Australian magpies can understand other bird calls, study finds | Environment

Australian magpies can understand what other birds are saying to each other, a new study has found. The research, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, says the wily magpie has learned the meanings of different noisy miner calls and essentially eavesdrops to find out which predators are near. Noisy miners …

WA Art Gallery’s $300m collection at risk of damage, damning auditor-general report finds

WA Art Gallery’s $300m collection at risk of damage, damning auditor-general report finds

Updated May 17, 2018 15:29:52 Photo: The WA Art Gallery lacks space to store its works appropriately, the report found. (ABC News: Louise Merrillees) Western Australia’s $300 million state art collection is at risk of damage or loss thanks to a lack of storage space and appropriate conservation, an auditor-general’s …

Chlorine gas likely used in Saraqib attack, chemical weapons watchdog finds

Chlorine gas likely used in Saraqib attack, chemical weapons watchdog finds

Posted May 16, 2018 19:48:05 Photo: Several people were treated at local medical facilities for breathing difficulties after the attack. (Facebook: Edlib Media Centre) The international chemical weapons watchdog says chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the Syrian town of Saraqib in early February, the latest report of …

Canadian wildlife park finds itself in trouble after taking a bear out for a birthday ice cream

Canadian wildlife park finds itself in trouble after taking a bear out for a birthday ice cream

Updated May 15, 2018 19:31:32 External Link: Canadian zoo faces charges after taking bear out for ice cream. What seemed like an innocent birthday outing for Berkley, a Kodiak bear, has landed a Canadian zoo in trouble with government officials. Discovery Wildlife Park officials decided to celebrate Berkley’s first birthday …

Damning report finds NDIS complaints ignored for months | Australia news

People with a disability are waiting months for simple callbacks when they complain of errors or inadequacies with their national disability insurance scheme support plan, the ombudsman has found. The commonwealth ombudsman on Tuesday released the findings of its investigation into hundreds of complaints about the National Disability Insurance Agency’s …

Men in physically strenuous jobs at risk of dying earlier despite link between exercise and longevity, study finds – Health

Men in physically strenuous jobs at risk of dying earlier despite link between exercise and longevity, study finds – Health

Physical activity is linked to better health and a longer life — except if you’re a man in a strenuous job. Then you’re at higher risk of early death, according to a study released today. A research paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine took data from 17 …

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad finds unlikely ally in Anwar Ibrahim for shock election win

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad finds unlikely ally in Anwar Ibrahim for shock election win

Posted May 10, 2018 17:34:36 Photo: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad once had Anwar Ibrahim jailed, now they’re forming an unlikely political alliance with a succession plan. (Reuters) Related Story: Malaysia’s Mahathir declares ‘urgency’ to be sworn in today amid raised doubts Almost as extraordinary as the shock election result in …

Child protection services ‘failed’ two-year-old girl allegedly raped in Tennant Creek, report finds

Child protection services ‘failed’ two-year-old girl allegedly raped in Tennant Creek, report finds

Updated May 09, 2018 21:23:05 Photo: The Tennant Creek community was left reeling by the alleged incident (ABC: Bridget Brennan) Child protection services “failed” a two-year-old girl allegedly raped in the outback town of Tennant Creek, and provided “inadequate and ad-hoc” support, an independent report has concluded. The Children’s Commissioner, …

Disgraced ex-MP Barry Urban’s story riddled with plot holes, committee finds

Disgraced ex-MP Barry Urban’s story riddled with plot holes, committee finds

Posted May 09, 2018 09:04:08 Photo: Barry Urban resigned yesterday after it was found he repeatedly lied about his past. (ABC News: Eliza Laschon) According to Barry Urban, the horrors he witnessed while investigating war crimes in the Balkans as part of a 1990s United Nations mission still have a …

PFAS chemicals not linked to disease but health effects ‘cannot be ruled out’, expert panel finds

PFAS chemicals not linked to disease but health effects ‘cannot be ruled out’, expert panel finds

Updated May 07, 2018 17:56:14 Photo: An expert panel has not found evidence of a link between exposure to PFAS chemicals and disease. (Four Corners) There is limited or no evidence to link exposure to PFAS chemicals with human disease, but health effects cannot be ruled out, an independent panel …