• Only a few brave folk dare to bring them food. Picture: Alamy
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    Earth’s own ‘Planet of the Apes’

    A bunch of ‘monster’ Chimps are living on their own island in a Planet of the Apes meets Resident Evil-style scenario. The apes – riddled with infectious diseases – were abandoned on a secret Liberian river island after being freed from a US testing laboratory. The jungle wilderness – known to locals as ‘Monkey Island’ – is now home to more than 60 chimps who are notoriously protective of its shores. The chimps are riddled with infectious diseases after spending years in a controversial virus testing laboratory. Picture: AlamySource:Alamy Many of the animals are said to be agressive and those living nearby are terrified to go there for fear of…

  • The carcass of a female white rhino in the Malelane area of the Kruger National Park. It was shot dead by poachers on August 16, 2018 and discovered by rangers on August 17, 2018. Picture: Wikus de Wet
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    Planet enters ’grim’ mass extinction event

    IT’S not a horror book, but the latest Living Planet report makes for some seriously frightening reading. Perhaps the scariest statistic: humans have wiped out about 60 per cent of the planet’s animal life since 1970. Equally worrying: more than two thirds of the world’s wildlife could be gone by 2020 if current trends continue. The World Wildlife Fund and its various partners have tracked population changes in Earth’s animal species for decades and the details of the latest report are more grim than ever, they warn. The Living Planet Index tracks more than 4000 species spread across nearly 17,000 populations. From 1970 to 2014, the number of animals with…

  • A leopard cub after it was seized from a checked baggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok to India. Picture: Customs Chennai International Airport/AFP
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    Man smuggles leopard cub on plane

    A passenger who smuggled a month-old leopard cub in hand luggage on a flight from Bangkok to Chennai has been arrested, Indian authorities said on Saturday. The cub, weighing just over one kilogram, was found in a plastic grocery basket hidden inside a bag after the passenger arrived in India on the Thai Airways flight. Officials said they grew suspicious after hearing sounds coming from the bag, and stopped the passenger as he tried to rush out of the terminal in the capital city of southern Tamil Nadu state. “He was evasive in his replies so his baggage was opened for further examination,” an official at the airport said. “The…

  • The crew of the International Space Station in 2001, with astronaut Frank Culbertson pictured on the bottom right. Picture: AP/NASA TV
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    NASA reveals incredible photo taken during 9/11 terror attacks

    NASA has remembered the September 11 terror attacks by sharing an incredible photograph taken by the only American astronaut on the International Space Station in 2001. This week marks 17 years since four commercial planes were hijacked in the US, with two being flown into New York’s World Trade Centre, one into the Pentagon in Washington DC and one crashing in a field in Pennsylvania, killing a total of nearly 3000 people and injuring more than 6000 others. NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson witnessed the dust plumes from space.Source:Supplied The 9/11 attacks changed the world forever. Picture: Spencer Platt/GettySource:Supplied The image, taken by Station Commander Frank Culbertson of Expedition 3 on…

  • Douglas Milera (left) and Professor Peter Buckskin at a repatriation ceremony marking the return of 37 South Australian ancestral remains from the Natural History Museum in London. Picture: AAP
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    London Museum to return Indigenous remains to Australia

      Ancestral remains will be returned to Australia from London’s Natural History Museum. Picture: AAPSource:AAP The ancestral remains of 37 indigenous people will be returned to Australia from London’s Natural History Museum. For more than 150 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and sacred objects were removed from their communities and placed in museums, universities and private collections in Australia and overseas. But, in a major win for Australia, the UK’s agreement to hand 27 remains back was sealed overnight as Narungga community representatives from South Australia, Douglas Milera and Professor Peter Buckskin, travelled to the UK to attend the handover ceremony. They received the remains of an…

  • UFO spotted across South Australia. Santa or SpaceX? Photo Anthony Salotti from Myponga.
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    Santa or SpaceX? Weird light spotted

    A strange, oddly-shaped light, spotted in the early hours of Monday morning, has got heads scratching across the state. Several Advertiser.com.au readers have reported seeing the UFO around 1.30am from across the city and as far afield as Karkoo on the Eyre Peninsula. Reader Dylan Hooper saw the object while driving home from Ceduna. “It was seriously bright,” Mr Hooper said. “Originally thought it was the moon behind a cloud. “It didn’t do anything special, just faded after five minutes.” UFO spotted across SA. Santa or Space X? Photo: Tarquin SchahingerSource:Supplied Writing on The Advertiser Facebook page, Rob Sanchez wrote “Saw it! Bright white light with small object moving away…

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    Deep humming, roaring winds: Here’s what it sounds like on Mars

    New audio has been released from the surface of Mars, and the sound is more hauntingly familiar than you might expect. NASA’s Insight lander has captured audio that it labelled an “unplanned treat”, where motion sensors on the vessel were able to detect sound waves. What has been captured is the sound of the red planet — distinct, low, humming winds. The audio was captured by two different pieces of state of the art, hypersensitive recording equipment aboard the lander.Source:Supplied The audio is best listened to with headphones on and sub woofer speakers. The sound is eerily similar to the slow and relentless winds of a dusty plane. [embedded content]…

  • The translucent, deep sea octopus stunned researchers with it’s interesting features. Picture: Ocean Exploration Trust
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    A bizarre sea creature has been found: the ‘Dumbo octopus’

    RESEARCHERS made an unexpected discovery during a deep dive off the coast of California last week: a translucent cephalopod known as the Dumbo octopus. Scientists aboard the E/V Nautilus, a roughly 64 metre exploration vessel used for research, were studying an “extinct volcano” called the Davidson Seamount. Lead scientists Chad King said the group of researchers were attempting to see where coral and sponges exist when they made the stunning discovery. Mr King said he spotted the creature out of the corner of his eye as the team used its remotely operated underwater vehicle Hercules to explore on Tuesday. “Even though I’m a scientist, we’re all kids out here,” he…

  • Some entrepreneurs are looking to make a buck from the camel boom. Picture: Adam Head
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    Feral camel population estimated to be at 1.2 million and growing

    MORE than 1.2 million feral camels are raising havoc across Australia and they’re spreading further afield every day. It may be a while before they’re clocked strolling along Circular Quay, but eyewitness reports from baffled farmers confirm they have been spotted unusually far south — in the southeast coastal district of Western Australia. It is understood the nomadic desert beasts are migrating away from dry conditions in the Nullarbor and Goldfields in a desperate attempt to find food and water. According to the latest Australia State of Environment Report (ASER), camels were introduced to Australia around 1840 and by 2008, an estimated 1 million camels were roaming the central arid…

  • This is an artist’s impression of the object, which has been described as an ‘extinct comet’. Picture: José Antonio Peñas/SINC
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    Heads up, guys. A skull-shaped asteroid is coming our way

    An artist’s impression of the terrifying asteroid scientists are describing as an ‘extinct comet’. Picture: José Antonio Peñas/SINCSource:Supplied A CREEPY skull-shaped asteroid is set to fly past Earth just after Halloween this year. It has previously been described as a “Halloween death comet”, although NASA officially calls it The Great Pumpkin. The TB145 asteroid earned its spooky nickname after it flew past Earth on October 31, 2015. Back then, it came as close as 482,000km away — or 1.3 times the distance of the moon from Earth. The 2015 fly-by was very faint, and was too near to the Sun at its closest approach, making it practically impossible to see…