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It turns out we've all been putting up with the smell of citronella candles for nothing. A new study has found that "anti-mossie" candles are ineffective at warding off the pest. In short, this natural "repellent" doesn't seem to have any effect on one of the most notorious disease-spreading blood suckers on Earth.

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Like the rest of our fauna, Australian insects are out to get you. If they're not injecting venom with distressingly over-sized stingers, they're gnawing into your soft parts with a fearsome array of mandibles. Nuke 'em all with a giant insect bomb; that's what I say.

In the meantime, this infographic provides a handy cheat sheet for nine Aussie pests - including how to avoid them and what to do if you get stung.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.