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The sighting of a seven-metre shark off the South Australia coast last year excited the world's media with some making reference to the great white that featured in the classic 1975 film Jaws. It was certainly a big shark but there are tales of even bigger beasts lurking in our waters.


While you were chomping on Easter bilbies and eggs for a weekend, there were hundreds of plant species across the country celebrating with hearty meals of their own. They might not be able to take down something the size of a human (thank god, we don't need more things that can kill us here), but the Lovecraftian horrors trap and slowly drown insects to get the nutrients they need.

These are Australia's murderous plants.


The news broke yesterday that Beyonce was bitten on the face by an, as of yet, undisclosed Hollywood actress. The good news? Beyonce is okay. Her face is unmarked. She was a "bit" taken aback by the drive-by face-masticator but she's okay, she's still being a total badass and all that.

But what would happen if it wasn't a human that bit Beyonce? What if it was a T-Rex?


When it comes to presenting yourself online – such as your profile pic for Facebook or even Tinder – which type of photo do you chose? The selfie you’ve taken after careful consideration of lighting, hair and maybe makeup? (No doubt, you look great!) Or the group photo with friends, possibly less styled, but that captures a moment among peers?

It might come as a surprise that it’s the group photo will make you look more attractive – it’s a phenomenon known as the “cheerleader effect”.


Like so many other aspects of female sexuality, the G-spot is typically -- and unfairly -- thought of as mysterious, elusive, and complex. In reality, it's not that complicated. It's a part of a woman's body that -- for some women -- can create a lot of pleasure. End of story. Here's how to find her G-spot, and what to do with it once you do.


Most parents will tell you their kids love juice. It tastes good, often comes in convenient and child-friendly packaging, and seems much healthier than soft drinks, sports drinks or other sweet beverages. It comes from fruit, after all. But we also know it’s high in sugar, and so can contribute to obesity and dental problems.

We asked five experts in nutrition, dietetics, medicine and dentistry whether or not we should let our kids drink juice.


Finding clear, definitive facts about healthy exercise can be difficult. The exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business, built partially on selling gadgets and supplements to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to shine. All of this results in lots of misinformation about exercise. We're taking some of those commonly-held exercise myths to task, and we have science to back us up. Let's get started.


Professor Stephen Hawking died early in the morning on March 14 (which happens to be Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday.) Although one of humanity's greatest minds is now gone, many of its thoughts and ruminations will continue to endure for generations.

Here are 12 Stephen Hawking quotes about life, the universe and everything that you don't need a PhD in quantum mechanics to appreciate.


Recent news reports that a man had both his legs amputated after being bitten by a white-tailed spider have again cast this spider in a negative light. Experts have since said amputations may have been wrongly blamed on a spider bite, and authorities now consider a bacterial infection to be responsible for the man’s injuries. Despite this, the damage to the largely harmless white-tail may have been done.


Travelling really takes it out of you - except when it comes to poop. That can stay with you for days, making your holiday a lot less enjoyable. Here's what causes that constipation frustration, and what you can do to keep that from happening.


Educators and researchers agree early literacy experiences are important for children’s cognitive and language development. But what about STEM? Here are five things parents can do every day to help develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills from a young age.


At the start of each year, many of us begin to re-assess our drinking habits to make up for our New Year's Eve debauchery. But don't go teetotal just yet. By employing moderation and intelligent choices, it's possible to drink alcohol without affecting your health. In fact, it can even be good for you.


The world's great thinkers and scientists have long written down what they learn - we can head all the way back to Newton to see that. Some write for other academics and some write for the public. When the two meet, you find some of the most influential books about science that have ever been written. I'm a big non-fiction fan and, having been a scientist, have compiled a reading list for anyone interested in getting their science on.

Here it is!