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Ants living in the Australian desert are ready for ‘insect Armageddon’

Ants living in the Australian desert are ready for ‘insect Armageddon’

Science
July 16 (UPI) -- For 22 years, scientists studied ant populations in the Simpson Desert in northern Australia. Their findings suggest the ant species in the region are surprisingly resilient, capable of thriving amidst variable conditions -- and well prepared, perhaps, for the chance of an insect Armageddon. The term "insect Armageddon" was popularized in the wake of a study conducted in Germany. The study found the biomass of flying insects in German nature preserves declined by 75 percent over the course of 25 years. What the study means for the fate of insects more broadly remains a matter of debate, but plenty of research suggests pollinators like bees, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, moths and more aren't doing so great. An insect Armageddon would be bad news for humans and a...
Saab awarded $18M to supply Australian Army with M4 weapons system

Saab awarded $18M to supply Australian Army with M4 weapons system

Business
April 12 (UPI) -- Saab was awarded an $ 18 million contract supply the Australia's Army with its latest version of the portable bazooka-type weapons system. In 2020, Saab plans to send to Australia the Carl-Gustaf M4 rocket launcher weaponSwedish company announced Thursday. The order originally was placed last September. "We are happy to see that the Australian Army keeps investing in the Carl-Gustaf system and we are proud of the trust our customer puts in Saab," Gorgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics, said in a statement. "This order demonstrates the continued strong belief in the Carl-Gustaf system and the state-of-the-art ammunition delivered from Saab. The wide range of variations of Carl-Gustaf ammunition brings a true tactical flexibility to the user." The original...

Trump critic is favorite to become Australian prime minister

World
Bill Shorten, an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, is the favorite to become Australian prime minister. Shorten's party, the center-left Labor Party, goes into the 2019 election campaign as a firm favorite. It has led the conservative coalition in most opinion polls in the last three years. If Shorten becomes prime minister and visits the U.S., he can expect questions about a radio interview he gave three years ago in which he said some of then-presumptive Republican presidential candidate Trump's views were "barking mad."Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Valtteri Bottas wins Australian GP after Lewis Hamilton overtake

Valtteri Bottas wins Australian GP after Lewis Hamilton overtake

Sports
Valtteri Bottas dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after overtaking world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton.The Finn took the lead at the start from Hamilton, who made a slow getaway from pole position, and even took the new bonus point for the fastest lap.Hamilton was left far behind, and had to concentrate on holding off Red Bull's Max Verstappen for second place. Verstappen passed Sebastian Vettel for third on a sobering day for Ferrari. "Why are we so slow?" Vettel asked his team at two-thirds distance. "We don't know at the moment," came the reply. It was an exchange that summed up Ferrari's entire weekend.It was a weekend which began in mourning following ne...