 retired trams are being stored at the Newport Railway Workshops. (Supplied: VicTrack) A piece of Melbourne’s history is up for sale and it can be yours for the bargain price of just $1,000. There are 237 trams enjoying their retirement at …